Bat Cave

Bat Cave, Pokhara: Hours, Address, Bat Cave Reviews: 3.5/5

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enigmatic1989
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India285 contributions
Friends
These caves located at a 30 minute drive from main city of Pokhara is a unique experience. They charge a nominal entry fee (varies depending on whether you are a local, a SAARC nation tourist or other tourist) and they hand you a battery powered torch as the darkness can be dangerous inside. After you enter the cave the roof is completely covered with numerous bats and it’s a scary as well as exciting sight. While travelling through the cave you must watch your steps as there are high chances of falling especially if your hands are not free for balance or your shoes are not meant for trekking. The exit may take some time as its mouth is quite narrow and only allows one person at a time that too with quite a difficulty. I would not advise elderly people or ladies who are not dressed for trekking to take this exit, you can exit back from the way you entered. Also, there is Mahendra caves nearby so go and visit it also if you like these caves.
Written January 9, 2020
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Andrew
Kathmandu, Nepal63 contributions
Couples
Actually a pretty good attraction. A short ride from Pokhara, plenty of parking and nice food stalls around the main gate. Only 150npr for foreigners with a large lamp/torch provided between 2 of us, then a short stroll under the trees and down steep steps into the main cave (this underground walk is unlit, you need the light provided & maybe a torch or phone torch)...
Wow, so many bats, several thousand hanging from the limestone ceiling, they seem to be resting/sleeping so quiet & only 1 or 2 flying around!! The ground is rough and damp, the suggested path out is not suitable for small children or elderly persons, we returned by the entrance. A very cool experience and well worth the small fee (unlike the nearby Mahendra caves which are pathetic & a waste of $$$)
Written January 1, 2021
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paraknj
19 contributions
Friends
It's a small cave where u will see a lot of bats. They offer u a very good torch for free if u'r not solo. The only thing is it's extremely difficult to find the exit and even if u do, it's difficult to go through it. They have no signs whatsoever inside the cave to find the exit and that's becasuse they want to "sell" the guides. What we did was just going back the way we came in😁 so don't forget the entrance way! Though it's difficult to get lost there as it's really small.
Written March 6, 2020
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acton28
Manchester, UK379 contributions
Now, Bat Cave is called that on every sign. I could see signs for the religious Mahendra Cave frequently. Those signs had Nepali Sanskrit and English on. The Bat Cave just had English. Bruce Wayne had no chance of hiding a Batmobile and Batwing in there. Green foothills surround the cave, but before you get there, a gate, with a kind of turnstile not out of place at a 1980’s football ground and a pay booth await. Here they try talking you into hiring a guide. I resisted that. I wanted tranquillity. He handed me a large lamp. I handed that back and shown him my simpler headtorch set. In I went. After a few steep steps, a dip and a ducked head I was in the main cavern. Alongside me were around 70-100,000 horseshoe bats. I dipped my torch and gazed on enjoying the cold humid chamber underground. The floor is slippery, the air is whiffy (it is a home to nature, after all), and my good footwear helped me a great deal. I reminded one small group to stay quiet, and they respected my wishes – and that of the bloody great big sign saying to be silent. There was a tiny passage for an exit, but I doubled back without trouble. I wanted to avoid a bump on the head.
Written April 8, 2020
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JEW_1965
Dallas, TX23 contributions
Couples
My fiance, Natasha, and I took a taxi on June 2 to see the Bat Cave, which we had been told was one of the main tourist attractions in Pokhara. We had decided to visit another cave afterwards, as well as a museum before returning to our hotel.

We arrived at the front entrance of the Bat Cave compound, purchased entry tickets for twenty rupees each, and rented a flourescent light to use during our walk through the cave. We declined to hire a guide because we had decided to remain close to what we expected to be the main walkway rather than venture out into the cave.

The attendent gave us a color brochure which explained that the cave contained over ten thousand bats, of two basic types, and described in general terms the interior of the cave.
Natasha and I read this bochure in the garden then proceeded to the main entrance of the cave where steps led down into a dark hole in the ground. We followed a group of tourists from India which had just arrived and carefully walked down the steps.

I soon realized that there was no walkway in the cave, no hand railing, and no signs to direct visitors toward the portion of the cave where bats supposedly live. We turned on our light and continued to follow the Indian tourists, who in turn followed the guide whom they had hired to provide a tour of the cave. We all descended deeper into the cave which had, to my surprise, no level walkway. We proceed by climbing over rocks which were wet due to water that constantly drips from the ceiling of the cave. Our way became increasingly difficult as the cave grew smaller. When we could proceed no further, Natasha and I decided to crawl through a small tunnel which we thought would lead to the bat cave while the Indian tourists followed their guide through a narrow hole in between two bolders which led toward a narrow ledge that ran up the cave wall.

Natasha and I eventually came to a point in the tunnel which was too narrow to pass and had to back out of the tunnel on our stomachs. When we emerged back into the main part of the cave, we saw that the Indian group had already climbed part of the way up the narrow ledge. Natasha and I managed to climb through the hole in the rock to follow the Indian group rather than get left behind. When we met the last member of the Indian group, I realized that the Indians had become anxious. I also began to reallize the potential danger of our situation. We were all in a cave where there was no level surface on which to walk, no signs to direct us toward the bats, and the exit of the cave, now visible, was merely a narrow slit in the rocks about ten meters above which would require an almost vertical climb to reach. We were all gathered halfway up the narrow lege and could not turn back without risking the possibility of slipping on the wet rocks and falling several meters onto the rock floor of the cave. However, the way up toward the exit would also be fraught with danger because it would require each member of the group to maintain perfect balance in order to secure their footing on the rock outcroppings. Any member could lose their balance at any time, fall, and knock other members of the group off of the narrow ledge.

The group managed to reach a small chamber which lies just below the opening in the cave wall which leads to the surface. This narrow slit of light near the ceiling of the cave had appeared much larger from the floor of the cave. In fact, it was barely wide enough for an average-sized person to crawl through, and, to make matters worse, it was soon obvious that each member of the group would have to climb up a narrow, vertical passageway backwards and barefoot in order to reach the opening in the cave, placing their feet on exact portions of the rock wall in order to avoid falling. Once they had reached the opening, group members would then have to climb through the opening by inching their way up the rock wall and then crawl on their stomachs until they had passed through the narrow opening.

The men in the Indian group managed to perform this climb with minimal difficultty. Then, a young woman from the Indian group ascended toward the opening and got stuck in between the rocks. I will remember for many years her screams as the Indian men pulled her up by her wrists from above while the Nepalese guide grabbed her ankles and pushed her upwards until she was finally forced through the opening.

Natasha managed to pass through the opening with minimal difficulty because she has experience at rock climbing. I followed with greater difficulty and realized that it would be impossible for any tourist to safely pass through the bat cave without the assistance of a guide. One mis-step at any juncture of the climb would have resulted in a potentially fatal fall.

Natasha and I emerged from the bat cave scraped and bruised. We were filthy and drenched with sweat. Our clothes were ruined and her engagement ring was badly scratched. We immediately went to the toilet to wash our faces and hands. We then approached the exit and the attendent had the audacity to demand that we pay for the services of the guide which the Indian group had hired to direct them through the cave. I flatly refused to pay. We returned to the taxi which took us back to our hotel where we rested for the remainder of the day.

During the entire tour, I only saw seven bats which hung from the ceiling of the cave in a chamber which was almost inaccessible.

In my opinion, the Bat Cave should be closed until adequate investment is made to ensure the safety of visitors. Barring this unlikely event, I make the following recommendations:

1) Visit the bat cave only if you are in excellent physical condition, preferably with rock-climbing experience.

2) Do not visit the bat cave if you suffer from heart difficulties, high blood pressure, asthma, vertigo, or claustrophobia.

3) Wear rock climbing boots which can be tightly laced around your ankles.

4) Remove all articles of jewelry before you enter the bat cave.

5) Do not carry any bags or purses into the bat cave.

6) Realize that you enter the bat cave at your own risk. I cannot imagine that there is an insurance company on earth which would provide liability coverage for this tourist attraction.
Written June 21, 2011
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Celine
London, UK15 contributions
Solo
Since returning from my holiday, I thank God everyday that I got out of this place alive and uninjured. I followed my guided trustingly, it was so dark and slippery. Half way up the extremely narrow exit I realised how dangerous it was to keep going, but also to climb back down. You have to wait for those ahead of you to climb out. If anyone slipped and fell it would lead to a domino effect odown the rockface. There was absolutely no warning from guides or at the entrance of just how narrow and dangerous the exit is. I'll research places I go more thoroughly in future and I hope my reivew stops others making the same naive mistake I did by going here and trusting a guide to get me through safely.
Written April 23, 2019
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teacherrtw
25 contributions
This place is awful! very damp amd the stones are slippery. my boyfriend fell and injured his back. To get out they expect you to climb up these slippery rocks where you cannot get a proper grip and be pulled from the top by the guide! we refused to do this as if we fell we would have landed on the jagged rocks below. No lighting, they give u a lamp but its not enough. Even if u are slightly clostrophobic do not go into the cave. If you really love bats maybe, but really its not worth the hassle!
Written October 27, 2013
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Neil R
Colombo, Sri Lanka3 contributions
Family
Pay only for the ticket. A torch light is given to you with the ticket. Don't get a guide. The cave has no lights inside. So that is the point. Enter the cave without a guide and find out the way out using the torch. Better to wear suitable cloths and shoes. No need to be afraid. It is a small cave and there are no bats inside.
Written November 8, 2012
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ghosal_rg
Durgapur, India170 contributions
Untamed stones leading to a dark, damp, huge cave , with roof black with cluster of bats. Will get everything you want if keep 3 pebbles vertically in a corner by virtue of bat deity. May get battery lights from the entry ticket counter, ticket costing a hefty sum. But never ever ignore it because inside the cave everyone is in his own and to proceed mobile torches or lighter or matches will not do. You may, of course, take your own powerful battery torch. Safer exit will be jostling with the incoming crowd in the entry way. Challenge will be to come out through a high, extremely narrow, treacherous, totally dark exit route. So, show your age defying athletic prowess and fitness to squeeze your body through the stone walls which may remind you how long back you came to this earth from your mom's womb.
By the way, you can jolly well understand by now that yours truly failed the challenge.
Written January 18, 2019
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Tshering Sherpa
Kathmandu, Nepal234 contributions
Friends
It is one of the popular caves of Pokhara that is almost similar to other caves - Mahendra Cave and Gupteshwor Cave. If you visited the other caves, you may not find it that exciting.

It has many bats in it. Its better if you carry torch lights (phone torch too works). You can take guide as well. There is a challenging exit that is very narrow. Having a guide makes it easier there. You can also return back from the same entrance.

There is also a man who sells handmade souvenirs by the cave.

Do not disturb the bats and do not harm them.
Written October 18, 2018
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