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Davis Fall in Nepal, Tourist Attractions

Patale Chhango or Hell’s Falls, has accumulated many different names over the years. Located near the Pokhara airport, this attraction has become one of the most popular sights in Nepal. Also known as Devi’s Falls, David’s Falls, Devin Falls and Davis Falls, the name might take on different forms, but the sight remains the same. It is an area that is known for its beauty and tranquility, and the legend of the Devi’s Falls adds a touch of mystery and adventure to this sight.

Trying to put your finger on the correct version of the legend is like
trying to understand which nickname was the original given to Patale
Chhango. As with most legends that are connected to sights in Nepal and
around the world, the story has been retold so many times, that the correct
tale has been lost. One of the versions tells of a trekker or hiker that
went by the name of David, Devin, Devi or Davis. The unfortunate hiker was
swept away suddenly by the water and carried down into the underground
passages and caves that run below the waterfall. The other tells the story
of a Mrs Davi, a Swiss tourist in Nepal, who was swimming in the Fewa Lake.
The dam unexpectedly started to overflow and Davi’s husband helplessly
looked on while the waters swept his wife down the waterfall. This version
took place in the year 1961 and the body of Mrs Davi was never
recovered.

The water that feeds the Devi’s Falls comes from the Fewa (Phewa) Lake,
which follows a rocky stream to eventually rush down the waterfall and
disappear. This might sound unbelievable, but the passages that run under
the ground are connected to the hole below the waterfall. The best times to
view this spectacular sight is during the monsoon season when there is a
high rainfall and the summer season. During these periods the water runs
and plunges over rocks and through gorges, giving visitors a breathtaking
show.

The landscape and nature that surrounds the Devi’s Falls is as
spectacular as the waterfall and visitors will find many photographic
opportunities at this sight. Visitors to the Pokhara region are recommended
to take a trip to Patale Chhango to hear the legend of the falls and enjoy
a peaceful afternoon near the foaming water.