There is a splendid Buddhist Monastery on the top of the small forested hill above Matepani east of Mahendra pul. It overlooks a large section of the Pokhara city and once there on find oneself lost in time amid the chanting Ramas, there colossal guardian images of the Buddha accompanying two other gurus and a prayer house with exquisitely carved columns and friezes.
Matepani Gumba (Buddhist Monastery) was established in 1960 A.D. by Nyeshang people who migrated to Pokhara from Manang.Situated on a small hill, east of the Pokhara city, the monastery is about five kms from downtown Pokhara. The visitors can get there by local means of transport. Apart from its religious importance, the monastery has striking scenic beauty and ideal vantage point to view the valley and Mt. Fishtail. Several eye-catching wall paintings, magnificent monuments, a huge statue of Lord Buddha in meditation flanked by Gurun pinpoche and Karmapa are an astonishing sight. The statues are about 11 ft. tall. No entrance fee is charged to visitors. The monks are very hospitable and pleased to receive visitors regardless of the caste or religion.