The wetland is in the middle hill ranges of the Himalayas at an elevation of about 2,100 m (6,900 ft) and covers an area of 90 ha (220 acres). It is famous place of pilgrimage in Ilam district for both Hindus and Buddhists. It lies at about 13 kilometers north to Ilam Bazaar. Altogether there are nine ponds in the area some of which are large enough for boats. On the periphery of the lake there is the Maipokhari Botanical Garden of horticultural and ecological importance which houses a rock garden, an orchid house, plants collected from many regions of eastern Nepal, and a green house. This place will be nice to visit during ‘Harisayam Ekadashi’ when a one-night fair is held. Mai Pokhari is about 15 km (9.3 mi) to the north of Ilam and can be arrived in 3 hours from Ilam Bazaar in vehicles. We can observe villages like Chureghanti, Bakhaute, Dharpani and Hasbire Bhanjyangon the way with a view of the snowy peaks towards north. It accommodates various species of flora and fauna that includes different species of orchids, rhododendron, herbs and rare animals like musk deer, leopard, porcupine and jackal and various birds and rare insects.