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Administrator / Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:16

Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal is located right at the centre of the country. It lies in Kaski district, west of Nepal, and is the capital of the Western Development region. Also, popularly known as the lake city, Pokhara is home to about 3,50,000 people.

Famous for its picturesque setting, Pokhara is known to woo any visitor with its scenic beauty. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu can be viewed very closely from Pokhara. Besides, these three mountains Macchapuchre (fish tail) can be seen from Pokhara. The city’s most iconic place is the Phewa Lake which is located in the south of the city.  Boating in this pristine lake is a favourite activity among visitors. The city has been able to maintain its calm, serene setting which brings hordes of tourists; both international and domestic every year.

The city lies about 198 km west of Kathmandu. Many travel options are available to Pokhara from the capital city. Tourist bus is a popular means of travel. It takes approximately eight hours to reach Pokhara by tourist bus. Micro-vans are however a much faster option. You can reach Pokhara in five hours if you choose to travel by micro. Regular flights are also operated from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

The valley is approximately divided into four to five parts by the rivers Seti, Bijayapur, Bagadi and Fusre. The Seti Gandaki flowing through the city from north to south divides the city roughly in two halves with the down-town area of Chipledunga in the middle, the old town centre of Bagar in the north and the tourist district of Lakeside (Baidam) in the south all lying on the western side of the river.

The climate is sub-tropical but due to the elevation the temperatures are moderate: the summer temperatures average between 25–35 °C, in winter around -2–15 °C. During the monsoon, Pokhara receive heavy showers so it is best to avoid visiting at this time of the year. The most favourable time to visit Pokhara is from September to February.
In recent times Pokhara has also became a place to stop for trekkers visiting the Annapurna circuit.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:42

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