Pokhara is a Metropolitan city which is situated in the Gandaki Pardesh of Nepal. The country’s second largest city, in terms of population, and, largest city, in terms of area, it is the capital city of Gandaki Pradesh. The city also serves as the headquarter of the Kaski District. IT is located 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. Because of its highest water receiving capacity, it is also called Cherapunji of Nepal.
It is a place endowed with the beautiful Himalayas like Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range. In the lap of it lie beautiful lakes such as Fewa Tal, Rupa Tal, Begnas Tal, Dipang Tal, Khaste Tal, Maidi Tal, Niureni Tal, Gude Tal, Kamal Pokhari Tal, Kashyap Tal (Thuli Pokhari) that is why it is called the city of seven lakes. It is enriched with beautiful natural landscapes which are a major source of attraction for Tourists.
Geography And Climate
It is in the northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley that lies in the region of the Himalayas. In this region, the mountains rise very quickly, and within 30 kilometers. As a result of this sharp rise in altitude, the area has one of the highest precipitation rates in the country. In the city, there is a noticeable difference in rainfall between the south and the north.
The city has a Humid subtropical climate. However, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate. Temperatures in summer average between 25 and 35 °C and in winter around -2 to 15 °C. Its nearby areas receive a high amount of precipitation. Snowfall surrounding hills experience occasional snowfall in the winter. Summers are humid and mild. Most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season.
Temples And Gumbas
There are numerous temples and gumbas in and around the Pokhara valley. Temples of there are served as combined places of worship for Hindus and Buddhists. Some of the popular temples and Gumbas are:
- Tal Barahi Temple
- BIndhyabasini Temple
- Radha Krishna Shanti Ashram Lame Al
- Sitaldevi Temple
- Gupteswor Mahadev Gupha (Cave)/Temple
- Mudula Karki Kulayan Mandir
- Sunpadeli Temple (Kaseri)
- Bhadrakali Temple
- Kumari Temple
- Akalaa Temple
- Kedareshwar Mahadev Mani Temple
- Matepani Gumba
- World PEace Pagoda
- Akaladevi Temple
- Monastery (Hemja)
- Nepal Christiya Ramghat Church, established in 2009 BS and is also the first church in Nepal.
Rivers And Lakes
Pokhara valley is rich in water sources. The major bodies of water around Pokhara are:
- Fewa lake, Rupa lake, Begnas lake, Dipang lake, Khaste Tal, Maidi Tal, Niureni Tal, Gude Tal, Kamal Pokhari Tal, Kashyap Tal (Thuli Pokhari)
- SEti Gandaki (Seti Khola), Kahun Khola, Bijaypur Khola, Furse Khola, Kali Khola, Yamdi Khola, Mardi Khola, Harpan Khola
Tourism And Economy
Nowadays Pokhara has become a major tourist destination. It is also known as the tourism capital of Nepal in South Asia, mainly for adventure tourism and the base for the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. Thus, a major contribution to the local economy comes from the tourism and hospitalities industry. It is a major source of income for local people. There are two 5-star hotels, five 3-star, fifteen 2-star and non-star hotels in the city.
The sporting activities are mainly centered in the multipurpose stadium Pokhara Rangasala in Rambazar. The popular sports in the area are football, Cricket, volleyball, basketball, martial arts, etc. The Sahara club is one of the most active organizations for promoting football in the city. They organize a South Asian club-level annual tournament: the Aaha Gold Cup.
Pokhara has an extensive privately operated public transportation system running throughout the city. Pokhara Mahanagar Bus Bebasaya Samiti(green, brown and blue buses), Mama Bhanja Transport(blue buses), Bindabashini Samiti(blue buses), Fewa Bus Bebasaya Samiti(mini micros) and Lekhnath Bus Bebasaya Samiti(green and white buses) are the private companies that provide public bus transportation facility in and around Pokhara Valley. Public transport mainly consists of local and city buses, micros, micro-buses, and metered-taxis.