Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City is a city of more than 200,000 inhabitants in central Nepal located at 28.25°N, 83.99°E, 198 km west of Kathmandu. It is the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Biratnagar. It is the Headquarters of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country.

Pokhara is situated in the northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley, which is a widening of the Seti Gandaki valley. The Seti River and its tributaries have dug impressive canyons into the valley floor, which are only visible from higher viewpoints or from the air. To the east of Pokhara is the municipality of Lekhnath, a recently established town in the valley.

In no other place do mountains rise so quickly. In this area, within 30 km, the elevation rises from 1,000 m to over 7,500 m. Due to this sharp rise in altitude the area of Pokhara has one of the highest precipitation rates of the country (over 4,000 mm/year). Even within the city there is a noticeable difference in the amount of rain between the south of the city by the lake and the north at the foot of the mountains.

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 5–15 °C.

In the south the city borders on Phewa Tal (lake) (4.4 km² at an elevation of about 800 m above sea level), in the north at an elevation of around 1,000 m the outskirts of the city touch the base of the Annapurna mountain range. From the southern fringes of the city 3 eight-thousanders (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu) and, in the middle of the Annapurna range, the Machapuchhre (Nepali language: Machhapuchhre: 'Fishtail') with close to 7,000 m can be seen. This mountain dominates the northern horizon of the city and its name derives from its twin peaks, not visible from the south. The porous underground of the Pokhara valley favours the development of caves of which three prominent ones can be found within the city: Mahendra, Bat and Gupteswor. In the south of the city, a tributary of the Seti coming from Fewa Tal disappears at Patale Chhango (Nepali for Hell's Falls, also called Devi's or David's Falls, after someone who supposedly fell into the falls) into an underground gorge, to reappear 500 metres further south.

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Pokhara has become a major tourist hub of Nepal, more than making up for the loss of its trading importance. The city offers a combination of nature and culture and is mostly known as the gateway to the trekking route "Round Annapurana", which is usually a trek of 25 days.

Annapurana Mountain

On a hill overlooking Phewa Tal from the south is the World Peace Stupa (at 1,113 m) QTVR built in 1996 with a view of the lake, across the city and of the snow peaked mountain ranges of Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal.

World Peace Stupa

The best viewpoint of Pokhara is Sarangkot (1,600 m) and Thulakot (in Lekhnath a part of famous Royal Trek from where four lakes Phewa, Begnas, Khaste and Dipang and whole Annapurna range can be seen) to the west of the city. Paths and a road lead almost to the top of Sarangkot with an excellent view of the mountains and the city. On the summit of Sarankot there is a Buddhist stupa/monastery, which also attracts many tourists.

Fewa Lake is a lake of Nepal located in the Pokhara Valley near Pokhara and Sarangkot. It is the second largest lake in Nepal and lying at an altitude of 784 m (2,572 ft) it covers an area of about 4.43 km2 (1.7 sq mi) with an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) with maximum water depth is 22.8 m (75 ft) when measured with echo-sounder on 5 December 2009. Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 46 million cubic meters (37,000 acre feet). Annapurna looms in the distance from the lake and the lake is famous for the reflection of Mount Machapuchare(FishTail) on its surface. The holy Barahi mandir (temple) is situated on the island located in between in the lake.
Fewa Lake N Fishtail Mountain

Barahi Temple

The major touristic attractions of Pokhara are its scenic views in and around town and the cable cars. Many of them are not mentioned in guides or maps. The Seti Gandaki (White Gandaki) and its tributaries have created spectacular gorges in and around the whole city. The Seti gorge runs through the whole city from north to south. At places it is only a few metres wide and the river is so far down below that, at places it is not visible or audible.
Daviss Fall

In the middle of the city, the gorge widens to a canyon looking like a crater. In the north and south, just outside town, the rivers created canyons, in some places 100 m deep. These canyons extend through the whole Pokhara Valley. Viewpoints are not easy to find. One place is the Prithvi Narayan Campus and the other side at the foot of Kahu Danda, where several rivers and canyons join. Behind the INF-Compound (Tundikhel) one can see the Seti River disappear into a small slit of a wall about 30 metres high which is especially impressive in monsoon. Betulechaur in the far north of Pokhara is known for the musicians caste of the Gain.

View of Pokhara from Sarangkot

पोखरा उपमहानगरपालिका पोखरा उपत्यकामा अवस्थित नेपालको अत्यन्तै रमणीय स्थानको रुपमा परिचित छ । यसैले यसलाई नेपालको एक महत्वपूर्ण पर्यटकीय स्थलको रुपमा पनि लिने गरिन्छ । यहाका महत्पुर्ण स्थानहरुमा फेवाताल, महेन्द्र गूफा, पातले छाँगो, सराङ्गकोट आदि पर्द्छ्न । पोखरा नेपालको पश्चिमाञ्चल विकासक्षेत्रको गण्डकी अञ्चल, कास्की जिल्लामा पर्दछ । यो सहर कास्की जिल्लाको जिल्ला सदरमुकाम, गण्डकी अञ्चलको अञ्चल सदरमुकामका साथै पश्चिमाञ्चल विकासक्षेत्रको पनि सदरमुकाम हो ।

पोखरा शहर नेपालको प्रमुख शहरमध्ये एक हो। जसको फैलावट २८.२४ उत्तर देखि ८३.९९ पूर्वसम्म रहेको छ। यो कास्की जिल्लाको सदरमुकाम हो । पोखरा पश्चिमाञ्चल बिकाश क्षेत्र अन्तर्गत पर्दछ। पोखरा नेपालको प्रमुख पर्यटकिय गन्तब्य स्थलमध्ये पर्दछ । देश अनि बिदेश बाट हजाऔ पर्यटक पोखरा भ्रमण गर्न पर्द्छ्न ।

पोखरा पोखरा उपत्यकाको उत्तर पुर्बी कुनोमा अवस्थित छ ।
धौलगिरि, अन्नपुर्ण र मनास्लु श्रृंखला, ८००० मिटर भन्दा अग्ला हिमालहरु यहांबाट देखिन्छ। फेवातालले पोखराको सौन्दर्य अझै बढाएको छ। पोखरा नेपालकै सबैभन्दा धेरै पानी पर्ने ठाउँ हो। यहाँ पाताले, महेन्द्र, र गुप्तेश्वर गुफा पनि पर्यटकीय स्थल हुन्। माछापुच्छ्रे हिमाल पोखराबाट मनोरम देखिन्छ।

यहाका रमणीय तालहरू र सेती नदी हिमाली छायां तथा झरनाहरू प्रमुख पर्यटकीय स्थल हुन । फेवा ताल मा पर्ने माछापुछ्रे को छांया तथा बेगनासमा गरीने डुङगा सवारी बिर्सिनसक्नुका छन । साथै अन्नपुर्ण पदयात्रामार्ग पनि यंही बाट शुरू हुन्छ ।