Pokhara

Pokhara (Nepali: पोखरा, Nepali pronunciation: [ˈpokʰʌɾa]) is a metropolitan city in central Nepal, which serves as the capital of Gandaki Province.[4] It is the second most populous city of Nepal after Kathmandu, with 518,452 inhabitants living in 101,669 households in 2021.[3] It is the country's largest metropolitan city in terms of area. The city also serves as the headquarters of Kaski District.[5] Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The city is on the shore of Phewa Lake, and sits at an elevation of approximately 822m.[6] The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest peaks in the world—Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu—is within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the valley.[7][8]

Pokhara
पोखरा
Clockwise from top: Annapurna mountain range reflected in Phewa lake, Hot Air Ballooning in Pokhara, Boats in Phew Lake and Pokhara Shanti Stupa
Nickname: 
City of lakes
Motto(s): 
Clean Pokhara, Green Pokhara
Pokhara
Location in Province
Pokhara
Pokhara (Nepal)
Pokhara
Pokhara (Asia)
Coordinates: 28°12′30″N 83°59′20″E
Country   Nepal
ProvinceGandaki Province
DistrictKaski District
Incorporated1962
No. of Wards33
Government
  TypeMayor-council
  BodyPokhara Metropolitan City Council
  MayorDhana Raj Acharya, CPN (Unified Socialist)[1]
  Deputy mayorManju Devi Gurung, CPN(UML)[2]
Area
  Total464.24 km2 (179.24 sq mi)
  Water4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
  Rank1st
Elevation
822 m (2,697 ft)
Population
  Total518,452
  Rank2nd
  Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
  Households
101,669 (2nd most)
DemonymPokhareli
Languages
  OfficialNepali and (Other Language)
Ethnicities
  EthnicitiesBahun, Gurung, Chhetri, Magar, Newar,
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)
Postal Codes
33700 (WRPD), 33702, 33704, 33706, 33708, 33713
Area code061
Websitepokharamun.gov.np

Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal,[9] being a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region[10] of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. The city is also home to many of the elite Gurkha soldiers, soldiers native to South Asia of Nepalese nationality recruited for the British Army, Nepalese Army, Indian Army, Gurkha Contingent Singapore, Gurkha Reserve Unit Brunei, UN peacekeeping forces and in war zones around the world.[11]


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