Pokhara: The tourism capital of Nepal

Pokhara: The tourism capital of Nepal

Study Info Centre04 Nov,2020

Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal, which serves as the capital of Gandaki Province. It is the country's largest metropolitan city in terms of area and second largest in terms of population. The city also serves as the headquarters of Kaski District. Pokhara is considered as the tourism capital of Nepal, being a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.

The city has a humid subtropical climate, however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate. Temperatures in summer average between 25 and 35 °C; in winter around −2 to 15 °C. Pokhara and nearby areas receive a high amount of precipitation. Snowfall is not observed in the valley, but surrounding hills experience occasional snowfall in the winter. Summers are humid and mild and most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season. Winter and spring skies are generally clear and sunny.

It has many prestigious educational institutes and has gathered students from different parts of Nepal to seek knowledge and learn technology. Pashchimanchal Campus, one of the four constituent campuses of the Tribhuvan University Institute of Engineering in Nepal is the second-largest engineering campus after the Pulchowk Campus in Nepal. The Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus (IOF-PC) is one of the five technical institutes under Tribhuvan University, Nepal meets the growing demands for skilled and competent natural resource managers in the country. Pokhara University has been running various programs under Faculties of Management, Science and Technology, Health Science and Humanities, and Social Sciences. The Manipal College of Medical Sciences (MCOMS), affiliated to Kathmandu University was set up at Pokhara in 1994 with an MBBS program. It was the first private institution to establish a medical college in Nepal.

It has a major contribution to the local economy which comes from the tourism and hospitalities industry. Tourism is a major source of income for local people and the city. Many medieval era temples such as Tal Barahi Temple, Bindhyabasini, Bhadrakali, Talbarahi, Guheshwari, Sitaldevi, Gita mandir and Bhimsen temples and old Newari houses are located in the city. The city promotes two major hilltops as viewpoints to see the city and surrounding panorama: World Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot. The International Mountain Museum (IMM) was opened for the public in Ratopahiro to boost the city's tourism attractions. Other museums are Pokhara Regional Museum, Annapurna Natural History Museum and Gurkha Museum.

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