Pokhara: The tourism capital of Nepal

Pokhara: The tourism capital of Nepal

Pokhara: The tourism capital of Nepal
Rosmit Gyawali

Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal serving as Gandaki Province's capital. 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 the Kaski District.

 Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal. It is the base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.

Weather and climatic conditions of Pokhara

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.

Universities and colleges in Pokhara

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, and meets the growing demands for skilled and competent natural resource managers in the country.

Pokhara University has run various programs under the Faculties of Management, Science and Technology, Health Science and Humanities, and Social Sciences. 

The Manipal College of Medical Sciences (MCOMS), affiliated with 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.

Tourism in Pokhara

It significantly contributes to the local economy, which comes from the tourism and hospitality industry. Tourism is a significant 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 prominent hilltops as viewpoints to see the city and surrounding panorama: World Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot. The International Mountain Museum (IMM) was opened in Ratopahiro to boost tourist attractions. Other museums are Pokhara Regional Museum, Annapurna Natural History Museum and Gurkha Museum.

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