Pokhara

City of mountains and lakes.

Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City is the second most populous city of Nepal with an area of 55.22 km2 and a population of 264,991 inhabitants. The city is located approximaely 200 km west of the country’s capital, Kathmandu. It serves as the headquarters of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the ACAP region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.

Pokhara is the largest tourist city in the country, home to great Himalayan trails, residence of a large number of British Gurkha soldier. This makes Pokhara the most expensive city in the country, with the Cost of Living Index of 95.

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