Serving as the capital of Gandaki Province is the metropolitan city of Pokhara, Nepal. Located at a distance of 200 km from Kathmandu, the capital city, It is the largest city in terms of area and second largest in terms of the population. With many tourists who come to this place each year, it’s often referred to as the tourism capital. For the lovers of adventure, it serves as the base to start trekking of the Annapurna ranges. Because the city had several ponds, it was called Pokhara since Pokhara in Nepali means pond.
Nepal has suffered intensively due to earthquakes, which isn’t a seemingly new fact about the place. After specific investigations, it was found that there were three large earthquakes between 1000-1400 AD. During the 17th century, Pokhara was ruled by one of the branches of the Shah Dynasty. Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1786 added Pokhara to his kingdom, which then became an important trading route. In the mid-18th Century AD, the Netwars of Bhaktapur had migrated to Pokhara. Inhabited by Khas, Gurungs, and Magars, it was an important commercial center during the King of Kaski’s rule. Following Tibet’s annexation by China, more than 3,00,000 people entered Nepal between 1959-1962. Owing to the closing of trade routes due to the Indo-china War and Tibet’s annexation by China, Pokhara was no longer in use.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a significant base for trekkers, and hence Pokhara sees a strong base of tourism and Hospitality in the area. The locals earn their livelihood, mainly from tourism. Some very ancient temples like Bindhyabasini, Gita Mandir, etc., are located in the city. With a strong tradition of a military base, Pokhara has many men employed in the army. The person has a great interest in Football, basketball, and martial arts. The nearby hills of Sarangkot have a lot of adventure activities like Paragliding and skydiving. Nepalese have a primary interest in folk music, including flute, leather drums, and sarangi. People listen to a broad genre of music ranging from rap, hip-hop, Western rock and roll.
The culture of Pokhara is fascinating to talk about. Although the city is ancient, development ushered only in the last century. This leads to a fascinating culture comprising of both rural and urban aspects. The Pokhara Museum gives an account of the people who have lived in the area and their life. There so many sightseeing places in Pokhara, which include Barahi Temple, Refugee camp, Bat cave, Fewa Lake, among others. For the trekking enthusiasts, the trekking season runs from March to June and then October- November. In the Annapurna Base camp, there is a risk of an avalanche during the Jan-Feb period. One should have proper gears to face the strong winds and low temperatures during the winters. Pokhara is well connected to neighboring cities through roadways.
One who loves adventures wants to catch glimpses of soothing lakes, light breeze, and iconic views; Pokhara has to be on the list of places one needs to visit.