Pokhara valley, a perfect combination of tranquility and beauty, which lies 200 kms west from capital city of Kathmandu is located between the Great Himalayan and Mahabharata Ranges in the Western Development Region of Nepal. In fact, it is centrally located in the geographical map of Nepal. The ariel distance to the northern border is only 72 kms. It is the only place in the world from where we can enjoy the magnificent view of snow capped massive mountains of above 8000 meter elevation while sitting below 1000 meter above sea level. Out of the 14 highest mountain peaks of the world and Manaslu can be seen from Pokhara. It is an enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley which is also gateway to the world of adventure like trekking, mountaineering and many more. In broader sense, total area of Chitwan, Gorkha, Manang, Mustang, Lumbini etc. is known as Greater Pokhara Region. Pokhara in Proper is a head quarter of Western Development Region, Gandaki Zone and Kaski District. Pokhara region is the most attractive tourism destination for general interest as well as special interest tourists. It is admired by different types of tourists like holiday spenders, honeymooners, adventure lovers, pilgrims and many more.
HOW TO GET POKHARA?
BY AIR AND LAND
As it is the most beautiful tourist destination of Nepal, it is well connected by road and air services from Kathmandu and other different parts of the country. There are 30 to 50 daily regular flights between Pokhara and Kathmandu and many more during the high tourist seasons. Chartered flights and helicopters are available to reach this city from different parts of the country. Likewise, there are several outbound flights from Pokhara to Jomsom, Bharatpur, Manang and Bhairahawa. Similarly, various standards of inbound/outbound road access from Indian border cities like Kakarvitta, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Mahendranagar.
HISTORY OF TOURISM IN POKHARA
Though started from 1950s, tourism of Pokhara established as an industry after 1960s. However, the literature shows that it was popular among the visitors even before the century. In this context, travelogues published by E. Kawaguchi (1899), Maurice Herzog (1950), Tony Hagen (1955), James Roberts (1957), M.S.Kohli (1961) etc. are noteworthy. Looking at its natural beauty, Kawaguchi described it as “that in all my travels in the Himalayas, I saw no scenery so enchanting as that which enraptured me in Pokhara.”Its natural ambience, which allows enjoying lakeside serenity, breathtaking view of magnificent Annapurna Range, Mount Fishtail, diverse topography, bio-diversity, caves, georges, waterfalls etc. have transformed Pokhara into a Paradise on Earth.
A UNIQUE DESTINATION
Imagine a place where you could gaze at the wonders of the world’s highest mountain range whose beauty is a feast to behold, trek to the lower slopes where a whiff of fresh air and scent of exotic flowers greet you at every step, raft down a snow-fed river, fly across the country for candle-lit dinner in the mountains under the clear blue sky with Himalaya for company, and enjoy the sunrise as it splashes hues of red on blushing mountain ranges. You think your imagination is working over time? Well, think again. Paradise is closer than you think. Welcome to Pokhara- the most happening incentive travel destination in the world –a heady mixture of unique culture proudly preserved, mind boggling adventure and remarkable natural beauty. A land where you can revitalize your mind, body and soul amidst scenery that is simply a knock out. Rich, traditional hospitality is an added bonus of Pokhara.