Pokhara

Pokhara

Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal, mainly for adventure tourism and the base for the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. 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, Guheshwori, Sitladevi, 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, built-in 1996 across the southern shore of Phewa lake and Sarangkot, which is northwest of the city. Sarangkot is also famous for paragliding.

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; an ethnographic museum; Annapurna Natural History Museum which houses preserved specimens of flora and fauna, and contains a particularly extensive collection of the butterflies, found in the Western and Annapurna Conservation Area region of Nepal and Gurkha Museum featuring the history of the Gurkha soldiers. There are two 5-star hotels and approximately 305 other hotels that include one 4-star, five 3-star, fifteen 2-star, and non-star hotels in the city.

 

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