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Pokhara (पोखरा) is a small, rather messy Nepali town within a scenic location. It is located some 200 kilometers to the west of Kathmandu. With a population of 200,000, it is said to be the third largest metropolitan area in Nepal after Kathmandu Valley and Biratnagar.
Guide to Pokhara HotelsHere's a list of hotels in Pokhara that you can book online, with full description, star rating, address, location map, evaluation, and prices as offered by different booking sites.
More on PokharaPokhara sits in a bowl surrounded by tall mountains. It is about 900 meters above sea level, but within 30 kilometers from Pokhara, are mountains reaching 7,500 meters. The most distinctive feature of the town is Lake Phewa, a 4.4 square kilometer lake at 800 meters above sea level. This is where one can catch breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains including the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and the most famous of all, the Machapuchare.
Annapurna Range, as seen from Phewa Lake in Pokhara
Author: Jean-Marie Hullot (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0) The warmest months in Pokhara are April to September, when the temperature rises to around 26.1°C (79°F). In December and January, the temperature drops to below 5°C (41°F). Heaviest rain is expected in the months of July and August, with precipitatioin of over 325 mm (12.8 inches) for each month.
Budget Travel to PokharaYou can get to Pokhara by taking a bus from Kathmandu. The journey takes a good 9 hours with a stop along the way, and costs between 280 to 380 Nepali rupees. Alternatively you can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara for US$90 each way, in just half an hour. A flight to Pokhara gives you an aerial view of the snowcapped peaks.
Budget Travel within PokharaYou can easily explore Pokhara on foot. Take the motorised rickshaws only when the distance is too far.
Barahi Temple on Phewa Lake, Pokhara
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Places of Interest in Pokhara
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