Pokhara valley, a perfect combination of tranquility and beauty, which lies 200 kms west from the capital city of Kathmandu is located between the Great Himalayas and Mahabharat Ranges in the Western Development Region of Nepal. 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 meters above sea level. Out of the 14 highest mountain peaks of the world, elevating higher than 8000 meters, three of them Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu can be seen from Pokhara. It is only enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley which is also gateway to the world of adventure like trekking, mountaineering and many more. Pokhara is a major destination for visitors, so here we are going to drop out some of the general information, which may help you on your traveling period.
Pokhara lies in the central part of Nepal, 200 km west from Kathmandu. It is headquarter of Western Development Region, Gandaki Zone and Kaski District. Pokhara and the surrounding is the most unique, picturesque and most attractive place in Nepal.
Pokhara has a tropical mild temperature, neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer. The Himalayas and the surrounding green hills keep it moderate. Winter offers quite a pleasant weather, especially from September to December. The Temperature remains between 32 degree Celsius in summer and a minimum of 6 degree Celsius in winter. Monsoon starts from early June and ends in early September. Pokhara receives the heaviest rainfall in Nepal. It produces a variety of sub- tropical floras such as banana trees, orange trees, green leafy vegetables and huge Pipal and Banyan trees.
Banks & Money Changers:
There are several banks and many money changers along the Lakeside area in Pokhara. Visa Cards, Master Cards, & ATM Cards can be cashed at any time. There are several 2-4 hours ATM Cards booth along Lakeside. US Dollar and Euro are mostly preferred currencies. Credit Cards are accepted by most of the service providers, travel agencies and trekking agencies.
Pokhara offers wide varieties of accommodation facilities suited for almost all types of travelers. Whether it is for backpackers or business executives, Pokhara’s numerous hotels and lodges give everyone comfort only second to their own 5 star hotels in Pokhara. Likewise, there are 4star, 3star, 2star, 1star, non star hotels and many lodges, guest houses available in Pokhara. There are about 500 tourist standard hotels with 12000 bed capacity.
Food & Beverage:
You can get almost all types of world renowned cuisines including western, continental and local food. There are many tourist standard restaurants, real beans, coffee shops, bars, night clubs, music-dance clubs and traditional dance show places for day and night life entertainments. You get all sorts of Liquors at Lakeside.
Pokhara has a recently become a spot for gambling too. Two casinos are in operation at Fulbari resort and Pokara Grande Hotel. Shopping, Culture, Dance show, Live Band, Clubs, Disco and many more Night Life are available.
Communicating with your family from Pokhara is almost as easy as in your own country. You can enjoy the facilities of E-mail and internet at cyber cafes in and around Lakeside. They also have ISD phone services. You can connect around the world at any time.
The main post office of Pokhara is situated at the city center Mahendrapool, about 3km from Lakeside. Stamps can be bought in any bookshop and you can drop your letters in the mailbox there. There is a branch of the post office at Sahid Chowk. There are also branches of Sky Net, UPS (United Parcel Service) and DHL at Lakeside, from where you can send important documents.