Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City is the third largest city of Nepal with area 55.22 km² and population of 264,991 inhabitants and is situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu.
It serves as the headquarters of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu - are situated within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the ACAP region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.
Most of the tourists visiting Pokhara begin and end trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. The tourist district is along the north shore of the lake (Baidam, Lakeside and Damside). It is mainly made up of small shops, non-star tourist hotels, restaurants. Most upscale and starred hotels are on the southern and south-eastern fringes of the city where there are more open lands and therefore unhindered view of the mountains. To the east of the Pokhara valley, in Lekhnath municipality, there are seven smaller lakes such as Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake. Begnas Tal is also known for its fishery projects.
The municipality of Pokhara spans 12 km from north to south and 6 km from east to west but, unlike the capital Kathmandu, it is quite loosely built up and still has much green space.The valley is approximately divided into four to five parts by the rivers Seti, Bijayapur, Bagadi and Fusre. The Seti Gandaki flowing through the city from north to south divides the city roughly in two halves with the business area of Chipledunga in the middle, the old town centre of Bagar in the north and the tourist district of Lakeside (Baidam) to the south all lying on the western side of the river.
The gorge through which the river flows is crossed at five places at K.I. Singh Pul, Mahendra Pul and Prithvi Highway Pul from north to south of the city respectively. The floor of the valley is plain and resembles Terai due to its gravel like surface and has slanted orientation from northwest to southeast. The city is surrounded by the hills overlooking the entire valley.