Pokhara has a long and rich history, dating back to at least the 17th century. The area was originally inhabited by a small community of people, but it grew in importance as a trading center on the routes between Kathmandu, Jumla, Tibet, and India.

Early History

In the 17th century, Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski, which was one of the 24 kingdoms of Nepal. The king of Kaski envisioned Pokhara as a commercial center, and he invited Newars from Bhaktapur to settle in the area. The Newars are a skilled trading community, and they helped to develop Pokhara into a major market town.

Pokhara under the Shah Dynasty

In 1786, Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of the Shah dynasty, unified Nepal and annexed Pokhara. Pokhara remained an important trading center under the Shah dynasty, and it also became a popular destination for pilgrims visiting the Bindhyabasini temple.

Pokhara in the 20th Century

In the early 20th century, Pokhara was still a relatively small town. However, the construction of a road to Kathmandu in the 1960s led to a rapid increase in tourism. Pokhara's scenic beauty and proximity to Mount Everest made it a popular destination for trekkers and adventure tourists.

Modern Pokhara

Today, Pokhara is a major tourist destination and a thriving commercial center. The city is home to a variety of hotels, restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions. Pokhara is also a popular base for exploring the surrounding mountains and lakes.


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  • Tour Type Explore
  • Price 200$ - 500$
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