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Lakes in Pokhara

Phewa Lake, Pokhara

Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal (1.5 km wide and 4 km long) and the 13th beautiful Lake in the world. It covers 5.726 sq km land (11255 Ropani, 11 Ana,1 Paisa land), which is 6 to 22 meters deep. It situated in Pokhara Metropolitan city with the shape of Guitar.  The perimeter is 18 km with eastern (Damside), western (Morebagar), northern (Khapaudi meadow), and southern boundary (Chisapani Raniban). Tal Barahi Temple built on a little island of this lake. Every day pilgrims visit by boating to the Goddess Kali Temple. The snow-clad mountains (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail, Lamjung) reflection remains impressive on a clear day. 

Phewa Lake has 21 species of fish, such as Danio Devrio, Cavasius, Chagurius, Channa Garchula, Daurias, and Garra Gotyla. People take boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing to the lake. This lake water produces 1000 KW power, irrigates 600 hectares of land. While boating tourists enjoy the views of Raniban forest, village, Pokhara city, Paragliding, Ultralight aircraft and Himalaya views. After crossing the Phewa Lake visitor join 40 minutes hike to World Peace Stupa.

Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake situated 677 meters above the sea, lies 15 km east of Lakeside. It covers.27 sq km (225 hectares of land), which is 7.5 m deep. This lake uses for boating kayaking, swimming, and fishing. 

Rupa Lake

Rupa Lake situated 701 meters above the sea. It covers 1.07 sq km of land (120 hectares land), which is 4.5 m deep. This lake is interesting for fishing, bird watching. 

Other 6 lakes are Kamal (0.02 sq km) located in Pokhara Municipality 13, Dipang (0.06 sq km) located in Lekhnath Municipality 6, Maidi (0.01 sq km) located in Lekhnath Municipality 9, Khaste (0.09 sq km) located in Lekhnath Municipality 3,4,6, Neurani (0.02 sq km) located in Lekhnath Municipality 6, and Gunde (0.08 sq km) located in Lekhnath Municipality 4, in Pokhara Valley.

The nine lakes with the Pokhara Seti Catchment (0.11 sq km) were registered 10th Ramsar Site (261.06 sq km area) of Nepal on 2 February 2016. Koshi Tappu, Gokyo, Rara, Ghodaghodi, Maipokhari, Bishajari Tal, Gosainkunda, and Jagadishpur Tal already registered in Ramsar Site. The Ramsar Convention was formally signed on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar city of Iran. Nepal has been involved in this convention since 1987. At least 169 countries have been involved in this convention. 

Thousands of people depend on the lakes for income from fishing, tourism, irrigation, water supply, and electricity generation. Pokhara valley is the highest rainfall in Nepal. Globally threatened migratory birds such as Baer’s pochard (Aythya baeri), Indian vulture (Gyps indicus), and mammals such as clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) and Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) recorded in Pokhara valley.