Western Region, Pashchimanchal, Nepal
With its headquarters in the city of Pokhara, the Western (Pashchimanchal) Region is one of Nepal's five development regions, and despite its name, it actually lies in the middle of the country with the Mid-Western and Far-Western Regions to the north-west and the Central and Eastern Regions to the south-east. The city of Pokhara lies in the picturesque Pokhara Valley, an extension of the Seti Gandaki valley. The Western Region is known for its impressive geographical features, with mountains rising up dramatically to great heights, such as the Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri ranges which all have peaks over 8,000 meters in height.
Pokhara receives a large number of tourists each year, many of whom are on their way to climb nearby mountains, or enjoy the spectacular trekking routes in the Western Region of Nepal. Other attractions in the area including the Mahendra, Gupteswor and Bat Caves, the Phewa Tal (Phewa Lake) and the awe-inspiring Devi’s Falls, where water from the lake rushes over a cliff, disappearing into a seemingly bottomless hole.
The town of Tansen is also a popular holiday destination, offering breath-taking views of the Himalayas and the Terai plains, as well as many historical and cultural attractions. Trekking is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of the Western Region of Nepal and Tansen serves as a base for trekking enthusiasts to explore the region by means of routes designed to showcase the beauty of the area, such as the route that runs along the Kali Gandaki River.
Travelers who have visited Nepal will agree that the scenery is beyond description, and even the best photograph can’t capture its true beauty. For the experience of a lifetime, visit any of the five regions of fascinating Nepal.
Last updated: January 22, 2019