Pokhara Lekhnath is a metropolis and the largest city of Nepal in terms of area. It is the provincial capital of Province number 4, headquarter of Gandaki Zone and Kaski District. It is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. Occupying an area of 464.24 km2, it is nine times larger than Kathmandu, 18 times larger than Lalitpur and 2.5 times larger than Bharatpur.The altitude varies from 827 metres (2,713 feet) in the southern part to 1,740 metres (5,710 feet) in the north.
The Annapurna Range with three of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — is within 15 – 35 miles of the valley. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.
Pokhara Lekhnath is home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is the most expensive city in the country, with a cost-of-living index of 150, and the most expensive place in Nepal after Namche Bazaar. In terms of population, and is often referred to as the tourism capital of Nepal.