If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is the nerve centre of adventure in Nepal. This beautiful city is nestled enviously in the tranquil northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley. It is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting expeditions. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977 m) rising behind it creates an ambience of peace and magic.
At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it. This fact is evident from the great diversity of flowers which bloom here. The valley surrounding Pokhara is also home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. Pokhara is the gate way to the world's best trekking route named "Round Annapurana".
In the centuries gone by, the land of the Pokhara valley and its surrounding hills had disintegrated into twenty four small kingdoms, frequently at war with each other. These were called the Chaubise Rajya or the Twenty-four Kingdoms. From among these kingdoms was Kulmandan Shah, whose descendant Drabya Shah was the first to establish the home of the legendary, Gurkha warriors. A warrior clan, which evokes a sense of awe and respect in the military circles. Even today there exists an institution in Pokhara, called the British Gurkha Camp. It has been established as a recruitment camp for the British Army. 370 troops are selected annually in December, out of a pool of over 20,000 applicants for the British Army, even today. These Gorkha soldiers are world famous for their valor and capabilities with the khukri (knife).