Begnas Lake

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Begnas Lake
Begnas Lake
LocationKaski, Nepal
Coordinates28°10′26.2″N 84°05′50.4″E / 28.173944°N 84.097333°E / 28.173944; 84.097333Coordinates: 28°10′26.2″N 84°05′50.4″E / 28.173944°N 84.097333°E / 28.173944; 84.097333
Lake typeNatural Freshwater[1]
Native nameबेगनास ताल
Primary inflowsSyankhudi & Talbesi[1]
Primary outflowsKhudi Khola[1]
Catchment area49 km2 (19 sq mi)[2][3]
Basin countriesNepal
Surface area3.28 km2 (1.3 sq mi)[3]
Average depth6.6 m (22 ft)[3]
Max. depth10 m (33 ft)[3]
Water volume0.02905 km3 (0.00697 cu mi)[3]
Surface elevation650 m (2,133 ft)[3]

Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolis of Kaski district of Nepal[4] located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the third largest lake of Nepal and second largest, after Phewa lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley.[1][3] Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream, Khudi Khola.[2][5]

Lake Economy[edit]

Begnas Lake area with a number of resorts is a popular destination for tourists visiting Pokhara.[6] The water from the lake is used for irrigation and some parts of the lake are used as caged fisheries.[5] The Begnas lake area has a number of swampy areas around it, many of which have been converted to paddy fields day by day.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Oli, Krishna Prasad (1997). A local level conservation strategy for Begnas and Rupa lake watershed area. Kathmandu, Nepal: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Nepal. Rāshṭriya Yojanā Āyoga, Nepal National Conservation Strategy Implementation Programme.
  2. ^ a b National Lake Conservation Development Committee (2010). Conservation of Begnas Lake, Nepal: A Case of Conflict to Collective Action in Resource Sharing (Multiple Water Use) (PDF). Shiga University, Japan: Outline of Lake Basin Governance Research Promotion Activities, 2008-2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Rai, Ash Kumar (2000). "Limnological characteristics of subtropical Lakes Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa in Pokhara Valley, Nepal". Limnology. 1 (1): 33–46. doi:10.1007/s102010070027.
  4. ^ "Seven Vanishing Lakes of Lekhnath". 2 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b D. B, Swar; Gurung, T. B. (1988). "Introduction and cage culture of exotic carps and their impact on fish harvested in Lake Begnas, Nepal" (PDF). Hydrobiologia. 166 (3): 277–283. doi:10.1007/BF00008137. ISSN 1573-5117.
  6. ^ Kawamura, Masahiro (June 2011). "One Village One Product agrotourism promotion: Perceptions of visitors to Begnas area". JICA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-08.
  7. ^ Wagle, Suresh Kumar; Gurung, Tek Bahadur; Bista, Jay Dev; Rai, Ash Kumar (July–September 2007). "Cage fish culture and fisheries for food security and livelihoods in mid hill lakes of Pokhara Valley, Nepal: Post community based management adoption" (PDF). Aquaculture Asia. 12 (3): 21–29. ISSN 0859-600X.

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