Garden City of Seven Lakes
|• Total||123.11 km2 (47.53 sq mi)|
|• Density||580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||NST (UTC+5:45)|
Lekhnath (Nepali: लेखनाथ नगरपालिका) was a municipality in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal, about 180 km west of Kathmandu. It has now been merged into Pokhara sub-metropolitian city to form Pokhara metropolis. It occupied the eastern half of the Pokhara Valley. This valley was politically divided to Pokhara city and Lekhnath city. Total population of the city was 71,434 per 2011 census. Composition of the population was 86% Hindu, 8% Buddhist and 6% others.
Lekhnath is named after the famous Nepali poet Lekhnath Paudyal (1885–1966), who was born at Arghaun Archale, present ward no 6 (before the merger) of Lekhnath Municipality. The city is also entitled as the garden city of seven lakes. The seven lakes are Begnas, Rupa, Khaste, Depang, Maidi, Neureni and Gunde. Except Begnas and Rupa most of the other lakes are little known to the outsiders. There was a total of 18 wards in the municipality with then recently added the then VDC Bharatpokhari.
Lekhnath possesses many terrains and mountain view sites. It is growing into a popular destination for hikers because of many beautiful routes through the hills with views of multiple lakes and majestic himalayas at the same time. Lekhanth, is the place from where you can catch the view of the whole Annapurna range including Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri.
Gagangaunda, Shishuwa, Lekhnath chok, Janatako Chautara, Satmuhane,Sajhabazaar, Budhibazar, Dhungepatan, Khudi, Sainik, Talchok are some big and notable places of Lekhnath.
To promote local culture Lekhnath has one FM radio station Radio Lekhnath 106.6 MHz Which is a Community radio Station. To update Lekhnath dwellers and diasporas websites Cityof7lakes.com, Lekhnathcity.com and Lekhnath.com are created.
- "Seven Vanishing Lakes of Lekhnath". Ekantipur.com. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2014.