Rupa Lake

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Rupa Lake
Rupa Lake & paddy fields.jpg
View of Rupa lake and Paddy fields.
Coordinates28°8′55″N 84°6′40″E / 28.14861°N 84.11111°E / 28.14861; 84.11111Coordinates: 28°8′55″N 84°6′40″E / 28.14861°N 84.11111°E / 28.14861; 84.11111
Lake typeFreshwater
Native nameरुपा ताल  (Nepali)
Primary inflowsTalbesi stream & Dhovan khola
Primary outflowsTal Khola
Catchment area30 km2 (12 sq mi)
Basin countriesNepal
Surface area1.35 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Average depth3 m (10 ft)
Max. depth6 m (20 ft)
Water volume0.00325 km3 (0.00078 cu mi)
Surface elevation600 m (2,000 ft)

Rupa Lake or Rupa Tal is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the Pokhara metropolian city.[1] It is the third biggest lake in Pokhara valley of Nepal and at an altitude of 600 m (1,969 ft) covering area about 1.35 km2 (0.5 sq mi)[2] with an average water depth 3 m and maximum depth 6 m.[3] The lake is elongated north to south and is fed by perennial streams. Its watershed area is 30 km²,[4] where The main inflow of water is from Talbesi stream, whereas Dhovan khola is the feeder stream with its outlet Tal khola at Sistani ghat.[5] It supports a number of floral and faunal species. A total of 36 species of waterbirds have been recorded in the lake which represents about 19 percent of the total 193 wetland-dependent birds found in Nepal.[6]

Cage Culture in Rupa Lake

Lake Economy[edit]

Rupa lake is the one of main tourism attraction among Begnas Lake of the Pokhara city. It provides enough space for boating experiences for national and international visitors. Cage culture as well as pen culture have been practiced in Rupa lake for fish farming.[7] Farmers in the Kaski district of Nepal have formed the Rupa Lake Rehabilitation and Fisheries Cooperatives Limited to help protect the watershed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Seven Vanishing Lakes of Lekhnath". 2 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ Rai, Ash Kumar (2000). "Evaluation of natural food for planktivorous ?sh in Lakes Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa in Pokhara Valley, Nepal" (PDF). Limnology. 1 (2): 81–89. doi:10.1007/s102010070014.
  3. ^ Shrestha, Madhav K.; Batajoo, Rabindra K.; Karki, Ganesh B. Karki (2002). "Cold water fisheries in the trans-Himalayan countries" (PDF). FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. FAO, United Nations. 431. ISSN 0429-9345.
  4. ^ Pradhan, N.; Isabelle Providoli; Bimal Regmi; Gandhiv Kafle. "Valuing Water and its Ecological Services in Rural Landscapes: A Case Study from Nepal" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Udas, E. "Strengthening Community Based Conservation Approach For Sustainable Management of Rupa Lake Ecosystem" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Kafle, G.; Cotton, M.; Bimal Regmi; Jhalak R Chaudhary; Hari Pariyar; Hari Adhikari; Som B Bohora; Umesh K Chaudary; Ashok Ram. "Status of and threats to waterbirds of Rupa lake, Pokhara, Nepal". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Shreesthe, M.; Batajoo, R. K.; Karki, G.B. "Strengthening Community Based Conservation Approach For Sustainable Management of Rupa Lake Ecosystem". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Rupa Lake at Wikimedia Commons