Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal with a population of about one million people. Situated in the northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley, which is a wider section of the Seti Gandaki valley. The Seti River and its tributaries, running through the city, have dug impressive canyons into the valley floor that give the area a unique look. Situated at an altitude of 827 meters above sea level and 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu valley, this enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. Pokhara is home to the Gurungs and Magars, known as hardworking farmers and brave warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The climate of Pohkara is sub-tropical averaging between 25–35 C, however in winter it drops to around 5–15 C . The monsoon season, lasting from mid-June to mid-September, is immensely wet; with Pokhara recording the highest rainfall in the entire country. The ideal time to visit is between October and April.