After raining every day for the past two weeks since the monsoon rains arrived, Pokhara got a rare respite from clouds on Sunday, bringing the mountains out in all their glory.
Because of its low elevation and proximity to the mountains, Pokhara has some of the highest precipitation rates in Nepal, with 3,500mm per year. Nearly 80% of that rain falls in the three months June-August.
This year, the monsoon has been heavier than normal. Swollen rivers have washed away homes in Manang and Mustang, destroyed roads and bridges, and damaged several hydro-electric projects, including the 44MW Super Madi plant that was nearing completion.
On Sunday morning the view was best from Pokhara’s new airport and the nearby stadium, which is being refurbished with a new roof and seats.