Pokhara is in the northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley Pokhara (Nepali: पोखरा) is a metropolitan city in Nepal which is situated in Gandaki Pradesh province of Nepal The country’s second largest city, in terms of population, and largest city, in terms of area It is the capital of Gandaki Pradesh. The city also serves as the headquarters of Kaski District Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal The Seti Gandaki is the main river flowing through the city. The porous underground of the Pokhara valley favours the formation of caves and several caves can be found within city limits. In the south of the city, a tributary of the Seti flowing out of the Phewa Lake disappears at Patale Chhango (पाताले छाँगो), Nepali for Hell’s Falls, also called Davis Falls, after someone who supposedly fell in into an underground gorge, to reappear 500 metres (1,600 feet) further south Pokhara lies on an important old trading route between China and India. In the 17th century, it was part of the Kingdom of Kaski which was one of the Chaubisi Rajya (24 Kingdoms of Nepal, चौबिसे राज्य) ruled by a branch of the Shah Dynasty. Many of the hills around Pokhara still have medieval ruins from this time. In 1786 Prithvi Narayan Shah added Pokhara into his kingdom. It had by then become an important trading place on the routes from Kathmandu to Jumla and from India to Tibet. Pokhara was envisioned as a commercial center by the King of Kaski in the mid 18th century A.D. when Newars of Bhaktapur migrated to Pokhara, upon being invited by the king, and settled near main business locations such as Bindhyabasini temple, Nalakomukh and Bhairab Tole. Most of Pokhara, at the time, was largely inhabited by Khas (Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakuri and Dalits), gurungs, and magars At present the Khas, Gurung (Tamu) and Magar form the dominant community of Pokhara. There is also a sizeable Newari population in the city. A small Muslim community is located on eastern fringes of Pokhara generally called Miya Patan. Batulechaur in the far north of Pokhara is home to the Gandharvas or Gaaineys (the tribe of the musicians). The nearby hills around Pokhara are surrounded by Gurung villages with few places belonging to Khas community. Small Magar communities are also present mostly in the southern outlying hills. Newar community is almost non-existent in the villages of outlying hills outside the Pokhara city limits.