Basking in the grandeur of the mighty Himalaya, the youngest yet highest mountain range in the world, considered the abode of the Gods. Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia, bordered by China in the North and India in the South, East, and West. This birthplace of the messenger of peace Siddhartha Gautam Buddha is also home to the bravest of the brave Gorkha warriors and hosts the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, among many others.
Nepal is embellished with the gleaming Himalayan range in the north and adorned with tropical low land greenery in the south. Captivating art, culture, cryptic monasteries and temples, numerous massive places and monuments, unique festivals and lifestyles, sublime exquisite scenery, and some of the best waling trials on the earth combined with stirring adventurous bustles are the prominent attributes of the breathtaking land which as positioned it as a distinctive travel destination in the world!!
Sightseeing tour of ancient Kathmandu city.
Majestic view of the Annapurna ranges from Pokhara.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet Asiatic representative, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel’s lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided. Shortly afterwards there will be a tour briefing at the hotel’s lobby.
Eve: Welcome dinner at Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program.
Early morning: Optional Mt. Everest scenic flight from Kathmandu’s domestic Airport for approximately one hour and back to hotel for breakfast.
Am: In the morning drive up to Swayambhunath Stupa.The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, situated on the top of a hill, west of Kathmandu, is one of the most popular, holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the ‘monkey temple’ because of the large tribe of roving monkeys who guard the temple. Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the Valley.
After the visit of Swyambhunath Stupa proceed for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and was the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. We can also visit Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.
Pm: Continue for a sightseeing tour of Patan City, this ancient city of Patan also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts is about five Kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The Major attraction of this ancient city are Durbar Square, which situated in the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor’s attraction, the square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan Durbar consists of three main chowks or courtyards, the central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Chowk. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal Bath called Tushahity & Krishna Mandir: Built in the seventeenth century, the temple of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen in Nepal. It is the only temple in Nepal; having 21 spire and is completely made of stone. Later transfer back to hotel.
After breakfast meet the waiting vehicle and start drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Kurintar which takes around 3 hours, proceed to Cable Car station to board the Cable Car ride to famed Manakamana Temple “Goddess of wish fulfilling”. After the excursion return back to Cable car station and continue drive to Pokhara.
Pokhara, which is situated 200 km west from Kathmandu, is an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m) on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalaya Range. With its beautiful lakes, lush green surroundings and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain; it is considered one of nature’s finest gifts to Nepal. Upon arrival check in at hotel for some rest and refreshment.
Am: Pre-dawn wakeup call and drive to Sarangkot to view a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan Range. Drive duration-30 minutes and 45 minutes hiking. View the sunrise and return back to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley, which includes visit to the, giant statue of Lord Shiva, Davis Falls, Tibetan RefugeeCamp and World’s peace Stupa.
Pm: Boat rides on the Lake Phewa and visit beautiful Barahi Temple situated on the center of Lake Phewa.
Eve: Stroll around colorful Lakeside Bazaar and dine at nice restaurant.
Am: You have an option to go for some additional Adventure activities such which Pokhara City offers being an Adventure Tourism Hub of Nepal. Some of the interesting activities are as follows:-
Charter Helicopter flight to Mt. Annapurna Base Camp or Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Pm: As per the flight timing transfer to Pokhara Domestic Airport for onward flight to Kathmandu – 25 min. Upon arrival drive to Bhaktapur City, literally the “City of Devotees”, which is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances, and the typical Newari lifestyle. Here explore the Royal Palace, the Golden Gate, and the entrance to the Palace of 55 Windows, known as Nepal’s most significant piece of art. Then visit the highest temple in the entire Kathmandu Valley- the Nyatapola Temple. This is also listed on a UNESCO world heritage site.
After the sightseeing tour drives back to Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, which stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture, and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’, which is listed UNESCO world heritage Site.
Pm: Visit Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal. This is also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in the World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. With a diameter of about 100m and 40m in height, Buddhanath holds its place among the largest stupas in the world.
Rest of the day is free.
Eve: Traditional farewell dinner at authentic Nepali Restaurant.