6 days Kathmandu Pokhara

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Travel to the quintessential country of Nepal tucked in the folds of the majestic Himalayas. Soak in its culture, rich and ancient history and enjoy the peace and quietude in the lap of nature.



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Travel to the quintessential country of Nepal tucked in the folds of the majestic Himalayas. Soak in its culture, rich and ancient history and enjoy the peace and quietude in the lap of nature.

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  • Day 1: Varanasi/Delhi to Kathmandu by air

    The morning flight to Kathmandu is a perfect way to begin your trip. Watch the magnificent views of some of the most renowned peaks of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest. You will get the best views if you are seated on the left hand side of the aircraft.
     

    Our representative will meet you at the Kathmandu international airport and help with your hotel check in.
     

    Comfortably placed between the Mahabharat Range and the Great Himalayas, the fertile saucer shaped Kathmandu valley comprises of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur and Patan, each steeped in architectural and religious significance and boasts of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The valley is also called Nepal Mandala and was inhabited by the Newar who have been largely responsible for the culture and heritage of the valley.
     

    Kathmandu city lies at an elevation of 1400m and over the years has been the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal therein being fraught with palaces, gardens and mansions. Often seen as a melting pot of the Buddhist and Hindu communities Kathmandu has been the center of Nepal’s economy, culture, history and art. Jammed with tourist attractions, commuters and tourists, backpacker trekkers and buzzing with activities and noises Kathmandu is a city that originated around the wooden structure used by travellers as a resting spot on ancient trade routes. Today this structure or the kastha mandap stands in the famous Durbar Square of the city, which has for ages been the center of political, social and culture life of the people of Nepal.  Kathmandu is also an important mountain trekking base for trekkers and mountain climbers and it common to run into some of the big names of mountaineering while taking a stroll in the city during the climbing season.
     

    Overnight stay will be in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Attractions

    We start our sightseeing attractions after breakfast served in the hotel.
     

    First we visit the Pasupatinath temple. One of the panchkedar or one out of the five holiest Shiva temples, Pasupatinath is a gorgeous double tiered temple structure decorated richly with gold and silver. Shiva’s bull Nandi, guards the entrance in a black stone structure to one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Though entry is only restricted to Hindus, the temple activities can be viewed from across the Bagmati River.
     

    The Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest monuments of the valley, is a popular Buddhist worship site, with flags fluttering in the wind as the prayer wheel is swung ceremoniously by the worshippers. Situated on a hill, this splendid stupa is also often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the large monkey presence in the area.
     

    We next visit the Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the largest stupas in the world.  Located on the outskirts of the city and on the ancient trade route, the Boudhanath Stupa looks upon the view below with its mesmerizing yet benevolent Buddha eyes. There is always a frenzy of activity around the stupa, with Buddhist chanters, beating of drums in the nearby monasteries and the constant ebb and flow of worshippers.
     

    Return for a peaceful night’s sleep after an eventful day in the city.
     

  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara by air

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel, after which you will be escorted by our representative to the airport to catch the flight for Pokhara.
     

    Often considered as the tourism capital of Nepal, Pokhara lies in close proximity to the splendid Annpurna ranges in the Himalayas. Situated along the lake side and known for its lakes and glistening white rivers, Pokhara is quite literally a mirror to the mighty Himalayas. The reflection of the snow covered mountains on the clear waters of the Phewa or Fewa Lake is probably the most mesmerizing and memorable moments that one can capture from the petite city of Pokhara.
     

    Three peaks of the Annapurna range reach staggering heights of more than 8000m and are revered by mountaineers for the challenges they pose to climbers. However, it is the popular Mt. Fishtail or Machhapuchchre at an altitude of 6993m that is closest to the city and is also considered a holy peak not open to climbing. The twin peaks that resemble a tail are not visible from the city side, nonetheless if offers some of the most breathtaking views of the skyline of the city.
     

    Enjoy a relaxed overnight stay at Pokhara under the shadow and shade of some of the world’s highest peaks.

  • Day 4: Attractions around Pokhara

    Begin your day at dawn to view some splendid views of the Annapurna Range from the view point of Sarangkot.

     

    Return to the hotel for breakfast before continuing sightseeing.
     

    Highly recommended is the Patale Chhango or Hell’s Waterfall, the gorgeous waterfall on the Pardi Khola where the plummeting waters disappear noisily into the ground or underground gorge. Legend has it, that years ago, a woman (either named Devina or Mrs. Davis) or a man (either named David or Devin) fell into the ground of the waterfall and was swept into the earth, giving the waterfall its ominous alternate name Devi’s Fall. The story only highlights the dangers of this unique cascade and warns its admirers to not get too close.

     

    The Bindhyabasini Temple dedicated to the goddess Durga/Bhagwati can be reached by climbing about 50 stairs and the temple situated at a height of 900m gives some glorious views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The saligram or the deity is in the form of an ammonite fossil dating back to millions of years and is found only in the Himalayas. The fossil form is yet another proof supporting the theory that the Himalayas were once under water and have risen as Fold Mountains due to the earth’s tectonic movements.

     

    The Seti Gandaki River is the main river that passes through the city. Due to the porous underground geology of the area, the river flows for large parts below the ground, however, it can be viewed on the surface near KI Singh Bridge in the northern parts of the city.
     

    After lunch, visit the beautiful Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake 15km away from the city. Separated by the vegetated hill called Panchabhaiya Danda the scenic landscapes and quietude provide the perfect way to soothe your senses. Enjoy your time in the lap of nature with the advantage of minimal crowds.
     

    End the sightseeing by visiting the Tibetan Monastery.
     

    Overnight stay will be at Pokhara.

  • Day 5: Pokhara to Kathmandu by air, sightseeing in Patan

    Catch your flight to Kathmandu in the morning, where our representative will meet you at the airport and assist in your hotel transfer.

     

    After check in, proceed for sightseeing to Patan and Bhaktapur.

     

    Patan lies across the Bagmati River and is a hub of artisans and workshops that specialize in traditional arts, mask making and thangkas or scroll paintings. With a Durbar Square in the heart of city that gives way to numerous radiating alleyways and lanes, laden with historical Malla era homes or shrines of worships, Patan is a culmination of the historical, spiritual and skillful.
     

    Near the northern end of the Durbar Square lies the five tiered pagoda temple, called the Kumbheshwar Mahadev Temple. Dating back to the 14th century this magnificent structure is the oldest in the city of Patan.
     

    Bhaktapur like Patan is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the ‘City of Devotees’ and is also known as Khwopa. One of the capitals during the Malla reign, Bhaktapur stands atop a hill a few kilometers away from Kathmandu.
     

    An absolute delight for tourists, Bhaktapur is full of shrines, temples, sculptures, palaces and even its homes and streets, display intricate wood work and stone work designs. The town is brimming with historical and spiritual references.
     

    Return to Kathmandu for the overnight stay.

  • Day 6: Kathmandu to Delhi by air

    After breakfast proceed to the airport for your flight to Delhi. At Delhi, our representative will meet you and help you to the New Delhi International airport for your onward flight.