Mingle with the locals at the local Bazaar and observe the daily rituals of the friendly people of Nepal. Breathe in the fresh clean air as you travel through the most picturesque and stunning scenery you will ever see. Witness the fascinating history of Nepalese culture and religion and make friends with welcoming locals.
Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight to Kathmandu.
(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request).
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meeting & assistance at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of day at leisure to acclimatise.
Full day excursion of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City.
Kathmandu City – known as Kantipur, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. The Durbar Square are with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty.
Swayambhunath – located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles, Buddhist stupa this is said to be 2000 years old. The stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan City – 5 km/3 miles away from Kathmandu City. Patan also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see the Durbar square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla.
After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur. The journey takes approx. 5 hrs drive under the normal road conditions and is an excellent opportunity to stop en-route to take photo’s of the amazing scenery. Upon arrival in Bandipur, transfer to hotel.
Afternoon : Walking tour of Bandipur Bazaar.
After breakfast, drive from Bandipur to Pokhara which takes approx. 2 & half hours drive. Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer to hotel.
Early morning : Sunrise tour of Sarangkot (subject to weather).
Full day tour of Pokhara city including Bindebasini Temple, Seti gorge, Devi’s Fall, Tibetan Village+World Peace Stupa+one hour boat ride on Phewa Lake.
Sarangkot – The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is almost a religious experience. From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid of Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. At dawn and dusk, the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours.
Bindyabasini Temple – it is located on the top of a small hill at the north end of the old bazaar. This is believed as one of the oldest temples in the valley, and is most famous in Pokhara.
Seti gorge – it is mysterious wonder of Pokhara, originated from the Machhapuchare glacier. Seti (which means white in Nepali) river runs through the main city area in about 40 meters depth. The river provides a perfect view of its dreadful rush before it disappears at Bagar into a deep gorge. The gorge is visible from the bridges in the city.
Devi’s Fall – the water flowing from Phewa Lake shows a wonderful fall. We find hollow sandy part and a heavy fall of water within its natural trench. It looks really amazing scene of rainbow with sunlight when a volume of water falls in the deep rocky gorge and produces the water vapour especially in summer.
Tibetan Village – since 1959, a group of Tibetan refugees have been living in Nepal. One such is Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Settlement at Chhorepatan, which is located near two popular sightseeing sites i.e., Devi’s Fall and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. m x 4 km, is the center of all attractions in Pokhara, the enchanting lake is an heavenly playground.
World Peace Pagoda – it is a massive Buddhist stupa located on a hill top (Rani Ban) just behind Phewa Lake. This stupa is symbol of peace where the huge idols of Lord Buddha from Japan, Srilanka and Thailand have been installed. From here one can enjoys the breathtaking views of Himalayan Ranges, lakes and the city.
After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes approx. 6-7 hrs drive under the normal road conditions. You will have plenty of opportunity to stop along the way and visit local villages etc.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Full day excursion of Pashupatinath, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur.
Pashupatinath – situated 5 km east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated, amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has gilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Bodhnath – this stupa, eight kilometres east of Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stand with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhist stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.
Bhadgaon – also known as Bhaktapur meaning the city of devotees, this place is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 km/9 miles east of the Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon you will visit the Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The Nyatapola Temple also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of Pagoda style and stands of five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses.
Free time until transfer to airport for departure flight to UK. Arrival is usually same day.
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