Nepal’s most famous landmark is the Mt. Everest. You will have an option to hike in an early morning. Other than Mt’ Everest, there is much more to explore and experience in Nepal.
Pashupatinath is a place in Nepal full of Hindu culture. This is where holy Saddhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. Bouddhanath is the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal. This is where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage because of its large stupa. Patan or Lalitpur is the city of beauty and is the second largest town in the valley. It has a lot of architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s Durbar Square is filled with temples. It is an architectural center point. Within this city also located is the Tibetan refugee center which is home to most of the valley’s Tibetan population. Tibetans are literally refugees but they are some of the wealthiest people in the valley due to its big carpet industry. You can buy fine and unique carpets here. Swayambhunath, the golden spire of the 5thcentury, is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha were believed to watch those who ascend the stone steps.Swayambhu stupa is garlanded with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu.
In Pokhara town, the 25,000+ peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges rise a scant 20 miles away with no intervening ridges to spoil the scene.Also in Pokhara is the Bindebasini Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokharawhich was a part of Kaski Kingdom; Goddess Durga is the main deity of the temple which was brought from India. There is much peace and calmness here. It also offers a good view to the Himalaya. The temple is in the area of the bazaar; hence a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple. The village of Sarangkot is situated on the top of a hillock just north of Phewa Lake. One can see the dramatic views of sunrise and sunset here as the sun splashes red hues on the Himalayan range. When the sky is clear, the panoramic ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal can be observed from here. One can also sightsee the Devi’s fall. During summer and rainy season, with gushing water splashing and making its way through the rocks, the waterfall takes its real form. Opposite to the Devi’s all is the Gupteshwor Cave which is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits. On the way back to Nagarkot, the panoramic view of several mountain peaks like Mt. Everest can be observed. Beautiful sunrise and sunset can also be seen.
With the several lovely places that Nepal has to offer, one’s trip would be really worth it. Our tour guides will assist you as you travel around the place.
DAY 01 - KATHMANDU
You will be taken from the airport by a representative from Splendid Holidays to the hotel. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu valley is the political and cultural heart of the kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities, Patan and Kathmandu.
After a short relaxation at the hotel, you will be taken for sightseeing to Pashupatinath.This is the place where holy Saddhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. You will not be allowed inside the temple if you are not a Hindu. The grounds surrounding the temple usually have a fascinating crowd of the faithful. Overnight will be at a nearby hotel.
DAY 02 – KATHMANDU / POKHARA
Optional tour: Everest Mountain flight can be done early in the morning.
We will take you to Pokhara which is 210 kilometers from Kathmandu and isapproximately 7 hours drive. From Pokhara town, (2,352 Feet)there is splendid views right from the hotel in good weather. On the way,you have an option of doing the river rafting or visit the Manakamna Temple or “Goddess of Fulfilling Wishes” where you will take acable ride of 10 minutes. You will stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03 – POKHARA
This morning you will go for anexcursion trip to Sarangkot.The village of Sarangkot (1590 M) is situated on the top of ahillock just north of Phewa Lake. One gets to see beautiful views of sunrise and sunset from Sarangkotas the sun splashes hues of red on the Himalayan range. On aclear day, the panoramic ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhreand Ganesh Himalcan be observed from here.
This afternoon you will visit Bindebasini Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokharawhich was apart of KaskiKingdom,Goddess Durgais the main deity of the temple which was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers agood view of the Himalaya on aclear day. Thetemple is in the area of the bazaar;hence, atriptothe old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple. Sightseeing to Devi’s Fall, also known as PataleChango, can also be experienced. It is an awesome waterfall lying 2 kilometers southwest of Pokhara. During summer and rainy season, with gushing water splashing and making its way through the rocks, the waterfall takes its real form. At the other side of the road, there is the Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits. Taking photos is strictly prohibited inside the cave. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
DAY 04 – POKHARA / KATHMANDU
We will drive back to Kathmandu. This will be a rest day where once may enjoy shopping or visiting the casinos Overnight stay will be at a nearby hotel.
DAY 05 – KATHMANDU / AIRPORT
This morning,your tour guidewill take you to Patanor also known as Lalitpur. The city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan'scentral durbar square is absolutely packed with temples. It is an architectural center point with afar greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than In Kathamanduor Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan refugee center, home to most of the valley's Tibetan population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because they operatethecarpet industry. For those who wantsto bring home afine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. Thenyouwillgo to Swayambhunaththe golden spire of the 5thcentury.Swayambhunathis one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the Painted Eyes of Buddha are believed to watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. Swayambhustupa is adorned with acolorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns ahill overlooking the Kathmandu valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu.
Later, you will be guided to the airport in time to board foryour flight or follow our other Extensions.
END OF THE TRIP