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
A representative from Splendid Holidays will pick you up at the airport. 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. Overnight stay is available at a nearby hotel.
DAY 02 – KATHMANDU
Optional tour: Everest Mountain flight can be done early in the morning.
DAY 03 – KATHMANDU / POKHARA (210 Kilometers)
We will drive our way to Pokhara. It is 210 kilometers from Kathmandu and it will take around 7 hours of driving. In Pokhara town, (2,352 feet) during good weather, there are splendid views right from the hotel. 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 a cable ride for 10 mins. Overnight stay will be at a nearby hotel.
DAY 04 – POKHARA / JOMSOM
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will go to Jomsom. Upon arrival at Jomsom, we will walk over to the hotel which is 2 minutes from the airport.
Please do note that Jomsom is a small village in the Mountains. Only basic accommodation is available here. The clients will have to walk from the airport to the hotel which takes about 2 minutes. Porters are sent to the airport to carry the luggage by the hotel. Only 15 kg luggage per adult and 7 kg per child is allowed by the airlines on this sector. The aircraft is a Twin Otter or Doniar - average 15 seats.
Darshan to Muktinath Temple
To visit Muktinath, the clients will have to walk for about 15-20 minutes over the Kali Gandaki River. Here, vehicles cannot cross. There is no means of transportation but there is a narrow bridge. After crossing the bridge, a jeepney ride will be taken on sharing basis to reach Muktinath. Originally the route from Jomson to Muktinath was a trekker’s route only. Recently the route has been widened and only 4x4 vehicles can drive. The path is a Dirt road. The ride is Bumpy all the way. The drive will take about 1.5 hour. Upon arrival at Muktinath, there is another 30-minute walk from the base to the temple. Darshan will be your way to Muktinath. You will follow the same route to return to Jomsom.
DAY 05 – JOMSOM / POKHARA
We will drive back to Pokhara in the morning and we will transfer to the hotel.
This afternoon, you will visit Bindebasini Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara which was a part of Kaski Kingdom. Goddess Durga is 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 a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. 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. Sightseeing to Devi’s fall, also known as Patale Chango can also be experienced. It is an awesome waterfall lying 2 km southwest of Pokhara. During summer and rainy season, the waterfall takes its real form, with gushing water splashing and making its way through the rocks. Just opposite to the Devi’s fall, on 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 of photographs is strictly prohibited inside the cave. Overnight stay is available at a nearby hotel.
DAY 06 – POKHARA / CHITWAN
We will have a trip to Chitwan. It is 180 km & is a 4-hour drive from Pokhara. Chitwan is one of Asia's premier wildlife reserves. Its 360 square miles of tall grasslands and forests are home to a wide variety of mammals and birds, including several endangered species.
Enjoy Jungle observation at Chitwan National Park, the highlight of being the Elephant Safari in the jungle. Other activities are canoeing, dugout canoe, nature walk and bird watching. Also experience walking through the forests with naturalists and watch the native folk dances of the Terais. Overnight stay is available at a nearby hotel.
DAY 07 – CHITWAN / KATHMANDU
We will drive back to Kathmandu by retracing the same path.
DAY 08 – KATHMANDU / AIRPORT
Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight. You will be brought to the airport.
END OF THE TRIP