Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, welcome by our representative and transfer to the Hotel. At the hotel briefing about the program by our representative. Rest day at leisure.
: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
After breakfast, introduce with the Sightseeing Guide and driver. We set to the first day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will see the following spots.
The four seeing eyes of Swoyambhunath Stupa watch over the valley form the top of 77-m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swoyambhunath are covered with small Chaityas and monasteries al well as some Hindu temples. The National Museum and the Museum of Natural History are situated at the foot of the hill.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. Kumari Temple: Kumari temple is the residence of the living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with nobody marks and injuries and will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty. Kasthamandap: Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century. Situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting mélange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious monuments. One remarkable monument here is 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Tibetan Refugee Camp: This camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation in cooperation with HMG of Nepal. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan Refugees to do something nice and support themselves and some carpet industries and handicrafts have been operating.
Drive to Boudha, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
Boudhanath: This stupa lies 6-km downtown Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, has the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built in the fifth century AD. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. One can observe devotees chanting religious hymns and playing with prayer wheels.
Pashupatinath Temple: Situated 5km east of the bank of sacred Bagmati River, the temple of Lord Shiva with two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Chroniclles indicate the temple’s existenceprior 400AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River.
Bhaktapur City Durbar Square: As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The 15th century Palace of 55 windows, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also situated inside. The palace entrance, Golden Gate that is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of 55 windows ,is masterpiece in repousse art .In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. There are temples like Batsala Temple and the Shiva temple, the replica of Pashupatinath Temple etc. Nyatapola Temple: This five-story pagoda was built in 1702AD. Each story has pair of figures (two wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and goddess’s tigress and lioness). This temple is one of the tallest pagodas and famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship
Nagarkot: Journey will be continue to Nagarkot, lying at an elevation of 2175m above the sea level. This spot provides an excellent and a grandstand panorama of the Himalaya. One can see more than 05 of the world’s tallest mountains like Lhotse Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m) and Manaslu (8163m) and many other lesser summits including the highest peak Mt. Everest (8848m). The snow peaks look especially gorgeous during sunset and sunrise we will view the gorgeous sunset from here. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Sunrise tour and drive to Pokhara
Wake up early in the morning to watch the gorgeous peaks during sunrise and sunrise tour at Nagarkot and breakfast.
After breakfast drive to Pokhara. A very scenic drive lasts for about 6 hrs through the beautiful riverbanks and gorges.
Pokhara is the city of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley (827m); it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destination. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificent Mt. Fishtail rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. At and elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has much more typical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the diversity of flowers, which prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, and emerald lakes and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. The best and closer views of Annapurna Ranges and Mt. Fishtail can be seen from here particularly from sarangkot. Pokhara is well connected by air and land with Kathmandu (200km far and 30minutesflight) as well as by land with other major destinations of Nepal. The major attractions of Pokhara city are: Phewa Lake, Barahi temple, Devid’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti George etc. Overnight in Pokhara.
Pokhara tour and drive to Gorkha
Wake up early in the morning for sunrise tour. Drive and walk to Sarangkot (a hill station of Pokhara) for sunrise view and closer view of Annapurna Himalayan range including Mt. Fishtail.
Breakfast and Sightseeing of Pokhara.
Drive to Gorkha. Overnight in Gorkha
Gorkha tour and drive to Kathmandu
Wake up early in the morning for sunrise Himalayan view. Walk up to the Gorakhkali temple and enjoy the Himalayan Panoramic view of Mt. Manaslu and more.
Sightseeing tour of Gorkha and Breakfast.
Drive back to Kathmandu
Rest day free for shopping and overnight in Kathmandu in the hotel.
Transfer to the Airport for international departure