Place to visit: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Pokhara - Nagarkot
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Price: 810 EUROS / 998 USD
Arrive Kathmandu. Met on arrival at Kathmandu International airport and transfer to the hotel.
Kathmandu - Locked between India and Tibet the tiny kingdom of Nepal is a country full of diversity and fascination. It is a hidden Kingdom of great beauty embracing eight of the world's ten highest mountains including Everest, Annapurna and Kangchenjunga. The scenery is stupendous, from the highest point on earth (Mount Everest) to the fertile jungle lowland. Although its people are predominantly Hindu, there is a considerable overlap with Buddhism, and it is this vibrant mix of religion and culture which characterises the allure of Nepal and, in particular, its capital Kathmandu. It has an artistic and architectural tradition that rivals anything you will find in the great cities of Europe. Beyond the temples and bustle of the towns of the Kathmandu Valley rise the mountains of the Nepal Himalaya - the 'Abode of Snows' , Overnight Kathmandu.
After breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath.
Kathmandu Durbar Square - a number of interesting pagodas and Indian style temples (Sikhara), the House of Kumari (the living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (or wooden house which is the origin of the word Kathmandu) and many more things to see.
Sawayambhunath - The monkey temple, with its commanding views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhist and Hindu religions.
Hanuman Dhoka - a temple complex in the middle of the old city. Built during the Malla period, the area consists of a number of different monuments and image of Lord Hanuman.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur.
Boudhanath - it is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Boudhanath. They established many gompas, and the "Little Tibet" of Nepal was born.
Bhaktapur - The most attractive tourist spot in this grotesque city is the Durbar Square. The Golden Gate in the square, with its intricately carved deities and monsters, is one of the most richly carved gates of its kind in the world. The gate leads to the Palace of 55 windows, which has a balcony with 55 windows wand is a masterpiece of woodcarving. The stone temple of Batsala Devi at the square is a beautiful example of the Shikhara style of architecture. The temple also has a colossal bell on the terrace called the Bell of the Barking Dogs. A magnificent statue of King Bhupantindra Malla praying has been placed in the column facing the palace. Bhaktapur"s second main square is Taumadhi Tole, which is home to Nyatapola, the highest temple in the valley and Til Mahadev Narayan, an important place of pilgrimage. At Taumadhi Tole, you can also find Potters' Square, where thousands of clay pots are made and sold. East of Taumadhi Tole, through narrow snaking streets of the old city centre, lies Tachupal Tole, another square containing temples and monasteries and a number of craft museums.Overnight Kathmandu.
After breakfast drive to Pokhara ,Pokhara - The rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the kingdom. It is located virtually in the geographical center of Nepal. Located on the main road between Kathmandu and Bhairahawa, there may be no other place in the world from where Great Himalaya peaks can bead mired from such a close distance. The Bindhyabasini Temple on its well-kept platform overlooks a modest amusement park. Phewa Lake, skirted by a large numbers of unpretentious lodges and simple restaurants, is the most congenial spot for visitors.On arrival in Pokhara check in at the hotel ,evening at leisure,Overnight Pokhara
After breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful valley which is situated at a height of 2950 ft. with its rare combination of snow clad peaks among the highest in the world, crystal-clear lakes, stream and gorges, picturesque villages inhabited by friendly smiling Gurungs, Magars and other ethnic tribes. Sightseeing includes visits to nearby Tibetan villages, Davis Fall, Mahendra Cave, the famous Seti George and some beautiful temples like Bindhyabasini Temple and Pokhara Museum.
Later one hour boat ride on lake Phewa -- Phewa Lake is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara .The boat ride gives you the opportunity to marvel at the picturesque mountain peaks surrounding Pokhara and also gives you the opportunity to visit the Barahi Temple,the most important monument of Pokhra, that is situated in the middle of the lake.Overnight Pokhara.
After breakfast drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot - One of the best facilitated hill top resort towns to view the majesty of the Himalaya from, Nagarkot is situated at a height of 2195 meters and is only 32 km east of Kathmandu. The resort town is famous for its sunrise and sunset views and even offers glimpses of Mt. Everest in the east on a clear morning while the entire Langtang range looms right in front.
On arrival in Nagarkot check in at the hotel.Overnight Nagarkot.
After breakfast transfer to the Kathmandu airport to catch the flight back home.