Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu, then transfer hotel for overnight and take rest.
Day 02 Kathmandu sightseeing.
After hearty breakfast we begin our first day Kathmandu valley sightseeing to the following locations.
Swayambhunath Stupa, a very sacred religious Buddhist shrine, also known as the “Monkey Temple”, 3 km to the northwest of downtown Kathmandu, is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level overlooking Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century A.D.
Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. It is one of the ten UNESCO World Heritage Site of the country. Patan Square and its surroundings are good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patan square.Several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the complex. Main among these are ‘Krishna Temple’, ‘Bhimsen Temple’ and the Golden Temple of ‘Hiranya Varna’. Krishna Temple, which is the temple of red stone, is dedicated to Hindu ‘Lord Krishna’. It was erected in the 17th century, considered to be the first one to be constructed in Shikara architecture, holds a commanding position in the durbar square. The temple is compared with sacred ‘Mount Meru’, which is abode of the god Shiva according to Hindu scriptures. There is ‘Mahaboudha’, a Buddhist temple made of clay bricks, lies to the east of the Durbar Square. With Hundreds of Buddha images engraved in the bricks, Mahaboudha is known for its fine terra cota work.
Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the capital, popularly known as the ‘Hanuman Dhoka Palace’ - the Gateway of Hanuman (God of monkey) - an ancient seat of Nepalese Royalty. The Palace, constructed from the 15th – 18th centuries, consists of the huge Royal square imposing a tremendous variety of the temples dedicated to different Hindu Gods and Goddesses including Taleju Temple, Sweta & Black Bhairab, Kumari (The living goddess), along with Basantapur tower. Listed as one of the ten UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. It is widely known as a social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City with elaborately carved wooden windows and panels. It used to be a royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies and festivals of the nation. It also houses famous royal museum like The King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and The Mahendra Museum.
Day03 Kathmandu sightseeing.
In the early morning we go to the airport for the Mountain Flight ( Optional 190$/Person) after which we visit to the locations listed below for sightseeing tours.Everest Mountain Flight are offered by different Domestic Airlines in Kathmandu Valley. This one hour thrilling flight takes you to the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal, some of the highest peaks in the world. This breathtaking flight gives the best opportunity to get the closest and magnificent view of Mount Everest (8,850m) and other tallest mountains - Shisa Pangma (8,013m), Gauri Shanker (7134m), Melungtse (7023m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Pumori (8171m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m) & Amadablam (6856m). The flight are operated every morning from Kathmandu airport, flies in the altitude of 5000 – 7000 meters, and gets closer approximately five nautical miles from the highest peak of the world. Passengers are provided with individual window seats during the entire nerve tingling flight. Interested passengers are also invited to the cockpit from where they can take some spectacular pictures of the world’s tallest mountains.
Baudhanath Stupa, 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu, is 36m high, built around the 5th century A.D., is one of the biggest and the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world. It is unique with its three level, mandala style, platforms. What Mecca is to the Muslims, this Boudhanath Stupa is for Tibetan Buddhists. Every year thousands of pilgrims flock here from all over the Himalayan region to pay their tribute with great reverance to all Buddhist deities. The Stupa is recognized with the prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Buddhanath Stupa, there are many monasteries or Gompa attractions all impressively adorned and colorfully painted.
Pashupatinath, 5 km east of downtown Kathmandu along the side of Bagmati river, is the famous and biggest holiest temple of Hindus dedicated solely to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple, which is regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Its astonishing architectural existence dates back to 400 A.D. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South-Asia with hundreds of Shiva Lingam shrines and icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Hindu pilgrims perform sacred rituals with the thrilling scene of burning funeral pyres. During the Shivaratri festival (February – March), over 200 thousand devotees and pilgrims, mostly from India, visit this temple and make ceremonial fires. The Temple is recognized with the prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style-temples grouped around a fifty-five-window-palace of brick and wood. The square is part of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths and the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries. It has also been accorded with a prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Square also accommodates beautifully crafted Lion Gate, the massive gate that dates back to 1696 AD, which is guarded by two huge statues of lions at the either side of the gate with the dreadful stone image of Lord Shiva. Another masterpiece The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. As you go through inside the Golden Gate, one can see the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design until reaching a balcony with fifty-five windows carved beautifully in a wood. South of Palace, there stands a beautiful Nyatapola, the most famous pagoda of Nepal, consists of five tiers symbolizing each basic elements of the universe - water, earth, fire, wind and sky.
Day 04 Kathmandu-Chitwan |148 km | 5 hrs |150 m.
After hearty breakfast, we drive to the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of the country known as Chitwan, which houses a famous 932 square km Chitwan National Park. The park is also a World Heritage Site that shelters over 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles. Upon arrival, guests are taken to beautiful resorts followed by a refreshment and a briefing about the lodge facilities and travel program. Then after lunch, there will be slideshow presentation by a professional on the mammals, reptiles, birds, local people, village environment, flora & fauna, and natural history of the park. After the presentation, guests are taken off to a drive through the jungle inside the Chitwan National Park for closer and vivid sightseeing of birds, animals, endangered species (gaur, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard, python, etc), and picturesque villages. The drive will end with a chance for all guests to interact with hospitable and cheerful villagers and explore their unique culture and traditions.
Day 05 Chitwan – Full Day Jungle Safaris.
In the morning, we go off on our elephant back safari into the Park to view the rhinos at close quarters.
These rare one-horned Nepali rhinos are totally unaffected by the presence of the elephants, which allows us to get much closer look on these rare creatures. The expedition inside the park is a highlight of the trip to Chitwan, because it allows guests to see many beautiful peacocks, exotic Gharials (the freshwater Nepali crocodile), along with the mammoth rhinos up close and intimate. In the late afternoon, guests could take a traditional canoe for a thrilling adventure down the wide Rapti river. At the end of the trip, guests can walk back with the ranger, who will introduce guests to the local wildlife, flora, and elephant breeding center. The trip is well-staffed to give you the most of your time while at the park, and make each guest’s elepahant-back-Safari a very thrilling experience for them.
Day 06 Drive to Pokhara | 130 km | 4 hrs | 850m.
After a 4 hour drive through an excellent view of fabulous foothills and spectacular mountain vistas, there comes a popular tourist destination called Pokhara. On arriving Pokhara, guests are immediately accommodated into gorgeous lakeside hotel from where each guests can acknowledge how naturally gifted the place is all around the place. Pokhara offers an incredible close up view of the snow-capped-peaks of the majestic Annapurna, also known as holy mountain of Machhapuchhare (“Fishtail”) just south of the famous lake called Phew Taal. Pokhara lakeside is a truly a relaxation paradise with a view of mammoth mountains right in front of you coupled with wide view of gorgeous lakes of Pokhara. To amplify the heavenly experience, the town of pokhara is well suited with excellent restaurants and diners for a pleasurable overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 07 Pokhara fullday sightseeing in Pokhara.
Sarangkot: In the early morning, we undertake a short excursion tour to Sarangkot hill (1592 m) on the long mountain ridge skirting the north side of Lake Phewa. The hill has the best known for its great view of sunrise and sunset. From the top of the hill, guests could enjoy panoramic view of the snow-capped-Himalayan ranges coupled with beautiful hills, lush terraced green fields and picturesque villages. Sarangkot is paraglider’s paradise as it falls under the eight most adventurous places for paragliders in the world. In the evening, guests are back to hotel for one last overnight stay at the beautiful city of Pokhara. Next morning, guests are on their way to Kathmandu.
Davids Fall: Witness a breathtaking and unique waterfall that lies just 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canal and was never found, and hence the name ‘David Waterfall’ was named in his memory by the people of Pokhara.
Boating: Enjoy the 1 hour long boat ride on this romantic Phewa Lake, shadowed by the gigantic range of Mt. Annapurna. With a magnificent Barahi temple’s in the middle of the lake, Phewa lake tranforms into a religious center while enjoying the boating and touring the lake with a Mt. Annapurna in your front view.
Day 08 Pokhara – Kathmandu| 200 km |5 hrs |1350m.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu stopping in mid-way for guests to have lunch, leg stretches, and restrooms. Late afternoon, upon arriving Kathmandu, guests could check in hotel and just relax with no real programs ahead for them for rest of the day. However, guests can always go off on their own to venture into the city on a taxi to check out shopping places for souvenirs and Nepali products on sale.
Day 09 Kathmandu - Nagarkot | 32 km | 4hrs |1750 m.
Nagarkot: Town of Nagarkot is 32 km north-east of Kathmandu. It’s an hour drive through windy roads and is well known as a beautiful hill resort about 2175 meters above the sea level. It’s a magnificent place to view the panorama of major peaks of eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest. Sunrise and Sunset views from this hill resort is also very spectacular. Anyone looking for an adventure without exerting much effort, a hike to Nagarkot’s surrounding areas is always a good option. One can traverse through short distance trekking trails, while coming close to nature’s wonders such as outskirts of verdant forests, meadows covered with flowers, and unusual rock formations.
Day 10 Nagarkot - Kathmandu via Changu Narayan Temple.
Changu Narayan Temple: After enjoying hearty breakfast alongside the magnificent view of sunrise in Nagarkot, we drive back to Kathmandu via Changu Narayan Temple, which was built in 4th century. The temple consists of some of the Nepal’s oldest stone sculptures, and is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, the protector of the universe according to Hindu religion. The Temple is one of the seven World heritage Sites of Nepal. The temple is of great importance due to its idols and shrines and its rich architectural beauty.
Day 11 Kathmandu
Excursion to Pharping | 20 km | 1.5hrs |1375 m: On this day, we go for a short excursion to Pharping, which is 26km south of Kathmandu. The town of Pharping is also considered as one of the holiest for Buddhists people. Here we go to visit Padmasambhava cave, where it is believed that the Padmasambhava (first Buddhist saints who introduced the Buddhism in Tibet) meditated here, and other two major caves (the Asura Cave and the Yanglesho Cave) blessed by Guru Rinpoche. Pharping also has several monasteries, temples and retreat centres.
Day 12 Free Stay in Kathmandu and Dinner overnight hotel.
Cultural Dance Program with Dinner: In the evening you are invited to a typical but fascinating Nepali cultural folk dance program with an authentic Nepali dinner served with unique Newari cuisines. The culture of Nepal is embedded in the high peaks of Nepal, where tradition flows with its rivers and art traverses through its valleys with religion deeply embedded in the heart of its people. It is a country where art, culture and religion play a huge role in its multi-ethnical and multi-linguistic people’s lifestyle. The Cultural Dance presented reflects the unique culture and traditions of the people of Himalayan Kingdom. Authentic Dinner with the unique culture show provides memorable moment and an unforgettable experience for anyone out to gain a new perspective on the culture and traditions of Nepali people.
Day 13 Departure from Kathmandu.
As per your flight schedule today, we will transfer airport 3 hours prior to departure time, so we request you to get ready in the lobby 3 and half hours prior to departure.