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Kathmandu and Pokhara
10 Days
Kathmandu and Pokhara

Nepal is not an exclusive destination for lovers of climbing and trekking. The beauty of the old towns of the three medieval kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley: Kantipur, Lalitpur and Bhadgaon (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur), with its unique and spectacular architecture, can be equally exciting than glaciers and peaks of the Himalayas, without need great physical effort. The palaces, temples and other monuments from the time of the Malla dynasty are available to all.

With this tour you will discover the most beautiful temples, monasteries and cities of all Kathmandu Valley and you will enjoy with the best sunrise you have ever seen before. Also you will visit Pokhara, the second biggest city in Nepal, located in the edge of Phewa Lake and Bandipur a newar town which has maintained its age-old flavor, architecture and authentic newari customs and tradition.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

 At your arrival at Tribuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, you will be welcome by our representative. A short drive by car will bring you to your hotel: Gokarna Forest Resort. This resort is situated within the city limits of Kathmandu, inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private royal hunting grounds of the kings of Nepal.

Accommodation: Gokarna Resort 5* (bed and breakfast)

 

 Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After your breakfast in the hotel, our guide will take you for the whole day excursion. You will be visiting three important sites today, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Pashupatinath, the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, first established in 5th century. The holiest Hindu pilgrimage place in Nepal, Pashupatinath has received the attention of worshippers for at least fifteen hundred years. Dedicated to Shiva the lord of Destruction the temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. After, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the principal Buddhist religion sanctuaries surrounded by numerous monasteries and Tibetan boutiques. And in the afternoon you will be transferred to Bhaktapur, this city is known for its rich and unique culture, sophisticated art and craft, architecture, monuments, colorful festivals, and its own lifestyle. The city, in its majority, is inhabited by the Newar ethnic group famous for handicraft and trade skills. Overnight in Bhaktapur

Accommodation: Hotel Heritage 3* (bed and breakfast)

 Day 3: From Bhaktapur to Nagarkot

After breakfast you will have a time to walk around the beautiful city of Bhaktapur, enjoying of the newari culture and traditions, discovering its architecture and crafts.  A mid-morning you will visit Changu Narayan Temple, located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri,  about 4 kilometers north of Bhaktapur. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Visnu and held in especial reverence by the Hindu people. This temple is considered as the oldest temple in Nepal. After this visit the tour will continues till Nagarkot, considered as the best viewpoint spot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset with spectacular Himalayan vistas including Mount Everest.

Accommodation: Hotel Country Villa 3* (bed and breakfast)

Day 4: Sunrise in Nagarkot. Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today early morning you will enjoy the spectacular view of sunrise in front of the and high snowcapped Himalaya Mountains. It will be a sunrise which you never seen before.

After breakfast, the car and driver will be waiting for you for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. The journey will start in Patan, also known as Lalitpur, which means “city of fine arts”. Patan lies 5 km south of Kathmandu. The whole complex of Durbar Square – its old town - consists of different sections of medieval palaces. Patan is also very famous for its artisans.

From Patan we move to Swayambhunath. This 2500-year old stupa is situated on a hill and over-looking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides represent the all-seeing eyes of Buddha and are watching constantly both: wrong and good doers. This is a place of a high religious value for the Buddhists.

The last visit of today it will be in Kathmandu Durbar Square, the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup, a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. And then transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: Gokarna Resort 5* (bed and breakfast)

Day 5: Pokhara

After breakfast, you will be transfered to domestic airport for a 20 minutes flight to reach Pokhara, situated at 200km west from Kathmandu. Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and others and has several beautiful lakes like Phewa lake or Begnas Lake, located very close to Pokhara, an ideal place for relaxation, boating and fishing.

Accommodation: Hotel Landmark (bed and breakfast)

  

Day 6: Sightseeing in Pokhara

Today the guide will take you for an excursion tour around Pokhara. You will it visiting Devi's Fall, an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David...) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall. After Devi’s fall you will visit Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave located near Devi's Fall.  And in the afternoon you will enjoy with a relaxing boating in Phewa lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Landmark (bed and breakfast)

 

 Day 7: Bandipur

Today after breakfast,you will take a car to drive to Bandipur, located 3 hours far by car from Pokhara. Bandipur is located on a high hilltop in Tanahun district. This small newar town has maintained its age-old flavor, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes.

Accommodation: Old Inn (bed and breakfast)

Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you will take a car to drive back to Kathmandu. After 3 hours drive you will reach the capital and you will have all afternoon free to do some shopping

Accommodation: Gokarna forest Resort 5* (bed and breakfast)

Day 9: Free day

Take your time walking around Durbar Marg, a fancy avenue that leads to the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. You can also purchase some local souvenirs in Thamel, the most popular touristic area in Kathmandu, where you can find all kinds of facilities and lots of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Otherwise, you can opt for a mountain flight which takes place early in the morning and during one hour offers you a spectacular view of the Himalayas.

Accommodation: Gokarna forest Resort 5* (bed and breakfast)

Day 10: International departure

 You will be transferred to the International Airport three hours prior to departure time of the flight back to your home country.

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Price includes :

All hotel-airport transfers as per the program

All the transportation for all tour

Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Private car transportation during all tour

Accommodation in Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu, four nights on B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

Accommodation in Hotel Heritage in Bhaktapur, 1 night on B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

Accommodation in Hotel Country Villa in Nagarkot, 1 night on B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

Accommodation in Hotel Landmark in Pokhara, two nights on  B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

Accommodation in Hotel Old Inn in Bandipur, 1 night on B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

English-speaking guide during all tour, in the  cultural visits in Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Bandipur

Entrance fees to the monuments in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara as per the program.

Price excludes :

Travel insurance (cancellation/ baggage loss, emergency evacuation cost)

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Nepal visa fee (25 USD for 15 days, with 2 photographs)

Lunches and dinners

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc)

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