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Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Description: A perfect amalgamation of the tranquility associated with Buddhist Tibet and the mysteriousness that represents neighboring India, the petite Himalayan kingdom of Nepal epitomizes the essence of both cultures with its rich religious heritage. Home to eight of the worlds’ ten highest peaks, Nepal is an adventure haven for mountaineering and trekking alike. A land of awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks with monasteries and temples set against a backdrop of serene lakes and stunning landscape, Nepal is the ultimate in traveling nirvana.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
You will be met by our representative at Kathmandu International Airport and transferred to your hotel. The evening may be spent walking and exploring the sights and sounds that make up the main tourist hub of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu: The capital of Nepal can tend to feel like any other big city, but the backstreets tell a whole other story. Stroll through Durbar Square with its pagoda temples and mouthwatering cuisine. A single evening at the tourist hub, Thamel, would seem to end all too soon with quaint little pubs and numerous curio shops.
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu
After breakfast, embark on a memorable religious and architectural tour beginning with the ancient Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, and Patan, and ending under the watchful eyes of Swayambhunath.
Pashupatinath: On the banks of the sacred river Bagmati, this ancient Hindu temple is renowned for the sadhus who pray here and as a cremation site.
Bouddhanath: Home to one of the worlds’ largest stupas, Bouddhanath remains a popular Buddhist pilgrimage center for both monks and believers alike the world over.
Patan: Historically known as Lalitpur, this ‘city of beauty’ is an architectural delight with its ancient temples and central durbar square. Not just the second largest city in this valley, it also has more temples than either Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. The Tibetan refugee center that exists here also offers an array of shopping options from fine Tibetian carpets to intricate curios.
Swayambhunath: Often called the ‘Monkey Temple’, the golden spire of this 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal’s most renowned symbol of the painted eyes of Buddha originate from Swayambhunath as they are said to watch over all who ascend the worn stone steps.
Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu
After breakfast, head towards Pokhara about 210 kms from Kathmandu, drive that should take approximately 7 hours.
Pokhara: A beautiful little lake town surrounded by mountains, Pokhara offers a perfect blend of touristy little pubs and shops intermingled with the resonance of monks chanting monasteries set against the perfection that is Mount Machhapuchhare. Usually the first or last stop before a trek to the Annapurna, Pokhara offers a variety of adventure trails from river rafting to jungle safaris. A cable-car ride visit to the Manakamna Temple is said to assure you get your wishes granted by the Goddess. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Pokhara
An early rise could ensure you experience the best sunrise of your life at Sarangkot, provided the weather cooperates. Spend the afternoon visiting the famous Bindebasini Temple and Devi’s Fall.
Sarangkot: Just north of Phewa Lake, Sarangkot viewpoint offers a thrilling experience of sunsets and sunrises with panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal bathed in various hues of red and yellow.
Bindebasini Temple: A journey through the old bazaar leads to this ancient temple of the Goddess Durga resounds with the peace and tranquility that only a temple in the Himalayas can offer.
Devi’s Fall: Also known as Patale Chango, this beautiful waterfall is about 2 km southwest of Pokhara. The Gupteshwor Cave opposite offers unmatched views of limestone deposits in their natural form; photography, however, is prohibited.
Overnight your hotel in Pokhara.
Day 5: Pokhara – Kathmandu
After breakfast, start the 6-hour drive back to Kathmandu.
On arrival in Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of the day covering all those stops you might have missed on your first day here, trying your luck at the casino if you feel so inclined.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Departure
Your morning should be relatively free, after breakfast, until it’s time to make your way to the airport for your flight back home.