Nepal can apparently be called the live cultural and natural museum, for every city, every village is culturally diverse, and so is its geography with hills, mountains, and plains. Kathmandu is all the more obvious in this sense. It is suitably called the city of temple insofar as it is rife with temples.
Furthermore, it is abundantly embedded with historical monuments, palatial elements, and stupas. There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside the Kathmandu Valley alone, and what makes it more amazing is it is such a small city, densely populated though, that you can tour it on your foot.
In fact, you, as a tourist, can do a lot in this glorious city. You can marvel over Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Changunarayan Temple and Kapan Gumba. Curio shops in Thamel, traditional shops in Asan are lovely and vibrant. Local Newari cuisine is arguably one of the best things you can try.
Bhaktapur, a district in the valley, is, in fact, historically distinct and culturally exotic, dominated by the indigenous Newar. Besides its Durbar Square, 55-Window Palace is pure work of art and architecture built in the 17th century. The 3-storied palace is named so for its 55 windows which are superbly carved. Pure awe! Equally magnificent are other monuments, like Taleju Bhawani, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavanath Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and so on. In fact, the aforementioned Changunarayan Temple lies here.
Next, you would want to lose yourself into nature. Nagarkot will provide you that opportunity. It is one of the most beautiful spots from where you can have a panoramic view of Kathmandu. It is expressly popular for views of the sunrise and gleaming Himalayan ranges.
You have yet to see another best. Pokhara! You can get the hang of it right from its designation—it is called the tourism capital. It is an elegant city with wealth to take you by surprise. Tal Barahi Temple, International Mountain Museum, Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, Sarangkot, Davis Falls, World Peace Stupa, and Phewa Lake are some of the enchanting attractions you will gleefully make a visit to. In addition to it, it also hosts adventurous sports, like Paragliding and Bungee jumping, which are greatly popular.
On top of that, your home-stay and monastery stay will be quite an unusually outstanding experience.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhaktapur via Thimi
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot
Day 05: Trek Nagarkot to Changunarayan & drive to Kathmandu: visit Pashupatinath & Boudhanath
Day 06: Drive Kathmandu to Sedi Bagar via Pokhara
Day 07: Drive Sedi Bagar to Pokhara & visit Devi’s fall / Guptesowri cave & World peace stupa
Day 08: Visit Sarangkot
Day 09: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the Hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Visit Patan and Swoyambhunath: start our tour with the magnificent Swoyambhunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel followed by a visit of Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest stupa of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.
Patan- the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhaktapur: Today we drive to the oldest part of the Kathmandu valley. A short stop at old Thimi on our way to observe some traditional farming and old alleys of Thimi village. Then finally we drive to ancient city called Bhaktapur. This fascinating city reminds you the true culture and living style of medieval period.
Bhaktapur- Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. We visit four different squares in this city: Durbar Square (palace square), Tamaudi Square (public square), Pottery Square and Dattatrey Square.
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot: an exciting drive to Nagarkot for an hour on winding road. It is a great place to escape from Kathmandu’s hustle bustle.
Nagarkot – One of the most popular hill station / viewpoints close to Kathmandu valley. Several different mountain peaks of different regions including Mt. Shisapangma of Tibet can be seen from Nagarkot.
Day 05: Trek Nagarkot to Thali via Changunarayan and drive back to Kathmandu: on our way back from Nagarkot, an exciting walk down to Changunarayan. After visiting Changunarayan temple we walk down to Thali. The hike in total would be about 4 hours. We go through several Tamang and Newari traditional villages enjoying the view of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities down in the valley. Then drive back to Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Changunarayan - is a fascinating place where you can see oldest Manu script found in Nepali history and some magnificent temples.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is a double–roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal.
Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and it is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like Swoyambhunath, this stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Overnight: Sheichan Bairoling Monastery
Day 06: Drive Kathmandu to Sedi Bagar via Pokhara: a scenic drive to Sedi Bagar via Pokhara for about 6 hours followed by a short hike to Thapa family home. While we are in Thapa family home, we get to observe and experience real culture and living style of traditional Nepali family of country side.
Overnight: Home stay
Day 07: Drive Sedi Bagar to Pokhara and visit Devi's fall, Gupteswori Cave and World Peace Stupa: hike down to the road and drive back to Pokhara. Then we start our sightseeing for the day visiting Devi’s fall, Guptesori Cave and World peace stupa which offers you the great view of the Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.
Day 08: Visit Sarangkot (1592m): early morning drive to Sarangkot, It’s about an hour drive on winding uphill road and 1 more hour trek to the top. The view from Sarangkot is superb. Several different peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, including the two highest peaks in the world,-Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) can be seen.
Day 09: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu: a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport for departure.
NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.
Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.
The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.
Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.
In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.
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