Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. The valley is surrounded by four main hills. The city has history since long. Kathmandu is rich in cultural heritages. It has many hill stations, view points, adventure destinations, and forests. Kathmandu has the National Park in its north which is the nearest national park from the International Airport in the world. This is Shivapuri national park. The indigenous inhabitant of Kathmandu valley is Newar people. They are skillful craftsmen. The masterpiece work of wood, stone or painting has set different identity in the world. But, all these things created in 17th century in the Malla period. This was the golden period of Nepal. Trekkers, who would like to trek to Langtang, depart from Kathmandu to Dhunche or Syabrubenshi.
Nagarkot is the best hill station. It was the trade route to Tibet in the Lichhavi period. Nagarkot means the city of fort. Nagarkot has been the favorite summer resort of Kings and Maharajas. Their summer palace ‘Bhangeri Durbar’ is now converted in to Military Academy.This is the best place to view 300 km long mountain ranges in the clear day.
Pokhara, the enchanting city nestled with hills, is the city of Lakes. This is 200 km far from Kathmandu. It is located in the western part of Nepal. This does not have more cultural- historical monuments but this is paradise due to its scenic beauty, landscape. It is better to say that this place has been gifted by almost everything: rivers, lakes, gorges, forests, Mountains, caves, many more. Mostly, the Gurung people are found dwelling here. They are retired from ex- Gurkha soldier. Pokhara is the touristic hub, a adventurers’ dreamland and the trekkers entrance. 60% of the total visitors come to trek to Annapurna regions.
So, doing tour combining these two places would be an unforgettable in your lifetime. Himkala Adventure has arranged such package to have cultural experience as well as great fun in the nature.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu ( Swoyambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha & Pashupatinath ) then proceed to Nagarkot, overnight stay at Nagarkot
Day 03:Wake up for sunrise, walk around Nagarkot, then Bhaktapur Sightseeing. After sightseeing in Bhaktapur, heading to Pokhara by private vehicle
Day 04: Go to Sarangkot and day sightseeing (Bindhawasini, Seti Gorge, Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor cave, Tibetan Refugee Camp)
Day 05:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Flight is available)
Day 06:Sightseeing at Patan and around there. Rest of the day for shopping & rest
Day 07:Departure to the International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and transfer to HotelUpon your arrival in Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you heartily and transfers you to the hotel at Thamel. After check in hotel, you could get rest and be refreshed then you could explore Thamel around. Overnight at Thamel
Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu ( Swoyambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha & Pashupatinath ) then proceed to Nagarkot, overnight stay at Nagarkot After breakfast, we begin our city tour in the UNESCO world Heritage Sites. First we begin from Swoyambhu, 3 km far from Thamel, perched on the conical shaped hill. The hill has been encircled by the road and we can use either longer steps or the shorter one. It is the prime attraction of Bajrayana followers. Swoyambhu is the source and central location of the valley’s creation myth, and evidence to believe the hill was used for animist rites long before Buddhism arrived in the valley 2500 years ago. Mostly the Newar people of Kathmandu are found visiting this place with great devotion. Besides this, other people from different parts of the country come to visit stupa and worship in Harati Temple in the west direction. After this, we descend down to Kathmandu Durbar Square, though it is a busy place but the courtyards, Kumari Chowk, Basantapur souvenir shops, Neoclassical building, Nine storied temple, Nasal Chowk, Taleju Temple, the stone inscription, Kal Bhairav and Swet Bhairav are worth visiting. Then we proceed to Bhoudhanath Stupa which is about 6 km from here. Boudha Stupa has been surrounded by the houses, but it has serene atmosphere. The huge doom and the three layers, the hermika – golden part and the 13 steps are attractive. The whole scenario is found full of vibration with “Om Mani Padme Hum” and the monks circumambulating the stupa. This place is very much influenced by Tibetan people who exiled from Tibet after 1959. There are more than 28 monasteries nearby. The last place for today is Pashupatinath – the Shiva Temple. The temples of Pashupatinath straddle the Bagmati River, which is thought the holiest River by Hindus. To die and be cremated here is to be released from the cycle of rebirths. One can see Shivalays (number of houses with phallic symbol inside), cremation ghats, ritual bathers, the priests helping with annual service, half naked sadhus and so on. After the tour, we head toward Nagarkot which is an hour drive from Pashupatinath. Overnight at Nagarkot
Day 03Wake up for sunrise, walk around Nagarkot, then Bhaktapur Sightseeing. After sightseeing in Bhaktapur, heading to Pokhara by private vehicle We get up early in the morning for the sun rise. There is tower about 5 km from the hotel side up hill from where one can get 360 degrees view otherwise the series of mountains can be seen stretching over 300 km from Manaslu to Everest in a clear day even from the hotel. After breakfast, we slowly come down back to Bhaktapur for the sightseeing. Bhaktapur is known by the word Khowpa. It was once very powerful capital in the city. The city is still in old tradition, ritual activities and arts and craftsmanship. We begin our tour from Dattatraya Square where we will see the Pujarimath with beautiful peacock windows, the wood museum, The Bronze Museum and the Dattatraya Temple itself. This is the only one temple in Nepal where three gods can be seen together.Then we come to Taumadhi Square where there are two magnificent temples – Nyatapola and Shiva Temple. From the way, we head towards to Pottery square and finally to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After the tour, we drive to Pokhara. It is 200 km from Kathmandu and can be reached within 5-6 hours by private vehicle. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 04 Go to Sarangkot and day sightseeing (Bindhawasini, Seti Gorge, Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor cave, Tibetan Refugee Camp) The day begins with early morning wake up and drive to Sarangkot, a little hill, about 15 km far from Pokhara Lake side. This is the best view point to see the virgin mountain - ‘Fishtail’. We can see Annapurna ranges and Dhaulagiri on the west. On the way back to hotel, we visit Bindhwasini temple and the Seti River gorge. After breakfast, we take a rest for a while and go for the day sightseeing. First we visit Davi’s falls, then Gupteshwor Cave and finally the Tibetan Refugee Camp. We return back to Lake Side and go for boating in Phewa Lake. This is how we do our day tour complete and return back to hotel. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 05Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Flight is available) After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a Prithivi Highway. If anyone would like to fly, one can enjoy an exciting flight viewing mountains. The drive is comfortable and enjoying with the countryside houses, terraces for the farmlands and the forest. We can see the streams and waterfalls mixing into the Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 06Sightseeing at Patan and around there. Rest of the day for shopping & rest One can have one day sightseeing before the departure in the city of fine arts at Patan. The Durbar Square is attractive with its three main Chowks, Hindu temples, magnificent Krishna Temple, well organized Patan Museum. Further down the soaring up high looking like the Banglamukhi temple and the dazzling bright Golden Temple cannot be escaped away. There is Mhaboudhha – Temple of thousand Buddhas. The Patan Industrial State is good to visit to see the Nepali artwork and the products on sale. Similarly one can visit Tibetan Carpet Industry at Jawalakhel. After all of this, we return back to Hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 07Departure to the International Airport Your trip of Kathmandu – Pokhara ends today with wonderful moments. We depart you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. You could arrange your luggage and further if you would like to do shopping, we could help you buy souvenir stuffs for your family and relatives as per your time schedule. Finally, we escort you to the airport and say bye wishing safe journey to the next destination. Namaste!!!
If you would like to visit Chitwan, this can be added in this package.
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