Highlights: Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Pokhara
Alternate travel dates: 15 Jan 21 - 31 Mar 21
Kathmandu – Hotel Himalaya
Nagarkot -Club Himalaya
Pokhara-Begnas Lake Resort Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet-welcome and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Himalaya or Shambala Day 2: Tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath stupa, and Patan city
After breakfast, visit of old Kathmandu city with its stone-paved lanes, colorful bazaars, the Temple of the Living Goddess - Kumari who is considered to be the incarnation of the "Virgin Goddess". The old Durbar Square consists of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture. Continue to Swayambhunath stupa, situated west of Kathmandu. It is a 2500 years old Buddhist stupa located at a top of a green hillock with the eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle overlooking the righteous behavior of the valley inhabitants. Later visit Patan city, also known as Lalitpur or the "city of beauty". Patan is well known for its intricately carved temples, narrow lanes, and quaint shops. See the intricately stone-carved Krishna temple, Patan Durbar Square and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (golden temple).
Overnight: Hotel Himalaya or Shambala Day 3: Drive Kathmandu / Nagarkot via Bhaktapur (32 Km/1hr)
After breakfast, drive to an old Bhaktapur town and explore this interesting town also known as the "city of devotees", the home of medieval art and architecture and a classic showcase of medieval Nepalese town life. Entering the Durbar Square, the sparseness of the temple is immediately apparent, compared to the profusion in the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan cities. Visit the main square which contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces. After the visit, drive to Nagarkot (35 Km) which is one of the most scenic spots and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalayas when the weather is clear. Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view several snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal.
Overnight at Club Himalaya (Standard room) Day 4: Drive Nagarkot / Pokhara (232 Km/6.5 hrs)
Early morning, sunrise view from your own hotel (depending upon the weather conditions) After breakfast, drive along a scenic mountain highway to Pokhara, famous for its snow-clad mountains, lush green vegetation, and its spring-fed lakes. Before reaching Pokhara, drive to Begnas bazaar and transfer to Begnas Lake Resort.
Overnight at Begnas Lake Resort. Day 5: Tour of Pokhara.
Morning, drive to Pokhara. Continue with the sightseeing tour of Pokhara city and its colorful bazaars. The visit includes the Bindabasini temple and Devi's fall. Take a walk along the Phewa lakeside with its rows of restaurants, bars, bookshops, and fruit stalls. After the visit, transfer back to your resort. The afternoon is free.
Overnight at Begnas Lake Resort (Superior room) Day 6: Drive Pokhara / Kathmandu (200Km/6 hrs Tour of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
Morning, drive back to Kathmandu retracing the same highway. Afternoon, visit Bodhnath. It is the biggest stupa in Nepal and is located on flat land. This Stupa, set in a pattern of a "Mandala" is encircled by houses and monasteries where Rinpoches (enlightened Buddhist monks) reside. Around the base of this strikingly enormous and simple stupa is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels. Further, visit Pashupatinath temple situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors, is famous for its superb architecture. The best view of the temple is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual purificatory baths in the river. Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or Shambala Day 7: Departure Transfer
Morning, transfer to the international airport in time to connect your outbound flight.