KATHMANDU

While everyone of us have our own eye of visit, ranging from doses of cuisine to archaeological, religious or cultural taste, Kathmandu ensembles all perfectly. Kathmandu Valley bears the ancient civilization of Asia, with hundreds of remarkable monuments and several pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. This economic hub of Nepal accommodates seven of World Heritage Sites. There are notable choices to visit in this ancient city.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Surrounded by intricate wood carvings, centuries old rich culture and assortments of temples, Kathmandu Durbar Square holds a spectacular legacy of traditional architecture. This was once the residence of Nepal’s Royal family and all coronation ceremonies held here.The Durbar Square links 3 courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section of Hanuman Dhoka- the entrance to the main palace, and to the south is the open area, a former royal elephant stables- they say! Most parts of the premises are open to tourists throughout the week. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the historic center of Nepal in terms of cultural heritage, sovereignty, economics, religion and pride. The entire square was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Kumari Ghar is visited with wonderment. This is where the living goddess resides. A girl belonging to Buddhist family is chosen through an ancient selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu goddess. She also makes public appearances during festivals.

2. Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Paved with red bricks and oddles of bahals (courtyards) and temples mustered around, Patan Durbar Square showcases astonishing ancient architecture and centuries old palace of Malla kings. The square boasts three main courtyards. Mul Chok- the central courtyard is the largest of three chowks. Vidya temple and Taleju temple stand around this courtyard. The other two are Sundari Chok and Keshav Narayan Chok. Krishna Mandir is the major attraction of the square. It is a Hindu temple built in the Shikhara style, entirely of stones, structured like a mountain peak. This architecture was built in 1637 by King Siddhi Narasimha Malla. The first floor pillar carvings notably narrate the events of the Mahabharat, while on the second floor there are visual carvings from Ramayan.

3. Swayambhu

One of the oldest Buddhist monuments of the valley, Swayambhu ,also called a Monkey Temple, is UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconography for both Buddhist and Hindu. The gleaming white dome soaring atop a hill is capped by a gilded spire painted with the eyes of lord Buddha overlooking the Kathmandu valley in all the directions. Devotees are seen making a ritual circumnavigating of the base of the hill, spinning the prayer wheels.

4. Ason Market

An excellent 2–3 kms walk between Kathmandu Durbar Square and Thamel leads to a lively century old market square highlighting the local bazaar. Ason is one of the historic locations in the valley sought after its architecture and charming bazaar ambience. It is famed for fresh vegetables, spices & herbs, traditional utensils & metalwares , clothing and is basically a busy market which may often test ones bargaining skills. Annapurna temple presides over Ason; a three-storied temple from second half of 19th century, dedicated to the goddess of abundance, and the popularity of Ason was gained more when this temple was constructed during Malla era. Surrounded by several other popular temples and shrines, the place welcomes all with no entrance fee.

POKHARA

Pokhara, ~200kms west from Kathmandu is a city for adventurers where the gateway opens to famed trekking destinations in Nepal, including Annapurna Circuit or basecamp. Lakeside in Pokhara is the perfect leisure place with colorful market and exotic food. What is also special about Pokhara is the view of mountain ranges that the city offers almost from anywhere, including hotel rooms or streets. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu are some of the mountains above 8000 meters that can be seen from a close distance. Machhapuchre has a unique shape like that of fish’s tail, and its reflection along with other mountain ranges falls right on the Phewa lake. The city is also coined as the “City of Lakes”. Boating in some famous ones like Phewa lake, Rupa Lake or Begnas lake is a tranquil sensation. Peace Stupa and Sarangkot are strategically marked view points that overlooks entire valley. Deep gorges, waterfalls (Devis fall), ancient temples are museums visit are among another popular choices to make.

Pokhara has blooming adventure sports industry. Paragliding here is considered as one of the best experiences. Bungee, ultralight, biking, zipline and rock climbing are equally loved activities. Overall, Pokhara visit concludes to be a cherished experience.

1. GHANDRUK

In northern-central Nepal, some 30 kms away from Pokhara, there sits a part of hill covered neatly with slate-roofed houses?—?Ghandruk! Ghandruk soars dramatically atop terrace fields from deep gorge carved by glacier-fed Modi River. There is a stone paved trail from the Ghandruk bus stop, nearly of an hour that leads to Grandruk village. It is not too stressful walk and is popular among national as well as international visitors. You will pass by the train of donkeys carrying loads along the way. This harmonized community allures visitors as a view point with panoramic Himalayan view of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machhapuchre(Fishtail) mountains.

Ghandruk is centuries old village, still far away from maddening crowd. It has still preserved its ancient touches and this can also be explored there at “Gurung Museum”. The museum has safeguarded collection of traditional wares and weaponry, basically all that what reflects the ancient lifestyle. One can also arrange to get photographed in traditional Gurung dresses.

Culture and Adventure of Nepal Tour Itinerary

Entry/Exit: Fly In/Out
Altitude: 1300m

Transfers: By Private a/c vehicle

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: None 

Welcome to the Himalaya Country of Nepal, after passing through immigration, you will continue walk downstairs to collect your baggage and you will go through custom inspection.After doing all the formalities, you will proceed to exit point where our representative willbe waiting for you to greet you and transfer to the hotel as booked.

Transfers: By Private a/c vehicle

Sightseeing tour: By local licensed English speaking guide

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The buildings of the Kathmandu Durbar Square mostly date to the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, but the white, European style Gaddi Durbar Palace was built in 1908. Unfortunately, the Kathmandu Durbar Square was extensively damaged during the earthquake of 2015. The ancient Kasthamandap temple--from which Kathmandu derives its name--completely collapsed. However, it is still worth visiting as a number of important buildings remain, and the overall atmosphere--with old men sitting chatting in the shadows, and children chasing pigeons--is as ironically Kathmandu as it always was.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is a Buddhist stupa two kilometres west of central Kathmandu. It’s perched on a hill, so is visible from various points throughout the city, and when the weather is good, the views of the city and the greater Kathmandu Valley from Swayambhu are impressive. Swayambhu dates from the fifth century. The site is of great significance to Tantric Buddhists. Prayers said here are said to be 13 billion times more powerful than those said elsewhere!

Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is smaller than the Kathmandu Durbar Square, but also more architecturally coherent. Most buildings were built in the sixteenth century. A highlight is the Patan Museum, located in a wing of the old Royal Palace. This was developed with Austrian aid, and is an impressive collection of statues and other artefacts relating to Nepali Hinduism, Buddhism and traditional architecture in the Kathmandu Valley and beyond.

 

Altitude: 900m

Driving distance: 6-7hours drive under normal road condition

Day rafting: Optional 2-3hours at Trishuli River

Transfers: By Private a/c vehicle

Sightseeing tour: By local licensed English speaking guide

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel

Today after breakfast we will drive to Pokhara, which is approx..6-7hours drive. On the way optional day raft at Trishuli River.

The put-in point for Trisuli River Rafting is located just 3 to 3.5hours drive west of Kathmandu. The scenery of river Trishuli includes small gorges and a glimpse of the cable car leading to the famous Hindu Temple Manakamana.?For the most of the year the rapids encountered on the Trisuli are straightforward, easily negotiated and well spaced out. Trisuli river is an excellent river for those looking for a short river trip, without the challenge of huge rapids, but with some really exciting rapids, with beautiful scenery and a relatively peaceful environment.

Pokhara is the second-largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu, and is located in the Nepal’s mid-west. With the Annapurna region only about 25 kilometers away, Pokhara is a key base for trekkers and travelers venturing to and from the region. Pokhara is popular with foreign travelers, with many citing it as the most enjoyable city to stay in while in Nepal. One particular area of the city borders a large lake called Phewa Tal. This part of the city is nicknamed “lakeside,” and it is where most of the hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and shops geared towards tourists are based. Lakeside in particular is very relaxed and calm compared to Kathmandu, and is an enormous contrast from the hustle and bustle of its Kathmandu equivalent, Thamel.

Altitude: 1950m

Driving distance 1hour 30minutes

Walking distance: 5hours walk

Accommodation: Simple Lodges

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at the lodge

After breakfast, we will drive from Pokhara, we take a short drive to Nayapool. Excellent views of mountains, valleys and villages throughout the drive. From Nayapool, there is a short level walk to Birethanti, a pleasant village at bank of Modi River. The trail leaves the Modi River and climbs the stone stairs all the way up to Ghandruk. There are several small beautiful hamlets on the way with beautiful scenery of Modi Khola valley.

Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful and second largest Gurung village of Nepal. This is the hometown of famouse Gorkha soldiers. Most of the households has someone working or retired Gorkha soldier. There is the headquarter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and a Gurung museum. A breathtaking close up views of Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre can be seen from the area.

Altitude: 1610m
Walking distance: approx. 3hours walk
Accommodation: Simple Lodges
Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at the lodge

In the morning after having breakfast, we will descend down through dense forest of rhododendron viewing scenic Landruk and Ghandruk village, on the way we will pass through Konda Village “Konda means Stone”. We will continue to steep climbs and then cross over the stream. Then a short stiff climbs bring us to Jhinu Danda which takes about 3-4hours. There is a hot spring with cement bathing pools about 25 minutes downhill. We will stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Dhampus

Altitude: 1650m

Walking distance: approx. 5hours walk

Accommodation: Simple Lodges

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at the lodge

For the first part of the trek is a descent. Here you find beautiful waterfalls. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m). Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascends to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests.

We continue our trek to Dhampus. The trail gently descends to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs.

Walking distance: approx. 2hours walk

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, you will trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Upon arrival in Dhampus Phedi we will continue our drive to Pokhara. Later sightseeing tour of Pokara city.

Davis fall’s: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2Km from central Pokhara City. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara.

 

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in south Asia which is located at the pristine location of northwestern part of Pokhara, a world famous tourist destination in Gandaki zone and Kaski district.

Bindebashini Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.

The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. You will have an hour boat ride to this lake and the best part is the reflection of Fishtail Mountain in the river.

World peace pagoda: This Pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Fewa lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in four directions. The Pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands a grand view. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. Later drive back to Pokhara and proceed for sightseeing tours.

Transfers: By Private a/c vehicle

Sightseeing tour: By local English speaking guide

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel and dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance show.

Early morning drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view and snowcapped Mountains and later drive back to hotel for breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu

 

Sarangkot. Situated very close to Pokhara town, its just 45minutes drive from Pokhara city. It offers the breath taking panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. From here one can have the spectacular panoramic view of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the un-spoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Viewing 700m down from the top of Sarangkot you can have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and many more.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu check-in to the hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: The third major Durbar Square of the Kathmandu Valley is in Bhaktapur, east of central Kathmandu. Visitors often say that it feels more like a museum than a lived-in space or centre of commerce, like Patan’s or Kathmandu’s Durbar Squares. But it is the place to come for an introduction to fine Newari crafts. The wood, stone and metal carvings around the temples, and the traditional clay pots drying in the courtyards in the sun are beautiful attractions of Bhaktapur

Evening: Farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance show.

Day 09: Trip ends, depart Kathmandu
Transfers: By Private a/c vehicle

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast drive to airport for onwards flight back home.

End of the Journeys

 

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast drive to airport for onwards flight back home.

End of the Journeys

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