“Whether you are chasing Angels or Fleeing Demons, go to the mountains. ” said the wise man who worked with a mountain village in Nepal. It’s a land that saves you and needs saving. After the Earthquake in 2015, Nepal is slowly getting back on its feet. Inspite of this natural calamity it’s still one of the most beautiful places on earth, still with the doorway to heaven on earth – Himalayas. With its Stupas and Palaces, Nepal is a heritage hub. Stroll back in time at this timeless country.
Arrive at Kathmandu, and explore the city at your leisure for the rest of the day.
Start with Kathmandu, the political as well as the cultural capital of the country. More than the busy city, its people are the ones who make the place special - they are friendly as ever. Visit the vegetable & spice market in Ason, take the local rickshaw (tricycle) ride to Thamel. And after lunch head to Swayambhunath Stupa, a hillock-ed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Legend Alert: Legend has it that when Kathmandu Valley was a lake 2000 years ago, a single lotus flower grew at the center of the lake. When Saint Manjushree, the Bodhisatva drained the lake with a single slash of his sword, the lotus settled on top of a hill and magically turned into a stupa. Thus, Swayambhunath is also known as a Self-Created Stupa. Whether magically or now, this stupa is the most ancient and the most enigmatic of all holy shrines in Kathmandu. Later head towards Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, the city of artisans, a paradise of fine arts. The artisans have preserved ancient techniques like repoussé and lost wax process used to produce exquisite sculptures. This is a charming old city with its narrow streets, brick houses and multitude of well-preserved Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries (vihars) and monuments. Patan Durbar Square, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the Patan Museum, formerly a Malla palace, which houses bronze statues and religious objects, some dating back to the 11th century. After the truly busy day it's time to retire for the day.
The material for a multitude of travel writers, Pokhara is a place of bewitching beauty. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. In the evening, enjoy boating at the Phewa Taal, the second largest lake in Nepal. From the boat, visit the Barahi Temple – the island temple situated in a small island in the Phewa Lake surrounded by marvelous views. It's a relaxing day at Pokhara!
Next morning takes you to Sarankot, a beautiful village located on a mountainside ridge at an altitude of 1600m with panoramic Himalayan vistas. On the way, visit the Bindabasini Temple, one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Start with World Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa built by the Buddhist monks of the Japanese Nipponzan Fujii organization at a narrow ridge above the Phewa Taal and International Mountain Museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Davis Fall and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, across the Davis Fall, which is one of the longest caves in Nepal. Also take this opportunity to visit Pokhara’s traditional Old Bazaar.
This day takes you to Chitwan by driving for close to 5 hours. Check out the Chitwan National Park located in the lush valley in the foothills of the Churia Ranges. Close the day with a Tharu cultural performance by the locals.
Spend the entire day indulging in jungle activities such as Elephant safari, elephant bathing, Canoeing, Tharu Village visit, Jungle Walk, Jeep Safari, and more. Fun guaranteed!
Today is the lucky day, when you get to enjoy a bullock-cart ride, a lost, fun mode or transportation in Asian countries. And after a transfer to Kathmandu, explore the city for the rest of the day at your pace.
Now that we are back in Kathmandu, it's time to explore few more heritage sites. Let's start with the banks of the scared Bagmati River with the Pashupatinath Temple - one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Nepal. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and ornamented with beautiful architecture and silver doors. Then head to the glorious Boudhanath Stupa, a massive three level mandala style platform and is 36 meters (118 feet) in height. The base of the stupa is adorned with 108 small images of the Dhyani Amitabha Buddha and inset with prayer wheels. Then head to Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, the ‘City of Devotees’. This has the Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu to the Chinese border. It's a city stuck in another time with its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times. And the Bhaktapur Durbar Square showcases the Malla Dynasty when art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the valley. Start with the visit to Nyatapola Temple, then the Bhairavnath Temple, dedicated to Bhairav, the God of Terror and the Golden Gate, the entrance to the 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows. Close the day with a stroll around Taumadhi Tole, a short street lined with tourist shops.
It's time to fly out and head back ground from above sea level!
Price Inclusions: All necessary arrival/ departure transfers. 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis. 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis. 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in a single/ twin sharing room on full board basis. All the sightseeing tours with English speaking guide, entrance fees and transfers as per above. Price Exclusions: Nepal visa fee. Airfare Kathmandu – Pokhara and Bharatpur– Kathmandu. [Quoted separately, subject to change if revised] International airfare and airport tax. (Will be quoted separately) Insurance and rescue of any form. Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control. Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, communication charges, laundry, tips etc. And any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost. Tipping. Meals and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.