Highlights of Nepal - 8 Nights 9 Days 8 Nights

Trip Code : CAN-04
Accomodation : Hotel
Duration : 9  Days
Grading : Moderate
Activity : Photography and Art Tours
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu

Overview

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu


Meeting at airport on arrival by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan Range.  Its art and architecture are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences.

Day 2: In Kathmandu


Proceed for the sightseeing to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Tour of Kathmandu city and temples will include visits to the Temple of the Living Goddess, Durbar Square (central square of the city), National Museum and Swayambunath, a 2000 year-old Buddhist shrine overlooking the city. 

Then it is off to Patan, which is the oldest of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley.  It is called the City of the Arts, and is justly famous for its intricately carved wooden temples and skilled craftsmen.
 

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu / Nagarkot (approx. 32 km - 1 and half hour drive)


In the morning we will visit the holiest shrine of the Hindu culture in Nepal, Pashupatinath. This is the place where holy saddhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. While you are not allowed into the temple if you are not a Hindu, the grounds surrounding the temple usually have a fascinating crowd of the faithful.

We then continue to the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal, Bouddhanath, with its large stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage.  It is not unusual to see very old devotees circumnavigate the shrine hundreds of times falling to their knees and rising again for a few steps only to go back down again to their knees.

Afternoon visit Bhaktapur, perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with a distinct medieval feel.  Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders abound, including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate and the magnificent five storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.

Continue drive to Nagarkot for panoramic view of eastern mountains & overnight stay.

Day 4: Drive Kathmandu / Chitwan (approx. 180 km - 5 hours drive)


Upon arrival, welcome drink is served and there will be a short briefing on the program and facilities, rooms will be assigned.
After lunch, boat safari with sundowner at confluence point.
Evening dinner followed by Tharu Cultural Dance.

Day 5: In Chitwan


Jeep Safari with breakfast in the jungle.

After lunch, walking safari or short village walk.

(Note: Jeep Safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities

Day 6: Drive Chitwan / Pokhara (approx. 170 km - 5 hours drive)


Pokhara town (2,352 feet) the 25,000+ peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges rise a scant 20 miles away with no intervening ridges to spoil the view. The mountains are reflected in Phewa Lake, where you can rent a boat to visit its small island temples. Pokhara offers the best mountain scenery in Nepal without undertaking a trek.

Day 7: In Pokhara


Early morning after breakfast transfer to World Peace Stupa from where one gets bird eyes view of Lake Phewa and Annapurna mountains from this point in a clear day.
Afternoon at leisure for relaxation or optional activities.


Day 8: Drive Pokhara / Kathmandu (approx. 210 km & 6 hours drive)


Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu


Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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