Cultural and Scenic Nepal
Duration: 8 days
Highlights: Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Pokhara
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Day 1 – Kathamandu
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you are assisted with check-in.
This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour from Thamel to Durbar square and proceed on a tour of the capital. Visit Durbar Square with its old temples and beautifully carved exteriors. Later, visit Kumari Temple, home to the world’s only living Goddess.
Day 2 – Kathmandu
Set out on an early morning mountain flight to view Mt. Everest (NOTE: The flight operation is subject to weather conditions). The one-hour flight will take you within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world.
Then, head to Swaymbhunath, a 2000-year old Buddhist shrine. Marvel at the sheer size of the stupa and take in the many facets of the history and architecture.
Attend a Nepalese cooking class in the home of a local.
From here, continue to Boudhanath Stupa, built in 5th century A.D. It is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and its base is decorated with four pairs of eyes that signifies Lord Buddha keeping an eye out in each of the four directions.
Later, visit Pashupatinath temple, perhaps the largest temple in the world that is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva.
Day 3 – Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will visit Bungamati and Khokna villages.
Bungamati, a traditional Newari village, still retains vestiges of the bygone eras. Wood-carving, sculptures and other handicrafts of the region are popular. Although the beautiful village saw collapse of many historical sites during the 2015 earthquake, some monuments still stand and some are being rebuilt.
Later visit Khokana, another Newari village situated just north of Bungamati, known for its mustard oil and historical buildings. Some of these too were destroyed by the earthquake and some are being reconstructed.
Proceed to the famous city of Patan which is known for its fine craftsmanship. Often referred to as Lalitpur, Patan was built in the shape of the Buddhist Dharma Chakra, or Wheel of Righteousness. Patan Durbar Square is filled with Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments.
Day 4 – Kathmandu – Bhaktapur
This morning after breakfast you are driven to Bhaktapur.
Here, enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. This ancient city exhibits Newari art and architecture from the Malla period (13th - 18th century). Its main attraction, even after the 2015 Earthquake, remains Durbar Square – the palace complex. Nyatapala, a five-storey pagoda-style temple, is located in the square and is a must-visit. Later explore Potter’s Square.
Return to your hotel for the evening.
Day 5 – Kathmandu – Nagarkot
This morning, after breakfast, you are driven to Nagarkot and on arrival you check in to your hotel.
Nagarkot lies at more than 7,000 feet above sea level and has a striking panorama of the Himalayas. The sunrise and the sunset must be enjoyed.
Day 6 – Nagarkot – Kathmandu – Pokhara
This morning you are driven to Kathmandu after breakfast to catch your flight to Pokhara.
After arriving in Pokhara, your day is at leisure. Perhaps visit Pokhara Bazar, take in the stunning scenery, or take a relaxed walk around the charming Phewa Lake.
Day 7 – Pokhara
After breakfast, set out on a full day tour of Pokhara.
Take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa) that overlooks the awe-inspiring Annapurna range. Later, continue to Devi's Fall, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave and International Mountain Museum.
Visit some of the Tibetan villages in the region.
Day 8 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
Enjoy an early morning trip to Sarangkot to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the snowy mountain peaks. After that, return to Kathmandu by flight.