This holiday season, take a memorable tour to Nepal for an extraordinary experience. Visit Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lalitpur regions of this picturesque country, which offers the best of natural beauty along with a spiritual experience. From snow-capped mountain peaks, revered shrines, mesmerising cascades, religious stupas to modern-day casinos and trekking opportunities, these destinations are perfect for all types of travellers.
Situated amongst lakes at the northern end of the Pokhara valley and at the foot of the Annapurna Mountain Range which contains 3 of the world’s 10 tallest mountains, Pokhara is truly a scenic and happening tourist spot. It is Nepal’s second largest city and is a major spot for tourists that come to experience its many varied attractions. Pokhara is very popular among trekkers and others who visit here for participating in adventure sports such as paragliding, mountain biking, canoeing and skiing. For those inclined towards a more spiritual experience, there are several Temples and Buddhist Gompas that are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. These sites such as the Tal Barahi Temple and World Peace Pagoda attract their own share of pilgrims and visitors who come from all over the world. The presence of lakes such as the Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake along with the scenic mountain ranges always make for splendid views that would be welcomed as breathtaking and memorable sights by any and all. Additionally, Pokhara has all the amenities expected from a place that’s regularly visited by tourists offering options and things to do for people at all ends of the budget spectrum.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
After you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative, who will take you to the hotel. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal. It is also the cultural and political centre, with a blend of ancient traditions and modern technology.
Upon arrival at the hotel, check-in and relax for a while. Thereafter, visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple, which is one of the most revered shrines of the Hindus. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This holy shrine has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Though it remains out of bounds for non-Hindu tourists, they can enjoy a spectacular view of the shrine from the opposite bank of the river.
After the visit, retreat to the hotel and sleep the night away.
Day 2 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Soon after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Pokhara. This town is the most preferred destination among adventure seekers. It is about 210 km from Kathmandu city and is located at a height of 2,352 feet above sea level. Situated in the scenic backdrop of Annapurna range, it forms the base for various trekking expeditions.
On your way to this picturesque region, you can indulge in river rafting or visit the Manakamana Temple. This shrine, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is believed to fulfil wishes of all its devotees. You can reach this temple by a cable car ride, which takes around 10 minutes.
After an eventful day, relax overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 – Sightseeing in Pokhara
In the afternoon, proceed for a visit to the Bindhyabasini Mandir. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara, which was a part of the Kaski Kingdom. The main deity of this shrine is Goddess Bhagwati, a manifestation of Shakti. Besides the peaceful and tranquil environment around, the premises of the temple offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. It is located in the Old Bazaar area, which is the commercial hub of the town.
Later, head towards Devi’s Fall, also known as Patale Chhango. It is a beautiful cascade, which is located on the Siddhartha Highway.
Another tourist attraction here is the Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave, situated opposite to Devi’s Fall. This cave is popular for different natural forms of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parbati, naag, Lord Ganesha and mouse. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the cave.
After a mesmerising experience, retire to the hotel room and sleep overnight.
Day 4 – Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Post breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and take some rest. As the day is free for leisure activities, you can either indulge in shopping or can visit the casinos to try your luck. Get back to the hotel and sleep the night away.
Day 5 – Sightseeing in Patan | Depart from Kathmandu airport
Soon after breakfast, embark on a journey to Patan, which is located on the southern side of Bagmati River. Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is famous for wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture and temples. Visit Patan’s central Durbar Square, which is packed with ancient palaces, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, bas relief and engravings.
Proceed towards the Tibetan Refugee Centre that is home to most of the valley’s Tibetan population. The camp houses carpet factories that produce some of the finest carpets in the country. It also produces handicrafts like wood and metal prayer wheels.
Later, visit the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, which is locally referred to as the Monkey Temple. The golden spire of the Swayambhu Stupa is adorned with a colourful fluttering of prayer flags and crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. The areas around the stupa comprises chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and many other religious objects.
After this enriching tour, you will be taken to the Kathmandu airport to board your return flight.Tour Ends.