Kathmandu and pokhara valley

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Kathmandu has plenty to offer being the capital city of Nepal. On all corners you will find ancient monuments with rich art, architecture and history. Many of these sites made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. On this tour you will visit some of these sites and one of the many highlights of this trip is the sunrise view over the snow-capped Himalayan peaks from Nagarkot. Another vibrant and popular city you will spend your days in is Pokhara. Boat on the serene lake, hike with an amazing view of the valley and absorb knowledge from the international mountaineering museum here. Enjoy these vibrant cities and experience the two very different atmospheres of the cities.

Kathmandu is a city of beautiful chaos. Packed markets line the bustling streets and is spotted with vibrant temples and pagodas. After being transferred to your hotel, you will have the whole day to explore this charming city. You will be briefed about the trek that you will commence on leaving you spare time to do some necessary shopping in the city. 

Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Budhanilkantha

After breakfast today you will visit Boudhanath, a massive Buddhist Tibetan stupa situated at the heart of Kathmandu. You will find monks, and laymen circumambulating this temple. This practice is known as “Kora”. You will also visit the Pashupatinath temple which hosts Hindu crematorium rituals on the banks of the river. This temple is aesthetically marvelous and is a monument dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a popular holy site for Hindus all over Nepal and South Asia. You will then go to Budhanilkantha temple where you will see the 5 meter long statue of Lord Bishnu sleeping on coils of serpent Shesha in a pool of water. You can take your time and enjoy this monument, and after you will be driven back to your hotel. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

You will visit Bhaktapur today, the epitome of art, architecture and culture in Nepal. You will see in Durbar square, intricately carved buildings and monuments and is rightfully listed in the UNESCO World heritage sites. You will then move on to explore Changunarayan, a Hindu temple of the 5th century. You will hence proceed to Dhulikhel where you will witness the traditional Newari town and get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Drive back to Kathmandu and overnight at hotel. 

Today you will visit the Swayambhunath Stupa which is a Buddhist stupa perched on Nagarjun Hill overlooking the valley. This is commonly known as the monkey temple because of an abundance of monkeys found there. You will then drive to Patan Durbar Square, located right in the center of Lalitpur city. You can visit the ancient royal palace, and continue on admiring the Newar architecture. You will have time to explore the site on your own, before driving back to Kathmandu city. Overnight at a hotel.

Today you will rise early before the sun and then drive to Nagarkot 360 degree view tower for a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the snow-clad Himalayas and Kathmandu valley. You can then hike down Nagarkot which is a popular soft nature walk in Kathmandu. You will walk through a Tamang village where you will get a glimpse into their culture and way of life. You will also see countrysides nestled over the horizon. Then walk back through rhododendron and pine forest enjoying the songs of birds. Then head on back to Katmandu and take the day to rest or stroll around the city. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

You will travel to Pokhara today. Enjoy an amazing ride with exciting scenery all along. Rivers and valleys rocky gorges and pattered rice terraces are some scenes you will come upon. When you arrive Pokhara you will check in to a hotel and then take a stroll around. You may also opt for boating on Fewa Lake and view the reflections of some peaks surrounding Pokhara on the clear lake. Overnight hotel in Pokhara.  

You will drive back to Sarangkot hill station today early in the morning to watch the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas. After this you will visit the Bindhyabasini Temple to receive blessings on a safe journey and healthy life. You can then return to the hotel for breakfast. After this you will start your trip to Tal Barahi Temple, Devi’s falls, Gupteshwar cave and the Mountain Museum. A full day out an about in Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara. 

Enjoy a picturesque ride back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at your leisure, you can explore the city one last time on this trip.

Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.

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