POKHARA, SARANGKOT & WORLD PEACE STUPA
The lakeside city of Pokhara is an enchanting place in Nepal with stunning views of the towering massifs, the calm Phewa lake and charming villages surrounding it. Boating on the lake in vibrant boats with clear reflections of Mt. Annapurna on the lake’s surface should not be missed. The hike to Sarangkot will reward you with even more breathtaking views of Pokhara and the mountains. The visit to David’s Fall, the famous Gupteshwar temple and the International Mountaineering Museum are some of the highlights of this trip.
Once you arrive to Kathmandu we will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will have the rest of your day at your leisure in this enchanting city and you can use your time to relax or explore this beautiful city. Overnight at a hotel.
Today we will take you for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will visit some incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath and Swqyambhunath stupa. The Boudhanath is 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”. The Pashupatinath temple is an aesthetically marvelous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It hosts Hindu crematorium rituals on the banks of the river. The Swayambhunath Stupa is another Buddhist stupa commonly known as the monkey temple because of an abundance of monkeys found there. In the afternoon you can explore the Durbar Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur on foot, on cycles or a trishaw. These squares represent the epitome of art, architecture and culture in Nepal. You will see in Durbar square, intricately carved buildings and monuments and ancient royal palaces showcasing the Newari architecture. Enjoy this beautiful and enchanting city which is chaotic but also harmonious. There are excellent bookshops, markets and handicraft shops to do some last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel.
Today you will get to enjoy an amazing ride with exciting scenery along the way to Pokhara. Rivers, 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 you can take a stroll around, or enjoy boating on Phewa Lake and enjoy the reflections of some peaks surrounding Pokhara on the clear lake. Overnight hotel in Pokhara.
You will start early and enjoy a fresh scenic morning drive to Sarangkot. You will then start your walk up to the view point from where you will be able to see the magnificent Annapurna Ranges. As you continue on you will get to Torepani and then make a descent to Pame. From Pame you will start walking along Phewa Lake as you ascend towards the World Peace stupa. From here you will get amazing views of the Phewa lake, Mt. Annapurna as well and the Pokhara valley. After taking a break and soaking in this moment we will head on down to David’s waterfall and explore the Gupteshwar cave. You will then be driven back to Lakeside Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast, you will visit the Bindhyabasini Temple to receive blessings to assure a safe journey onwards. You will then start your trip to Tal Barahi Temple and the International Mountaineering Museum, a full day out and about in Pokhara. The rest of the day is at your leisure where you can revisit your favorite spots in Pokhara one last time. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Enjoy a scenic ride back to Kathmandu. You can explore the city on your own and do some souvenir shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.