Scenic cultural tour Kathmandu Pokhara
Day 01: Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, approx: 05 – 06 hours.
Morning 09 a.m. departure from the hotel for guided sightseeing tour of historical and cultural tour with delightful scenery around Kathmandu city with Everest Vacation, a short ride to Kathmandu Durbar Square, visit of places with old history and rich culture of old king’s durbar square and Hanuman Dhoka (palace) visit of ancient Kastamandap Temple (where Kathmandu name derived from) this temple built of wood from a single tree, tour of Kumari Goddess (living virgin goddess) Kumari a very young girl, after teenage years phase replaced by another young Kumari, from here a short drive to west of the city at Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill top, with panorama view of Kathmandu city, surrounding green hills with snow capped mountains in the north.
This old Stupa of Swayambhunath, the oldest historical monument listed as World Heritage Sites with over 2, 5000 years old Buddhist religion area with huge dome shape stupa overlooking four cardinal eyes of Buddha around North, South, East and West directions. Here visiting monastery and chapels, Sywambhunath is guarded with lovely woodland with a many monkeys around, this place is also named as “Monkey Temple”.
From here another tour leads to Pashupatinath Temple, where non Hindu are not permitted inside the main temple entrance, where visitors can have a look of the temple surrounding from above the Bagmati river, this famous Shiva temple decorated with golden tier roofs with silver doors around each corner, this place close to green woodland with lots of monkeys around. Pashupatinath is full of pilgrims in special day on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva).
Nearby on the side of the river funeral and cremation are held for all Hindus, from here return back to your hotels at leisure for the rest of afternoon.
Day 02: Tour of Patan (Lalitpur) & Bhaktapur, approx: 05-06 hours.
Starting the morning with a short drive towards Patan city located south of Kathmandu at mere distance across the bridge, on reaching Patan also known as Lalitpur meaning “city of arts” visit the old Palace complex, courtyard (Durbar) with tall terracotta palace, impressive window carvings, and a tall Krishna Temple with Garuda pillar, a vehicle of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, from here a pleasant ride to valley 03rd biggest city, this old looking city at one time Nepal capital during Malla period in 12th to 15th century.
Bhaktapur famous for arts and crafts like woodcarving and pottery, tour of unique Durbar Square with golden gate of 55 windows palace, interesting wooden peacock window, continue tour of Bhaktapur visiting another Durbar Square with famed Nytapola Temple, Bhaktapur National Art Gallery, and Bhairavnath Temple.
After a lovely and interesting day return back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 03: Morning scenic Mountain Flight and fly to Pokhara with tour.
Early morning at the break of dawn our staff will receive you and depart hotel to Kathmandu domestic airport terminal for an hour of sweeping scenic mountain flight a breathtaking experience with panorama array of snow capped mountains from Ganesh-Langtang and Jugal Himal and Gaurishankar, Melun Tse, Dorji Lakpa extending all the way to Mt. Everest at close distance with Mt. Makalu in the east. After a overwhelming flight with views of mountains return back to hotel for refreshment and in afternoon, transfer again to the airport for short 35 minutes flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, on arrival at Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotel by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon local tour of David’s fall or Pathelo Chhango a huge volume of waterfalls (depending upon the season) and visit the nearby Gupteshwor Cave a deep cave where Seti river flows with torrent speed, this cave with lord Shiva temple. After a great moment transfer back to hotel with rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 04: Morning to Sarankot & Paragliding and boating at Phewa Lake.
At Pokhara tour begins early morning with a short drive to a hill side at Sarankot for stunning sunrise view over array of snow capped mountains from world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m including range of smaller peaks with ever present majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” standing high at 6,993 meters.
Sarankot hill top the tallest spot at 1, 460 meters with super views of mountains, Pokhara green valley and its city with Phewa Lake below, beside the fabulous panorama famous for paragliding which is one of the most popular adventure sports around this scenic place, after a tremendous panorama views back to hotel for breakfast and tour of Bhare Temple located in the middle of the lake in peaceful environment, boating for an hour and back to hotel.
Afternoon visit the Seti gorge where the river lies hidden deep in the gorge of some 400 – 500 meters deep, from here visit the local Pokhara bazaar and then return back to hotel for evening dinner with local folk cultural program.
Day 05: Drive back to Kathmandu by overland – 06 hrs.
After a grand time in scenic and picturesque Pokhara, famous tourist spot of all Himalaya countries, morning drive leads past many farm fields, villages and towns with views of snow capped mountain along the drive, on reaching at Mugling town follow the Trisuli river upstream for a while and then uphill leaving the warm low area to reach Kathmandu valley, in Kathmandu rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
Day 06: Depart Kathmandu, Nepal for homeward bound.
Today last day in Kathmandu and in Nepal after a fascinating time with interesting and scenic tour of Kathmandu heritage sites and of scenic Pokhara valley with Everest Vacation wonderful service, as per the flight time transfer to international airport for home ward bound or to respective countries.