Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will meet outside the arrival terminal building and transfer to hotel.
KATHMANDU CITY Kathmandu Durbar Square (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) is one of the popular places liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. The complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D. with hundreds of erotic carvings used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people.
SWAYAMBHUNATH (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandnu, stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath. This is a site that is over 2500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
Day 2: Pashupatinath / Bouddha / Bhaktapur
PASHUPATINATH Pashupatinath Temple (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 km east of the city on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year during Shivaratri, the birthday of Lord Shiva. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The Large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D. though 300 years earlier these was a structure on this site.
BOUDHANATH (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley. It was built by the Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhnath as one of the most flourishing centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 metres high.
BHAKTAPUR A former capital of the valley, it was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. It has preserved its traditional character better than the other two cities, due to its more isolated location. It is regarded today as a classic showcase of medieval Nepalese town life. It is situated in the east of Kathmandu valley about 14 km away. Today it retains much of its beauty in ornate woodcarvings and in the famed Golden Gate.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (approx. 7 hrs) | 1 hour boating at Phewa Lake
POKHARA If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its centre of adventure. An enchanting city nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna Massif in a tranquil valley, 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu and takes approximately six hours by surface, it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6.977m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.
Day 4: Pokhara
Full day Pokhara city that includes the visits to Davis FAll, Seti Gorge, Mahendra, Shiva cave and the Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Day 5: Drive to Kathmandu | Patan
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) : The Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town from early times (said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists).
Day 6: Departure transfer to airport to connect onward flight