Arrival in Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be meeting by a representative to provide you with your airport transfer to your Hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city known as Kantipur, the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu City: The capital of Nepal, is also known as Kantipur. It is named after Kasthamandap, an imposing Pagoda near Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Kasthamandap, supposed to be made from a single tree, along with Durbar Square is one of the ancient places of Nepal. Swayambhunath: one of the World’s most glorious Buddhist Stupas, painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the never sleeping eyes of Lord Buddha. It lies 3 km west of the city and situated about 77m above the level of the Valley. Pashupatinath Temple: a sacred temple of Lord Shiva Pashupatinath with two-tiered golden roof situated on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is the centre of Annual Pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri. This temple is situated amidst the lush green natural setting, 5 Km. East of city. Boudhanath: This colossal and ancient Buddhist Stupa, one of the biggest in the World, has the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels at a distance of 8 Km. East of city. Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is also known as Bhadgaon and can be reached by 45 min. drive. Bhaktapur is one of the three major cities of the Kathmandu valley, and we will visit its Durbar square which although larger than the one in Kathmandu, has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. We also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which is not only the highest temple (98 ft) in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional architecture. Bhaktapur, no doubt is the most distinctly medieval city than the other two cities Kathmandu and Patan. The main occupation of the locals here are weaving, pottery and farming. Later, we drive to Dhulikhel. It is situated only 32 Km east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal on the Araniko Highway in the lap of Greenwood and at an elevation of 1,550 meter above the mean sea level and along the ridge that separates the valley of Banepa and Panchkhal. It is a small township, 30 kms from Kathmandu, along the Chinese-built road which leads to the border. Overnight at Hotel.
After your daily breakfast is served in the hotel, we proceed for the excursion tour of Namo Buddha. Later, drive up to Dhullikhel and start a hiking up to Namo Buddha (1982m.) today we will hiking with a view of local villages and nice terraces after hiking 3 to 4 hour we will arrive to Namo Buddha a scared Buddhist place where Lord Buddha saved the life of a tiger dying from hunger. You can have a thrilling view of mountains valley and hills and touch of Newari culture. Later, we drive to Banepa. Banepa is an ancient Newar town. It is about 20km far from Kathmandu.It is also a small business town of Kavre distrist. It is thriving Newari village with beautiful temples and interesting old houses. Similarly, Panauti is the old town of this area and which offers an opportunity to learn about the daily life and culture of Newars. Overnight at Hotel.
In the morning,visit Palanchowk Bhagwati Temple. Palanchowk Bhagwati is situated over the hill overlooking the valley of Panchkhal and 40 km north-east of the Kathmandu city. This temple of Palanchowk Bhagwati is said to have been constructed during the reign of King Man Dev. The temple houses a 3 feet long beautiful artistic idol of Goddess Bhagwati carved in a black stone. Then, drive to Hattiban. Hattiban is situated 400m above the historic valley of Kathmandu. Set amidst pine and fir trees, the resort is just 15 km away from the capital city. Guests have a choice of comfortable cottages with commanding views of the Himalayan range or standard/deluxe rooms, fully furnished with a decor of ethnic beauty, overlooking the Himalayas - right from the Ganesh Himal Range all the way to Mt. Everest. On reaching, check in to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Dakshinkali Temple, located 22 km outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping, is one of the main temples of Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly of cockerels and uncast rated male goats, are the main way that the goddess is worshipped, and this is especially seen during the Dashain festival. Later, visit Kirtipur. Kirtipur is a small town, 8 km southwest of Kathmandu and situated at top of a hill. This historic town has many things to offer like old shrines and temples and old houses. Some of the folks are typically dressed in traditional costumes, and can be spotted working on looms. Chilandya Stupa, Bagbhairab Temple and Uma Maheshwar Temple are the major attraction of this place. Soon after sightseeing of this place, we will head to nearby Chovar Gorge. The Chovar Gorge below is the greater attraction. Alongside is the Jal Vinayak Temple, an important pilgrimage site for the valley residents. Legend has it that the gorge was carved out by a mighty blow of the sword by Manjushree who wanted to drain the lake that filled Kathmandu Valley in ancient times. Even today, this is the place through which the Valley's waters gush out to the plains beyond the hills. Lately, you will be taken to Buddhanilkanth. Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley on the northern side. It is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple .Budhanilkantha literally means “Old Blue Throat”. It is only nine kilometer away from the main city. It is a deity of Lord Vishnu; Lord Vishnu is also known as Narayan.It is called Vishnu (Narayan) Jalasayan lying on Ananta Sesa, in the cosmic ocean. The deity is about thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meter (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty three fits) long tank, as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head. Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Patan Durbar Square: This sister capital is an ancient city which is also known as Lalitpur . This city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. It is also known as the city of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. On the way you will also visit Tibetan Handicraft center where you can observe the fine example of Tibetan crafts. Bungamati: Bungamati is 10 km far from Kathmandu to south stands a small but graceful village which dwell hundreds of master wood carvers and sculpture producers. Visitors often encounter with smiling teeth and welcoming hand of artisans working in their house, offering their artifacts. Regardless of the rapid changes in lifestyle of the urban population and the globalized way of living, the Bungamati locals have remained untouched by modern waves and are living the life that they know best --simply rural -- from the past several centuries. Similarly, Khokana is a thriving village nearby Bungamati encircles the two cities of Kathmandu and Patan. He village begins with a wide cobbled street and in the middle of the main street lies the temple of Sekali Mai. Khokanas local mother goddess. Khokana is famous for mustard oil, which is still made in traditional way and spun woolen yarn. After this sightseeing tour, back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Bandipur lays midway between the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara. Bandipur captivates the visitors with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. This town has maintained its age old flavour and presents sightseeings with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower; indeed, one can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang from here. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life. Before reaching Bandipur, we visit Manakamana Temple. The cable car in Nepal takes you up on a spiritual adventure to the abode of Mankamana, the wish-fulfilling Hindu Goddess. Even if you have no wishes to make (assuming that you have got it all or you are not a believer), this place offers a unique look into Nepali people's faith in the Goddess Mankamana. The Mankamana temple overlooks terraced fields, and the Trisuli and Marshyang-di river valleys. The hilltop (1302m) also offers a vantage point for taking in the breathtaking view of the Manaslu, Himalchuli and Annapurna massifs to the north. Venerated since 17th century and commanding royal patronage, Mankamana is located south of the historic town of Gorkha and 6 km north of Mugling breath taking view of the Manaslu, Himalchuli and Annapurna massifs to the north. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast take a walking tour around Bandipur Village including Newari. This town has maintained its age-old flavour, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Depart in the afternoon for Pokhara. Located on the main road between Kathmandu and Bhairahawa, there may be no other place in the world from where Great Himalayas peaks can be admired from such a close distance. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast depart for a sightseeing tour of Pokhara City which includes a one hour boat ride at lake Phewa. One of the most picturesque natural attractions in the kingdom, it is located virtually in the geographical center of Nepal. The rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast check-out from hotel then drive to Lumbini via Tansen. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha–the apostle of peace, compassion and non-violence. It is situated in Kapilvastu District of Lumbini – the western Terai of Nepal 250 Kms southwest of Kathmandu. Lumbini still preserves the broken Ashokan pillar, ruins of old stupas, image of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi and holy pond which is known as Puskarni Pond where Maya Devi took a bath before she gave a birth to Lord Buddha. On reaching Lumbini, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
The main attraction of this place being Royal Chitwan National Park, which is situated 166 Kms southwest of Kathmandu. This is one of the largest forest regions with a wide range of wildlife–the rare great one horned rhinoceros, deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water, dolphin, crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and over 350 species of birds. Visitors may go around on elephant back excursion, nature walks, canoe trips and on Jungle treks. Overnight at Jungle Resort.
Chitwan National Park is one of the largest forest regions of Nepal and the main attraction of this place is a wide range of wildlife – the rare great one horned rhinoceros, deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and over 350 species of birds. Early in the morning, you will be taken to the forest for elephant back ride and jungle walk. Later, enjoy Tharu Village Tour, ox cart ride, canoeing and Elephant Breeding Center. Overnight at Jungle Resort
The Pokhara Valley, the gateway to the Annapurna region is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal. The never-waning beauty of the valley is enhanced by its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, surrounded by the glacial region of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. This scintillating valley is situated 200 Kms west of Kathmandu linked by the Prithvi highway. This highway passes along a highly picturesque region amidst the midland valleys and the Terai belt of the Kingdom. The magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Macchapuchhre and five peaks of the Annapurna provide a highly dramatic view in a subtropical setting. Pokhara is definitely a place not to be missed. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and rest of the day free. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and will transfer you to the airport to catch your onward flight.
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