DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi by international flight. Meeting & assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
DAY 2: DELHI-KATHMANDU
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
DAY 3: KATHMANDU-NAGARKOT
After breakfast transfer from Kathmandu to Nagarkot by surface visiting Bhadgaon on the way.
Bhadgaon: Also known as Bhaktapur meaning the city of devotees, this place is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, this place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4600 ft above sea level. Pottery and weaving are its major traditional industries. In Bhadgaon you will visit the Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The Nyatapola Temple also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of Pagoda style and stands of five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses. Time permitting, a visit to the museum of Thanka painting can also be considered.
Arrive Nagarkot & checkin at hotel.
Nagarkot: is situated about 32 km east of Kathamandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Nagarkot is located between Kathmandu valley in the west and Indrawati in the east. The top of Nagarkot commands accelerating views in all direction. With an elevation of 2229 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much efforts, a hike to Nagarkot’s surrounding areas would be a good option. One can traverse short distance on trekking trails and come close to nature’s wonders such as the outer of verdant forests, flower-covered meadows etc.
Orientation hike in the afternoon around The Fort Retreat (1.5 hr) depending upon guest’s inclination.
View sunset (subject to clear weather).
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: NAGARKOT
Early morning, view sunrise (subject to clear weather).
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, Hike towars Dhadgaon, Gairigaon, reach Baluwapati and return to The Fort Retreat via cheese factory. The trail passing through these villages gives a unique inshight into the native ethnic Tamang people, their mountain life-style and cultures. The rich native flora and fauna and terraced rice fields tempered by generations of backbreaking efforts store surprise in themselves. The towering Himalayan ranges in the north are the constant reference point in negotiating the trail. Total walking time is 3.5 hrs.
Afternoon relax at hotel
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: NAGARKOT-KATHMANDU-POKHRA
Today transfer from Nagarkot to Kathmandu airport in time to fly to Pokhara. Pickup time is 2 hours 30 minutes before departure of flight.
Upon arrival in Pokhara transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Pokhara Valley: The rare combinations of snow clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210 km from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the Kingdom. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the Phewa Lake.
Pokhara valley occupies a central location in Nepal and is dominated by the peaks of Annapurna range. Its unique setting may be judged from the fact that the town of Pokhara (931 meters), is only fifty kilometers from Annapurna (8,091 meters) clearly seen from the valley. There is a decline of six thousand meters in altitude within a distance of only twentynine kilometers; thus the region provides a dramatic contrast in landscape. The prominent peaks from east to weast are Annapurna South (7,219m), Varaha Shikhar (7,647m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Tarke Kang (7,193 m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Machhapuchhre (Fish Tai-6,997m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II (7,937m), and Lamjung Himal (6,983m).
DAY 6: POKHRA
Morning half day tour of Pokhara includes; Davis Fall, Tibetan Refugee camp and Seti Gorge with Boat ride on Phewa Lake.
Afternoon hike to Buddhist Stupa (2 hours approx.).
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 7: POKHRA-KATHMANDU
Morning transfer from hotel to airport to fly to Kathmandu. Pickup time is one hour 15 minutes before departure of flight.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan city.
Patan: 5 km away from Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. It is indeed a city of beauty and grace and is planned on a circular format with Buddhist stupas at each of the four points of the compass. You will see the Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 8: KATHMANDU
Morning sightseeing tour of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
Boudhanath: This stupa, eight kilometers east of Kahtmandu city is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stand with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteious behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhist stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests. It is common to see dozens of worshippers constantly circumambulating the stupa while taking care to spin each of the sacred prayer wheels. Around the stupa and in the surrounding fields are many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
Pashupatinath: Situated 4 km east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple of Pashupatinath is large double-roofed pagoda of brass and gilt gold; the gateway is plated with silver. Situated, amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
Evening; Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and walk to Thamel via old part of Kathmandu city where clients will see selling of vegetables, old houses etc.
Kathmandu City: Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world’s oldest cities. The old pard of the city, with narrow medieval streets and lovely little shrines, centers around the Durbar Square. It is also known as Kantipur. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap-the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and the Durbar Square are with it’s array of temple overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty.
Later dinner in the restaurant. Dinner will be accompanied by cultural dance show.
DAY 9: LEAVE KATHMANDU
In time transfer to airport to board the return flight.