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TRIP INTRODUCTION

 

Kathmandu Valley, the capital and heart of the country essentially symbolizes all that is Nepal. Having seen the rule of various dynasties, the culture and society of Kathmandu has evolved through time to give it a most unique characteristic. Kathmandu Valley, today is an urban city that has its history rooted in ancient myths yet stands testimonial to the greatness of the people who have lived here for centuries, a melting pot of all that is Nepali, a mystical magical kingdom where time passes by in a mist, a Shangri-La that took a while to get noticed by the rest of the world.

 

After Kathmandu we will drive to Bandipur and on the way we will undertake day raft. White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river in an inflatable rubber raft over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the excitement of a lifetime. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalaya, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape.

 

Pokhara is a small city of nature with lakes and mountains. It is famous by Mount Annapurna and Mount Fishtail Himalayas. The reflection of Mountains on the lakes is excellent. There are many excellent day hikes that we have included in Pokhara to the nearby hills. It offers countryside experience, good views of the Himalayas and beautiful lakes. Under one day hiking trips, you can travel to the place around the valley and enjoy the natural beauty with very friendly people.

 

Detailed itinerary:

 

Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu [1300m]

Entry/Exit: By flight

Altitude: 1300m

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: None

 

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, having cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you.  Amongst them will be our Parikrama Treks representative who will be waiting to greet you with a placard with your name on it. Transferred to the hotel, rest of the day is free or at leisure.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [-/-/-]

 

Day 02 – Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Kathmandu City: Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty.

 

The Kumari Goddess: Chosen at the age of four or five, the Kumari Devi is the most important of the several living goddesses in Nepal, selected using very strict criteria, she moves into the temple with her family, leaving only to attain a few festivals each year. She sits on the balcony regularly, acknowledging the greetings of devotees. Her reign however lasts only until puberty, when she becomes a normal mortal again.

 

Ason Bazar or Ason Market: It is one of the oldest and the most famous market of Kathmandu. The place has various shops where one can buy all kinds of goods, groceries, vegetables, spices and other ingredients needed for worshiping Gods, and the ingredients needed for ritual works.

 

Swayambhunath: Perched on a hilltop on the southwestern part of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Nepal and is associated with the birth of the Kathmandu Valley civilization. Approximately 2000 years old, Swayambhunathstupa, is a dome 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters high and is made of brick and earth mounted by a conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Many other smaller temples and places of religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists, a perfect example of the symbiotic co-existence of different religious beliefs only found in Nepal surround it. The hill is heavily wooded on all sides with indigenous plant species, and troops of monkeys, giving it the nickname of “Monkey Temple”. The height of Swayambhunath also makes it a good vantage point and on clear sunny days one can see the Himalayas all the way to the east.

 

Patan or Yala: Patan as it is known today is located on the southern banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the three main cities in Kathmandu Valley. The city is believed to be the first settlement in the Valley and was established by the Kirat dynasty who ruled for more than 1200 years from the 3rd century BC. Patan is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings. Patan has more than a 1000 temples and monuments dedicated to the uniquely Nepali mix of Buddhist and Hindu gods, chief among which are the mounds erected by the great Indian Emperor Asoka in the four corners of the city when he visited Nepal in 250 BC. Patan Durbar square is one of the seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [B/-/-]

 

Day 03 – Bhaktapur sightseeing tour with cooking class experience with local family with lunch

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon is an old city which was probably founded in the ninth century. This city is extraordinarily beautiful because of its ancient architecture of pagoda style copper roofs on wooden and mud-brick buildings. An authentic representation of the Nepali culture Bhaktapur is said to look like what Kathmandu was before centuries ago before the arrival of the modern era.

 

Bhaktapur is located east of Kathmandu and is mostly inhabited by Newars who still follow age old traditions and customs. It houses some of the best examples of Nepali craftsmanship on wood and stone such as the Palace of 55 windows built in 1697, the five storied Nyatapola Temple, the KashiBiswanath Temple, and the Dattatreya Temple among many others. Considered a living museum one can witness ancient traditions carried out even today as they were centuries ago in many areas of the city such as in Potters square where the local potters use age old techniques to make clay pots. Bhaktapur is also among the seven Monument Zones that make the valley World Heritage Sites.

 

In addition to learning to master the rich flavors of typical local Nepali cooking, attending Nepali cooking course is a once in a lifetime experience. Emphasize its a family business cooking traditional foods using typical Nepali cooking methods. Nepal, is located to the south east of China and is bordered by China, And India. Many people travel to Nepal to see the Mount Everest and Typical Culture and  to experience truly Nature and Warm Hospitality . Part of Nepali culture is to treat guests as if they were part of the family. History, elders, and traditions make up an important part of Nepal’s culture, which makes sense as Nepal is home to some of the world’s oldest civilization.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [B/L/-]

 

Day 04 – Day hike from Telkot to Nagarkot and overnight stay [2165m/approx.3-4hours easy walk]

Guided day hike to Nagarkot: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, drive to Telkot and start your day hike to Nagarkot. This trail offers you 1 day short hike through the beautiful Telkot forest, villages and finally to the Nagarkot. Nagarkot offers panoramic mountain view of the Himalayas.

 

Nagarkot is famous for its hilltop position, which offers views of spectacular sunsets over the valley and of memorable sunrises over the Himalayas. There are panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8850 m), Mt. Manaslu (8563 m), Ganesh Himal (7111m), ChobaBhamre (6010 m) and other parts of the eastern Himalayan range. Standing between Kathmandu Valley in the west and the snow-fed Indravati River in the east, the scenery in this beautiful spot is exclusive, if weather permits.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Nagarkot [B/-/-]

 

Day 05 – Drive to Bandipur [1030m/approx. 3-4hours drive]. On the way day raft at Trishuli River

Guided day raft at Trishuli river: 3-4 graded

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, you will drive approx. 3hours to Fishling, rafting starting point. After briefing about safety measure and procedure commence rafting for approx. 2 hrs towards Kurintar.

 

The scenery of river Trishuli includes small gorges and a glimpse of the cable car leading to the famous Hindu Temple Manakamana. For the most of the year the rapids encountered on the Trishuli are straightforward, easily negotiated and well-spaced out. Trishuli River is an excellent river for those looking for a short river trip, without the challenge of huge rapids, but with some really exciting rapids, with beautiful scenery and a relatively peaceful environment. During the monsoon months the intensity of the rapids increases and attracts a radically different set of rafters.

 

Bandipur lies midway between the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara, another popular tourist destination. This Newari town has maintained its age-old flavor with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and later visit Bandipur area.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Bandipur [B/-/-]

 

Day 06 – Drive to Pokhara [900m/approx.3hours drive]. 01 hour boat ride at Phewa Lake

Transfer: By surface

Guided 01 hour boat ride: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Pokhara has mesmerized visitors from all over the world with the rare combinations of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers. The serenity of the Phewa Lake accompanied by the grandeur of Machhapuchhre creates an ambience of peace and magic.

 

The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours and trekking operators and hotels are located on the lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy great meal while enjoying scenery here. You will also enjoy 01 hrs boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts which match with the surrounding views.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara [B/-/-]

 

Day 07 – In Pokhara. Full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city

Transfer: By surface

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Sarangkot is 9kms to the north west of Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Conveniently perched high on the top of a ridge at 1,592m., the serene hill resort offers the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the un-spoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Viewing 700m down from the top of Sarangkot you can have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and many more.

 

Davis fall’s: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This place has many nick names like Davy’s fall, David’s fall or Davis’s fall, all mean the same thing `The Davis Water Fall’.

 

GuptesworMahadev Cave:GupteshworMahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to cave, there are shining stones seen everywhere and in the temple is big stone that looks like snake’s head and tortoise which is consider as the image of the lord Shiva. Second part is very beautiful and you see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.

 

Bindebashini Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara [B/-/-]

 

Day 08 – AM: Sarangkot drive and day hike to Naudhara [approx.3-4hours walk] and drive back to Pokhara for overnight stay.

Transfer: By surface

Guided day hike: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Follow the trail to Sarankot and walk further on the Kaski ridge to Naudanda. It is a large Gurung village, which has become important junction for travelers. There are several lodges and teahouses. The walk along the ridge is a nice and easy all the way to Naudanda. You can see beautiful view of Phewalake and Pokhara City to the south. Drive back to Pokhara. There is superb view of Annapurna range, particularly Machapuchare (Fishtail peak).

 

Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara [B/-/-]

 

Day 09 – Optional: Paragliding and later day hike to Peace Pagoda [approx. 3-4hours walk]

Transfer: By surface

Guided day hike: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

OPTIONA: Paragliding in Pokhara:

Paragliding is a relatively new adventure sport in Nepal, and is the simplest, safest and least expensive way of discovering the joys of flying alone to experience the aerial views of the magnificent Himalayas. Sarangkot, at 1,592 m above Lakeside in Pokhara Valley, is the jumping off point for paraglide. From here, one can take in stunning views of three of the world’s Eight Thousanders, namely, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

World Peace Pegoda is situated at the height of 1,592m above sea level. It is close from Pokhara, popular for a day hiking. World Peace Pegoda is generally cool, even during the summer months. This is an interesting hiking through forest, rhododendron, terraced field,lake view and local village with Himalaya view. It will take 2hours walk gradually up-hill after crossing Phewa lake. On the way to World Peace Pegoda, you will see Mountains view and lake of Pokhara.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara [B/-/-]

 

Day 10 – Fly back to Kathmandu. Evening Thamel visit

Transfer: By flight to Kathmandu/20minutes flight

Guided Half day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast drive to airport for the flight to Kathmandu and later visit Thamel.

 

Afternoon take a leisure walk around Thamel district – a heaven for tourists visiting the city including its fascinating streets.It is one of the main touristic hub in Kathmandu and bustles with activities late into the night. This place is completely different from the rest of the city.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [B/-/-]

 

Day 11 – Depart Kathmandu

Transfer: By surface

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast we will drive to airport for onwards flight back home.

The above cost includes:

  • Meet and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel by our representative
  • 04nights accommodation at Hotel Yak and Yeti/Himalaya/Tibet or similar – Kathmandu in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 01night accommodation at The Old Inn or similar – Bandipur in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 04nights accommodation at Fishtail Lodge/Lakeside retreat or similar – Pokhara in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 01night accommodation at Club Himalaya/Country Villa or similar – Nagarkot in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle
  • Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city with cooking class with one of the local family with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle
  • Day hike from Changu Narayan to Telkot with local English speaking guide
  • Street walk around Thamel with local English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tour in Pokhara as per the itinerary with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle including 1 hour boat ride at Phewa Lake
  • Hike from Sarangkot to Naudada with local English speaking guide
  • Hike to Peace Pagoda with local English speaking guide
  • All applicable entrance fees at various monuments as indicated in the program
  • Surface transfer for the sector Kathmandu/Bandipur/Pokhara by private A/C vehicle with driver only en-route enjoy white water river rafting at Trishuli river

 

 

The above cost does not include:

  • Nepal Visa fees. US$ 25.00 per person, subject to change if revised and valid for 15 days from the date of entry.
  • Airfare for the sector Pokhara/Kathmandu. Quoted separately
  • International and domestic airfares and airport taxes.
  • Lunches and dinners during their stay in Nepal.
  • Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills.
  • Insurance and rescue of any form.
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control.
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
  • Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
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