|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 2195m / 7201.36ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu, Nepal||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nagarkot|
|Accommodation||: Superior hotels at all locations|
"Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world" - Gustave Flaubert
Come aboard on a journey and discover Nepal. A fantastic tour that encompasses the natural beauty, cultural, and cosmopolitan aspects of this wonderful country. Kathmandu imparts the very essence of different religious beliefs, rich heritage sites and cultural diversity. Temples, stupas and ancient shrines infused with contemporary living, Kathmandu offers the best it has, for you.
It’s going to be an exciting joyride along the way. Feel the fresh waters of Trishuli river crashing against your face while you hold on to your raft. Pokhara the Lake city has something for everyone! View the reflection of the ever imposing Fishtail peak on the calm waters of the Phewa Lake. Try the local cuisine and hike up to Sarangkot hill and paraglide above the lakes. Take a moment to find yourself, while you observe the magnificent sunrise at Nagarkot. This 7-day trip offers you the best activities, you can experience while you are here. There is no better way to uncover Nepal within such a timeframe- so what are you waiting for?
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Look out for your name on the placard at the airport; our cheerful Wind Horse representative will welcome you and promptly escort you to the hotel. Throw off your shoes and rest awhile!
Once you are done with your rest and feel the jet lag is over, you can go for a short walking tour amidst the vicinity that will acquaint you to the city and, its numerous alleys and vibrant lifestyle will surely mesmerize you. Look around as it will be your home for the next stretch.
A welcome dinner as nightfall sets in, comprising of authentic Nepalese cuisine will definitely fulfill you to the core- a traditional delight! Overnight in Kathmandu.
Get off and walk down the cobblestone aisles for an unforgettable experience of sightseeing around Kathmandu City. Head to where the erstwhile kings of the Malla and Shah Dynasty resided in the Kathmandu Durbar Square, better known as “Hanuman Dhoka” is just around the threshold. Observe the ancient temples, see their stories unfold through pictures of the intricately carved out details of Devi’s and Deities. Witness the “Kumari Ghar” the home to living goddess “Kumari”, believed to be pure in body and soul, and catch a glance and feel blessed. Take a walk down the memory lane, the old Freak Street at Jhonchhe Tole, which follows the famous “Hippie Trail” that still has an air of 60’s and 70’s about it. The national museum nearby will open up the windows to the past.
A short ride later, you can climb up the 365 steps to reach the Swayambhunath Stupa. Referred to as the “Monkey Temple”, the monkeys there are amusing, but hide your snacks! View of the city from a different vantage point, it is simply invigorating. Chat with the monks while you pray for world peace.
We recommend momos for lunch. (Momo’s: meat-filled dumplings) Time to thrash your sneakers on the other side of town. A long line of Hindu devotees thronging the premises at the Pashupatinath Temple will wake the devout in you. Take some selfies with the Babaji’s and show the world where you are! A short drive takes you to “Boudhanath’”, one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Walk around and spin the big prayer wheel or shop around for trinkets. Populated by Tibetan settlers, you get a feel of being in “Little Tibet.” All this in a day and you would still be left craving for more. These historical and religious structures are listed as UNESCO heritage sites.
Dinner time! It has got to be something Nepalese, new place, and a new taste! And don’t go overboard with the drinks for the bars close down by midnight in Thamel- a popular tourist hub in the city. Enjoy the evening with a drink, the music there is mostly a mix of west and east. Overnight in Kathmandu.
There’s a surprise for you on the way to Pokhara. Gear up for an adventure to raft the waters of the Trishuli River. It’s alright to scream as the waves of fresh water crashes against your face and hold on to the raft as the torrents in Trishuli River tosses and turns you. The white water rafting is definitely a fun activity, we guarantee the fun and safety as well!
Take the evening in Pokhara city, hop in for a drink in some of the local pubs in the evening, which line the streets at the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.
A short drive before the crack of dawn, takes you to Sarangkot to witness the most amazing sunrise. You can paraglide in Sarangkot as the option is available on request. Nothing better to start the day with well-deserved breakfast at the hotel. The City of Lakes -Pokhara is a natural charmer. The city is dotted with placid lakes, and we are sure that the view of the Phewa Lake with the serene Fishtail Mountain in the backdrop will surely inspire the photographer in you.
Various fun-filled activities will keep you entertained throughout the day. Try boating, bird watching, kayaking, swimming, canoeing as they are all amusing. Walk around and meet the locals for they are warm and friendly. Jump in one of the colorful boats and paddle up to seek blessings from the Varahi temple in the middle of the lake.
The Davis falls, or “Patale Changgo” in Nepali is actually an underground waterfall. The water flows under the ground through its natural tunnel of 500 feet from the fall made by the water currents beneath the land. More photos for Facebook!
Watch the Seti Gandaki Gorge standing atop the Mahendra Pul (Pul: Bridge). Flowing right through the city, the river runs completely underground at places. Incredibly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But it is well over 20 meters!
Take a stroll around the Old Bazaar it is a vibrant ethnic marketplace, just about 4kms from Lakeside. A pleasant spot lined with shops selling everything from clothes to cosmetics and gold! Marvel at the Bindyabasini Temple dedicated to goddess Durga- the deity of supreme power, right in the center of the bazaar. The 16th century architecture is sure to delight you.
Nichidatsu Fujii a Japanese Buddhist monk laid the foundation of World Peace Pagoda or “Shanti Stupa”-located atop a hill. Look into your inner self and, you will find peace as the view of Annapurna range in the background simply takes your breath away.
A wholesome authentic Nepalese cuisine is a good way to end the day. We recommend the Thakali dinner prepared with love by local ethnic mothers. There’s lot more to do in Pokhara, just stride down to the Lakeside area in the evening. Overnight in Pokhara.
The day sees you traveling back to Kathmandu with the 200 km drive taking almost 6-7 hrs to reach Kathmandu on a winding highway. From Kathmandu there is a half-hour drive taking you to Nagarkot the premiere hill station on the Kathmandu Valley rim; here you can whiff a breath of fresh mountain air and view the rolling hills on the eastern rim of Kathmandu valley. Kick back and relax, beat the mountain chill with some wine. Overnight in Nagarkot. (If you opt to fly it can be arranged at an additional cost)
Witness yet another amazing sunrise at Nagarkot, with the view of Mount Everest (weather permitting) and other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, it is simply awe-inspiring. The downhill drive takes you through serene landscapes, the changing scene from pine trees to lush green agricultural flatlands below, arouses a sense of belonging.
Make a stop at Bhaktapur a UNESCO heritage site, an ancient city that has a rustic charm and is home to the larger population of “Newars” in the valley. The brick-laden walkways, intricately carved out temples give you an insight of times gone by. Built in the 17th century, the Nyatapol Temple still stands strong today. Peek at the 55 embellished windows, as the Golden Gate gives you access to the inner areas of the palace. The numerous pagoda styled temples and monuments that dot the square, gives a perfect example of the expressive and complex design of Nepalese architecture back in ages of the medieval times.
Grab a few locally produced handicrafts before you depart as memorabilia and gifts for your loved ones.
About half-an hour’s drive, the arched gateway welcomes you to Patan City of Fine Arts. Witness yet another ancient city come to life. Take a stroll in the Durbar Square and feel you are walking back in time. Dotted with temples and stupas it’s awe-inspiring and charming. The city has been added to the list of UNESCO heritage sites. Have your cameras ready! Overnight in Kathmandu.
We bid you farewell. The same cheerful faced Wind Horse representative will drop you off at the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. Come again as we promise to have more surprises for you.
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