Pokhara is paradise on earth.
Kathmandu Pokhara Tour 5 Days
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The Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour is a leisurely tour that lets you experience all of the best highlights of two of the major cities of Nepal- its capital Kathmandu and its tourist hub- Pokhara. Kathmandu- the largest metropolis of Nepal, is the centre of the country’s history, art, culture and economy. Containing the remnants of Nepal’s medieval era in the form of old Durbar Squares and temples, many of the city’s old monuments and buildings are also listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The city is a cornucopia of temples and shrines dedicated to various deities and gods and contain dense concentrations of religiously and historically significant locations. Touring the city provides a deep insight into the rich history of the country and it is a great way to be close to Nepal’s authentic artistry and its prominent riches that are displayed brilliantly on its many old buildings and complexes. The Kathmandu and Pokhara Luxury Tour captures the bygone time of the country brilliantly and presents you with a tour that will make you admire Nepali dexterity of crafts, wood-carving, stone masonry and metal-sculptures along with its natural landscape and beautiful terrains among many other art forms in their most refined quality.
Start the tour in Kathmandu with visits’ to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the holy Pashupatinath Temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa, the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Swayambhunath Temple and revel in the country’s opulent historical features and attributes that manifest themselves in the number of idols and monuments that remain till date from medieval times when the city was still a single kingdom of its own with a ruing Malla and Shah monarchs. Then pay a visit to the Patan Durbar Square as well that lies in the city of Patan which, like Kathmandu, was also an individual kingdom of its own before the unification of the country. Patan Durbar Square is also listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list and presents rich and architecturally intricate buildings and temple structures that reflect the overtone of centuries of craftsmanship done over decades of time. Then the Kathmandu and Pokhara Luxury Tour takes you to the beautiful lake-side city of Pokhara where natural highlights like the amazing Phewa Lake, the Bindabasini Temple, the Davis Fall, the Gupteshwor Cave and the Seti River Gorge are explored and visited.
The adventure hub of the country- Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal and on clear days, the city is also ornamented with amazing Himalaya views of the Annapurna Mountains. The Tour is a great way to get a quick taste of Nepali authenticity in just 5 days where the best highlights and hallmarks of both cities are explored and visited for a grand time of an amazing cultural tour. The package is designed for maximum cultural insight and visit of the prominent places of the cities in a short amount of time. It best presents the amazing cultural and historical qualities of the country in the most fascinating and comfortable of manners. The Kathmandu and Pokhara Luxury Tour is one of the best short tours of two amazing commercial and natural hubs of the country and presents the best luxury hotels for accommodation.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 5-star category hotel in Kathmandu. Normally at Hotel Yak and Yeti.
- Round trip airfare to/from Pokhara including tour guide.
- One night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 5-star category hotel in Pokhara. Normally at Temple Tree and Spa.
- All guided sightseeing tours & activities including entry fees
- Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu
- All government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Tips for tour guide and driver
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
At around 8:00 in the morning, the tour of Kathmandu city will commence. Before the tour, one of our representatives will also conduct a brief meeting of what the tour will be about and basic information will be conveyed. The tour guide will also be introduced. Via a private vehicle, different sites and locations around the city will be visited; the visit includes Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, the Pashupatinath Stupa and the Bouddhanath Stupa. The Patan Durbar Square will also be visited. Both the Durbar Squares of Patan and Kathmandu are complexes that contain various temples and buildings that are the remnants of Nepal’s medieval times. Both of them also showcase amazing artistic brilliance like wood-carvings and stone sculptures and masonries done on the pillars, windows and doors of the buildings. They also contain courtyards and old Palaces of the Malla and the Shah Kings. The Pashupatinath Temple, another UNESCO Heritage Site, is a most revered sacred site pertaining to the Hindu people of the country. It lies right beside the bank of the holy Bagmati River and sometimes, cremation ceremony of the Hindu people can also be observed here. The Swayambhunath Stupa is another UNESCO Site that is situated atop a hill. It is also sometimes referred to as “the Monkey Temple” because of vast amount of monkeys that live there. And lastly, the Bouddhanath Stupa is a holy site pertaining to the Buddhist people. It is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world and is visited by many Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. Great insight is presented about the religious and historical aspect of the country through these various sites and locations. Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast Included.
Kathmandu City Tour and visit to Patan
Today, at early in the morning, the Kathmandu valley Sightseeing tour will start, with a first visit to the holy Pashupatinath temple. It lies on the banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the most revered holy sites of the Hindu people. The Pashupatinath is built in the pagoda style architecture and contains many smaller shrines outside the main temple as well. It is also the cremation site of many Hindu people and sometimes, the ceremony being performed can be experienced as well.
Then, the nest site on the tour is the holy Bouddhanath stupa. It is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and is located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of the city. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Gompas (Tibetan convent) around Bouddhanath. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.
The next site in the tour is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the royal palace. The Durbar at the Durbar square was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and was where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, took place. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum. Time and again the temples and the palaces in the square have gone through reconstruction after being damaged by natural causes or neglect. Presently there are less than ten quadrangles in the square. On 25 April 2015, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 hit the region and severely damaged the Square, reducing several buildings to rubble. The oldest temples in the square are those built by King Mahendra Malla (1560–1574). They are the temples of Jaggannath, Kotilingeswara Mahadev, Mahendreswara and the Taleju Temple. More and more temples and statues were added to the Square under different ruling kings over time. It is one of the most architecturally intricate showcases of Nepali art and the unique Newa architecture.
Fly to Pokhara and Pokhara Sight-seeing Tour, Duration: 30 minutes
From Kathmandu, you will take an early morning flight to the lake-side city of Pokhara. The flight takes about 30 minutes and upon your arrival there, you will be first taken to your hotel for your check-in. The sight-seeing tour of the city will start at 11:00. Various prominent places of the city will be visited today, like the Bindabasini temple, the Davis fall, the Gupteshwor cave, the Seti River Gorge and finally boating on the pristine Phewa Lake and visiting the temple of Taal Barahi. The Bindabasini temple is located in the centre of the religious old bazaar in the city and is dedicated o the Goddess Bhagwati. The Davis fall on the other hand, is perhaps one of the most famous waterfalls in the country. It is also called “the Patale Chhango” and is located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley. The waterfall has water collapsing and falling through many gorges in the rocks below leaping along many rocky portals while doing so. The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kilometers away from the Pokhara airport. The entrance to the cave is right across from Davis fall and it is almost 3 km long. With some big hall-sized rooms and some passages, exploring the cave is also sometimes an adventure where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to the Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the same condition as when it was discovered. The next is the Seti Gorge. Carved by the Seti-Gandaki River, it is one of the most amazing natural wonders of Pokhara. And finally, at the end of the tour, you will be boating on the tranquil Phewa Lake. Situated at an altitude of 800 meters, the Phewa is the second largest lake in Nepal. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious place in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of the Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna can also be seen in its serene waters. The thick pine forest on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake is also quite haunting. Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast Included.
Fly back to Kathmandu, Duration: 30 Minutes.
Today, you will depart Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. At the end of the day, you will also be treated with a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by one of our representatives from where you will depart. Breakfast Included
The Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour is a leisurely tour that lets you experience all of the best highlights of two of the major cities of Nepal.
Kathmandu- the largest metropolis of Nepal, is the center of the country’s history, art, culture and economy..