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This is the best Package Deal with all Major Cities are included. In this ", you will visit the major part of the Kathmandu city with popular ancient temples and sightseeing of the city. Also you will visit Pokhara, 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, which is one of the most popular destinations for tourist in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world are situated nearby Pokhara making it a magical vacation package. "Kathmandu Pokhara Tour" makes it perfect Nepal Trip.
Itinerary : 05 Nights / 06 Days "Kathmandu Pokhara Tour"
Highlights: 3 Nights Kathmandu,2 Nights Pokahra.
Packages: 5 nights / 6 daya
Highlight: 3 nights Kathmandu, 2 nights Pokhara
Day 01: Upon arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan international airport, Nepal.
I will be on standby air-condition vehicle and displaying your named template at the airport on that day to pick you up and transfer to your hotel then within one hour later, will go to orientation walk to get familiar with your surrounding or sightseeing in Kathamndu valley if possible otherwise, will be rest in your hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in the following historical monumental areas in the Kathmandu valley
By private vehicle:
It is one of the largest Stupa in Nepal and is considered the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of the Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The Stupa is located 7 km eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. This Stupa stands over Three- tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles in order to bring out the yantra form. It consists of a dome at the base, above which is a cubical structure painted with eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions in this whole Universe. The claim made in various religious and literary texts regarding the erection of the stupa is varied and conflicting. However, the stupa is believed to have been built between 5th to 7th century during the region of the lichhavi King. Boudhanath is also the UNISCO World Heritage Site in 1979 AD.
Swayambhunath Temple: ( Monkey Temple )
Swayambhu-nath is an ancient religious complex, located on top of the hill west of Kathmandu city. From where we can see the whole views of Kathmandu valley. It is also UNISCO site, known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. Swayambhu-nath occupies a central position because it is probably the most sacred pilgrimage site especially for Buddhists and Hindu as well. It is consists of a Stupa, a variety of shrines and temples. Some dating back to the Lichhavi period. Although the site is considered Buddhist especially. Numerous King Hindu followers used to have paid their homage to Stupa, including King named Pratap Malla who is considered to be one of the powerful King of Kathmandu.
Hanumandhoka Durbar Square:
Most of the cultural centers of Nepal are concentrated around the Kathmandu valley; among those cultural sites, the important one is the Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square or Kathmandu Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Square, is located at the heart of ancient city Kathmandu. It is the place in front of the Old Royal Palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom and is one of the three durbar ( Royal Palace ) square in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal. All of which are UNISCO World Heritage Sites. Hanuman-dhoka ( monkey door), with several complexes spread over an area of about 5 acres, is the social, religious, cultural, historical and urban focal point of the city. The square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples that were built between the 12th to 19th centuries by the ancient Malla King of Nepal. The durbar is divided in to two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari- Ghar ( Living Goddess ), Durga temple, Maju dega, Erotic temple, God of alcohol, God of law & justice etc. and the inner consisting of Hanuman-dhoka and the main palaces of the courtyards. Now it is also palace museums. Important ceremonies including the coronation of the Nepali monarch used to hold in the Hanuman-dhoka.
Pashupatinath is located on the bank of Bagamati River where we can see the crematory, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the God of Gods. Pashupati literally means “ Lord of beasts” and is considered to be the patron deity of Nepal. It is regarded as one of the holiest sites for Hindu all over the world and Buddhist as well. It has set a shining example of religious harmony. Pashupanath temple is a pagoda architecture two-tiered golden roof with exquisitely carved four silver doors containing in its sanctum a phallic idol with four faces facing each direction and the fifth one is looking up towards the zenith. According to an ancient chronicle order, it was constructed at the present site by Lichhavi King Supuspa Verma. However there is no dated record showing when the temple of Lord Pashupatinath was first built but it is assumed that it was initially a simple structure of stone of stone proportion which must have been rebuilt a number of times in the course of its development. Vedic performances and Tantric rituals are associated with the worship of Pashupatinath. He is regarded as the supreme self who delivers humans from worldly affliction.
Day 03: Full day sightseeing in the following historical monumental areas in the Kathmandu valley
By private vehicle:
Located on a magnificent hill top commanding a fantastic view of Kathmandu valley, the Changunarayan, is dedicated to lord Vishnu. It is 6 km north of Bhaktapur. The temple is full of magnificent art works in metal, wood, and stone. In fact it is one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the region of the Lichhavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 AD shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred location in the 3rd century AD. The present structure was probably constructed in the 17th century, though older elements have been incorporated during the restorations. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art.
Bhaktapur durbar square:
Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon means city of devotees. It is a very unique old town of Nepal compare to Kathmandu and Patan. Historically, the city was built in the 9th century (889 AD) during the reign of King Ananda Dev Malla. However, it might be older than that. The city was originally built in the shape of a sacred conch shell which is associated with lord Vishnu, the protecter god in Hinduism. This city divided into 24 traditional locality covers an area of 7 square kilometers and lying at 15 km. east of Kathmandu. Before the unification of Nepal, Bhaktapur was an independent principality ruled by the Malla King, who were very much devoted to religion, culture, and art. During that period many magnificent temples and mansions were built. This period is remembered as golden period in the Nepalese art and remains a unique example. There are also many monuments including pagodas, palaces, shikhara style monuments, courtyards and Buddists shrines and monasteries. The present structures were erected from the 12th to 18th century AD. The important things to be seen in this area include the lion gate, golden gate, stone column, 55 windows palace, vastala temple, nyatapol, Bhairavnath temple, Dattatraya temple, pottery square etc.
Patan durbar square:
Patan also known as lalitpur means the city of arts. It is located on lovely little plateau across the Bagmati river only 6 km. southeast of Kathmandu city. This city founded in 3rd century AD by King Veer dev has a finest Newar carfts since time immemorial and is considered oldest of all three cities of Kathmandu valley. It has hundreds of fascinating Hindu and Buddhist monuments scattered in and around. Most of the monuments in this square date back to the medieval Malla period from 15th to 18th century as the golden period of Nepalese art and architecture. The important things to be seen in this areas included the golden gate and golden window of the old palace, the beautiful piece of traditional metal crafts, the famed Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles, the royal bath of Sundari chock, a perfect piece of the classic work in stone, royal Taleju temple, Vishwanath temple, and the charnarayan temple are the finest examples of the unique craftsmanship in wood; the temple of Bhimsen with the magnificent golden balcony overlooking the squre outside and many other shrines and sculptures scattered in and around the square like golden temple, Kumbheshwor, mahaboudha etc.
Day 04: Depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara:
After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara. On the zigzag way of mountain areas, we will pass through beautiful landscape, paddy farm, river, tiny villages, mountain views etc. Pokhara is located 200 km west of Kathmandu. This is second largest city of Nepal. It is the most beautiful city with lakes. we will be taken to the rest for tea/coffee when you want then we will proceed our destination. Pokhara is blessed with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. The mesmerizing Machhapuchhre also called mt. Fishtail dominates the scenery because of its proximity to the valley and can be seen ffrom anywhere in Pokhara. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna south. Further away are seen the giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), and Manaslu (8163m.). On the way to Pokhara, we will have to take lunch. After 6 hours drive, will reach to Pokhara then half an hour latter, we will go to sightseeing in the following places- Gupteswar Mahadev Gupha, Devi`s Fall and Taal Barahi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
A) Gupteshwor Mahadev:
This cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in South Asia which is located at the pristine location of Northwestern part of Pokhara, a world famous tourist destinarion in Gandaki Zone and Kaski district. Ancestors called this place as desolate Khatri Tara. At that time water steam used to come out from this place and some courageous youngsters used to go inside and catch fishes. In 1970, 1980, & 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas Great cave of the World. The cave was formally established in 1994-01-01 which is a religious and touristic destination.
B) Devi`s Fall:
It is one of the popular tourist destinations of Nepal, is known as patale Chango in Nepali. It is located near by Gupteshwor Cave. The waterfall gets its water from the phewa Lake. The Davi`s Falls is a unique waterfall around 2 kms. from the center of Pokhara City. This falls flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no ends. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin David…..) was washed away by the Pardi Khola (river) and mesteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
C) Boating in Phewa Lake: ( Taal Barahi Temple )
Boat trip in the lovely Phewa Lake is the foremost attraction of Pokhara. Paddling out into the middle of the lake is a nice way to spend a guite afternoon. It is the largest lake in Pokhara valley and the second largest lake in Nepal. Encircled by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills, the lake holds a pagoda style temple. Another attraction is the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the crystal clear water of the lake. While boating in Phewa Lake, you can see several verities of fish.
D) Overnight at hotel or resort.
Day 05: : Sunrise view from Sarangkot and sightseeing in Pokhara.
Early in the morning, we will drive to Sarangkot to see sunrise view on the different Himalayan Peaks such as Fishtail (6997m.), Dhaulagiri (8167m,), Hiun Chuli (6434m.), rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m.) etc. Then after breakfast, we will start our sightseeing in Pokhara such as Mahendra Gufa (Cave ), World Peace Stupa, and Bindyabasini Temple.
A) Mahendra Gufa (Cave ):
Another nature`s wonders is Mahendra Gufa, is located north of Pokhara, the area is known as Batulechaur. It is one of the most popular visiting spot in Pokhara, Nepal. This large limestone cave is locally known as the house of bats. It is best to bring your own torch in order to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents. Most of the tourist go to visit there. It is completely different than other Gufa.
B) World Peace Stupa:
A peace Pagoda is a Buddhist Stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world Peace. The view of the Pokhara city, lakeside in focus another reason why the world Peace Pagoda of Pokhara is a must visit.
C) Bindyabasini Temple:
This temple is located on the top of a beautiful mound, and is dedicated to Durga ( Parvati ) in Hinduism. The image of the goddess is a saligram. These black ammonite fossils of marine animals date from the Jurassic period over 100 million years ago and are found in the Himalaya, north of Pokhara. We can see a beautiful view of the city, and the surrounding areas. This temple is a small Shikhara style, was built by Siddhi Narayana Shah in 1785 AD.
Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu.
After this cultural and historical tour if you would interest for further activities like national park tour for 2nights/3days, rafting tour, Hiking tour, Trekking etc. I organize the trip according to your desire. If you decided to leave Nepal, I transfer to Airport for your onward destination.
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|Park village hotel & resort.
|Hotel Yak & Yati.
|Temple Tree Resort & Spa.
Fish Tail Lodge.
Hotel Pokhara Grande.
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