1. Arrive Kathmandu. You are welcome with marigold garland. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon is free. In Kathmandu (BB)
2. In Kathmandu (BB): In the morning we take you to a walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar square. We walk through Asan, Hanuman Dhoka, temple of living Goddess, and Kastha Mandap. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. The city itself is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people. One can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons, traders from India and Sadhus-Hindu holy men, who are perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the countless shrines and temples spread in the valley. As you wander, your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.
In the afternoon we visit Swayabhunath. It is one of the secret Buddhist stupa located on a hill top. Legend has it that the Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the valley. Today it is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist temples. The temple is located on a hill just 2 km from the city center. It has a vantage point for a panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous big white stupa it is a memorable sight to capture.
3. In Kathmandu (BB). In the morning we visit Patan. The tour of Patan includes Durbar Square, Hiranya Varma Mahavihar, Mahaboudha, and Tibetan Handicraft-Center. Patan Darbar Square, like in Kathmandu is an enchanting mixed of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples; however it has distinctively different style. Patan is listed on the World Heritage Site. The former royal palace complex of Patan is the center for religious and social life. The small museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One of the remarkable monuments in Patan Durbar square is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna. The temple is built entirely on stone. Visit to inner bahal and courtyard gives you a wonderful experience to see the daily life of its habitants.
In the afternoon we visit the holy temple of Pasupatinath and Boudhanath. Pasupatinath is situated on the bank of the Bagmati River; it is a holy place for Hindus. In this scared place the great and fearful god Shiva is revered in his incarnation of the Lord of animals since ages. It has thus attained a mystical importance all of its own. The three-tiered golden roof of the main temple stands sentinel over the various shrines and the throngs of devotees. From here ghats (step on which many Nepali wish to be cremated and carried into the next life) lead down to the water’s edge. In this place you are expected to remain unobtrusive and respectful. You will find interesting to see the pilgrims doing their worship amidst the cremation and daily life of the local people.
Boudhanath has become Mecca for Buddhist. The huge structured stupa has different layout. It is built in the shape of a Mandela (a Buddhist representation of the heavens). The stupa represents the mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Boudhanath is a special place for worship for Buddhist and no Buddhist alike. Most Buddhist faithful from far flung villages make a long journey mostly on foot to pay homage to Buddha. No doubt it is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage. There are many monasteries in the vicinity of Boudanath that offer meditation and retreats to foreign visitors. To get an insight into Buddhist monastic life it is worth visiting some of the monasteries. This place was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979.
4. Nagarkot (BB): For another full day tour we take you to the city of Bhaktapur, and a small village at Thimi and one of the oldest temple in the valley at Changunarayan. Bhaktapur is known in the past as Bhadgaon. Here we visit Durbar square of Bhaktapur, Nyatapola Temple, and Dattaraya Temple. From Kathmandu it is about 16 km. It takes about half an hour to drive during traffic time. This city lies on the old trade route to Tibet. This city is famous for museum of medieval arts and architecture with many fine examples of sculptures, and woodcarving. Pottery, and mask making, and weaving are its traditional work. The Durbar Square has many temples built in pagoda style. Most impressive is a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1702 AD. Dattatrya temple was built in 1427 AD. The intricately carved peacock window and numerous fountains inside the palace exhibit its rich culture in the past. The architecture of the period in Malla dynasty is particularly very impressive. Still today many old people of the city cannot speak Nepali and continue to use their ethnic Newari tongue. The city is dependent on agricultural. You can easily figure this out because of its rural atmosphere that pervades the streets and bazaars. It is usual to see people carrying enormous loads of vegetables and sacks of grain in their traditional way despite modern transportation. After the lunch brake at Bhaktapur we continue our travel to Changunarayan. It is about 20 minutes drive up the hill near Bhaktapur. The temple of Changunarayan which was built on the edge of the ridge at the elevation of 125 meter above the valley floor around 323 AD. It is believed to be the oldest Pagoda Style temple in the valley richly decorated with sculptures and woodcarving. On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan temple there are images of ten incarnations of Narayan. This sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu. The life-sized statue of Garuda, half man and half bird, well known as the vehicle (steed) of Vishnu kneels before the temple. This temple is considered as the first of the original temples that were established around Kathmandu valley.
5. In Kathmandu (BB): Another day excursion outside the city. We take you to Bungamati and Khokana villages. These are ancient villages located about 15 km from the city center outskirt of Kathmandu. Tourists normally do not visit these places. These are typical Newari villages. It provides sneak preview of life back 100 years ago. The temple of Machhendranath is a prominent local deity which is worshiped every year in Patan during Machendranath Jatra (festival). The life style of the village is still very traditional. On the way it is possible to encounter local craft-men in their work. The guide can take you to their work place. The visit offers a great view of countryside and vast stretched of land with cultivated mustered (Feb / Mar). In the backdrop you can see gleaming Himalayan range. Across Bungamati is Khokana, another traditional village still is living in the past. The gravity of poor living condition appear in sharp contrast to the rich cultural heritage they still preserved here.
6. In Pokhara (BB): After breakfast transfer to airport. Fly/Drive to Pokhara. The flight duration is 35 minutes to Pokhara. (The road to Pokhara is about 200km; it takes about 6 hours) Pokhara is 2nd major tourist destination. It is a convenient point for treks in Annapurna region. In the afternoon take a leisure boat ride in Phewa Lake. It is nice and pleasant ride in the boat with the view of Machhapuchare peak and other high peaks in the Annapurna range.
7. In Pokhara (BB): After breakfast, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara City and 1 hour boating at Lake Phewa. Free at leisure for the remainder of the day.
8. In Kathmandu (BB): After breakfast we drive to Kathmandu. We reach your hotel about 3 pm.
9.Depart Kathmandu. Transfer to airport. Fly home.
Note: The schedule as shown are a guideline only. It may change due to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc. that are beyond our control. All flights are in early morning. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay subsequent flights to and from other destinations. There is no refund for unused service whatsoever be the reason after the trip has begun.