INTRODUCTION TO NEPAL TOUR
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. You will meet us in Airport and will be transferred to your Five Star Hotel (De L' Annapurna) by private Coach. If time permits, we may start the sightseeing same day, otherwise the program below will be for next day.
You will have time to refresh yourself before we will start sightseeing. First we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Durbar square classic tour takes you to the famous places has housed kings of different dynasties and temple-scape representing finest specimens of Hindu and Buddhist architectures. Approx, this will take us about 3:30hrs.
Around 1900 hrs evening the same day, we will meet you and continue the nearby spot (A peaceful restaurant) to join the Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Makalu Adventure. Back to Hotel around 2210hrs.
Day 02: After breakfast at Hotel, we will start the full day sightseeing (0900hrs) by Luxurious coach where our first spot will be Swayambhunath and continue as follow (All listed in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO).
Swayambhunath: One of world's most glorious, ancient, enigmatic and the holiest of Buddhist Chaityas dating back more than 2000 years is situated on a hillock. Swayambhunath, literally "the Self-Created or Existent", is a mosaic of small stupas and pagoda temple contributed by and time by the succession of kings and noblemen. The main structure of is made of a solid hemisphere of brick and clay supporting a lofty conical spire capped by pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sides on the base of the spire are the "All Seeing Eyes" of Lord Buddha. The main features of Swayambhunath in brief are "The Five Buddhas."
Bouddhanth: This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of Nepal's most unique monument and said to be the world biggest, attracts Nepalese pilgrimage of Tibetan stock from as far as Dolpo and Mugu as well as Tibet, Ladhak in India and Bhutan. Baudhanath Stupa with all seeing eyes of primordial Adi Buddha on all the four sides of the stupa is said to hold the remains of Kasyapa - the Buddha of the previous time. The Stupa 100 meters in diameter, built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels by the Lichchivi King Mana Deva in the fifth century rises to 36 meters above the base including the spire, "all seeing eyes" and the pinnacle represent the stages of enlightenment, symbol of royalty, compassion, knowing and nirvana. There are many myths about the origins of the stupa. Will have lunch here after the sightseeing (around 1330hrs).
Guheshwari: The short drive from Bouddha will take you this place said that when Sati, the consort of Siva, immolated herself due to her father's insult, Siva stricken with grief, wandered the skies with her corpse as pieces of her body fell to earth thus creating 51 sacred sites. Her private parts fell here thus the name "Guheshwari".
Pashupatinath: Just a small walk takes you the temple of lord Siva-Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb Newari architecture situated near the banks of sacred Bagmati River. Entrance to the temple precinct is permitted to the "Hindus Only", however visitors can clearly see the temple from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. Pashupati, literally, "Lord of the Animals" is the patron deity of Nepal and believed to have been unearthed by an obscure herdsman while one of his cattle was showering the earth with milk. Across the sacred river, above the array of decorated monuments is the "Slasmantak or Mrigasthali Ban (forest)" where legends have it that Lord Siva dwelled in a form of an antelope to evade the hordes of demigods.
Now the drive starts, will take you to Nagarkot for the overnight stay.
Day 03: With an early morning wake up, you'll have to see these panoramas with ideal retreat from this place situated at 2,164 m and 32 km east of the valley offers the panorama eastern Himalaya including 5 of world's ten highest peaks - Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho O Yu, Makalu and Manaslu.
After breakfast we will drive to Bhaktapur for the sightseeing.
Bhaktapur: also known as Bhadgaon, situated at an altitude of 1401 m, is a home to medieval art and architecture and was the site for Burtoluchhi's Little Buddha. The urban city covers an area of 4 sq. miles. Shaped like a conch-shell, Bhaktapur meaning city of Devotees, pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur, essence of the Newari City, 14 km east of Kathmandu is Nepal's greatest treasures. Will have our lunch here before continuing to Patan (The City of Finest Arts).
Patan: Also known as "Lalitpur" literally the city of fine arts is perhaps a living museum as she still retains her medieval air of the ancient times and almost half the inner city residents are craftsmen in their own right. Patan was one of the major Buddhist cities in Asia by the 7th century as pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China visited the city. It is said that at one stage the entire population of Patan City was comprised of monks and craftsmen only. The city is full of Hindu temples, Buddhist monuments and structures with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful metal and woodcarvings. In ancient times the ancestors of present day craftsmen were invited to Tibet and as far as Peking to built monasteries, pagodas and images of Buddha and other revered deities.
Overnight at Hotel De L' Annapurna.
Day 04: After breakfast we will drive to Pokhara (the very beautiful picturesque town). Lunch will be on the way at Riverside Spring Resort. Overnight at Fishtail Lodge (Luxurious, Five Star).
Day 05: The day will be for the full day sightseeing of the attractions of Pokhara city. You have to drive early morning to Sarangkot for the view of sunrise. Returning Pokhara back, we'll have visit to Vindyavasini Temple, Mahendra Cave and get back to Hotel for the breakfast. Later we'll continue to beautiful Fewa Lake for an hour enjoyable boating. With little hike up of some 45 minutes, you'll get to the World Peace Stupa of Lord Buddha situated at the small hill in Pokhara. You can have the magnificent view of Pokhara and the stunning mountainous range. Getting down we'll move to the Tibetan Refugee Camp, which will certainly be interesting to observe. Nearby we will continue to David Falls before getting back. You can have some free time around the main Pokhara city to explore in your own way. Evening, you'll be transferred for the Dinner at the city and back at Fishtail Lodge.
Day 06: After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Half day free for shopping and etc, enjoy Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel De L' Annapurna.
Day 07: Transfer to Airport for the Final Departure.