This classical program is a combination of exploring the World Heritage sites, old temples and stupas of Kathmandu, visiting the countryside to experience historical places like Nuwakot and Gorkha, beautiful and mesmerizing Pokhara valley, Bandipur Village and old town of Bhaktapur.
Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal and also the largest metropolitan in the Himalayan hill region. Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Kathmandu valley has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are rich in traditional arts & architectures, interesting history & cultures and unique lifestyle of the people.
Nuwakot is a very small town with great wonders and historical importance which moulded the Nepalese history. The region has historical variety ranging from temples, statues, Stupas or pillars to painting and ornaments of ancient times. The cultural traditions practised during those long times are still in vogue here, which amuses the tourist all the more.
Gorkha hill town is situated at an altitude of 1134m which is around 145 km west of Kathmandu Valley. Around 300 years ago, Nepal was divided into 50 tiny states with different kings and rulers for each of them and Gorkha was one of them. Later the King of the Shah Dynasty, King Prithivi Narayan Shah unified all the states into one Kingdom. Gorkha is also the home of the famous Gurkhas soldiers who fought bravely with knives against guns and are famous worldwide. The famous attraction here is the Gorkha palace, goddess Kali temple, the destructive incarnation of goddess Parvati, Taleju temple of the king's family and Gorakhnath cave at the southern part of the palace.
Pokhara is a charming & scenic place with the presence of many beautiful lakes and amazing Fish tail and Annapurna mountain ranges in the background. Pokhara is known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas. Pokhara is the major tourism Hub in Nepal for leisure tourism, adventure activities, yoga and meditation retreats etc. Tourism plays a vital role in Pokhara since thousands of tourists visit Pokhara every year.
Bandipur village is a hilltop settlement in Tanahu District, located in the south of Dumre bazaar. The village is an ancient trading town, situated at an altitude of 1030 m, which is promoted and helped by the European Union for its eco-tourism development. The village is untouched by modernization and laced with an abundance of the ancient house, temple of great significance and historical architecture, this medieval-era town boasts festivals all year round, besides a plethora of cultural offerings and nature, offers to close look of Newar culture life that reflects the refined civilization of Kathmandu valley.
Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. Nagarkot offers a green escape from the bustling capital of Kathmandu and is blissfully calm and laid-back. This is a place to relax after the chaos of Kathmandu and recharge your batteries with beautiful scenery and leisurely wandering.
Bhaktapur was the capital of the Malla Kingdom from the 12th to 15th centuries and after the 15th century became an independent kingdom alongside Kathmandu and Patan. As the capital of the Malla Kingdom it was clearly an important and wealthy city judging by the architectural richness of the many buildings, temples and pagodas. Bhaktapur was carefully planned with numerous squares, temples, sunken wells and various courtyards and winding streets.
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Upon arrival In Kathmandu, you will be met with our representative/guide and transfer to your hotel. Our representative/guide will brief you about the trip and the time table of the trip. Check in to the hotel and free for the rest of the day on your own.
Today morning after breakfast, we will be visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley.
We will first visit the Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. It is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet. The history of the Stupa from its origins in the fifth century to the present day is also presented here for the first time.
Then we will proceed to Pashupatinath Temple. (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Pashupatinath is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is a double – roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal. Although Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium.
Lastly we will visit Patan Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Patan Durbar Square complex is perhaps the most photographed of the three durbar squares. Located in the heart of Patan city, this was once the palace of the kings of Patan. The square is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
After breakfast, we will start our drive to Nuwakot which is approximately 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. This small town has great importance of Nepalese History and tradition. Upon reaching Nuwakot, we will proceed to our hotel the Famous Farm and check in. The famous farm is the best and unique traditional stay in the region.
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After a healthy and organic breakfast, it is time to go for a walk and explore the area and interact with the locals, visit the organic farm and stroll along the village. Later we will bring you to visit the famous Nuwakot palace and the surrounding area which is historically very rich.
Breakfast and Dinner Included
After an organic and healthy breakfast at your hotel, we will start driving to our next destination Gorkha. On arrival in Gorkha, we will check in to our hotel and explore the place. The famous attraction here is the Gorkha palace, goddess Kali temple, the destructive incarnation of goddess Parvati, Taleju temple of the king’s family and Gorakhnath cave at the southern part of the palace. On a clear day you can have amazing views of Mount Manaslu.
Breakfast and Dinner Included
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara which is the second largest and the most beautiful city in Nepal. Upon arrival in Pokhara we will drive to our hotel and check in. You can enjoy the afternoon at your hotel pool or in the spa. Later in the afternoon you can have a nice walk in the lake side area and also enjoy an hour of boating in Phewa Lake.
Wake up early morning to take a short 30 minutes drive to Sarangkot which is located at a height of 1600m. Sarangkot is renowned for its beautiful sunrise view and panoramic mountain views. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery for a while and drive back to the hotel and breakfast. Later a half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara is in store for you. You will be visiting Bindabasini Temple, World Peace Stupa, Davis Fall & Tibetean Refugee camp.
After lunch, we will take a short drive to Rupakot Resort. Rupakot Resort is set on 10 hectares and nearly 1 hour drive from Pokhara Lakeside and airport. Splendid view of Begnas, Rupa and Fewa lakes, couple of hiking routes, an infinity pool, a world-class spa, Panorama restaurant, exotic bar and much more to explore. It’s a haven where your room will seem woven subtly into the landscape directly connecting to Annapurna Himalaya range. Where you’ll enjoy a true sense of space and uninterrupted views of the serene lakes from your private spacious veranda. Giving the taste of Nepali rural life, this is a resort where you’ll discover an outstanding level of service with ultimate comfort.
Breakfast and Dinner Included
After breakfast we will leave for which is a small town located at the top of a hill. The village is untouched by modernization and laced with an abundance of the ancient house, temple of great significance and historical architecture, this medieval-era town boasts festivals all year round, besides a plethora of cultural offerings and nature, offers to close look of Newar culture life that reflects the refined civilization of Kathmandu valley.
Today morning we will take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. We will pass through many hills, rivers and small villages along the way and finally reach Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu check in to your hotel. You can shop at the few shops that are located at your hotel complex.
After breakfast we will drive to Nagarkot, a small and beautiful highland which is at a height of 2300m above sea level. From this beautiful highland you can catch excellent views of sunset and sunrise and gorgeous mountain ranges including Mount Everest on a clear day. Nagarkot offers a green escape from the bustling capital of Kathmandu and is blissfully calm and laid-back. This is a place to relax after the chaos of Kathmandu and recharge your batteries with beautiful scenery and leisurely wandering.
Breakfast and Dinner Included
Wake up early morning and enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise and the beautiful Himalayan Panoramas just in front of you. Enjoy the fascinating scenery and enjoy your breakfast.
After breakfast you can sit and relax at your hotel balcony and enjoy the views. After some time we will check out from our hotel and take a short drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of the oldest towns in Kathmandu which was previously known as Bhad Gaon. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, Thangkas, centuries-old stone sculpture, antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods. Bhaktapur is no doubt an interesting and must visit heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
After sightseeing, check in to your hotel in Bhaktapur and you have free time to explore the rich architecture of your hotel and the surrounding area.
After breakfast you have free time until your flight time. We will drive you to the Airport and bid you farewell and thank you for your visit.
Note: In some hotels, rooms are subject to availability during high season. Please check with us before making the booking.
The Annapurna Circuit, the most popular trek in Nepal, is stunningly varied. Along the way, expect to find plunging valleys, deep gorges, rivers, lakes, glaciers and snow-topped peaks, as well as Gurung, Manangi and Thakali villages.
Peak trekking season in Nepal generally falls between October and November, when temperatures are mild, the weather is relatively stable, and the clear air allows for excellent mountain views. Although the high mountains remain cold and lower elevations are still warm, the daytime walking temperatures are especially pleasant.
Visiting Nepal between October and December offers clear blue skies and spectacular views. The weather remains dry until April, though temperatures can vary by region. January and February are especially cold, with average temperatures of 6°C in Namche Bazaar at night.
To really experience the best of Nepal, plan for several weeks; this is enough time to complete a serious trek, such as the remote and under-visited Makalu Base Camp or Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp trek, and have some extra time left to experience culture, jungle and other adventure activities such as rafting.
Yes, Nepal is a budget destination. We have found it to be one of the most affordable countries we have visited. Accommodation is generally inexpensive, with a wide range of hostels, dorms and guesthouses.
Exercise caution in Nepal due to the potential for political violence. Political demonstrations can sometimes turn violent and may be met with force by Nepali authorities.
Generally, Nepal is considered a safe destination known for its friendly people and hospitality towards tourists and visitors.
Visiting Nepal during autumn (September-November) and spring (late February-mid-April) is ideal, as dry days make trekking easier and offer good visibility.
Yes, Nepal is a safe destination. The country is generally stable and crime levels are low. However, travelers should take necessary precautions when visiting Nepal, particularly in rural areas where infrastructure is basic and medical facilities are scarce.
Tourists may request the following visa upon arrival at TIA and checkpoints: a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa ($30 USD), a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa ($50 USD), or a 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa ($125 USD).
Nepal is an ideal destination for any traveler, from adventurers to luxury seekers. A minimum of one day to a whole month or more can be spent exploring the country's natural beauty. A 45-minute mountain flight offers the opportunity to take in the majestic mountain range, including Mt Everest, as if it were within reach.