Nepal Soujourn - Guide Price £1197pp
Nepal, a country of amazing extremes, fosters an incredible variety of ecosystems, the greatest mountain range on earth, thick tropical jungles teeming with a wealth of wildlife, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys. From the towering icy giants of the Himalayas and the cultural wonders of the Kathmandu Valley, to some of the richest wildlife areas in Asia, Nepal’s attractions are simply unbeatable. Adding dazzling colour to Nepal’s myriad attractions are the many festivals that dot the calendar. On this journey, visit the heritage capital of Kathmandu, the Newari town of Bandipur and the scenic yet fast-paced Pokhara.
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UK to KathmanduDay 1
Depart the UK for your flight to Kathmandu, arriving the following day.
Arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, at Nepal’s only International Airport - Tribhuvan Airport. On arrival, after the custom clearance at the arrival lounge you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Morning guided tour of the Kathmandu City that includes the Durbar Square, the Temple of the Living Goddess and the Royal Palace. You will also visit Kasthamandap -a temple built from a single tree from which the city of Kathmandu derives its name. After The Kathmandu city visit the Swyambhunath -- the oldest Buddhist shrine, said to be 2000 years old Stupa situate on a hillock, which offers a breath taking view of the city. Looking east from here one can see the entire Kathmandu Valley spread out below. Afternoon guided tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square - The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood.
Kathmandu to BandipurDay 4
Morning drive to Bandipur (150 Kms / 04 Hours). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Bandipur for an overnight stay. The evening is free for walks around the village and to interact with local people. (B)
Bandipur to PokharaDay 5
Morning drive to Pokhara (80 Kms / 2 Hours). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights stay. Afternoon sightseeing of Pokhara City of David falls, Bindebasisni Temple, Seti gorge and visit to Tibetan settlement camp. (B)
Early morning drive to Sarankot to enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise and golden panoramic view of the western Himalayan ranges (subject to weather conditions). After breakfast excursion to World Peace Stupa- a massive Buddhist Stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and the Pokhara city.
Afternoon enjoy boating on Lake Phewa. Evening at leisure to walk around local market. (B).
Pokhara to KathmanduDay 7
Morning drive to Pokhara (210 Kms / 4-5 Hours). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu for an overnight stay.
Afternoon visit Pashupatinath- Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. There are linga images of Shiva along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex , later visit Boudhanath- Boudhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. (B)
Kathmandu to UK or optimal extensionDay 8
Transfer to the Kathmandu airport for your onward journey.
Arrival into the UKDay 9
Arrive back into the UK