|DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU|
|On arrival transfer to hotel.
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still take place today. The two-hectare (five-acre) palace complex is divided into two main chowks, or courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah (Gurkha) dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. It is also possible to visit the State Rooms inside the palace. At the southern end of Durbar Square is one of the most curious attractions in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. This gilded cage contains the Raj Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durba. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley’s mythical beginning. Legend has it that the history of the Valley began with the draining of an ancient lake by an Enlightened Being to reveal the Valley and a lotus flower was transformed into the hill and the shining light became the stupa itself. Swarms of pilgrims and red-clad monks circle the complex, spinning the prayer wheels, while the scores of monkeys that give the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple, prance about in irreverent groups. Interestingly the temple complex is scattered with shrines and statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities and the assortment of pilgrims from both faiths characterizes the country’s unique religious harmony. Overnight stay at hotel.
|DAY 02: IN KATHMANDU|
|Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa & Patan City.
AM: Visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. Not only is Pashupatinath the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, it’s one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India each year. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupatinath, an ancient plinth, by the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath – Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures. The old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images. The flowing Bagmati is a holy river and the ghats (crematorium) at its bank are the earnest Hindus truest cremation center. Bouddhanath 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. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born. This “Little Tibet” is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord. PM: Visit Patan City. Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. Krishna Mandir which is one of the grandeur of the square was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. Golden Temple which is the unique Buddhist Monastery was founded in the 12th century which is a large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper gilded facade with the images of Buddha and Avalokitesvara where there are Buddha images and illustrations on the walls. The square has been unrestrainedly adorned by the Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, Vishwanath Temple, Jagannarayan Temple, Golden Temple and numerous. Take the pleasure of discovering this Patan Durbar Square which has been entitled in the World Heritage Site. Overnight stay at hotel.
|DAY 03: KATHMANDU-NAGARKOT|
|Visit Bhaktapur City.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are: The Golden Gate: The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, in the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom: It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable Facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows. The Palace of Fifty five Windows: This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving. Drive 17 km further to Nagarkot Nagarkot is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu from where you can see the mountains closely. The sun set & sun rise views here are stunning. Overnight stay at hotel.
|DAY 04: NAGARKOT-DHULIKHEL|
|Early morning you will be fascinated to have the awesome view of the middle range of the Himalayas provided good weather. You will have breakfast then set out for trekking. You will pass through the different villages. You will see the countryside life. You can also see many school children, farmers at field. Walk around 3 hours to Sanga then take local bus to Dhulikhel. Overnight at Dhulikhel|
|DAY 05: DHULIKHEL-POKHARA (228 KMS / 7 HRS)|
|Pokhara is a tiny valley with lakes & surrounded by mountains, including Annapura Massif & Machhapuchre m the most beautiful geographic creation. Walk around Lake Side. Overnight stay at hotel.|
|DAY 06: POKHARA – BANDIPUR (70 KMS / 2 HRS)|
|Early morning drive to Sarangkot to have splendid sunrise view over the Annapurna Massif, then visit Bindyabasisni temple, Gupteswor Cave, Davis Fall. Drive 2 & half hours to Bandipur. Bandipur a nice newari village. You will enjoy the country life. Overnight stay at hotel.|
|DAY 07: BANDIPUR-KATHMANDU (200 KMS / 6 HRS)|
|Drive to Kathmandu it takes about 4 hours. Visit Patan City. Overnight stay at hotel.|
|DAY 8: DEPART KATHMANDU|
|Early morning 5.00 am wake up. 5.30 pickup for Mountain Flight. Check out from Hotel at 12 noon. Rest of the day at leisure. Departure Transfer|
End Of Services
|• Nepal, the land of Lord Pasupatinath and the birthplace of Lord Buddha|
|• 1 hour Mountain Flight to view the Himalayas|
|• View Sunset & Sunrise at Nagarkot|
|• Accommodation on Twin/double sharing room basis at listed hotels or equivalent|
|• On arrival Meeting & Assistance by our Office Representative|
|• Indian Traditional Welcome|
|• Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu|
|• Daily breakfast at hotels|
|• Transportation/Transfers by Air conditioned Vehicle|
|• Driver allowances, Petrol/Gas cost, Toll Tax, Parking, and Vehicle Insurance|
|• Sightseeing tour as per the program|
|• All entrance fees on the spot|
|• Excursion to Patan City|
|• One bottle of mineral water will be provided on a daily basis on vehicle|
|• All presently applicable taxes|
|• Inland/International flight charges|
|• Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc|
|• Any meals except specified in above inclusions|
|• Camera fee|
|• All other than those listed in above inclusions|