Kathmandu & Pokhara Tour 5 Days

Kathmandu & Pokhara Tour 5 Days

Start Point

Kathmandu/Lukla

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

4N/5D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

1300 m.

Meals

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel

No. of Person

Min. 01 Pax

Highlights

Here is some useful information about Kathmandu and Pokhara:

Kathmandu:

Capital City: Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, serving as the political, cultural, and economic hub of the country.

Heritage Sites: The city is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, showcasing the rich cultural and religious heritage.

Thamel District: Thamel is a vibrant and popular district in Kathmandu known for its bustling streets, diverse restaurants, lively nightlife, and a wide range of shops offering everything from souvenirs to trekking gear.

Cultural Diversity: Kathmandu is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, reflecting a harmonious blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. The city is characterized by ancient traditions and modern influences.

Pokhara:

Scenic Beauty: Pokhara is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, with a backdrop of the Annapurna mountain range and serene lakes like Phewa Lake, offering picturesque views.

Adventure Hub: The city is a gateway to numerous trekking and adventure activities. Popular trekking routes like Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp start from or pass through Pokhara.

World Peace Pagoda: Situated on a hilltop, the World Peace Pagoda offers panoramic views of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains. It is a serene and reflective spot.

Adventure Sports: Pokhara is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Visitors can engage in paragliding, zip-lining, boating, and trekking, providing a perfect blend of thrill and natural exploration.

Lakeside Area: Pokhara’s Lakeside area is a vibrant district with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and shops. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour Overview

Kathmandu and Pokhara stand out as two of Nepal’s most sought-after tourist destinations. Serving as the nation’s capital, Kathmandu is renowned for its profound cultural heritage, ancient temples, and vibrant urban atmosphere. Meanwhile, Pokhara boasts breathtaking scenery along the shores of Phewa Lake, surrounded by the majestic Annapurna mountain range.

Embarking on a Kathmandu and Pokhara tour typically commences with a visit to Kathmandu’s renowned Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with temples and palaces. Other captivating attractions in Kathmandu include the Monkey Temple, also known as Swayambhunath Stupa, the revered Pashupatinath Temple, and the grand Boudhanath Stupa.

Following the exploration of Kathmandu’s cultural and historical treasures, the journey proceeds to Pokhara. Here, visitors can relish panoramic mountain views, engage in boating activities on Phewa Lake, and pay a visit to the tranquil World Peace Pagoda. Pokhara also offers enticing activities such as trekking, paragliding, and white-water rafting.

In essence, a Kathmandu and Pokhara tour delivers a distinctive fusion of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and the allure of natural landscapes, creating an indelible and enriching experience for travelers.

Detail Itinerary

Experience the exhilarating panorama as you descend into Kathmandu on a crystal-clear day. The sight of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling beneath you is nothing short of euphoric, marking the beginning of a series of unforgettable moments that will linger in your memory for an extended period.

Upon arriving by road, our guests will be seamlessly directed to their hotel, where our dedicated representative awaits to extend a warm welcome. For larger groups, our representative will personally accompany the guests to their destination. At the airport, a representative and driver from our office will be on hand to meet and escort our guests to their chosen hotel or resort. The representative will guide guests through the check-in process, ensuring a smooth transition.

Once settled in, guests will receive a comprehensive briefing about their daily activities. Take the day to explore the local surroundings, immersing yourself in the cultural and scenic delights that Kathmandu has to offer. Retire for the night at the hotel or resort, ready to embark on a journey filled with discovery and adventure in this vibrant city.

Commence your day with an early morning breakfast before embarking on a captivating sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, exploring key landmarks. Begin with visits to Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, each holding profound cultural and historical significance.

Swoyambhunath, a site with nearly 2500 years of history, is believed to be where the Radiant Lotus settled after the valley was drained by Manjushree, the god of Wisdom. Note that the Swayambhunath temple restricts entry to non-Hindus.

Next, marvel at Boudhanath, the world’s largest stupa representing Tibetan Buddhist culture. Move on to Pashupatinath, the holiest shrine for Hindus dedicated to Lord Shiva. This sacred site also serves as a Hindu cremation ground.

In the afternoon, explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, encompassing Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati Temple, Machhender Bahl, and the sacred Temple House of Kumari—the living goddess. Venture to Bhaktapur City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterized by its ancient town and medieval charm.

As the day unfolds, immerse yourself in the local bazaars during the evening, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere. Conclude your day with a relaxing night stay at your chosen hotel or resort in Kathmandu, reflecting on the rich cultural tapestry you’ve experienced throughout the day.

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Embark on an enriching sightseeing tour around Bhaktapur and Patan, commencing with a delightful early morning breakfast. Bhaktapur’s old Durbar Square beckons with its unique culture and a splendid showcase of exquisite craftsmanship. Remarkably preserved, Bhaktapur stands as the sole place in Nepal untouched by Western culture.

Explore key attractions such as the Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple, and the fifty-five-windowed Malla Palace—each offering a glimpse into Bhaktapur’s rich heritage. The city’s unique charm lies in its ability to transport visitors to a bygone era.

Following Bhaktapur, guests will be chauffeured to Patan to discover its treasures, including Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, and other notable sites. Often referred to as an open museum, Patan showcases intricately carved windows, detailed roof struts, statues of deities, and temples designed in the pagoda style, featuring erotic carvings and exquisite metalwork facades.

For those interested in local crafts, a visit to a handicraft center in Patan offers an opportunity to witness skilled artisans at work. Conclude your day of exploration with a comfortable night stay at your chosen hotel or resort in Kathmandu, reminiscing about the cultural treasures discovered in Bhaktapur and Patan.

Commence your day with an early morning breakfast, followed by hotel check-out. Embark on a picturesque journey to Pokhara, covering a distance of approximately 232 kilometers, which translates to a 7 hours drive. Along the route to Pokhara, make a memorable stop to visit the Manakamana Temple, where a cable car journey (2-3 hours) awaits for a spiritual darshan. Please note that cable car tickets are to be arranged independently.

After the darshan, resume the journey towards Pokhara, arriving in the evening. Pokhara, recognized as a metropolis and the largest city in Nepal by area, unfolds its beauty with an altitude ranging from 827 meters / 2,713 feet in the southern part to 1,740 meters / 5,710 feet in the north. Nestled within 15-35 miles of the valley is the Annapurna Range, featuring three of the world’s highest mountains—Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. Given its close proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, Pokhara serves as a key base for trekkers venturing into the Annapurna Circuit.

Upon reaching Pokhara, check in at your chosen hotel. The evening is yours to explore the surroundings at your leisure. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of this enchanting city, known for its natural beauty and trekking opportunities. Enjoy an overnight stay in Pokhara, anticipating the adventures that lie ahead.

Begin your day early, around 4:30 AM, with a drive up Sarangkot hill. Take a brief stroll to witness the breathtaking sunrise casting its golden hues over the snow-capped peaks of Mount Fish Tail and the Annapurna range (approximately 2 hours). Return to your hotel for a satisfying breakfast.

The day continues with a half-day sightseeing tour in Pokhara, exploring various attractions like Davi’s Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple Cave, Goddess Bindyabashani Temple, Seti River Gorge, Tal Varahi Temple, the International Mountain Museum, Old Bazar, Bat Cave, Gurkha Museum, and an optional boating experience at Phewa Lake.

Later, transition to Kathmandu after an early morning breakfast. The journey covers approximately 230 kilometers, taking around 5 hours to reach Kathmandu in the late afternoon. Check out from your hotel and transfer to Kathmandu via Manakamana Temple for darshan by cable car (please arrange cable car tickets independently if not done earlier). Following the temple visit, proceed to Kathmandu, check in at your hotel, and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore Thamel or try your luck at one of the casinos. Retire to your hotel for an overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Commence your day with an early morning breakfast. Subsequently, depending on your flight timings, consider exploring the nearby mall or market for some shopping. Kathmandu offers an excellent opportunity to stock up on reading material or engage in book trading. The city’s used bookstores offer a diverse selection, ranging from backpacker favorites and classics to local history and culture.

Following your explorations, it’s time to check out from your hotel. Prepare for a drive of approximately one hour covering a distance of around 15 kilometers to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Depending on your flight schedule, you may opt to visit Thamel or explore some points of interest on the way to Kathmandu airport. Your journey forward begins as you embark on your flight.

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    Kathmandu and Pokhara are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, each offering a unique set of attractions and experiences. Here are some highlights of a city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara:

    Kathmandu:

    Kathmandu Durbar Square:

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this square is surrounded by historic palaces, courtyards, and temples showcasing traditional Newari architecture.

    Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple):

    An ancient stupa with a commanding view of the Kathmandu Valley. It is adorned with colorful prayer flags and inhabited by a playful monkey population.

    Pashupatinath Temple:

    A sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is one of the holiest places for Hindus.

    Boudhanath Stupa:

    Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world and an important center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

    Thamel:

    A vibrant and bustling neighborhood in Kathmandu known for its narrow streets, shops, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.

    Garden of Dreams:

    A peaceful oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, this historic garden offers a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

     

    Pokhara:

    Phewa Lake:

    A stunning freshwater lake with the Annapurna Range in the backdrop. Boating on Phewa Lake is a popular activity, and you can also enjoy the Lakeside area.

    Sarangkot:

    A hill station near Pokhara that offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. It’s a popular spot for paragliding as well.

    Devi’s Fall:

    A unique waterfall that disappears into an underground tunnel, named after a tragic incident. The surrounding area has beautiful caves and shrines.

    Gupteshwor Cave:

    An intricate cave system with stalactites and stalagmites. It also houses a sacred cave with a Shiva lingam.

    Pokhara International Mountain Museum:

    A museum dedicated to the mountains of Nepal, showcasing the culture, history, and mountaineering feats of the region.

    World Peace Pagoda:

    A Buddhist pagoda that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Phewa Lake, and Pokhara city.

    Bindhyabasini Temple:

    A sacred Hindu temple located on a hill with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

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