DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrive at Kathmandu international airport, you will get receive by the representative of airport and would be further transfer to your hotel. Afternoon short walk around thamel. Evening culture program with dinner in Nepali Chulo. Overnight in Hotel in Kathmandu.
Nestled in the lap of Snow Mountains, the verdant Kathmandu Valley abounds in archaic temples, shrines and palaces that reflect its glory of the bygone era. Colorful Kathmandu with its old Asian legacy houses seven Cultural Heritage Sites four of which are also its art-excelling temples while three are residential palaces of ancient Royals. The Valley is also at 1,336 meters above sea level and comprises three cities within its parameters. Kathmandu also connects through air and by road to most parts of Nepal. It also connects by air to major cities in India and some parts of the world. With its many facades, Kathmandu is a true little city of wonder for its visitors
DAY 02: FULL DAY SIGHSEEING INCLUDING THREE MAIN CITIES
· SWAYAMBHUNATH / BOUDHANATH/ KOPAN MONASTERY
· KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
· PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Later visit the Kathmandu Darbar Square, Patan Darbar Square (Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Patan is also the oldest and second largest city of three main cities in Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath Gompa – it is also one of the most magnificent Buddhist Chaityas in the world. Bodhnath – one of the largest Stupas of Nepal and also is one of the ancient Buddhist stupas.It is believed to be 2000 years old structure. Overnight in Three star hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 03: FULL DAY SIGHSEEING INCLUDING
· DRIVE TO NAGARKOT
Morning take an excursion to the ancient city of Bhadgaon. Later in the day take a tour of Pashupatinath – also one of the very sacred temples for Hindus dedicated to Lord Shiva and Boudhanath – one of the largest Stupas of Nepal and also is one of the ancient Buddhist stupas. In the evening, you would be taken to Nagarkot for a panoramic Mountain View and experience sunset on the Himalayas.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: AFTER BREAKFAST NAGARKOT DRIVE TO DULIKHEL AND SHORT HIKE TO NAMOBUDDDHA –DRIVE TO KATHMANDU.
· SHORT HIKE TO NAMOBUDDHA VISIT ANCIENT MONASTERY
· DRIVE TO DULIKHEL
· OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
In the morning after having a leisurely breakfast, we drive further to beautiful town Dulikhel and sightseeing around it and have a short hike to Namobuddha where we can also visit a ancient Monastery
After eating breakfast you will also head towards Namo Buddha a quaint monastery on top of a hill. Legend has it that the monastery also constructed by a king in memory of his youngest son, who offered his flesh and blood to satiate a starving tigress who had just given birth to three cubs. After his selfless act the son was reborn in a higher realm. Slowly pilgrims start to visit the monastery; they are afraid of wild animals because of which they chants the words ‘Namo Bhuddhaya’ which means ‘I take refuge in Buddha’. Hence, the place came to known as Namo Buddha.
After exploring the serene environment of Namo Buddha you will head towards Banepa. Banepa is also a typical example of a Newari town with many temples and traditional houses. Here you can immerse yourself in the exotic life of the locals as you observe them going around with their business. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 05: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO POKHARA OR FLY TO POKHARA FROM KATHMANDU.
· BOATING IN LAKE
· ON THE WAY VISIT TO MANAKAMANA TEMPLE BY CABLE CAR (OPTION)
· OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN POKHARA
In the morning after having leisurely breakfast, drive further for beautiful town Pokhara. On the way Visit to Manakamana Temple by Cable car Rest of the time is free at the discretions. In the evening take an enjoyable boating over the pretty Fewa Lake. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO SARANGKOT
· PARAGLIDING ONE HOUR-ONE HOUR FOURTY FIVE MINUTE OR SIGHTSEEING- SUNRISE VIEW EARLY IN THE MORNING.
· BACK TO HOTEL
· AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA INCLUDING BINDEBASINI TEMPLE, DAVIS FALLS, MUSEUM IN POKHARA VISIT WORLD PEACE PAGODA.
· OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL IN POKHARA
Pokhara area shows the greatest contrast in landscape. Nowhere in the world can also the highest mountains reaching 8000 meters level be admired from such small distance and from the tropical lowland without any intermediate mountain ranges. Pokhara is also certainly one of the most extraordinary and beautiful places in the world.
Today take a daylong sightseeing tour of Pokhara visiting Sarangkot, Seti George, Bindhebasini Temple, Tibetan refugee Camp, World Peace Pagoda and Davis fall. Stay overnight at the hotel.
World Peace Stupa is also the massive white Buddhist Stupa situated on top of Ananda hill. This Stupa is one of the 71-peace pagodas constructed by Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhism symbolizing world peace.
Davis Fall also known as Patale Chango in Nepali. This fascinating waterfall is named after a tourist who fell and died in it. Near the fall is a cave of Gupteshwor Mahadev (Temple of lord Shiva). The water travels through a natural tunnel before emerging from here.
Phewa Lake is the second largest fresh water lake of Nepal. In the lake you can see the beautiful reflection of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It has also many inlets in monsoon including Harpan Khola. You can also take a small ferry and go for boating in the serene lake; you may also visit Taal Barahi Temple situated in an island on the lake
DAY 07: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO LUMBINI THE BIRTH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA
· CHECK IN
· SIGHTSEEING IN LUMBINI
· OVERNIGHT IN BUDDHA MAYA GARDEN OR SIMILAR HOTEL
Lumbini associated with the birth of Lord Buddha is of extreme archeological importance and also a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. It says that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became Buddha the Englightened One, born in the gardens of Nepal’s Lumbini in 623 B.C. The main shrines of Lumbini are the newly restored Mayadevi Temple, the Ashokan Pillar behind the temple and the Lake Shakya Puskarini where Mayadevi have bathed before delivering the little Buddha into the world.Several other places near Lumbini linked with stories connected to Buddha and Buddhism. Lumbini is about 300 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. Bus and flights to Bhairawa which is about 22 kilometers from Lumbini, are available from major cities. From Bhairawa transport services to Lumbini are easily available. Food and accommodation facilities are also available in Lumbini and Bhairawa.
Have breakfast and drive to Lumbini – the birth place of Lord Buddha. On arrival at Lumbini, check-in the hotel. Later visit the birth place of Lord Buddha. Furthermore, The prime attractions of Lumbini are also the Maya Devi Temple, the Sacred Garden and the Ashokan Pillar – that long ago erected by Mighty Emperor Ashoka the great in 249 BC.
DAY 08: AFTER BREAKFAST DRIVE TO BHAIRAWA AND FLY TO KATHMANDU.
· FLY TO KATHMANDU
· OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL
· FAREWELL DINNER IN GOOD NEPALI RESTAURANT INCLUDING WITH CULTURAL PROGRAM OR CHINESE RESTURANT
After having breakfast drive back to Kathmandu and check in to the hotel. Rest of the time is kept free at your discretion. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09: FINAL DEPARTURE TO BACK HOME
At appropriate time, you will also get transferred to Kathmandu international airport to embark the flight back to the onward destination.