Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. After the clearance of customs and luggage’s, exist from the Airport Departure lounge and as soon as you exist you can see number of peoples outside holding a placard. Among them one of the representative of Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Trekking & Expedition will be holing a placard with your name in it. So, closely look at them. He will then transfer you to your respective hotels. Or else, you can visit our office and after full description about your trip, you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur. At evening, drive to Nagarkot
Today, you will be transferred to airport for the scenic Mount Everest flight. For those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour. You can have the world’s highest mountain view i.e. Mount Everest (8848 m) along with other mountains. After an hour of Mountain flight, transfer to hotel have your breakfast and then proceed for the full day sightseeing tour of the three World Heritage Sites recognized by the UNESCO i.e. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will explore the ancient and medieval Hindu Temples, Buddhist Stupas and monasteries, palaces, monuments and shrines. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal, situated on the bank of Sacred Bagmati River-one of the tributaries of the Ganges, the Boudhanath Stupa – the largest of this type and a must visit place in a life time for the Buddhists. Bhaktapur is an ancient Newari city located in the east corner of Kathmandu. This city is rich in culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. While visiting this place, you can also taste the “Ju Ju Dhau” which means “Kings Curd” which is one of the famous curds in entire country. It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal. You will explore Nyatapola Temple, Bhairav Nath Temple, Dattatraya Temple and Layaku (Durbar Square) during your sightseeing in Bhaktapur.
After sightseeing, you will be driven to Nagarkot which is about an hour drive from Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a peaceful hilly region which is just 32 km drive from Kathmandu. It has a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views and for the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer and a hectic city life. In the 60’s explorers would battle the shivering winds and sleepless nights to see the stupendous sunrise and sunsets. Today, still people from all over World, from different walks of life, travel to Nagarkot, to enjoy the picturesque rural scenery of terraced rice fields, green pastures, the sunrise and sunsets. You will accommodate in one of the luxurious hotel in Nagarkot for your overnight.
Today, you will wake up early in the morning to view the gorgeous sunrise. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe inspiring majesty and beauty. Among all the places for mountain viewing around Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Langtang (7,246m).
After breakfast, transfer to airport for Kathmandu – Pokhara flight. Getting to Pokhara from Kathmandu just takes about 30 minutes by flight whereas it will take 6 hours if you travel by a road transport through Prithivi Highway. Flight to Pokhara gives an ample of opportunity to view the Mountains of Dhaulagiri, Langtang and Annapurna Regions. After arrival, you will be transferred to the respective hotel in Pokhara. After some refreshment, drive towards Peace Pagoda. Pokhara Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on a hilltop. It is the shrine build as symbol of peace. It is a perfect holiday place providing a clear view of the Himalayan range, Fewa Lake and Pokhara city. Return back to the hotel and spend overnight at Pokhara.
Today, you have a lot of places for your sightseeing. Pokhara provides its visitors to enjoy its natural and cultural beauty. After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing tour of Davi’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Mahendra Cave, Bats Cave, Bindyabasini Temple, Barahi Temple and Seti George.
Davis fall is a waterfall. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “Davi’s falls” after her. Its Nepali name is Patale Chango, which means “underworld waterfall”.
Gupteswor Cave is a city shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a world-famous pilgrim site. It is a limestone cave discovered some time ago and has a number of scenic spots around. The main attraction is the gigantic Shiva Linga which is said to be increasing in size. Gupteswor cave is special for the underground water. It is really worth seeing. It is a natural cave with Stalagmites. One has to reach the end to view the superb scene. The shrine is called “Gupteswor” which means the “Hidden God”. It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. People suffering from incurable diseases come here to worship the God and remain here for months in the hope of getting cured.
Mahendra Cave is a cave located close to the Seti River. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. A statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found inside the cave. The cave gets its name from former King, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This cave was discovered in the late 1950s by young shepherds of Pokhara. Since then it has remained one of the most visited places in Pokhara. The canal is completely dark with continuously dripping water overhead. The cave is full of limestone, which falls to the ground and continuously forms electrical sparks. Due to the darkness, artificial lighting is provided inside the cave. Another great cave called Bat Cave can also be visited by travelling in the trail path just beneath the hills within ten minutes by foot
Bat Cave, which is also known as the natural habitat of bats, is also worth of visiting, and is, located a ten-minute walk away from Mahendra Cave. It is 150 m long and 25 ft. high. The main entrance of this cave is quite narrow but the inner part is wide enough. The main specialty of this cave is that there are more than 15 thousand bats of different species. Images of elephant tusks, gods, and goddesses can be observed in the inner walls of the cave.
Bindyabasini temple is the center of religious activity situated in the small hill-lock in between the main old bazaar and Bagar area at an elevation of 3000 feet above sea level. It is one of the oldest temples in the Pokhara valley and has an immense cultural value dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati. This temple is considered as one of the main and foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal. It is heard to have been expressed that one can materialize the wishes whatever one wishes by worshiping the Devi. Built in a Shikhar Shailee (Shikhar style) the temple has an Idol of Bhagawati having 8 Bhujas (hands).
Tal Barahi Temple is a two story pagoda temple. It is a Hindu temple of the Goddess Durga (Barahi), the protector of gods. It is located in a small island on the south east section of Phewa Lake in Pokhara. The temple is used for worship by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Seti River is also known as Seti Khola, where “Seti” means “White” and “Khola” means “River”. This is the holiest river of western Nepal, which is fed by snow of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains. It rises from the base of the Annapurna massive, and passes through the limestone gorge of beautiful Pokhara valley and Damauli to join the Trishuli River near Devghat. It makes more excitement for those who look down to the Seti George from the top of the cliff. It is also famous for rafting and has unspoiled greenish jungle scenery, excellent bird watching site, local cultural heritage and beautiful clean beaches, many small and undemanding rapids. This is one of the additional sites that makes natural environment of Nepal more beautiful.
After sightseeing of these famous places of Pokhara, at evening you can have an hour boat ride in Phewa lake. After boating, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Early in the morning we will drive to Sarangkot hill for viewing sunrise and stunning snowcapped mountain ranges. There’s a non-descript village just before the view point. The village is located on Sarangkot mountain at an altitude of 1600m and is renowned for its panoramic Himalayan views Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu as well as down on the city of Pokhara and Phewa lake. In recent years, Sarangkot has become a hotspot for paragliding. After sunrise view, return back to hotel and have breakfast. Then transfer to airport for Kathmandu – Pokhara flight. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and after check-in you could stroll around the city or have some rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Depending upon you flight schedule, transfer to airport for departure. With the beautiful and a lifelong memory you will take your flight to your hometown. We wish to see you back again in future.