Pokhara, also known as ‘the city of lakes’ is located in Kaski district in Western Region of Nepal. The city lies some 200 kilometers away from Kathmandu city. Pokhara is a must-see in Nepal and so far one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation.
During the course of this trip, you will have a professional guide at your disposal, and travel on a comfortable private tourist vehicle. Transfer within the city will be on private tourist vehicles with a/c like car, van or minibus according to the size of a group. All accommodation during the tour will be at 5-star hotels on twin sharing basis (single supplement will be available on request). You will have ample opportunity to purchase authentic souvenirs, including carpets, handicrafts, carvings and Thankas (traditional painting) in this trip.
Day 01– Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1,345 m) and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02– Pre-trip meeting at 8:00 am, whole day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan. Overnight at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03– Fly to Pokhara (Altitude:827m, 35 Mins flight) in the morning, whole day sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight stay at 5-star hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04– Morning visit to Sarangkot (Altitude:1600m, 45 mins drive 25 mins hike), attend Yoga class and fly back to Kathmandu at afternoon (30 Mins flight). Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight stay at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 05– Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.
Our airport representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Overnight stay at 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. No Meals Included
At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the tour. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting
After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your service. We will visit the following sites:
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
Swyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
This stupa watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey Temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Patan Durbar square
Patan is an old Newar city where we will see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.
Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast Included
Today we will fly to Pokhara at 8:30 am. After checking in the hotel of Pokhara, our sightseeing will start at 11:00. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places we visit are as below:
Located in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storeyed pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. The thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorges
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast Included
Today, depart Pokhara and transfer to Kathmandu; 200 Kms, 6 hours drive.Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle with a/c.
Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast included. There will be twin sharing accommodation in entire trip (single supplement will be provided on request).
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
All ground transportation by private tourist vehicle and domestic airfare.
Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle.
Aarohi Holiday’s licensed English-speaking guide.
The required number of ground staff during the tour like driver, helper etc.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
2 hours yoga class in Pokhara.
All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)
Your lunch and dinner expenses.
Your travel insurance. (See the travel insurance page)
Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency.Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 15 to USD 20 per person per day.
All Items of Personal nature like drink, Laundry etc
Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
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