Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Half-Day Sightseeing
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our warm and friendly representative. After the airport procedures, you will be transferred to your designated hotel in Kathmandu. Check-in at the hotel and take some time to refresh and unwind. In the afternoon, embark on a half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal.
Bouddhanath: After a brief check-in and a chance to refresh yourself, you'll embark on an enriching half-day sightseeing tour that takes you to the iconic Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in Nepal and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and a hub of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. As you explore the stupa's premises, you'll immerse yourself in the unique blend of spirituality and Tibetan heritage that Bouddhanath offers.
Pashupatinath: After Boudhnath you will visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple. This ancient Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the holiest shrines in Nepal. You'll have the opportunity to witness rituals and practices that have been conducted here for centuries. The temple's serene setting along the banks of the holy Bagmati River adds to its spiritual significance.
Your day will be an introduction to the rich spirituality and cultural diversity of Kathmandu, setting the tone for the memorable experiences that await you.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara via Manakamana
Your day begins with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. Today, you will embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the enchanting city of Pokhara while taking a stop at the Manakamana Temple.
Manakamana Temple: Manakamana Temple, located in Gorkha, Nepal, is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati. Its name, "Manakamana," signifies the goddess who grants wishes, and pilgrims and tourists alike ascend to the temple via a scenic cable car ride, enjoying stunning vistas of the Himalayan region. This unique mode of access, along with the temple's spiritual significance, serene ambiance, and belief in wish fulfillment, make Manakamana a popular destination for those seeking both religious blessings and the beauty of Nepal's landscapes. Continuing your journey to Pokhara, you will witness Nepal's picturesque countryside, with terraced fields, traditional villages, and the winding Trishuli River.
Upon reaching Pokhara, check in at your hotel, where you can relax and rejuvenate after a long and eventful day. As the evening approaches, you have the opportunity to explore the serene lakeside city of Pokhara, known for its delightful mix of cafes, restaurants, and shops. The stunning Phewa Lake is a serene spot to enjoy the beauty of the city. Your overnight stay in Pokhara ensures you are well-rested for the adventures that lie ahead.
Day 3: Pokhara to Jomsom Flight & Visit Muktinath
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport in Pokhara for a scenic flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is a vital gateway to the Mustang region and is located on the famous Annapurna Circuit. Upon your arrival in Jomsom, check in at your hotel. Early in the morning, set out for Muktinath, a place that exudes spirituality and serenity. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes and traditional villages. Upon reaching Muktinath, you will have the opportunity to explore the sacred temple complex. Muktinath is known for its eternal flames and 108 sacred water spouts, which are believed to provide salvation to those who visit and bathe in them. After the spiritual experience at Muktinath, return to Jomsom is known for its unique culture and breathtaking natural beauty, and you will have some leisure time to explore the town. Your overnight stay in Jomsom sets the stage for your spiritual journey to Muktinath the following day
Day 4: Back to Pokhara From Jomsom and Explore leisure time around Lakeside
Today marks a spiritually significant day as you embark on a journey to Muktinath, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Nepal for both Hindus and Buddhists. and take a flight back to Pokhara. In the afternoon, check in at your hotel in Pokhara and reflect on your visit to Muktinath.You can also enjoy some leisure time and explore more of Pokhara, known for its stunning mountain vistas and serene lakeside atmosphere. A wide range of natural and cultural attractions for sightseeing. you will have half a day leisure time to explore the city and its surroundings.
Phewa Lake: Start your day with a visit to Phewa Lake. You can take a leisurely walk along the lakeside promenade or hire a boat to paddle on the lake, enjoying the serene views of the Annapurna Range reflected in the water. You might want to visit Tal Barahi Temple, a two-story pagoda-style temple situated on an island in the middle of the lake.
Pokhara Lakeside: Stroll along the Lakeside area, which is lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes. It's a great place to enjoy a traditional Nepali breakfast.
Day 5: Pokhara Full-Day Sightseeing
Your fifth day in Pokhara is filled with an array of captivating destinations, offering a diverse blend of cultural and natural experiences.
Sarangkot Sunrise: Begin your day before dawn to witness the enchanting sunrise at Sarangkot. Perched atop a hill, Sarangkot offers one of the most breathtaking sunrise views in Pokhara. As the first light of day paints the sky with vibrant hues, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the Annapurna and Fishtail mountains. This magical moment is a photographer's delight and a truly spiritual experience.
Bindabasini Temple: After the sunrise spectacle, you'll visit the sacred Bindabasini Temple. Nestled in the heart of Pokhara, this temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati. As you explore the temple's intricately designed premises, your knowledgeable guide will share its history and religious significance.
Breakfast: Following your visit to Bindabasini Temple, savor a delicious breakfast in Pokhara, allowing you to recharge for the rest of your day.
Barahi Temple at Phewa Lake: Your next stop is the Barahi Temple, situated on an island in Phewa Lake. A short and serene boat ride takes you to this beautiful temple dedicated to the goddess Barahi. With the tranquil waters of the lake surrounding it and the backdrop of the Annapurna range, the temple provides a serene and picturesque setting.
Devi's Fall and Gupteshwor Cave: Your journey continues with a visit to Devi's Fall, a stunning cascade with a unique history. Nearby, you'll explore Gupteshwor Cave, known for its fascinating rock formations and a hidden waterfall. The cave offers an intriguing blend of natural wonder and spirituality.
Pumdikot Shiva Temple: Next, you'll make your way to the Pumdikot Shiva Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This hilltop temple provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, making it a perfect place for contemplation and serenity.
International Mountain Museum: Your next destination is the International Mountain Museum, a hub of knowledge and history related to the world's mountain ranges. Here, you can explore exhibits on the culture, geology, and mountaineering history of the Himalayas. It's an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the region's natural wonders.
K.I. Sing Bridge (Seti River Gorge): Conclude your day with a visit to the K.I. Sing Bridge, which spans the Seti River Gorge. This bridge offers an incredible view of the river flowing through a deep and narrow gorge. The dramatic landscape is a testament to the power of nature and provides an opportunity for serene contemplation.
This full-day itinerary offers a rich and diverse experience, from spiritual moments at temples to the marvels of nature and the cultural heritage of Pokhara. Your day will be filled with memorable sights and experiences, making it a highlight of your Pokhara tour.
Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu via Chandragiri Sightseeing
After breakfast, it's time to bid farewell to the enchanting city of Pokhara and begin your journey back to Kathmandu. Along the way, you will enjoy a remarkable stop at Chandragiri Hills, known for its breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. This includes vistas of the Langtang, Annapurna, and Manaslu ranges. To reach the hilltop, you will embark on a thrilling cable car ride, adding to the adventure and providing a unique perspective of the landscapes below.
Upon returning to Kathmandu, check in at your hotel, allowing you some free time to relax and reflect on the adventures of your journey. The evening in Kathmandu is yours to explore as you wish. You can take the opportunity for some last-minute shopping, perhaps purchasing souvenirs or mementos from local markets. Your final night of accommodation in Kathmandu ensures you're well-prepared for the concluding day of your journey.
Day 7: Kathmandu Half-Day Sightseeing and Airport Drop
Your last day in Nepal begins with a half-day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, where you will explore two of the most significant religious sites in the valley.
Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple): Your first stop is the iconic Swoyambhunath Stupa, commonly known as the Monkey Temple. This ancient religious complex is perched atop a hill and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. As you explore the stupa and its surroundings, you'll encounter playful monkeys and gain insights into the spiritual and cultural significance of this sacred site.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Next, you will venture into the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases an array of historic temples, palaces, and courtyards, each with its own unique architectural and artistic significance. This square is a testament to Nepal's rich history and culture.
As your sightseeing tour concludes, you will have some free time for shopping or personal exploration, giving you a chance to purchase last-minute souvenirs or simply relax in the vibrant atmosphere of Kathmandu.
In the late afternoon, we will ensure your timely transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. As you bid farewell to Nepal, you will carry with you cherished memories and the rich experiences of a wonderful journey, having explored some of the most significant cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu.
Physical Fitness: While this tour doesn't involve strenuous physical activities like long hikes or treks, it does include some walking and climbing stairs, especially when visiting religious sites and viewpoints like Swayambhunath, Chandragiri Hills, Muktinath Temple and Manakamana Temple. Travelers should have a basic level of physical fitness to comfortably participate in these activities.
Local Customs: Nepal is a culturally diverse country with a deep-rooted respect for tradition and religion. When visiting religious sites, including temples and stupas, it's essential to dress modestly. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees, and remove shoes before entering sacred spaces. Be mindful of photography restrictions at some religious sites, and always ask for permission before taking pictures of individuals.
Altitude: While this tour does not take you to high-altitude regions like the Everest Base Camp trek, it's worth noting that your destinations are situated at elevations of approximately 800 meters (2,600 feet) and 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) above sea level.
A highlight of your tour, Muktinath, is situated at a significantly higher elevation, standing at approximately 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) above sea level. This sacred site offers a unique blend of spiritual significance and breathtaking mountain landscapes. Your journey takes you to Jomsom, a pivotal gateway to the Mustang region, at an elevation of about 2,713 meters (8,900 feet) above sea level. As you explore this unique town, you'll experience the cultural richness of the area.
Altitude considerations are important, especially in Muktinath, which is significantly higher in elevation. Travelers should be aware that changes in elevation can lead to mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches or shortness of breath. It's advisable to stay well-hydrated, acclimatize slowly, and consult with your guide if you experience any discomfort. This allows you to enjoy the diverse landscapes and spiritual experiences during your journey comfortably.
Weather Variability: Especially during the monsoon season (June to August) when rainfall is common, in contrast, the spring and autumn months (March to May and September to November) typically offer mild and pleasant weather making it the best season to visit the Muktianth Temple.
Best Season for a Visit:
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) offer the best weather and mountain views.
Trip Grade (Fitness Level, Medical and Health): This trip is designed for travelers with a moderate level of fitness. While it doesn't involve strenuous physical activity, there may be walking and stairs at various sites. Travelers with pre-existing medical conditions should consult a doctor before the trip.
Nepal Visa: Applicant can apply from the online portal https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/ to process for faster entry at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Gratis Visa (Visa for Free) is issued free of cost for following categories of Visa applicants: Children below 10 years except US citizens and Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa year. Afghan citizens are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. For a Tourist Visa other than Gratis Visa will cost you $ 30 for 15 Days, $ 50 for 30 Days and $125 for 90 Days Visa.
Currency: The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). While major tourist areas may accept foreign currency, it's advisable to carry some local currency for small purchases and local markets. ATMs are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, making it convenient to withdraw cash as needed, make sure that you carry a card that’s valid internationally.
Health Precautions: It's wise to consult your healthcare provider or a travel medicine specialist before traveling to Nepal. It's also a good idea to carry a basic medical kit that includes essentials like over-the-counter pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any personal prescription medications.
Electricity: Nepal uses both Type C (European) and Type D (Indian) electrical outlets. The standard voltage is 230V, and the frequency is 50Hz. Travelers from countries with different plug types may need a travel adapter and voltage converter.
Language: The official language of Nepal is Nepali, but English and Hindi is widely spoken in tourist areas, making it relatively easy to communicate with locals and find your way around.
Local Cuisine: Nepalese cuisine is a delightful blend of flavors and influences. You will have the opportunity to sample traditional dishes, which include Dal Bhat and Dhido. Mo:Mos are quiet popular snack in Nepal found in every restaurants. While dining out, exercise caution when it comes to street food, and make sure to drink bottled or purified water to prevent waterborne illnesses.
Travel Insurance: It's highly advisable to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers health, trip cancellation, and unforeseen events during your stay in Nepal. Ensure that your insurance provides coverage for activities you plan to undertake, such as cable car rides and other excursions.
These additional details and elaborations on "Trip Notes" and "Essential Info" should help you better prepare for your Kathmandu to Pokhara tour and ensure a safe, enjoyable, and culturally respectful experience.