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An introduction to Nepal

DAYS STYLE BUDGET
7 Sightseeing $$
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Shweta Reddy

Introduction

Home to some of the highest mountains in the world, Nepal is an intriguing and hospitable country to visit. From ancient cultures to the beauty of the Himalayas, Nepal is a top visitor destination. This itinerary takes you to some of the ancient cities in Nepal and onwards to Pokhara and the Annapurna section of the Himalayas. Trekking should be done with a guide and is an option for this tour. It ends with a flight over Mount Everest (weather permitting).

Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal. Start off by visiting Durbar Square, the historic centre of Kathmandu. This is within walking distance of Thamel, otherwise take a rickshaw taxi. You’ll see the old Royal Palace, and walk the historic streets where traders continue to work today. Visit the Kabindrapur Temple and do check out the temple of the Living Goddess. Afterwards head to Thamel and the chaotic shopping streets or dine out in one of the popular restaurants in this district.

International Kathmandu Guest House


Day 2

Kathmandu

Today, you’ll visit some of the most famous temples in the city. A rickshaw taxi is recommended as there is some distance between them. Nepal has a rich Tibetan culture so start off at the Bodhnath Stupa. This is full of monks in saffron robes, and local Tibetan refugees.

Next, spend time at the Hindu temple at Pashupatinath dedicated to the god Shiva. You’ll see sadhus here and will most likely see cremations along the river bank. For your final temple the large and distinctive stupa at Swayambhunath has fabulous views overlooking Kathmandu. Back in the city centre why not relax and spend an hour in the Garden of Dreams near Thamel. These gardens are a world away from the chaotic streets outside.

International Kathmandu Guest House

Same as day 1.


Day 3

Kathmandu

Today you’ll take a tour of Patan, one of the ancient cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Hire a rickshaw taxi to go here. Spend time in Durbar Square looking at the wood carvings and architecture. The old royal palaces are exquisite and you can also spend time in the temples. Don’t forget to walk through the streets off Durbar Square where you’ll find people carving wood and welding metal, making traditional crafts. Return to Kathmandu in the late afternoon.

International Kathmandu Guest House

Same as day 1.


Day 4

bus icon Drive to Pokhara

There’s a long bus journey ahead today on the road between Kathmandu and Pokhara. This can be a bumpy ride with poor road conditions and takes 7-8 hours. You’ll see villages, sweeping views of rivers and mountains, and some interesting driving.

Why not break the journey by taking a white water rafting trip on the Trisuli River. Book your trip in advance whilst in Kathmandu and you can enjoy a wet hour on the rapids. In Pokhara, chill out by walking round the town and enjoying a meal.

Hotel View Point


Day 5

Pokhara

Today, spend time exploring Pokhara. If you plan to trek in the Annapurna region then you’ll need to arrange a Sherpa guide in Pokhara and ensure you have appropriate equipment. In Pokhara head to the Lake at Phewa Tal where there are wonderful views of the Annapurna mountain range. This is the second largest lake in Nepal and you can walk round it, take a boat on the water, or simply admire the view. The lake is within easy walking distance of most hotels.

Hotel View Point

Same as day 4.


Day 6

Pokhara

Today spend time visiting the huge Karma Dubgyu Chorkhorling Monastery overlooking Pokhara. It is an excellent walk from the town and has lovely views. Afterwards spend time visiting the Gurkha Museum and the International mountain Museum in town. Or, hire a bike and cycle round the old parts of town.

Hotel View Point

Same as day 4.


Day 7

plane icon Return to Kathmandu

One of the best ways to return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is to fly across the Himalayas. This is dependent on the weather and cannot be done if it is cloudy or in monsoon season. Book your flight in advance and depart from Pokhara Airport.

You’ll see the Annapurna Range and head over to Everest where you’ll be able to see Nuptse, Amadablam, Lhotse and more. Once back in Kathmandu there is time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before leaving this amazing city.


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