Walk to the major touristic and heritage sites of Nepal with us. Our very experienced guide will take you to the inner city Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Bandipur and Pokhara and show you the daily life of the people and their culture. This is the most experiencial trip for the city and history loving people.
Day 1: Kathmandu - 1300m altitude
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the company.
Day 2: Kathmandu Durbar Square and surrounding walk (B)
After Breakfast take a walking tour with intimacies of Kathmandu Durbar Square, its colorful bazaars; the back streets and lanes and bahals, shrines and more personal temples of the city. This walk takes you to the temples and monuments in and around the Kathmandu Durbar Square: Basantapur Durbar, Windows on the Square, Hunuman Dhoka, Kumari Ghar, Taleju Temple etc, The old city of Yangala, south Kathmandu: Freak Street, Om Bahal, Jaisidewal, Yangal Hiti, Sundhara/Dharahara etc, Streets of silver, North Kathmandu: Maru Hiti, The window beyond compare, Naradevi Temple, The kot, Itum Bahal, Kathesimbhu, Thahiti etc and The two thousand years old bazaar: Indra Chowk, Machhendranath Bahal, Ason Tol, Rani Pokhari and the Thamel street etc.
Day 3: Boudhanath and Pashupatinath walk (B)
Today after Breakfast take a walk to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath complex. Pashupatinath is among the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage places and the one of utmost importance for Nepal’s Hindus. It is the principal residence of Pashupati, an important form of the great God Shiva. You will be fascinated by its large complex of temples, cremation platforms, bathing areas and scared images sits along the Bagmati River. We will begin our walk from Jayabageshwari temple, Deopatan, Deopatan Bazaar, Pashupatinath temple, Kailash hill, Kirateshwar, Guhyeshwari temple, Gorakhnath temple complex and many others. We take another walk to Boudhanath- world's largest stupa, during the hour before sunset. We take a parikrama or circumambulation around the stupa.
Day 4: Patan Durbar Square and surrounding walk (B)
We will begin our walk at mid morning to combines the walks Streets of gold, north Patan and A thousands and eight Buddha, south Patan. This city is full of Bhuddhist and Hindu shrines and monuments. The city has five gateways. It is noted for its handicrafts and Artistry works. We take a walk of the most famous and beautiful monuments, such as Kirat Palace, a little square called Patuka, Kwa Bahal and Hirnyavarna mahavihar ( Golden colour Monastery), Kumbheshwar Temple, Mahabaoudh Temple, Min Nath Temple, Manchhendra Nath temple, Patan Durbar Square complex: Krishna Temple and the famous five-storied ancient Royal Palace, Degutale, Vishwanath temple etc. We walk through the palace, garden, courtyards and shops of handicrafts of metal, wood, stone and paper; spices, flower and fruits.
Day 5: Swayambhunath and White Monastery walk (B)
This morning we are going to have walk to the famous Buddhist monument, Swayambhunath which is located on a wooded hillock. The sylvan surrounding is enchantingly lovely and beautiful. The place has such a serene and tranquil atmosphere that you may feel like meditation there. It is only about three km from the heart of Kathmandu city in Northwest direction. We will visit different monasteries built mostly in Tibetan style. We will take stair steps passing a peace pond Shantipur and reach the main shrine which is the splendid example of Stupa architecture. Visit the water mansion and the Tibetan Gumba, Harati Temple, Vasupur, Vayupur, Agnipur, Nagpur, Dewadharma Gumba, Karmaraja Mahavihar, Pratappur and Anantapur, Pwan Bhairava, Vajradhatu Mandala, Agam Chhen, Yogambara, Sakhwaga, Bevavatrara, Bahi and Manjushree and other Buddhist premier. You can have a spectacular view of the Valley from the hilltop complex.
Afternoon we take a 90 minutes walk from Swayambhu, uphill most of the way and reach the White Monastery (Seto Ghumba). You will be wondered by the views of the hillsides, agricultural village just behind the monastery and the charming Himalayan views all there. You will feel the freshness of air offering the spectacular views of Kathmandu valley.
Day 6: Bhakatpur Durbar Square and surrounding walk (B)
Bhaktapur is an actual mediaeval city also called the city of devotees. Today our walk starts with a visit to Indrayani temple. Take top of the steps and we will reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Begin your walk with a pair of extremely fine stone sculptures; the Goddess Ugrachandi Devi and to the right is Bhairab, a fierce God followed by the National Art Gallery, the Golden Gate, a forbidden temple- Taleju Bhawani, The royal bath, The Palace of 55 windows, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Vatsala, Char Dham. Passing the flagstoned alley, filled with tiny shops catering to tourists you will reach The Pottery Square. Visit Til Mahdav Narayan Temple and the Taumadhi Square; Nyatapol Temple and Bhairab Temple. We also take the walk to Dattatraya Square: Bhimsen temple, Dattatraya temple, Pujari Math.
Day 7: Kathmandu - Bandipur (B)
After Breakfast drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur which is 148 km away and 5hrs drive from Kathmandu. Bandipur is the Newar Cultural Village, situated on a ridge above the highway town of Dumre and presents sighteers with a heavy mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. You can take a view of beautiful chain of mountains Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from Tundikhel. Evening take a walk around the village, observe the house pattern, lifestyle of people and enjoy the beautiful views.
Day 8: Bandipur – Pokhara - 900m altitude (B)
You can explore the Bandipur village in the morning. After Breakfast drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. Check in hotel. Enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake at evening, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake's water.
Day 9: Hike to Sarangkot and city walk in Pokhara (B)
Today early in the morning we head towards Sarangkot. The Sarangkot hill is very popular for its best mountains and sunrise views. We start our trip early in the morning at around 5 am. Normally the sun rise at 6 am. After the sunrise and the mountain views we walk down from Sarangkot along with the view of Pokhara city and Phewa lake with green forest, across charming villages, terraced farming and Himalayan view. We walk for 4 to 5 hours.
We walk through Pokhara’s traditional old bazaar- is colorful and is ethnically diverse. Newar architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship, Bindhyabasini Temple is the center of religious activities in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati, and another manifestation of Shati. People sacrifice animals believing that the god will fulfill their desires and wishes. Evening enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake.
Day 10: Hike to World Peace Pagoda and city walk in Pokhara (B)
Early in the morning we take a 20 minutes boating at Phewa lake with the visit of island temple (Barahi temple) situated in the middle of phewa lake and climb for 1 and ½ hrs through the forest grove. The top marked by world peace pagoda offers tremendous view of the lake and Pokhara city with the backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu range. Walk down through Chore Patan for about 1 and ½ hrs. Visit Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Day 11: Pokhara to Chitwan (B, L, D)
You can enjoy cooking with house mother. After breakfast, drive to Chitwan for 4 and ½ hours. You will see very nice sceneries, rivers, farm land, paddy field, typical houses and life style of the people on the way to Chitwan while you drive. All the way you will descend down along the winding road. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by our naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities. There will be a guided Village walk which takes you through the local Tharu village, where you can learn about the culture and lives of the hardy Tharu people, who have adapted over generations to survive in the tough Terai climate. Expect to see traditional Tharu buildings, cooking and clothing. The walk continues through Sauraha, where we can stop to visit the National Park Visitor Centre, and a number of small shops that sell local honey (probably the best honey in the world!), wooden animals, elephant dung paper and other souvenirs. We end the walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, there will be dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 12: Chitwan (B, L, D)
Wakeup call with cup of hot tea/coffee. After breakfast go for Nature Walk: This exciting walk with the nature will introduce you the main features of eastern Chitwan sal forest, open grassland and revering jungle. Our guides will help you identify some species of birds, plants and other wildlife that you may encounter, Canoe ride along the Rapti River. An excellent opportunity for bird watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the only fish eating Gharial then you will be taken to real nature walk with different type’s vegetation to see many different types of floras and faunas. Before lunch you can take a leisurely relax for a while. After lunch go for Jeep safari, an excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth bear, and if lucky, even the Royal Bengal Tiger. You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home. Evening Slide presentation: One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 13: Chitwan – Kathmandu (B)
Wake up call with hot Coffee/tea. After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. (While you are leaning to village you can buy some souvenir or local product). Check in hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest and refreshment in the hotel. Evening you can walk around the Thamel street for last minutes shopping.
Day 14: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.