Kathmandu & Pokhara
Pokhara is a city located in the foothills of the Annapurna Massif, in central Nepal. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, Pokhara is a base for trekkers undertaking various treks in the Annapurna Conservation Area. The city is based on the edge of Phewa Lake, the second largest fresh water lake in Nepal. Tal Barahi Temple, in the centre of Phewa Lake, is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu. On its eastern shore, the Lakeside district has yoga centres, hotels and restaurants.
Kathmandu valley has both Buddhism and Hinduism; Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath are Hindu temples, and Boudhanath, is a Buddhist stupa, with eyes that you see in posters. Patan, one of 3 royal cities, is a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts. Pokhara, the starting point for over a dozen treks provides vistas of the Annapurna Mountain range. Nearby, town of Dhulikhel, provides breath-taking views of the valley and the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 09-DAY NEPAL TOUR…
And, Experience cultural touring & hiking to the Himalayan foothills.
This private luxury tour of Nepal features the most interesting cultural touring in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. The tour focuses on the cultural highlights of Patan and Bhaktapur with hiking and touring among the natural beauty of the Pokhara region. There will be time to relax at a top resort and spa in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Begin in Kathmandu, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley – Patan and Bhaktapur.
Explore the city’s atmospheric streets, lined with boutiques selling jewellery, prayer wheels, Buddhist thangkas and more. See spectacular squares featuring traditional architecture. Visit Hindu temples, with its erotic carvings and assortment of marigold sellers, and Shiva Parvati, where a likeness of the god and his consort peer down over the square. Also enjoy excursions to the much-photographed Buddhist temples at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, with their massive white stupas and fluttering prayer flags. One day, if desired, take a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest.
Continue to Pokhara, the starting destination for the Annapurna Circuit trek. Surrounded by beautiful snow –capped mountains and a magnificent lake of crystal –clear Himalayan water, Pokhara is a serene hill town with fascinating views of the Annapurna range including the fish tail peak of Machapuchare.
Fly to Kathmandu and private transfer to the mountain town of Dhulikhel, a beautifully preserved Newari town. Stay at Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, a holistic resort and spa with breathtaking views of the valley below and the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.
The best way to enjoy Dhulikel is exploring on foot. Explore the Old town with your private guide to understand this ancient Hindu city, whose planning doctrine was based on position, shape, scale & dominance. In the morning wake up to panoramic vistas of the snow-capped central Himalaya in contrast to the temperate and lush valley below.
Kathmandu & Pokhara Tour Experience cultural touring and hiking and stay in a top resort and spa in the Himalayan foothills.
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Dhulikhel
Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu Meet and greet assistance on arrival.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Full-day private touring in Kathmandu Valley including morning fixed-wing scenic flight.
Day 3 – Tour
Kathmandu Full-day private touring in the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 4 – Transfer
Pokhara Private airport transfer for flight to Pokhara.
Private arrival transfer to lodge for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 5 – Tour
Pokhara Lodge-based trekking and village visits.
Day 6 – Transfer
Dhulikhel Private airport transfer for flight to Kathmandu.
Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights with touring en route.
Days 7 & 8 – Rest
Dhulikhel At leisure.
Day 9 – Depart
Kathmandu Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold and damp, when the high passes are closed and certainly not a good time to visit Nepal. But beginning February as the weather gets warmer, travellers rush to make high-altitude treks. The skies may not be very clear but the forests are full of rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom.
The heat wave runs through May and the high altitude plateau sees dust storms until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. Mountain streams become torrents, landslides take down mountain paths and the Himalayas itself get shrouded in mist and mystery. It is not a popular time to visit Nepal.
But in September, when the rains stop, the dust has settled, the weather is balmy, the air is crip and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.
Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.
Passport/Visa A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. You can apply for a visa on any entry points upon arrival. Payment should be made in US currency (exact change). Any other currency or credit cards are not accepted for visa payment. You will also need a photograph. However, to save time, tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad.