24 Dec: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.
Evening visit Church for Christmas Prayer.
Enjoy special Christmas dinner at Hotel.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
25 Dec: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Patan City
After breakfast, introduce with the Sightseeing Guide & driver. We set to the first day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will see the following spots; the details are as described below:
The Swoyambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and is situated at the mound. From this Stupa you can closely look at the settlement pattern in Kathmandu and have a close look at the Chaityas and Monasteries which circles the main stupa of Swoyambhunath. This stupa also relates itself to the history of creation of Kathmandu Valley as how Manjushree, a Buddhist monk, saw a huge lotus emanating bright light at the centre of the lake. So he cut a deep gorge allowing the water to drain from the lake because he wanted to observe and worship the lotus where it is said that Swoyambhunath is situated.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square welcomes you to the palaces, courtyards and temples built between 12th to 18th centuries where the then Kings used to live and the coronations of Shaha dynasty Kings used to take place. You might be amazed with the number of temples and architectural styles that you see in this courtyard. Moreover, you might also get the glimpse of Kumari, a living goddess, whose residence is within this courtyard.
Kumari, Virgin Goddess, must be chosen from a Newar community, inhabitants of Kathmandu, with no body marks & injuries who will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting melange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life. A museum full of bronze statues and religious monuments is one of the fascinating places to visit within Patan Durbar Square. A temple entirely built by stone in the 17th century in the name of Hindu deity Krishna, is one of the major attraction of Patan Durbar Square.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
26 Dec: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple (School visit near Pashupatinath), Boudhanath Stupa & drive to Nagarkot
Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, this two tiered magnificent golden temple with four triple silver doorways is unique example of the Nepalese temple architecture. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complex in South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu god and goddess insides. This temple site occupies an area of 281 hectares in total. The main entrance of this temple is in the western side facing a small street of Patan market. As non Hindus are not allowed to enter this temple courtyard. They are advised to go on the other side of the river in the East to have a glimpse of the temple complex. In the middle of the spring (Feb.-March) every year there occurs a festival called Shivaratri. The world Shivaratri means the holy night of Lord Shiva. On this day many devotees visit the Pashupatinath temple and make the ceremonial fire. Most of the devotees spend the night offering prayers to Shiva. This festival attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims from India besides the locals. Historically pre – Christian era this temple seems to have its origin away back to the early Kirat period. Stone sculptures found in the vicinity support the antiquity of this place. This holy site is 6 km. east oil down town Kathmandu.
Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyapa sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. The Boudhanath lies about 09 K.M. from the Kathmandu city centre. The Stupa stands on the massive three level Mandala style platform surrounded by colorful private family houses. The basic feature of this great stupa is very much like those of Swoyambhunath stupa except its finial displaying. It is much bigger than Swoyambhunath Stupa and lies on the valley floor where s former one stands on the hilltop. This stupa is said to have been built in 5th century AD. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupa’s in Nepal. Along with Swoyambhunath, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.
Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath.
After visiting Pashupatinath and Boudhanath we drive to Nagarkot.
Stay overnight at Nagarkot
27 Dec: Drive from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel Visit.
Early Morning, Sunrise view from Nagarkot (weather permitting )
Drive Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (32 Km-1 hour drive). Visit Dhulikhel and around (2/3 hours).
Dhulikhel lies 30km est of Kathmandu en-route to Tibetan boarder in an altitude of 1480m. This is one another famous point to see the Himalaya and the re flexion of sunrise and sunset on them. This is also vantage point to start excursion to Namobuddha or Panauti.
Stay overnight at Dhulikhel.
28 Dec: Drive from Dhulikhel to Kavrebhanjyang. Hike to Namobuddha. Visit Namobuddha. Hike to Balthali.
Drive Dhulikhel to Kavrebhanjyang (8.1 Km – 20min drive) and hike to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is located at a hill from where beautiful view of Kavre village as well as beautiful Mountain chain can be seen. Big Monasteries and sacred flag around the area makes the place different and special to everyone. This place is known as place where the Buddha offered his body to the hungry mother tigress. It is renowned for Shakyamuni’s act of compassion upon encountering a hungry mother tigress he offered her his body so that she could feed her cubs. There are some monasteries in the Area. Once we begin to walk from the Namobuddha monastery, the trail is isolated. We walk through the woods and descend to the Roshi Khola. Then we climb up to the Tamang village and walking ahead, we can see the Balthali village and a resort at the hill top.
Stay overnight at Balthali.
29 Dec: Hike from Balthali to Khopasi. Drive from Khopasi to Panauti. Visit Panauti then drive to Bhaktapur. Visit Bhaktapur
With the pleasing breakfast, we hike around the village, hike down to Roshi Khola and again to Balthali village. Then we take a different route and trek to Khopasi, where we visit the small hydropower project. We can hike further to Panauti and explore the old Newari town. Then we drive to Bhaktapur and visit Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square will mesmerize you with the beauty of different temples and palaces. You will not only be able to see the spectacular view of 15th century architecture but also will be acquainted with the palaces and the courtyard of the ancient times. The golden gates, wooden palace studded with 55 windows, Batsala temple, Shiva temple and the National Art Gallery are the major attractions of this square. Moreover, you might not want to miss out the five storied Nyatapola Temple built in 17th century; adding on to its structure are the pair of two wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and goddess’s tigress & lioness in each storey making it the most tallest pagoda style temple exhibiting the immense creativity and craftsmanship of Nepali in those centuries.
Stay overnight at Bhaktapur.
30 Dec: Drive from Bhaktapur to Pokhara
After having our early breakfast, we drive to Pokhara. (215 KM -6 hours drive)
Pokhara, situated 200 km west of Kathmandu, is the most important tourist destination after Kathmandu. This is the entry point for famous Trekking routes to Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Mustang region. It is a meeting point for nature and culture. Trails for different excursions and hiking are available to suit individual interest and needs. When the weather permits one can enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range hardly 25km away from Pokhara. One can enjoy the tranquility and peace while doing boating at Fewa Lake in one hand and see the grand view of the snow clad mountains on the other.
Stay overnight at Pokhara
31 Dec: Excursion Sarangkot early in the morning. After Breakfast, Half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara & Boating at Fewa Lake.
Early in the morning we start excursion to Sarangkot hill for Sunrise View and closer Mountain View. It is 20 minutes drive and 20 minutes hike from your hotel. Sarangkot is the most popular viewpoint in Pokhara. Situated at an altitude of 1,592m, Sarangkot offers the magnificent view of Sunrise over Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif (weather permitting). After enjoying the beauty of nature, return to hotel for breakfast. After Breakfast we start half day sightseeing at Pokhara’s traditional old bazaar which is colorful and also ethnically diverse market, Bindhyabasini Temple dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati, and another manifestation of Shati, Gupteshower Cave popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits and Devi’s Fall which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground. Later you will have one hour boating in Fewa Lake.
In evening roaming around the Pokhara city seeing the New Year Eve’s Attraction.
On this day in Pokhara there we can enjoy the New Year Street Festival. On this festival will be decorate d beautifully from the gate of Ambott Gaurighat and end with Dhikopatan Lakeside, where street festival will organized nearly 3 KM distance. In this street festival mainly different national folk song, custom, dohori geet, food fest will be organized. We can also enjoy with different musical programs, concert and many more in street.
Stay overnight at Pokhara.
01 Jan: Free day at Pokhara
Today is a leisure day. You can knock around the city, you can take some memorable pictures of scenic city. Or else you can stay in the hotel and have some rest and read books but we recommend you to travel the city. There are plenty of optional program like, bicycle ride, paragliding, ultraflight, zipflyer ride, Bungy jumping , Small hikings etc.. shall be available.
Stay overnight at Pokhara
02 Jan: Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan (180 KM –5/6 hours drive). Jungle Activities.
After having our early breakfast, we drive to Chitwan. An enjoyable and scenic five hours drive by car or private vehicle on the Prithvi highway connecting Chitwan with Kathmandu follows the Trishuli River takes us through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan. The ethnic tribe of the Tharu’s is the local inhabitants of Chitwan and is agriculturists by profession. As we reach Chitwan we will have our lunch and head towards short Jungle activities.
Stay overnight at Chitwan.
03 Jan: Jungle Activities in Chitwan & MO: MO cooking class
Full day Jungle Activities in Chitwan.
We will do full day Jungle Activities program which includes, Elephant Safari, Jungle Walk, Cultural dance show etc… as scheduled by hotel. And we will also have our MO:MO cooking Class in the afternoon.
Stay overnight at Chitwan.
04 Jan: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu
Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu (185 KM – appx. 5/6 hour’s drive). We will do short Activity program in Chitwan before leaving for Kathmandu.
Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
05 Jan: Departure transfer
After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.