A tour amidst Natural settings where nature is redefined in Pokhara and Nagarkot, and we experience the cultural magnificence and thrilling but tragic history of a feudal kingdom that once was and is a UNESCO declared heritage today as we walk through these monuments, some with marks of bullet holes left to remember its conquests in the two major Nepalese tourist cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot and Pokhara.
This is a trip of dissimilar geographical settings where you get to discover a vast array of numerous architectural settings and ancient art forms that are simply mind blowing; our holiday also covers Nagarkot and Sarangkot, master viewpoints from where you get awesome glimpses of sunrise and sunsets with different landscapes in the background.
Ancient Kathmandu is home to some architectural wonders and remnants of varied cultural and religious traditions. The two principal religions of Hinduism and Buddhism that makes up Nepal’s religious base are evident with a range of gods and goddesses that sometimes leave the local folks confused on how many to worship and who’s the real one in a landlocked Himalayan nation where legend and myth run wild with enigmatic beliefs. Nevertheless, the numerous temples, stupas and monasteries continue to reflect the faith of people who ceaselessly struggle to financially cope with lengthy rituals and festivals that last for weeks and months. Our program takes off with a tour of the three historical world heritage cities of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur durbar squares and the surrounding palaces. This cultural tour is geared to get you familiar with the diverse facets of Nepal and its diverse cultures. The program is designed to take you to key historical spots within the 3 medieval cities that offer interesting facts on Nepal’s gripping history.
On conclusion of our city tours, we head down to a different location as we visit the serene hill resort of Nagarkot and the famous city of lakes - Pokhara. Nagarkot is the ultimate of peace with the pure beauty of nature and panoramic Himalayan settings bring bliss to the soul; the emotional experience you have here is a wonderful mix of the sublime with the unique ecosystems giving you an unforgettable lifetime experience. Pokhara is a beautiful city and one of the most famous tourist destinations. Pokhara lies 200 km away from Kathmandu and sits pertly in the laps of the beautiful Annapurna Ranges; where the captivating ambience of nature creates your ‘Vintage Vacations’’ into something that only dreams are made off – and ‘Incentive Holidays’’ is your base from where these dreams come true of a ‘holiday in the sunshine’…
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Tour Code: IH/LP/02
Trip Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Activities: A delightful tour with memorable excursions out of the valley
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan transfer to Nagarkot
Day 3 : Drive back to Kathmandu enroute visit to Bhaktapur and Swayambhunath
Day 4 : Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara - Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 5 : Drive to Kathmandu
Day 6 : Final departure
Day 1: Arrival in Katmandu – Transfer to hotel
It’s a fantastic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a lovely sunny day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks that lie sprawling down below you are real exciting, beginning a whole connection of memorable experiences that stay with you for a very long time to come. And as your plane hits the tarmac of the airport, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and this begins your first overnight in ancient Kathmandu where temples and cows abound in plentiful.
Day 2: Full Day Sightseeing and transfer to Nagarkot
We begin our guided sightseeing tour with a visit to Boudhanath Stupa - the largest stupa in Nepal and a centre point of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed in the shape of a giant Mandala (assumed to be a representation of the Buddhist cosmos). Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva, regarded as the most sacred Hindu shrine in Nepal. Hereabouts, visitors will get to see cremation rituals of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. Cremations here are done for Nepal’s royalty and the common Nepalese of the country. We next head down to Patan Durbar Square which offers an assortment of wooden arts in the monumental historic complexes which reflect the architectural influences of a medieval age found all over the valley. A unique spot of interests are the artistic wooden carvings depicting the sutras of Lord Kamadeva (god of sex) dotted throughout the big and small pagoda style temples in the by lanes of this old city. Patan Durbar Square is said to be among the richest culturally and historically of all the other durbar squares of the valley. We get set for a lovely scenic drive up to Nagarkot. If there’s time, we get a chance to view a great sunset from the tower at twilight. Overnight at the tranquil hill resort of Nagarkot.
Day 3: Drive back to Kathmandu and Half day sightseeing
We get a wakeup call with a few cuppers at early dawn for some phenomenal views of a spectacular sunrise where we witness nature at its best; this heavenly sight of sunrise rejuvenates our senses and stirs our emotions. We later return to our hotel for a warm delicious breakfast , after digesting the charming landscapes and peace of Nagarkot, We begin our sightseeing tour with a short drive to Bhaktapur. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon showcases the ancient grandiose of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It has remained a model for heritage conservation since then. At the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will find many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses – the Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows that also has marks of bullet penetrations that tells a tragic tale this once-upon-a-time independent kingdom. Another attraction are the erotic statues of the gods in the act of the ancient art of sex that we all know of as the ‘Kamasutra’’ At dusk. Our next stop is Swayambhunath known as Monkey Temple. "Swyambhu" signifies "self-created" and a myth goes that the hill emerged spontaneously from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. This is one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Asia; one highlight of this temple is the great views we get of the valley at dusk where from this quiet hillock its 360 degree view of the sparkling lights of the valley, its lovely to watch. At eventide, we’ll drive toward to hotel in the city for the night.
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara - Sightseeing in Pokhara
Take an early breakfast and we set out for with a direct drive of 7-8 hrs through a lush highway to the lake city of Pokhara or we can opt for a scenic flight. On reaching this paradise of nature, we check into our hotel, refresh, and head out for some incredible and captivating views of 8000 meter peaks. Our Pokhara tour includes visits to gripping Lake of Phewa, a visit to intriguing caves like Mahendra Gupha and Gupteswor Cave, David’s fall, the thunderous gorge of the Seti River and the interesting insightful Tibetan refugee camp. Overnight at our hotel by the lake
Day 5: Drive to Kathmandu
After a couple of cuppers, we get set for an early morning trip to the popular vantage point of Sarangkot for a stunning sunrise view of the Annapurna range and the much revered Machhapuchare [Fishtail] peak; its an astounding experience to see the red maroon glows that falls on the mountain ranges and the gleaming rays of the sun slashing through the gaps of the mountains with birds flying across the early morning skies; we softly whisper our praises to God and thank him for this beauty and his blessings.
After this memorable experience in Pokhara, we gear up for our return to Kathmandu by surface in a vehicle or by flight. On reaching Kathmandu, we are free to use the 2nd half of our day anyway you’d want it. You can go for shopping, stroll around Thamel, and look around the local markets or just chill out with some beers at a roadside cafe. Overnight at your hotel
Day 6: Final departure for your connecting flight home sweet home
Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. In Nagarkot, the hotel choices are just great and the options will suit any budget for a cool stay in this serene location. You will just love it. In Pokhara, the hotel choices are simply too many by the charming lakeside, and it doesn’t get better than this. You will just love it. The options are truly a bit too many…the choice exclusively yours!
The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. If you are a foodie, the lake city of Pokhara has it all; it has to be, with holiday making chefs from across the world who have visited this paradise for some thrilling holidays of their own and recommending some superb recipes for the local chefs who are always up for it! Dining in Nagarkot is a delectable experience of its own. The food is the best ever and the veggies you enjoy are grown organically in the local areas of Nagarkot itself; there are optional menus with Indian, Chinese, Italian, Nepalese and continental to keep your stomach happy… Bon appetit folks!
Note: If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holidays will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.
If you come to Nepal and have a flexible schedule, then take the time to visit these places. Nepal always has something to offer its guests. During the peak season (October to December) and (mid of February to May), the stunning panorama of the Himalayas is at its crisp-beautiful-best, but there is really no season in which Nepal is not a beautiful or pleasant place to visit.