Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath & Patan Durbar Square. Further transfer to Nagarkot to enjoy mountain views, sunset & sunrise. Stay overnight at resort in Nagarkot on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhis Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mťlange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patanís religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone
The main attractions in Patan
Beside above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites to be visited:
a) Golden Temple
c) Krishna Mandir
d) Jagat Narayan
f) Ashokan Stupa
g) Machchhendranath Temple
h) The Tibetan Camp
Nagarkot is a famous place to see the mountain ranges and sunrise. It lies at an altitude of 2211m and is located 30 km north east of Kathmandu. If weather is good, one can see great views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shanker, Ganesh Himala. The mountain flight that goes each day to show Everest and other Himalayas from Kathmandu goes via the Nagarkot route.
Many visitors go to Nagarkot to see sunrise. Once the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas, it looks spectacular as mountain changes its color.
Early in the morning we proceed for mountain flight. Further we will go on sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur. In the early evening you take the flight to Pokhara. Stay overnight at 3 star hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
Description of Mounta Flight (Everest flight)
Only awe-stricken silence can come close to matching the experience of going on a mountain flight to encounter the tallest mountains of this earth. No wonder mountain fly-by has become a popular tourist attraction in Nepal. Four airlines offer regular forages into the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan. Mountain flights appeal to all category of travelers. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalayan in just one hour. Even those visitors who like the rigors of trek still don't miss the opportunity to "conquer" the mountains in one fell swoop.
Travelers take off from Kathmandu in the early morning for an hour's worth of spectacular mountain scenery. As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don't have to wait longer to find out what's in store for them. There they are-the mountains, as they always have been.
First to their far left visitors see Gosaikund (The top Hindu's holy lake), also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m.) with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba- Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then there appears the mountain not only prominent in sight but also in spirituality, Gauri Shanker. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the great height of 7,134 m. and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri Shanker is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.
As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalayan, a succession of glorious mountains follows. Melungtse, a plateau-like mountain, stretches up to 7,023 m. Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956 m, Number of mountain resembles a breast, the maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solukhumbu.
Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.
Next on the menu is Gyachungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m which is considered a difficult ascent. To the right of Gyachungkang is Pumori (7,161 m). As passengers get closer to Everest, there's Nuptse. And there's another mountain called Everest (8,848m) known as Sagarmatha (Everest) by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. The mountain flight takes an hour altogether.
Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Darbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Darbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.
A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.
Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.
Pokhara is a beautiful city with pleasant weather. It is renowned for its touristís paradise. This city is full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. As you approach the city, there are wonderful views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon for a relaxing boat ride on Phewa Lake, shopping in the markets and shops, or just relaxing with a drink on the shores of the lake.
Sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara. Also enjoy boating at Fewa Lake. The places for sightseeing tour are Boudha Stupa, Mountain Museum, Daviís Fall, Mahendra Cave & Gupteshwar Cave. Stay overnight at 3 star hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
Drive from Pokhara to trek start point. Trek to Sarangkot which takes about four and half hours. This short trek is considered one of the beautiful treks in Nepal. Sarangkot offers a Himalayan panorama consisting of the mighty peaks such as the Annapurnas, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Lamjung himal. Stay overnight at Lodge. Meals included: Lunch & dinner.
Ms Geeta Sharma