Kathmandu Pokhara and Bandipur, are fascinating with impressive views of the mountains, culture, festivals and more. Bandipur is rich with culture and heritage whilst in Pokhara you can be captivated by the natural beauty. This trip is a wonderful mix for experiencing Nepal. For adventure seekers you can take a view of the mountains and the valley while taking a ride on a mountain flight, Ultra-light flights or paragliding.
Kathmandu Arrival – Overnight in Kathmandu
Airport pickup and transfer to Kantipur Temple House. Welcome drink and Check-In.
Morning Yoga and Meditation
Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu City, SwoymbhunathStupa and Patan City
Our day will begin with yoga and meditation in the garden at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, including the Durbar Square, the Temple of Living Goddess and the Royal Palace. You will also visit Kasthamandap, a temple built from a single tree and from which the city Kathmandu derives its name.
Continue for a visit to Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist shrine, said to be 2000 years old. The stupa is situated on a hilltop with views of the city. Looking east from here one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below.
This afternoon we will travel to Patan City, an artistic and architectural jewel founded in 250 AD, and previously known as Lalitpur. Sometimes it is known as the “Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs.” Here we shall visit the Durbar Square, Royal Baths, Mahaboudha, Krishna Mandir and HirayanaMahabihar Temple (The Golden Temple).
After breakfast drive KTM-Bandipur (135 kms – 3.5-4 hours):
Bandipur, a picturesque hill top town is located almost halfway through the highway linking Kathmandu to Pokhara. A steady uphill drive from the highway town of Dumre takes you to an ancient trading centre between Tibet and the former English India. It is located in the Tanahu District, Gandaki Zone in the Mahabharat range at an altitude of 3400 feet.
Bandipur is spread over 4562 hectors of land, which has a settlement of around 5000 people and 600 houses. The weather is cool all the year round. Although different communities such as Magar, Gurung, Bahun, Kshetry, Damai, Kami and Sarki live in the Bandipur. It is predominantly a Newari town.
This town remains preserved ever since it was built and allows the tourists to enjoy its beautiful architecture and great Mountain View. Bandipur is known for its majestic view of the Himalayan ranges covering the entire Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang. The view starts from the snow capped mountains spreading to the great Marshyandi River valley below.
Late afternoon stroll to Tindhara:
Late afternoon cultural walk around the Bandipur town, a well-preserved cultural site. It is an interesting walk to the nearby stone carved water spouts called “Tindhara” where locals through ages have come to collect water, bathe and wash. Walk continues around “Tudhikhel”, a former parade ground for army at the time when Bandipur was one of the district headquarters. Tudhikhel, now a scenic vista is also a junction point for socialization for the commons. Walk back on the stone paved path in between the local houses to hotel Gaunghar.
Perched on the top of Gurungche Hill, the climb up takes you Thani Mai temple that offers you a spectacular sunrise views. Clear mornings means a 360-degree view in the country, with Himalayan range stretching along the horizon. Thick clouds beneath the mountain range makes you feel like you are above the clouds. The trail starts near the school at the southwest end of the bazaar, and is a steep 30-minute walk.
Hike to Ramkot
To the west of Bandipur, it is a fairly easy walk to Ramkot. Magar community inhabits this village, where you will see typical round houses, which is quite a rare site now. Ramkot is still untouched by development and this is a perfect trail to experience the daily lives of the Magar community whilst enjoying a scenic route. From here, one can go on to Chabdi Barahi, which can be reached after two hours of easy hiking.
Evening to enjoy the life on the streets
The main Bazaar where you will be staying is bustling with life in the evening. You can simply sit and enjoy the activities occurring in the streets, as it is full of life with kids running around and elderly generation just going about their daily chores.
Morning Sunrise (Tudikhel):
This is a manmade plateau, where in the past traders would meet in order to bargain for goods that were brought from India and Tibet. It is an open space now for stunning views of the Himalayas. You can in this day gather to watch the panaroma of the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhare (6997m), Langtang Lirung (7246m), Manaslu (8162m) and Ganesh Himal (7406m).
After Breakfast Drive to Pokhara
Arrival at the Hotel. Unwind and Laze around at the lake with an overnight in Pokhara.
Full day sightseeing of Pokhara:
Sarangkot:Early morning drive to SarangkotAfter a few minutes’ walk you'll reach an observation point where the views on Machhapuchhare (the sacred "Fish Tail" reaching 6993m at its highest Himalayas views) and Phewa Lake are tremendous.
Visit Davi’s Fall:
Locally known as Patale Chhango. Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinnydipping in the PardiKhola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
Bindhyabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of shakti. Worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the parklike grounds take on a festive fair.
The Old Bazaar
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well.
Evening stroll on the lakeside followed by dinner
Drive back to KTM/ Fly to KTM.
Optional early morning mountain flight to see the beautiful peaks upclose and wrap up the trip. Rest of day free to shopping and leisure.
Dinner at Bhojan Griha- for authentic Nepali meal experience with Folk music and dance.