- City of Temples
- Bhaktapur Durbar square – full of anicent temples and builidings
- The most important stupa of Nepal-Bouddhanath
- Most Important temple dedicate to lord Shiva in hindu world -Pashupathinath
- Patan Durbar square packed with temples.
- The Monkey temple “Swayambhunath”.
- Pokhara is famous for boating, trekking, rafting and extreme sports like rafting, canoying and bungee jumping.
- Phew Lake wher
- Important Notes
- Dates & Prices
- Whats Included
Pokhara – A Great place to visit
Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It is famous for boating, trekking, rafting and extreme sports like rafting, canyoning and bungee jumping. The Pokhara Valley encompasses Pokhara city, parts of Sarangkot, Kaskikot and also the Phewa Lake.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. The reflection of Mount Macchapucchre (Fishtail) can be seen on this lake. Also from Phewa Lake you can witness the two-storied temple of Barahi Bhagwati. This temple is located on an island in the middle of the lake.
Likewise, Pokhara is a also very famous for Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungee jumping and Trekking
In Kathmandu it seems that around every corner there is something to see. Kathmandu boasts no less than seven UNESCO cultural heritage sites. Its buildings and monuments display a significant variety of historic and artistic accomplishment.
Besides the more obvious landmarks there are far too many temples and places of interest to the list. We are therefore very keen to help you discover more than the normal tourist package. For many a trip to Nepal would be incomplete without delving deeper into the culture and lifestyle of Nepal.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as “Basantapur’,
In the heart of old Kathmandu city Durbar Square of course never fails to impress visitors with its rich history. Once the residence of Nepal’s Royal family Durbar Square was the traditional location for Coronation ceremonies.
50 temples lie within the vicinity including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. There are two courtyards in the square. The Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temples are in the outer courtyard whilst The Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace are in the inner section.
Museums dedicated to three generations of Shah kings have now also been established on some floors. Most parts of the palace premises are open to tourists throughout the week.
The Kumari Ghar is home to the Living Goddess, Kumari. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of her. All in all Kathmandu Durbar Square is a spectacular array of architecture and culture.
The Boudhanath Stupa
This is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of most familiar sites in Kathmandu. It is one of the largest Stupa (Buddhist Shrines) in the World. The Boudhanath is 120 meters in diameter with a 36-meter spire from which many colorful prayer flags are draped. Prayer wheels surround its 8 sided base.
There has believed to have been a Stupa on this site for over 1,400 years. The five statues of Dhyani Buddha’s on the site represent the 5 elements of earth, air, fire, water, and ether .
The 13 rings from its base to its summit represent the Buddhist steps to Nirvana (enlightenment). It has nine levels, representing Mount Meru which is believed to be at the center of the Buddhist cosmos. This is truly a truly holy place.
The Pashupatinath Temple
The Pashupatinath Temple is an Elegant and highly decorative Hindu temple of Lord Shiva and sits alongside the banks of Bagmati River.
A guided roof and pagoda style of architecture are noteworthy features. Members of Shiva’s family are also featured in its rafters and similarly its silver plated entrance doors are bordered by statues of deities.
Entrance to the temple is restricted to Hindus but its exterior is remarkable and well worth the visit. Outside you will no doubt see many holy men (Sadhus), and the river banks are a popular place for Hindu cremations.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar square is another world Heritage site and contains a high concentration of temples and stupas. Some of the most interesting attractions include the:
- 14th-century Kumbeshwar Temple.
- 17th century Red Machhendranath Temple which is notable for its carvings of curious animals.
- The Golden temple is a unique Buddhist monastery just to the north of Durbar Square. Reputedly founded in the 12th century.
The golden temple derives its name from the gilded metal plates that cover most of its frontage. It is significantly one of the most beautiful in Patan. The tortoises pottering around the compound are the traditional temple guardians. Look out for them when they are not in hibernation!
Patan Museum is widely regarded as one of the finest museums in South Asia. The museum houses many rare objects and treasures.
Most of the objects are traditional Paten crafts such as cast bronzes and ornamental gilt copper artifacts. These also include about 200 statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities mostly created in Patan. Others have also come from India, Tibet, and the western Himalayas.
365 steps lead to the Swayambhunath (the “Monkey Temple) which overlooks the city . Apart from its architectural and religious significance, it affords a grand vista of Kathmandu. It derives its popular name from the many “holy” Monkeys living in its surrounds; they are keen to be fed. The story of how they originated is worth checking out!
The complex contains temples, a Stupa, many shrines as well as a monastery, museum and library. This Stupa comprises a white base, the Buddha’s mystical eyes and a golden gilded spire.
Swayambhunath is second only to the Boudhanath in terms of religious significance.
The Swayambhunath is guaranteed not to disappoint and is naturally a must-see option for most visitors.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also known as the ‘City of Devotees’, the ‘City of Culture’, and the ‘Living Heritage’.
Monuments, mostly terracotta with carved wood columns fill The square . Temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards are also here.
Bhaktapur is home to numerous Religious shrines with pagodas. Ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites filled with monuments, most terracotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards form part of Bhaktapur’s rich architectural beauty.
In addition one could easily spend much time here absorbing the traditions and culture of the Newars.
But it’s not all about these architectural and cultural wonders!
You will also have many opportunities to engage in a wide range of spiritual and sporting activities. Mountains encompass the Kathmandu valley. These mountains have a vast and too often overlooked potential for adventure.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Apoorva tours. We will take you to your hotel and guide you through the check-in procedure so you can rest and relax at the hotel. After a short rest, we take you on a brief tour of the Thamel District which is the most popular area for tourists in Kathmandu. Here you can find all the services you require including restaurants, supermarkets ATM machines and money exchange facilities. In addition if you have forgotten anything you may need during your stay, now is the time to buy it!
Once back at your overnight hotel we will give you a briefing about your forthcoming adventure. In the event that you arrive late at Kathmandu we will carry out the briefing on the following morning. You will be meeting your team on the same day.
Visting the places around Kathamndu like Religious Pashupatinath, Bouddha, Swayambhunath
After breakfast you will be given a fascinating sightseeing tour where you will see many sites of interest, for example:
The Boudhanath Stupa – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist Temple outside Tibet. It is over 328ft (100m) diameter and wall-to-wall length is about the size of football pitch. Boudhanath is among the largest Stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. The Stupa has 4 eyes which represent the all-seeing ability of the Buddha; they face four prime directions constantly looking out for virtuous behaviour and human success. The Stupa’s nose symbolizes Nirvana.
The Pashupatinath Temple – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an Elegant and highly decorative Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Temple sits on the banks of Bagmati River and is noteworthy for its pagoda style of architecture and its gilded roof. The rafters feature members of Shiva’s family and its silver plated entrance doors are bordered by statues of deities. Entrance is restricted to Hindus but its exterior is remarkable and well worth the visit. Outside you will see many holy men (Sadhus), and the river banks are a popular place for Hindu cremations. It is one of the most important Temples for Hindu devotees worldwide. During February or March, the day of Maha Shivaratri (an annual festival dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva) is celebrated here.
The Swayambhunath – is an ancient religious site; it is an important Temple for Buddhists and Hindus and is home to many shrines. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises and may date back to 460 A.D. It is often simply referred to as the Monkey Temple as it is home to colonies of monkeys, and also perhaps because Swayambhunath is difficult to pronounce?
Overnight stay in your Hotel
We drive to Pokhara along the spectacular Prithvi Highway which winds through 128 miles (206km) of traditional Middle Hills countryside and past some of Nepal’s finer attractions including The Manakamana Devi temple which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Bhagawati who is believed to be an incarnation of goddess Parvati.
The derivation of the name Manakamana is a combination of the words Mana (meaning heart) and Kamana (a wish ). This is because worshippers believe that the Goddess Manakamana is able to grant their hearts wishes.
It is worth checking out the fascinating story behind the legend of Manakamana Goddess.
Access to the temple is now fortunately by cable car thus avoiding a particularly strenuous climb.
When we arrive at Pokhara you will check into your hotel after which you will have some free time to wander and explore the streets, shops, lakeside and sights of Pokhara.
ACCOMMODATION3 star Hotel
Early on we will be visiting the Sarangkot sunrise viewpoint, we believe that it is most spectacular at dawn when,as the sun rises, you will be greeted by the most beautiful array of colours which light up a magnificent panorama of the mountains.
From the viewpoint, here is a 360-degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It is situated on the banks of the Phewa Lake which is the second largest lake of Nepal and the ideal place to take a peaceful boating trip. The reflection of Mount Macchapucchre (Fishtail) can be seen on this lake. Beyond the World Peace Stupa in Pokhara you will find the Davis falls and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave which at 9,678 ft/2950 meters long is one of the longest in Nepal. The main cave comprises two chambers which house several shrines, the largest of which is dedicated to Shiva. Pokhara is also famous for boating, trekking, and extreme sports like rafting, zip-lining, canoeing and bungee jumping or even an exciting ultra-light (microlight) flight. In the free time on our own you can choose such an adventure or just relax before spending a pleasant evening and an overnight stay in a hotel.
ACCOMMODATION3 star hotel
We will be boating in Phewa lake and you will have free time to look around
Pokhara is also famous for boating, trekking, and extreme sports like rafting, zip-lining, canoeing and bungee jumping or even an exciting ultra-light (microlight) flight. In the free time on our own you can choose boating on the Fewa Lake or such an adventure or you could just relax
We will be heading back to Kathmandu via flight or drive. When we arrive at Kathmandu you will check into your hotel after which you will have some free time to wander and explore the streets, shops and sights of Thamel and maybe visit one of the many restaurants in the vicinity.
A Few reasons to choose our Tour package
Our company is always concerned to provide quality service during your tour in Nepal with us. Below are a few points that Apoorva Tours insists on as part of their quality provision.
- Neat, clean & comfortable Hotel Accommodation.
- Fully Private Vehicle tour or Flight Transport from one city to another city.
- Tour by Government certified English speaking guides.
- Tour package includes all important sites at each location.
Date & Price
The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
Apoorva Tours & Treks also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.
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