Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Nagarkot: Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to our hotel in Nagarkot. Nagarkot (2.200m), located at a hilltop around 35 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is a very scenic spot. Nagarkot offers spectacular sunset and sunrise views on the mighty Himalayas when the weather is clear. Nagarkot is famous for being one of the best places to see Mount Everest and lots of other snow covered Himalaya peaks like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Gauri Shankar.
Day 02 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Patan - Kathmandu: Early wake up call to see the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas.Breakfast and transfer to Bhaktapur, the third city of Nepal with its huge squares, pagodas, temples and medieval palaces. The city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal which reflects the city's rich culture, art and architectural design. It is also the central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts. The golden gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows, the gate is regarded as the world's most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind.
Patan is also known as the paradise of fine arts. The city lies only 5 km from Kathmandu. It is a city of Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples and fine wood carvings. Lalitpur is the another name of this city which means "The city of beauty".
Like the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur also the Patan Durbar Square is a World Heritage Site. It has many famous sites and unique architectures. Krishna Mandi, Bhimsen temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabhihar are just a few among the temples offering you an extasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings.
One of the most interesting temples in Patan is Mahabouddha Temple. The temple is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. The temple was built by Pandit Abhaya Raj, a Buddhist architect, and an even more interesting thing about the temple is that every single brick has Buddha engraved in it. There are nearly one thousand bricks of Buddha in the temple!
The Golden Temple in Patan is a pagoda which has many images of Lord Buddha as well as large prayer wheels. The pagoda is also known as Kwa Bahal or Suwarna Mahavihar.
Day 03 Kathmandu - Pokhara: After breakfast transfer by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Day 04 Pokhara: Pokhara (200 km west of Kathmandu) is often called the enchanting Himalayan valley, surrounded by beautiful snow-caped mountains, with the magnificent Phewa lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, all-year round pleasing weather and friendly people.
In Pokhara visit to Santi Stupa, a massive Buddhist stupa which is situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake in Pokhara. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the scene is a great advantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range, holy Mount Macchapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) and Pokhara city.
Day 05 Pokhara - Lumbini: After early breakfast transfer from Pokhara. After arrival sightseeing in Lumbini. Lumbini (Sanskrit for "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located at the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi, near the Indian border.Lumbini is one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under trees. The other three sites are in India: Bodh Gaya (enlightenment), Sarnath (first discourse), and Kushinagar (death).
Lumbini is the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born in the 7th or 6th century BC. According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labor pains, she grabbed hold of the branches of a shade tree and gave birth to Siddharta Gautama, the future Buddha.
The Buddha is said to have announced, "This is my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.
Day 06 Lumbini - Kathmandu: After breakfast transfer from Lumbini to Kathmandu by bus.
Day 07 Departure from Kathmandu: Our Nepalese staff will take you to the airport for your flight home.