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Kathmandu and Pokhara with Ghandruk village tour

Kathmandu and Pokhara with Ghandruk village tour - 8 days

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    • Tour of Kathmandu around ancient monuments steeped with history and myth.

    • Kathmandu an amazing city a blend of two great religions Hindu and Buddhism.

    • Visit famous Nepal landmarks Pashupatinath temple and Swayambhunath Stupa.

    • Sweeping panorama of Annapurna Himalayas with sunrise at scenic Pokhara.

    • Pokhara the city full of charm and beauty blessed with lakes and towering peaks
‘a cultural and scenic tour of two great cities steeped with natural wonders’ 
Kathmandu and Pokhara with Ghandruk village tour, a leisure to moderate as well an exciting short holiday in Nepal. A wonderful trip with a blend of all the most interesting and impressive places for a visit. Enjoying the classic historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, visiting the famous landmarks listed in world heritage sites. A wonderful way to start the tour as an introduction to Nepalese age-old cultures, customs, and traditions. As it were hundreds of centuries ago, although a semi-modern Kathmandu city and the capital of Nepal.
The metropolitan and commercial of the country, but retaining its old-time glorious fine arts of magnificent monuments. Where visitors can enjoy visiting places and experience the masterpiece architecture of the old palace, temples, and monasteries. The tour of the famous old Durbar Square with ancient Malla and Shah Kingdom palace and royal courtyard. Visit the residence of the young Living Goddess the ‘Kumari’ and temples as well observing the local activities.
The tour in Kathmandu includes visiting the old Swayambhunath Stupa, a famous holy and popular site. The monument with history of more than 2,500 years old, and picturesque views can be seen from this scenic hillock. The tour continues visiting the holiest of all holy sites of Pashupatinath temple, every season during an auspicious time, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit for worship. The temple of Lord Pashupatinath a manifestation of God Shiva placed in a golden-roofed temple. The tour leads to a charming site of Bouddhanath, Buddhist monuments with a huge Stupa.
After completing the tour around Kathmandu's interesting sites, then head towards the beautiful city of Pokhara. A renowned tourist destination in Nepal and around all Himalayas, a city of charm and beauty. Blessed with natural wonders of lovely cascading waterfalls, caves, and ever-present views of Annapurna Himalayas with Machhapuchare Himal the Fish-Tail. 
Pokhara is famous for scenic views with serene lakes and snow-capped mountains, as well as the gateway to various adventures. While in Pokhara the tour leads beyond the valley to cooler hills at Ghandruk village. Located en route to Annapurna Base Camp and beyond to other scenic and adventurous destinations. Ghandruk is a role model of a mountain village of Western Nepal, situated on the lap of the massif Annapurna Himalayas.
An interesting village of Gurung native, the main hill tribes of the Annapurna region follows Buddhism heritage cultures.   
From Ghandruk village our wonderful tour completes heading towards beautiful Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu. After a fascinating experience around Kathmandu and Pokhara with Ghandruk Tour.

Important Note

Tour Mode: On best tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at Ghandruk village.

Tour Grade: Leisure to Moderate with short walks.

Area of Tour: Kathmandu and Pokhara located Nepal Mid-West.

Mode of vehicles: As per group size from car, coach and Land-
Cruiser or similar. 

Tour beyond Kathmandu. 05 Nights / 06 Days with drives.

Total Trip: 08 Nights and 09 Days from arrival to final 

The Best Seasons for Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour: 
The best seasons are spring and autumn/fall. The spring starts from March to May when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Normally the morning till mid-afternoon days are clear for views and scenic walks can get overcast late afternoon sometimes. 

The next high season is autumn/fall, from September to November, most days are fine and crystal clear. One can enjoy pleasant walks and tours, along with glorious views of surrounding snow-capped peaks.

The days are much shorter with limited sunlight hours, cold afternoons, and nights till morning time. The winter times of December to February is also best for sightseeing tours of Nepal's interesting places. Most days are clear and sunny, but much shorter days due to limited sunlight hours. Cold morning, evening, and night times.

Culture and Religion on Tour around Kathmandu and Pokhara:
Nepal is a country mostly dominated by a huge population of Hindu religion from the low land of the Terai belt to the mid-hills. 

Around Kathmandu, a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism religion, the local native of Kathmandu valley are Newar people. Follows both Hindu and Buddhism religions, and celebrates various festivals throughout the year round. Newar cultures are rich in age-old heritage from the ancient Malla regime till the present. The Buddhist religion is strong around the high and mid-hills and the mountainous region of the great Himalayas.

The Gurung are the main ethnic tribes of Annapurna region around Pokhara and Ghandruk village, interwoven into the Buddhism religion celebrating their tribal festival events and cultures. Around Nepal visitors can visit both famous temples of Hindu as well Buddhist monasteries, along with Stupas and Chorten. 

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, after clearing the visa formalities, and claiming the baggage. Head towards departure exit, where our staff receives you for a short transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed join on the lobby with other members for Kathmandu and Pokhara with Ghandruk Tour for briefing. Provided by our guide or group leader, briefing includes full information of the tour of hotels in Kathmandu and beyond as well of local cultures with do’s and don’ts. Evening a lovely dinner introduction to Nepali foods with exciting cultural programs. 

Morning after breakfast, our city / cultural guide takes you on a tour visiting world heritage sites around Kathmandu city. Includes Old Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard, residence of Living Goddess the Kumari; and to Swayambhunath Stupa with more 2,600 years of history. Then head towards holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath a huge Buddhist Stupa. After an exciting and interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for journey to Pokhara and beyond.

Non-essential clothing and items not required for the tour, can be stored in the Hotel or with Everest Adventure Tour.   

The tour of Kathmandu includes following world heritage sites:

Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Uncountable monuments around Kathmandu Durbar Square. 
The house of the Living Goddess (Kumari Ghar), ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey god, and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the Square! The buildings here are the greatest achievements of the Malla dynasty. The Square teems with colorful life. Vendors sell vegetables, curios, flutes, and other crafts around the Kasthamandap rest house. 

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): 
More than 25 Century old, stands as one of the world's oldest Buddhist Stupa. 
The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath is the wonder that was Nepal, the glory that was Nepal. A religious center, for faithful worship of Vajrayana philosophy in honor of Lord Adi Buddha, painted on four-sided based by spiral all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, keeping an eternal watch on the Valley distinguishing between vice and virtue. A mere distance west of Kathmandu City, situated on a hillock, at about 500 feet above the level of the Valley. The whole hill is a mosaic of small Chaitiya and pagoda temples possessing great five Mahayana (Lamaism) and one Hinayana (Therbadist). On the hind hill is located another important Buddhist shrine; it is called Manjushree. This Chinese Buddha is the God of Knowledge. 

Pashupatinath Temple:
A pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roofing and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated at the bank of the holy Baghmati River. One of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world, Pashupatinath Temple is the nerve center of pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri. 

Bouddhanath Stupa:
Largest Buddhist monument of South Asia. The ancient colossal Chorten built in 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. It rests on a series of three terraces, relevant shape of a lotus flower. The Stupa surrounded by circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town. In this case, also the four pairs of the Buddha's eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions. The Stupa embraces authentic philosophy of Mahayana, faith known as Lamaism in Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet. 

Morning an interesting drive to picturesque Pokhara, famous and popular touristic spot with its beautiful lakes. Located in the shade of massive Annapurna Himalayan range, an exciting and scenic drive through farm villages and towns.

The overland journey from Kathmandu of about six hours facing grand views of Nepal beautiful landscape scenery with snow peaks. After an exciting drive reaching Pokhara, and then check into a nice hotels by the lake Phewa.
Having time to get refreshed from the drive, enjoy short walks around the lakeside, where best shops, stores, restaurants and hotels located. 
Enjoy the views of Annapurna peaks with towering Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak.

Early morning before breakfast, depart from the hotel for short drive to scenic Sarankot hill top. A great picturesque spot for stunning sunrise with grandeur vista of Annapurna Himalayan range, and Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail).
Includes panorama of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal as far as Dhaulagiri range of peaks in the west. An awesome views of Pokhara city and the valley with Phewa Lake Phewa. Sarankot hill is also famous and popular for Paragliding, Zip-Line and other adventure sports activities.

From Sarankot after a refreshing cool morning back to hotel for breakfast, having rest. The tour continues visiting Pokhara’s natural wonderful sites and places of interest as follows. 

Enjoy boat ride on calm Phewa Lake visit the island with temple of Barahi overlooking views of Annapurna Himalaya range.

Having lunch afternoon tour of natural wonders visit the Devi’s Waterfall and Gupteshwor Mahadev a large cave, from here tour of International Mountain Museum and the local market of Pokhara.

Morning enjoy the views of snow-capped mountain range, and then after a leisure time for breakfast. A scenic short drive of few hours to Ghandruk hill village beyond Pokhara Valley. Pokhara and Ghandruk is about 20 km / 13 miles aerial distance, but driving stretches to 54.8 km / 34 miles. An interesting ride facing views of Annapurna peaks and farm villages, as drive heads uphill to Nau Danda and Kande villages. Then heads downhill to Nayapul town, as our route diverts following the Modi River upstream past nice village of Bhirethati.

The drive leads on dirt rough road to Syali Bazaar amidst paddy fields, the leaving the river behind. The hilly tracks bends to winding up to Ghandruk village for lunch and overnight stop. Enjoy the comfort of a nice mountain lodge facing grand vista of surrounding green hills and valley with snow peaks.

Enjoy a leisure free day in Ghandruk around Gurung village, the main ethnic hill tribes of Annapurna region. Gurung traditionally a farmer and raising live-stock as cattle herders follows Buddhism religion, as well ancient cult of Bon. Worship of
nature and mountain spirits, where houses are adorned with prayer flags.

Explore around the old areas of Ghandruk where one can observe the typical mountain village. A short climb to the main old village built in a traditional style with glorious views of Annapurna peaks. Rest of the day marvel the views and visit a small Gurung museum for cultural and historical interest of the Gurung people.

Morning enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas, after a good breakfast drive downhill on the same exciting route to Pokhara. On arrival check into respective hotels, with time for short walks around the lakeside or enjoy the boat ride.

Morning on leaving Pokhara back on the same interesting busy highway towards many farm villages and town. On reaching Mugling Bazaar the drive follows Trisuli River for few hour, and then on winding uphill towards Kathmandu valley.
As drive heads into the city and back to your hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Final day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight for homeward bound or next port of call. Transfer to Kathmandu, Nepal international airport bidding farewell to your guide and staff. After a marvelous and enjoyable holiday on Kathmandu and Pokhara with Ghandruk Tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It all depends upon the trip cost as per the itinerary set by Everest Adventure Tour. Normally we accommodate trekkers on normal standard lodge having nice rooms with good foods. But if the clients request us to upgrade the standard of hotel accommodation, we will certainly comply with the request and need of our valuable clients. Where the cost will be slightly higher on Luxury types of hotels and lodges than budget or standard hotel accommodation.

Travelers in Nepal, will be surprised to find good food menu of varieties, from Tibetan, Nepali, Indian and Chinese to Continental. Includes long list of snacks and drinks for the customer delights in all hotels lodges during the tour and designated overnight destinations. 

The hotel accommodation are nice and lovely according to the choices of the visitors. From budget, standard to luxury accommodation, either attached or non-attached bath and toilets.

On tour in Kathmandu and beyond, travelers can find ATM and money changing station all over the towns and cities. Around all places in Kathmandu and at Pokhara. Where visitors will have the opportunity to change foreign currencies to Nepali Rupees as per the current rates.

Every town and cities on this tour can find facilities of ATM, as well banks and money change counters.

The main religions of Nepal, as per the population wise is Hinduism, followed by Buddhism religion. Hinduism covers nearly 75 % and Buddhism of 20 % the rest
05 % are minority of Christianity, Islam, Jain and Sikh religions in Nepal.

As mentioned above in our itinerary text, the best time is spring from March to May. Including autumn / fall starts from September and end in November.

Spring season days are much longer with sunny days can get cool in the morning and night time. Depending upon various places and overnights stops, the season of autumn / fall one of the best time especially for Kathmandu, Pokhara and Ghandruk. Days are mild with sunshine, but shorter day time due to limited hours of sunshine. Much cooler morning and nighttime. 

Interested people can visit on this tour in winter times of December to February, most days are full of sunshine and pleasant for tour. But cold morning and night time especially at Ghandruk village located on a high green hills.

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