Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Bandipur & Pokhara highlights
Discover Nepal TourDuration: 9 Days
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Difficulty: Easy
- Style: Tour
- Transportation: Private Vehicle
- Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Accommodation: 5 star Category Hotel
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our representatives will receive you at the airport and conduct the hotel transfer.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02Kathmandu sightseeing & Nagarkot
First off, you’ll be meeting your tour guide at the hotel, and a small trip briefing session will be held. After this, you’ll start your sightseeing program for the day.
Places to visit:
Budhanilkantha is a temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The sleeping deity monument partially submerged in water is the key attraction in the temple complex. The temple attracts thousands of Hindu and Vishnu devotees from all around the world. The temple complex is nearby the hotel, and is one of the most underrated destinations in Kathmandu. While at Budhanilkantha, do some local shopping, try out the local sweets, including the Nepalese equivalent of mozzarella and interact with the locals.
Chandragiri Hill is a rather recent attraction that opened in Kathmandu. Overlooking Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 2,551 meters above sea level, Chandragiri is one of the finest vantage points nearby Kathmandu for mountain viewing. The elevation ensures amazing views of Langtang Ri & Ganesh Himal, and of course, of the valley laid out below. An amazing cable car journey from the station down in Thankot takes you to Chandragiri in around 15 minutes with you suspended in air all the while! See the Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple, have your lunch at the viewtower restaurant, take awesome selfies with the mountains arrayed behind you. Take the cable-car back to Thankot station and drive straight to Nagarkot, which should take around 90 minutes. Transfer to Hotel on arrival. Spend the evening at leisure at this hillstation and see amazing mountain views of the Himalayan range
Nagarkot is a popular hillstation in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley, at 2200 meters altitude, which is popular for having Nepal’s best sunrise view and Himalayan panorama. It is a good place to lay back in a couch and enjoy the scenes with a coffee at hand! Nagarkot is also a popular hiking destination, with hikes lasting 1 hours to well over 2 days. Or you can hire bikes from your hotel and explore. Or you can simply sit in the balcony and enjoy the scenes Nagarkot has to offer.
Overnight stay in Nagarkot
Day 03Bhaktapur visit, Dhulikhel & Namobuddha
Enjoy the sunrise and mountain viewing at Nagarkot, and then have your breakfast. Spend the morning at leisure. Check-out from Nagarkot, and start the day’s sightseeing program.
Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the three durbar squares in Kathmandu valley. Listed as an UNESCO world heritage site, the durbar square was the capital for the medieval kingdom of Bhadgaon, or Bhaktapur. The area was once considered the most preserved of the three durbar squares, but sadly the April 2015 earthquake had some severe impacts on the old buildings. Now you can see retrofitting and reconstruction works going on in the area. But still most temples, monuments and chowks are fit to be visited. Visit the popular Nyatapola and Bhairanath Temples, and also the famous Potters’ Square where you can see the local artisans using traditional methods to make pottery
Dhulikhel is a popular hillstation beyond Nagarkot, which is popular for the scattering of typical Newari villages in the area, and for the excellent 180 degree’s panorama of the Himalaya showcasing peaks like Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar and Melungtse, and even Mt. Everest to the far east. Dhulikhel is a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. The nearby village has a multitude of temples and monuments and local markets, perfect for sightseeing. The thousand steps leading to the Kali Temple also shouldn’t be missed!
Then drive to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is a popular hillstation in the outskirts of Kathmandu, at 2200 meters altitude, which is popular for its tranquil environment. Explore the forests and the local monastery.
Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 04Drive to Bandipur
Drive to Bandipur, a 4 hours’ drive. Transfer to your resort on arrival.
Bandipur is a scenic and pristine Newari town atop the ridge of Dumre, on the way to Pokhara. Once a part of the ancient Magar Kingdom of Tanahun, Bandipur was later populated by Newar traders, and hence the prominence of Newari culture. It is a living museum of ancient Nepalese culture and traditions, beautifully preserved and full of Newari architecture. Explore the local streets and bazaars, see the farmers and traders going about their businesses, interact with the locals and spend your afternoon visiting the local cafeterias, bakeries and coffee-shops. Also visit local sights like the Silk farm, Siddha cave, Thani Mai Temple, Bindabasini Temple and Tundikhel.
Overnight stay in Bandipur
Day 05Drive to Pokhara
Spend the morning a leisure. Hike uphill to see amazing morning views of the hills and the mountains to the north.
Then have your breakfast and check-out from Bandipur. Drive on to Pokhara, should take around 3 hours’ drive. Direct transfer to your hotel on arrival. Fewa Lake is nearby, at 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Go boating and visit Tal Barahi Temple. If the weather’s clear, you’ll also see Mt. Fishtail, Annapurnas, and Mt. Dhaulagiri towering in the north.
Fewa Lake, and Tal Barahi Temple at the heart of the lake, is the key attraction of Pokhara valley. The lake is the 2nd largest in Nepal. The point offers excellent views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurnas on a clear day, with the mountains reflected in the water surface
Spend the evening at leisure. Strolling around the lakeside area and try out your hand at local shopping is recommended. Overnight stay in Lakeside Pokhara
Day 06Pokhara & Dhampus
Have your breakfast at the hotel, and set out for a sightseeing of the valley. Visit the places listed below
World Peace Pagoda is a popular vantage point overlooking Fewa Lake. The whitewashed stupa is the main attraction, and one can also see an amazing view of the mountains and hills to the north and the valley just below. Visit the pagoda in the morning, the drive should take around 45 minutes’. Also be prepared for around 15 minutes’ hike.
. Devi’s Fall, or Patale Chhango, is the point where the Pardi Khola vanishes underground. The sound of water plunging over the falls is deafening. The waterfall is one of the prime attractions in Pokhara, and thousands of selfies are taken there every year.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, across the road from Devi’s Fall, hosts a huge stalagmite worshipped as a Shiva lingam. A tunnel behind the shrine takes you to a scenic cavern adjacent to the thundering Devi’s Fall.
Then get on your 4WD and drive to the Himalayan village of Dhampus, a 2 hours’ off-road drive. Enjoy the scenic views and the village atmosphere at Dhampus. Try out the local ginger tea! Also hike to the nearby Australian Camp.
Dhampus is a small beautiful village in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), and is inhabited by the friendly Gurung people. Dhampus is a major entry point for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and other trekking trails in the region. See the mustard fields of Dhampus and bask in the presence of the looming giant Mt. Fishtail
Drive back to Pokhara, should take around a 2 hours’ drive. Transfer to your hotel on arrival.
Overnight stay in Lakeside Pokhara
Day 07Sarangkot and back to Pokhara
Wake up early and drive to Sarangkot, an hour’s drive.
Sarangkot is the opposite hill from Dhampus, but is the more popular neighbor, mainly due to the presence of a pitched road all the way to the top. Sarangkot is popular for its sunrise views, alongside the valley and the mountains. Witness the world’s most magnificent views, of the Himalayan range, the valley below and the sunrise. Have your breakfast and spend the morning at Sarangkot. <Paragliding starts at around 10 AM, so if interested, you can opt for this
Drive back to Pokhara and check-in to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure, or opt for extra activities listed below:
1.Begnas Lake visit
2.Cycling around the valley
3.Helicopter trip to Annapurna Base camp (3 hours)
4.Ultralight flight between the mountains (2.5 hours)
Overnight stay in Lakeside Pokhara
Day 08Drive back to Kathmandu
Leave Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu, should take around 6-7 hours’. Direct transfer to your hotel on arrival. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Walking around the streets of Thamel and doing some local shopping is recommended.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 09Airport transfer & departure
Our departure team will receive you at the hotel and will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight.
- Daily meals as mentioned above
- 8 nights’ accommodation at Star hotels, on double / twin and triple sharing basis
- Private transport for the entire trip, with driver, fuel and toll charges
- Complementary mineral water supply
- All government taxes, VAT and parking toll charges included
- A professional tour guide (Day 1 – Day 9)
- All sightseeing passes & permits
- Cable car two-way fares atChandragiri
- Budhanilkantha entry passes
- Tal BarahiTemple & Boating trip at Pokhara
- All attraction passes in Pokhara
What's not included
- Extra meals
- Tipping and portage charges
- Any beverage related expenses
- Medical and insurance-related expenses
- Nepal Visa fees
- International airfare
- Anything else not mentioned under ‘PACKAGE INCLUDES’