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Nepalese getaway - 9 days | 8 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • Visit of the three historical cities of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Pokhara, the city of lakes surrounded by Himalayan peaks
  • Darjeeling surrounded by tea plantations
  • The monasteries of Kalimpong

ITINERARY

 

Day 01 Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. And transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu - Patan - Kathmandu
Located at 1365 meters altitude, Kathmandu, the "City of Glory" was the capital of Nepal kings and reached the peak of his artistic development in the late 18th century. The very religious character of the people favored over the centuries the construction of many religious monuments of all sizes. Morning tour of the old city of Kathmandu Hanuman Dhoka, the former Royal Palace, Durbar Square, the historic Place Royale. The residence of the child goddess Kumari, the wooden building is one of the finest in the city. Then, drive to the stupa of Swayambhunath Buddhist shrine located on the heights of the city. 2500 years old, it is one of the oldest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, drive to Patan, ancient city called the city of Fine Arts, with its medieval streets, strewn with palaces and red brick pagodas. Continue to the Tibetan refugee camp and craft center where you can admire the art of weaving and carpet factory. Back in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Kathmandu - Pashupatinath - Bodnath - Sankhu - Changunarayan - Nagarkot
Morning drive to the Pashupatinath Hindu site five kilometers away. His temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the roof covered with gold and finely crafted silver doors is famous for its beautiful architecture. Then towards Bodhnath and huge white stupa, a center of Tibetan Buddhism, the second after Lhasa attracts believers worldwide. Built in the 7th century, the stupa is surrounded by countless prayer flags shimmering and about 650 prayer wheels. Departure for Sankhu, one of the oldest villages Newar of the Kathmandu Valley, whose natural environment is more preserved. Continue to Changunarayana, located on a hill also known as Changu or Dhaulagiri. The small village of Changu houses a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and especially revered by Hindus. This temple is considered the oldest temple in Nepal, its origin dates back to the 4th century, and reveals splendid sculptures. Then towards Nagarkot, a small town perched at 2190 meters, which is by far the site that offers the most breathtaking view of the majestic surrounding mountains because of its exposure: 300 km of snow-capped peaks of sight during nice weather. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Nagarkot - Nala - Bhaktapur
Route the morning around Bhaktapur. Along the way, stop at Nala. Nala has one of the oldest temples in all of Nepal. It is a small attractive village which was once an outpost in Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, located at an altitude of 1400 meters, is one of the three main cities of the Kathmandu Valley. It is actually a medieval city where the Newar, the main inhabitants still follow ancient traditions and customs. Founded around the 9th century, Bhaktapur is known for its fertile land and it was still a small farming village where Patan and Kathmandu cities were already well established. The picturesque Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, shaped like a conch, is considered an open air museum where all the streets are amazing as each other. A stroll through its streets is needed to discover monuments and live workshops of pottery, weaving and woodcarving. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Bhaktapur - Bandipur
Bandipur, located halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, has many benefits for tourism includes a rich history, architecture, incredible views and unspoiled landscapes. At an altitude of 1030 meters, the city is described as a natural viewpoint offering spectacular views of the entire chain of Annapurna, the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu and the valley below. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Bandipur - Pokhara
In the morning, en route towards the famous city of Pokhara, one of the most scenic places in Nepal. The scenery along the route are spectacular succession of deep valleys, terraced rice fields, gorges and torrents. Arrived in this city famous for its enchanting views of the Annapurna range just 40 kilometers as the crow flies. Here is the land of the Magar, farmers working tirelessly, and Gurung, brave warriors recognized throughout the country. The city is magnified by its majestic lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa that have their source in the glacier region of Annapurna. Lakeside around Lake Phewa, is the most picturesque place of the city's most vibrant neighborhood. Ride an hour in a small rowboat (Doonga) on the lake, one of the most extensive of Nepal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Pokhara - Sarangkot - Pokhara
Early Sunrise and management Sarangkot to attend the magnificent spectacle of the sunrise. The view around is superb mixing mountains, snowy peaks, sunken villages and lakes scattered throughout the landscape. The ridge, you can see all the Pokhara Valley and Lake Phewa. In the afternoon, visit Pokhara and its surroundings. The cascade of Davy, Bindebashini the temple, one of the oldest temples in Pokhara, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave, one of the most extensive in the country and the beautiful cave Mahendra, also one of the main attractions of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Pokhara - Kathmandu - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kathmandu Bagdogra. Welcome on arrival and departure to Darjeeling via traditional tea road that climbs the high pre-Himalayan hills. Darjeeling is an enchanting resort created in the 19th century by the British who were looking for softness and cool climate where the heat and the monsoon raged in Calcutta. These are developed the most famous tea gardens of the world. The city has kept its British side with its beautiful colonial houses. In the end Daynée, stroll through the picturesque Chowk Bazar busy to take the pulse of the city and get to know the main ethnic groups of the region: Lepcha, the oldest inhabitants of the region, Bhotias from Tibet, Nepali, Bengali and Tibetan refugees. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Darjeeling
Rising early to admire the sunrise from Tiger Hill on the Himalayan chain dominated by the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, which rises to 8597 meters. Then excursion to Ghoom where resided Alexandra David-Neel, and discovery of the monastery affiliated to the "Yellow Hats" and the famous statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of the future time. The monastery contains Buddhist manuscripts of great rarity. Then, on the Observatory Hill, visit the High Mountain Institute that shows the first Himalayan expeditions. Back to Darjeeling and visit the city that was the summer residence of the viceroys of India when Calcutta was the capital. Overnight at hotel.   
Day 10 Darjeeling - Pemayangtse
Leave for Pemayangtse on the side deep valleys. During transit, walk in the famous tea plantations that cover the sides of the mountains. On arrival at Pemayangtse, site visit and Tantric Monastery Ningma, the sublime Lotus of the sect of "Red Hats". The monastery is dedicated to the great initiator of Buddhism in Sikkim. Pemayangtse is the second oldest monastery in the state and was built for the monks of pure Tibetan lineage, single, no physical abnormality and this practice is in force our Days. The monastery walls are embellished with frescoes and murals of rare refinement and an extraordinary symbolic profusion. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Pemayangtse - Gangtok
Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, is home to the Institute of Tibetology, which contains beautiful thangka painted canvases of beauty. Visit the monastery of Enchey, then direction Phodong to visit his monastery which stands in beautiful scenery. His special decorations describe the Buddhist hell. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Gangtok - Kalimpong
Morning drive through the hills where grow lush rhododendron bushes to reach the market town of Kalimpong, a major center of flower crops. The city has a number of old houses tell their past life and show the legacy of decades. Arrive Kalimpong and visit Thongsa Gompa, the oldest monastery in the region. Then, the Monastery of Durpin Dara, Zong Dong Pho-Brang Palari built on the highest point of the city where the view is superb. Then walk in the picturesque market Kalimpong which also assumes the role of floral nursery where no fewer than a dozen institutions produce and export these exotic flowers found in all markets of the world: amaryllis, lilies, anthuriums orchids. Visit a farm of orchids. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 Kalimpong - Bagdogra - Delhi

Morning drive to Bagdogra and flight to Delhi.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative, subject to availability. The choice of accommodation category belongs to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Hotel Friend's Home - Kathmandu

Centrally located, just minutes from great shopping malls and restaurants. Very welcoming and helpful staff. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Breakfast is fantastic. A good 3 * + to stay in Kathmandu.

Club Himalaya Resort - Nagarkot

Nice hotel with a magnificent view of the Himalayan chain. The rooms are large and comfortable and also being luxurious. Friendly restaurant with good quality food. Pool and jacuzzi facility with a very effective massage parlor, all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fish Tail Lodge Resort - Pokhara

Calm and serene idyllic location with nature setting. At the foot of the mountains, on an island . Crossed by boat to the hotel. Spacious rooms elegantly decorated. Warm welcome and excellent service. Swimming Pool.

Suggested Activities

You will find below our suggestion of activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact a counselor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Yoga

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of "pranayama" (breathing), "asanas" (positions) and 'dhyana' (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to  learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.

Motorcycle ride

Wander through India or Nepal aboard the legendary Royal Enfield. This breakaway motorcycle delight lovers of nature and you will discover the diversity of landscapes.

Trekking

Trekking lovers will be amazed by browsing through the valleys of the Himalayas, with fantastic views of the highest mountain in the world and a dive in the Buddhist culture, monasteries preserved villages and several levels of difficulty.

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