Mountain view from Kathmandu,Pokhara, Ghandruk,Bandipur & Nagarkot.
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu u valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Evening boating in Fewa Lake.
Overnight at Pokhara Hotel
The trailhead of the Ghandruk Trek is located in Phedi, a less than 1-hour drive from Pokhara. The trail takes you through dense rhododendron forests, paddy fields and up steep stone-slab steps through picturesque villages of the lower Annapurna region, while snowy mountains are towering over you.
The main attraction of this trek is the bustling heritage village of Ghandruk, with its a relatively prosperous Gurung population. Staying in Ghandruk is a wonderful experience, as the village has a friendly vibe to it and offers amazing views of Himalayan giants Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
Overnight at Ghandruk Hotel
Ghandruk is one of the second largest villages in Nepal after ‘Sikesh’. It is situated at an altitude of 2012 m. Furthermore, to the south of modern Ghandruk there is a beautiful traditional Gurung village called Gairi Gaon with orderly rows of neat slate – roofed houses. The houses are clustered on the canyon wall amid a complicated network of terraces where wheat and barley are grown. The typical village can be used to observe the lifestyle of local people.
Ghandruk is typically a Gurung village with its unique culture, Gurung Museum, lodges, tea houses and the traditional Gurung houses made of stone slabs where you can enjoy the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Glacier dome and the Fishtail. The main mode of local transportation in this area is by Mules because of its steep hills and trekking trails.
Overnight at Ghandruk Hotel
Today we begin our journey, from Ghandruk offering easy walking all downhill to Nayapul, we then drive to Pokhara. Then we will have some rest and at evening we visit local market around Pokhara and enjoy dinner.
Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen.
Gupteswor Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours.
This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti.
Bindabasini, the guardian deity of Pokhara is situated in the northern part of the beautiful lake city of Nepal is the temple of Bindabasini. Located near the busy Old Bazar of Pokhara, the temple of Bindabasini stands proudly at about 3000 feet above the sea level along the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Himalayan Range. Bindabasini temple, the temple of the guardian deity is of great religious value to the Hindus living in Pokhara.
The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and is regarded as the guardian deity of Pokhara.
The beautiful white pagoda style temple of Bindabasini is surrounded by a park-like setting. Many people come here not only to visit the temple but to enjoy picnic with families and friends indulging themselves in the breathtaking view of the Pokhara bazaar from atop the hill. Also the majestic view of the snow clad mountains and the fresh scent of the incent sticks in the temple gives peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. This is one of the most important holy places for the Hindus in Nepal. Also, the stamps were printed with the picture of the temple in the year 2045.
Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on a hilltop in Ananda hill. Shanti Stupa is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourist and religious people to circumambulate. Second tier displays the four statues of Buddha presented as a souvenirs from different countries: ‘Dharmacakra Mudra’, ‘Bodh Gaya’, ‘Kushinagar’ and 'Lumbini'. Standing on top of the Ananda hill, Shanti Stupa adds more beauty to Pokhara Valley. It is a perfect holiday place providing a clear view of the Himalayan range, Fewa Lake and Pokhara city. The hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset.The pagoda is 7 kilometers from Mahendrapool, the major business spot in Pokhara. There are several ways to reach the peace pagoda. There are hiking trails, cycling tracks and the blacked topped road to the Stupa. There are many trails for hiking.The partial black-topped road from Chorepatan to the Stupa takes about 25 minutes, which can be reached by taxi or private cars. There are no public transports yet available to the foothill of the Stupa.
Overnight at Hotel
Bandipur is an ancient trading town of quaint streets and charming atmosphere. It is situated on a ridge top south of Dumre which lies 135 km out on the Kathmandu -Pokhara highway. Travel to Bandipur can be attained via a two-hour climb from Dumre. While the other trading posts of the Nepali hills have modernized, Bandipur retains its age old cultural attributes. It still has its temples, shrines, holy caves and Newari architecture that speak to the Kathmandu Valley.
Bandipur is a natural view tower which is situated at the Himalayan region of Nepal. It is 146 km from Kathmandu valley and it lays mid way between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Bandipur is said as the ‘Queen of the hills’. One can enjoy a spectacular panorama of entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Langtang, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre and many more. Bandipur is a small mini town with a natural beauty. Anyone can enjoy at the streets of Bandipur. The house around Bandipur is based on newari culture with its own norms and values. Bandipur is a good example of religious tolerance because members of diverse cast live as a same member of one family.
Overnight at Bandipur
Overnight at Bandipur
Situated 34 km north-east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is one of the most beautiful sites in Nepal. With an altitude of 2,715 meters, this is an ideal place to watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. There are magnificent sites of other mountain peaks too including Mt. Everest.
Overnight at Hotel
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Gallery, the Batsala temple, etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Enjoy Juju Dhau ( King Curd)
Juju Dhau (The King Yogurt from Bhaktapur, Nepal)
Juju Dhau is a sweetened custard-like yogurt that comes from Bhaktapur, Nepal, and is an important component of all feasts and celebrations. Juju Dhau literally means "king of yogurt" in the Newari language. While cow's milk is used to make regular yogurt, fresh buffalo milk is traditionally used for Juju Dhau, resulting in a richer taste and texture. To make Juju Dhau, the milk is boiled, sweetened, mixed with culture, and poured into decorative, natural red clay pot called maato ko kataaro. It is then placed in a warm area, on a bed of paddy husks (the papery covering of rice grains), covered with another kataaro on top, and wrapped in several thick cotton blankets to maintain a warm temperature while the yogurt sets. Because the clay pots are porous, the excess liquid from the yogurt slowly evaporates, leaving a delicious, thick, smooth and creamy yogurt. It is then transported and sold in the market in the same clay pots. A visit to Bhaktapur is not complete without sampling a bowl of Juju Dhau.
End of the tour.