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Nepal Explorer: Kathmandu + Pokhara + Lumbini


IPZ9K
9 NIGHTS
FROM £1,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This active Nepal cultural holiday starts in Kathmandu with a guided tour of its ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites. We then drive through fabulous mountain scenery to Bandipur for exciting grade 2 & 3 river rafting, before continuing to Pokhora for 3 days of hiking in the Himalayas. Afterwards we visit Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha. English speaking guide, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Nepal Cultural Holiday Lumbini Pokhara Rafting Bandipur Kathmandu
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Kathmandu
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Swayambhunath & Boudhanath
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Pashupatinath Temple
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Durbar Square
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River Rafting
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Bandipur
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Pokhara Hiking
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Lumbini
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Maya Devi Temple
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Mount Everest Flight
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Kathmandu
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Swayambhunath & Boudhanath
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Pashupatinath Temple
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Durbar Square
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River Rafting
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Bandipur
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Pokhara Hiking
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Lumbini
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Maya Devi Temple
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Mount Everest Flight
Day 1
You will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel in this spectacular Himalayan country that is famous for trekking and is home to the highest mountain in the world - the mighty Mount Everest.
 
Check into your hotel amidst the intoxicating sights and sounds of this capital city that was devastated by an earthquake in 2015, but is now slowly recovering.
Day 2
Today you will be introduced to the highlights of Kathmandu, as you explore its ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites with your guide.
 
We start with a visit to the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Swayambhunath (meaning 'sublime trees'), the oldest Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley, that is said to be over 2,000 years. The main structure is a solid hemisphere of brick and earth, supporting a lofty copper-gilted conical spire. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill is a mosaic of small shrines and pagoda temples and, as many monkeys live here, it is also known as Monkey Temple. From here you will have a perfect vantage point over the Kathmandu Valley.
 
We continue to the Hindu pilgrimage town of Pashupatinath, situated 3 miles (5 km) northeast of the Kathmandu Valley. Here you can view one of the holiest Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is built in a pagoda style, with a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds, and here you will see many Sadhus (holy men) with their matted hair and ash rubbed on their bodies. Visitors can view the temple from the eastern bank of the sacred Bagmati River, as non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple.
 
Our next stop is the stupa at Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built by King Man Deva on the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini, its octagonal base is inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas (priests), with four pairs of eyes looking in the four cardinal directions - keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. Here you can see Tibetan monks involved in their chanting rituals and daily life.
 
After lunch (own account) we explore the capital city of Kathmandu - known locally as Kantipur. Here we visit Durbar Square, with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace - the ancient place of Nepalese royalty. Although many of these structures collapsed during the devastating earthquake of 2015, not all areas were affected and the soul of the city is to be found in its backstreets, where you can soak up the local cultural and artistic heritage. Most of the people are Hindu but there are also many Buddhist, as the the Buddha was born in Lumbini, when this country was under the control of India.
Day 3
Today we travel 3-hours from Kathmandu to the Trisuli River, for your thrilling White Water Rafting adventure.
 
After receiving safety instructions, put on your lifejacket and helmet and enjoy 3-hours of exhilarating rafting on the river, with its class 2 and 3 rapids and good swimming. Between rapids, enjoy drifting down the river and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
 
Afterwards we continue 2-hours to Bandipur, a beautifully preserved hilltop settlement set high on a ridge in the foothills of the Himalayas. Time seems to have stood still in this town, which has a medieval feel and is a living museum of Newari culture, with its winding lanes and traditional houses. Surrounded by pristine scenery, the views towards the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges are particularly spectacular.
Day 4
Today we leave Bandipur and travel 2.5-hours to Pokhara, the gateway to the famous Annapurna hiking trail situated on beautiful Phewa Lake in central Nepal.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a serene and beautiful walk along the lake, with magnificent views of the beautiful mountain peaks in the Annapurna range.
Day 5
An early start today as we drive 35-minutes to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill famous for its spectacular sunrise. Enjoy an unforgettable breakfast on the mountain, with close-up views of the Annapurna range and Fishtail peak.
 
After sunrise we walk 3-hours along a very gentle trail to the small mountain village of Naudanda and immerse ourselves in the local cultural and natural beauty of the area. After our hike, enjoy lunch in one of the mountain restaurants.
 
In the afternoon we drive 30-minutes to the beautiful Buddhist monastery at Hemja. Explore the surrounding of the monastery until prayers starts at 15.00. Feel high in spirituality as you enjoy the chanting rituals of these monks and immerse yourself into the meditative atmosphere for about 1.5-hours until the prayers end. Afterwards we drive back to Pokhara.
Day 6
This morning enjoy exploring more of Pokhara with your guide.
 
We walk to the lake and take a boat across it to hike 1-hour up to the World Peace Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage site that offers beautiful views. From here you will be collected by car and driven down to Davis Falls and the longest cave in southern Asia.
 
Afterwards we return to Pokhara, with afternoon at leisure. Here there are many optional adventure activities available such as paragliding, bungee jumping and zip lining.
Day 7
Today we leave Pokhara and travel to Tansen, a picturesque hill town lying in the Shreenagar Hills that is the headquarters of the Palpa district and the hub of the mid-west culture of Nepal.
 
Originally the capital of the Magar Kingdom of Tanahun, it was one of the most powerful regional principalities before the rise of the Shah dynasty. It even came close to conquering Kathmandu in the 16th century, under the leadership of Mukunda Sen. After local Magar kings lost their influence, it became an important Newari market town, as it was situated on the trade route between India and Tibet, connected by the Kaligandaki River and Mustang region of the Himalayas. Because it was a district administrative center of Nepal, Maoists targeted the town several times during the Nepalese Civil War, including a major assault on the historic Durbar (palace) compound.
 
Srinagar Danda Hill offers a panoramic view of the high Himalayas and from west to east you can see the Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Mansiri, Ganesh and Langtang ranges. Other nearby attractions include Ranighat, a Rana palace on the Kaligandaki River, and Ridi Bazaar, a major Hindu pilgrimage destination at the confluence of the Kaligandaki and Ridi Rivers. A major festival, the Maghe Sankranti, is celebrated here in mid-January, after the winter solstice.
Day 8
This morning we travel 4-hours to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and one of the four holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites - with many temples, monasteries and religious activities.
 
We visit the Maya Devi Temple, the main temple in Lumbini, situated in the place where Gautama Buddha was born. It is believed that Queen Maha Devi took a bath in the adjacent sacred bathing pool (known as Puskarni) before the delivery. The temple is built is composed of many parts, built one after another. A sandstone sculpture within the temple represents scenes from the birth and there is also a sacred garden.
Day 9
Transfer to Lumbini Airport for your light aircraft flight to Kathmandu, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
 
In the evening enjoy an included Cultural Show and Nepali Dinner in this capital city.
Day 10
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.
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