Trip facts

Duration 5 Days
Activity General Tour
Starts Kathmandu

Nepal is a land of unparalleled natural beauty with a tapestry of cultural riches. In this Essence of Nepal Tour, you cover two of Nepal’s foremost tourist gems: Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Kathmandu, the vibrant capital, is a living testament to the country’s rich history. Adorned with intricate temples, bustling markets, and a distinctive fusion of Hindu and Buddhist influences, the city serves as a living museum.

Each corner of Kathmandu whispers tales of ancient traditions, architectural marvels, and the harmonious coexistence of diverse cultures.

As we journey towards Pokhara, a picturesque city nestled against the backdrop of the Annapurna Range. Known for its serene lakes, Pokhara offers a tranquil escape amidst nature’s wonders.

The city is a gateway to renowned trekking trails and adventure, attracting travelers seeking both solace and exhilaration.

Together, Kathmandu and Pokhara encapsulate the essence of Nepal, inviting travelers to witness a harmonious blend of cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Later in the day, you will explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, offers a unique glimpse into the city’s rich culture and historical heritage.

You will continue a short distance north to Swayambunath, one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the valley and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched atop a hill, this sacred site provides a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2. Drive to Pokhara(201km/6-7hrs)
The journey to Pokhara is a scenic drive that reveals the breathtaking beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Winding alongside riverbanks, the route unveils charming local villages, terraced farmlands, and the awe-inspiring backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can either unwind at the hotel or choose to explore the lakeside area. The evening will be spent in Pokhara.

During the drive to Pokhara, you also have the option to take a cable car ride and visit the Manakamana temple(at your own cost).

The drive to Pokhara usually takes around 6-7 hours, but the duration can vary depending on traffic and the road condition. Option is also available to fly to Pokhara with an additional cost.

Day 3. In Pokhara
This morning, you’ll embark on an excursion tour to Sarangkot, located west of the old Pokhara bazaar. Sarangkot is renowned for its stunning sunrise views over the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other majestic peaks of the Himalayas.

On your return journey, you will stop at the Bindhyabasini Temple. Following breakfast, you will go for a full-day Pokhara sightseeing tour covering the Mahadev statue at Pumdikot, the Japanese Peace Pagoda, Davis Fall, Gupteshwar Cave, and end the day with a boat ride at the Phewa lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4. Drive Kathmandu
You will retrace your journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, proceed to check into your hotel. If you arrive early and time permits, consider visiting the Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Engage in circumambulation around the stupa, with the pilgrims, and explore the nearby monasteries.

Following this visit, drive to the Pashupatinath temple and participate in the evening Aarati. The Aarati commences at approximately 6:00 pm and continues for about one and a half hours. After the Aarati, return back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 5. Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight homewards.

Cost includes

  • All transfers by good quality private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in listed or similar hotels on bed and breakfast basis.
  • English-speaking local tour guide throughout the trip.
  • All sightseeing with entry fee as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water in drive.
  • All government tax and service charges.

Cost excludes

  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunches and dinner).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Tips and gratuities to guide, and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Manakamana cable car fee.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.