Day 1: Kathmandu - 1300m altitude
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assists and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representatives from Aarya Village Travel
Day 2: Sightseeing: Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath & Pashupatinath Temple, Aarati: evening ritual (B)
Morning our guide will assist you to drive to Patan, a distinct place for arts and architecture that reflect on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. We will explore its unique Durbar Squares, temple and alleys. In every corners & alleys of Patan can be seen with Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at a very reasonable price. You can taste a local cuisine as well in Patan’s alley, Swayambhunath - A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Walking around playing prayer wheeler will keep your mind calm and peace
In the evening visit Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries
Observe ‘Aarati’ at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening rituals with a band singing hymns in praise of God, playing of classical instruments, chanting of Vedic mantras, a ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, keep the people spellbound throughout
Day 3: Kathmandu-Dhulikhel: 1 hour drive and hike to Namobuddha, Buddhist chanting program at Monastery (B)
After Breakfast drive to Dhulikhel for an hour and start hike to Namobuddha: 3-4 hours walk. The main attractions of this hike are the fantastic panoramic mountain views and the many Buddhist stupas on the hilltops. Namo Buddha is also famous for growing rice, mustard and millet so you can see beautiful hillside terraced farms throughout the walk. You’ll also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony. Visit monastery where you can meet the monks and involve in daily Buddhist chanting program. We can also facilitate you to stay in Monastery on your request
Overnight at Namobuddha Resort: An organic Eco farm resort, an oasis of peace and tranquility, offering spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range on clear days
Day 4: Home hosted lunch at Panauti: Drive to the city of Devotee, Bhaktapur (B, L)
After organic breakfast at resort hike down to Panauti, a beautiful historic town with an ancient atmosphere. Get close to the authentic lifestyle of the Nepali people, socialize with the villagers of Panauti and breathe the fresh air of the lush Panauti Valley. In Panauti we will have hosted lunch organized by the local community with their warm welcome
After lunch takes a short visit to Panauti and drive to Bhaktapur, the medieval town or the city of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved one of the Valley's three Durbar Squares. One is sure to feel like traveling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets
Overnight at Hotel Heritage, a boutique hotel which successfully blends traditional Nepali look and feels with modern amenities. History comes alive in this establishment where Malla, Rana, Newari and Mithila influences, as well as Hindu and Buddhist traditions all blend effortlessly to create a tasteful, cozy and unique hideaway
Day 5: Bhaktapur sightseeing and drive to Nagarkot: 2100m altitude (B)
An Easy guided walk at Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made by hand. Traditionally spun and fired clay pots are a fine example of Bhaktapur’s thriving craft trades. It’s a fascinating process to watch and you can make a clay pot for your own. Later we will make a tour around the factory and observe Nepali papermaking process and manufacturing a variety of delightful handcrafted paper products - cards, notebooks, books, prints, and so on
Drive to Nagarkot for around 1 hour. Nagarkot is very famous for an overnight stay away from hustle and bustle of the city. It offers a magnificent view of Himalayan ranges in clear weather.Overnight at The Fort Resort
The Fort, an old orchard turned into the only garden in Nagarkot. Handcrafted with local materials and keeping environmental concerns at heart, The Fort is open to you offering the closest view of the Himalayan range
Day 6: Sunrise view from Resort, Visit Kathmandu city in Rickshaw (B)
Early morning enjoys the beautiful sunrise & long chain of mountains from your hotel room/terrace. After breakfast drive to Kathmandu check into the hotel.
Experience and discover Kathmandu and its culture like a local on a Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. We will pass through handicrafts shops like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc and merge onto a narrow alley full of local shop called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old and finally arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you. Walk the square on foot and our guide will take you to the house of Living Goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and you will also explore or hang out in one of the hippie-era shops on Freak Street. After your time here we will ride back to the hotel on Rickshaw by the way of Indrachowk where you can drink a cold and fresh Lassi.
Day 7: Bandipur: Newar Cultural Village (B)
Today we drive to Bandipur for around 5-6 hours. Bandipur is the Newar Cultural Village, presents with a heavy mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. You can take a view of a beautiful chain of mountains Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from Tundikhel. Evening walk around admiring the vistas, chat with the friendly local people, and admire their local way of life
The Old Inn Bandipur, a unique boutique hotel has beautifully restored timber & brick traditional Newari Townhouse. Located in the heart of historic, traffic-free flag-stones bazaar, it provides the best views of the spectacular Himalayas. This heritage hotel has preserved the traditional architecture and ambiance of the place.
Day 8: Pokhara: Boating and Hiking to World Peace Pagoda (B)
After healthy organic breakfast at the resort drive to Pokhara. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks.
After some rest and refreshment in the hotel in late afternoon, we will hire a boat and visit Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake and continue till hiking starting point. From here we will walk around an hour to reach World Peace Pagoda. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pokhara city and Himalayan views from Stupa
Day 9: Trek to Astam Village: Spend memorable time with villagers (B, L, D)
Spend a memorable time away from the city to disappear in the natural beauty rural village of the mountain ranges. The trek starts after driving to Hemja for an hour and walk through Himalayan villages along with landscape view in one side and forest in another side. After two hours walk, we reach the top of Astam village from where you can have 360 degree panoramic view of the Annapurna range: Annapurna South (7273m.), Machhapuchhre (7059m.), Annapurna I (8090m.) and Annapurna IV (7525m.)
Overnight at Annapurna Eco Village. Spend a memorable time in a village with local peoples. At the Eco Village, our family members can teach you amazing local skills and handicrafts that we perform in order to maintain local cultural traditions and care for the village, our farm, gardens and each other. You will enjoy sunset view over Annapurna Mountain ranges.
Day 10: Engage yourself in local activities or just relax at a resort (B, L, D)
Enjoy the sunrise view over Annapurna mountain ranges and take a tour to nearby villages. You can also participate in the Yoga & Meditation session by an expert in a resort on your interest
After Breakfast, we can engage in seasonal field work with family members, knit local basket, grazing animals, milking cow or goats by your own hands, learn the traditional way of flouring rice, maize by a stone grinder and many others. Ama Samuha (The community of mother) will entertain you with their local dance and music at a late afternoon
Day 11: Trek to Lwang village: Homestay (B)
Today by walking around 4-5 hours we reach a beautiful village called Lwang village. Lwang is inhabited mainly by Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Newar people. Thus visitors will have a great opportunity to experience the culture of people of various races and castes
Overnight at a small stone roofs houses with clean lanes and surrounding served with typical Nepali food
Day 12: Visit Tea Garden: Drive back to Pokhara: Cycling (B)
Early in the morning make a short hike to Tea Garden. At the same time, you will also view a beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas.
After Breakfast drive back to Pokhara. Short refreshment in a hotel and we will hire a cycle and take a guided tour of Pokhara city. Ride through the bank of Phewa Lake and stop at Pame, another side of Phewa Lake. We will have local fish at Pame and if you prefer you can have chill beer on your own
Day 13: Pokhara-Kathmandu, typical Nepali dinner with a live cultural show (B, D)
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 6-7 hours (depends on traffic). Check in the hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in a hotel. Evening we will go for Typical Nepali Dinner with a live cultural show by different ethnic group. It continues for 3 hours.
Day 14: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.