Let’s face it: a trekking holiday is not everybody’s cup of tea. Luckily, for those who want to relax with comforts, we have planned a Himalayan adventure just for you.
You can discover the majestic beauty of Nepal in complete comfort, staying in the finest accommodation in the land.
A luxury tour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Nagarkot and Pokhara include the best of Nepal’s rich culture, history and mountain views. In fact, you can feast your eyes on panoramas of the Himalayas right from your hotel rooms: the Gang Chhenpo Range is seen from Kathmandu, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) and Dhaulagiri from Pokhara, and the Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal from Nagarkot. While there is no trekking in this itinerary, there are opportunities for leisurely day walks while in Nagarkot, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.
Luxury hotels in each destination assure you a relaxing tour. In Kathmandu, your hotel is Yak and Yeti; in Nagarkot, it is Club Himalaya; in Pokhara, the Fish Tail lodge.
Please check in the 'Notes' to find out all the places of interest included in this package!
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath
Day 3 : Sightseeing Tour: Patan & Bhaktapur
Day 4 : Drive to Nagarkot
Day 5 : Fly to Pokhara
Day 6 : Sunrise view from Sarangkot and Tour of Pokhara
Day 7 : Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 8 : Departure from Nepal
The Luxury Tour of Nepal begins in Kathmandu, the capital and economic hub of Nepal; Kathmandu has a rich history that goes back around 2000 years and is well interwoven with mythology and legend.
The well preserved ancient royal palaces in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are remnants of the three distinct kingdoms which reigned in the 12th century. The ancient ‘darbars’ had temples within them, and these temples are still favorite centers of Hindu worship. Each ‘darbar is home to a Living Goddess, or Kumari. Religion is a significant part of the culture and lifestyle of the Nepalese.
Pashupatinath is the most sacred Hindu shrine in Nepal and one of the 275 Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent. It is believed to date back to 400 A.D. It is the preferred site of cremation for Hindus, as it is situated along the banks of the Bagmati River; ashes swept into this river eventually reach the Holy Ganges. A yearly festival called Maha Shivaratri brings over 700,000 devotees to Pashupati.
Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple for the great population of monkeys that lives there, is a beautiful monument that represents the coexistence and fusion of religion in Nepal. Both Buddhists and Hindus pay homage there. Climb 365 steps to reach the 5th century Swayambhunath for a birds-eye view of the city.
Boudhanath is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world as well as one of the holiest centers of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet. Thousands of Tibetan refugees have found refuge around this stupa since the Chinese invasion. Shops and gullies around the stupa have a distinctly Tibetan style. The stupa is rich with Buddhist symbolism.
On the 3rd day of the Luxury Tour of Nepal you will cross the Bagmati River to visit Patan Durbar Square. Patan is known also by its Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, which means city of beauty, a fitting name as Patan is a hub of Buddhist and Hindu culture, full of religious art, temples, and monasteries displaying distinct Newari architectural style. In the fascinating narrow streets surrounding the square, there are more than 600 stupas. The Patan Museum is the restored palace of the 17th century Malla King. The gilded doors and windows open to the Krishna Mandir Temple which was built by King Siddhi Narasigh Malla in 1637. The temple has three floors and 21 golden pinnacles. The first floor enshrines Krishna, the second Shiva, and the third Lokeshwor.
In the afternoon you will visit the ancient Newari town of Bhaktapur, about 12km east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur means ‘City of Devotees’, and lives up to this name as it has more temples than either Kathmandu or Patan. Bhaktapur is like a living museum where ancient traditions are still alive. You can meander through cobbled streets (that are traffic-free!) and explore temples, courtyards, squares, wells and watch craftsmen producing their century old arts of pottery and wood carving. It is a great place to buy souvenirs to take home. The old ways of life can be seen on every corner of the town - rice being sun dried, collecting water from communal taps.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is famous for its 55-Window Palace. The windows and doors are elaborately carved. The Golden Gate of the palace opens onto the Taleju Temple, built in 1756, and the bell which has been rung to pay homage to the Goddess Taleju for centuries, and the Royal Bath, with its Golden Faucet. The National Art Gallery houses Buddhist Paubha scroll paintings, palm leaf manuscripts, and stone carvings.
The five-storey Nyatapola Temple is the tallest pagoda temple in Nepal. Dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi in 1702, its struts, doors, windows, and tympanums are decorated with carvings of divine figures, including a pair of two- meter high stone statues of elephants, lions, griffons and a pair of tantric goddesses.
Your private vehicle will take you another 18km to the hilltop village of Nagarkot. On a clear day the sunset and sunrise at Nagarkot, 2000m, offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Langtang range reaching as far as Daulagiri in the west to Everest in the east. Nagarkot was originally an ancient fort, protecting the Kathmandu Valley from other kingdoms.
On the 4th day of our Luxury tour of Nepal, after enjoying the sunrise and having breakfast in Nagarkot, we will drive down to the domestic airport where we catch a 25 minute flight to Pokhara. On the flight we will enjoy the breathtaking views the snowcapped Himalaya including Annapurna and Langtang.
Pokhara is a tranquil city of incredible natural beauty. Pokhara is the starting and ending point for most treks in the Annapurna Region. Tourist hotels and shops are clustered near the peaceful Fewa Lake, which has a small island in the middle, just big enough for the Barahi Temple. The island is reached by row-boat, as is the World Peace Pagoda which is perched on a hill on the south shore of the lake.
It is possible to get some wonderful views of the Annapurna range right from Pokhara. Directly north, towering over Pokhara is the Machhapuchhre, 6993m, or Fishtail flanked by three eight-thousand mountains Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m and Annapurna 8091m. For an even better view, we will drive to Sarangkot on a nearby hilltop to watch the sun rise on the mountains.
A tributary of the Seti River narrows into a deep canyon and even goes underground as it passes through Pokhara. At one point called Davis Falls the water gushes down, and then disappears underground. Nearby Gupteswor Cave is a dedicated as a Hindu temple on the first level, and the second, lower level goes down to where the river runs. When the river level is high during the monsoon, the cave is closed.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 8 Days
Price : US $1400 p/p
Trip Grade : Easy
Single Supplement:$ 500
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Activities:Sightseeing, Sunrise , Historical , Cultural , Religious Tour
Transport:By Air & Road
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Nagarkot:1 Night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:2 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Category of hotel:5 star (*****)
Hotel in Kathmandu:Yak & Yeti
Hotel in Nagarkot:Club Himalaya Resort
Hotel in Pokhara:Fish Tail Lodge
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy