Kathmandu Pokhara Lumbini Tour

Kathmandu Pokhara Lumbini Tour is a popular tour that includes these 3 places. Kathmandu, the capital is the center of Nepal's history, culture, art and economy. Pokhara is the base for trekkers due to its proximity to Annapurna mountain range-Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. Lumbini is a spiritual place which is birthplace of Lord Buddha. Thus these three places with three different tastes make the complete Nepal tour for people of all ages.

Tour Highlights:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhu
  • Sunrise View from Sarangkot for the glistening lightshow of Annapurna mountain panorama
  • Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave
  • Lumbini Mayadevi Temple, Pond and Monastic zone

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 3 Nights in Kathmandu in standard hotel on a twin share basis
  • 2 Nights in Pokhara in in standard hotel on a twin share basis
  • 2 Nights in Lumbini in in standard hotel on a twin share basis
  • An English speaking Licensed Tour Guide 
  • 7 Breakfast and a Farewell Dinner with Nepalese Cultural Dance Program.
  • Transportation in tourist buses and private tourist vehicles

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • Meals not mentioned in inclusion
  • Monument entry fees
  • Tips, drinks and personal expenses
  • Tuk Tuk hiring charge for Lumbini if do not prefer to walk

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight:  in standard hotel on a twin share basis

 

Day 2: Mountain Fight [OPTIONAL] and  Kathmandu Tour
Early morning: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT 
Early morning you are transferred to the airport to board the mountain flight. The approximate one-hour mountain flight takes you close to some of the highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest. One can clearly see and identify the peaks, and see the Himalayan landscape and glaciers during the flight. 


Kathmandu Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Overnight: in standard hotel on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara 
Pokhara: Situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal and is the second most populous city in the country. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking many short or long treks. The serene of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them makes Pokhara an ambience of peace and magic.

Overnight:  in standard hotel on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4:  Visit Sarangkot for Sunrise and Pokhara Sightseeing

Early in the morning around 4.30am we drive for 20 minutes to Sarangkot Hill, a hill in the north-west region of Pokhara that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and the main city in the south. On the way back we visit 

Bindhyabasini Temple: Bindyabasini Temple is one of the oldest temple in Pokhara and is considered as the protector Goddess of Pokhara.The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. The temple was said to have been built in 18th century by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The temple observes animal sacrifices and wedding ceremonies on Saturdays.

Davi's fall: Locally known as PataleChhango is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. The water that feeds the Davi’s Fall comes from the Phewa Lake, which follows a rocky stream to eventually rush down the waterfall and disappear. The passages that run under the ground are connected to the hole below the waterfall. The best time to view this spectacular sight is during the monsoon season when there is a high rainfall and the summer season. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.

Gupteswar Cave: Gupteswar Cave is a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davi'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 cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

International Mountain Museum: An informative museum in Pokhara that explains different mountains, people of Nepal and other information about Nepal

Phewa Lake is a semi natural freshwater lake at an altitude of 742m located in the south of the Pokhara. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake, and the lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface.The Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake and thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Overnight: in standard hotel on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Drive to Lumbini ( 6 Hours)

Drive to Lumbini from Pokhara is 6 Hours approximately. 

Lumbini: Lumbini, lying in the foothills in the Himalayas in Nepal is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, approx. 300 kms south of Kathmandu. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth. On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool, where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the new born Buddha was washed by two dragons. The Maya Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorful prayer flags are strung between trees which are believed to carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze. The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Ashoka's Pillar, near the temple.

Overnight: in standard hotel on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Explore Lumbini

Explore Lumbini full day visiting Mayadevi temple, world peace flame, sacred garden, world peace stupa, monasteries and the vicinity. Learn more about the life and teachings of Buddha. Practice meditation in the high spiritual vibes of the birth place of Buddha.  

Overnightin standard hotel on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Drive from Lumbini to Kathmandu (7 Hours)

After breakfast in the hotel start on a drive to Kathmandu that takes around 7 hours passing through scenic villages, rivers, hills and spiral roadways.

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight:  in standard hotel on a twin share basis

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner 

 

Day 8:  Airport Transfer

Today you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will organize your trip on the date appropriate for you.

Best Season

Autumn (Sept. to Dec.) and spring (March to May) is the best season when the sub-tropical weather is at its best. But you can visit any time of the year except for the rainy months of June, July and August.

 

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays.  Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

Accommodation

We provide standard hotel accommodation on a twin sharing basis. Hotels can be upgraded to 4 star or 5 star and single supplement will be available in an additional cost.


Food

Breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 27°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C.

 

Tour Guides

All our tour guides are Government Licensed Experienced Tour Guides. 

 

Means of Transportation

We use private tourist vehicles and tourist buses


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.

 

Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582

I travelled to Nepal last August. I booked this tour with this company. The accommodation, food, tour guide, transportation and all other tour arrangement was very good. My tour was very relaxing and full of fun. I am thank ful to Eve Holidays team and I recommend this company. Hugs to Maina

Jaya Rao, Banglore, India