Arrive in KathmanduMeals: No MealsUpon arrival at the Kathmandu airport, meet a Yatra representative who will take you to the hotel for check-in.
A hub of cultural and political activities of the country, Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal. The capital's modern-day culture is juxtaposed with its age-old traditions that have been preserved over the centuries. This blend of traditionalism and modernity can be witnessed in its colourful festivals, which are a spectacle of dance and music.
Sleep off the travel weariness at the hotel as the next day is booked for an insightful tour of this charming country capital.
Sightseeing in KathmanduMeals: Breakfast OnlyHave breakfast at the hotel and later, head out for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Start with the much-acclaimed Pashupatinath Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set on the banks of Bagmati River, this revered temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity – Lord Shiva. The complex of this two-tiered temple sprawls over an area of 281 hectares and is one of the largest temple complexes in South Asia.
Next, visit the Bouddhanath Stupa – another UNESCO World Heritage in Kathmandu. Located 8 km east of the main city, this ancient stupa is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. It is also the largest of its kind in the entire Kathmandu valley.
After these religious stopovers, head 5 km south-east of Kathmandu to reach Patan (also called Lalitpur). One of the three royal cities in Nepal, Patan is inhabited by creative artisans who have kept alive the ancient techniques of sculpture making.
In Patan, explore the mosaic of palaces, pagoda temples and expansive courtyards at the Patan Durbar Square. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this erstwhile palace complex has some of the most famous temples of Nepal including the Krishna Temple. An excellent example of Shikhara style architecture, this shrine is a treat for the eyes of onlookers.
Located on the outskirts of Patan is the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre – a prominent place of tourist interest. Home to the majority of Tibetans in Nepal, this refugee camp has myriad shops selling hand-crafted items like carpets, jewellery, wooden bowls and other items.
From Patan, proceed to Swayambhunath perched atop a hill to the west of Kathmandu. The glistening golden spire of the Swayambhunath Stupa standing here is the crowning glory of this ancient religious complex.
After this enriching tour, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan (180 km/approx. 5 hours) | Evening Safari in ChitwanMeals: Breakfast, lunch and DinnerFollowing breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, transfer to Chitwan – an abode of rich wildlife and diverse flora.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Chitwan National Park is one of the best hotspots of biodiversity in Asia. Sprawling over 932 sq. km, the park is home to numerous species of plants and animals.
Experience the thrills of the raw jungle life on an elephant safari through the park. You can also spend the evening in recreational activities like canoeing, nature walks and bird watching. Catch a glimpse of the native folk dancers of Terais while strolling through the forests.
After up-close encounters with different animal species at the park, get back to the hotel and sleep the night away after having dinner.
Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara (180 km/approx. 4 hours) | Sightseeing in PokharaMeals: BreakfastSoon after breakfast, drive to the next destination – Pokhara.
Endowed with immense natural beauty, Pokhara is known for its azure lakes, snow-capped mountains and green vistas. From this city, one can enjoy uninterrupted views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It is also a favourite haunt of adventure seekers as it offers myriad opportunities for rafting and trekking.
As you arrive in Pokhara by afternoon, head to the Bindhyabasini Mandir – one of the oldest temples in the city. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this Hindu temple is one of the most revered shrines in the area. It is located in the old Pokhara Bazaar, which is famous for its groups of traders.
Afterwards, proceed towards the Devi's Fall – also called Patale Chhango or Nether Fall. Located around 2 km south-west of the Pokhara Airport, this fall site is a favourite among tourists, especially peace seekers.
Located right opposite the Devi's Fall is yet another tourist attraction – the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. Perhaps the longest cave in South Asia, Gupteshwor enshrines several idols of Gods and Goddesses and other structures that are naturally made of limestone.
Sleep off the fatigue of Pokhara tour at the hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to KathmanduMeals: BreakfastPost breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for wishful activities; hence, you can visit the local markets to purchase souvenirs or savour authentic Nepali food at the restaurants around the area.
Later, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Depart from KathmanduMeals: BreakfastCheck-out in the morning after having breakfast and then transfer to the airport to board a flight for onward journey.