Nepal Post Conference Tour





                                                                                          B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner



     SAT 26             DELHI

     On arrival back in Delhi, we’ll overnight in an overnight hotel


     SUN 27            DELHI - KATHMANDU                                                                            BLD

     This morning we fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The city’s elevation is 1,400 metres & lies in central               Nepal. On arrival we’ll have lunch & check-in at the hotel, with time to rest a little & acclimatize. Later we’ll take         a leisurely walk from Thamel (the tourism hot spot) to Durbar Square (the historic heart of the city). You’ll admire       famous attractions such as Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings; Hanuman               Dhoka, the former royal palace, whose Nassal Chowk courtyard was the coronation site of the Shah kings; the           14th century Jagannath Mandir is the oldest temple in the area, its steps carved with inscriptions in various                 languages & Taleju Mandir, one of the largest & finest temples in the Kathmandu valley. Our walking tour finishes         at a local restaurant for dinner, serving typical Newari food with a cultural show



     MON 28          KATHMANDU                                                                                           BL

     Today’s sightseeing tour includes Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanth Stupa & Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which           are located just outside the city centre. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the 8 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites of         the Kathmandu Valley & is one of the most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. This Hindu               temple was built in the 5th century & is the largest temple complex in Nepal, stretching on both sides of the               Bagmati River. The famous Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world of its kind with a pair of eyes             keeping watch from all 4 sides.  It was built around the 14th century but did not truly become the centre of                 Tibetan Buddhism until the 1950s. Next we’ll explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the royal palace of the old                 Bhaktapur Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durbar Square is a museum of medieval art & architecture           with many examples of sculptures, woodcarving & colossal pagoda temples. Grouped around the 55 Window               Palace of brick & wood, built in the 15th century. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces       of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal



     TUE 29           KATHMANDU - POKHARA                                                                          BL

     Today we travel by bus through the Kathmandu Valley & countryside to Pokhara in central Nepal. It’s the 2nd               largest city in Nepal & known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular walking trail in the Himalayas as         well as part of the once vibrant route extending between India & Tibet. Pokhara is one of the most scenic places         in Nepal, located on the shore of Phewa Lake. Along the way we’ll visit the 17th century Manakamana Temple & to       visit, we take a 2.8km cable-car ride up to the Temple, with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside &         the Annapurna ranges



     WED 30         POKHARA                                                                                                 B

     We drive up to the white Buddhist World Peace Pagoda on top of Ananda Hill with breath-taking views over Phewa       Lake, the Pokhara Valley & the Himalaya & Annapurna Ranges. The pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks         from a Japanese organisation as a monument to inspire peace. At Phewa Lake, we’ll take a boat ride to visit the         Hindu Barahi temple, located in the middle of the lake. We’ll also wander through the old town of Pokhara, with its       bazaar selling locally produced items, see the red-bricked Newari houses with wood decorations & the Hindu               Bindhyabasini Temple. There’s free time in the afternoon to discover more of Pokhara



     THU 31         POKHARA - KATHMANDU                                                                          BL                                                                

     This morning we fly back to Kathmandu in time for lunch, then free time to explore on your own




     FRI 01          KATHMANDU - SINGAPORE - AUSTRALIA                                                   BD

     This morning we tour Patan, one of the most historically important cities of the Kathmandu Valley. It is known as         the centre of fine arts & crafts for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. We’ll explore Patan’s Durbar Square           (World Heritage Site), acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world with most of the monuments       between the 16th--18th centuries. It’s an enchanting blend of palace buildings, courtyards & pagoda temples. We’ll       also see Rani ki Vav, an intricately constructed stepwell built as a memorial to an 11th-century king, a UNESCO           World Heritage Site. You’ll have free time to wander & have lunch before we travel to Khokana & Bungamati,               Newari medieval villages that have retained their culture & traditions since the 6th century. Tonight we’ll enjoy a         farewell dinner before leaving Nepal for home






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