Kathmandu and Pokhara Unveiled - 5 Days

Kathmandu and Pokhara Unveiled takes you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambunath Stupa, located in the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa comes under the list of the holiest Buddhist sites of the world. The establishment of Swayambhunath has been linked with the creation of the Kathmandu Valley. Another name of Swayambhunath is Monkey Temple. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyard, and temples. This complex was built between the 12th and 18th centuries. An intriguing feature of the Kathmandu Durbar Square is the 17th- century stone inscription, which has been set into its wall. In addition to this, Kathmandu Durbar Square has three different museums, which you will visit.

During Kathmandu and Pokhara Unveiled, you head off to Pokhara, the city of Lakes. Pokhara is also the second largest city of Nepal. On the background of Pokhara are beautiful Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Fishtail Mountains and in the mainland of Pokhara are the Seti River Gorge. Devi’s Fall, Gupteswar Cave, Phewa Lake, and Barahi Temple. Some of these are geological wonders and are worth visiting. International Mountain Museum is another highlight of Pokhara, which is a place of treasure for mountain lovers.

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple lie at an altitude of 800 m above sea level. Phewa is the second largest lake of Nepal. Located in the middle of this lake, is Barahi Temple, which is the most important temple of Pokhara. This temple has two-storied pagoda, which represents “Female Shakti” (power), while the Phewa Lake reflects Machhapuchhare and Annapurna mountains, a fantastic view.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1, 345m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 2

Pre-Trip Meeting at the Office. Half day tour of Kathmandu City and Swoyambhunath. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a Tourist bus - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 4

Sightseeing and Visiting Pokhara City. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 5

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a Tourist bus - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 6

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple
  • Pokhara, the City of Lakes
  • Bindhyabasini Temple, Phewa Lake, the Tibetan Refugee Camp, and Barahi Temple and geographical wonders of Pokhara, such as Devi’s Fall, Guptehswar Cave, and the Seti River Gorges
  • Beautiful Pokhara City with Annapurna on the Background.
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2 Pre-Trip Meeting and Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    At around 8 a.m. Ace Holidays hosts a meeting at hotel and introduces you to your guide. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non-liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. It is also in this meeting that Ace Holidays gives you a Duffel Bag and a Cap. After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 a.m. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The sightseeing includes the following places

    Kathmandu Durbar Square

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is a World Heritage Site and a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, which were built between the 12th and 18th centuries. It used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 different languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious, and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

    Swoyambhunath Stupa

    Swaoyambhunath is also known as “The Monkey Temple,” and a World Heritage Site and it is situated on the top of a hillock This stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked with the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the reason why Swoyambhunath is called Monkey Temple is because of the countless monkeys living in its premises.

    Pashupatinath Temple

    Pashupatinath Temple comes under a category of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 km east from the heart of Kathmandu. This temple is richly-ornamented pagoda and houses the sacred “Shiva Lingam,” or the phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 A.D. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River, near the Pashupatinath temple.

    Bouthanath Stupa

    Bouddhanath Stupa comes under a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies about 6 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It is known to be the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Bouddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops because the builders had to mix dew with mortar while building it. At that time, Kathmandu was hit by a severe drought.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a Tourist bus – 7 hrs

    After you have breakfast, you head to Pokhara in a tourist bus, which is about seven hrs drive. On the road you will see scenic landscape view, trisuli river popular for rafting and villages.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4 Sightseeing in Pokhara

    Early morning, you will drive to Sarangkot, one of the best destinations in Nepal to view the sunrise over the snow capped mountains, such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchre. After this, you visit the following places of Pokhara:

    Bindhyabasini Temple

    Bindhyabasini Temple lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park near by offers a fine picnic area.

    Devi’s Fall

    Devi’s fall is also known as Patale Chhango in Nepali and is in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley. The source of this fall is Fewa Lake. The water falls into a deep gorge and through several potholes.

    Gupteswar Cave

    Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 km away from Pokhara airport. Its entrance is right across from Devi’s fall, and this cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you would crawl. This cave also holds a special value to the Hindus because it contains the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva, and it has been preserved here in the same condition, since it was discovered.

    Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple

    Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple is situated at an altitude of 800 m above sea level. It is the second largest lake of Nepal. Located in the middle of a lake, Barahi Temple is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. The temple is two-storied pagoda, which is of “Female Shakti.” Shakti means power in Nepali. The images of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in the water of Phewa Lake. To the south of this lake is a slope, which has a thick forest.

    Seti River Gorges

    Seti River Gorge has been carved by the Seti-Gandaki River. This gorge is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

    Tibetan Refugee Camp

    Tibetan Refugee Camps, in other words, both the Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers of this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a Tourist bus – 7 hrs

    It is a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, and it is about 6 hours. If you are interested in Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, and last minute shopping, then you can start by hiring Ace Holidays. In the late evening, you will be taken to a traditional Nepalese restaurant for a farewell dinner, and you will also have an opportunity to see Nepali dancing.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 6 Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be changed that much. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in twin sharing rooms in 2 or 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 tour guide, 1 assistant guide if the group size is 6 or more.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful tour guide and driver make your tour smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these guide and driver on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The tour guides of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive First Aid
-Tour Guide Training
-Eco - tour Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this is a tour, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The guide will try to ensure that the tour runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Tour Equipment

  • All you need to bring for this tour is simply some comfortable clothes. In addition to this, you can also bring the personal items of your choice if you feel comfortable to carry them. Ace Holidays gives you a waterproof duffel bag, a T-shirt, and a sun cap as complementaries.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (Ace Holidays will provide you one complimentary duffel bag, a gift to you)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.

    Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this tour or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

    Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

    Ace Holidays states the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. This tour can also be customized, according to requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their tour to be a private affair and spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private tour for them, as well. Please choose the departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add some wildlife safaris ( Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park) You can also add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in the tailor-made form.

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    Price Includes
    • Airport pick up / drop off service and Hotel pick up / drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
    • Standard twin sharing accommodation in 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (breakfast included)
    • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
    • Ace Holidays' bag and cap as gifts to you
    • License holder English speaking tour guide.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide and driver.
    • Private Transportation from Pokhara to Sarangkot
    • Tourist bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
    • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural program.
    • Sightseeing in a private vehicle in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.

    Price Does Not Include
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
    • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
    • Tips for tour guide and driver(Tipping is expected).
    • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

    Trip Highlights

    • Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple
    • Pokhara, the City of Lakes
    • Bindhyabasini Temple, Phewa Lake, the Tibetan Refugee Camp, and Barahi Temple and geographical wonders of Pokhara, such as Devi’s Fall, Guptehswar Cave, and the Seti River Gorges
    • Beautiful Pokhara City with Annapurna on the Background.

    How fit do I need to be for this tour? Is this trip for me?

    This cultural tour is suitable for any kind of person.

    How do I book the trip?

    To secure your booking, you have to fill in and return the final booking form. The word or PDF version of final booking form will be sent to you via e-mail then you can e-mail or fax the complete booking form. In addition, we also require minimum 30% per person deposit to guarantee your place as it enables us to make the pre-arrangements on your behalf. The remaining 70% can be paid when you arrive in Kathmandu. The deposit can be paid by the bank transfer or credit cards (Master, Visa or American Express cards). There will be 4% bank levy for all the payments done by the cards.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

    Ace Holidays provides standard accommodation on twin sharing basis for the entire trip. The accommodation consists of 2 or 3 star hotels, which offer the facilities of attached bathrooms, dining room, a bar, Internet services, hot shower, and so forth. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip at an additional charge.

    What sort of food can I expect in the tour?

    Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    Private vechicle and toursit bus. These transportations will be driven by license holder drivers.

    What is the best season for this trip?

    The best season for this Tour is from January to May, as well as, from September to December.

    What is the weather and the temperature like?

    Kathmandu generally has a climate with warm days followed by cool nights and mornings. Unpredictable weather is expected given temperatures can drop to 3 °C (37 °F) during the winter (Jan). In May, the maximum temperarure of Kathmandu is 29 degree celcius. In September, the minimum temperature of Kathmandu is 18 degree celsius and in December minimum temperature is 2 degree celcius.
    ,br> The climate of Pokhara is sub-tropical; however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate. Summer temperatures average between 25 to 35 °C, in winter around - 2 to 15 °C. Pokhara receives the highest amount of rainfall (> 5600 mm/year or 222 inches/year) in the country. Summers are humid and mild; most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season (July - September). Winter and spring skies are generally clear and sunny.

    Is Ace Holidays a member of the Tour and Travel Agencies' Association of Nepal?

    Yes. Ace Holidays is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.

    Do your guides have Tour guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center?

    Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. Please check our Guides Proflies and Training Certificates.

    Are there any volunteer projects that we could visit after the tour?

    Ace Holidays is one of the prime supporters of the social organization called Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills.

    Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

    The minimum group of people is 4, and the maximum group is more than 12. Based on the group sizes, Ace Holidays maintains the field staff ratio to give you the satisfying service.

    Does Ace Holidays book my own international flights to and from Nepal?

    No, you need to book your own International flights. Ace Holidays is a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through Ace Holidays. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

    Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry ?

    Laundry service is easily available at your hotel, and there are many laundry stores in Kathmandu. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

    Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry ?

    Laundry service is easily available at your hotel, and there are many laundry stores in Kathmandu. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities are available in all the places in your hotel. Remember to bring your adapters.

    Is there any communication while we are on tour?

    There are telephones and Internet facilities available so you can always stay in contact with your family.

    Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

    ATMs are available in Kathmandu. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates, and a few drinks in cities.

    Do I need to tip my guide and driver? How much would that be?

    Tips are always expected. It is a small gesture of thanks tocity guides towards the end of the tour. USD 20 to guide and USD 10 to driver per day is recommended per group, but this also entirely depends on your wish.

    Is the water fine to drink?

    Bottled water is available in all places.

    Are Ace Holidays' staffs insured?

    Yes. Ace Holidays' trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveler's Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

    Can I add extra days to my trip?

    A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. You can add extra days with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.

    I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

    Yes, there are plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

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