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Nepal - Shangri-La Revisited - 4 Nights / 5 Days


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Duration :4 Nights / 5 Days
Places :Delhi->Kathmandu->Pokhara

Travel Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive DELHI


The magic and mystery of India engulfs you as you arrive at New Delhi airport. You are met outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, a traditional Indian welcome is accorded, with girls dressed in traditional Indian costumes greet each guest with garlands, performing the aarti and tika ceremony. A welcome drink will be served. Lunch at the hotel.

In the afternoon take a tour of India’s capital. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers and Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi.
In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner with a special programme of Indian classical music. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: Fly DELHI/KATHMANDU


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. You are met on arrival and transferred to the hotel, where a special Lama welcome is accorded, with Panch Kanyas, (five maidens) offering a welcome drink and performing the tika ceremony. Lunch at the hotel.

In the afternoon take a tour of Kathmandu city, visiting the Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, House of the Living Goddess, Kasthamandap and other fascinating temples in the area. Move on to Swayambhunath , the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world also known as the `Monkey Temple'. Perched high on a hilltop, it commands a superb view of the entire Kathmandu Valley. Dinner is at Thamel House, which offers typical Newari cuisine. After dinner, take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Thamel, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3: Fly KATHMANDU/POKHARA


After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to the delightful little town of Pokhara. On arrival check in at the hotel. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon take a boat ride on the picturesque Phewa Lake. In the evening there is a special Village Theme Dinner and Rodi Ghar dances at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 4: Fly POKHARA/KATHMANDU


Wake up early in the morning to watch the sun's rays bathing the pristine snow-clad peaks in shades of yellow, orange, flame and gold. You get spectacular views of some of the giants of the Western Himalaya - Annapurna, Himalchuli and Machhapuchhare (the Fishtail Peak).

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, continue on a sightseeing tour of Patan, the city of architecture and fine arts, which was founded in 250 AD. It is renowned for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Visit the Durbar Square, the Royal Baths, Mahaboudha temple, Krishna Mandir and Hiranya Mahavir - the Golden Temple. Also visit the Tibetan Handicraft Centre at Jawalakhel where you can watch the art of carpet weaving. Lunch at Chez Caroline.

In the afternoon visit Pashupatinath, the most sacred of all Hindu temples in Nepal, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Non Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple precincts but may look into premises from the opposite bank. It draws tens of thousands of pilgrims and devotees from Nepal and India during the festival of Mahashivaratri (the night of Lord Shiva).

Also visit Bodnath, possibly the world's largest Buddhist stupa and a site of great veneration for Buddhists. Around the stupa have sprung up a number of monasteries of the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism including one (on the west side of the stupa) that houses an enormous seated statue of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.
Continue on to Bhaktapur, home of medieval art and architecture, also known as the "City of Devotees". Places of interest include the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows. Also stop at the little village of Thimi where colourful papier-mâché masks and terra-cotta items are made.
In the evening return to Bhaktapur for a special evening. You are escorted by torchbearers in procession through the winding streets of Bhaktapur. Witness masked dances in the surroundings of temples illuminated by diyas (butter lamps). Then drive to Bodhnath, perambulate around the largest stupa in the world, before dinner at the Sherpa Monastery, with the monks chanting Tara Puja for the guests and a khada presentation ceremony by the Rinpoche [(head lama). After dinner, return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: Fly KATHMANDU/DELHI


After breakfast late morning transfer to the airport for flight IC 814, departing at 1350 hours and arriving Delhi at 1500 hrs. You are met on arrival and transferred to the city. The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping.

The “Farewell to India” dinner has a Mughal theme, with chobdars (gatekeepers) ushering guests to a dawat khana (venue of the dinner) and hostesses clad in silken, flowing ghaghras (skirts) and chunnis (veils) welcoming the guests with flowers and attar (perfume) in the traditional style. Flamboyant folk dances herald a sumptuous spread of Moghlai delicacies, served in a manner befitting royalty. This last glimpse of the Moghul era will fade but will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. A special performance of Kathak, a classical Indian dance famous in the Moghul courts will round off the evening. Later, transfer to the airport for onward international flight.

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