9D7N NEPAL HOLI FESTIVAL


Highlights:

POKHARA

  • Holi Festival Celebrations
  • Tibetan Refugee Camp
  • Bindabisini Temple
  • Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
  • Devi's Falls
  • Sarangkot Hill Sunrise View
  • Phewa Lake Boat Ride
     

BHAKTAPUR

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square


CHANGUNARAYAN

  • Walking Tour from Telkot to Changunarayan Village
     

KATHMANDU

  • Mha Puja Newari Cultural Experience
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Streets of Thamel
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Nepalese Dinner & Cultural Show


PATAN

  • Patan Durbar Square
     
Meal Plans:
  • Dal Bhat ( Nepal's National Food)
  • Momos (Nepalese Dumpling)
  • Everest Local Nepali Beer
  • In Kathmandu: (3 nights) Soaltee Crowne Plaza or similar
  • In Pokhara: (2 nights) Grande Hotel or similar
  • In Bhaktapur: (1 night) Khwapa Chhen or similar
  • In Gokarna: (1 night) Gokama Forest Resort or similar
     

*Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered accommodation similar to this list.

Remarks:

1. In the event of local religious festivals, unforeseen circumstances and/or bad weather condition, the sequence of the itinerary may be changed or substituted in by alternative sites without prior notice and/or at short notice in order to ensure smoother journey and tour.
2. Excludes tipping for Guide & Driver/Porter at USD8/ pax/day (Adult & Child).
3. Excludes tipping for Tour Leader at USD3/pax/day (Adult & Child).
4. Excludes luggage porter service, USD2/pax/day (Adult & Child).

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Assemble at the airport for your flight to Kathmandu - the capital of Nepal. Rest for the night in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and take a cable car to the bottom station, where the coach is waiting. Drive to Pokhara, an enchanting city situated at an altitude of 827 metres west of Kathmandu Valley, offering panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks and beautiful lakes. En route, enjoy a scenic cable car ride to Manakamana Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Bhagwati. Along the way, have a hearty lunch at a highway restaurant before you arrive in Pokhara. Check in at your hotel and rest for the night.

Note: Cable car rides are subject to weather conditions.

After breakfast, embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley, also known as the ‘Jewel of the Himalayas’. Visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp, Bindabisini Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Devi's Falls. Next, join in the Holi Festival celebrations, filled with colours, water, sweets and music. Join the locals as they smear and rub coloured powder (gulal) all over each other's faces, splash water at each other by throwing water balloons and using water guns, and dance under the water sprinklers to the sound of music. Locals also visit their relatives and friends to party and have fun, feasting on sweets and bhang, a paste that is traditionally consumed as part of the celebrations.

Set off early to Sarangkot Hill to witness the spectacular sunrise and a breathtaking view of Mount Machapuchare. Return to your hotel to have breakfast, before making your way to Phewa Lake for a scenic boat ride. Then proceed to the domestic airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Start off with a stop at UNESCO World Heritage Site Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur kingdom. Thereafter, enjoy a Mha Puja Newari cultural experience, where you'll get to see the annual ritual performed by the Newari people of Nepal to cleanse and empower the soul as part of the Newari New Year celebrations. Rest for the night in Bhaktapur.

After breakfast, immerse yourself in peace and relaxation with a one-hour yoga retreat class in the morning. After that, embark on a walking tour from Telkot to Changunarayan Village, which will take approximately 3 hours. This pleasant stroll enables one to learn about the ancient history and culture of the area as well as admire the splendid scenery while trekking up and down the hill on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Stay a night in Gokarna Forest Resort.

Today, journey to Kathmandu and visit the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. The gigantic stupa is Surrounded by 108 small niches accommodating the icons of Buddha, bodhisattvas and other female deities, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, proceed to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous and sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to this temple to pay homage. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Begin the day with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is surrounded by fountains, ancient statues, small ponds anda series of courtyards. The inner complex of Durbar Square houses the old royal palaces, formerly home to the kings of the Shah and Malla Dynasty. Next, head to Swayambhunath Stupa, an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The Tibetan name for the site means ‘sublime trees’, for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. Then soend some time shopping at the Streets of Thamel, a renowned shopping area where you can purchase handicrafts, pashmina products, garments and accessories. In the evening, indulge in a local Nepalese dinner along with a cultural show, before retiring for the night in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, visit Patan Durbar Square, situated at the city centre of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is among the three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley, all of which are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attractions Is the ancient royal palace, where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur once resided. Enjoy some free time exploring at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

We hope you enjoyed your vacation and we look forward to seeing you again.

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