I would like to share my travel experience while traveling through Nepal, which makes it more understandable while going through the Itinerary instead of just writing down.
DAY 01 : DELHI - KATHMANDU
First day I took a cab from my home in Delhi to the International Airport at T3 to board Royal Nepal flight. It took me just one hour to land in Nepal. Airport was very small as compared to other Asian countries and it was messy all around when I reached to conveyor belt . There was only one long single belt taking a round with baggage divided into 3 -4 sections. It took me almost 45 minutes to get my luggage from the belt which is faster then I thought that point of time by looking around the crowd. After getting out of the Airport, there is a counter for buying a local SIM. I bought one for 7 days. It took 40 minutes for this SIM card to get activated. It helped me a lot during the trip. If you you want to exchange the money there is a counter just before the SIM card Shop. Exchange rate is fixed whenever you go in Nepal. As an India. the rate is INR 1 = Nepalese rupee 1.6.
I would suggest all Indian travelers whoever not aware about the fact that one must carry smaller notes like Rs.100 as much as possible because there are places in Nepal where Rs.500 & Rs.2000 notes are not acceptable generally. Face mask is also very handy as some part of Kathmandu was very dusty when I was there in the month of May. May be the things got better now as there were lots of construction going on that time. Most of the people in Nepal can speak and understand Hindi language so language is not a barrier at all.
I got out of the Airport and started to walk up to my Airport hotel. Believe me or not. it took me just 20 minutes to reach to my Airport hotel. There are many hotels lined through Airport road with a cheaper rates. The hotel I booked was for just INR 700 Per night. It has neat and clean rooms and bathroom. The advantage of staying close to the Airport is that Pashupatinath Temple is very near, you can walk up to the temple.
DAY 02 : KATHMANDU
Today I got up early at 5 am and went to Pashupatinath Temple on feet. Morning time is generally very good to visit the temple because of the less crowed. You can have good Darshna in the morning time unlike during the day. I roamed around the temple as there are lots of things to see and there are some view points as well to take the beautiful pictures of temples and its Ghats on the banks of river The Bagmati River runs through the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and separates Kathmandu from Patan. It is considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists.
After Pashupatinath Temple, I went ahead to see Budhanilkantha temple is open air Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha Temple is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley. The main shrine is the reclining statue of Lord Vishnu in the middle of the recessed pool of water. The statue is 5 meter tall black stone structure-carved from a single black basalt.
Rest of the day I roamed around the open markets of Thamel, which is very interesting. Later i went back to my Hotel Vishal which is located in the middle of the Thamel market area. I found it very good because you could explore the market any time you want to. You step out the hotel and you will be in the Market. There are many good restaurants & Bars in the area.
DAY 03 : KATHMANDU
I went to see The Lord Shiva temple often called as Kailashnath Mahadev Statue , is located 20 km from Kathmandu in a place called Sanga on the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts of Nepal. The statue is probably one of the tallest Shiva Statues in the world. It is 144 feet (44 m) tall and made of using copper, zinc, concrete and steel.
After having lunch at I went to see Later drive towards Nagarkot . It is a village in central Nepal It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. The surrounding scrubland is laced with trails and home to many butterflies. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage site.
After visiting all these places I got tired and went straight to the hotel.
DAY 04 : KAHTMANDU – MANAKAMNA - POKHARA
Today I got up early and started my journey to Pokhara by road. Since i am from Uttarakhand and most of the part of our state is covered by the huge mountains. It looked the same while going to Pokhara because of the similar Vegetation, Mountains, rivers and forest land etc. I was feeling being at home. I stopped en-route to visit auspicious Manakamana Temple. Name of the place is Mugling where I got down that is actually a base point to take cable car to reach up to the Manakamna temple. It covers 2.8 km distance in 10 minutes. The cable car usually operates during the daytime from 9 am to 5 pm and stops during lunch break from noon to half past one.
I was in the queue when it rained and It rained heavily. Due to being at the top of the mountain the weather turned out to be very cold and I was like shivering in the month of May. Somehow, I have managed to have Darshana in 3 hours waiting in the queue. Upon arrival at Manakamana Temple , go for Darshna. The temple is situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal. This sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. Your wishes will be granted here.
I took again a cable car to come down at the base and straight away went to Pokhara. Since it was dark at the time when I reached to Pokhara so I did not waste my time. I checked in to the hotel Moonlight, located by the beautiful lake called Pokhara. I went to sleep.
DAY 05 : POKHARA- JOMSOM ( BY FLIGHT ) - MUKINATH(Drive by Local Sharing Jeep)
I was borne and raised in he mountains until the age of 22 years and I have been seeing the mountain cities since my childhood But let me tell you after seeing this place Pokhara that this is one of my favorite hill destinations I have come across in my life so far.
Today I had to take flight to Jomsom so I woken up early at 5 and went to Pokhara Airport as i had to catch flight to Jomsom. It was 20 minutes flight but very scary i must tell you. I had booked my hotel at Jomsom near the Airport. So when i landed i picked up my bag and walked up to my Hotel. It is good to carry woolen stuff if you are planning to Muktinath dham trip. I checked in the hotel and got out of the room quickly as Jeep was waiting for me and some other people for ridding us to the Muktinath Dham. It was a local sharing Jeep. I reached to the temple and did my Darshana. The Muktinath Dham is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and considered to be one of the eight most sacred temples in the world. Other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Thotadri, Pushkar and Badrinath.
Finally reached the Muktinath Dham
Jeep got us back to the hotel.
DAY 05 : JOMSOM – POKHARA (BY FLIGHT)
I again got up early and the luckily weather was clear. flight scheduled at the right time. Small flight got us back to Pokhara by 11 am. I got back to the hotel as i landed which is about 2 km away from the airport. I took rest for about 2 hours in the hotel and I got myself refreshed and decided to explore the city Pokhara. So i asked some locals about Buses & routes and went for sightseeing trip of Pokhara on my own.
I had visited first thing was the Davi’s fall. Then I got my self out o f the Davi's fall and went to see Gupteswor Mahadev Cave on the other side of the road. Later I had also seen Bindebashini Temple and Barahi Temple with one hour boating at Phewa Lake. Let me explain what I had seen during the sightseeing.
Pokhara: Three out of ten highest mountains in the world; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu are within a linear distance of 50km from Pokhara. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the ACAP region of the Annapruna ranges in the Himalayas
Davis fall's: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This place has many nick names like Davy's fall, David's fall or Davis's fall, all mean the same thing `The Davis Water Fall'.
Gupteswor Mahadev Cave: Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to cave, there are shining stones seen everywhere and in the temple is big stone that looks like snake's head and tortoise which is consider as the image of the lord Shiva. Second part is very beautiful and you see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.
Let me confess that one must come to see Pokhara and Muktinath Dham when you people are around in Kathmandu.
It was a wonderful day indeed.
DAY 06 : POKHARA - KATHMANDU
Morning I took a bus back to Kathmandu. It took me 8 hours to reach Kathmandu due to some construction near entrance to Kathmandu. I checked in the same Vishal Hotel. I rested for an hour and half later got up and walked through the Thamel market, did some shopping for my friends and relatives back home. later got back to hotel.
DAY 06 : KATHMANDU - DELHI (BY FLIGHT)
While going to the Airport I stopped at the Pashupatinath temple for Darshana again and thanked God for all his blessing throughout the trip. It was wonderful experiences I had gained in the trip which is unparalleled to any other trip in he past. I would like to visit Nepal again whenever get chance. I would also recommend people toonce in their life time as Napal feels like India.