This trip pairs the cultural riches of the Kathmandu Valley with a visit to the tranquil retreat town of Pokhara, famous for its awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, clean mountain air, and friendly people. Spend two days touring the Kathmandu Valley’s religious and artistic highlights, including Bungamati & Khokona, Patan & Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan. After a thorough introduction to the charms of Nepal’s capital, fly to Pokhara, a delightful lakeside town at the base of the impressive Annapurna Mountains. The first day in Pokhara, take a boat ride to admire Phewa Lake, the center of life in Pokhara, and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. The next day is spent amid the foothills of the Himalayas: learn about the area’s history of mountaineering, tour the Old Town area, visit the central market, and see the World Peace Stupa. The next day, return to Kathmandu and continue your exploration with a visit to one of the oldest stupas in the world with sweeping views: Swayambunath and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, housing the world’s only living goddess.