(Half-day trip from Kathmandu) Patan, also called "The
Beautiful City," lies just south of Kathmandu and is the cradle of
Newari arts and culture in the valley.
Jam-packed with gorgeous and intriguing temples, this ancient
town was once one of the main kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and
its central square is exquisitely preserved.
(Half-day trip from Kathmandu) Perhaps the most
medieval town in the valley, Bhaktapur is nicknamed the "City of
Devotees." A German restoration project in the 1970s repaired
buildings, paved some streets, and added sewage facilities.
Basically a pedestrian city, a pleasant stroll through the bustling
streets affords an all-inclusive glimpse of Nepal's 17th-century
architecture and Hindu daily life.
(Day trip or overnight from Kathmandu) Located on a
ridge on the northeastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is a
fabulous viewpoint that affords views all the way from Dhaulagiri
in the west past Mt. Everest to Kangchenjunga in the east. Hiking
up in the afternoon, spending the night, and rising early in the
morning to see the incredible sunrise over the mountains is the
most colorful way to view the peaks. An alternative is to drive to
this viewpoint village, but the three-hour or so hike is much more
(Overnight from Kathmandu) Pokhara is a pleasant
lakeside village that is mainly dedicated to trekkers embarking on
or returning from a trek. It is filled with wonderful lakeside
cafés, bookstores, and sporting goods shops. Take a boat on the
lake, or enjoy one of the surrounding day hikes.
Located next to Pokhara, this is the second-largest lake in
Nepal. There is a temple in the middle of the lake, accessible only
Hike to Sarangkot
(Day trip from Pokhara) Offering tremendous views of
both the lake and the Annapurna skyline, this popular hike is
perfect for those who would like to see the views without trekking.
At about two hours each way, this hike passes through villages and
a few small temples.