8 days in Nepal & Varanasi Itinerary

8 days in Nepal & Varanasi Itinerary

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8 days in Nepal & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​min
2
Pokhara, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Varanasi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India

2
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Visit Swayambhunath Temple and Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Patan Museum. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Thamel, admire the striking features of Vishwanath Mandir Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kathmandu road trip planning site .

New Delhi, India to Kathmandu is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New Delhi in July, with highs in Kathmandu at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Patan (Lalitpur)
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple
Patan Museum ©
Patan Museum

1
night
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
On the 20th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Gurkha Memorial Museum, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pokhara trip planner .

Pokhara is very close to Kathmandu. In July, daily temperatures in Pokhara can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Varanasi.

Things to do in Pokhara

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Gurkha Memorial Museum ©
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

3
nights
Varanasi, India

Varanasi ©
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vindhyavasini Devi Temple and New Vishwanath Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chunar Fort and Man Singh Observatory. Pamper yourself for a day on the 22nd (Mon) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankat Mochan Temple, stop by Varanasi Remembrances, steep yourself in history at Rajendraprasad Ghat, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Varanasi trip planning site .

Getting from Pokhara to Varanasi by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Pokhara in July, expect Varanasi to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Classes

Side Trip

Mirzapur
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Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
New Vishwanath Temple ©
New Vishwanath Temple
Tibetan Temple ©
Tibetan Temple

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