12 days in Varanasi, Kathmandu & Pokhara Itinerary

12 days in Varanasi, Kathmandu & Pokhara Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lucknow, India
Train:  5 h
1
Varanasi, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly:  45 min
3
Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
End: Lucknow, India

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Ruchika Art Gallery and Kriti Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Sankat Mochan Temple and Bala Ji Handicraft. Change things up with a short trip to Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary in Chandauli (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Vishwanath Temple, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple), and explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum.

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Lucknow to Varanasi is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. July in Varanasi sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ruchika Art Gallery ©
Ruchika Art Gallery
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
New Vishwanath Temple ©
New Vishwanath Temple

3
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Mrigasthali Deer Park. Changu Narayan and Narasingha Mandir Temple will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Kathmandu with a short trip to 55 Window Palace in Bhaktapur, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum, contemplate the long history of Char Narayan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and look for gifts at S.K. Handicrafts Export.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kathmandu online route planner.

Fly from Varanasi to Kathmandu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Nepal Time (NPT), which is usually a 0.2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Varanasi in July: high temperatures in Kathmandu hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur
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Changu Narayan ©
Changu Narayan
55 Window Palace ©
55 Window Palace
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara ©
Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Gurkha Memorial Museum and Barahi temple. Take a break from the city and head to Bat Cave and Devi's Fall. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bindhya Basini Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahendra Cave, look for gifts at Women's Skills Development Organization, and explore the activities along Seti Gandaki (Seti River).

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pokhara travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Pokhara are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Pokhara

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Seti Gandaki (Seti River) ©
Seti Gandaki (Seti River)
Gurkha Memorial Museum ©
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Bindhya Basini Temple ©
Bindhya Basini Temple

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