12 days in Varanasi, Kathmandu & Pokhara Itinerary

12 days in Varanasi, Kathmandu & Pokhara Itinerary

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Varanasi, India
— 4 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights

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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 Archaeological Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Sankat Mochan Temple and Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple). Change things up with a short trip to Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary in Chandauli (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tulsi Manas Temple, stop by Bala Ji Handicraft, steep yourself in history at Ramnagar Fort, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Varanasi journey maker tool.

Lucknow to Varanasi is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

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

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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kathmandu: Bhaktapur (Til Mahadev Narayan Mandir & 55 Window Palace). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), stop by S.K. Handicrafts Export, contemplate the long history of Char Narayan Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kathmandu online visit planner.

You can fly from Varanasi to Kathmandu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Varanasi to Kathmandu is 0.2 hours. In July, Kathmandu is a bit cooler than Varanasi - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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 Bindhya Basini Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Bat Cave and Seti Gandaki (Seti River). The adventure continues: Head underground at Mahendra Cave, admire the sheer force of Devi's Fall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Barahi temple, and look for gifts at Women's Skills Development Organization.

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

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 2.5 hours. 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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