Hi - I would appreciate some advice on the itinerary below please for a trip in late April (19 - 23). I am going to Nepal with my not-as-young-or-energetic-as-she-used to-be mum (so unfortunately no adventure sports). I know the general advice is that we should spend all 5 days in Kathmandu valley itself, but my mother really wants to go to Pokhara and I'm happy to get a taster rather than an in-depth experience. Bearing that in mind:
Day 1: Arrive at 2:10pm; go directly to Bhaktapur; overnight Bhaktapur
Day 2: Pashupatinah; Boudnath; Swayambhunath; KTM Durbar Square; Garden of Dreams; Overnight: Thamel
Day 3: AM Flight to Pokhara; Day in Pokhara; Overnight: Pokhara
Day 4: Full day Pokhara sightseeing; Overnight: Pokhara
Day 5: AM Flight back to KTM; Patan Durbar Square; Flight out at 6pm
Can you please tell me if the above itinerary sounds like a good one?
A few other questions:
- My mother seems to think that the drive between Pokhara and Kathmandu would be amazing and scenic. Is that true? I would rather not waste 6 hours on the road (we would probably take a private taxi if we had to). But if the views and experience would be worth it, then I might consider it on Day 3. Would it be worth it? And is there anywhere amazing to stop on the way?
- In Pokhara, I'd really like to stay in place around the $60 - $80 if possible but with the very best views of the mountains. Unobstructed if possible. I heard the hotels in east (near Fishtail Lodge) have the best views and the hotels in the main drag - North Lakeside have an obstructed view. True? What's your personal best recommendation?
Any help with all or one of my queries would be appreciated!
Thanks in advance.