Best Season :-January to June; September to December
Country Visited :-Nepal
Trip Start :-Kathmandu
Trip Ends :-Kathmandu
Trip Style :-Guided Tour
Activity :-Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Day hike, Jungle Safari
Group Size :-Min. 1 pax pax
Activity Per Day :-Approximately 3 to 6 hrs of guided activities per day
Trip Category :-Nepal Cultural Tour
Trip Route :- Kathmandu - Shivapuri - Chitwan - Lumbini - Palpa - Pokhara - Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
Guided village sightseeing in Pharping Village
Panoramic views of the Himalayan range and sunrise
Jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park
Scenic attractions on the way
Discoving of the mysterious and peaceful cities - Pokhara and Tansen
Visiting the birthplace of Lord Buddha - Lumbini
Discover the magic and mystery of Kathmandu - immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites. Witness as well as experience the unique, exotic Nepalese culture and festivals up close. Meandering drive to the hilltop of Nagarkot for a breathtaking sunrise. It's the perfect place to view many of the Himalayan greats such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker as well as Mount Everest; we believe it's the ideal way to begin your journey.
While you're in the Chitwan National Park, climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks. Surrender to the pure pleasure of jungle activities! Safari excursion includes elephant safari, canoeing and bird watching. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy. But our expert guides knows how to track these elusive creatures and you can enjoy a glimpse or two of some of these endangered animals. We explore the park in a jeep, looking for rhinos, tigers, elephants, wild boars and the masses of beautiful birds living here.
The sacred area of Lumbini is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha - the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 BC. It is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from a very early period. Lumbini, in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world, like Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims.
Tansen, the main city of Palpa, the seat of Sen Kingdom that roved over the region for 300 years, is located approximately 330 kms away from Kathmandu. It is a typical and historical Nepali town with numerous fairs and festivals, religious and cultural events. The scenic beauty of whole Palpa district is absolutely awe-inspiring. The major attractions of Tansen are Srinagar hill, Tansen bazaar, the centuries-old Palace and Ranighat. Though it's a small town, Tansen is filled with natural, historical and traditional treasures.
In Pokhara, the delightful scenic lakeside town with the spectacular backdrop of Machhapuchhre rising behind it all creates an ambiance of peace and relaxation. Pokhara is nestled in a tranquil valley and sports a tropical feel, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers that bloom throughout. There are innumerable must-see places to discover, from the holy Gupteshower cave to the historical museums(dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors), Sarangkot hill and the World Peace Pagoda.
During the course of this trip, you will have a professional guide at your disposal, and travel on a comfortable private tourist vehicle or a coach. Transfer across cities will be either on an airplane or ground transportation (private vehicle or tourist bus). All accommodation during the tour will be at 3- to 4-star hotels and lodges available in the area. You will have ample opportunity to purchase authentic souvenirs, including carpets, handicrafts, carvings and Thankas (traditional painting) in this trip.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an DIVA signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included)
At around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Overnight at a hotel.
The sightseeing places we visit will include:
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
Swoyambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)
We will leave for the Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal, established in 1973. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of the endangered one- horned rhinoceros, tiger, and gharial crocodile along with many other common species of wild animal. On reaching the resort in the National Park, our Guest Relations Officer will brief guests after which you will be participating in an elephant safari, jungle walk, nature walk with boat ride and dinner will be ready at about 8pm. Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, elephant safari and jungle walk.
After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon a guide will take you for elephant safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner. Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
After breakfast in Chitwan, we will head to Lumbini on a 5-hour drive on a tourist vehicle. We will spend half the day on a guided sightseeing in Lumbini, which is one of the most religiously significant sites in Nepal. It is the birth place of Lord Buddha, born in 623 BC, and is now developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage site. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)
We will reach Palpa after a 3-hour drive. Palpa is a Nepali town with numerous festivals, and religious events. It is also known for its scenic beauty. After some sightseeing in Palpa, we will drive to Pokhara, one of the most famous cities in Nepal for its natural beauty and stunning mountain views. We will spend the remainder of the day resting and relaxing in this beautiful city. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)
Before breakfast we'll drive to Sarankot, one of the best destinations in Nepal to view the sunrise and sunset over the snowcapped mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. We return to Pokhara after the morning spectacle for more sightseeing. The places we visit are as follow:
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Fewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi's fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. (Breakfast Included)
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9am in the morning after breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The places we visit are as follows:
Seti River Gorges
Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Tibetan Refugee Camps
The Tibetan village Tashiling i the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.
During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.
Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park like grounds offer a fine picnic area.Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara with great sceneries along the way. We'll make a few stops to taste the fruits and fish from the local market. You may want to take a relaxing stroll or do some shopping in Kathmandu for the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast Included)
We'll drive around the valley to visit some important religious, natural and historical sites. We'll visit the following places:
Only about 2 kms away, Pharping is an ancient renowned city situated in the southern region of Kathmandu. It was popular with the name "Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)" which was recognized as an independent state with 48,000 people in the ancient times. Shikharapur was an independent Newari (ethnic) state, but presently hosts several important Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries.
Dakshinkali Temple, one of the main temples of Nepal, is dedicated to Kali, the fearful form of Lord Siva's consort, Parvati. The main deity in the temple is the black stone, six-armed form of Kali, standing on a prostrated figure. Dakshinkali is located 22 km outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping at the south end of the valley between two hills and at the confluence of two rivers. Sacrifices - the main way that the goddess is worshipped - are made two times a week at this temple, on Saturdays and on Tuesdays.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.
Godavari (National Botanical Garden)
It is located only about 18 kms south-east from Thamel, Kathmandu. The garden hosts a wide range of exotic and indigenous plants in its famous gardens. Godavari Garden has been of prime importance for scientific research and observation, and is popular among both the locals and tourists because of its pleasing landscape surrounded by evergreen natural forest. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Godavari, where you can feel a sense of tranquility and refreshment.Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)
We'll spend another day on a guided sightseeing tour in the valley. In the evening, we'll head to Nagarkot (a 1-hour drive from Kathmandu). We will visit the following places before driving to Nagarkot.
Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.
Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site)
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture built in 323 AD by King Haridutta Verma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu from where an excellent view of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Ranges in eastern Nepal can be seen (weather permitting). The place is also renowned for spectacular sunrise sights. There are also some great hiking trails in Nagarkot.Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)
We'll wake up very early in the morning to watch the stunning sunrise from Nagarkot, which the place is most renowned for. We will return to Kathmandu around noon and do some sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)
You will have a free day in Kathmandu, which you can do some shopping, visit the Narayanhiti Palace Museum at the heart of the city. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner for you in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance and music. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)
The trip concludes - our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast Included)
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