Tour duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Best Season :-January to June and September to December
Country Visited :-Nepal
Trip Start :-Kathmandu
Trip Ends :-Kathmandu
Trip Style :-Guided Tour
Activity :-Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
Group Size :-Min. 1 pax pax
Activity Per Day :-Approximately 4 to 6 hrs of guided activities per day
Trip Category :-Nepal Cultural Tour
Trip Route :-Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Chitwan - Lumbini - Palpa - Pokhara-Kathmandu
Guided city tours in Pasupatinath, Buddhanath, Bhaktapur, Changunarayan etc.
Explore the Newari Culture of Kathmandu Valley.
Visiting the Birth Palace of Lord Buddha “Lumbini”
Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara
Spectacular Sunrise/Sunset and Mountain View from Nagarkot and Sarangkot.
Visit beautiful town Tansen, Palpa on the way.
Wildlife Activities in Chitwan National Park
This wonderful tour will take you to some of the most popular and significant places of Nepal such as Kathmandu valley, Chitwan, Lumbini, Palpa and Pokhara. The trip will take you to Lumbini in the southwestern Nepal all the way from Kathmandu valley in central Nepal via Chitwan and the trip ends up to Pokhara in western region via Palpa.
Visiting cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley, spectacular scenic beauty of Nagarkot, diverse wildlife in Chitwan, birthplace of Lord Buddha, cultures in Palpa and sightseeing around Pokhara: These are the major components of this ten days long tour.
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 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. 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 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We will Visit the following sites.
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.
Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site)
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 kms 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.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
As you walk in, you will feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara - style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Later in the evening we will drive to Nagarkot which take about one hour.
Nagarkot is a popular location for tourist and developed into a favorite weekend getaway among those seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet. The overwhelming panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal’s Himalayas including Mount Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Choba Bhamre, Gauri Shankar and Numbur can be seen from here. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe inspiring majesty & beauty. Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot. (Breakfast Included)
We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. Weather permitting, the seemly endless chain of mountains appear glossy in the north, while the entire Kathmandu valley can be clearly seen towards the west.
After we have breakfast we head to Chitwan National Park. 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)
Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee, and then proceed for canoeing/jeep safari.
A traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. Jeep safari by land rover starts from canoeing put out point covering the distance of approximately 10km with chances of seeing rare wildlife. Elephant briefing: to learn more about the life of these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. Remaining hours before the afternoon program: take a dip in the pool, or relax on your verandah. Hammocks and the library are at your disposal and our bar is close by to refresh you with a drink of your choice. Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Today transfer to Lumbini from Chitwan. Arrive at Lumbini. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a World Heritage Site 285 km southwest of Kathmandu. This pilgrimage site in southwest Nepal attracts devout Buddhists from around the world, who arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden where the ‘Enlightened One’ was born. A famous landmark is the Ashoka Pillar raised by the great Emperor who converted to Buddhism. Today Lumbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities. Overnight at Hotel in Lumbini. (Breakfast Included)
Lumbini is hallowed ground as Shakyamuni Buddha was born here in southern Nepal more than twenty-five hundred years ago. As a sacred birthplace, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the globe. Many excavations have taken place here around this small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Ruins of the old city are clearly visible and many artifacts were unearthed during the excavation. Shakyamuni Buddha was born a prince to the ruler of the little principality. Important landmarks are the Maya Devi temple and the Ashoka pillar. The remains of many ancient stupas and monasteries can be found in the surroundings of Lumbini. The Ashoka pillar is said to have been erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC and bears an inscription confirming this as the birth place of the Buddha. A stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch is seen in the Maya Devi temple.
Later transfer from Lumbini to Tansen, Palpa; approximately 85 Kms / 3 hrs drive.
Tansen is a small ancient hill town situated 4300 meters above sea level. It is located on the way from Pokhara to Lumbini. Major attractions here are the ancient culture, excellent mountain views, serene atmosphere and friendly people. The weather here makes it a pleasant place to visit in any season. On clear days Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar and other peaks can be seen. Dhaka - the most popular hand woven cloth of Nepal comes from this region. The Nepali topi (national cap) is made of Dhaka and you can see the weavers at w work on their looms or see a bazaar of Dhakas in Tansen. Overnight at Hotel in Palpa. (Breakfast Included)
Transfer from Palpa to Pokhara; 115 kms/ 6 - 7 hours drive.Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. After we have breakfast we head to Pokhara on a tourist bus, van or a car, depending on the size of the group. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places we visit are as below:
Early in the morning about 45 minutes drive with 25 minutes hike take us to the top of Sarangkot to see the best sunrise and close views of many mountains like Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. After we have some breakfast at Sarangkot, it’s a 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Return to hotel for breakfast.
The rest of the day sightseeing tour of Pokhara consists of:
Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.
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 Gupteshwor 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.
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.
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 in 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. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara. (Breakfast Included)
Today transfer to Kathmandu from Pokhara by surface; 200 Kms / 6 hrs drive.
After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)
The trip concludes - our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. (Breakfast Included)
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