Nepal is an amazingly diverse country that offers everything for everyone. Kathmandu is a living museum of Nepali civilization and culture. Its towering pagodas with fascinating architecture and artistic workmanship along with former King’s palaces can easily win the heart of culture loving visitors.
Your journey will take you from the religious temples of Kathmandu to the pristine Pokhara Valley that boasts stunning views of the snowcapped Himalayas.The scenery here tells its own tale with a blend of fresh air and dramatic mountain ranges. We will visit places from where a panorama of the valley unfolds. Also get the feel of wildlife in the lush jungles of Chitwan and rejuvenate in the tranquil surroundings of Bandipur.
Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,600 ft.
You will be met by one of our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Evening can be spent at leisure. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is a mixture of rich culture, ancient traditions and hustling bazaars. Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the city boasts of natural beauty, vibrant culture, unique cuisine, and an intense religious devout that are apparent by the variety of festivals celebrated throughout the year. Despite suffering from a massive earthquake in 2015 that caused immense devastation, Kathmandu retains its hustle and bustle and its people are still as jovial as ever.
Overnight at Hotel [-/-/-]
After breakfast at the hotel, set out to explore different sites in Kathmandu, Swayambunath and Patan
The word durbar means palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is an old royal palace from the Malla Dynasty. Consisting of small courtyards and shrines, the main highlight is the temple of the living goddess, Kumari. The Kumari Devi is the most important of several living goddesses in Nepal and can be seen on the temple’s balcony during the many ceremonial processions and festivals. You will also come across vendors selling snacks, priests performing their daily rituals, and young couples strolling along the narrow alleyways.
The April 2015 earthquake hit major temples here and renovation is currently taking place.
A short walk through a vibrant alley takes you to an old part of Kathmandu which now bustles as a vegetable and spice market.
Continue to Swayambhunath that literally means “self created”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath is accessible by a car road leading to the southwest entrance, while the more adventurous ones take the 365 long steep stairways leading to the main platform of the temple. This ancient stupa adorned with Buddha’s eyes, is surrounded by many other smaller chaityas and temples and is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. This is the most ancient and perhaps the most enigmatic of all holy shrines in Kathmandu.
Swayambhunath overlooks the Kathmandu valley and the views are exceptional. Although it suffered damages from the April 2015 earthquake, restoration is currently underway.
Stop for lunch.
Patan is the city of artisans and a paradise of fine arts. The city retains much of its old charm with its narrow streets, brick houses and multitude of courtyards, or bahals, Hindu temples and Buddhists monasteries.
The narrow streets subsequently bring you to the heart of the city, the Patan Durbar Square, one of the great architectural vistas. Having suffered heavy damage from the April 2015 earthquake, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to ancient palaces, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, engravings and bronze cravings. One of the main attractions is the Royal Palace where the Malla Kings resided. The Patan Museum, also located here, is a popular place of interest.
Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]
Flight Duration: 25 minutes approx.
Altitude: 827 m / 2,713 ft – 1,740 m / 5,710 ft.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the domestic airport for your short flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty.
Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into the hotel and relax for a while.
In the evening, enjoy boating at the Phewa Taal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The lake is stream fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, it is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. Visit Barahi Temple – the island temple situated in a small island in the Phewa Lake surrounded by marvelous views.
Overnight at Hotel[B/-/-]
Early in the morning drive to Sarankot, a beautiful village located on a mountainside ridge at an altitude of 1600m with panoramic Himalayan views. Visit the Bindabasini Temple on the way towards the hotel, one of the oldest temples in Pokhara.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
After breakfast,we head out for sightseeing the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Visit World Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa built by the Buddhist monks of the Japanese Nipponzan Fujii organization at a narrow ridge above the Phewa Taal.
Also visit the International Mountain Museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Davis Fall and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, across the Davis Fall, which is one of the longest caves in Nepal. Also visit Pokhara’s traditional Old Bazaar.
Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]
Distance: 70kms/ 44 miles
Drive Time: 2-2.5 hours approx.
Altitude: 1,030 m/ 3,379 ft.
Drive from Pokhara to Dumre, the roadside market- town and then, further, digress from the main highway to take a winding, uphill track all the way to Bandipur (7 kms). Drop off at the entry point to the Bandipur Bazaar, where you’ll be warmly greeted by the Old Inn staff, walk through the bazaar 100m onwards to The Old Inn. After lunch a guided tour of the environs will be provided until late afternoon followed by a relaxing evening amidst the tranquil atmosphere of Bandipur. Savor the authentic flavor of Nepalese cuisine over dinner.
Overnight at The Old Inn [B/L/D]
On your second day, Bandipur offers you quite a few options to occupy your day.
– Leisurely hike to less explored, delightful little ‘Magar’ villages of Ramkot (4 hrs hiking up and back). Plus you’ll get an opportunity to interact with the local villagers, be witness to the age-old farming methods and bask in the glory of stunning views of the Himalayas, the views from here being in stark contrast to the ones you get from Bandipur.
– Adventurous hike to the biggest cave, yet discovered in Nepal, ‘Siddha Cave’ (4 hrs hiking down and up)
– Or, go on an orchid trail, immersing in the life and times of local, multi-ethnic culture.
Overnight at The Old Inn [B/-/-]
Distance: 50kms/ 32 miles
Drive Time: 2.5 hours approx.
Altitude: 415 m/ 1,362 ft.
Enjoy your breakfast relishing the pristine mountain views for one last time, before you embark on your return journey to Chitwan that will take approximately 3 hours. The Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal, located in the lush valley of the Chitwan District, 75 miles south west of Kathmandu, in the foothills of the Churia Ranges.
Upon arrival at the hotel, check into your rooms. During lunch, you will be briefed about the evening activities.
Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel [B/L/D]
Jungle activities – such as Elephant safari, Canoeing, Tharu Village visit, Jungle Walk etc.
Overnight at Hotel [B/L/D]
Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 20 minutes approx.
Early morning drive to Bharatpur Airport and fly back to Kathmandu.
After freshening up at the hotel, visit the following places in Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stupa is built on a massive three level mandala and is one of the largest in the world. A popular tourist attraction, there are many shops around the stupa selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and a variety of exclusive Tibetan specialties and delicacies.
Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Lord Shiva, in 1696, the temple with its astonishing architecture of gilded roof and richly carved silver doors, is thronged with devotees and pilgrims from all over the world. Access to the shrine is strictly limited to Hindus; however, others are permitted to view the temple from the east banks of the River Bagmati.
Stop for lunch at a selected local restaurant and transfer to Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally the ‘City of Devotees’ is a major tourist destination that takes visitors back in time. Bhaktapur lies on the Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu to the Chinese border. Bhaktapur is still untouched by rapid urbanization and has managed to retain its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times. This ancient city is also famous for pottery and woodcarving amply displayed on the squares and windows respectively.
The extraordinary Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its monuments reflect the glory days of the Malla Dynasty when art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the valley.
Bhaktapur was one of the most affected areas of the April 2015 earthquake. Renovation is currently under process.
Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
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|Trip Duration||10 Days|
|Meals||Full Board basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)|
|Best Season||September – April|
|Includes||• All necessary arrival/ departure transfers.|
|• 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis.|
|• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Bandipur in a single/ twin sharing room on full board basis.|
|• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Pokhara in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis.|
|• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Chitwan in a single/ twin sharing room on full board basis.|
|• All the sightseeing tours with English speaking guide, and private transfers as per above.|
|• Entrance fees.|
|Excludes||• Nepal entry visa fee.|
|• Airfare Bharatpur– Kathmandu. [Will be quoted separately]|
|• International airfare and airport tax.|
|• Insurance and rescue of any form.|
|• Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control.|
|• Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, communication charges, laundry, tips etc. And any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.|
|• Meals and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.|