- Trip Duration : 9 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 1500 m
- Difficulty : Easy
- Season : Jan-May, Mid Sep-Dec
- Activity : Tours
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There are few places in the world where you find so much diversity in the landscape, culture and tradition. Centuries old palaces and temples are preserved well which well describes the history of Nepal and its peoples.
Nepal is full of different culture, tradition, life style and the landscape is unbelievable when you travel from one place to another. The trip is combination of most popular sites and places to visit where you will experience the diversity of landscape as well as local culture, tradition and the Great Himalayas. You explore the heritages sites of Kathmandu, magnificent hill station, encounter with wild animal in the jungle, boat in the serene lake and great view of the Giant Mountains with sun rise. You will be stun what you find after explore the natural beauty of Nepal.
|Day 01:||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 02:||Explore Buddhist Stupa, Hindu temple, old town of Bhaktapur and beautiful Nagarkot|
|Day 03:||Nagarkot drive to Bandipur and explore|
|Day 04:||Explore- Pokhara|
|Day 05:||Explore caves, waterfalls and Tibetan Refugee camp|
|Day 06:||Sunrise and Chitwan|
|Day 07:||Explore Chitwan national park|
|Day 08:||Back to the capital|
|Day 09:||Drive to airport and fly back|
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, stay overnight
You will be received up by our representative and transfer to hotel.
Explore Buddhist Stupa, Hindu temple, old town of Bhaktapur and beautiful Nagarkot
Today is the day where you explore some of the most popular heritage sites of Kathmandu and its surroundings and overnight at the hill station of Nagarkot which is a perfect place to see the sunrise and the snow caped mountain.
This stupa is located 8 km. East of Kathmandu city. It is one of the largest stupas in Nepal and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It stands with four pairs of eyes in four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Situated 5 km. east of Kathmandu city and is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Situated among a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple was built in pagoda style with beautifully carved wooden rafters and a gold pinnacle, which is a symbol of religious thought. The entrance of the temple is strictly prohibited for non-Hindus, how ever visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River where the crimination takes place. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimages for the followers of Hinduism.
Bhaktapur is the one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as Bhadgaun, meaning the city of devotees and is the home of true medieval art and architecture in the Valley. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur is the center of traditional Nepalese wood carving. Compared to other royal cities in Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic. It is also literally a living museum where farmers dry their harvest, potters turn their wheel and people go about living as they have done for so long.
Nagarkot is considered as one of the most popular hill station at the height of 2100 meter and and just 32km out of Kathmandu city. The majestic Himalayas, rolling hill, lush pine forest, magnificent sunrise/sunset views and a rural atmosphere makes its worth place to visit.
Day 03: Nagarkot drive to Bandipur and explore
After early wake up and the golden sun rise in the morning we head to a small town of Bandipur following the highway through beautiful landscape, terrace fields, rivers and hills. After couple of hours of drive we leave the main highway and turn left to reach another small town situated at the height of 1030 meter with super view of the mountains and highway itself. We explore this small village of Bandipur and rest.
Bandipur is situated on a mountain saddle at the height of 1030 meter just 80 km away from beautiful city pokhara. This old Newari town is barely wide enough to accommodate the main street lined by 2-3 storeys building on either side but no doubt that they have preserved its typical Newari architecture. A distinctive aspect of Bandipur`s main street is covered with balcony and most of the building still have little shops in them. Typical old temple, typical houses with carved wooden windows and magnificent view of the mountain make this place worth visiting.
Day 04: Explore- Pokhara
After a good night sleep and breakfast we are just 80 km away from another great city "Pokhara". After few hours of drive we arrive in Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. The northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. 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.
After lunch we start our trip to world peace Stupa which is situated just next to the beautiful Fewa lake on the top of a hill with superb view of Pokhara city and the lake.
If time favors you could hire a boat and sail around the lake after world peace stupa.
World Peace Pagoda:
The World Peace Pagoda can be seen on top of a hill on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. It has four images of the Buddha facing the four directions. The dome-shaped pagoda is an impressive sight, and its hilltop location commands a great view. It is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna.
Day 05: Explore caves, waterfalls and Tibetan refugee camp
After spending a night its time for us to explore more what this city can offer. We will explore some natural caves, waterfall and Tibetan refugee camp.
Located in the vicinity of the Bat Cave is another tourist attraction of Pokhara. It is predominantly a lime stone cave and the cave is full of natural formation made by regular seeps of water through the ceiling.
The Bat’s cave is another prominent attraction for visitors to Pokhara. Located in the vicinity of the Mahendra Cave, it is predominantly a limestone cave and as the name suggests full of bats. Since the cave is not electrically light, the cavers must be cautious as it is shrouded in darkness and the path full of sharp stones. Every step must be taken carefully as water regularly seeps through the ceiling making it damp and slippery.
The cave is about 135 meters long.
Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Nether Fall), Devi’s Fall is a fascinating waterfall located about 2 km south-west of Pokhara.
During the Monsoon season, the water level in Devi’s fall rises to an amazing height, the most turbulent water currents engulf even the safety barrier built around the falls.
This is the most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara and the first of its kind in Nepal. It lies at 2 kms south-west of downtown Pokhara. This huge waterfall can be seen during the rainy season from June to September, and on winter the strength of the water dies down and only a stream of water runs down the rocks.
Gupteswor Mahadev Cave:
Located in the southeast at Chhorepatan, Pokhara, the Gupteswor Mahadeva cave is considered 599 years old. The long flights of stairs wind down to the temple of Lord Shiva where the lord perched on a raised platform fenced by iron bars can be seen. The cave is musty and damp but a string of electric light bulbs emits enough light to see the stairs clearly. Most of the time you need to bend down until you have passed through the 50 meters long tunnel. However, once you have passed through the tunnel, there is a huge open cavern with enormous rocks, no trace of soil at all, only little pebbles scattered everywhere. On the right hand side there is a deep gorge. After a few yards of scrambling through the darkness, there is a crystal clear pond and from here you can see the awe-inspiring Patale Chhango (Devi’s falls) falling right from the top.
Tibetan Refugee camp:
After the invasion of Tibet by China, the influx of refugees to Nepal via border increased and started settling down in Nepal. We will take you to the camp where the Tibetan refugees are settled where you could see their daily life style, Tibetan culture and monastery.
Day 06: Sunrise and Chitwan
Today its gona be an early wake up call to visit one of the most popular hill station of Pokhara. We drive to Sarankot, which is a spectacular spot 2000ft above and overlooking the Pokhara valley, with 3 of the highest mountains in the world - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasulu dominating the skyline to the north. Watching the Himalayas from Sarangkot has surreal experience. The golden rays of the sun painting the majestic mountains are incomparable. After a terrific morning we head back, grab out breakfast and head to the lowland of Nepal making our way along river valleys, pass terraced field and finally to our wilderness of jungle.
Chitwan national park which is one of the finest national parks in Asia, listed as a world heritage site since 1984. It covers an area of 932 square kilometres and is renowned for its variety and amount of wildlife. Check in to your hotel, relax and get introduced for the program.
Day 07: Explore Chitwan national park
Explore the beauty and wilderness of national park with different activities: Elephant riding, Canoeing trip, elephant breeding center visit, cultural program
Day 08: Back to the capital
Encountering with wild animal in the wild is amazing isn`t it? Now it is time for us to be back to the capital Kathmandu and explore the remaining. We explore the monkey temple and old royal palace of Kathmandu and walk through the narrow alleys exploring the small local shops and smell of local ingredients.
Day 09: Drive to airport and fly back
Free time until it is time for us to drive you to the airport for your destination.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In main seasons spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. In autumn the air is clean by the monsoon thus the visibility is high and great views over the Himalaya and in spring it's the time for flower to bloom.
Travelling from June- August, its monsoon period and could get very hot and humid in lowland of Nepal. The temperature varies from one part to another because of its geographical location so be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
What to bring:
As you are going into the country of Himalaya and the weather is subjected to change anytime. Autumn (September to November) the days are pleasant but the temperature drop in the night so a pair of warm cloths are needed for night time. In spring the days are hot and humid but for the night a pair of normal jakcet is recommended. June- August its monsoon time with rain, hot and humid so rain jackets and a pair of normal jacket are recommended. For winter (December-February), the days are pleasant when sun come up in the sky but as soon sun move apart its get chilly and could get below 0 degree so warm cloths are the most.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the tour and please arrange it according season wise.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Normal/warm woolen socks
- Comfortable shoes
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
The flight to and from mountain section of Nepal are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage. Therefore it is always recommended to have some extra day just incase if your flight got cancelled due to the weather or likewise then you still could catch your flight back to your next destination.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
In Kathmandu and major cities it is possible to get Nepalese rupees from your visa/credit card in ATM machine or in Bank. If you are carrying cash USD/EURO or like wise then there are plenty of money exchange counter in major touristic area or you can exchange it in Banks.
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
You have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.