Highlights of Nepal Tour - 8 Days

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  • TRIP ID: SSNP205
  • TRIP NAME: Highlights of Nepal Tour
  • DURATION: 8 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Tours & sight seeing in Nepal
  • TRIP DESTINATION: Chitwan, Pokhara
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara

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Highlights of Nepal Tour

This itinerary is combination of Cultural heritage experience, natural beauty and wildlife activities in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. In Kathmandu it explores the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Highlights of Nepal Tour

This itinerary is combination of Cultural heritage experience, natural beauty and wildlife activities in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. In Kathmandu it explores the UNESCO World Heritage sites. After visiting local attractions and sights in Kathmandu valley, the travel to dramatically different Chitwan, with jeep safari and elephant rides that takes you closer to wild lives that form central theme of this region along with peek into tribal life that thrives on the fringes of the forests reserve. Our next port of call is the scenic Pokhara valley with lakes and surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Returning to Kathmandu valley, the journey culminates in medieval town of Bhaktapur where you will see its history, culture, art and wooden articture. 

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
You can arrive at any time as no activities are planned for today. Along the way to your hotel, our representative can provide some suggestion on tours or walks you can do on your own and brief you about tomorrow’s program. There will be a typical Nepalese dinner with a cultural show in a local restaurant.
Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.
 
Day 2: Tour Kathmandu
Full day guided tour of Kathmandu valley includes UNESCO World Heritage sites, takes on the visit to Syambhunath, Patan, and Boudhanath stupa. After breakfast, you start your sightseeing at 9:30am. At first drive 3km west of Thamel to visit Swambhunath Stupa in the morning. Explore the stupa about 1.5 hours and drive to 4km south of city center to reach to Patan city where you will be exploring Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple, Krishna temple, Mahaboudha and Rudravarna Mahabihar, takes about 2-3 hours in Patan. After lunch drive 10km northeast of Patan via ring road to visit Boudhanath Stupa, which is considered to be one of the largest Buddhist stupas. The total activity will be about 6 hours.
Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan
Transfer to Chitwan, which takes about 5-6hrs/165km. Check into your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights on full board (with all meals). This afternoon there will be a chance to take an ox cart ride or walking explore to a local Tharu village, home to the ingenious people of the Terai. After touring the local village, enjoy the Riverside sunset view. Just on the front river deck of the resort, where you will be able to see various wild lives like Rhino and various birds. Just across the river is the border of the National park so it is obvious to observe wild animals and birds sitting at the resort. About 45min-1hour slide show presentation regarding diverse flora and faunas of Chitwan National park.  Then dinner will be served at about 7:00pm.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan.

Day 4: In Chitwan full day Jungle activities
Wake up call early in the morning at 5:30 am and warm up with a cup of tea or coffee. Then start Elephant back safari in the Jungle at 6am for 2 hours. Back to the Resort and have breakfast, then elephant expert will provide the Elephant briefing including their history, nature and living style of the elephant in the National park and around the world. At 11:00am, we go to Elephant bathing (seasonal- only summer time about 30min) followed by canoe in the Rapti River. Hike about 45 min (2km) from the resort (option to drive as well) and reach to the canoe starting point; canoe duration will be about 1 hour (2.5km). Canoe ride along the Rapti River will be an excellent opportunity for Birdwatching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and Gharial. Then back to the Resort for lunch at 1:30 pm. From 3 to 5 pm we go to Jeep safari inside the National park to explore the diverse flora and fauna living in the National Park. About 1.5 to 2 hours drive inside the National Park. (Jeep drive includes in 3 nights 4 days and above package but considering special package have included in 2 nights 3 days program). Jeep Drive goes through the grasslands, riverine forests and Sal forests to Kasara (the National Park’s headquarters) Gharial Hatchery Farm where you will learn about how crocodiles are brought up at this farm & then later released into the rivers. This is one of the best opportunities to explore the diverse flora and fauna in the National Park. In about 2 hours back to the resort. Enjoy the riverside view with some drinks sitting on the shore of the Rapti River on the front deck of the Resort.  At 6:00pm enjoy the Tharu cultural performance. A typical Tharu cultural show will be about 45 min. to one hour. Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances. Tharu songs and dances including the popular stick dance, where a great circle of running men whack sticks together in time. Then about 7:00pm, you will be served by a BBQ dinner.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan nearby National Park
*  Program subject to change upon weather/situation.
 
Day 5: Chitwan to Pokhara
In the morning, enjoy a leisure or you can go for Bird Watching surrounding the resort, you will also see the wildlife surrounding the resort or you can spend as leisure in the morning at the river decks followed by breakfast. Then you can depart from Chitwan to Pokhara. Drive to Pokhara, which takes about 5-6hrs/145km. In Pokhara, your hotel is located in the popular Lakeside part of the city, which is right on the shore of the beautiful Phewa Lake; the perfect location to shop, drink and dine. This afternoon visits World Peace Pagoda, also known as the Shanti Stupa, which is set on at the top of Ananda Hill with stunning views of the Pokhara and the lakes surrounded by mountains. A modern Stupa by Nepalese standards this place of worship was built, along with many other World Peace Pagodas around the globe, in response to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After visiting Shanti stupa, you have an option of walking downhill for about half hour, which brings you to the Shore of Phewa Lake. Take a boat ride on the lake and visit Taal Barahi Temple situated on an island in the lake. The evening is free to stroll in Lakeside market, walk the shores of the lake and relax.
Overnight hotel in Pokhara.
 
Day 6: Full day sightseeing in Pokhara
This morning is the perfect opportunity to view beautiful Himalayan views (weather permitting). Rise early and travel to Sarangkot to watch the changing light catch the peaks of the Annapurna Himalayas, including the distinctive Machhapuchhre, or ‘Fishtail’ mountain – as the sun rises. Return to your hotel for breakfast and after some rest, set out on the tour visiting the Bindebasani Temple, the old Pokhara Bazar, Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave and visit Tashi Palkel Tibetan Settlement and its colorful Jangchubcholing monastery. Free evening to relax or stroll.
Overnight in Pokhara
 
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu – Bhaktapur
Drive to Kathmandu, following the course of a few of Nepal’s many rivers. On arrival, transfer to Bhaktapur, just a short distance in the suburbs of Kathmandu but a cultural gem of Nepal. Bhaktapur is the largest of the three ancient Newar Kingdoms found in the Kathmandu Valley. The city is particularly known for its arts, culture and the traditional lifestyles of its people. In this ‘open museum’ you will visit Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square where you will witness the magnificent 55-window palace, which is surrounded by a number of pagodas and shikhara-style temples. Continue on to Taumadhi Square home to the early 18th Century, five storied Nyatapola Temple, which is the largest of its kind in the country.  Bhaktapur is like stepping back in time with its heritage buildings, cobblestones, shrines and car-free streets.
Overnight in Bhaktapur /Kathmandu

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Kathmandu airport in time for your flight. There are no activities planned on the last day and after breakfast, you may depart the hotel at any time. Check-out from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

Trip Hightlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore the natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Chitwan National Park & experience wildlife activities
  • Experience local culture, tradition and lifestyle of local people in different regions
  • Spectacular views of mountains and sunrise/sunset view from Bandipur, Sarangkot Pokhara and Nagarkot

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
You can arrive at any time as no activities are planned for today. Along the way to your hotel, our representative can provide some suggestion on tours or walks you can do on your own and brief you about tomorrow’s program. There will be a typical Nepalese dinner with a cultural show in a local restaurant.
Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.
 
Day 2: Tour Kathmandu
Full day guided tour of Kathmandu valley includes UNESCO World Heritage sites, takes on the visit to Syambhunath, Patan, and Boudhanath stupa. After breakfast, you start your sightseeing at 9:30am. At first drive 3km west of Thamel to visit Swambhunath Stupa in the morning. Explore the stupa about 1.5 hours and drive to 4km south of city center to reach to Patan city where you will be exploring Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple, Krishna temple, Mahaboudha and Rudravarna Mahabihar, takes about 2-3 hours in Patan. After lunch drive 10km northeast of Patan via ring road to visit Boudhanath Stupa, which is considered to be one of the largest Buddhist stupas. The total activity will be about 6 hours.
Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan
Transfer to Chitwan, which takes about 5-6hrs/165km. Check into your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights on full board (with all meals). This afternoon there will be a chance to take an ox cart ride or walking explore to a local Tharu village, home to the ingenious people of the Terai. After touring the local village, enjoy the Riverside sunset view. Just on the front river deck of the resort, where you will be able to see various wild lives like Rhino and various birds. Just across the river is the border of the National park so it is obvious to observe wild animals and birds sitting at the resort. About 45min-1hour slide show presentation regarding diverse flora and faunas of Chitwan National park.  Then dinner will be served at about 7:00pm.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan.

Day 4: In Chitwan full day Jungle activities
Wake up call early in the morning at 5:30 am and warm up with a cup of tea or coffee. Then start Elephant back safari in the Jungle at 6am for 2 hours. Back to the Resort and have breakfast, then elephant expert will provide the Elephant briefing including their history, nature and living style of the elephant in the National park and around the world. At 11:00am, we go to Elephant bathing (seasonal- only summer time about 30min) followed by canoe in the Rapti River. Hike about 45 min (2km) from the resort (option to drive as well) and reach to the canoe starting point; canoe duration will be about 1 hour (2.5km). Canoe ride along the Rapti River will be an excellent opportunity for Birdwatching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and Gharial. Then back to the Resort for lunch at 1:30 pm. From 3 to 5 pm we go to Jeep safari inside the National park to explore the diverse flora and fauna living in the National Park. About 1.5 to 2 hours drive inside the National Park. (Jeep drive includes in 3 nights 4 days and above package but considering special package have included in 2 nights 3 days program). Jeep Drive goes through the grasslands, riverine forests and Sal forests to Kasara (the National Park’s headquarters) Gharial Hatchery Farm where you will learn about how crocodiles are brought up at this farm & then later released into the rivers. This is one of the best opportunities to explore the diverse flora and fauna in the National Park. In about 2 hours back to the resort. Enjoy the riverside view with some drinks sitting on the shore of the Rapti River on the front deck of the Resort.  At 6:00pm enjoy the Tharu cultural performance. A typical Tharu cultural show will be about 45 min. to one hour. Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances. Tharu songs and dances including the popular stick dance, where a great circle of running men whack sticks together in time. Then about 7:00pm, you will be served by a BBQ dinner.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan nearby National Park
*  Program subject to change upon weather/situation.
 
Day 5: Chitwan to Pokhara
In the morning, enjoy a leisure or you can go for Bird Watching surrounding the resort, you will also see the wildlife surrounding the resort or you can spend as leisure in the morning at the river decks followed by breakfast. Then you can depart from Chitwan to Pokhara. Drive to Pokhara, which takes about 5-6hrs/145km. In Pokhara, your hotel is located in the popular Lakeside part of the city, which is right on the shore of the beautiful Phewa Lake; the perfect location to shop, drink and dine. This afternoon visits World Peace Pagoda, also known as the Shanti Stupa, which is set on at the top of Ananda Hill with stunning views of the Pokhara and the lakes surrounded by mountains. A modern Stupa by Nepalese standards this place of worship was built, along with many other World Peace Pagodas around the globe, in response to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After visiting Shanti stupa, you have an option of walking downhill for about half hour, which brings you to the Shore of Phewa Lake. Take a boat ride on the lake and visit Taal Barahi Temple situated on an island in the lake. The evening is free to stroll in Lakeside market, walk the shores of the lake and relax.
Overnight hotel in Pokhara.
 
Day 6: Full day sightseeing in Pokhara
This morning is the perfect opportunity to view beautiful Himalayan views (weather permitting). Rise early and travel to Sarangkot to watch the changing light catch the peaks of the Annapurna Himalayas, including the distinctive Machhapuchhre, or ‘Fishtail’ mountain – as the sun rises. Return to your hotel for breakfast and after some rest, set out on the tour visiting the Bindebasani Temple, the old Pokhara Bazar, Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave and visit Tashi Palkel Tibetan Settlement and its colorful Jangchubcholing monastery. Free evening to relax or stroll.
Overnight in Pokhara
 
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu – Bhaktapur
Drive to Kathmandu, following the course of a few of Nepal’s many rivers. On arrival, transfer to Bhaktapur, just a short distance in the suburbs of Kathmandu but a cultural gem of Nepal. Bhaktapur is the largest of the three ancient Newar Kingdoms found in the Kathmandu Valley. The city is particularly known for its arts, culture and the traditional lifestyles of its people. In this ‘open museum’ you will visit Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square where you will witness the magnificent 55-window palace, which is surrounded by a number of pagodas and shikhara-style temples. Continue on to Taumadhi Square home to the early 18th Century, five storied Nyatapola Temple, which is the largest of its kind in the country.  Bhaktapur is like stepping back in time with its heritage buildings, cobblestones, shrines and car-free streets.
Overnight in Bhaktapur /Kathmandu

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Kathmandu airport in time for your flight. There are no activities planned on the last day and after breakfast, you may depart the hotel at any time. Check-out from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

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