This Highlights of Nepal offer an opportunity to explore all the diversified culture and abundance of nature that Nepal has to offer. Moreover, this tour is a combination of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and wildlife experiences. Also, you can enjoy the close-up view of the Annapurna range and the Machhapuchre from Pokhara. Besides, it provides an opportunity to blend with local people and gain insight into their culture, tradition, and lifestyles. Therefore, making this trip ideal for those who want to have natural, cultural, and wildlife experiences in just one trip.
The journey begins with exploring some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. After visiting local attractions and sites in Kathmandu valley, the journey dramatically moves toward Chitwan National Park. In Chitwan, you can enjoy wildlife activities and experience the diverse flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Furthermore, it also provides a peek into the tribal lifestyle of the people living on the fringes of the forest reserve. Our next port of call is the beautiful Pokhara valley. Pokhara is the gateway for trekking in the Annapurna region. Besides, Pokhara offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. Returning to Kathmandu valley, the journey culminates in the medieval town of Bhaktapur.
- Visit some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.
- Learn more about the history, culture, and civilization of Kathmandu Valley.
- Experience the wildlife activities in Chitwan, including elephant/jeep safari, canoeing, bird watching, and jungle walk.
- Experience the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle of local people from different regions.
- Witness Machhapuchre and Annapurna range from Pokhara.
- Enjoy the sunrise view and panoramic mountain view from Sarangkot.
- A close encounter with locals to learn and share experiences.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
As there are no activities planned for today, you can arrive at any time of the day. Along the way to the hotel, our representative can suggest some tours or walks you can do on your own. In the evening, there will be a typical Nepalese dinner with a cultural show in a local restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Full-day guided tour of Kathmandu valley that includes UNESCO World Heritage sites. After breakfast, drive to Swayambunath Stupa. Explore the stupa for about an hour and then ride to Patan. In Patan, we will visit the Durbar Square, Golden Temple, Krishna temple, Mahaboudha, and Rudravarna Mahabihar. After lunch, drive about 10 km northeast of Patan via ring road to visit Boudhanath Stupa. Boudha Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Chitwan
This morning we shall drive to Chitwan National Park. On arrival, check into your hotel, where you will spend the next two nights. This afternoon there will be a chance to take an ox cart ride or walk to explore the local Tharu village, home to the indigenous people of the Terai. After touring the local settlement, enjoy the riverside sunset view. We will get the opportunity to spot various wild lives like Rhinos, elephants, and different species of birds, from the front river deck of the Resort. There will be a short presentation regarding the diverse flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 4: Full-day Jungle activities
Wake up call will be at 5:30 am, after getting warmed up with a cup of tea or coffee. Then we go for a Jeep safari inside the National park to explore the diverse flora and fauna living in the National Park. The Jeep drive goes through the grasslands, riverine forests, and Sal forests. After the Jeep Safari, return for lunch. After lunch, there will be a short rest, followed by a canoe ride in the Rapti River. The canoe ride will be an excellent opportunity for Bird watching and sight two rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the Gharial. We will take a walk from the other bank of the Rapti to the Gharial breeding center. At the Gharial Hatchery Farm, you will learn how crocodiles are brought up at this farm & then later released into the rivers. There will be a Tharu cultural performance in the evening, followed by dinner. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 5: Drive to Pokhara
Spend the morning by the river deck watching birds, followed by breakfast. After breakfast, proceeds towards our next destination Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara takes about 5-6 hrs. In Pokhara, your accommodation will be at the popular lakeside area on the banks of Phewa Lake. This afternoon, visit the World Peace Pagoda. Sitting at the top of Ananda Hill, the Peace Pagoda provides a stunning view of the Phewa lake, the Pokhara valley, and the surrounding hills. After the visit, we have the option to walk downhill for about half-hour to the banks of Phewa Lake. Take a boat ride on the lake and visit the Taal Barahi temple. The rest of the evening is free to stroll around the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 6: Full day sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning, we will drive to Sarangkot to watch the sunrise view over the Annapurna and the Machhapuchre. After enjoying the sunrise view over the majestic mountains, we return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we will visit the Bindebasani Temple, the old Pokhara Bazar, Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave, the Tashi Palkel Tibetan Settlement, and its colorful Jangchubcholing monastery. The evening is free to relax at your hotel or stroll along the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu – Bhaktapur
After an early breakfast, we shall retrace our drive to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to Bhaktapur, just a short distance from the suburbs of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is the largest of the three ancient Newari Kingdoms founded in the Kathmandu Valley. The city is particularly known for its arts, culture, and the traditional lifestyles of its people. In this ‘open museum,’ we will visit Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square, where we witness the magnificent 55-window palace, surrounded by several pagodas and shikhara-style temples. Continue to Taumadhi Square, popularly known as the Pottery Square. It is home to the early 18th century, five-storied Nyatapola Temple. It is the largest of its kind in the country. Bhaktapur is like stepping back in time with its heritage buildings, vehicle-free cobblestone streets, and ancient shrines. Overnight in Bhaktapur/Kathmandu
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfer by exclusive private vehicle.
- Accommodation in listed or similar hotel with breakfast.
- Only breakfast at the staying hotel with one arrival/farewell dinner in Kathmandu while all meals included in Chitwan.
- Local sightseeing with English speaking local tour guide as per the itinerary.
- All entry fees, National park fee, government taxes and service charges.
- Bottled mineral water in drive.
- Nepal Visa fee.
- International flights to and from Kathmandu.
- Any other meal other than the listed above (lunch & dinners).
- Expenses of personal nature like portage charge, tips, telephone, laundry, bar, beverages, etc.
- Travel Medical Insurance.
- Any additional cost due to changing the itinerary due to your medical condition, political situation, flight delay or any natural forces.
- All other expenses not listed in the included section.