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Nepal Travel Agents Fam Tour 2016


Nepal Travel Agents Fam Tour 2016

Overview

This is basically motor vehicle based cultural sightseeing with some day hikes to the villages that can be done in slow pace. The trip includes jungle safari activities such as elephant riding, canoe trip, birding etc.  Maximum altitude we attain in this trip is 2000m (6,560 ft), there is no risk of altitude sickness. The trip is led by a local expert guide whom you meet upon arrival in Kathmandu. Maximum group size is 16 persons and guaranteed with minimum 4 participants. Travel agent is allowed to bring one companion.

Return international airfare is not included in the trip cost but we will be more than happy to help you with the airfare booking.

Rough Guides, a UK-based publisher of travel and reference information, has listed Nepal as the best place to visit in 2016

After a series of devastating earthquakes and aftershocks, Nepal’s tourist industry is on the rise again. Though hundreds of thousands have been left homeless, and daily life is not fully back to normal, the country’s historic landmarks are slowly being restored. Trekking routes are reopening and the resilient Nepali people are finding their feet,” said Rough Guides says.

Nepal is listed as #6 on National Geographic Travelers' Cool List of 100 destinations to visit in 2016

So, we are offering again FAM tour for travel agents. Come join us to explore far and high Nepal!
Nepal is listed on the 6th position by National Geographic Traveller's Cool List of destinations to visit in 2016.

So, we are happy to announce Travel Agents FAM tour to Nepal for 2016! Come join us to explore this beautiful Himalayan destination.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the ancient and medieval temples, palaces, and stupas of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and the panoramic sights of the valleys from Nagarkot.
  • Walking tours through the villages, terraced farmlands, and pine forests.
  • Embark on jungle safari rides in one of Asia’s of most famous game park: Chitwan National Park.
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the lesser visited traditional town of Bandipur in west Nepal and chat with the friendly locals.
  • Explore the cave, lake, gorge, falls, and temples and enjoy the views of western Himalaya from Pokhara.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 ~ Arrival in Kathmandu. (01 Dec, 2016)

    • (Kathmandu altitude 1310 m/4, 297 ft.)

      Meet your guide upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. You can obtain a Nepali visa on arrival if you don't have it yet. Don't forget to bring one passport picture and US$ 25 cash to pay for visa fee. After clearing immigration and custom, meet our local representative outside the airport and transfer by van to your hotel in the city.

      Tonight, you will meet the rest of the group over dinner. The dinner will be hosted in a typical Nepali restaurant where you can also enjoy Nepali folklore dancing shows. Our local manager will also join you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the trip if you still have any.

      Overnight Shambhala Hotel
      Meals: Nepali welcome dinner
  • Day 02 ~ Kathmandu Sightseeing:Patan City, Swayambhunath and Boudhnath Stupa (02 Dec, 2016)

    • OPTIONAL: This morning, you can go for an hour-long Everest view flight. Everyone gets a window seat from where you will enjoy an eye level view of Mount Everest and other majestic peaks of the Himalaya. Currently, one hour long flight costs US$ 250 plus you need to pay the roundtrip airport transfer, which costs $15.

      After the flight, you will return to the hotel for breakfast. After that, we set out to explore the palaces, temples, and monasteries of Kathmandu valley.

      First, we visit Patan City- known as the City of Arts and craft. There, we visit Dubar Square as well as former palaces and medieval temples decoarated with intricate carvings. We browse through the narrow streets lined with handicraft stores, jewelers, crafters, and thangka painters. Explore some of the ancient temples and monasteries of Patan. We take the chance to peek inside the workshops of wood carvers and metal crafters.

      In the afternoon, we visit the 2000 year old Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath Stupa, situated on a hillock about 260 ft above the valley floor. Revered by both Hindus and Buddhist, the monument is a glittering golden spire on a large white lofty dome. There are numerous shrines and monasteries around. We can also enjoy panoramic views of the valley and the mountains from here.

      The next stop will be the giant Boudnath Stupa – One of Asia’s largest Buddhist shrine. The stupa, with 100m (328 ft) diameter and 40 m (130 ft) height, can be spotted from many views points in Kathmandu. There are a number of Buddhist monasteries around here. The area is dominantly Tibetan in character and can remind one very much of Barkhor area of Lhasa.

      Finally, we visit Pashupatinath Temple - one of the holiest Hindu Temples in the entire South Asia. The temple is situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which is a tributary of sacred Ganges. Admission to the temple is reserved for Hindus only; however, we can still have a close up view of the temple from the other side of the river. The temple and the surroundings are vibrant with rites and rituals performed by Hindu devotees. We will also have opportunity to watch the Hindu cremation services in the bank of the river.

      Overnight Shambhala Hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 03 ~ Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur City and a short hike to Nagarkot. (03 Dec, 2016)

    • (Altitude 2000m/6, 560 ft, 32 km/20 miles)

      Following breakfast, we check out of the hotel , as we will stay overnight in Nagarkot today.

      On the way, we stop in Bhaktapur –one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu valley and the best preserved one. Bhaktapur, with its Durbar Square containing: beautiful palaces and temples with intricate woodcarvings, fabulous stone sculptures, and brick paved streets gives the look and feel of an open air museum. The major attractions in Bhaktapur are the Palace of 55 windows, the giant Taleju Bell in front of the palace, the golden gilded gate with beautiful metal works in its semi circular pediment, the royal bath tank inside the palace, 5 storied Naytapola temple that survived the earth quake of 1934, Duttratraya Temple, and Pujarimath complex with the Peacock window-the masterpiece woodcarving in Nepal.

      From Bhaktapur, we take a short drive to Changu Narayan Temple, which is an ancient temple. The last earthquake damaged the temple but with some restoration, it's now open for visitors. From here, we take a 2-3 hour hike through the villages to Nagarkot. If you are not willing to hike, our vehicle will transfer you.
      On a clear weather day, we are followed by superb views of the snow-capped mountains all the way up to Nagarkot. We will check in the hotel and after some refreshment, we take a light stroll in the neighboring areas.

      Overnight Club Himalaya Resort
      Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 04 ~ Travel by vehicle to the traditional Newari town of Bandipur. (04 Dec, 2016)

    • (Altitude 3378 ft. distance 113 miles, 5-6 hrs).

      We get up early morning for sunrise views. Sunrise here is special, as the Himalayan mountain blushes red creating an exhilarating scene. Take a leisurely walk in the environment and after breakfast, we pack and leave for Bandipur.

      About a 4-hour drive from Kathmandu, we will stop in Kurintar for cable car trip to the temple of Goddess Manokamana-known for fulfilling the wishes of her visitors! Every day, thousands of Hindu devotees flock into the temples with offerings that may include goats and chickens.

      We check in our accommodation in Bandipur, which is a small boutique accommodation. Bandipur once was a vibrant town on the Nepal-India trade route but after construction of modern road in the 70s, it lost its attention. Because of its hilltop location, preserved old time cultural atmosphere, mild weather, and great mountain vistas, its drawing attention of travelers. This town is still very less visited by foreign tourists and but it is worth visiting. The little town features compact houses built with traditional bricks and tin or slate roofs. This is an impressive town with beautiful temples and palaces. Stroll the narrow lanes beneath traditional Newari wooden houses or sit in one of the many pati- pauwas (platform) and become part of an authentic Nepali experience.

      Overnight in Old Inn
      Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 05 ~ Travel by vehicle to Pokhara-the capital of nature! (05 Dec, 2016)

    • (Altitude 2919 ft. distance 51 miles, 2-3 hrs)

      On a clear weather day, Bandipur offers magnificent views of the central Himalayas and the Marshyangdi Valley. After breakfast, we begin our explorations; we first visit the Khadga Devi Temple, the most sacred and auspicious temple in Bandipur. Then, we head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honors seven Bandipur men who were killed during the anti-Rana insurrection of 1951. Then, we head down to the shrine of Paarpani Mahadev (Shiva), who receives appeals for rain from Bandipur villagers during dry spells. We return to the bazaar along the main trail.

      After wash up and change, we depart for Pokhara, which is a scenic 2-3 hours drive.

      Overnight Hotel Atithi
      Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 06 ~ Pokhara: Sunrise tour to Sarangkot, boating in Lake Fewa and visit the local attractions. (06 Dec, 2016)

    • Early morning, we take a short drive to Sarangkot (1,592m/5,222 ft.) for sunrise view over the Himalayas. On a clear weather day, Sarangkot offers spectacular views of the western range of the Himalaya and the valleys.

      We return to our hotel for breakfast and soon we proceed for sightseeing.

      We first take a boating trip in Lake Fewa and visit its island temple of Goddess Barahi which is probably the most visited temple in Pokhara. Lake Fewa is the second largest lake of Nepal.

      We retrace our drive to visit Bindhebasini Temple-the most revered of the Hindu Temples in Pokhara. We will also stop at the vibrant Old Bazaar.

      Rest of the day is open. You can take a relaxed stroll in the lakeside vibrant with restaurants, bars, and handicraft stores. For those interested, hotel inspections will be arranged.

      Overnight hotel Atithi.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 07 ~ Travel by vehicle to Chitwan National Park (07 Dec, 2016)

    • (Altitude 492 ft. distance 100 miles, 5 hrs).

      After breakfast, we drive to Chitwan National Park. We follow the course of Marshyangdi River and later Trishuli River down. We arrive at our lodge in Chitwan National Park just in time for lunch.

      We settle into our bungalow accommodation and soon after lunch, we go for an elephant safari, a nature walk, or a jungle drive, depending on your arrival time in the resort. The elephant ride takes you deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife. The Jungle walk is an opportunity to experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the park. If the water level in the river is low, we can take a jeep safari. The area from Kasara to Sukhebar is considered as the best area for the jungle drive, where chances of seeing bison (Gaur), sambar deer, and Royal Bengal Tiger is very high compared to other area of Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger both on the nature walk as well as on elephant safari.

      In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park will be organized by our well-trained senior naturalists. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park.

      Overnight Jungle Villa Resort
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Day 08 ~ Chitwan National Park: Jungle safari activities.(08 Dec, 2016)

    • Early morning you will mount on an elephant’s back and be taken for a jungle safari for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables, where a senior naturalist briefs about the interesting and unbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath.

      After lunch at the resort, you may chose to take rest or take a drive through the jungles in four wheel drive jeep followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. The river ride provides opportunities of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or you may also go for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Chitwan National Park.

      Overnight in Jungle Villa Resort
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Day 09 ~ Flight back to Kathmandu. (09 Dec, 2016)

    • After breakfast, you are transferred to Bharatpur Airport for flight to Kathmandu. The 25-minute scenic flight offers views of the snow capped mountains. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is open for you to pursue your own interests. For those interested, hotel inspections will be arranged.

      Overnight hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10 ~ Depart Kathmandu. (10 Dec, 2016)

    • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for flight back home or to your next destination.

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis in deluxe and top end hotels and resorts.
  • Meals: Breakfast only in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara  and full board in Chitwan National Park.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Jungle safari trips in Chitwan National Park including National park entrance fees.
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • Airfare Bharatpur (Chitwan NP) to Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International return air fare to Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee ($25)
  • Lunch and dinner except as indicated
  • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events. Excess baggage charges
  • Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
  • Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone, internet etc.

Itinerary Note

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control and sometime we change the progaram for the betterment of the itinerary.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport

This is basically motor vehicle based tour suitable for travelers of all ages with regular health condition. The highest altitude that we attain in this trip is 2000m (6,560 ft) at Nagarkot and so we can stay worry free about altitude sickness. Sightseeing involves no significant hiking. A typical sightseeing day would be 6-7 hour long with 1 hour lunch break. There are some long day drives , usually 5-6 hours but we will have opportunity for stops for photography or bathroom breaks. Roads are mostly mountainous and follow rivers. While most roads are paved, some parts may be under paved or damaged due to monsoon rain.

This is mostly motor vehicle based sightseeing with minimum walking. There are soft adventures like elephant safari, canoeing and boating trips. We have also an optional short hike (2-3 hours). For all transfers and sightseeing, we provide good condition vehicles which is a van or minibus, depending on the group size. Driver may speak little or no English.

Accommodations

Accommodation will be on comfortable 4* hotels and best available properties where choices are limited. All rooms are en suite with running hot and cold water, heating,  cabled TV, refrigerator, phone, free WiFi in most places.

Meals

The tour cost includes daily breakfast in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Bandipur and Pokhara. Breakfast will be American, Continental or Indian style. At Chitwan National Park, you will be in full board plan. You should budget $10-12 approximately per meal in a regular tourist class restaurants outside the hotel. Meals at onsite restaurants at hotels can be a few dollars more expensive. The restaurants serve Nepali, Indian, Chinese and western style dishes.

Guide

Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services. Guide and driver are not the same person.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and there should be enough blank pages for entry and exit seals. You can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or you can obtain it from nearest Nepali embassy abroad. Nepal visa costs US$ 25 for 15 days with multiple entry provision. A passport size photo has to be affixed on the application and if you want to apply visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, please pay visa fee in cash US$.

Travel Agent Eligibility

You must be an active and full time travel agent and a member of IATA, IATAN, CLIA, ASTA, OSSN or TRUE. A agent is allowed to bring one companion who could be a friend, family or a client.

International Airfare.

International airfare is not included. Once you book your international airfare, please provide us the itinerary. We can also help you find good fares through our air ticket consolidator on your request. Internal airfare are taken care of by us.

Booking and paymen schedule.

US$ 300  deposit is requested at the of booking. Deposit can be charged on any major credit cards. The balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Balance payment on credit card payment attracts additional 3.5%  fee. Card holder also must be the traveler or the companion. We reserve the right to refuse certain form of the payment. Payment within 90 days prior departure may be subject to late fees and has to be made through wire transfer or cashier’s check. We reserve the right to refuse your participation on the trip.

Cancellation and refund

Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below:
•    180 days prior departure: No penalty.
•    60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
•    45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
•    30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
•    Less than 30 days: 100%

Group Size

The trip is guaranteed with minimum 4 participants. There will be maximum 16 participants on the trip.

Far & High Adventure Travel

We are an active adventure travel company, based in Minneapolis, USA with strong network of ground partners in the destinations we go. We are a BBB accredited business with A+ rating in Minnesota and an active member of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), Society of International Travel Professional (SKAL) and Midwest Travel Suppliers Association (MTSA). Our ground operation offices are licensed by the local authorities. We have set the standard for adventure travel and have a strong reputation for excellence that we do everything we can to maintain. Our managers and guides have more than 15 years of experience in organizing and leading adventure trips in the highlands of Asia. For us travel is not just a business, but a way of life.

Travel Protection Plan

While we hope and do our best that your trip goes smoothly as planned but there are always chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Our tour does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

Dates & Prices

Land and Internal Air

  • US$ 1290 Travel Agent
  • US$ 1390 Companion
  • US$ 450 Private Single Room Supplement

Group Size

The trip is guaranteed with minimum 4 participants and maximum 16

Booking Deadline:

Book by 5 Jun 2016 

International Air

International airfare is not included in the price but we work with one of the largest air ticket consolidator and we can get their negotiated fare for you.


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