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Highlights of Nepal Himalaya


10 days 9 nights

Code NP-HN9

Category Nepal Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-10 Person
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 7,200 ft at Nagarkot
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Kathmandu Nagarkot Chitwan Bandipur Pokhara Sarangkot
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Overview

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Trip highlights

  • Visit the ancient and medieval temples and palaces and stupas of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and panoramic views of the valleys from Nagarkot.
  • Walking tour through the villages, terraced farmlands and pine forests.
  • Embark on jungle safari rides in one of Asia's most famous game park - Chitwan National Park.
  • Take 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.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Altitude 1310 m/4, 297 ft.

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

After wash and change, set out with our guide to explore the wonders of Kathmandu - which was formerly known as Kantipur, meaningthe city of beauty. Begin from 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.

We descend and drive in to the heart of the city to visit the Durbar Square with former Royal Palace and an array of temples rich in wood carving, metal works and stone sculptures. While the interior of the palace that houses some museums is not so appealing, but the exterior and the environs are amazingly beautiful. We visit Kumari House, the residence of Kumari - the Living Goddess of Nepal who is the manifestation of Goddess Taleju - the patron of the rulers of Nepal! On request, the goddess gives a quick audience from her window. Kumari is replaced once she reaches puberty.

Some important parts of Durbar Square were destroyed in a recent earthquake one of which was this interesting and legendary Kasthamandap Temple believed to have been built from a single tree trunk and used to be a heart of the square. Unfortunately, this antique temple was totally collapsed. Yet there are many other things to see like Jagannath temple, Shiva Parvati temple etc.

We take tricycle rickshaw ride through the traditional bazaars of Indrachowk and Assan and end up in touristy Thamel where most budget lodging, restaurants, handicraft stores and bargain places are located. Tonight, you are joined by our local staff for a Nepali welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant where you can also enjoy Nepali folklore dancing shows.

Yak N Yeti or Soaltee Crowne Plaza, 5*.

Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Kathmandu

This morning, you can go for an hour-long Everest view flight. Everyone gets window seat from where you will enjoy eye level view of Mount Everest and other majestic peaks of the Himalaya. Currently, one hour long flight costs US$ 175 plus you need to pay the roundtrip airport transfer which costs $20.

After the flight, you will return to the hotel for breakfast and after that, we set out to explore the palaces, temples and monasteries of Kathmandu valley. We begin from Pashupatinath Temple - one of the holiest Hindu temples in 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, yet we can have close up view of the temple from 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.

The next stop would be the giant Boudhanath Stupa - Asia’s one of the largest Buddhist shrines. This is the reconstructed version of Boudhanath - maintaining all the same features - after it was damaged in a recent earthquake. There are also a number of Buddhist monasteries around and the area is dominantly Tibetan in character and reminds very much of Barkhor area of Lhasa.

After lunch break in Boudhanath, we head to Patan City - famed as the City of Arts and craft where we visit its Dubar Square with former palaces and medieval temples with intricate carvings. We browse through the narrow streets with handicraft stores, jewelers, crafters, thangka painters, lined up in both side and visit some of the olden temples and monasteries of Patan. We take chance to take a peek inside the workshops of wood carvers and metal crafters.

From here, we take short drive in the outskirts to visit the traditional village of Kirtipur where majority of the population are farmers. The village, despite being in close proximity with the capital, remains decades behind in time. We walk through the stone paved streets and visit Baghbhairab and Uma Maheshwara Temple. We will also sneak a peek into a private house and have some insight into their life. Kirtipur also provides a panoramic view of the valley and snow-capped mountains. We return to the hotel late afternoon.

Yak N Yeti or Soaltee Crowne Plaza, 5*.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Nagarkot

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

Following breakfast, we check out hotel as we overnight in Nagarkot today. About half the way to Nagarkot, we stop in Bhaktapur - one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu valley and the best preserved one. Bhaktapur, with its Durbar Square with beautiful palaces and temples with intricate wood carving and fabulous stone sculptures and brick paved streets looks like 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 quite a few major earthquakes, Duttratraya Temple, and Pujarimath complex with Peacock window - the masterpiece woodcarving in Nepal.

We walk through the narrow alleys with private houses on both sides and visit potter’s square where we learn the traditional methods of pottery making. We will also take a chance to stop by a wood carvers’ workshop near Duttratraya. After spending a good amount of time in Bhaktapur, we leave for Nagarkot, Now, the road zigzags and climbs through the terraced farmlands, juniper and pine trees and beautiful villages to the ridge top of Nagarkot. On a clear weather day, we are greeted by superb views of the snow-capped mountains. We check in hotel and after some refreshment, we take light stroll in the neighbouring areas.

Overnight at the Fort Resort or the Club Himalaya.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04 Chitwan National Park

(Altitude 492 ft. distance 120 miles, 6 hrs).

We get up early morning for sunrise views. The blushing mountains with the first kiss of morning sun and the panoramic views of the valleys create an exhilarating scene. Take leisurely walk in the environs and after breakfast, we pack and leave for Chitwan National Park - Asia's one of the most famous game park known for the preservation of Great One Horned Rhinoceros.
About 4 hours'  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 animal sacrifice of goats and chickens.
Upon arrival at Chitwan National Park, we settle into our bungalow accommodation and soon after lunch, we go for elephant safari or a nature walk or for jungle drive depending on your arrival time in the resort. Elephant ride takes you deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife. 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 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 as compared to other area of Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger both during nature walk and 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 opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park.

Tigerland Resort
Chitwan National Park

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Chitwan National Park

Early morning you will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle safari for about 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 brief 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 choose 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 an opportunity 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. Those on canoe ride are taken back to the resort by drivng on a four wheel jeep from the end-point.

Tigerland Resort
Chitwan National Park

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Bandipur

(Altitude 1100m/3608 ft., distance 55 miles, 3 hrs)

If you are a morning riser, we recommend a guided bird watching trip before breakfast. Chitwan National Park is paradise for bird watchers. More than 600 different specifies of residential and migratory birds are found in Chitwan National Park. If you missed the safari on day 01 at Chitwan due to late arrival, you can go for elephant safari this morning.

After breakfast, you bid farewell to the staff and head to Bandipur. It's a little more than 3 hours scenic drive. The road follows the rivers, goes through the terraced farmland and villages and ultimately brings us to the medieval looking Bandipur village. 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. But because of its hilltop location, preserved, old time cultural atmosphere and mild weather and great mountain vistas, its drawing attention of the travelers. This town is still very less visited by foreign tourists and worth visiting.

We check in our boutique heritage style accommodation and after wash and change, we set out to explore the wonders of the area. On a clear weather day, Bandipur affords magnificent views of the central Himalayas and the Marshyangdi Valley. We begin with a visit to the Khadga Devi Temple, the most sacred and auspicious temple in Bandipur. Then we head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honours 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 Bandipure villagers during dry spells. We return to the bazaar along the main trail, and visit the two other important temples of Bandipur: Bindebashini and Mahalaxmi. The rich wooden carving and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu valley.

If you want a bit more active walking, then we recommend visit to the Silk Farm, which is less than half an hour’s walk towards the west. The staff there will give you an interesting tour-and-talk on the history and method of silk-harvesting in the Nepali hills. A quick descent to the bazaar will bring you to a unique and typical Newari town. The compact houses are built with bricks having 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 07~Pokhara

(Altitude 2919 ft., distance 40 miles, 2 hrs)

Following breakfast, we leave for Pokhara valley, situated in the lap of mighty Annapurnas and Fishtail. Pokhara with lakes, gorges, waterfalls, mysterious cave temples to gorgeous mountain views truly make the natural capital of Nepal!
We check our resort in the lakeside and set out to explore the wonders of the areas. We begin from Davis Fall where water cascades down from the lake and disappears into the earth! Opposite to the fall lies the mysterious cave of Gupteshwara Mahadeva. You may also want to visit the Tibetan Village and its monastery. In the evening take a relaxed stroll in the lakeside.

Fishtail Lodge.
Lakeside, Pokhara.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Pokhara

Early morning, we will drive to Sarangkot (1,592m/5,222 ft.) for sunrise view and Himalayan panorama. On a clear weather day, Sarangkot affords spectacular views of the western range of the Himalaya and the valleys. On the way back, we stop at Bindhebasini Temple - the most revered of the Hindu Temples in Pokhara. We will also stop at the vibrant Old Bazaar.

If you are keen on hiking, you can hike to the Peace Stupa at the ridge top towering over the Fewa Lake. Take boating trip in the Lake Fewa and visit the island temple of Goddess Barahi - probably the most visited of all temples in Pokhara. Depending on your interest, you can also visit the Mountaineering and National History Museums.

Fishtail Lodge.
Lakeside, Pokhara.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Kathmandu

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for a flight back to Kathmandu. Its 25 minutes scenic flight offering views of 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.

Yak N Yeti or Soaltee Crowne Plaza, 5*.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will transferred to the airport in time.

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing in deluxe and top end hotels and resorts
  • Meals: Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara with breakfast and Chitwan in full board
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private car
  • English speaking guides for sightseeing
  • Jungle safari trips in Chitwan Naitonal Park including National park entrance fee
  • Sightseeing admission fees

Trip Does Not Include

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara
  • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare to and out of Kathmandu
  • Domestic airfares (price separately given) and airport taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fee (US$ 25 for 15 days)

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 7,200 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. When we are traveling from one city to another, we will be on road for less than 6 hours and cover the distance of 200km ( 125 miles) or less. Roads are often cut into hills and follow rivers and some parts may be under paved or damaged. There can be landslides erosion blocking the roads temporarily when it rains heavily. Please, do not compare the South Asian roads with the ones in developed countries There are also flight options between Kathmandu and Chitwan (25 minutes) and also between Pokhara and Kathmandu (35 minutes). Let us know, if you want to take flight option instead of road travel.

We provide good condition vehicles which are mid size sedan car or SUVs or vans, depending on the group size. Drivers may speak little or no English. Chances of getting flat tires and mechanical breakdowns cannot be declined due to weather and road conditions but our drivers are capable of taking the situation under control. We just need your cooperation and flexibility, when something unexpected happens during the tour.

Accommodations.

Our preferred properties are first class (4* hotels) or similar. All accommodations are decent properties with private bath room with 24 hours running hot and cold water. Rooms are well furnished and you will have TV, refrigerator, phone etc in your room except in Chitwan National Park where we will have simple bed room with attached bathroom.

Meals.

The tour cost includes daily breakfast in Kathmandu, Nagarkot 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 approximately per meal in the cities. The restaurants serve Nepali, Indian, Chinese and western style dishes.

Guides

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.

International and internal airfares

You will book your international airfare on your own and provide us your flight information. We can also help you find good fares through our air ticket consolidator on your request. We will take care of internal airfares-flight from Bangkok into Paro or on the return from Kathmandu back to Bangkok. If your trip starts from Delhi or Kathmandu, we can book your internal airfare accordingly. All internal airfares are booked locally. Local airport taxes may or may not included in the fare.

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$.

Best time for this trip

This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but definitely October and November are the best months when temperatures are mild, skies are clear and we have clear visibility. The second best season is from March through early May. Temperatures are still mild and we have rhododendrons and other wild flowers in bloom during this season.

Accomodation

Kathmandu: Holy Himalaya

Nagarkot: Country Villa

Chitwan: River View Jungle Camp

Bandipur: The Old Inn

Pokhara: Lakeside Retreat

Kathmandu: Hotel Shambhala

Nagarkot: Country Villa

Chitwan: Green Park or Jungle Villa

Bandipur: The Old Inn

Pokhara: Atithi Resort

Kathmandu: Soaltee Crowne Plaza or Yak and Yeti

Nagarkot: Club Himalaya

Chitwan: Barahi Hotel

Bandipur: The Old Inn

Pokhara: Fishtail Lodge

Hotels subject to availability.

Add Ons

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas which is an wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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