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Average rating Score
100%

Boudhanath
based on 2 review(s)

8 days 7 nights

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Category Fam Tours

  • Group Size 2-16
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 4297 ft.
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Destination Kathmandu Bhaktapur Chitwan Pokhara Patan
Dates & Prices

Overview

5-22 June 2020 & 1-7 December 2020

Travel agents arrive in Kathmandu on their own. We will provide airport transfer to the hotel. You will spend the first two days in Kathmandu valley visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites that include Durbar Squares and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Now, the tour takes you to Chitwan National Park-Asia's one of the most famous game park. In Chitwan, you will enjoy exciting jungle safari excursions such as elephant safari, bird watching, canoe trip, etc. Chitwan National Park, 100 miles southwest of Kathmandu is recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage site and is renowned for the preservation of One Horned Rhinoceros which was once almost extinct.

From Chitwan, we take a scenic drive to Pokhara -the second most visited destination in Nepal. Nestled in the lap of Annapurna mountains, Pokhara has fresh air, clear skies and calm nature! Pokhara is the gateway to the many Annapurna trekking trails and offers excellent mountain views except during the monsoon season. In Pokhara, we visit gorge, take boating trip in Lake Fewa, visit the sacred temples and can even take a short hike.

From Pokhara, we take a long day drive back to Kathmandu, or you can fly back to Kathmandu on additional cost (fare $ 125, not included in the trip)

Trip Cost

US$ 999  Travel Agent.
$1099 Companion
US$ 250 private room supplement (Mandatory if we couldn't match you with anyone)

Optional internal airfare (Pokhara-Kathmandu): US$ 125

Trip Date


  • 15-22 June 2020
  • 1-7 December 2020

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu on your own. You can obtain a Nepal visa upon arrival. Bring one passport picture and US$ 25 cash to pay in visa fee. After clearing immigration and custom, meet your guide and driver at the arrival gate. After introductions, your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in the city (35 minutes).  

Join the group over dinner. The restaurant also entertains the guests by Nepali folklore dancing.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Kathmandu

After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby and proceed for sightseeing.

Our first stop will be at Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Buddhist monument of Nepal. This stupa is also the holiest Buddhist temple outside Tibet. There are several live monasteries associated with different Buddhist schools. The area is primarily dominantly Tibetan due to the presence of Tibetan refugees and reminds of small Barkhor Square of Lhasa.

Next, we proceed to Bhaktapur, about 10 miles northeast of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is the smallest of the three medieval principalities but the best-preserved one. With stone-paved streets, medieval-looking houses and temples, the city look like an open-air museum. We visit the durbar square with the former palace complex. Other attractions of Bhaktapur includes the 5-storied Nyatapola Temple that survived two significant earthquakes, Duttratray square with Duttratray Temple and Pujarimath Complex. Stroll through the narrow cobbled lanes between the private dwellings and also visit the potter's square. We stop by the workshops of local carvers and painters and appreciate their skills of generations old arts.

Our final stop of the day will be at Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu temple of Nepal. The temple lies by the sacred Bagmati River - one of the tributaries of the Ganges. The main temple sanctum is for the Hindu worships and non-Hindus are not allowed inside, but we can watch the temple and rituals here from the other side of the river. The river also has some pyres for Hindu cremation services. If we wait till late, we can watch the Hindu arati ceremony with oil lamps that wraps up the rituals of the day.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Chitwan National Park

We have an early start today to avoid traffic. Today, we drive to Chitwan National Park( 100 miles, 6 hours). On the way, we stop for a cable car trip to the temple of Goddess Manakamana. Thousands of locals visit the temple with offerings and make wishes!

We should arrive at our jungle resort around mid-noon. After lunch, we embark on a game drive to the forest. Jeep safari is operated during the dry season only and may cancel due to insufficient participants. In that case, alternative elephant back safari or jungle trek will be the alternative activity. Most commonly spotted animals are one-horned rhinos, deer, wild boar, and monkeys. The rhinos were once almost extinct in the early 70s!  We will always be on the lookout for less frequently seen animals such as bears, leopards, and Bengal tigers. Although the tiger population is believed to be about 100 in the park, it's a territorial animal, and due to thick vegetation, chances of seeing one is sporadic!

In the evening, attend an informative slide show on Chitwan’s flora and fauna, history of the park and the conservation efforts, conducted by the in-house naturalist who is usually a local with the wealth of knowledge on Chitwan National Park

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Chitwan National Park

After breakfast at your hotel, your nature guide will take you on a boating trip down the Rapti River. We will catch sights of sunbathing crocodiles and aquatic birds such as kingfisher, storks, egrets, etc.

After lunch, we will go on elephant back safari in the park.

In the evening, enjoy the cultural program that features folklore singing and dancing by Tharu troupe. Tharus are the original inhabitants of Chitwan and are believed to have immune against Malaria! 

The activities order may change depending on the park regulations and availability of the safaris.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Pokhara

If you have interests in birds, you can go for an hour-long birding tour before breakfast. After breakfast, we leave for Pokhara ( 90 miles, 5 hours).

You will have time to settle into your room before you go for the exploration of local attractions.

Visit the International Mountain Museum. The museum has an impressive collection of old high-altitude mountaineering equipment and its evolution over the decades, document and chronicle the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world in general and to preserve the saga of the momentous feats in the history of mountaineering in the Himalayan peaks in particular.

Now, visit the Bindhyabasini Temple - the center of religious activities in the old bazaar. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagawati - a manifestation of Shakti.

Overnight: Atithi Resort and Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Pokhara

This morning, we will go for the sunrise tour of Sarangkot. Situated at an altitude of 1592m (5,221 ft,), Sarangkot offers spectacular sunrise and Himalayan panorama view on a bright weather morning, and it's only 30 minutes' drive away from the lakeside.

Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel usually one hour before sunrise time. A short hike from the parking brings you to the top of the ridge from where you will witness the magnificent sunrise and enchanting views of the Himalayan peaks and ranges of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Retrace your drive back to the hotel for breakfast, and then your guide and driver will take you for sightseeing.

First, visit Lake Fewa and enjoy boating. Lake Fewa is the second largest lake of Nepal, Rara Lake in far-west Nepal being the largest one. We visit the island temple of Goddess Barahi - a beautiful two-storied temple.

Optional: Hike the Peace Stupa
We cross the lake by boat, and then we begin our hike. It takes about 2-3 hours from the lake shore to get to the top of the ridge where lies the giant World Peace Stupa, looming over the lake. On a clear weather day, we will again enjoy breath-taking views of the mountain and the valley. If you are not interested in hiking, we can go by car.

Depending on available time and your interest, we can visit other attractions of Pokhara.

Overnight: Atithi Resort and Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Kathmandu

A leisurely morning breakfast, we will leave for Kathmandu. It's going to be a long day drive ( six or seven hours on reasonable road condition.

If you wish, you can take a flight back to Kathmandu for an additional $135 ( airport transfers inclusive). 

You have free time in Kathmandu for your interests.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for flight back o your next destination.

 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Seven breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners
  • English speaking local tour guides
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Sightseeing admission tickets.
  • Cable car ticket to Manakamana Temple

Trip Does Not Include

  • Seven lunches and six dinners (Budget $10-12 for each meal)
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Nepal visa ($25)
  • Optional airfare
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel insurance

Passport & Visa

Make sure, remaining validity of your passport is minimum six months when you return from the trip and that you have minimum one blank visa page for Nepal visa sticker. If you are traveling to other countries before or after Nepal, make sure you have enough blank visa pages.

You can obtain a Nepal visa from any Nepali embassy or consulates abroad or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. If you plan to obtain Nepal visa upon arrival, please, bring one passport picture and US$ 25 cash to pay in visa fee. They do not accept other forms of payments.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport.

This trip is a motor vehicle-based tour suitable for anyone with a reasonable health condition. The journey does not have any extreme hiking or any other extreme adventure. We also do not have any risk of altitude on this trip. Sightseeing involves some short walking or climbing stairways. Jungle safari excursions include a game drive, elephant safari, canoe trip, etc. based on availability.

There is some long day drive through, such as Kathmandu to Chitwan six hours, Chitwan to Pokhara five hours and Pokhara to Kathmandu about seven hours. You have the option to take flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu on additional cost $125 that includes the airport transfers in Pokhara as well as in Kathmandu.   

Accommodations.

Trip accommodations are in excellent hotels-mid sized four-star hotels by local standard.

Meals.

The trip features daily breakfast at your hotel. Chitwan National Park is in full board plan and rest of the places; you have breakfast only. All the hotels do have onsite restaurants and a few in the walking distance as well. Ask your guide for a recommendation. Please, budget US$10-15 for a meal. 

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 delivering the best services. Guide and driver is not the same person.

Booking

We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 with a completed booking form and passport scan. You can put the deposit on your credit card or send a check. Balance payment is due 90 days before the arrival date. Balance payment on credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee. 

Travel Agent eligibility

Travel agents must be an IATA or CLIA or ASTA member or a TRUE code holder and must be active in business selling land and sea tours.

You are allowed to bring one companion to share a room with you.

Cancellation and refund

If you have to cancel the trip, we need your cancellation request in writing, by email or fax. The cancellation fee will be as following:

  • One hundred eighty days before prior departure: No cancellation fee.
  • Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days:100%

Accomodation

Trip accommodations are in superior hotels, locally owned and managed four star properties by local standard. You will have en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water and other amenities include heating and cooling features and cabled or wireless internet.

In Chitwan National, accommodations are in safari-style bungalow with private en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water.

Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Atithi Resort Pokhara
Atithi Resort and Spa Pokhara
4-Points By Sheraton, Lhasa
Jungle Villa Resort Chitwan

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 - a 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.

Review

Average Rating Score 5star based on 2 review(s)


  • "Wow"
    5star

    Great guide, lodging and food. Especially loved chitwan


  • "Nepal - wonderful trip"
    5star

    Just got back from a wonderful trip to Nepal. The accommodations in boutique hotels were perfect. The Maya Manor Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu had the best cinnamon pancakes I've ever tasted. The staff, guides (Vishnu), driver (Ram) and tours were perfect and met all of my expectations. Flight to Mt Everest, jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, Peace Pagoda and Gurkha Museum in Pokhara were the highlights of our trip. The people are warm and friendly and safe place to travel. On our own we visited the Monkey temple and Patan Durbay Square - also, not to be missed. I highly recommend Far & High for my clients.


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