Kathmandu is a Himalayan valley kingdom, cradled within the foothills of mighty peaks.
Durbar Square and Thamel Visit By Rickshaw Explore Durbar Square, a durbar (court) of royalty, history and arts! Explore the house of the living goddess, or learn about the home of a red monkey god at Kal Bhairam Temple, decorated with its hundreds of erotic wood carvings. Kathmandu’s charm is best seen with an evening rickshaw ride that features silhouetted temples as the sun goes down. Embrace the colorful buzzing bazaars and market squares of Thamel that you can further explore by foot and venture into the lively nightlife.
Discover The Heritage Haunts Of Kathmandu Discover the deeply spiritual heart of Nepal on this day tour of the key Hindu and Buddhist temples in Kathmandu. Begin your tour at Pashupatinath, an immensely revered pilgrimage site built in the design of a Buddhist pagoda. At the Swayambhunath Temple, its your turn to spin the sacred prayer wheels that encircle its huge circular base, each embossed with Buddhist mantras. Admire the traditional Buddhist artwork placed within the shrine (chaitya) and afterwards, attend a prayer session by Buddhist monks. Afterwards, travel to the ancient Boudhanath Stupa, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Admire its graceful architectural lines and watch Tibetan pilgrims circle the Stupa as part of their prayer rituals. You can light a traditional butter lamp and offer your prayers, if you wish. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning & Afternoon; Fitness Level: Easy; Please be suitably attired for visiting temples. Footwear and leather items are not usually allowed inside the Pashupatinath Temple. Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Visit To NGO SADLE (Nepra) In Kathmandu Pay a visit to the NGO and discover the hard work and dedication being put into rehabilitation and upliftment of leprosy patients, polio victims and underprivileged communities. Originally set up by a German national, new SADLE (Skill And Development Learning Experience) is a registered non-profit organization run by a Nepalese local in Kathmandu. The organization focuses on teaching various handicraft skills and provides employment opportunities to the less privileged. Witness how the elderly are provided with food and shelter at the NGO and visit the Lovely Angel School which caters to almost 600 pupils! You can participate in this initiative by learning to make some handicrafts yourself. There is also a souvenir shop on the premises which sells these handmade goods. (Full day; Private Activity & Transfer; Meal Included: yes; Fitness level: Easy)
Pokhara has it all – a picturesque valley nestled amid majestic mountains, glorious adventure trails and delicious cuisine! Originally envisioned as a center of commerce, the city’s roots can be traced back to the 17th century, when it featured on the trade route between India and China.
Highlights Of Pokhara Jaunt into tranquility during your full day tour of Pokhara. Explore the incredible Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist temple that was built in 1947 as a symbol of world peace, located atop Anadu Hill. Discover one of the city’s oldest temples, Bindhyabasini Mandi, which is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati. At the International Mountain Museum you can delve into the history of mountaineering and the Himalayan peaks. Head to Purano Bazaar in the old quarters, where the ancient architecture of Newari traders is on display through narrow streets lined with shops. A one hour drive to the village of Naudanda (nine hills) boasts excellent views, as does a scenic boat ride on Pehwa Lake.
Break Your Fast At Himalayan Front Savor a hearty breakfast at the Himalayan Front Hotel, an aptly named modern hotel overlooking the remarkable Pokhara valley. At the break of dawn, laze at the poolside Summit restaurant that graces the ground floor terrace. Enjoy your delicious meal with unobstructed, breathtaking views of the lower Himalayan ranges, especially the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). You can dine al fresco, or be seated indoors while enjoying the view through huge glass windows. Choose from the refreshing a la carte menu or a delectable buffet spread serving Chinese, Continental, Indian and Nepali cuisines. You can also sample local flavors and delicacies from the region, cooked with ingredients sourced from the organic garden on site. Later, soak in more panoramic vistas with a drink in hand at the rooftop Earth Watch Lounge. Witness a mellow golden hue of the sun light up the landscape, as the sky fills with soaring eagles. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning, 0530 to 0900 hrs; Duration: 3 hrs; Fixed time: Yes; Best Time to Travel: September – December, April – May; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)
Newari Cooking Demonstration In Budhgaon Treat yourself to a special food experience at Bhadgaon, in Nepal. Sit down in a traditional Nepali home decked with Paubha paintings, artifacts, and spiritual paraphernalia. Your friendly local hosts are happy to introduce you to the distinct local culture. Learn about Nepali fare and the subtle differences between regional cuisines. Discover the authentic Nepali way of cooking and how fresh organic produce and wood fire stoves are used. Enjoy a selection of Newari (Nepali) dishes for lunch, including Dal Bhat – rice and lentils, ‘Sel Roti’ – sweet doughnuts and Juju Dhau – the famous native yogurt. Admire the old town from your the terraces or patio, while you sip on homemade beverages. Chat with locals about the region’s fascinating history, its art and crafts that showcase an amalgam of Buddhist and Hindu influences. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning, 0800 to 1200 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy).
Chitwan: A wholly different experience! Chitwan is home to one of Asia’s finest National parks and one of the most traditional and conservative indigenous people of Nepal – the Chepangs.
Safaris In Chitwan Explore this World Heritage reserve on an adventurous jeep safari. You have the option of taking an elephant ride for spotting wildlife as well; and if you’re particularly adventurous, a canoe ride along the Rapti River may be just the thing for you. Accompanied by your forest guide, enjoy your safari through dense jungles, tall elephant grass and marshland—the perfect territory for the park’s resident population of Big Cats. Chitwan’s very own Big Five include the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal tiger, the leopard, the Asian elephant, and the Himalayan sloth bear. The park is home to a huge and varied population of birds and gharials (or crocodiles) too. If you’re lucky, your naturalist guide could also arrange for a safe nature walk through the park.
Kathmandu is a Himalayan valley kingdom, cradled within the foothills of mighty peaks.
Patan and Bhaktapur Visit Nepal’s capital Kathmandu combines with Patan, the city of fine arts, and Bhaktapur, the city of devotees, to form the historic, artistic and cultural Kathmandu Valley. Explore Patan’s Hindu temples and Buddhist architecture! Considered Nepal’s cultural gem with its well-preserved pagodas, palaces and temples, regal Bhaktapur is surrounded by the mighty mountains of the Himalayas and boasts amazing views. It was also a stopping point for the ancient trade route between India and Tibet.
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 9 nights.
All activities as listed :
Kathmandu: Durbar Square & Thamel Visit by Rickshaw
Kathmandu: Discover the Heritage Haunts of Kathmandu
Kathmandu: Visit to NGO SADLE (Nepra) in Kathmandu
Pharping: Highlights of Pokhara
Pharping: Full Day Trek to World Peace Pagoda
Pokhara: Highlights of Pokhara
Pokhara: Break your Fast at Himalayan Front
Pokhara: Newari Cooking Demonstration in Budhgaon
Chitwan: Safaris in Chitwan
Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Visit
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.
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