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Highlights of Nepal

Kathmandu,Pokhara,Chitwan & Bhaktapur 8 Days Tour

8

Days

CULTURE

Highlights of Nepal Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • Visit some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.
  • Learn more about the history, culture, and civilization of ancient Kathmandu Valley.
  • Enjoy 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.
  • Sunrise and panoramic mountain view from Sarangkot.

Highlights of Nepal provide you the opportunity to see all aspects of this fascinating country in one trip. Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara valley have been the mainstay of this trip. This trip combines cultural, natural, and wildlife experiences in a single framework. It has something for everyone. If your proclivity lies in culture, art, architecture, and religious aspects. The historical Kathmandu valley sparkles with it in every corner. For wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, Chitwan displays wildlife in its natural canvas. It also peeks into ethnic ways of life, far removed from the flamboyance of modernity. While Pokhara brings in the ethos that Nepal is synonymous with - the mighty Himalayas ranges and varied forms of activities and attractions that thrive under the shadow of Mt Annapurna.

This trip offers a slight deviation from our usual framework by adding a deft touch by incorporating local tourist bus rides in-between places. Thus, providing the opportunity to rub shoulder with local people, interacting with them, and in the process offering far more authentic means to have insights into religious, cultural, and social structures. Options are available to travel with a private vehicle is available as well.

This trip begins with a visit to local attractions and sights in Kathmandu valley, followed by a rich wildlife experience in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan National Park. Experience jeep safari and elephant rides in Chitwan that will take you closer to wild lives that form the central theme of this region. The visit to Chitwan will also provide you an insight into tribal life that thrives on the fringes of the forest reserve. Our next port of call is the scenic Pokhara valley with lakes and surrounded by snow-capped peaks. While here, enjoy hiking in a beautiful mountainous landscape and tour the city’s many natural and cultural splendors. Return to Kathmandu and visit the medieval town of Bhaktapur, where you will see its history craftily carved and ornate in its wooden architecture that adorned the city.

Detail Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Set at an elevation of 1350 meters in a bowl-shaped valley, surrounded by verdant hills. Kathmandu is a city that is rich in history and heritage. Depending on your arrival time, you can stroll and visit some of its attractions. As there are no activities planned for today, you can arrive at any time of the day. Our representative can provide some suggestions on tours or walks you can do on your own along the way to your hotel. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Tour Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is like an alluring whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells, and colors. Its traffic and congestions are real and overwhelming. But its charm and history peek out from the most unexpected places rendering most visitors enamored. Heighten your spiritual awareness as you visit the religious sites and feel the pulse of Kathmandu in the colorful local markets.
Our full-day guided tour of Kathmandu valley will take you to Syambhunath temple. Swayambhunath is popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to a large monkey population residing in this area.
Next, we visit the Pashupatinath temple, the holiest site for Hindus in Nepal. Finally, we will visit the ancient city of Patan. Also known as the city of arts, where we will stroll through its Durbar Squares, see the art of making statues and wood carving. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan.
Transfer from your hotel to the bus stand, and board a Deluxe Tourist coach to Chitwan. The drive to Chitwan takes about 5-6hrs/165kms. Traveling in a coach allows you to meet with other tourists and locals who like to travel comfortably. It is also more comfortable than riding on a small private vehicle. Travel south through the southern foothills of the Himalayas to the lowlands of the Terai, where the famous Chitwan National Park Chitwan is situated. You will spend the next two nights in a resort/lodge with all meals included. This afternoon there will be a chance to take an ox cart ride to a local Tharu village, home to the indigenous people of the Terai. After touring the local Tharu village, we then return to the hotel, there will be a slide show presentation regarding the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park, and a cultural show followed by dinner. Enjoy the traditional stick dance performance by the Tharu tribe. Overnight in a resort/lodge.

Day 4: In Chitwan.
Enjoy a full day in Chitwan National park. The park covers an area of 360 square miles at the foot of the Himalayan foothills, home to a wide diversity of rare wildlife species, including Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Asiatic rhinoceros, and Asian elephants. You can participate in various jungle activities, enjoy an elephant Safari or a Jeep safari. Take a short canoe ride on the Rapti River. Take a walk through the jungle before visiting the Elephant Breeding Centre and the Gharial (a native crocodile) Breeding Centre. Return to your lodge for dinner, and the evening is at leisure. Overnight in a resort/lodge.

Day 5: Chitwan to Pokhara.
After breakfast, we will transfer to the bus stop and board a tourist coach to Pokhara. The landscapes change again today as you head North West to Nepal’s second-largest city – Pokhara – which sits in the shadow of the mighty Annapurna Massif. Pokhara acts as the gateway to the various trails around the Annapurna region. Your hotel, located in the popular Lakeside part of the city, right on the shore of the beautiful Phewa Lake – a perfect location to shop, drink and dine.
This afternoon take a guided stroll through the Lakeside area and take an hour-long boat ride on Phewa Lake. We also make a short stop to visit Taal Barahi Temple, at the center of the lake.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 6: Pokhara.
Early morning is the perfect opportunity to view beautiful Himalayan views (weather permitting). Early morning we will take an excursion trip to Sarangkot to watch the changing light catch the peaks of the Annapurna range and the Machhapuchre as the sun rises. Return to your hotel for breakfast before departing on a tour of Pokhara’s main sights. Begin at the World Peace Pagoda, also known as the Shanti Stupa, at the top of Ananda Hill overlooking the city. A modern stupa by Nepalese standards, this place of worship was built, along with many other World Peace Pagodas, in response to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From here, you can enjoy stunning views before trekking back down to the lakeshore. Return by boat and spend a bit of time walking along the lakeside. In the afternoon, we will visit the Bindebasani Temple, Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave, the old Pokhara Bazaar, and the Tibetan Refugee Settlement as per our available time. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu – Bhaktapur.
Early morning, board a tourist coach to Kathmandu, following the course of a few of Nepal’s many rivers. On arrival, transfer to Bhaktapur, just a short distance in the suburbs of Kathmandu but a cultural gem of Nepal. Bhaktapur is the largest of the three ancient Newar Kingdoms found in the Kathmandu Valley. The city is known for its arts, culture, and the traditional lifestyles of its people. You will visit Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square, where you will witness the magnificent 55-window palace, surrounded by several pagodas and shikhara-style temples. Continue to Taumadhi Square, home to the early 18th Century, five-storied Nyatapola Temple, the largest of its kind in the country. Bhaktapur is like stepping back in time with its heritage buildings, cobblestones, shrines, and car-free streets. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 8: Departure.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport in time for your flight. There are no activities planned on the last day. After breakfast, you may depart the hotel at any time. Check-out from the hotel is at noon. If you plan to depart later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

  • Group SizeMaximum 10 pax

  • MealsBreakfast & Dinner

  • Trip Accommodation4 star

  • RouteKathmandu-Chitwan-Pokhara-Bhaktapur

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsThrough out the year

  • Best MonthsJanuary, March, October, November, December

  • Good MonthsFebruary, April, May, September

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Prices & Dates

Join this tour that starts daily. It is priced based on the number of participants.  And the tour is guaranteed even with a single traveler.

  • 5-7 members: $680 Per Person
  • 3-5 members: $765 Per Person
  • 2  members: $820 Per Person
  • Single traveler $1100 (including single room supplement)

The tour uses the local tourist coaches to travel between Kathmandu-Chitwan-Pokhara-Kathmandu but all other transfers and sightseeing are done using a private vehicle. An option is available to use a private vehicle to travel between Kathmandu-Chitwan-Pokhara-Kathmandu at an extra cost.

 

Included

  • All airport and local transfers by private vehicle.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Chitwan-Chitwan-Pokhara-Pokhara-Kathmandu by local public deluxe tourist coach.
  • Accommodation in 4* category hotels and resorts.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, while all meals included in Chitwan.
  • One welcome dinner with cultural performance in Kathmandu
  • English speaking local tour guide as per itinerary.
  • All entry fees, National park fees, government taxes, and service charges.

 

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips, laundry, telephone, camera fee, etc.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, and political situation.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Accommodations

The hotel used are 4-star types.
Kathmandu: Hotel Shambhala
Pokhara: Temple Tree
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Bhaktapur: Thagu Chhen or Heritage Hotel


Hotels in Kathmandu

Hotels in Chitwan

Hotels in Pokhara

Hotels in Bhaktapur

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Mahendra Raj Bhusal

    Mahendra Raj Bhusal

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola