Insight Nepal Tour - 14 days

Insight Nepal Tour - 14 days

NEPAL is amazing place and Nepalese are amazing people! Though the country is small yet the varieties it offers to visitors are many. Its history, geography and the people made this country simply amazing. And Kathmandu is the perfect place to start your holiday. Upon arrival in Kathmandu take a rest before starting sightseeing tours of the city to see rich cultural heritage of Nepal that includes life style, art and architecture that dates back to centuries.

Next you travel to a hill station located about 35 km. from Kathmandu about 10 km from Bhaktapur. It is situated on northeastern rim of Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is best known for sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayan range. On a clear day you may see peak of Mt. Everest. A day excursion including tour of Bhaktapur and Changunarayan is ideal. Overnight stay at one of the hotel, lodge and resort with modern facilities is a good way to escape from the city.

Pokhara is a small city situated by a lake. The lakes and the activities around it give entirely different flip on the level of your enjoyment. Enjoy the peaceful environment of the lake in the boat in Phewa Lake where you could see the shadow of Fish Tail peak. Fish Tail known in Nepali as Machhapuchere is a beautiful peak as impressive as the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland.

Your other travel destinations are Tansen, Lumbinin and Chitwan national park. While you are in Lumbini visit the site marked by a stone pillar (Ashoka Pillar) erected by the Indian Emperpr Ashoka at about 245B.C. The most important discovery in this place is a stone marked to suggest the exact birthplace of Buddha. Mayadevi Temple - This temple dedicated to the mother of Lord Buddha, Maya Devi, was excavated a few years ago. Many sculptures and carving in which the figures and designs are only slightly projecting from their background are seen here. Lumbini has many new monasteries and stupas built by Buddhist communities from around the world. Besides the Nepal Buddha Temple and the Dharmaswami Buddhist monastery, many other countries like Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, France, Germany and Burma etc have built their own temples and monasteries.

In Chitwan two day watching wild lives on elephant back and jungle walk. You ride in a dug out canoe in Rapti River to see rare species of crocodile and local and migratory birds. Afternoon jeep ride deep inside the jungle provides more opportunities to observe wild lives. In the evening you are treated with local Tharu cultural dance and songs.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. Free day for leisure.

Day 02: Kathmandu

After breakfast start sightseeing tour of Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan city.The stupa of Boudhanathlies 8kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal stupa is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Buddhism in the world. It was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Pashupatinath is situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu and it is the temple of lord Shiva-Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors which is famous for its superb architecture. Patan Durbar Square, most prominent place to see is Krishna Mandir which was built in the seventeenth century. This temple holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikara style architecture in Nepal. It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is completely made of stone. Golden Temple and Durbar Square are some important places to see in Patan.

Day 03: Kathmandu

Kahmandu Durbar Square is the historic seat of Shah Dynasty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to seek here are; Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D., Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Drum and the Jagannath Temple. Swoyambhunath Stupa, atop the hillock is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal enlisted in the World Heritage Site. 

This city is still on the fringe of medieval age. Known as Bhadgaon, it is famous for making mask. Their mask dance is very impressive. Square around the palace (Durbar Square) has many temples built in pagoda style. Famous are a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1708 AD and Dattatrya temple built in 1427 AD. The intricately carved peacock window and numerous fountain inside the palace are other attraction. You can extend the tour to Changunarayan (temple) located on a hill top. Changu Narayan is the temple of Vishnu, the Preserver, in the village of Changu in Bhaktapur. The origins of Changu Narayan goes back to the fourth century. A fifth century stone inscription in the temple proclaims it as one of the oldest shrines of the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is believed to be sixteen hundred years old. It is embellished by the best examples of stone, wood, and metal craft.

Day 04: Kathmandu

Drive about 45 minute to the summit of Pharping and descend to Dakshinkali. On this day you get to see panoramic view of the Himalaya as you travel gradually to the summit of the hill at Pharping. Enroute to Dakshinkali you visit Chobar and Pharping. It was believed that Kathmandu was a lake and the Godess Manjushree cut the valley at Chovar to drain the water.  At Dakshinkali animals are sacrificed on every Saturday at the Kali temple.

Drive back to Chovar and gradually climb to Kirtipur. it is one of the oldest city in the valley that has not changed since the time it was used as spring board to capture Kathmandu by the founder of Nepal. It is located on a hilltop overlooking Tribhuvan University. There are ancient shrines, temples, old style houses, villagers dressed in their typical costume, and people weaving yarns in hand looms. Budhanilkantha: The stone image is said to be one of three statues sculpted during the Lichhavi period and called Budhanilkantha named after the huge image of Lord Vishnu. The five meter long statue called Bhuijassi by the local Newaris of the Liccchivi – age settlement at the base of Shivapuri hills is also known as Budhanilkanta. The village, now also known as Budhanilkantha, used to be called Thaturi Drung’ during ancient times.

Day 05: Kathmandu – Nagarkot

It is a hill station located about 35 km. from Kathmandu.  It is situated on northeastern rim of Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is best known for sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayan range. On a clear day you may see peak of Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at one of the hotel, lodge and resort with modern facilities is a good way to escape from the city. You can enjoy the mountain with cool and fresh air. There are several places nearby for short hike.

Day 06: Nagarkot – Pokhara (235 kms – 5/6 hours scenic drive)

We drive through mountain passes and waterfalls to Pokhara, situated on the idyllic Phewa lake. From Pokhara offers spectacular views of the snowy mountains of the Annapurna massif. Especially in the morning Phewa lake exudes a mystical beauty of the mist as the water cover and the first rays illuminate the mountain tops.

Day 07: In Pokhara

Sightseeing includes visit of fewa lake and Davi's fall. Lake in the immediate vicinity of the city is Phewa Tal with an Island temple dedicated to Goddess Barahi in the middle. With its serene water reflecting the Annapurna range and a nicely preserved forest on the adjoining southern slope, this legendry second largest lake of the Kingdom remains a major source of attraction for the visiting tourists. It can be explored in canoes locally known as doongas which are available on rent at several points on the lake. This lake can also be enjoyed by swiming and fishing. Fishing rods can be taken on rent from the lake side shops. Visit to the Davi's Fall locally known as Patale Chhango in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley left of the Siddartha Highway is amazing. At this point the stream overflowing Phewa lake suddenly collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several patholes before taking a final plunge.

Day 08: Pokhara - Tansen – Lumbini (210 kma – 5 hours scenic drive)

We continue our route to the mountain village of Tansen, the former capital of the Palpa region. A nice authentic Newari town with many 17th and 18th century architecture and beautiful temples where time seems to have stood still. Next to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. The place is now an important pilgrimage site where several countries have built monasteries.

Day 09:  Lumbini

Situated at the Terai plains of the southern Nepal, Lumbini is the place where Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya Prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlighted One, was born in 623 BC. The sacred place, marked by a stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in 249 BC, is listed as one of the World Heritage Sites.The main attraction at Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden, which is spread over 8 sq.km and possesses all the treasures of the historic area. Today as part of the global initiative to promote Lumbini, many countries have built or are building temples, monastries or stupas near the Sacred Garden in the International Monastery Zone. Temples or shrines that have finished their construction so far are Myanmar Temple, International Gautami Nuns Temple, China Temple, The Nepal Buddha Temple and the Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihara.

Ashoka pillar, carrying an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace, is situated nearby the Sacred Garden. To one side of Ashoka pillar is the Mayadevi Temple which houses a bas relief depicting the nativity. Recent excavations have turned up a stone bearing a "foot imprint", indicating the exact place of birth. The Puskarni pond, where Queen Mayadevi, the Buddha's mother, had taken a bath before giving birth to him lies to the south of the pillar. Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana. Here are a lot of chaityas, stupas and viharas to see. The Muktabandhana stupa is believed to have been built by Malla dynasty to preserve the temporal relics of Lord Buddha. A smaller shrine nearby contains a reclining Buddha which was brought from Mathura by the monk Haribala. Bodhgaya is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree under which Buddha attained wisdom is called the Bodhi tree, while the temple marking the sacred spot is known as Mahabodhi temple.

The Lumbini Museum, located in the Cultural Zone, contains Mauryan and Kushana coins, religious manuscripts, terra-cotta fragments, and stone and metal sculptures. It also possesses an extensive collection of stamps from various countries depicting Lumbini and the Buddha. Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI), located opposite the Lumbini Museum, provides research facilities for the study of Buddhism and religion in general. Run jointly by the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) and the Reiyukai of Japan, LIRI contains some 12,000 books on religion, philosophy, art and architecture.

Day 10:  Lumbini – Chitwan (160kms – 4 hours drive)

We go through a beautiful route to the famous Chitwan National Park where many protected species live, including the Bengal tiger and the rhinoceros. We stay three nights at the edge of the Chitwan Park Nattional. During your stay you will have the option of a spectacular safari on the back of an elephant through the jungle with meter high grass in search of rhinos and crocodiles.

Day 11: In Chitwan – jungle activities

Day 12: In Chitwan – jungle activities

Day 13: Chitwan – Kathmandu (170 kms – 4 hours drive)

We drive back to Kathmandu, the stunning scenery en route slips once more to miss. At night the opportunity to dine in a cozy and authentic Nepalese house with dance, music and an excellent dinner optional).

Day 14: Kathmandu – Onward

In the morning you have the last chance shopping in the busy Thamel district with many shops filled with beautiful jewelry, hand-knotted carpets and other souvenirs. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and flight back to your home where you arrive the next day.

Cost

Group size:

1        person        US$ 2380         

2        person        US$ 1830 per person

3-5     person        US$ 1740 per person

6-9     person        US$ 1650  per person

10-15 person       US$ 1560  per person

16+    person        US$ 1480  per person

SGL supp:            US$880

Departures: as per your choice dates

Cost includes:

01. Arrival/departure transfers by a/c car, coach according to the group size
02. All ground transfers as per itinerary
03. Entrance fees as per itinerary
04. Hotel accommodation on BB using Hotel Radission Kathmandu (5 star), The Fort Resort – best available one in Nagarkot, Lumbini New Crystal – the best one and close to sacred Garden Hotel in Lumbini, Fishtail Lodge – the best hotel in Pokhara,
05. 3 nights 4 days jungle package using Tigerland or Greenpark Chitwan or Similar on AP plan
06. Sightseeing tour as per itinerary
07. Professional French/English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu

08. Professional local English speaking tour guide in Pokhara

09. Farewell Dinner with Nepali cultural presentation

Cost does not include:

01: All major meals (lunch and Dinner excep in Chitwan) and personal nature expenses
02: Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
03. Personal health and accident insurance
04. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned

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  • Price : USD 1480
  • Destinations : Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhra, Lumbini and Chitwan
  • Max Elevation : 2000m
  • Weather : Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November) best time to visit
  • Trip Duration : 14 days
  • Trip Grade : Easy
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