Best of Nepal Tour - 10 days

Best of Nepal Tour - 10 days

Visit to the ancient cities, Picturesque Pokhara with soft Annapurna foothill trek and Jungle Safari at Royal Chitwan National park

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. 

After Kathmandu visit, you travel to Pokhara which is a small city situated by a lake called Phewa. 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. 

Next would be a short trekking on the Annapurna Foothill that provides panoramic views of Annapurna and Fishtail along with small villages enroute and finally you go southern flanks of Nepal to Chitwan national park. In Chitwan two days watching wild lives on elephant back and jungle walk. You ride in a dugout 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. Meeting and assistant at the airport.  Transfer to Hotel.  Overnight in Kathmandu. Free day for leisure.

Day 02: Kathmandu: City tour of Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan city (B)

After breakfast start sightseeing tour of Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan city.The stupa of Boudhanath lies 8 kms 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: City tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur city. In Kathmandu (B)

After breakfast- start the sightseeing tour of Kahmandu Durbar Square which 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.  After Changunaryan, returned to Kathmandu.

Day 04: Fly to Pokhara (30 minutes) – City tour in Pokhara (B)

Fly to Pokhara in the morning. Check into Hotel. After some rest and quick showers at Hotel, start city tour of Pokhara interest that includes  the 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 05: Drive to Kande (35 minutes), walk to Australian camp (2100m). Checked into Lodge/Guest House. Relax and enjoy  (B,L,D)

Meet your guide at the airport or hotel in Pokhara and then drive to Kande; the drive is about 35 minutes. You drive through a large Tibetan camp at Hyanjha where local handicraft can be purchased and weaving of Tibetan carpet can be observed. Start trek from Kande, you start walking up hill to Australian camp. It takes about 1.5 hour easy walk up the stairs through the terraced rice field. It is a large Gurung village. There are several tea houses and lodge accommodations in this village. Along the hike you can see very impressive view of Annapurna Range including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South Hiuchuli, Annapurna II and IV and Lamjung Himal etc. O/N at Lodge/Tea house. 

Day 06: Light hike to Dhampus (1650m) - 2/3 hours walk. O/N at Lodge/Guest House (B,L,D)

After breakfast leisurely start trek to Popthana. from Australian camp walking mostly uphill through cultivated fields and local villages. This scenic Gurung Village is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities and it offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare range after having a lunch at Pothana. Descent to Dhampus through rhododendron forest, is an easy and relaxing day.

Day 07: Descend to Phedi (1130m) -2 hours downhill walk  and drive to Chitwan -160kms – 4 hours drive) (B,L,D)

After short hike  - you 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 08: In Chitwan – jungle activites (B,L,D)

After breakfast, your adventure holiday starts off with canoeing in the Rapti River where you can see Gharial and then, a visit to the Elephant breeding center. After Lunch proceed to the jungle for a guided safari on Elephant where you are free to see animals such as rhino, antelope and other wildlife as you move through the jungle.

Day 09: Chitwan – Kathmandu  (B,D)

After early jungle walk and breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Bharatpur airport in Chitwan, fly to Kathmandu. Pick up and transfer to Hotel. Free time to do shopping on your  own. Evening would be farewell dinner at one of the Nepalese restaurant with cultural presentation.

DAY 10: Kathmandu – Onward (B)

In the morning you have the last chance shopping in the busy Thamel 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 as per group size

2 person US$ 1730 per person

4 person US$ 1590 per person

6 person US$ 1520 per person

8 person US$ 1475 per person

Single room Supplement: US$ 430

Cost includes:

01. Arrival/departure transfers in Kathmandu and Pokhara

02. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary

03. Professional tour guide (English speaking) during sightseeing tour

04. All entrance fees to the monuments as per itinerary

05. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara would be using 4 star Hotel on BB, in Chitwan Deluxe resort on fullboard  plan plus all jungle activities

06. 2 nights  3 days light trek in Annapurna Foothill with all meals, guide, porters plus Lodge/Guest house accommodation

07. Private transfer to Chitwan from Pokhara

08. Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Chitwan to Kathmandu

Cost does not include:

01. All major meals (lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhfara)and personal nature expenses

02. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips.

03. Personal health and accident insurances

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  • Price : USD 1730
  • Destinations : Kathmandu Heritages, Pokhara, Annapurna, Chitwan National Park
  • Max Elevation : 1700
  • Weather : Spring & Autumn
  • Trip Duration : 10 days
  • Trip Grade : Easy
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