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ALL NEPAL TOUR

9 Nights/10 Days

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Overview

Nepal, the land of splendid nature and rich culture is waiting for you to explore through its different facets. Explore Nepal tour gives you an opportunity to explore three different regions of the country, varying from the cultural hub teemed with fascinating ancient buildings like those in Kathmandu, the breathtaking scenery of Annapurna Range as provided in Pokhara, and the vast, fertile forest like Chitwan National Park in Terai region. This remarkable trip will make you realize that Nepal has much to offer.

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE:
It is one of the major attractions in the valley. The word Durbar Square translates in English as palace complex and this durbar square is listed as a World Heritage Site. Clustered aroundDurbar Squareis the old palace, which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal or the House of the living Goddess, Kastamandap (a house build from the wood of a single tree) and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is 9 stories high and anyone can climb up to the top and experience panoramic views of the city.

SWYAMBHUNATH:
It is one of the oldest Stupas in the Kathmandu valley. Sitting on top of the hill to the west of the valley, its unique architecture is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Nepal. From here one enjoys sweeping and expansive views of Kathmandu city. Legend has it that once upon a time the valley was a lake known as the serpent’s lake. Saint Manjushree cut the southern part of the valley and drained the water out, making Swayambhunath the first exit and an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists

PATAN DURBAR SQUARE:
It is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen inNepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna and built entirely of stone.

NAGARKOT:
Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu from where an excellent view of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Ranges in eastern Nepal can be seen (when weather permits). The place is also renowned for spectacular sunrise sights.

PASHUPATINATH:
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is considered to be one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of river Bagmati as entrance into the temple is strictly prohibited to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of the Shivaratri festival which happens around February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

BOUDDHANATH:
This Stupa situated 11km/7 miles from Kathmandu City is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Standing with a pair of eyes in each of the four directions, it symbolizes watchfulness. It is said that this Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini. It rises from an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

CHITWAN:
The Chitwan National Park is the lush valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of the Churia ranges which houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

POKHARA:
The rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210kms/131 miles from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the country lying virtually in the geographical center of Nepal. Located on the main road between Kathmandu and Bhairawa, perhaps there is no other place in the world from where Great Himalayan peaks can be admired from such  close quarters. TheBindhyavasaniTempleon its well-kept platform overlooks a modest amusement park. Phewa lake, skirted by large numbers of unpretentious lodges and simple restaurants, is a great beauty spot for visitors to relax in nature’s rich ambiance.

LUMBINI: 
232 kms/145 miles away from Kathmandu, Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. The broken Ashoka Pillar, remnants of an old monastery, images of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi are still preserved here. Lumbini can be reached by road from Kathmandu via Pokhara or the Chitwan National Park or by air till Bhairahawa and then by road.

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, where you will be given a warm welcome and then taken to your hotel. Our guide will briefly explain the program upon your arrival at the hotel.

Day 2: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO NAGARKOT
After a welcome breakfast, we will take you for a half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Bodhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterwards, taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustration-style temples and temple complex. Then you will be driven to Nagarkot where you stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: DRIVE FROM NAGARKOT TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, we return to Kathmandu and keep half the day valley sight-seeing with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visit to Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visit to Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can see the scenery of entire Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy yourself on Rickshaw ride to have a Typical Nepalese Dinner at a local restaurant in Thamel before getting back to the hotel.

Day 4: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO POKHARA
After breakfast, we depart for Pokhara and commence a full day sightseeing of Pokhara, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu, spend the morning trip along the banks of Phewa Lake- you can admire the stunning view of the Fish Tail's Peak reflected in the silver surface of the water. You can also see the wonderful Annapurna panorama forming a superb backdrop to Pokhara from the lake. Aside from Phewa Lake, we keep visiting the Seti River gorge - one of the best places to see. You will have an opportunity to visit the limestone cave of Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO CHITWAN
After breakfast, we travel overland from Pokhara to Royal Chitwan National Park. We let you experience a lot of Safari activities; jungle walks, canoeing, 4WD safaris and so on. Once the night sets in, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before going to bed.

Day 6: FULL DAY JUNGLE ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN
After having breakfast, you get to languish in the delights of a day filled with safari activities in Royal Chitwan national Park - if you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures; rhinoceroses, Chitwan's royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear - preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shot. Stay overnight at the resort.

Day 7: DRIVE FROM CHITWAN TO LUMBINI
After breakfast, we travel overland from Chitwan to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which has been revered as aplace of holy pilgrimage. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. If the time permits, we take you to visit Manakamana Temple, believed to be the wish fulfilling goddess the journey made by cable car. Upon arrival in Lumbini, we take you to the hotel, check-in and then we go on a walk through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where Buddha was born, it converges on the Ashoka pillar, then we visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stood up on a lotus pedestal.

Day 8: FULL DAY IN LUMBINI
After breakfast, we begin the trip by driving away, 27km west of Lumbini to visit the important archaeological site, Tilaurkot, the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam's father), where Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. Allow yourself a moment to wander around and soak in the atmosphere. There's a museum nearby, The Kapilvastu Museum where pottery, jewelry and ornaments are gathered in-house. End up the remarkable tour in Tilaurkot by visiting the shrines, monasteries and stupa near the sacred garden.

Day 9: DRIVE FROM LUMBINI TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, we leave Lumbini by road and travel back to Kathmandu. Check-in at hotel, rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 10: FINAL DEPARTURE BACK HOME OR TO NEXT DESTINATION
After breakfast, rest of day is at leisure until we pick you up at the hotel and then take to airport for your next stop.

Inclusions / Exclusions

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COST INCLUSIONS:
ACCOMMODATION:
3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu
1 Nights hotel in Nagarkot
1 Nights hotel in Pokhara
2 Nights in Chitwan
2 Nights in Lumbini

TRANSPORTATION:
Airports pick up and drop
2 full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Nagarkot overnight.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Pokhara to Chitwan
Chitwan to Lumbini
Lumbini back to Kathmandu

SIGHTSEEING TOUR:
2 full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Nagarkot (sunrise and sunset view)
1 full day guided sightseeing tour in Lumbini
All entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley

CHITWAN SAFARI TOUR:
2 night/3 days jungle safari program in Chitwan
Pick up from Arrival Point.
Cultural Tour ( To Visit Tharu Village)
Riverside Sunset view
Tharu stick dance
Canoeing Ride and Elephant Breeding Centre Visit.
Elephant Back safari
Bird Watching
Drop to bus starting point

MEAL:
9 BREAKFAST, 4 DINNER ( including welcome and farewell dinner)

COST EXCLUSIONS:
Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini.
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.
Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks.
Travel Insurance (Essential).
Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
Tips for field staff and driver.
Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Aaradhana control.

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To all Aaradhana Teams! Its been an absolute pleasure to meet you all and I am very greatful for your hospitality and all the help I have received during my stay in Nepal. I hope you will continue this …

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