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BEST OF NEPAL TOUR

14 Nights/15 Days

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Overview

If you wish to enjoy all the best of Nepal in a single visit , this could be the trip for you.The main highlights of a Nepal trip are the spectacular Himalayas, the beautiful countryside, the heritage sites in Kathmandu, the wildlife safari in Chitwan National park and the whitewater rafting in the Himalayan rivers.

We first explore the heritage sites in Kathmandu, next morning we fly to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara whose skyline is dominated by the mighty Himalayas – Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Machhapuchare. A scenic four day trek to the Annapurna foot hills will expose you closer view of these mountains and offer an opportunity to experience Nepalese countryside. Next we head for Chitwan National Park in the tropical lowland of Terai. It is a great jungle trip to enjoy elephant back safari, canoe ride, birdwatching and visit to the elephant breeding center etc. The trip concludes with a thrilling white water rafting in Trishuli river.

This itinerary is rush free and enjoyed by people of all ages. However, for elderly people or for family groups with kids, the four day trek is better done in five days , making the trip length 12 days.

Places to see:

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 around Durbar Square is 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 in Nepal. 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.

BOUDDHNATH:
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.

BHAKTAPUR:
Bhaktapur Durbar Squareis a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are:

The Golden Gate: The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, In the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom: It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows.

The Palace of Fifty five Windows: This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.

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.

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.

POKHARA:
It is the second major tourist destination in Nepal is 200km west of Kathmandu, standing 884m above sea level. Pokhara offering a mild climate is famous for the natural beauty of its great lakeside location, proximity to the mountains and absolutely stunning views of the Fish Tail or the Machapuchhare towering 6997m high. Some fascinating places to visit in this beautiful city  are Phewa Lake, the Varahi Temple on its island, David’s fall and Mahendra Cave to name a few . Activities such as boating, fishing and canoeing can be organized on the Phewa Lake.

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, where you are welcomed by a hospitable meeting and then taken to your hotel. We will briefly explain the program upon your arrival at hotel. Stay over night at the Hotel.

Day 02: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO NAGARKOT (32 kms. 1.5 hrs drive)
After a welcome breakfast, we will take you for half a day of sight seeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterwards, taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustration- style with temples and temple complex. We then drive to Nagarkot and stay overnight in a hotel there.

Day 03: DRIVE BACK FROM NAGARKOT TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, we return to Kathmandu and continue with sightseeing in the valley with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visit to the Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visit to Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can enjoy the scenery of the entire Kathmandu Valley, the we visit Patan city, the second largest town in the valley, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc. stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO CHITWAN (190 kms/5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Royal Chitwan National Park. We let you experience a los 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 retiring to bed..

Day 05: A DAY FILLED WITH JUNGLE ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN
After breakfast, you get a full day to enjoy safari activities in Royal Chitwan national Park - if you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time looking for; 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 in the park.

Day 06: DRIVE FROM CHITWAN TO LUMBINI (138 kms 3 -4 hours drive)
After breakfast, we travel overland from Chitwan to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which has been revered as the place of holy pilgrimage. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival in Lumbini, we take you to the hotel, check-in and then we for a walk through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where Buddha was born and which 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 right after the birth.

Day 07: DRIVE FROM LUMBINI TO POKHARA (264 kms/7 hour's drive)
After breakfast, we depart for Pokhara and commence on a half day sightseeing of Pokhara, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu, spend the 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, Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO ULLERI (2070m)
After breakfast the guide will pick you from the hotel and drive you to the starting point of the trek in Nayapul. The drive takes 1 hr and 30 minutes by a private car. Upon arrival in Nayapul our guide should give you some information about your trekking trail. On the first day you should trek around 4-5 hrs up hill in the mountain.

Day 09: ULLERI TREK TO GHOREPANI
Duration: 6 hrs Height: 2850m

Day 10: EARLY MORNING HIKE TO POONHILL AND TREK TO TADAPANI
Duration: 6 hrs Height: 2670m

Day 11: TADAPANI TREK TO GHANDRUK
Duration: 3 hrs Height: 1950m

Day 12: GHANDRUNK TREK TO NAYAPUL AND A DRIVE BACK TO POKHARA BY CAR (on the same day)
Duration: 4 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive. Height: 960m

Day 13: RELAX IN POKHARA
The day is at your leisure- you can relax and have all the fun. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: EARLY MORNING DRIVE BACK FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU IN A NORMAL TOURIST BUS (200 KMS 5/6 hours drive)
After breakfast, Scenic Drive back to Kathmandu. O/N at Hotel.

Day 15: TRANSFER TO AIRPORT TO CONNECT TO ONWARD FLIGHT BACK HOME

Inclusions / Exclusions

PRICE INCLUSIONS:
ACCOMMODATION:
3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu
1 Nights hotel in Nagarkot
3 Nights hotel in Pokhara
2 Nights in Chitwan
1 Nights in Lumbini
4 Nights in Tea house

TRANSPORTATION:
Airports pick up and drop
1 full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Nagarkot overnight.
Kathmandu to Chitwan
Chitwan to Lumbini
Lumbini to Pokhara
Pokhara to trekking starting point
Trekking ending point to Pokhara
Pokhara to Kathmandu

SIGHTSEEING TOUR:
1 full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Nagarkot (sunrise and sunset view)
1 Half day guided sightseeing tour in Lumbini
All entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu , Chitwan, Lumbini.

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

TREKKING:
All meals (Breakfast/ lunch/dinner with teacoffee)
Accommodation in teahouses
Sleeping bag
Down jackets
ACAP entry permits
TIMS ( Travelers Information manual system)
English speaking guide
Porter
All necessaries for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation in tea houses, equipments, salary, insurance etc)

MEAL:
14 BREAKFAST, 7 LUNCH, 8 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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