NEPAL & THE GREAT HIMALAYAS

Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan

Overview

TOUR CODE: KTMHIM

Trip Type: Independent Journey

The magical Himalayan nation of Nepal will bring you the experience of a lifetime with the striking aspect of the culture of the Kathmandu Valley. Spend a day at the cultural heritage town of Bhaktapur, once the trade route between China-Tibet and India, as you travel to the paradise of the earth to Pokhara, where mountains rise as you witness sunrise and panoramic sunset view of the Himalayas. Continue to Chitwan National Park, an oasis of the world’s most endangered species. Here, enjoy a unique wildlife safari experience while riding an elephant and enjoying the sights in the deep forest and rich grasslands.

What’s Included

Standard Hotels

  • Internal flights –  Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • 4 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Vivanta Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Atithi Resort in Pokhara
  • 2 nights in Deluxe Room at Kasara Resort in Chitwan
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours, and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel tax and service charge

Upgrade Hotels

  • Internal flights –  Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • 4 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Marriott Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara
  • 2 nights in Deluxe Room at Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan
  • 12 meals: 8 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours, and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel tax and service charge

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Our local representative will welcome you at the airport after customs and immigration procedures for your transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02

KATHMANDU (B)

After breakfast, your exploration begins in Kathmandu Durbar Square, a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Abode of the Living Goddes, and Taleju Temple, where the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu were seated. Venture to Patan, famous for its Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines, traditional arts and crafts, and Newari Cultural. Explore the magnificent temple of Pashupatinath, a renowned and sacred Hindu temple complex located on the banks of the Bagmati River. The main pagoda-style temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as the master of all living begins. It has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver, and exquisite wood carvings. Continue to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of Nepal’s oldest and most significant Buddhist monuments. The structure of the building consists of a giant dome, on the top which sits a Buddhist pyramid tower.

DAY 03

KATHMANDU/BHAKTAPUR/KATHMANDU (B)

Admire the view from Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines, also known as Monkey Temple because of the many sacred monkeys residing here. Visit the wonderful Bhaktapur. The entire town is a cultural heritage site that houses many ancient temples and palaces. Bhaktapur itself is and was famous for handicrafts and Buddhist scripture. From time immemorial, Bhaktapur was the trade route between China-Tibet and India. Tibetan caravans used to come to Bhaktapur with their sheep, sheep woolen products, and other herbal medicines from the north, and Indian caravans used to come with sugar, grains, species, etc. Hence, it was like the trade hub of that time. This position on the main caravan route made it prosperous. Then explore magical Durbar Square in Bhaktapur – a complex of royal palaces, temples, and the city’s social, religious, and urban focal point. Finally, visit an open museum of ancient stone, metal, woodcrafts, and the Changu Narayan.

DAY 04

KATHMANDU/POKHARA (B)

After breakfast, board your flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, consisting of five mountains over 22,965 feet, including the Machhapuchare, one of the most impressive mountains due to its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. Local people believe it is sacred to the God Shiva and therefore is off-limits to climbing. Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 05

POKHARA (B)

An early start as we drive to Sarangkot, enjoying the views of the landscapes and mountains and observing local people, villages, and farms. On a clear day, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks from here. After a drive from the lakeside, we arrive at Hengja, the area of Tibetan Refugees Settlement. We will have a unique opportunity to explore local Tibetan communities to learn and understand more about Tibet and the Tibetan people living in Nepal. Continue to Phewa, a semi-natural freshwater lake in the middle of Pokhara, known for its surface reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Visit the Natural History Museum devoted to the natural history of the Pokhara region and tour the David Falls before returning to our hotel.

DAY 06

POKHARA/CHITWAN (B/L/D)

Travel to Chitwan, one of Asia’s finest parks and contains many animals, including one-horned rhinoceros, gaur, royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, gharial crocodile, golden monitor lizard, and python. Similarly, the endangered bird species of the park include Bengal florican, lesser florican, giant hornbill, black stork, and white stork.

DAY 07

CHITWAN (B/L/D)

Spend a full day in the park. Enjoy a unique experience of wildlife safari on elephant back, enjoying the sights of wild lives in the natural habitats – natural water, deep forest, and rich grasslands with the guidance of experienced naturalists.

DAY 08

CHITWAN/KATHMANDU (B)

Drive back to the capital to enjoy some free time before the journey home.

DAY 09

KATHMANDU DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L=Lunch   D= Dinner

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Dates & Prices

Per person, based on double occupancy

    Land OnlyStandard HotelsUpgrade Hotels
    Jul 01 - Dec 31$1,499$1,999
    Solo Traveler Supplement$899$1,099
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. This is a land-only package without international airfares. (LO/062422/C-10)

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