| 8 days
Nepal highlights tour can be considered as the perfect blend of nature, culture, wilderness and adventure. Starting from the culturally rich Kathmandu city, we will embrace the beauty of nature and Himalayas in Pokhara followed by involving in wilderness activities at Chitwan National Park. Being short and easy tour, it can be experienced by any travel enthusiast looking to explore major highlights of Nepal in short period of time.
We initiate our Nepal highlights tour after your arrival in Kathmandu followed by guided sightseeing around Swyambhunath stupa, Kathmandu durbar square, Kumari temple, Kasthamandap temple, Patan city and Tibetan refugee camp. Next day after having an instant meal, we take 5 hours drive towards scenic Pokhara city and visit the major tourist attractions like Davis falls, Mahendra cave, Peace pagoda, boating at Phewa lake along the option of involving in the adventurous activites like paragliding, bungee jumping and zip flying. Pokhara also exhibits the close view of picturesque snow capped mountains that enthralls us in its natural beauty.
Chitwan National Park has been another major highlight of Nepal with the home to more than 450 species of birds along the wonderful opportunity to encounter rare endangered species like one horn rhino, royal Bengal tiger, deers and sloth bears. Further experiencing the jungle safari, elephant ride, jungle walk and other wilderness activities a whole day we drive back towards Kathmandu valley for further exploration around Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Bhaktapur durbar square.
Join our Nepal highlights tour, ideal for all the explorers looking for the ultimate travel experience around the Himalayan country Nepal.
Welcome by our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Introduction to the program of your stay
After breakfast, introduce with the Sightseeing Guide & driver. We set to the first day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will see the following spots; the details are as described below:
The Swyambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and is situated at the mound. From this Stupa you can closely look at the settlement pattern in Kathmandu and have a close look at the Chaityas and Monasteries which circles the main stupa of Swyambhunath. This stupa also relates itself to the history of creation of Kathmandu Valley as how Manjushree, a Buddhist monk, saw a huge lotus emanating bright light at the centre of the lake. So he cut a deep gorge allowing the water to drain from the lake because he wanted to observe and worship the lotus where it is said that Swyambhunath is situated.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square welcomes you to the palaces, courtyards and temples built between 12th to 18th centuries where the then Kings used to live and the coronations of Shaha dynasty Kings used to take place. You might be amazed with the number of temples and architectural styles that you see in this courtyard. Moreover, you might also get the glimpse of Kumari, a living goddess, whose residence is within this courtyard.
Kumari, Virgin Goddess, must be chosen from a Newar community, inhabitants of Kathmandu, with no body marks & injuries who will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.
Kasthamandap meaning “Wood-Covered Shelter” is a three storied pagoda style temple which enshrines a statue of Gorakhnath. It was built in the early sixteenth century by the wood of a single tree which is open for everyone from mid day to mid night but people are not allowed to take the picture in the temple. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is derived from this temple thus there are many myths and stories associated with this temple which is shared every year in a ceremony with different varieties of food by Newar community.
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting melange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life. A museum full of bronze statues and religious monuments is one of the fascinating places to visit within Patan Durbar Square. A temple entirely built by stone in the 17th century in the name of Hindu deity Krishna, is one of the major attraction of Patan
Tibetan Refugee Camp
The refugee camp set up by the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation in 1960 AD with the government of Nepal might be one of the areas where you would buy carpets and handicrafts created by them and to support the less fortunate people.
After breakfast drive to Pokhara. A very scenic drive lasts for about 6 hrs through the beautiful riverbanks & gorges. After reaching to Pokhara you will visit Seti george, Davis fall & Bindubasini temple.
Known as the city of lakes and the starting point for trekking destination and the second largest city of Nepal is Pokhara. The Barahi temple in the middle of the big lake is the most fascinating landmark in Pokhara and the reflection of snow capped mountain in the lake is so serene and magnificent that you will remember it for your entire life. With the closer view of Annapurna range and Mt. Fish tail you will feel close to nature and mysticism. The other destinations in Pokhara that you will not want to miss out on are Devin’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti George, Buddhist monasteries and the hike to Peace Pagoda which brings you close to the nature and to the different spectrum of life style in this magnificent city.
After finishing the breakfast we will be enjoying the boat ride in Phewa lake looking at the spectacular view of Mt. Fishtail and visit Barahi temple in the middle of the lake. After boating we will be driving to Chitwan which takes 5 hours drive where Jungle Safari and canoeing will be waiting for us.
You will be up close and personal with the nature where you will get the chance to walk in the jungle, ride an elephant, canoeing and visiting the village. This day will be full of Excitement where you will not only be close to the nature but also get to be acquainted with Tharu culture, indigenous people of western Nepal. If you will get to see the various types of animals like deer, rare one horned Rhinoceros and if you are lucky enough then you might get opportunity to see Royal Bengal Tigers along with a great variety of flora and fauna.
At dawn we will set for Jungle walk and bird watching which takes you to the journey of natural beauty and wildlife. After breakfast we will be driving to Kathmandu for 6 hours through the beautiful valleys, alleys, hills and river bank and have lunch on the way to Kathmandu.
After breakfast set for the another day’s sightseeing:
Bouddhanath Stupa not only takes you to the journey to the ancient and world’s biggest Stupa or to Buddhist Pilgrimage sites but also exposes you to the Tibetan communities within Nepal. Along with monasteries and devotees chanting religious hymns and playing prayer wheels you will also get to be close with the young boys and girls devoted to be Buddhist Monk which gives you a different perspective about life.
Pashupatinath, one of the holiest temple of Hindu deities Lord Shiva, has a golden roof and silver doors and is built in pagoda style. The temple is in the mid of green forest and the river Bagmati on whose bank Hindus are cremated is flowing on its side. People except Hindu are not allowed to enter the main courtyard of the temple but can be viewed from the eastern bank of the river. It is the centre of the Hindu pilgrimage and annually thousands of devotees flock into the temple during Shivaratri and Teej which occurs in the month of March and August respectively.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
This durbar square will mesmerize you with the beauty of different temples and palaces. You will not only be able to see the spectacular view of 15th century architecture but also will be acquainted with the palaces and the courtyard of the ancient times. The golden gates, wooden palace studded with 55 windows, Batsala temple, Shiva temple and the National Art Gallery are the major attractions of this square. Moreover, you might not want to miss out the five storied Nyatapola Temple built in 17th century; adding on to its structure are the pair of two wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and goddess’s tigress & lioness in each storey making it the most tallest pagoda style temple exhibiting the immense creativity and craftsmanship of Nepali in those centuries.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.