This “Essence of Nepal” Tour is the perfect opportunity to discover in a compact 8-days tour, the main cities and attractions of this wonderful country, and to experience the culture, nature and the deep sense of spirituality of Nepal. This special itinerary includes four of the major cities in Nepal: Kathmandu, the cultural, economic and historical hearth of this land; Pokhara, known as ”City of Lakes” and “The jewel of Himalaya” for its breathtaking beauty and natural landskapes; Chitwan, well known for its national park and its rich flora and fauna; Nagarkot which offers great views of Himalayas, attractive mountain scenery and impressive views of those mountains at sunrise and sunset.
All the four cities are situated at different altitudes ranging from 60 meters to 2100 meters above sea level and with uniquely different characteristics like difference in temperature, landscapes, biodiversity and phenomenal views of the majestic mountain ranges. From peaceful villages to the wild jungles where the one-horned rhino and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger roam. You may choose from various adventurous activities such as White-water Rafting, Paragliding, Ultra-light air gliding, Canyoning, Mountain Biking, Cable Car ride, Zip Flyer, Mountain (Everest) Flight, Bungee Jump, Hiking, and much more. Before returning to Kathmandu for your international flight, you can enjoy many nature activities in the jungle at Chitwan National Park, including: bird watching, boating, jeep safari and, of course, forest walks which will allow you to admire the immense local biodiversity.
Registration can be requested for group travel or for self-travel. For group travel, registration is not binding. Upon reaching the minimum number of members necessary for the formation of the group, usually 4 or 6 people, you will be asked for confirmation of booking and payment of a deposit.
1° DAY: ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you will be met by one of our representatives and then transferred to your hotel. As you enjoy your welcome drinks you will be briefed about your program. The rest of your day shall be at your leisure.
Overnight in Kathmandu
2° DAY: HERITAGE SITES TOUR IN KATHMANDU
After Breakfast start full day sightseeing at UNESCO Heritage sites; After breakfast drive to Patan, Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for visitors as they witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
We will explore its unique Durbar Squares. In every corner & alley of Patan you can be see Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable prices. You can taste local cuisine as well in Patan’s alleys.
Then onward, the tour is headed towards Swayambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley. The stupa, a tribute to Buddhism, consists of a dome at the base representing the entire world. Painted eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. A curly symbol, symbolizing the nose represents the unity of all things existing in the world. Prayer wheels surround the whole dome.
From there, the tour is directed towards Boudhanath. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudha is massive and dominates the skyline in the area, it is one of the largest unique structures in the world. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. From above, Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos and as in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined in the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa).
In the evening drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dating back to the 5th century. While the main temple interior is off limits to non-Hindus there is a lot to experience in the surrounding area. Legend says that whoever comes here to worship Shiva will be reborn as an animal. Pashupatinath is a considerable complex of temples, ashrams, with images and inscriptions dating back centuries. A visit to Kumari Ghar is planned, the enchanting little palace which has been the home of the venerated “child goddess” for centuries. Believed to be the earthly incarnation of goddess Kali, the Kumari leaves her palace on rare occasions, where she is worshiped on the streets of the city. There will be an opportunity, if possible, to meet the Kumari.
Observe an Aarati (celebration with lights) at the Bank of Bagmati River. The “Aarati” at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening ritual with chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, a band singing hymns in praise of god, playing of classical instruments, keep the people spellbound throughout.
Overnight in Kathmandu (B)
3° DAY: TRANSFER TO POKHARA
Kathmandu – Pokhara
Your journey today begins with a drive to Pokhara right after breakfast which may take approximately 6 hours of drive. Located 210 km west of Kathmandu, this beautiful lakeside city is a prime tourism destination in Nepal offering spellbinding and hypnotic natural beauty, stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The drive on the way itself is going to be an amazingly unique experience as you travel besides the mighty river with some strong current almost throughout your journey with scenic greenery on both sides of the road along with human settlements thick and thin at different places. After you reach Pokhara you check in to your hotel, get yourself refreshed and have some rest. During the evening you might enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak over the bluish Phewa Lake water.
Overnight in the Pokhara. (B).
4° DAY: HIKE TO POKHARA
Early in the morning on your fourth day of the tour, you shall be taken for an excursion towards Kau Danda hill so that you may be able to observe a beautiful sunrise view over the majestic mountain range. Situated at an altitude of 1442 m, Kau Danda offers the magnificent view of Sunrise over Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif (weather permitting). After enjoying the beauty of nature, you may return to the hotel for breakfast. Right after Breakfast, you shall start a half day sightseeing at famous sites like Bindhyabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Cave(popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits) and Devi’s Fall (which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground) followed by a short visit to Tibetan refugee camp.
Later that day you shall also enjoy boating at Phewa Lake for around 30 minutes followed by a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda which takes 25 minutes. Enjoy beautiful views of Pokhara city, Sarangkot hills and the Himalayas from Stupa. Shanti Stupa, as it is also known, was built as a symbol of peace. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate.
Overnight in Pokhara (B)
5° DAY: TRANSFER TO CHITWAN
Pokhara – Chitwan
After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4-5 hours. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by our naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities:
Overnight in Chitwan (B, L, D)
6° DAY: JUNGLE ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN
Wake-up call with a cup of hot tea or coffee. After breakfast go for:
Overnight in Chitwan (B, L, D)
7° DAY: TRANSFER TO KATHMANDU
Chitwan – Kathmandu
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours (depending on traffic). Check in at the hotel where you can freshen up and relax.
Experience and discover Kathmandu and its culture like a local on Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. We will pass through handicrafts shops like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc and merge onto a narrow alley full of local shops called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old. Finally we arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you. Walk the square on foot and our guide will take you to the house of Living Goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and you will also explore or hang out in one of the hippie-era shops on Freak Street. After your time here we will ride back to hotel on Rickshaw by the way of Indra Chowk where you can drink a cold and fresh Lassi.
Overnight in Kathmandu (B)
8° DAY: DEPARTURE
Khatmandu – Aerorto
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight our representative will transfer you to the airport for your international flight.
HOTEL CATEGORIES: SUPERIOR, HERITAGE
We selected beautiful and traditional heritages resorts with excellent facilities throughout the tour. All the accommodations have been selected carefully according to criteria of social and environmental impacts.
Private vehicles o mini-buses with AC according to the number of participants for all the itinerary.
October to December is the best time to visit Nepal, as dry days make trekking easier and offer good visibility. Autumn (September-November) and spring (late February-mid-April) are also great seasons to trek in Nepal.