Duration: 12 Days
Trip Grade: Easy
Trip Destination: All tourist sites of Nepal
Group Size: 1 - 14
Best Season: March - May & October - November
Transportation: Car or mini bus
This tour gives you a true picture of the real beauty of Nepal in all its diverse geographical landscapes. The Real Nepal Tour commence from Kathmandu after a delightful historical tour down ancient Kathmandu’s cobbled stoned streets where this valley tells you of its religious density with temples found in every twist & bend you take through this ancient valley. We stride into some of the world’s renowned UNESCO declared heritage sites that are standing symbols to the country’s rich cultural heritage…& history. From the low teeming flatlands in eastern Nepal to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest, Nepal is an exotic destination with warm, friendly congenial people who make you feel at home. Nepal is also a complex combo of the ancient which blends with the contemporary where traditions seek to balance a thin fine line with customs that go back almost 400 years in time & also finding ways to be in sync with an extremely modern planet that defies a history that strives to live on in this country blessed with some of the most natural environs on earth…this is a tour that offers you the true Nepal…a country & its landscapes that will stir your emotions with a holiday that will live in your memories for many a moonlight night…
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu City tour, in the evening drive to Nagarkot for an overnight (distance 32 km).
Day 03 : Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Balthali Village Tour (distance: 40 km)
Day 04 : Hiking to Namo Buddha (3 hours hiking)
Day 05 : Drive to Gorkha Durbar (Palace) - and then drive to Bandipur (Distance: 200 km)
Day 06 : Drive to Pokhara (distance: 75 km)
Day 07 : Sarangkot Tour - drive to Tansen (distance: 122 km)
Day 08 : Drive to Lumbini (distance: 85 km)
Day 09 : Drive to Chitwan for a go-wild jungle safari (distance: 175 km)
Day 10 : Tour Activities
Day 11 : Drive to Kathmandu & en-route visit Manakamana Temple (distance: 175 km to Kathmandu)
Day 12 : Departure for the green, green grass of home
Day 01Arrive KathmanduYou will be picked up by our company escorts on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, and transferred to your hotel. Refresh & get familiar with your surroundings. Go for a walk down the streets close by to the hotel; this will enable you to get some good experience of your surroundings that will make your tour more enjoyable. Have supper & it’s your first overnight in the city of the gods.
Day 02Kathmandu City tour, in the evening drive to Nagarkot for an overnight (distance 32 km). After breakfast you will begin your tour with a visit to Pashupatinath, situated 5 km east of Kathmandu. The temple of Lord Shiva, Pathupatinath, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is said to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines. This is also a cremation site for the people in the country where the common man & even the kings of Nepal are cremated hereabouts. You will then visit Boudhanath, which lies 3km east of Pashupati. This ancient colossal Buddhist stupa is one of the biggest in the world. It was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. After lunch you will proceed to Swayambhunath, one of the world´s most splendid Buddhist chaityas & popularly known as the ‘monkey temple’’. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire base are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Next you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see the Taleju Temple, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.; Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction; we then return back to our hotel for lunch before we proceed to the lovely hill resort of Nagarkot. Overnight at Nagarkot
Day 03Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Balthali Village Tour (distance: 40 km) After an early morning cupper coffee we witness a spectacular sunrise as well as fantastic mountains views of Annapurna, Langtang and Gaurishanker Himalaya ranges. Viewing this awesome beauty starts your day well. We then have breakfast before we drive to Bhaktapur for a city tour of this ancient town & learn of its tragedies. After this we drive to Khopasi and begin a cool hike to Balthali village (40 minutes). Balthali Village is geographically situated on a plateau, just beyond the ancient village of Panauti: a small local market in Kavre district about 40 km away from Kathmandu which rests at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola (stream). Balthali Village resort is situated high above the southern ridge of this exceptional hamlet which stands in a unique place of isolation and relaxation amidst the surroundings of a typical Nepali rural countryside with terraced rice fields and dried hay thatched farm houses. Nepal village tourism is a newly developed concept and Balthali village meets the idea just perfectly. Overnight with a family in the village or in tents
Day 04Hiking to Namo Buddha (3 hours hiking) After breakfast we go for hiking excursion to Namo Buddha, then drive back to Kathmandu. Namo Buddha: this is said to be one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. As per mythology, it is known as the place where the Buddha, in the previous life of a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Overnight in our hotel
Day 05Drive to Gorkha Durbar (Palace) - and then drive to Bandipur (Distance: 200 km) Gorkha is known for its landscapes & is famous in the annals of history because this is where the famous king prithvi Narayan Shah set out to conquer the feudal kingdoms in a segregated Nepal & finally unified Nepal into one single nation as it is today. We then go to the sleepy little village town of bandipur nestled in the laps of the lovely hillocks of Nepal. This little town is known for its chocolate box settings & the warm hospitality of the local Newari inhabitants of this town with a rich traditional culture. Overnight at a comfortable resort.
Day 06Drive to Pokhara (distance: 75 km) On reaching this wonderful lake city, we refresh & embark on an Afternoon sightseeing tour of David´s fall, Mahendra Cave, Old Bazaar, Vindyabasini temple, Seti River Gorge, Museum and boating on the calm Fewa Lake. Overnight at hotel in the city of lakes.
Day 07Sarangkot Tour - drive to Tansen (distance: 122 km) Early in the morning we drive down to amazing Sarangkot to enjoy a fabulous sunrise and mountain views of the Annapurna Himalayas range, and drive back to our hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we continue with our tour on a scenic drive to Tansen, the capital of the hill town of Palpa. Tansen stands on the Siddhartha Highway that links Pokhara with Lumbini. This hill town at 1,310m is geographically situated in the juxtaposition of plains of the Terai and the hills of the Mahabharata Range. This lovely town offers views of lush green valleys and silver grey mountains. Tansen itself is very colorful & vibrant with its old houses and naturally beautiful landscapes. Overnight at our hotel.
Day 08Drive to Lumbini (distance: 85 km) Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. This town is significant for its religious importance & is a virtual Mecca for followers of the Buddhist faithful who visit this town from all over the world. Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. Have breakfast and start your jungle safari on elephant. Visit the elephant breeding centre. In the afternoon take a canoe ride or jungle hike. The Tharu stick dance will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 09Drive to Chitwan for a go-wild jungle safari (distance: 175 km) After breakfast we drive down to Chitwan National Park (185km/5 ½ hours). Upon arrival in Chitwan, you will check into the hotel and enjoy welcome drinks and a briefing about your ongoing jungle activities. In the evening you can enjoy a thrilling Tharu stick dance and dinner. Overnight stay at the resort where your jungle activities will read like this: 13:30 Lunch 16:00 Cultural Tour (visit to Tharu Village) 18:00 Slide show Program / Tharu Stick Dance 21:00 Dinner
Day 10Tour Activities Today in the jungle We get a Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. We then return back to our resort for breakfast amidst the happy chirping of birds and start your jungle safari on elephant. We visit the elephant breeding centre and in the afternoon take a canoe ride on the serene rivers of the jungle & then go for a jungle hike. We then enjoy a special Tharu stick dance which will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort, your program will read like this: 6:30 Breakfast 8:00 Canoeing, Elephant ride, Visit to Elephant Breeding centre 13:00 Lunch 15:00 Elephant back Safari 21:00 Dinner Overnight at resort, inclusive of full board meals
Day 11Drive to Kathmandu & en-route visit Manakamana Temple (distance: 175 km to Kathmandu) Before your departure from Chitwan late in the morning, your activities will consist of the following: 6:00 Wake up call 6:30 Tea / Coffee 7:00 Bird watching 8:30 Breakfast 9:30 Drive to Kurintar for cable car ride to Manakamana Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast
Day 12Departure for the green, green grass of home Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to drive you to the Airport for your onward destination home. Knowing you has been a great experience. We wish you a happy bon voyage home!