Explore Nepal 10 Days
Departure Date
Land Cost
On request
US$
1550.00
US$
451.00
Internal Air
US$
104.00
 

The very word “Nepal” invokes visions of high mountains, remote valleys and hardy explorers foregoing all creature comforts to test themselves against nature and her forces. However, long before the first mountaineers ventured north to the jagged horizons of rock and ice; long before the first rafter or kayaker descended the rivers; long before the first trekkers appeared on the ridges; the Nepalese were building palaces, temples, monasteries and complex townships to rival those anywhere else in the world. Arts and crafts flourished – so much so, that artisans and builders traveled as far as Beijing in China to build temples and Pagodas.

 

The lost way method of metal casting was perfected, woodworking and carving attained new heights, stone carving and painting as devotional excises became art forms. Perhaps these are among the many reasons why, just in the vicinity of the Kathmandu valley alone, there are seven UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, within a 13-mile radius.

 

This trip is designed to introduce to you the essence of Nepal. The heritage sites and museums, stunning mountain scenery and model conservation and preservation efforts; all of which go to make Nepal one of the most exciting destinations in the world.

 
 
 

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu, Explore Thamel.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a tour officer and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to rest or just walk around Thamel, the tourist hub in Kathmandu, with plenty of restaurants, pubs, cyber cafes, book stores and colorful shops.

Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 02 Tour Pashupati, Bodhnath, Kathmandu Durbar Square & Swambhu

MEAL: Breakfast

Today you have a full day sightseeing tour of various temples and monasteries which include Pasupatinath : Situated near the banks of sacred Bagmati River the temple of lord Siva-Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb Newari architecture.

Baudhanath : This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of Nepal’s most unique monument and said to be the world biggest, attracts Nepalese pilgrimage of Tibetan stock from as far as Dolpo and Mugu as well as Tibet, Ladhak in India and Bhutan.

You will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square that has housed kings of different dynasties and temple-scape representing finest specimens of Hindu and Buddhist architectures.

Hanuman Dhoka, the traditional seat of royalty in Nepal.  This is the site of the 1974 coronation of His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, the temples in Hanuman Dhoka and the surrounding Durbar Square include some of the finest specimens of Nepalese architecture and many erotic carvings.

Temple of the Living Goddess, the residence of the ling virgin goddess Kumari. Kastha Mandap, an interesting temple in pagoda style said to have been built from the timber of a single tree.  The name of the city Kathmandu, is derived from this structure.

Continue to Swayambhunath, a 2000 year-old Buddhist monument on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Surrounding the hemispherical Stupa are many temples and pagodas and a large band of monkeys.

Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 03 Overland Kathmandu - Chitwan

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Drive for about five hours from Kathmandu along the main highway from the capital that leads to the plains to arrive at the Chitwan National Park. which is one of the Asia's richest and most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.

Upon arrival at the camp, you will be briefed about the activities in the park. The activates include wildlife viewing on the elephant back, , boat trips, jungle treks and bird watching excursions and slide shows on wildlife. The wildlife of Chitwan is famous for the rare greater one-horned rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, and several species of deer, sloth bears, leopard, the marsh mugger and Gharial crocodiles and over 450 species of birds.

Overnight Chitwan.

Day 04 Jungle activities - Chitwan

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

In Chitwan, In addition to its prime wildlife programmers, other activities at the jungle are walks to local villages, bird watching and canoing. 

 

Overnight Chitwan.

Day 05 Overland Chitwan-Pokahra

MEAL: Breakfast

After breakfast, the waiting vehicle will take you to Pokhara, a picturesque town. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s situated at an altitude of 2952 feet in a lush, picturesque valley surrounded by forest rimmed hills and just 30 km to the north is walled in by 140 unbroken kilometers of the central Himalayan Range including Annapurna and Dhauligiri each above 26240 feet. The horizon however is dominated by a far smaller, but infinitely more spectacular peak – Macchapuchhare or “Fish Tail” which seems to rise off the same valley floor and spectacularly ends in “Fish Tailed” peak.

 

In the afternoon you can take an option boating on Phewa Lake.

 

Evenings in Pokhara has its own charm especially in the Lake Side district, dotted with fancy restaurants facing the Phewa Lake, lazy shops and simple guest houses with lush gardens that bloom year round.

 

Overnight Pokhara.

Day 06 Hike to Austrian Camp - Dhampus

MEAL: Breakfast

This morning your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby early morning, and drive 45 minutes to Khande.  Begin your hike to Austrian camp which is about one and half hour. Enjoy the views Fishtail mountain, Annapurna South, Annapurna 2 and 4 and Peak 29.

 

Descend to Dhampus, lunch. You still can have beautiful views of Annapurna range. Continue descending to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara.  

 

 

Overnight Pokhara.

Day 07 Fly Pokhara - Kahtmandu, tour Patan, transfer to Nagarkot.

MEAL: Breakfast/Dinner

Morning flight back to Kathmandu. 

A guide will meet you at the airport and take you to  Patan which is also known as Lalitpur. “Lalitpur” literally the city of fine arts is perhaps a living museum as she still retains her medieval air of the ancient times and almost half the inner city residents are craftsmen in their own right.

Patan was one of the major Buddhist cities in Asia by the 7th century as pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China visited the city. It is said that at one stage the entire population of Patan city was comprised of monks and craftsmen only. The city is full of Hindu Temples, Buddhist monuments and structures with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful Metal and wood carvings.

Continue to Nagarkot which is located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu Valley at 8000 ft and 20 miles east of the valley, offers the panorama eastern Himalaya including 5 of world’s ten higest peaks - Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho O Yu, Makalu and Manslu.

Overnight Nagarkot.

Day 08 Enjoy sunrise over Himalaya, Tour Changu Narayan & Bhaktapur

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Wake up early morning to see the spectacular sun rise over the Himalayas. 

Early lunch, and then drive down to the World Heritage temple complex of Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in Nepal, which is said to have been built in 323 by King Hari Dutta Varma. This, the oldest existing Vishnu Temple (built at about the same time as the Pasupatinath Temple), is richly decorated with metal, wood and stone sculptures and carvings and is still an active place of worship and is one of the holiest of temples in the valley. The triple roofed structure pagoda depict Vishnu’s ten incarnations. The temple compound contains smaller shrines dedicated to Krishna, Siva, images of Buddha, demi-gods, Linga, Asta Matrika, Several forms of Vishnu. It is situated about 500 feet above the level of the Kathmandu valley and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.

Continue to Bhadgaon, also called Bhaktapur, the city of devotees, is located nine miles to the east of Kathmandu.

The tour visits: Durbar Square, the main palace square of the city containing many temples and other architectural showpieces, including the Golden Gate, described as the finest piece of art in the Kingdom.

Nyatapola Temple, The five-storied pagoda style temple built in 1708 AD. , the largest and the most famous example of Nepalese pagoda architecture.

Dattatraya Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built in 1427 AD. Nearby is the monastery with exquisitely carved windows, which now serves as the National Works Museum.

Overnight Bhaktapur.

Day 09 At leisure in Bhaktapur. Explore Bhaktapur

MEAL: Breakfast

Today you are at leisure in Bhaktapur.  Just take a walk around the city. Experience the daily life of local people. Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants in Durbar square which offers beautiful views of Durbar Square.

Overnight Bhaktapur.

Day 10 Bhaktapur - U.S. or an extension

MEAL: Breakfast

Transfer to airport and fly back home or extend yourt trip to India, Bhutan or Myanmar.

 
VISA INFO

Foreign tourists entering Nepal must have a valid passport. You can obtain the visa upon arrival in Kathmandu airport (2 passport size photos and visa fee required to obtain the visa on arrival) or get the visa from the following diplomatic mission in U.S.A.  Current visa fee is US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days. The visa fee is subject to change.

Embassy of Nepal                                                                                                                                 2131 Loroy Place, NW                                                                                                                   Washington, D.C. 20008                                                                                                                 Telephone: 202-667-4550

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