19 January 2017
Nepal is one of those magical destinations that offers so much for the adventurous traveller. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth - Mt. Everest - resulting in climatic conditions from sub-tropical to arctic. This wild variation fosters an incredible variety of ecosystems, the greatest mountain range on earth, thick tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys. And on this marvellous nine day tour you will experience all aspects of this beautiful country, spending a minimum amount of time travelling between each destination and enjoying the best activities in each place.
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be met by one of our tour representatives who will present you with a welcome gift of a silk scarf before taking you to your hotel. After checking in there will be plenty of time to explore the fascinating capital city of Nepal.
Wake early for a memorable flight over Everest. Enjoy an hour of breathtaking views in the mighty Himalayan range before returning to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast enjoy a tour of Kathmandu city and visit Swayambhunath stupa. Stop at the 17th Century Durbar complex and then a number of temples including Hanuman Dhoka. In the afternoon visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhnath stupa. Pashupatinath temple is noted for its erotic woodcarvings and the Boudhnath stupa is one of the largest in the world.
Today you travel by road to Chitwan where the Royal Chitwan National Park is a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. This is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem significantly valuable to the whole world. The park covers a pristine area in the subtropical inner lowlands of southern central Nepal. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park, which is renowned for the protection of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger and gharial crocodile. After arriving at Chitwnn Lodge take an exciting elephant back safari.
A full day of activities in the national park including a jungle walk, bird watching, and a canoe trip on the Narayani River. You will also be taken to a Tharu village to witness the life style of local people. Tharus are local inhabitants of Chitwan and known for their hard work and honesty. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Chitwan.
Breakfast at Hotel Transfer to Lumbini (185 KM/5hrs) and Check-in at hotel Afternoon, sightseeing of Lumbini includes the following places: Lumbini is the birth place of Siddhartha Gautam who later known as Lord Gautam Buddha. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations located in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Buddha is known as the light of Asia. Millions of people around all over the world come here to visit. Lumbini is listed in the World Heritage Monument List by UNESCO.The Indian emperor Ashoka identified and set the Ashoka pillar in Lumbini which is the main attraction of this area. The other main attraction of this area is Maya Devi Temple, Scared Garden spread over 8sq km and scared pond Puskarni where Mayadevi had taken a bath before giving birth to Gautam Buddha. Lumbini holds the historical and religious significance of Nepal. Sightseeing includes Ashoka Pillar, Maya Devi Temple, The Crane Sanctuary, The Sacred garden,
Breakfast at hotel. Then, transfer to Pokhara (265KM/6hrs drive) and check- in at Hotel. If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal; Pokhara is its center of adventure. It is located roughly 200 Kms west of Kathmandu. The city of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. Its quiet lakeside location and proximity to t he mountains mean it is an ideal place for recovering from (or gearing up for) a trek, taking leisurely strolls or simply putting your nose in a good book. Pokhara has some of the country's best accommodation and restaurants as well. There's a batch of Tibetan settlements, a hilltop monastery and the pretty Devi Falls nearby. Day walks can be taken to Sarangkot (1592m), the limestone caves at Mahendra Gufa or Rupa and Begnas Tals lakes.
Breakfast at hotel Then, transfer to sightseeing of half-day tour in Pokhara visiting the following places Devi's fall: Devi's fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about 2-Km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall. Mahendra Cave: This large limestone cave, locally known as the House of Bats, is another nature's wonder in Pokhara. The Old Bazaar: Pokhara traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newer architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about four kms from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well. This area strewn with shops selling commodities from edible and cloth to cosmetics is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around. Phewa Lake: The centre of attraction in Pokhara is the Phewa Lake - the second largest lake in the Kingdom. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in the middle. The favorite home base for travelers is the eastern shore (Popularly known as lakeside or Baidam) where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located Free for shopping in the lake side market
Breakfast at hotel Then transfer to Pokhara to connect Kathmandu flight (30 minutes). Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Evening transfer to Baithak Restaurant for Dinner with Nepali Cultural show Babar Mahal Revisited encompasses a fusion of neo-classical architecture, a rich mix of Nepalese, European and Indian influence. This project was the first private endeavor in local architectural conservation that entered the list of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards Project Baithak - Located in the newly restored Babar Mahal Revisited complex, a palace of one the last Rana rulers. The restaurant in designed in the same opulent royal court lifestyle. The food is Rana cuisine, a very refined blend of Nepali and Moghul cooking, very rich and yet subtle. Overnight at hotel
Make the most of today as it is your last of the tour. Enjoy a free morning to go exploring in Kathmandu, seeing more sights and catching up on some last minute shopping before being taken to the airport for your onward flight or journey home
Standard fr £1145pp
Superior fr £1306pp
Deluxe fr £1889pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated