We Love —
- On this 10-day private tour, discover the essentials of Nepal: Katmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and Nagarkot.
- Discover Nepalese culture and beautiful temples, watch the Himalayas at sunrise, and play with animals in Chitwan Park.
- Throughout their stay, our members will stay in hand selected four-star accommodation with daily breakfast included.
Your Destination —
Home to hundreds of exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art, this place is an easy reminder of another era. On this 10-day private tour, you will experience the giddy heights of the Himalayan hills, enjoying a spectacular view of Everest, as you absorb the unique culture of this fascinating country.
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu - Chitwan
Day 3: Chitwan
Day 4: Chitwan - Pokhara
Day 5: Pokhara
Day 6: Pokhara - Kathmandu - Nagarkote
Day 7: Nagarkote - Kathmandu
Day 8: Kathmandu
Day 9: Kathmandu
Day 10: Kathmandu – Departure from Airport
Your Itinerary —
Arrival in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the largest city and the capital & heart of Nepal. Once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La, Kathmandu is a growing vacation. In the distant dawn of unrecorded time, so legend tells us, the valley of Kathmandu was a turquoise lake with a wondrous lotus flower resting on it. Manjushree (Padmasambhava), a patriarch saint from China sliced the valley wall with his flaming sword of wisdom at Chovar and let the dry land appear. The lotus flower settled on the valley floor over which Manjushree built the great stupa of Swoyambhunath.
The Kathmandu valley comprises the three ancient Royal cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu having their own palaces and ornate palace squares each listed as World Heritage sites. There are cobbled lanes of the palace squares with a fascinating maze of temples, shrines, marketplaces and the life revolving around it. You will meet a representative upon your arrival and have assistance at the airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, drive through scenic mountain highway to Chitwan National Park (187 km/approx. 5 hrs drive). Transfer to your hotel/resort.
Chitwan National Park is proud to be called Asia’s one of the best-managed parks and is home to over 50 species of mammals, 55 species of amphibians and reptiles and 525 species of birds. Wildlife that thrives here include; the great one-horned Asian Rhinoceros, Gaur, wild Bison, Sloth Bear, four different species of Deer, the Rhesus Monkey and the black-faced Langur, the spotted Leopard, the fish-eating Gharial, the flesh-eating marsh Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin among many others. It is also one of the last refuges of the Royal Bengal tiger. The birdlife too is very rich and varied and a delight for Ornithologists.
Lunch at your hotel in Chitwan
In the afternoon, commence on a safari to explore the jungle and the various wildlife: the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, Himalayan sloth bear, spotted leopard and, if lucky, the elusive nocturnal Royal Bengal tiger too. This exciting safari lasts for 1-1.5 hours. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Chitwan.
After breakfast, enjoy a full day of jungle activities such as jungle/nature walk, dugout canoe ride and tribal village visit etc. (Jungle activities may be changed or altered depending on the requirement and situations).
Jungle walking tour allows you to explore different habitat, from the flood-plain grassland to the dense Sal forests, where you get the opportunity of good animal sights at your own pace. Since it disturbs the animals less while walking through the forest, it is usually a better chance for discovering wildlife. During the walk, you will also get a chance to see the different kind of plants and herbs in the National park. The naturalists can give thorough descriptions of the wildlife and herbs there.
Floating down on the River by dugout canoe is the best way to discover the habitat of crocodiles on the bank of the river. It is also a relaxing and better way to watch the different kind of aquatic birds and wildlife species when they come to the bank of the river to drink water.
Lunch at your hotel in Chitwan.
Go on a conducted tour to the nearby Tharu village. Tharu are indigenous people of the Terai. They have a distinct architectural style, building solely of the natural materials found in the area; straw, wood and mud. The villages are often peaceful, non-industrial havens, with the inhabitants engaged in a yearly agricultural circle.
In the evening, enjoy a slide show on the flora & fauna of the Chitwan park OR folk dance performance by a local tribal group. People of the nearby villages (Tharu) will show some of their traditional skills and melodious tribal dances. Your participation is highly recommended. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Chitwan.
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara (165 km / approx. 5 hrs drive).
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara and take an evening stroll around Phewa lake at your own leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Pokhara.
In the early morning, take an excursion to Sarangkote hill for sunrise and Mountain View (weather permitting). Sarangkote is the most popular viewpoint in Pokhara. Situated at an altitude of 1,592m, Sarangkote offers the magnificent view of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna Massif (weather permitting). You will also have a good aerial view of Pokhara valley from here.
After breakfast, take a half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara including Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor Cave, the old Bazaar, Bindhyabasini Temple and One-hour boat ride.
Locally known as Patale Chhahgo, Davi’s fall is an awesome waterfall lying about 2km south-west of the centre on the highway to Tansen. In July 1961, Swiss couples were bathing in the stream Pardi Khola, just above the fall. A sudden flood from the Fewa Dam swept away Mrs David and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall and since fall has been called Davi’s fall. Just opposite of Davis fall, visit Gupteshwor Cave. Also, visit Pokhara’s traditional old bazaar which is colourful and is ethnically diverse. Newar architecture and craftsmanship are expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship. Bindhyabasini Temple is the centre of religious activities in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati, and another manifestation of Shati. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, people sacrifice animals and believe that she will help them fulfil their desires and wishes.
Later, take a 30-minute boat ride back to lakeside of Pokhara. Phewa Lake is the largest lake in Pokhara valley, measuring 1.5 by 4km, the lake is best situated for boating and Bird watching and especially photographing the scenic mountains. The excellent settings of the lake and the reflections of the Annapurna Mountains is something no visitors would like to miss during a boating trip. Annapurna rises directly from the valley floor and seems close enough to touch.
Walking through the villages and hills of Nepal are the best way to experience village life with cultural diversity and to see snowcapped mountains. One need not be a mountaineer to trek through the hills of Nepal. Transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Pokhara.
Morning, drive back to Kathmandu retracing the same highway (200 km / approx. 6 hrs drive). Drive onto Nagarkot hill (35kms/1.5 hrs drive one way from Kathmandu).
Situated 2175m above sea level, Nagarkot is a popular tour and hill destination of Nepal. It is famous for mountain and sunrise views. Five of the world's 10 tallest Mountains: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m) and Manaslu (8163m) along with many other lesser summits can be viewed from this place (during clear weather). The place is surrounded by the terraced hillside and most beautiful scenery. It is possible to make walking tours to nearby villages.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore at leisure. Later, there is a possibility of taking a walking tour to a nearby village. Overnight at your hotel in Nagarkot.
Day 7: Nagarkot - Kathmandu (Breakfast included)
Wake up early for morning sunrise and mountain views from the hotel (weather permitting). Later, drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
In the morning, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of old city Kathmandu. The founding of the Durbar (Royal Palace) dates back to Licchavi times. With considerable renovations by Malla rulers and later the Ranas, construction was accomplished progressively over many centuries. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. Visit the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, Paravati temple, great Bell and Drum, Bhairav, Taleju Temple and an array of temples grouped around it. A few steps away is the Temple of the Living Goddess, where the clients may catch a glimpse of the Kumari at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. All around the splendour of historical monuments is the hustle & bustle of the market place. Vegetable vendors, trees of flutes, salesmen with their wares displayed on their person, souvenir hawkers, and a street shop selling imported goods and tucked away in a quiet corner the glittering bead market for custom made bead necklaces.
Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu stands the great stupa of Swoyambhunath, a site over 2,500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushree discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley Lake. Swoyambhunath offers a bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu city. This huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu. The faithful circumambulate of the stupa clockwise, turning the banks of prayer wheels and even prostrating full-length are done in reverence. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple & Boudhanath Stupa.
Pashupatinath temple is considered as one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples in the whole world. The temple of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors, is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. They will only be able to view it from the eastern bank of Bagmati River overlooking the cremation grounds. This two-tiered magnificent golden temple with four triple silver doorways is a unique example of the Nepalese temple architecture. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu god and goddess insides. It is not known when the temple was founded. Tradition says it was constructed by Pashupreksha of the Somadeva Dynasty in the 3rd century BC, but the first historical records date from the 13th century. The Bagmati River, which runs next to Pashupatinath Temple, has highly sacred properties is lined with dharmasalas.
Boudhanath is also known as `little Tibet’ because of its unique atmosphere resembling old Barkhor marketplace in Lhasa. Many Tibetans visit here as a place of pilgrimage and trading. Visit a nearby monastery at sunset to see little novices and old monks sitting side by side chanting evening prayer. Afternoon, drive to Bhaktapur. Commence sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Bhaktapur also was known as Bhadgaon is the home of medieval art & architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved of the valley’s three cities. Visit the ancient gateway, Durbar Square the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Dattatraya temple, Pujari Math and Palace of 55 windows. Walk to the famous Nyatapola temple, the five-storied temple in pagoda style, the tallest temple in the country guarded by a series of mythical animals and deities overlooking the Bhairav temple dedicated to the tantric deity of Bhairav. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu (Breakfast included)
You will have free time until your departure. At noon, check out and later on, you will be transferred to the airport in time to connect to your international flight.
Your Hotels —
Our members will stay at the following accommodation (or similar) on a Twin / double sharing basis with breakfast included throughout and breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chitwan.
1-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Hotel Shanker 4*
2-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Jungle Villa Resort 4*
2-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Hotel Da Yatra Courtyard 4*
1-night stay in a Standard Room at Club Himalaya Resort 4*
3-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Hotel Shanker 4*
Sleeps up to
Your Journey —
Flights: You may choose from Economy or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process. The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Return transfers are included throughout this offer.