This is the best tour program. During this tour you will get opportunity to visit old and ancient historical hill towns, temples, and famous view points from where we have super panorama views of the mountains. And we do also village walk, cultural tours, boating on Fewa Lake in Pokhara and Jungle safari in Chitwan national park. In this tour you will collect all the different experiences about Nepal.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
A representative from the company will display your naming board and greet you outside the arrival terminal. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements escort to your hotel. The tour leader will hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding tour arrangements and a general orientation to Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
Our Tour guide led you explore around Kathmandu valley for the sightseeing. We explore historical, spiritual and world Heritage Sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), and Bouddhanath: one of the largest Stupa of the world, Pashupatinath: One of the Hindus holy place of the world.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square, the land of gods surrounded by beautiful mountains around. Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of this city; it is a complex of beautiful temples and shrines, both Hindu and Buddhist. Most of them are built in the pagoda style embellished intricately carved exteriors, built between 12th and 18th centuries. The Durbar Square with its old temples, palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations celebrate. Until the early 20th century the Durbar Square was the King's residence. It is a living open museum of Nepal. Now Nepal is republic.
Hanuman Dhoka, running the eastern edge of the square takes up more space than all the other monuments here combined. Hanuman Dhoka palace complex consists of a huge Royal Square exposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. The centre palace complex here in is named after a monkey god called Hanuman established by King Pratap Malla in 1672 A.D. One can see a huge stone statue of Hanuman painted all red right to the main entrance of the palace. Hanuman here is regarded as a powerful protector entire Durbar square. The important things are Taleju temple, The Kumari Ghar (house of the living goddess), Kasthamandap (house of wood) and Maju Dega.
Swayambhunath (The monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa on a west of Kathmandu city, 6 km far from Thamel. It is on the top of the small hill. This hill is a mosaic of a small Stupa and pagoda temple. It is one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of the world. It is said to be 2000 years old and visitors are often call it the “Monkey Temple” because here are lots of monkey around. In the beginning there is very nice statue of Lord Buddha standing on Lotus flower in small pond. This is symbolizing spreading peace in the world. After then it start many small temples and Stupas all way to main Stupa. Its main feature, the white dome is identified with spotless pure jewels of Nirvana and a 13 tiered golden spire in the conical shape surmounted on the dome representing 13 heavens an elaborate canopy. Underneath this touring structure is a pair of all seeing eyes of Buddha paints on all four sides of the Stupa. Here is a huge golden Thunderbolt (Bajra Dhatu Mandala) in the front. It represents sward Chandahasa of Manjushri. The twelve animals depicted in the lower part represent the months of the Tibetan year. Now, there are huge statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, Chengresi and Guru Padama Samvawa in the east- western side near by the road. These are the new. This Swayambhunath is standing is stands commanding a magnificent view of Kathmandu valley and the breathtaking panorama of the north eastern Himalayan range.
Boudhanath (Jyarung Khasyor)
This is another Buddhist Stupa built on flat surface and is one of the oldest and the largest in the world. The Stupa of Boudhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This temple is also known by the Jyarung Khasyor. On this colossal and ancient Stupa are the all seeing of Lord Buddha. It is in various levels of the terraces and it is painted in pastel and adorned with prayer flags. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the natural Mandala design. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 insets of prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice. There are presences of about four dozens monasteries around it. The settlement of Boudhanath has the largest community of Tibetans. There are many stories and legends concerning the origin and history of the Stupa. The splendid dome of Boudhanath Stupa is approximately 120 ft in diameter, 1 hec in width and 43m in height. It is surrounded by colorful private family houses. This is very famous for all Buddhist people and every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region visit the Stupa.
The Pashupatinath temple is one of the most venerated Hindu temples in the world. It is an international center of pilgrimage and the Hindu devotees from all over the world come here for pilgrimage. The temple lies on the bank of the holy river, Bagmati. There are hundreds of temples and shrines surrounded the main temple. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses a lingam or his phallic symbol. The beautiful pagoda temple of Pashupatinath as it stands now was built in the 7th century AD, but there is evidence to prove that there was a temple here before 4th century AD. Various rulers throughout history have adorned and additions to the temple to give it its present shape. In 1696 AD, it was completely renovated by King Bhupatindra Malla.
Pashupatinath attracts both pilgrims and sightseers. It is a place of worship, a ceremonial center, a recreation center, an open air art gallery and an archaeological as well as historical site. The Pashupatinath area contains 492 temples, shrines, Stupas, Pati (rest place) and Sattal. There are also about one thousands Shiva lingams. As such it is a storehouse of rare sculptures. The eastern side of the Bagmati River is a pleasant wooded mound where rhesus monkeys live. Thus the temple is an important site in terms of both culture and nature.
Day 3: Drive to Bandipur (151 km from Kathmandu) via Gorkha (22 km extra one way)
From Kathmandu we drive along the Prithvi highway (Kathmandu – Pokhara) to Ambu Khaireni and then follow the small paved road to Gorkha (140 km from Kathmandu / 22 km from Ambu Khaireni). We drive through many small villages along the Trishuli River. Leaving the Kathmandu valley we have nice views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and some parts of Annapurna. When we descend down the views will disappear. We will have lunch in Gorkha bazaar where there are many good restaurants. After visit the Gorkha we will drive back to Ambu Khaireni and follow the Prithvi highway to Dumre. From Dumre we will leave main highway and drive up to the Bandipur village. Bandipur is 9 km far from Dumre. It has black topped road. Bandipur was headquarter of Tanahu district long time ago but now it has moved to Damauli. Bandipur is beautiful place. It is on the top of the ridge and here are many Newari traditional houses. Here grows lots of oranges. In the main market there are many guesthouses and shops. This is very popular tourist destination also for internal tourist. From here it has panorama views of whole Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, Chulu east-west, top of Dhaulagiri and Marshyangdi valley. We can see very good sun rise view from here.
Gorkha, situated at 140 km west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1135 meter, is the ancestral hometown of the Nepal’s royal family. Small town of Gorkha is the most important historical town of Nepal. From its hilltop fortress, King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the ninth generation paternal ancestor of the present King, launched his lifelong attempt to unify the independent states of Nepal, a wildly ambitious project which succeeded due to his brilliance, and the effectiveness of his locally recruited troops. The British term “Gurkha” evolved from the name Gorkha, referring to the famed fighting soldiers of the region.
Gorkha’s centerpiece is the magnificent Gorkha Durbar with a fort, a palace and a temple with excellent views of the surrounding valleys, and the Manaslu range.
Gorkha Bazaar is primarily a cobbled street market place where people from neighboring hill dwellings come to trade. There are a few temples near about, but not much. Yet, it is worth a visit as it provides a very good vista of the quiet charm that soaks a typical hill village of Nepal.
Gorkha Durbar is the main attraction of Gorkha, it is short drive up a hill from the bazaar area. It used to be the dwelling of King Prithvi Narayan and his ancestors. The Durbar itself is a humble, yet quite impressive, complex of a temple, fort, and a palace built in the Newar style of Kathmandu. The view of the Himalayan range and the deep valleys from up there is quite breathtaking.
Gorakhnath Cave, few meters below the palace's southern side, is the sacred cave temple of Gorkhanath. The cave is carved out of the solid rock and is among the most important religious sites.
Bandipur was established as a funnelling point of trade by Newar traders from Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley after it had been conquered in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah. They took advantage of its malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India-Tibet trade route. With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.
Originally, a simple Magar village in the early 19th Century Bandipur developed into prosperous trading centre and a community with town-like features: substantial buildings, with their neoclassical façades and shuttered windows and streets paved with slabs of slate. Bandipur lost importance because the district headquarters of Tanahu were moved to Damauli.
At the northeast end of the bazaar this ornate, two-tiered temple is dedicated to Durga. Its ancient walls are covered in carvings and a priest opens the doors each evening. Facing the temple across the square is the Padma library a striking 18th-century building with carved windows and beams.
Nearby, a set of stone steps runs off east to the small Mahalaxmi Temple another centuries-old Newari-style temple.
In centuries past, traders would gather on this man-made plateau to haggle for goods from India and Tibet before starting the long trek to Lhasa or the Indian plains. It was also a former parade ground for Gurkhas serving with the British Army. These days it’s all about the views. At dawn and sunset, the clouds peel back to reveal a stunning panorama of Himalayan peaks that include Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
From Bandipur we can drive to Bimalnagar and walk up to the cave to make shorter or we can walk down from Bandipur to the cave. Siddha Gufa is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. Its cathedral-like chasm is full of twisted stalactites and stalagmites. Guides are compulsory and await you at the cave’s entrance. Flashlights are also available for hire. Follow the signs starting from the north end of the village, taking you along a dirt path running north over the edge of the ridge, turning right at the obvious junction. The stone path is slippery. From here it’s a 25-minute walk downhill to Bimalnagar where our vehicle will be waiting.
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara (81 Km / 3 hrs)
We drive back to near Dumre and follow the main highway to Pokhara. We can reach in Pokhara for late lunch or can eat on the way. In the afternoon we can visit around lakeside, Tibetan refugee camp, Patale Chhango (Devi's fall) and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave.
Pokhara is the second-largest valley in the hilly region of Nepal. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Many tourists visit Pokhara Valley to see the Himalayan range and lakes.
Phewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the south of the Pokhara. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal, the largest in Gandaki Zone followed by Begnas Lake. Phewa lake covers an area of about 5.23 km. It has an average depth of about 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 24 m. Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 43,000,000 cubic metres. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km away from the lake. The lake is also famous for the reflection of moun Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna. The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake.
Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave is believed to be 5000 years old is one of the wonderful and largest cave in south Asia. After entering deep inside the cave you can see an Idol of Lord Shiva which has been formed naturally. Drops of water continuously from the ceiling of the cave are the attraction of the cave. Once you have passed through the tunnel, you find yourself in a huge open space which is really a huge cavern inside and full of enormous rocks and small pebbles scattered everywhere. After few yards of scrambling through the darkness you find yourself on the edge of crystal clean pond and from where you can see the awe-inspiring patale chhanga falling right to the top.
The water forms an underground tunnel after reaching the bottom. This tunnel is approximately 150 m long and runs 100 feet below ground level. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it "Davi's falls" after her. Its Nepali name is Patale Chango, which means "underworld waterfall".
After exiting the tunnel, the water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Mahadev or "cave beneath the ground". The Phewa Lake dam is the water source.
It is an attraction for tourists and locals. Thousands of Nepalis visit for recreation and enjoyment. Visitors can try their luck on the luck pond constructed there by throwing and placing the coin on the statue of god. Likewise, one can find a model of traditional typical Nepali house and a series of statue of Nepali people wearing traditional dresses where visitors can click photo
Tibetan Refugee camp
Many of the Tibetan refugees who hawk souvenirs in Lakeside live in the Tibetan refugee settlements within and around Pokhara. About 3 km south of Lakeside, on the road to Butwal and near Devi’s fall, is the smaller settlement of Tashi Ling. Near the entrance of the camp is a small open space where handicraft purveyors set up stalls and entice visitors to part with cash. There’s also a small carpet factory and showroom.
Day 5: Drive to Sarangkot view point and back to hotel, Pokhara city tour
This morning we wake up early in the morning and drive to Sarangkot view point to see Sun rise view on the mountains. It is very impressive, when the first sun light comes in the mountain all the mountains looks like golden peaks. After see the Sun Rise view we come back to the hotel for breakfast and then start other tour around Pokhara. We visit International Museum, Mahendra and Bat's Cave, Seti River Gorge, Shanti Stupa and other places.
The Sarangkot view point
Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot is 5 km from Lake Side, Pokhara. Sarangkot is the highest view point for a sunrise view. It is 45 minutes drive from Lake Side, Pokhara.
The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is very wonderful. From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid of Machhapuchhre (6997m), the tent-like peak of Annapurna II (7937m) to Lamjung (6983m) in the east and many other peaks. Most people come here at dawn or dusk, when the sun picks out the peaks, transforming them from a purple-pink to a celestial gold.
International Mountain Museum
More than seventy thousand domestic and international tourists visit International Mountain Museum (IMM) every year. IMM records, documents and exhibits the past and present developments related to mountain and mountaineering around the world. The museum contains three main exhibition halls: Hall of Great Himalayas, Hall of Fame and Hall of World Mountains. Inside the museum, there are exhibits on famous peaks, descriptions of famous mountaineers, the culture and lifestyle of mountain people, flora and fauna including geology, in an attempt to represent the traditional culture and values of the Nepalese people.
Mahendra Cave is located little outside of main city. It is the large limestone cave. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. The cave attracts thousands of tourists every year. A statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found inside the cave.
The cave gets its name from former King, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This cave was discovered in the late 1950's by young shepherds of Pokhara. Since then it has remained one of the most visited places in Pokhara. We can visit also Bats cave which is close to Mahendra Cave. You can see thousands of live horseshoe bats, clinging to the ceiling of a damp and slippery chamber and occasionally chirruping into the darkness.
On the way back to city we can visit also Seti River Gorge which is near by the bridge and very interesting.
Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda style monument on a hilltop in Ananda hill above Phewa Lake. Shanti Stupa means Peace Pagoda. Shanti Stupa is the shrine build as symbol of peace. The spot situated at the height of 1100 meters on the Ananda Hill was chosen by Nichidatsu Fujii and he laid the foundation stone as well with the relics of Buddha on the hilltop on 12 September 1973. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara has also become a tourist attraction. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and the Phewa Lake.
This is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal and seventy-first pagoda built by Nipponzan Myohoji in the world. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourist and religious people to circumambulate. Second tier displays the four statues of Buddha presented as a souvenirs from different countries. Each statue represents the important events related to Buddha and named according to the place where it took place. Dharmachakra is placed below gajur (pinnacle) which signifies wheel of life, dharma and Buddha’s teaching. Top of the golden gajur holds the crystal stone from Sri Lanka which symbolizes intellect and grace. Dhamma hall with Buddha statue is located nearby the peace pagoda where Buddhist rituals take place daily and big ceremonies pujas are performed on the important dates according to Lunar calendar, such as on full moon.
Standing on top of the Ananda hill, Shanti Stupa adds more beauty to Pokhara Valley. It offers a clear view of the Himalayan range, Phewa Lake and Pokhara city. The hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset. There are several ways to reach the peace pagoda. The partial black-topped road from Chorepatan to the Stupa takes about 25-30 minutes, which can be reached by vehicles. The best ideas is drive up to near Stupa and on the way back walk down through beautiful forest and local village to the bottom and cross Lake by boat, visit the Tal Barahi Temple which is situated in the middle of Phewa lake then drive back to hotel.
Tal Barahi Temple
Tal Barahi Temple is a two story pagoda temple. It is a Hindu temple of the Goddess Durga (Barahi), the protector of gods. It is located in a small island on the south east section of Phewa Lake. The temple is used for worship by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 6: Drive to Chitwan (5 hrs)
From Pokhara, we drive along the main Pokhara – Kathmandu highway to Mugling. We drive through many beautiful villages and small towns. From Muglin, we leave the main highway and turn towards right side then follow another highway to Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is very famous for its wild animals and birds. It was declared UNESCO Natural Heritage site in 1984. There are around 600 plant species, 56 different mammals, 539 kinds of birds and 49 amphibians and reptiles found in the Park. The highlights are Asian one horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers.
Day 7: Tour around Chitwan National Park
Boating: We boat in Narayani River by traditional wooden boat. It will be about 1 hr and during our boating, we can see many Crocodile, Rhesus Monkeys and many birds.
Elephant ride: This is also very interesting. The Maute will take us in the forest and will try to show us wild animals. During our elephant ride, we can see many wild animals including one horned Rhino, Deer and Monkeys.
Bird watching: In the late afternoon, you will take in the jungle area to see the birds. The hotel use professional bird guide for this.
Cultural Tour: For this you will take around Tharu villages. You can see typical Tharu village life.
Cultural show: In the evening the hotel organize cultural program. Specially, the local people perform their cultural dance.
Day 8: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
There is an airport in Bharatpur from where we can fly back to Kathmandu. It is very short flight. Or we can drive back to Kathmandu. It is about 5 hrs drive. In the afternoon we visit the Thamel market for shopping and have farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
Day 9: Departure from Nepal
We will escort you to airport for your international flight.