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The Best of Nepal Ride

Trip Facts
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Grade :
  • Destinations : Nepal
  • Activities : Motor Bike Tour
  • Departure Date :
  • Best Seasons :
  • Highest Altitude : m
  • Start - End :Kathmandu - Kathmandu

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traversing mystical worlds on a 500cc Royal Enfield motorbike
  • Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Site inside the valley i.e. Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • The religious sanctity of Lumbini, Lord Buddha's birth place and immersion into Buddhist culture
  • Chitwan's undisturbed wildlife, flora and dense forests
  • Kathmandu, Bhaktapur's and Bandipur’s fascinating Newari architecture

ESSENTIAL TOUR INFORMATION

  • Clients driving the motorbike must possess an international driving licence
  • Drivers must be qualified to operate a 350cc or greater motorbike
  • Indemnity bond required for motorbike rental
  • For convenience purchase a multi-entry Nepal visa. It is possible to obtain a second single entry visa at the Nepal and Tibet border
  • It is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed. However, it may be subject to change resulting from climatic conditions, flight alterations or a change in regulations either by the 
    Government or Communities

 Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast. Alt: 1,350m.

At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2 Kathmandu 
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast. Alt. 1,350m.

Familiarize yourself with your bike with a road test. Met by the Road captain and introduction to the Royal Enfield Motorcycles. There will be a short briefing about the safety and the proper speed to ride on the roads of Nepal followed by a question and answer session.

After the briefing, everyone will be handed the keys to the motorcycles and taken for a ride around the city to familiarize with the motorcycles. For those who are completing this trip as a passenger in one of the support vehicles you will spend this time on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu.

We ride to the ancient Bhaktapur City or the “City of Devotees” situated at an altitude of  1,401 m, 12 kilometres east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weavings are its traditional industries.

Here we visit the The Durbar Square which contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Galley, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 windows,the Bastille temple and the Bell of barking dogs, etc. The statue of Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. Of the many statues available in Nepal this is considered to be the most magnificent.

Walk down to the lower level and visit The Natyapola Temple, a five storey pagoda built in 1702 A.D. by king Bhupatindra Malla. It stands on a five-terraced platform. On each of the terraces squat a pair of figures; two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and Baghiani and Singini the tiger and the lion goddesses. This is one of the tallest pagodas and is famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship.

After the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur City return back to the hotel. 

Day 3 Ride Kathmandu / Bandipur
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 1,002m. Ride 5 hours. Distance 144 kms.

After breakfast, negotiate the traffic of the Kathmandu city and ride out of the valley at the Kalanki cross section of the ring road. Then set out for the check post at Nagdhunga, just past Thankot. From here, the road twists and turns as we negotiate the traffic and descend to Naubise 26 kilometer marker (about 17 kilometers from Nagdhunga). From here, the road becomes wider and smoother making it an enjoyable ride to Mugling, 110 km from Kathmandu. From the junction the highway bifurcates. South to Chitwan and West to Pokhara. Head west by crossing the bridge and follow the Marshyangdi river for about 25 kilometers to arrive at Dumre town. Continue for another ½ kilometer and then take the left turn for a pleasant 8 kilometer winding path to ascend up to the Bandipur Village.

Bandipur was established as a funneling point of trade by Newar traders from Bhaktapur of 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 a prosperous trading centre and a community with town-like features: substantial buildings, with their neoclassical facades and shuttered windows and streets paved with slabs of silverish slate. Bandipur had its heyday in the Rana times (1846-1951), when, as a measure of its power and prestige, it was granted a special permission to have its own library (still existing).

The mountain panorama includes Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal range. It is a typical Newari village and the Newari craftsmanship on the old houses as well as the temples is very interesting. Upon arrival check into the Resort.

Day 4 Ride Bandipur to Pokhara
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only
.Alt. 820m. Ride 2hours. Distance 84kms.

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and ride to the Bandipur bazaar. Firstly, descend to the main highway near Dumre and then head west following the Marshyangdi river for a while and then slowly ascend to Pokhara through terraced agricultural lands and small road side villages.

Pokhara stands at 884 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationer’s paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lake side bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and is a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty.

The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard. Looming overhead to take center stage is Mt. Machhapucchhare or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the Lamjung Himal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of Dhaulagiri (8161 m).

Upon arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or browse through the lakeside Bazaar with its many quaint shops, restaurants, books and music stores. (Note: This is a short day’s ride to allow some time for rest for the hard rides in the following days).

Day 5 Ride around Pokhara
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 820m. Ride 5 hours. Distance 110km.

Pokhara with its clear lakes and beautiful mountain vista is a beautiful setting. A day out riding through small villages and scenic countryside is worthwhile. In the evening visit the lakeside district. After dinner, return to the Hotel.

Day 6 Ride from Pokhara to Tansen
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 1,310m. Ride 4 hours. Distance 137kms.

After breakfast, ride out of Pokhara negotiating city traffic for 2 ½ km till we come to a cross section, take a right turn and continue ride on to Tansen. The roads and many twist and turns and and we get to see typical villages along the way as the terraced farming. Tansen is situated on the slopes of Shreenagar Danda at an altitude of 1343 meters is the most popular summer resort on account of its location and climate.. The views from Tansen are spectacular. Toward the north you have an ultra-wide mountain panorama all the way from Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west and in the east there is Mt Gauri Shankar.

Day 7 Ride from Tansen to Lumbini
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 182m. Ride 5 hours. Distance 89kms.

After breakfast, get ready and start riding towards Lumbini. Its and easy short ride today starting with a downhill ride in curvy road of approximately 15 km Then we reach the terrain and the road becomes flat. The biggest settlement is Butwal which is about 45 kilometers from Tansen. There are lots of factories here and the traffic also become heavier. From Butwal it’s another 40 kilometers to Bhairahawa and then another 18 kilometers (approximately) to Lumbini.

Lumbini – the birth place of Lord Buddha in 623 BC, lies in the south – western part of  Nepal. Here one visits the sacred Lumbini Garden that possesses all the treasures of the area. The Mayadevi temple is an important religious site where Buddha’s mother gave birth to him. West of the Mayadevi temple, the Indian emperor Ashoka erected a pillar to spread Buddhism and demarcate the boundaries of his empire. The Ashoka Pillar bears an inscription that authenticates Lumbini as the place where the Buddha was born. Sightseeing is at Kapilavastu, located some 27 km. To the west of Lumbini lies the ruins of the town of ‘Kapilavastu’, believed to be the capital of Sakya Republic where Lord Buddha lived and enjoyed his life until his thirteen years. Kapilavastu has been identified with Tilaurakot by the archaeologists. Also the place is believed to have been associated with different important episodes. There are ruins and mounds of old stupas and monasteries made of Kiln-burnt bricks and clay-mortar.

Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel.Sightseeing tour of the Lumbini Village. Lumbini remained neglected for centuries. In 1895, Feuhrer, a famous German archaeologist, discovered the great pillar while wandering about the foothills of the Churia range. Further exploration and excavation of the surrounding area revealed the existence of a brick temple and a sandstone sculpture within the temple itself which depicts the scenes of the Buddha's birth. It is pointed out by scholars that the temple of Maya Devi was constructed over the foundations of more than one earlier temple or stupa, and that this temple was probably built on an Ashokan stupa itself. On the south of the Maya Devi temple there is the famous sacred bathing pool known as Puskarni. It is believed that Maha Devi took a bath in this pool before the delivery. By the side of the Ashoka pillar there is a river which flows southeast and is locally called the 'Ol' river. In 1996, an archaeological dig unearthed a "flawless stone" placed there by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC to mark the precise location of the Buddha's birth more than 2,600 years ago.

Day 8 Ride from Lumbini to Chitwan
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 130m. Ride 3hours. Distance 189kms.

After breakfast retrace our route up to Butwal for 21 km. Turn left at the crossing and continue a pleasant ride on a straight road for about an hour. The road then begins to cut through the small hills and forest providing riders with gentle bends for 25 km. Pass through few settlements till we reach the cross-section called Danda. Turn right and continue riding through the Tharu villages mostly on graveled path.

Arrive at Amaltari ghat where the boatmen and representatives from Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge is there to greet you. Board the waiting canoes, cross the Narayani river and then a 4 kilometre drive in Jeeps through riverine forests and grasslands brings us to Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge, located deep in the Sal forest.

At the Resort, the manager / Guest Relations will inform the guests about the activities of the Resort and assign the rooms.

The Chitwan National Park is home of greater one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), 4 types of deer, 2 types of monkeys, 2 types of crocodiles, leopards, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and over 450 species of birds and various reptiles and other smaller mammals.

Lunch at the Resort.

In the afternoon, a safari on elephant back is organized to search for the one horned Rhinoceros, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and many other animals as deer, wild boars, sloth bear, leopard, etc. that inhabit the park.

Day 9 Chitwan National Park
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.

Early morning the guests are again taken for a 3 hour wildlife safari on an Elephant to view and photograph wildlife from close quarters. The animals are scattered, elusive and mostly reside in the dense grasslands which grow to a height of 20 ft. the only means of penetrating this dense grassland is by elephants. After the safari, return to the Lodge.

In late morning, visit the Elephant stables where the resident naturalist highlights the life of the beast. This is an interesting hour with the elephants and the guests get the opportunity of participating and witnessing the rare scene of elephants at bath.

Guests are taken for a drive or a walk through the jungles comprising of Sal forests and riverine forests and visiting the numerous lakes to view the Mugger crocodiles, water birds and appreciate the flora of the national park. This will be followed by a boat ride on the river to view the endangered fresh water Dolphin, fish eating Gharial Crocodiles and many migrant and resident water birds. After the boat ride meet waiting vehicles for the drive to the resort.

Day 10 Ride from Chitwan to Daman
Overnight Hotel. Included meals breakfast.
Alt. 2,320m. Ride 4hours.Distance 163kms.

After early breakfast, start drive to Daman, which is about 163 Km south west of Kathmandu on the Tribhuvan Raj Path which takes approximately 4 ½ hrs. Check out of the lodge and drive to the main pickup point and cross the river on a boat then climb on a wafting bus to cross the jungle to come to the parking place. Hop on the bike and re-trace the gravel route till Danda and take the right turn and continue riding for 26 km to the major town Naryanghat on the Mahendra highway the longest highways of Nepal. From here ride 77 km to reach another town called Hetauda which is a scenic ride through forests and small roadside villages.

From here the ride to Daman is about 55 km. The mountain road is narrow and steep with sharp bends all the way (60 km) till Daman.

Situated at an altitude of 2,500 meter (8, 00 ft) Daman is the perfect destination for all seasons to undertake outdoor activities like rock climbing, Para gliding, hang gliding or even just for acclimatization before a hectic trek or mountaineering, Pony trekking,Mountain biking, Fishing etc.

On a clear day, one can view the mountain panorama including Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest –8848m), the highest peak in the world.

Day 11 Ride from Daman to Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast.
Alt. 1,350m. Ride 3hours.Distance 84kms.

After early morning breakfast ride towards Kathmandu via Khulekhani Dam. Ride starts with the downhill on a blacktop road for 7 km till Palung, from where the road diverts. The main road leads to Hetuda and another road which is a dirt track (mostly gravel) for 24 km to Khulekheni Dam. From here continue riding on dirt road for another 20 km till we reach Pharping. The road has sharp bends and from Pharping we take the left turn and continue riding towards Bhalku passing a beautiful lake “Taudaha” en-route. From here it is 3 kilometers towards the hustle and bustle of traffic into the city and then a further 5 kilometers to the Hotel.

Upon arrival check into the Hotel.

Day 12 Sightseeing for half day
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast.
Sightseeing tour of the Ancient Kathmandu city with its many beautiful temples and shopping courtyards. As one crosses from the modern area of New Road into the Durbar Square, the one-time Freak Street, one is suddenly in the midst of Kathmandu’s famed medieval architecture. The major tourist attractions on this tour includes a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Hanuman gate) which takes its name from the Monkey God, Hanuman from the epic, Ramayana The palace of the Malla Kings located in the Hanuman Dhoka is of the 14th Century and it is still retained as a ceremonial palace of the present Shah dynasty.

Important traditional Royal ceremonies including the coronation of the King of Nepal is still conducted at Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Near the Hanuman Dhoka is the house of the Living Goddess Kumari -Kumari Bahal. Two painted stone Lions stand guard at the entrance. Visitors may enter the courtyard to see the Living Goddess but are forbidden to take photographs.Also visit Kasthamandap”, a temple built from the wood of a single Tree from Where Kathmandu city derived its name.

Continue drive to Swayambhunath Stupa - one of the protected monument sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on the top of the hill lying 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu. More than 2,500 years old, this ancient landmark is connected to the visit of Manjushree who created Kathmandu – a lake than – by draining its waters. The sage saw a celestial lotus in bloom on top of this hill and sacrificed it. It is an important pilgrimage center as well as the center of art, architecture, religion and culture of Mahayana Buddhism. The stupa of Swayambhunath is a hemispherical mound of compacted earth, and is built to specific rules, and is replete with symbols. The mound represents the four elements of earth, fire, wind and water. The 13 gilded rings of the spire symbolize the 13 steps of the ladder leading to Nirvana, the final salvation. The shrine is bedecked in colorful prayer flags.

The pilgrim’s progress to Swayambhunath’s holy premises is actually through a sylvan path of 365 steps. The entrance is graced by a huge Vajra (Symbol of thunder bolt). Statues of Buddha adorn the four corners of the stupa. Statues of goddess Ganga and Jamuna guard the eternal flame behind it. There is a Tibetan gompa (monastery) and innumerable chaityas (small stupas). The balcony of Swayambhunath is ideal for viewing the entire valley spread out below. Afterwards free day to go around on your own or shop.

Day 13 Depart Kathmandu
Day free until final departure transfer to the airport for onward flight.

What Is Included

  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative 
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Rental of Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc bike
  • All fuel
  • Support vehicle with space for luggage and seating, if necessary
  • Services of an experienced Trek Nepal Int’l motorcycle guide and mechanic, and a guide. A spare bike as standby for the group and all spare parts
  • Drinking water and refreshments (soft drinks only) during the biking days.
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary accompanied by local guide and inclusive of entrance fees.

What Is Excluded

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as jackets, gloves, helmet, guards, waterproofs, boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), laundry, tips to guides, porters and drivers 
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Cost for the damage/repair of motorcycles, if any
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Costs incurred due to natural calamities, strikes, breakdowns and those beyond the control of Trek Nepal Int’l (P) Ltd and its associates