Duration: 14 Days
Seasons: Mar-May | Sep-Dec
Max Alt: 1,310m
Points: KTM – KTM
This itinerary lets the family enjoy and experience Nepal with us. The trip offers you a colourful life in Kathmandu valley, taste the cultural and friendliness of the people in Bandipur Village and experience one of the best wildlife safaris of Southeast Asia at Chitwan National Park, a world heritage site.
ACTIVITIES – Includes:
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Day 3: Bhaktapur – Bandipur in 6 hours.
Day 4: Bandipur – Pokhara in 3 hours.
Day 5: Pokhara Sightseeing
Day 6: Free day @ Pokhara
Day 7: Pokhara – Tansen in 3 – 4 hours.
Day 8: Morning visit to temples of the old town and then drive to Lumbini in 3 hours.
Day 9,10 & 11: Lumbini – Chitwan in 4 hours.
Day 13: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot
Day 14:Sunrise view from Nagarkot and sightseeing in Bhaktapur
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu.
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.
Overnight in Kathmandu. 1,350m.
Day 2 Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in 3 designated world heritage site i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath & Patan Durbar Square.
Situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period. The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. The capital takes its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point.
Then we go to Swayambhunath – more commonly known as the Monkey Temple after the tribe of monkeys that guard the temple, with its all seeing eyes of Buddha looking over the entire valley. Resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, it is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.
After Swoyambhu, we drive Patan Durbar Square will be another visit. Patan, also known as Lalitpur – the City Of Fine Arts, is located 5km south east of Kathmandu, and it is home to the finest artisans. This World Heritage Site has retained its charm with narrow streets, brick houses, well-preserved temples and monasteries and over 1,200 monuments. It is believed the city was built in the 3rd century BC, lacks the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Our tour includes visits to the following sites: Durbar Square, Krishna Temple and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, the Golden Temple of Lord Buddha. Time permitting, ending our time here with a visit to the Tibetan Handicraft Centre. Overnight in Kathmandu. 1,401m.
Day 3 Bhaktapur – Bandipur in 6 hours.
Away from the city, today we head to the ancient trading town of Bandipur. The route takes us out of the Kathmandu valley as we travel the Prithvi highway. It is a chariming hill town situated in 8 KM south of Dumre. Bandipur is an oasis of heritage – temples that will surely intrigue as well as charm you. Situated on a hilltop it affords spectacular unrestricted views of the Himalayas that oversee this peaceful town that is steeped in history. Two major cultures of Magars and Newars can be seen surviving in harmony.
Overnight in Bandipur. 1,002m.
Day 4 Bandipur – Pokhara in 3 hours.
An early rise to capture sunrise over the Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges is truly rewarded with a breathtaking scene. And after breakfast, short drive from Bandipur brings us back onto the Prithvi highway, which we follow northwest until reaching the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range, which creates a spectacular backdrop for this serene town. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.
Sarankot lies in a hilltop from where are can see the panorama of high peaks like Annapurna I, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and many more. You will be left breathless after seeing the sunrise from above the Himalayas.
Overnight in Sarankot, Pokhara. 820m.
Day 5 Pokhara Sightseeing
We visit Davis Fall, Peace Pagoda, Bat’s Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Mountain Museum.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 6 Free day @ Pokhara
Day 7 Pokhara – Tansen in 3 – 4 hours.
After breakfast, leaving Pokhara behind we head south along the Siddhartha highway to Tansen, a non-polluted an old Newari town, which lies on the south side of Srinagar Hill. It is a typical Nepali town with numerous fairs festivals, religious and cultural events. This hill station is renowned for its traditional architecture and arts, and its history. Today we shall visit a metalwork center to see the production of the Karuwa water jug and other utensils, and a textile workshop to watch the weavers at work on their looms.
Overnight in Tansen. 1,310m.
Day 8 Morning visit to temples of the old town and then drive to Lumbini in 3 hours.
Today we drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which is possibly the most important historical site in Nepal. Our visit takes us to: the spiritual heart of Lumbini, Buddha’s exact birthplace, which is located in Maya Devi temple; Ashoka Pillar; and the numerous monasteries occupied by different nations.
Overnight in Lumbini. 182m.
Day 9,10 & 11 Lumbini – Chitwan in 4 hours.
After breakfast, we make our way to the World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park, which is located in Inner Terai (the subtropical lowlands) of southern central Nepal. Activities during our stay include: Elephant Safari (4 person in one Elephant), Jungle Walk, Canoe Safari, Visit to Elephant Breeding center, Bird Watching, Village Tour, Sunset View, Tharu Cultural Program, Jeep Drive or Full Day Nature Walk. Optional Jeep Drive can be done in (20,000 Lake) throughout a year. Overnight in Chitwan. 100m.
12 Fly to Kathmandu.
An optional early morning bird watching tour completes our Chitwan adventure.
It is an hour drive to Bharatpur where we take our 45 minutes flight to Kathmandu with spectacular views of the Annapurna range. On return to your hotel your time is free to further explore Kathmandu and its shops and markets, or simply relax.
Overnight in Kathmandu. 1,350m.
Day 13 Sightseeing around Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot
Leaving behind the lively and hectic temple and its market stalls we head to another energetic and sacred place of worship, Bouddhanath Stupa. Located 7km east of the city Bouddhanath Stupa, also known as Khasti Chitya, is the largest stupa in Nepal. It lies on the ancient trade route from Tibet to Kathmandu, and for centuries Tibetan merchants have rested and prayed here. Today, it is the holiest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet. Pilgrims, both Tibetans and Sherpas, gather daily to complete a kora (ritual circuit) of the stupa. A stupa has been standing on this site since the 5th century and in 1979 it became a World Heritage Site. It is designed on the mandala – the Buddhist cosmos.
The bank of the sacred Bagmati River is our next visit today. Pashupatinath Temple, which is situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’. It is the holiest Hindu Temple in Nepal and is regarded as the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva in the world. The existence of this temple dates back to 400 AD. The magnificent temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style and is richly ornate with beautiful carvings, gold covered roofs and silver covered doors, and within houses the sacred linga of Lord Shiva.
We then take a drive to Nagarkot.
Overnight in Nagarkot.
Day 14 Sunrise view from Nagarkot and sightseeing in Bhaktapur
This morning starts early with a trip to the Nagarkot viewing tower, where we can watch an unforgettable sunrise over the Langtang mountain range weather permitting including Mount Everest, for which Nagarkot is famous.
Having breakfast in the hotel, we then drive through forest, local farmland and tiny Nepalese villages where you will get an authentic glimpse of rural life in Nepal to Changu Narayan. It is a pagoda-style Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. It is one of the oldest temples in Nepal.
We again drive down to Bhaktapur. It is renowned for its rich culture, temples and wood, metal and stone artwork. In Bhaktapur we will explore the four main squares, i.e. Durbar, Taumadhi, Dattatreya and Pottery, visiting the main attractions including the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 Windows, Lion’s Gate, and Nyatpola temple, the tallest of its kind in Nepal, Bhairab Temple, and Dattratraya Temple. We then continue our drive to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival in your hotel, you are free to shop around.