In Depth Tour of Nepal
Our In Depth Tour of Nepal will introuduce you to this fascinating country while staying in a hotel every night of itinerary. You have time to explore Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Dhulikel, Namo Buddha, Bhatktapur and visit Chitwan National Park.
There are superb mountain panorama views of the Himalayas from your hotels at Bandipur, Pokhara, Namo Buddha and Dhulikel. On a clear day you will see Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Mount Machapuchare (known as Fishtail mountain) .
Throughout this itinerary you stay at mid level hotels mainly three star.
There is no day to day trekking in this itinerary apart from the option Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel on Day 12 however there are opportunities for day walks while in Pokhara, Bandipur and Dhulikel.
You have the option to join one of our fixed date departures or to have a private tour tailored to dates that suit you.
A driver will be sent to collect you on arrival at Kathmandu airport and to bring you back to the hotel. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. A full tour briefing will be given in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: none).
This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.
Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.
In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. Overnight at Hotel(Meals: B).
In the morning you will be driven in a private vehicle to Bandipur. This small town is located on a ridge above the Kathmandu to Pokhara road and has superb views of the Himalayan peaks to the north including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
Bandipur has been considerately developed for tourists where some of the old houses have been carefully converted to hotels and there are thankfully few concrete buildings like elsewhere in Nepal. Compared to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu the small town of Bandipur is peaceful place as vehicles are not allowed to enter into the main square. Overnight at hotel(Meals: B).
After breakfast you drive to the lakeside town of Pokhara where there are superb views to the snowy Himalayan peaks including Machapuchare and Annapurnas. In the afternoon you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B).
After breakfast you take a boat trip across Phewa Lake then walk to Shanti Peace stupa above the lake. The mountain views from stupa are that at their best in the morning. For the rest of the day you can explore Pokhara around Lakeside. Overnight at Hotel Landmark, Hotel (Meals: B).
- 4 hours driving.
About Chitwan National Park: Chitwan is located on the plains to the south of the Himalaya range on near the border with Nepal and India. This area is one of the few remaining undisturbed parts of the Terai and has a rich flora and fauna including Bengal tiger, single- horned Asiatic rhinoceros, wild elephants, leopards, sloth bear and the rare gangetic dolphin. Chitwan is also a superb bird habitat with over 300 species recorded.
The latest surveys indicate there is currently 125 tigers and 500 rhinos in Chitwan National Park showing a healthy increase in numbers over the last thirty years. The size of Chitwan National Park is 932 square km plus a buffer zone of 766 km2 comprised mainly of sal forest, water marshes and grassland. There is a high diversity of ecosystems from the flood plains of the Rapti and Narayani rivers with their ox-bow lakes and rising up to 800m in the hills to the east. Chitwan National Park was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Activities in Chitwan National Park
Activities in Chitwan National Park
Today you will drive to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddga, in the south of Nepal near border with India. In 1997, Lumbini was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born in the 7th or 6th century BC. According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Monasteries and temples were built at Lumbini until the 9th century, but Buddhism declined in the area after the arrival of Islam and later Hinduism. The site was rediscovered in 1895, when a German archaeologist came upon Ashoka's Pillar, identified by its inscription. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B).
The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the site of the Buddha's birth. The current temple stands on the site of earlier temples and stupas, including the stupa built by Ashoka.
The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large monastic zone in which only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having Theravadin monasteries and the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. Overnight at Hotel(Meals: B).
After breakfast, you drive to Bharatpur airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival you drive to Namo Buddha on the rim of the Kathmandu valley where there is a superb mountain panorama from Namo Buddha. (Meals: B).
Today you have the option to walk to Dhulikhel or to drive by car. If you decide to walk the trail takes you through traditional villages with mountain views. Overnight at hotel (Meals: B).
In morning you drive to Bhaktapur for sightseeing this is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley and is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. The main places to see are:
Layaku (Durbar Square): Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around the 55-window palace of brick and wood.
Nyatapola Temple: This five-storeyed pagoda was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D. It stands on five terraces, on each of which squat a pair of figures: two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins, and Baghini and Singhini — the tiger and the lion goddesses.
Bhairab Nath Temple: This is another pagoda temple of lord Bhairab, the dreadful aspect of Shiva.
Dattatraya Temple: Consecrated by King Yakshya Malla in 1427 A.D., this temple, according to popular belief, was built out of the trunk of a single tree. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B).
Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B).
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight back home. End of trip.
Internal travel in private car or minibus with driver.
Internal flight from Lumbini back to Kathmandu.
Private transfers including airport collections.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
Twin share rooms at all locations.
Full board at Jungle Villa Resort and breakfast only at other hotels.
Jungle activities in Chitwan as described below in Trip Dossier.
Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.
International flight to/from Kathmandu.
Nepal visa for 15 days.
Lunch and evening meals all places on itinerary except at Chitwan.
Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
Other items not listed in “What is included”.
- Walking times: transport by private vehicle with driver to various places of interest then sightseeing on foot at each location.
- Altitude: usually less than 3,000m.
- Terrain: sightseeing in cities and some optional day walks on well-travelled trails.
- Remoteness: hotel and road based tour.
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