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12 days Nepal Tour Package

The 12 days Nepal Tour Package is for those who are interested in the culture, adventure and history of Nepal but have limited time to do so. This package has been designed to give the taste of finest culture and adventure experience that Nepal has to offer. We start by taking a cultural tour of Kathmandu valley and especially visit the world heritage sites. Feel the thrill and adventure of whitewater rafting in Trisuli, one of the best Himalayan rivers for rafting and then head to Chitwan for a day to go on a jungle safari to see tigers and rhinos. This will be followed by a trip to scenic town of Pokhara to watch the Himalayas and lakes. The tour ends up with a exhilarating Mountain Flight. The tour has been designed for travelers of all age groups. 

 

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel. Tour briefing over Dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City. The places to visit this day are Sowaybhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Budanilkantha and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Day 03: Morning and day sightseeing in & around Patan City.

Day 04: Watch the sunrise views and breakfast afterwards. Drive to Changu Narayan.

Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Charaudi. Start rafting on Trishuli River.

Day 06: We will take part in various activities in Chitwan.

Day 07: Day drive to Pokhara. Evening walk along Lake side. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.

Days 08-09: Pokhara full day sightseeing including a trip to Sarangkot.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.(You can also fly out of Pokahara that takes only 25 minutes). Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Early morning scenic Mountain Flight. The flight takes about one hour.

Day 12: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel. Tour briefing over Dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City. The places to visit this day are Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Budanilkantha and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Brief description of the places:

Swoyambhunath

Located approximately 4 kilometers west of tourist-hub Thamel, this Buddhist Stupa, also popularly called ‘Monkey Temple’ is said to be over 2000 years old. The dome shaped white washed Stupa is composed of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. The all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha rest on all four sides of the conical base. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda and is the most important Buddhist site in Nepal. Enjoy the views of sprawling Kathmandu from the top of this world heritage site monument.

Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples of Hindus, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has a gilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of the annual pilgrimage of thousands of Sadhus and pilgrims from Nepal and India on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. The temple has been inscribed in the World heritage list.

Boudhanath Stupa

This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest Buddhist stupas. Similar in structure to Swoyambhunath Stupa, it is highly revered by Buddhists in Nepal and Tibet. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

Budanilkantha Stupa

Budhanilkantha literally means “old blue throat’. Located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu near Shivapuri hill, the temple houses the sleeping statue of the Hindu god Vishnu on a pond of water. The statue which is 5 meters in length is carved out from a single block of black basalt stone. Vishnu’s legs are crossed and the eleven heads of Shesha cradle his head. Vishnu’s four hands hold objects that are symbols of his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (representing the mind), a conch-shell (the four elements), a lotus flower (the moving universe) and the club (primeval knowledge). During the festival of Haribondhini Ekadashi that falls in October/ November, pilgrims in large numbers visit the temple to worship and offer their respect to Lord Vishnu.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the major attractions in the Kathmandu Valley. A world cultural heritage site, the Durbar Square carries a rich history in its exquisite art and architecture engraved in the struts, sculptures, palaces, courtyards and temples. Some of the major monuments within Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kumari (The Living Goddess) Ghar

At the West end of the square is a beautiful house full of woodcarvings of different Gods and Goddesses. This house, called Kumari Ghar, is three storied high and is home to Kumari, the famous living Goddess of Nepal. Both Buddhists and Hindus equally venerate her. Kumari is a young pre-pubescent girl regarded as the manifestation of the goddess Taleju. She is chosen from a Buddhist family, especially from Shakya and Bajracharya clan of Newari community. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the head of the country visit the Kumari Ghar for blessings.

Kastha Mandap

One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kasthamandap, locally known as Maru Sattal, built in 12th century. It is believed the city of Kathmandu was named after Kasthamandap temple, which is one of the largest and well-known pagodas. Kastha means wood and Mandap means pavilion. And it is said that the whole temple was built from just a single Sal (shorea robusta) tree. A statue of Gorakhnath stands in the center of this temple while the statues of God Ganesh guard the four corners.

Kal Bhairav

Kal Bhairav is one of the largest stone idols in Kathmandu located in Hanuman Dhoka. The statue, which is 3.7m high, depicts the terrifying manifestation of Shiva. It is believed that people will die if they speak lie in front of this statue. The statute is believed to be sculpted in 5th or 6th century.

Day 03: Morning and day sightseeing in & around Patan City.

Brief description of the places:

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, located in Patan city, is an enchanting mélange of palace, temples, courtyards and graceful pagoda-style temples that dates back to 17th century. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Patan Durbar Square is an ancient Buddhist city consisting of 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples belonging to both Buddhists and Hindus. Patan is a city of festival and feast, fine ancient art and a treasure trove of metallic and stone carvings. Founded by Kirat rulers, Patan’s ancient name is Yala after the Kirat King Yalamber. There are more than 1,200 Buddhist monuments of various shapes and sizes scattered in and around the city.

Golden Temple

Also known as Bhaskerdev Samskarita Hiranyabarna Mahavihara, the golden temple is a Buddhist stupa designed in pagoda style. This stupa is believed to have been built about 12th century and prominently houses the statue of Buddha. There are some truly exquisite wood carvings of deities and the golden roof is magnificent.

Krishna Temple

Built in the 17th century, Krishna temple is the most important temple in Patan Durbar Square. It is entirely made of stone in Shikhara style. Most of the important scenes from the ancient Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, have been engraved on the pillars. There are 21 golden pinnacles in the temple. Each of the floor is dedicated to different gods: the first floor to Krishna and Radha, second to Shiva, and the third to Buddha.
After the sightseeing, we will drive to Nagarkot. Stay overnight in a hotel in Nagarkot.

Brief description of the places:

Nagarkot

Nagarkot at an altitude of 2195m is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu and is a famous place to see Himalayan ranges and sunrise. A wide panoramic view of eight Himalaya ranges  including Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range( Everest range) and Numbur range can be seen clearly. The view of sunrise and the surrounding valleys and forests is also enchanting.

Day 04: Watch the sunrise views and breakfast afterwards. Drive to Changu Narayan.

Brief description of the places:

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta is the oldest temple in Nepal. This ancient temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu and located on a hilltop 8 km east of Kathmandu. The pagoda-style temple contains several masterpieces of Nepalese art from as early as 5th century. Drive to Bhaktapur.

Brief description of the places:

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and architectural wonders such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc. Bhatkatpur Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. The 55-window was built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 and feature intricately carved wooden balcony and windows.

Nyatapola Temple

This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. It is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship and is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu.
After sightseeing, drive to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu

Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Charaudi. Start rafting on Trishuli River.

Rafting in Trisuli

Trisuli is Nepal’s most visited rafting river, popular for short trips, impressive gorges, exciting rapids and easy accessibility from Kathmandu. Rafting in Trisuli can range from 1 to 3 days. Most people do the classic two day trip. The rapids encountered on the Trisuli are straightforward, easily negotiated and well spaced out. That is only added by beautiful scenery and a relatively peaceful environment.

Finish rafting at Kurintar. Drive to Chitwan. Stavy overnight in a hotel in Chitwan.

Day 06: We will take part in various activities in Chitwan.

Brief description of the activities:

Chitwan National Park

Recognized as the world heritage site, it is the oldest national park in Nepal with a total area of 932 sq.km. Situated in the southern Terai of Nepal, the park contains tropical and subtropical forests, which is home to 68 species of mammals, 56 species of fauna and 126 species of fish and 544 species of birds. The park is well known for its protection of endangered One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, wild Asiatic elephant and Gharial Crocodile. A total of 22 globally threatened species live in the park.

Jungle Drive

Four wheel drive is the quick and easy way to view wildlife in Chitwan from the comfort of a jeep. We will visit all the best spots within the park including Ox-bow Lake and Tharu museum.

Nature Walk

A nature walk will allow you a rare glimpse of the wildlife in the national park at a leisurely pace. To increase your knowledge and excitement, our experienced nature guides will accompany you and will acquaint with the varied flora and fauna.

Elephant Breeding Centre

Opened in 1984, the Elephant Breeding Centre in Chitwan is the only breeding center in Nepal. A total of 22 elephants are currently stationed in the breeding center which includes both babies and adults.

Village tour
Chitwan is home to the indigenous Tharu people. A tour of Tharu Village is the best way to know about their unique lifestyle and culture. Our guides will take you on a cultural tour of Tharu village in and around the park.

Cultural Program
The experience of Chitwan is not complete without Tharu culture. Especially the folk dance performed by Tharus is part of the tourism program of Chitwan. We will spend the evening by watching them dance to their folk tunes and melodies and singing along.

Elephant safari
Elephant safari is the most popular wildlife activity in Chitwan. Let the elephant guide you through the jungles of Chitwan and bring you face to face with such rare animals as tigers and rhinos. Elephant ride is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Elephant Bathing
Watching elephant bathe could be an exciting event. Or you can also take part in elephant bathing with the help of mahouts.  

Crocodile Walk
Crocodile walking offers you a rare chance to see crocodile up close and personal. We will walk through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani river and catch them basking in the sun.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Chitwan.

Day 07: Day drive to Pokhara. Evening walk along Lake side. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.

Brief description of the places:

Pokhara
Pokhara is the most scenic city in Nepal. It is the city of numerous lakes and is a gateway to the most famous Annapurna Trekking. Within 30 miles distance of the city lies world’s three highest mountains, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I. It is situated about 200 km west of the capital. There are numerous temples and gumbas in and around pokhara valley. Pokhara is also famous for such adventure activities as paragliding, rafting, rock climbing, canyoning, boating, fishing, golfing and cycling.

Days 08-09: Pokhara full day sightseeing including a trip to Sarangkot.

Brief description of the places:

Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake is a major attraction of Pokhara and is at the center of all the activities in Pokhara. People come here to appreciate the beauty of the lake nestled on the laps of hills, go for a boating ride or swimming, cross the lake to visit the temple at the center of the lake, and jump off the paragliding on its bank. Most of the hotels, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops are concentrated around the lake. The reflection of Mt. Fishtail on the lake makes for the most captivating sights of the trip.

World Peace Pagoda

The World Peace Pagoda rests on a ridge top on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. It offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and the Phewa. The Pagoda is dedicated to Buddha, whose statue facing in the four directions.

International Mountain Museum

The museum, the one of its kind, is the storehouse of knowledge on Himalayan mountaineering. On display are photographs, equipments, historical documents, records and chronicles related to mountaineering since its advent in tourism. It has three main exhibition halls: Hall of the Great Himalaya, Hall of Fame and the Hall of World Mountains. There is also a library, a prayer room and an audio-visual room. The museum, is managed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.(You can also fly out of Pokahara that takes only 25 minutes). Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Early morning scenic Mountain Flight. The flight takes about one hour.

Brief description of the activity:

Mountain Flight

Mountain flight is the easiest way to see the Himalayas up-close from the cockpit of your airplane without trekking. Visitors of any age can take part in this scenic flight. The flight is usually organized on a daily basis Kathmandu international airport and takes up to an hour to complete the ride.The one-hour mountain flight from Kathmandu takes one close to the highest peaks, including Mt. Everest (8850m),Cho-Oyu (8,201m), Shisha Pangma (8,013 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi-Ghyachu, Choba-Bhamare (5,933m), Gauri-Shankar, Melungtse (7,023m), Chugimago (6,297m), Numbur (6,956m), Karyolung (6,511m) among others.
Day-time free for shopping. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.

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