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12 Days Nepal Cultural 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.

Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City.

Day 03: Sightseeing in & around Patan City.

Day 04: Sunrise views followed by breakfast.

Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Day 06: Pokhara sightseeing with a sunrise trip to Sarangkot

Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Palpa. Overnight in Palpa.

Day 08: Drive from Palpa to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Day 09: Sightseeing in Lumbini. Overnight in Lumbini

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Transfer to airport for final departure.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel. Tour briefing over Dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City. Places to Visit:

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 Temple: 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 area.

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: Sightseeing in & around Patan City. Places of interest:

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 sightseeing, drive to Nagarkot. Overnight in Nagarkot.

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: Sunrise views followed by breakfast. Drive to Changu Narayan and visit Changu Narayan Temple.

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. Place of Interest in Bhaktapur:

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. Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

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. 

Day 06: Pokhara sightseeing with a sunrise trip to Sarangkot

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, equipment's, 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 07: Drive from Pokhara to Palpa. Overnight in Palpa.

Palpa: Palpa District is located in the southwestern part of Nepal. Tansen, the capital of Palpa, is a small ancient hill town situated 1310m above sea level. Palpa is famous for handicraft, textile and coffee. The fabric called Dhaka, which is used to make the national cap of Nepal, originated in Palpa. The hill top of Tansen offers splendid views of Himalayan ranges including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Gauri Shankar. Tansen Durbar is one of the highlight of Palpa tour but unfortunately it was destroyed during Maoist insurgency. Currently the durbar is under reconstruction.

Day 08: Drive from Palpa to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Overnight in Lumbini.

Lumbini: Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha, the apostle of peace and the founder of the religion Buddhism. Today it is a World Heritage Site and remains a most pious pilgrimage site among Buddhists around the world. A trip to Lumbini is a spiritual journey to the place where Buddha spent 29 years of life before he embarked on a quest for peace. Inside Maya Devi Temple you will find the exact spot where Buddha was born. The famous sacred pool of 'Pushkarini' in front of the temple is believed to be where queen Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to Buddha. Ashoka Pillar is another interesting site to visit. Other archeological sites of importance around Lumbini include Gotihawa, Tilaurakot, Kudan, Devdaha, Ramgram and Kapilvastu.

Day 09: Sightseeing in Lumbini. Overnight in Lumbini

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Transfer to airport for final departure.

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