Nepal Nature and Culture Tour

Nepal Nature and Culture Tour

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Hotel / Lodge

Grade

Easy

Altitude

1,400 m

Transportation

Land

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Whole year

14 days Nepal Nature and Culture Tour package is a perfect combination of history, culture and adventure that Nepal is so renowned for. The tour specially features the rich culture and history of Kathmandu Valley, a tour of World Cultural Heritage Sites, jungle safari in the tropical forest to see rhinos and tigers, a spiritual visit to Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini, river rafting and a spectacular mountain flight for stunning Himalayan views. All this in just 14 days, which is neither too short nor long, meeting your expectation for an exciting journey in Nepal. This tour has been designed to suit all kinds of travelers, regardless of their age or physical ability.

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On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

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On the second day, following morning breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you for city sightseeing. On this day you will  visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, Budanilkantha and Pashupatinath. By late afternoon you will arrive back in your hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

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In the morning, you will do sightseeing in and around Patan. After completion of Patan sightseeing, you will drive to Nagarkot. Stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.

Brief Description Of The Places:

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone

The Main Attractions In Patan:

Besides above mentioned places to visit, there are other significant sites to be explored:

a)     Golden Temple

b)     Kumbheshwar

c)      Krishna Mandir

d)     Jagat Narayan

e)      Mahaboudha

f)       Ashokan Stupa

g)     Machchhendranath Temple

h)     Tibetan Refugee Camp

Nagarkot, (2175m) is by far one of the most popular destination. In the clear weather the Himalaya range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchanjunga in the east.

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Early morning enjoy the sun rise view and drive to Bhaktapur via Changunarayan. Day time, you enjoy the sightseeing in and round Changunarayan and Bhaktapur and drive to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley. It is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley.

Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur which means the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural wonders such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.

A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Palace of 55 Windows: Being built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.

Nyatapola Temple: This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu.

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Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Enjoy some jungle activities in Chitwan National Park. Stay overnight at lodge in Chitwan.

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During Your Stay In National Chitwan Park You Will Enjoy The Following Activities:

Elephant back safari: On elephant back you can view the wild life of the area in their natural habitat.

Bird Watching: For the bird watchers, it is Paradise Island with over 450 species of exotic birds of domestic as well as migratory birds. Many are threatened, e.g. the Great pied hornbill, Bengal Florican, Peregrine falcon, lesser adjutant storks, etc. A bird watching trip will be a memorable experience.

Nature Walk: Our experienced naturalists will accompany you to the more specialized habitats. This is the ideal opportunity to explore and experience at closer quarters and beauty of the flora and fauna. The authority of the naturalist must be closely observed to obviate any risks from wildlife attacks.

Elephant Breeding Centre: This is the first Elephant breeding centre in Asia. You can see baby elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. This centre is government owned and its purpose is to raise the young elephants, and to train them to convey tourist around the region.

Village tour: Excursion in Tharu village will grant you an exhilarating experience. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitant of the Terai. We offer guided cultural tours to meet the people and experience their traditional self-sufficient way of life.

Cultural Program: In the evening you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance. The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display. Such cultural shows performed by Tharus will be an unforgettable experience. The Tharus in traditional colorful costumes are sure to captivate you.

Elephant Bathing: Your guide will take you to the specific place where you can observe elephant bathing.

Crocodile Walk: One more option is to go for crocodile walk. It goes through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani River.

Canoe Trip: You can enjoy canoe trip on either The Rapti River or The Budhi Rapti River which borders the National Park. You can see two types of crocodiles, the Gharial and Mugger basking on the river bank.

Jeep Safari: Early morning after breakfast, drive to Kasara, Headquarter of Chitwan National Park.

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Early morning after breakfast some activities and drive from Chitwan to Lumbini. Visit some monuments in Lumbini. Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini.

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Some of the sites you will visit include Maya Devi Temple, Puskarni Pond, Ashkoa Pillar, Peace Stupa, Buddhist Library and Museum, Crane Sanctuary and international monasteries. Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini.

Important Sites In Lumbini:

Sacred Garden: The Sacred Garden was where Buddha was born in 623 BC. The garden is marked by a marker stone, the exact spot where Buddha descended at birth. 

Ashoka Pillar: This stone pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka to marked the birth spot of Buddha, almost 800 years after Buddha was born. The pillar carries inscription in pali script.

Puskarni or Mayadevi Pond: Puskarni Pond sits right in front of Mayadevi Temple. The pond is considered to be sacred since it was here Queen Mayadevi took a bath before giving birth to Buddha.

Lumbini Museum and Lumbini Research Center: These two are located within a few meters of each other. The museum has a substantial collection of Buddhist manuscripts, sculptures and coins dating back to 4th century. The Research Center is currently being developed as a knowledge repository for the benefit of scholars, researchers, students, pilgrims as well as travelers. There are over 12,000 books on religion, philosophy, art and architecture preserved in the center.

Tilaurankot, Kudan, Gothihawa, Niglihawa, Devdaha, Sagarhawa are other important places around Lumbini.

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  Visit Lakeside of Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

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Early morning drive to Sarangkot for the sun rise view with mountain and drive back to city for sightseeing in and around Pokhara valley. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

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You will visit World Peace Pagoda, International Mountain Museum, David Falls, Bindhbasini Temple, Mahadev Cave, Tibetan Refugee camp, etc during your Pokhara sightseeing. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

 

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Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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Early morning, we will arrange mountain flight. You will have free time during the day for shopping and recreation. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

 

What Is Included ?

 

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
  • 5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu, Patan, Nagarkot and Bhaktapur) with English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
  • Mountain flight (US$190 per person)
  • Souvenir

 

b) Nagarkot

  • Land transportation by private vehicle
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast

 

c) Chitwan

  • 2 night accommodation
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Chitwan tour
  • Tour guide
  • Entry permits in Chitwan
  • All jungle activities
  • All land transportation from Kathmandu to Chitwan and Chitwan to Lumbini by private vehicle or tourist bus

 

d) Lumbini

  • 2 night accommodation with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour as per the itinerary with English speaking tour guide
  • Land transportation from Lumbini to Pokhara by private vehicle or tourist bus

 

e) Pokhara

  • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour as per the itinerary with English speaking tour guide
  • All land transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private vehicle or tourist bus

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Lumbini and Pokhara
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing except Chitwan

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