Visit Himalaya Treks present “Experience Best of Nepal Tour”; an exclusive tour around picturesque high Himalayan hills a unique and most fascinating trip, with vast dramatic change in climate-culture and landscapes from high mountainous hills to historical world heritage sites to deep semi tropical jungle of Chitwan within a short frame of time.
Experience Best of Nepal Tour Highlight
Trip Mode: Hotels and Jungle Lodge or Resorts.
Trip Grade: Leisure to moderate with short walks.
Highest elevation: At Nagarkot Hill 2,100 m.
Tour beyond Kathmandu: 08 nights & 09 days.
Jungle Safari: 02 nights & 03 days with various jungle activities.
Total trip: 11 nights & 12 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season: All season except July / August wet months.
Experience Best of Nepal Tour an excellent combination of culture-historical sites to scenic destination and jungle safari in Asia’s best National Park in Chitwan with a visit of old medieval town and cities of Kathmandu-Bhaktapur and Patan including hidden Palpa.
Experience Best of Nepal Tour leads you to picturesque Pokhara famous and popular destination in all Himalaya where you can marvel beautiful Annapurna Himalaya in the comfort of nice hotels by the pristine Phewa Lake.
A journey of unique experience starting from historical sites of Kathmandu and beyond its adjoining lovely cities of Patan and Bhaktpur with stunning sunrise over chain of snowcapped peaks, leading to old Gorkha and Palpa town on the least visited area by other foreign travelers.
Concluding this fascinating Experience Best of Nepal Tour with a visit of Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha “Light of Asia” and to deep jungles at Chitwan for exciting Jungle safari, on the lookout for rare and endangered wildlife Royal Bengal Tiger and other mammals, finally our ever exciting and memorable tours completes with a drive back to Kathmandu.
Experience Best of Nepal Tour Outline itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Tour of Kathmandu around places of interest.
Day 03: Tour of Patan and Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot with overnight.
Day 04: Drive to scenic Pokhara city on route visit Mankamana and Gorkha- 8 - 9 hrs.
Day 05: In Pokhara with tour and optional adventure sports.
Day 06: Drive to Tansen, Palpa - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Morning visit Palpa town and drive to Lumbini.
Day 08: Morning visit Buddha’s birth place and interesting sites.
Day 09: Drive to Chitwan National Park - 05 hrs.
Day 10: Full day jungle activities with elephant ride and safari.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 12: International departure for homeward or to respective countries.
On arrival in Kathmandu international airport received with warm welcome by our Visit Himalaya guides and staff, and then transfer you to respective hotels around hub of Kathmandu.
After checking into your rooms, our guide briefs with information of the “Experience Best of Nepal Tour” with scenic Pokhara and Jungle Safari including hotel, Kathmandu with welcome dinner in a nice typical Nepali restaurant with culture program.
Morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu you will be engrossed at places of interest on this day for 4-5 hours of enjoyable and impressive tour visiting world heritage sites of temples-monasteries-Stupas with old royal palace courtyard. Kathmandu, steeped with ancient heritage sites and monuments of both Hindu and Buddhist, morning after breakfast our tours starts with a short drive to Swayambhunath, a popular and famous pilgrimage sites for Buddhist and Hindu as well. An ancient Chaitiya of Asia and a major symbol of Nepal’s Buddhist heritage, Swayambhunath represents Primordial Buddha or Adi-Buddha.
After Swayambhunath tour leads to Bouddhanath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage and heritage sites in Nepal. The story and history mentions that this Stupa contains relics of Buddha Kashyapa, with 176 miniature stupas and paintings of Tibetan Buddhist pantheons cover the walls that surround the Stupa at Bouddhanath. Bouddhanath Stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Tibetans which is mentioned in Tibetan classical texts such as Biography of Yeshe Tshogyal (A.D. 8-9) and Padma Ka’thang (A.D.14).
After lunch at Bouddhnath in a nice restaurant a short drive to famous Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, placed by the bank of Bagamati River where all Hindu cremation takes places. A magnificent golden roofed temples with four cardinal silver doors the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, in ‘Shiva Ratri’ which falls in mid February a great celebration and pilgrimage takes places flooded with worshippers from Nepal and India.
In the end of the day a short drive in the hub of Kathmandu visit old Durbar square with ancient Malla and Shah dynasty palace includes visit of Kumari Temple nearby where Living Goddess “Kumari” resides, tour of famous Khastamandap temple where Kathmandu got its name, as Khastamandap meaning temple built from a wood of a single tree. After a wonderful sightseeing tour afternoon free at leisure and preparation for onward journey to Experience Best of Nepal Tour.
Morning short drive towards south of Kathmandu city across a bridge to enter Patan or Lalitpur city meaning
‘city of arts’ visit of old Palace area with courtyard (Durbar) and tall terracotta building, impressive intricate window carvings, and the huge stone Krishna Temple in front pillar of Garuda a vehicle of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, after a great interesting time here drive to Kathmandu valley 3rd largest city, this medieval city at one time capital of Nepal during the regime of Malla period around 12th to 15th century.
After an interesting tour of Patan a short drive leads to Bhaktapur a medieval period city, located east of Kathmandu; Bhaktapur 3rd largest city around Kathmandu valley, this old city was once a capital of Nepal during great Malla Kingdom from 12th to 15th century.
Bhaktapur means the city of Devotees, here visit famous heritage places situated at 1,401 meter home to traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs and culture as every-day life of Bhaktapur people.
Places of interest in Bhaktapur:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Bhaktapur Naytapola Temple
The Bhaktapur National Art Gallery
Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur
After a pleasant and exciting time in Bhaktapur, journey continues with short drive to famous Hill Resorts of Nepal at Nagarkot for overnight stop, offering stunning sunrise and sunsets over Himalayan Mountains from Ganesh-Langtang Lirung-Jugal Himal-Gaurishankar to Everest region. Afternoon free and visit the local town or just relax, Nagarkot the highest point of this trip at 2,100 m high.
After catching the morning views of mountains and gorgeous sunrise, drive leads to one of the famous place in all Himalaya at picturesque Pokhara with a visit of Manakamana Temple and Gorkha Fort palace on route. Morning drive leads with fascinating views of rolling green hills, dotted with farm villages and towns to reach at Kurintar located on Kathmandu / Pokhara highway, from here a short ride in a cable car to reach at Manakamana temple (Goddess of fulfilling wishes).
Manakamana Temple located 135 k.m. from Kathmandu and 12 k.m south of historic town Gorkha perched on a hill at 1,302 meters above Trisuli and Marshyangdi River, this temple a popular pilgrimage spot where pilgrims from all over Nepal and India comes here to fulfill their wishes sacrificing animals (goats and chickens) and as well set pigeons free, after an interesting tour of Manakamana return back across the river Trisuli by cable car and continue drive to old Gorkha town, a hill bazaar and ancestral home of Shah dynasty ruled Nepal to this day before Nepal became Republic in 208 AD.
It is from here King Prithvi Narayan Shah started his conquest unified all smaller kingdoms into a single nation, located thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar, the palace dominates surroundings areas and is visible from all around. The palace also boasts beautiful architecture, although only Hindus are allowed to enter the palace premises, it is worthwhile walking up the stairs for the view.
After Gorkha continue drive to Pokhara for another 3-4 hours journey, on reaching Pokhara with overnights in nice hotels by serene Phewa Lake with close views of Annapurna mountain range and stunning peak of Machhapuchare Himal “The Fish Tail”.
Early morning a short drive to Sarankot hill top famous view points for striking sunrise over range of mountains from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu with aerial views of Pokhara green valley and Lake Phewa, a popular spot for Para-Gliding as well.
After catching sunrise views with mountains return back to hotel for day sightseeing tour of Pokhara at places of interest, a short walk leads you with boat ride across Lake Phewa in the shade of the Annapurna mountain range, with a visit of Varahi Temple, then hike to Peace Stupa a park with marble stupas accommodating huge statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, a wonderful spot overlooking great views of the Lake Phewa, Pokhara city and the mountains. Return back to hotel for lunch, afternoon tour of Brindabhasini Temple premises and the Seti Gorge, visit Devi’s fall (David) or Pathele chhago, Maheswor Cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
After a pleasant time in Pokhara, morning drive leads towards Nepal south west of to Palpa, located on the lap of beautiful Srinagar Danda (hill), Tansen takes pride with gorgeous views of mountain panorama and as well plains of Terai. Tansen is among a few towns outside the capital which bears rich legacy of traditional art and architecture. On reaching Palpa overnight in local style hotels with time in late afternoon visit the street of Palpa Tansen.
Morning visit historical sites of Tansen Durbar, built in 1927 AD by Pratap Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana, is a grand imposing palace in the heart of the town, once the seat of the Rana governors, the Durbar is now the district secretariat of Palpa district.
Shitalpati (the Round House) is another attraction of Tansen. Built by Khadga Shamsher, the original Shitalpati is of octagonal shape. The ‘Baggi Dhoka’, the biggest gate of its kind in Nepal is located in this square. The locals often compare it with architecture of Mugal Empire in India.
Afternoon with lunch at Palpa then drive to Lumbini taking few hours to reach Buddha’s birth place in the comfort of nice hotels and resorts.
Morning tour around Lord Buddha birth place which holds a special place in the world of Buddhism. It is also mentioned in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta that the Buddha advised his followers to visit Lumbini. Emperor Asoka of Magadha Kingdom of India made a pilgrimage in 3rd Century BC and built world famous pillar with inscription stating”Here Lord Buddha was born”. Chinese pilgrims Tsen Tsai (4th Century A.D.), Fa-hsien (5th Century A.D.) and Hiuen-Tsang(7th Century A.D.) accounted their travel to Lumbini mentioning that they witness the holy tree, the pond, stupas and shrines. Hiuen Tsang described the Asoka Pillar with a horse capital on the top of it. Temple of Maya Devi, mother of Lord Buddha has been recently renovated under the vigilance of UNESCO. Several foreign monasteries and stupas have been constructed in Lumbini area.
After an interesting tour back in hotel with relaxing time to catch up with your dairy or take a short walk around the street of Lumbini.
Starting early morning after breakfast for an interesting overland drive to Chitwan National Park where deep dense jungles are located.
After a scenic driving past many villages and towns reaching at outskirt of Chitwan National Park where all nice hotels-lodge and resorts are placed, at Chitwan using the best hotels or resort for 2 overnight stops, after lunch a short introductory tour or nature walks with dinner accompanied by local Tharu culture dance programs.
Full day jungle and nature programs starting early morning before breakfast with varieties of activities includes elephant safari (morning or late afternoon) jungle / nature walks-bird watch tour, canoe ride to see crocodile and water birds, jungle drive with enjoyable elephant bathing and briefing, afternoon Jungle drive / Jungle or Nature walks or elephant safari.
Early morning starting with nature / jungle activities or bird watch tour, after having breakfast depart from Chitwan for an interesting overland drive back to Kathmandu following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then uphill to reach Kathmandu valley after 4-5 hours of good drive, ending our marvelous holiday back in the hotel with afternoon free for shopping souvenirs or other activities.
Your last day in amazing country Nepal with full of Himalayan wonders and fascinating cultures, after an enjoyable and memorable trip Experience Best of Nepal. We will transfer you to airport for you final departure flight back home or to next respective destinations.
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