Experience Nepal Tour
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude: 30 minutes’ drive to Hotel
Day 2 UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu Valley: Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by evening Aarati: 8-9 hours (B)
Day 3 Drive to Bandipur: Newar community village, 165 km & approx. 5-6 hrs drive (B)
Day 4 Drive to Pokhara, 80 km & approx. 3 hrs drive: Sightseeing at Pokhara city & Boating at Phewa Lake, 3 hrs (B)
Day 5 Drive to World Peace Pagoda: Explore & short hike to Kalabang (1344m altitude): Lunch with family: 90 minutes drive & 4 hours walk (B, L)
Day 6 Drive to Lumbini: approx. 205kms & 6-7 hrs drive: Visit Mayadevi Temple & meditate in Bodhi (B)
Day 7 Explore different monasteries around Lumbini in Rickshaw: 4-5 hrs (B)
Day 8 Drive to Chitwan: 155km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)
Day 9 Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
Day 10 Drive to Kathmandu, further drive to Bhaktapur (1401m/4597ft) (approx. 190km & 6-7 hrs’ drive) (B)
Day 11 Sightseeing at Bhaktapur: 2-3 hrs & Drive to Nagarkot (2175m altitude): approx. 1 hour drive (B)
Day 12 Early morning sunrise view: Drive back Kathmandu & visit traditional market, streets & old durbar area in Rickshaw (B)
Day 13 Departure
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives from Aarya Village Travel shall meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel. As you enjoy the welcome drinks, you shall be briefed about the scheduled program while the rest of the day shall be at your leisure.
After Breakfast start full day sightseeing at UNESCO Heritage sites; Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for visitors as they witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
We will explore its unique Durbar Squares. In every corner & alley of Patan you can see Thangka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable prices. You can taste local cuisine as well in Patan’s alleys.
Then onward, the tour is headed towards Swayambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley. The stupa, a tribute to Buddhism, consists of a dome at the base representing the entire world. Painted eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. A curly symbol, symbolizing the nose represents the unity of all things existing in the world. Prayer wheels surround the whole dome. The evening views of Kathmandu valley and sunset from hilltop will be a memorable experience for you.
From there, the tour is directed towards Boudhanath. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It is the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudha is massive and dominates the skyline in the area, it is one of the largest unique structures in the world. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. From above, Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos and as in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined in the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa).
In the evening drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dating back to the 5th century. While the main temple interior is off limits to non-Hindus there is a lot to experience in the surrounding area. Legend says that whoever comes here to worship Shiva will be reborn as an animal. Pashupatinath is a considerable complex of temples, ashrams, with images and inscriptions dating back centuries.
Observe an Aarati (celebration with lights) at the Bank of Bagmati River. The ‘Aarati’ at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening ritual with chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, a band singing hymns in praise of god, playing of classical instruments, keep the people spellbound throughout.
Today we drive to Bandipur for around 5-6 hours. Bandipur is a Newari Cultural Village, is rich in history, traditional architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. From here can view the beautiful chain of mountains -Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from Tundikhel. Evening walk around admiring the vistas, chat with the friendly local people, and admire their local way of life
After short exploration at Bandipur town in the morning drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from sea level. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic
After getting short refreshment at hotel, start sightseeing at
Bindhyabasini temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga sits perched atop a hill. At this temple, rituals and pujas are performed on different occasions to please goddess Bhagwati.
Devi’s Fall, a waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. It is known as Patale Chango, which means underworld waterfall
Gupteshwor cave is recognized as one of the longest caves in Nepal with a length that exceeds 2000 meters and the cave interior consists of deposition of calcium carbonate and surrounding limestone
Later we will take you for an hour boating at Phewa Lake. Visit Tala Barahi temple in the middle of Lake
After Breakfast drive to World Peace Pagoda. Enjoy beautiful views of Pokhara city, Sarangkot hills and the Himalayas from Stupa. Shanti Stupa, as it is also known, was built as a symbol of peace. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate.
After a short excursion at Peace Pagoda, we start hiking to Kalabang. The quaint location offers an alternative to the crowded viewpoint at Sarangkot, with spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Phewa Tall’s waters stretch out disappearing into the surrounding hills. On certain seasons the horizon is blurred between the sky and the lake.
Here we will have lunch hosted by a local family and later, escorted by a local, we will visit Pumdi village. Drive to lakeside. Rest of the day free on your own.
After Breakfast drive to Lumbini, which takes around 6-7 hour drive. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha the founder of Buddhism, known as the enlightened one. If we reach Lumbini around the sunset time, we can stroll around the local market to get a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Visit Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. Spend some time wandering around the gardens or you can meditate under a Bodhi Tree – an impressive tree covered in prayer flags beside the sacred Mayadevi pond, where Buddhas mother is said to have bathed before giving birth to Buddha.
Today our guide will hire a rickshaw for monasteries exploration. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha also known as Siddartha Gautama, revered as the founder of Buddhism. Is an enormously large area - 4.8 km (3 mi) in length and 1.6 km (1.0 mi) in width. , consisting of ancient as well as recently built temples, monasteries and museums by Buddhist organizations from various countries including - Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, Nepal, Malaysian, Germany – Lumbini is one of the most sacred sites for pilgrimage pivotal to the life of Buddha.
After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4-5 hours. After checking into the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about the nature programs by a naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities,
• Guided tour to Tharu village (around an hour or depends on your interest)
• Walk on the bank of Rapti river.
• Tharu cultural dance performance by villagers (one hour)
Wake Up call with a cup of hot tea or coffee. After breakfast on your choice go for
• Bird watching with naturalist guide (around an hour or depends on your interest)
• Canoe ride (half an hour), an opportunity to see 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the only fish eating Gharial.
• Jeep safari at National Park/Community forest (3-4 hours), you will have an opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth, and the Royal Bengal Tiger if you get lucky.
• Nature walk to see different floras and faunas in National Park (around an hour or depends on your interest)
• Slide show presentation by expert
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours (depending on traffic). Further drive to Bhaktapur, a medieval town also known as the “City of devotees” for an hour.
Check in to the hotel and enjoy your evening time scrolling around living museum Bhaktapur.
After breakfast we continue sightseeing at medieval town Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur a living museum of medieval art and architecture, is a unique old town famously known as the ‘city of devotees’ as this landmark has a great influence over religion, culture and tantrism. It is a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples assembled around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The durbar square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces.
Pottery: Enjoy a leisurely guided walk at the Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made in a traditional way. Clay pots are spun and fired in the ancient ways preserving Bhaktapur’s thriving trade-craft. You can indulge and fashion a clay pot and learn about this fascinating process.
Later we drive to Nagarkot to spend the night. Its offer you to have a magnificent view of major Eastern Himalayas of Nepal and you will also witness sunset view if the weather is clear.
Early in the morning, enjoy a spectacular sunrise view over the major Himalayan Mountains (Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang, Jugal Range, Rolwaling Range, Everest Range and Numbur Range) of Nepal from your hotel. After Breakfast drive for a village exploration tour in Kathmandu.
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu and experience and discover Kathmandu and its culture like a local on a Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. We will pass through handicraft shops selling pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc. The streets merge onto a market area full of local shops called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old. Later we arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you.
Walk the square on foot and at around 4 O’clock our guide will take you to Kumari Ghar, a house of living goddess. It’s a right time to see the goddess and get the blessing from her. At the same time our guide will also explain about the wood carving & architectural design of this house. Here you will also explore one of the hippie-era streets known as Freak Street. After exploring the area, we will ride back to your hotel on the Rickshaw by way of Indrachowk a popular local shopping are where you can drink a cold and fresh Lassi
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.