Experiential Tour in Nepal
Destination: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini
Best time: All round the year
Max. Altitude: 1400 m
Fitness level: Moderate
Group size: 1 to any
All around the year
sightseeing, boating and hiking, visit Monastery and chanting with monks
Day 1 Kathmandu - 1400m altitude: approx. 30 minutes drive
Day 2 Morning visit Astrologer: Later sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square & Swayambhunath stupa) Duration:
Day 3 Hi Tea Ceremony at Monastery: Singing Bowl Therapy & Sightseeing at Boudhanath: Visit Pashupatinath
Day 4 Rickshaw ride through traditional Market, alleys & durbar area: Get blessing from Living Goddess at
Day 5 Sightseeing at medieval town Bhaktapur: Learn pottery making & visit paper factory (B) Drive Duration : 1 hour Distance: 16 km
Day 6 Drive to Pokhara (900m) for 6-7 hours Boating at Phewa Lake ( 1 hour): Distance: 211 km
Day 7 Drive to World Peace Pagoda (25 minutes): Hike to Kalabang 1344m, 2-3 hours hike ): Lunch with hoste
Day 8 Morning excursions at Pokhara city: Visit Tibetan Refugee camp at Hemja & participate in chanting pr
Day 9 Drive to Lumbini (105 m, 5-6 hours)): Visit Mayadevi Temple & meditate under Bodhi Tree
Day 10 Full day excursion at Lumbini: different monasteries in Rickshaw
Day 11 Drive to Chitwan (415m , 2-3 hours): Lunch & go for jungle activities, Distance: 113 km
Day 12 Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park
Day 13 Full day activities at Tiger Tops
Day 14 Drive back to Kathmandu (6-7 hours), Distance: `196 km: Culinary experience at Krishnarpan
Day 15 Departure
1. Transport in Private Vehicle with A/C
• Airport transfers in private car
• Three Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Kathmandu – Bhaktapur- Kathmandu
• Kathmandu- Pokhara- Lumbini- Chitwan- Kathmandu transfers
• Pokhara- and Hemja- Pokhara transfers
• Half day Pokhara City Tour and drive to hemja
• Pokhara- World Peace Pagoda and Pumdi – Pokhara transfers
• Full day Sightseeing at Lumbini
• Kathmandu (5Ns):
• Bhaktapur(1N): Hotel Heritage or similar Boutique
• Pokhara (3Ns)
• Lumbini (2Ns): Tiger Palace Resort or similar Luxury Resort
• Chitwan (3Ns): Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort or similar
3. 3nights/4Days Jungle Activities at Tiger Tops:
• Chitwan with Zeep safari, Elephant bush walk, sundowner with elephant , making elephant food kuchi and feed them , vegetable picking participate in cooking , vulture restaurant visit , lunch at Tree houses , invite Tharu at hotel and enjoy traditional tharu food cooked by them
• All breakfasts
• 4 Lunches: 1 home hosted lunch at Kalabang and 3 during stay at Chitwan
• 4 Dinners: 3 Dinners during stay at Chitwan and 1 Krishnaarpan Dinner with live cultural show
• Representative from Aarya Village Travel for arrival and departure assistance and An Experienced English Speaking Guide during sightseeing in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini and Bhaktapur. Guide will be different in all places. Naturalist guide in Chitwan.
6. Taxes and Permits:
• All the applicable services charges, government taxes
1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($30 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
3. All entrance fees during sightseeing
4. Meals not listed in the itinerary ( Lunch and Dinner except during Chitwan Package)
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
6. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
7. Payment Transfer Charge
8. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
9. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet assists and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representatives from Aarya Village Travel.
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:
1. Visit Patan city: Durbar Square, alleys, shops
2. Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp
3. Visit Swayambhunath and surrounding
4. Sunset view from hilltop
Meet Astrologer at hotel and show your hand and predict your future. After breakfast drive to Patan, a distinct place for arts and architecture that reflect on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. We will explore its unique Durbar Squares, temple and alleys. In every corners & alleys of Patan can be seen with Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable price. You can taste a local cuisine as well in Patan’s alley
Later we will visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, the pioneer of Tibetan Carpet Industry in Nepal. In the camp more than 1000 Tibetans are settled and out of this, 500 Tibetans are engaged in different process of carpet production like Wool sorting, Hand Brushing & Spinning of yarn, Dyeing, Ball Winding, Weaving, Trimming & Finishing etc
Later drive to Swayambhunath - A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Walking around in the evening playing prayer wheeler will keep your mind calm and peace. The evening views of Kathmandu valley and sunset from hilltop will be memorable for you
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:
1. Visit Boudhanath Stupa
2. Hi Tea Ceremony at Monastery
3. Visit Pashupatinath Temple and surrounding
4. Aarati at Pashupatinath
Morning our guide will assists you to drive to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage where all devout come for pilgrimage. We will keep Hi Tea Buddhist Ceremony in one of the monastery in Boudha where monks perform their ritual, chanting Buddhist mantras and pray for our good health and prosperity. At the end of the ceremony, monks offer blessing food and Hi Tea for all. Later we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple; a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries. Take a tour around the temple until the evening Aarati begins.
Evening ‘Aarati’ at the banks of Bangmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening rituals with a band singing hymns in praise of god, playing of classical instruments, chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, keep the people spellbound throughout.
Rickshaw ride through traditional Market, alleys & durbar area: Get blessing from Living Goddess at Kumari Ghar
Duration: 3 hours
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:
1. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square: Temple of living goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and other momuments
2. Rickshaw ride through Thamel, Ason Market, Indrachowk
3. Drinking sweet Lasssi at local market( Traditional Nepali drink)
Experience and discover Kathmandu and its culture like a local on Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. We will pass through handicrafts shops like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc and merge onto a narrow alley full of local shop called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old and finally arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you. Walk the square on foot and our guide will take you to the house of Living Goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and receive blessing from her and you will also explore or hang out in one of the hippie-era shops on Freak Street.
1. Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square
2. Making pots the old fashioned way in Bhaktapur’s pottery square
3. Visit Paper Factory
After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur, the medieval town or the city of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved one of the Valley's three Durbar Squares. One is sure to feel like traveling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Overnight at Hotel Heritage, a boutique hotel which successfully blends traditional Nepali look and feel with modern amenities.
Easy guided walk at Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made by hand. Traditionally spun and fired clay pots are a fine example of Bhaktapur’s thriving craft trades. It’s a fascinating process to watch and you can make a clay pot for your own. Later we will make a tour around the factory and observe Nepali papermaking process and manufacturing a variety of delightful handcrafted paper products - cards, notebooks, books, prints, and so on.
Have breakfast at hotel. After breakfast drive to Pokhara for around 6-7 hours. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley. 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. Check in hotel. Enjoy 1 hour boating at Phewa Lake.
1. Drive to World Peace Pagoda
2. Hike to Kalabang village and have Lunch with host family
Altitude: Kalabang (1344m) and World Peace Pagoda (1000m)
Duration: 25 minutes drive
Walk Duration: 2-3 hours
Pokhara- World Peace pagoda Distance: 6.8 km, World Peace Pagoda- Kalabang:
After breakfast drive to World Peace Pagoda for around 25 minutes. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pokhara city and Himalayan views from Stupa. After some rest start hiking to Kalabang Village. The quaint tower offers an alternative to the frenzied viewpoint at Sarangkot, with an unparalleled panorama of the Annapurna Range. Across the valley, the buildings of Sarangkot appear like Lego, and the waters of Fewa Tal stretch out into the surrounding hills. Depending on the season, the line between sky, lake and clouds blur. We will have hosted lunch with a family and with local we will visit Pumdi village. Drive to lakeside. Rest of the day free on your own.
Morning excursions at Pokhara city: Visit Tibetan Refugee camp at Hemja & participate in chanting program at monastery
Chanting with Monks: 3:30- 5 pm
Drive Duration: 25 minutes
Distance: 7.5 km
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast start sightseeing at Gupteshower Cave- popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits and Devi’s Fall -which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground, Seti George. In the afternoon drive to Tibetan Refugee Camp (The largest settlement close to Pokhara is Tashi Palkhel, about 5km northwest of town at Hyangja, on the road to Baglung. With prayer flags flapping in the breeze in the rocky valley, it genuinely feels like you’re in Tibet. The colourful Jangchub Choeling Gompa in the middle of the village is home to around 200 monks. Try to time your visit in the afternoon to experience the rumbling of monks chanting and horns blowing during the prayer session (held 3.30pm to 5pm).
Distance: 202.5 km
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and the founder of Buddhism, known as Buddha or the enlightened one. In case we reach Lumbini around the sunset time, we can stroll in the local market to have a glimpse into the local lifestyle.Visit Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. We spend some time wandering around the gardens. You can meditate under Bodhi Tree and relief your stress.
Lumbini Temple/ Temple of Mayadevi: walk inside the temple built over the spot Buddha was born Mayadevi pond: where Buddha's mother is said to have bathed before giving birth to him Bodhi Tree: impressive tree covered in prayer flags beside the sacred pond.
Today we will hire a Rickshaw and Visit monasteries built by different nation: - Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, Nepal, Malaysian, Germany etc. Rest of the day free on your own
After breakfast drive to Tiger Tops, Tharu Lodge for around 3 hours. Arriving at the gate to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, you will be met by Tiger Tops staff with a welcome drink in the dining hall. Continue to the garden where the lunch will be waiting for you. After the lunch we suggest you take a stroll to the Narayani river with our resident elephants and one of our naturalists and watch the family of elephants while you enjoy your sundowners, Return to the lodge for hot showers and cold drinks before dinner.
Breakfast is served al fresco beneath our shady mango trees - freshfruit, yoghurt, eggs and bacon to get the day off to a perfect start. After breakfast, prepare for a river safar in the Narayani river. The outing commences with a nature walk or bullock cart ride through the riverine forest, followed by a scenic float down the river. Cruising on the wide expanse of the river, pockets of rapids propel the boats along as gentle waves lap at th e sides. Sitting inside a hand - carved boat , keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birdlife and wildlife . Top of the list is the endangered fish - eating Gharial crocodile and its more sinister relative , the Marsh - Mugger.
Lunch at Tree Houses. . Later in the afternoon , when the weather is cooler and the animals become active , meet with our naturalist for a jeep safari in the national park to get a taste of the jungle. Donot hesitate to ask questions. Our naturalists are extremely knowledgeable on the animals and the history of Chitwan National Park. During the safari you will encounter wildlife such as different species deer, birds , monkeys , and the endangered one - horned rhinoceros and hopefully the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Visit Vulture Restaurant. Return back to Lodge, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel go for Elephant bush walk, making elephant food kuchi and feed them. Elephant Feeding Experience is one of the most adventitious experiences. Around two hours time will be enjoyed for preparing food and feeding elephant. During this activity you can touch animal, wash animal, and take pictures other many more things can be done. Vegetable picking participate in cooking: invite Tharu at hotel and enjoy traditional tharu food cooked by them.
This morning after another leisurely breakfast, drive to Kathmandu for around 6-7 hours. Check in at hotel. Rest and refreshment at hotel. 6 course Krishnarpan Dinner at Dwarika's Hotel in the evening the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, The Dwarika’s Hotel. This offers unique gastronomy experience of typical Nepali food.
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.