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Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Lumbini, Pokhara, Bandipur

Nestled amongst the peaks of the great Himalayan mountains, Nepal is a country blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and colourful history. Staying in comfortable and character-full hotels & lodges, without any strenuous activities, this tour lets you discover ancient city streets and architecture, enjoy stunning mountain views, walk through tiny rural villages, verdant farmland and forests filled with wildlife, and see some of Nepal's most famous and holiest temples and Stupas. Read more

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport we meet & greet and transfer you to your chosen hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into your hotel and relax, or start exploring the local area.

  • Day 2:
  • Kathmandu city tour

Following a morning pre-tour briefing we head into central Kathmandu for a tour of the city. We visit Durbar Square, with its numerous temples and the old royal palace, we take a walk up to the top of Swayambunath Stupa, for a great view over the city, and of course there is plenty of time to enjoy the numerous shops and stalls along the way. The evening is free for you to try out one of the many local restaurants.

  • Day 3:
  • Bhaktapur, Tilkot Forest Reserve & Changu Narayan temple

Today we head to the nearby city of Bhaktapur which offers some great examples of the wonderful traditional wooden architecture of Buddhist and Hindu temples. We also include a visit Tilkot and Kathmandu's oldest temple - Changu Narayan. You some more free time this evening to continue exploring this interesting city.

  • Day 4:
  • Travel by road to Chitwan. Village walk

We travel by road to Chitwan National Park this morning. The drive offers a great chance to see rural Nepal as we leave the hills and travel down onto the Terai. The landscape can be breathtaking in places, with snow-capped peaks, raging rivers and traditional hillside villages. Arriving in Chitwan we check in to our wildlife lodge and the rest of the day is free to relax.

  • Day 5:
  • Full day of safari activities in Chitwan

We spend the next two days exploring Chitwan National Park in search of animals such as tiger, rhino and wild elephant. We’ll take a safari on the back of an elephant, a river ride by canoe, a jeep safari and a walking safari, and we’ll also enjoy a village tour to see first hand the traditional day to day life of the locals.

  • Day 6:
  • Elephant ride. Drive to Lumbini

Today you have a little more free time in Chitwan and also an Elephant Ride. In the afternoon we drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lumbini.

  • Day 7:
  • Lumbini sightseeing. Drive to Pokhara via Tansen

The city of Lumbini is a pilgrimage site for many Buddhist, who come here to visit the birth-place of the Lord Buddha. Later, in the afternoon we drive to Pokhara. This laid-back lakeside town is a gateway to the mountains and the views of the Annapurna mountain range are incredible. It’s a great place to relax and there are plenty of things to do and see in and around the town.

  • Day 8:
  • Pokhara sightseeing

We have a full day of tours around Pokhara today. We'll visit the Peace Pagoda, Daryalling Monastery and the Tibetan refuge camp. After lunch you'll visit the Devi Falls and caves before returning to Pokhara for a free evening.

  • Day 9:
  • Free day in Pokhara. Optional tours

Today is free for you to enjoy Pokhara and its surroundings. Optional activities include day walks to Sarangkot, a boat ride on Lake Phewa, and a cycle ride into the hills.

  • Day 10:
  • Travel by road to Bandipur via Gorkha Dhurba

Today we head back towards Kathmandu. Along the way we'll stop to visit Gorkha Durba Newari before continuing to the historic trading town of Bandipur. There is plenty of time to explore this interesting village, with its traditional bazaar and town centre, and take walks into the surrounding countryside. We spend the night in Bandipur in a basic but comfortable hotel.

  • Day 11:
  • Morning village walk. Drive to Dhulikhel

After a walk around the village this morning we continue our journey back towards Kathmandu stopping at the town of Dhulikhel. Perched on the edge of the Kathmandu valley, this small village offers excellent views of the Himalayan Mountains, including a distant glimpse of Mount Everest (on a clear day!).

  • Day 12:
  • Sunrise mountain views - free day / local tours

After enjoying the sunrise over the mountain views we have a free day in Dhulikhel. Our guide can help you to organise additional full or half day walks and rafting on the Bhote Khosi river.

  • Day 13:
  • Drive to Kathmandu via Pasupatinath & Boudhaneth

Winding our way through the countryside is like turning back the clock, as we pass through many small villages seemingly untouched by time. En route we take time to visit Boudhnath Stupa and the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath before driving back into Kathmandu.

  • Day 14:
  • Kathmandu - Tour ends. Airport transfer

Your time is free today until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Tour facts

User rating:
Group size: (what's this?)
2 - 12 people; minimum age is 12yrs
Highlights:
Temples and Stupas of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Tilkot and Changu Narayan; Mountain views from Dhulikhel; Royal Chitwan National Park (full range of park activities including elephant & safaris, jungle & village walks); Relaxing in and around Pokhara; Traditional village life in Bandipur and the birth-place of the Buddha in Lumbini
Transport:
Private bus, minibus, jeep
Group departures:
Departs approx once per month
Maximum altitude:
1,373m
Trekking grade: (What's this?)
n/a
Rafting grade: (What's this?)
n/a
Local payment: (What's this?)
None
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 13 | Lunch: 1 | Dinner: 4
 

Accommodation

We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.

 

Customer feedback

"Despite the road conditions, our drivers and the vehicles used gave us a feeling of confidence. A very good first impression of Nepal- excellent."

Martin Mullany (Nepal Tailor-made)

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