Cultural Safari Tour – 14 Days
A trip to Nepal would not only let you experience Himalayas but also give you true opportunity to experience ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture. Your tour around Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur Durbar squares will provide you true experience of medieval period. The country is full of art, architectures, temples and monasteries which symbolize the importance of art, culture and religion in Nepali society.
An extended trip down to Pokhara would provide you real experience of remarkable natural beauty of Nepal including the view of some of the highest mountains and beautiful lakes. Taking your trip a step further to Astham and Sedi Bagar allows you to experience authentic traditions and living style of Nepali people. As well as the Jungle safari in Chitwan National park would amaze you with its diverse flora and fauna.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath / Patan & Patan Museum
Day 03: Drive Patan to Bhaktapur via Thimi
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot via Changunarayan
Day 05: Drive Nagarkot to Namo Buddha
Day 06: Drive Namo Buddha to Kathmandu: visit Pashupatinath & Bouddanath
Day 07: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Sedi Bagar
Day 08: Drive Sedi Bagar to Milanchock & trek to Astham & drive back to Pokhara
Day 09: Visit Sarangkot / Devi's fall / Gupteswori Cave & World Peace stupa
Day 10: Visit International Mountain museum
Day 11: Drive Pokhara to Chitwan
Day 12: Chitwan Jungle Safari
Day 13: Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu
Day 14: Visit Kirtipur & departure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel in Patan by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants.
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath, Patan and Patan Museum: start our tour with the magnificent Swoyambunath which is 30 minutes drive from Patan. Then we drive back to Patan; to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Swoyambunath is one of the oldest stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.
Patan - the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs. We will visit Patan Museum as well.
Day 03: Drive Patan to Bhaktapur via Thimi: drive to the oldest part of the Kathmandu valley, a quick stop at old Thimi and observe some traditional farming and old alleys of Thimi village. Then finally we go to visit an ancient city called Bhaktapur. This fascinating city reminds you the true culture and living style of medieval period.
Bhaktapur- Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. We visit four different squares in this city: Durbar Square (palace square), Tamaudi Square (public square), Pottery Square and Dattatrey Square.
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot via Changunarayan: drive to one of the oldest temples of the valley, Changunarayan before we go to Nagarkot. It is a fascinating place where you can see oldest Manu script found in Nepali history and some magnificent temples. Then, an exciting drive to Nagarkot for an hour on winding road. It is a great place to escape from Kathmandu’s hustle bustle.
Nagarkot – One of the most popular hill station / viewpoints close to Kathmandu valley. The reward for Nagarkot trip is panoramic view of 33 different mountain peaks of different regions including Mt. Shisapangma of Tibet.
Day 05: Drive Nagarkot to Namo Buddha: Driving through pine forest and some traditional Newari towns takes us to Namo Buddha. We stay at a secluded resort called Namo Buddha Resort which gives you enough opportunity to rest in private.
Namo Buddha or Takmo Lujin is a very sacred place for the Buddhists. The Stupa situated just off to the downtown Kathmandu is visited by scores of pilgrims every year. There is a legend behind the reverence of this place. According to the Buddhist legend, the King Mahasattva gave his body to a hungry tigress at this place. His reliquary Stupa remained underground for centuries. One day a hermit called Bhagavan (Sakyamuni) came to this site and got attracted to the bulge. It is said that he clapped his hands, and miraculously the Stupa appeared.
Day 06: Drive Namo Buddha to Kathmandu: on our way back from Namo Buddha, we drive back to Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is a double–roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal.
Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and it is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like Swoyambhunath, this stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Day 07: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) and drive to Sedi Bagar: a scenic flight to Pokhara for about 30 minutes then short drive to Sedi Bagar followed by a short trek to Thapa family Home.
Overnight: Home stay
Day 08: Drive Sedi Bagar to Milanchock and trek to Astham then trek back to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara (820m): A short drive to Milan chock where we start our trek to Astham, Adhikari family home. It is about 2 hours hike to Astham. Being in Astham, we can observe and experience real culture and living style of typical Nepali family of country side. Then we hike back to Milan chock and drive back to Pokhara.
Day 09: Visit Sarangkot (1592m), Devi's fall, Gupteswori Cave, World Peace stupa: Today, we drive to Sarangkot early in the morning. It’s about an hour drive on a winding road. The view from Sarangkot is superb. Several different peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, including the two highest peaks in the world,-Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) can be seen.
In the late morning, we visit Devi’s fall, Gupteswori Cave and World peace stupa; which offers you the best view of the Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.
Day 10: Visit International Mountain Museum: visit first Mountaineering museum in Pokhara, where we can learn about history of Nepal mountaineering and witness true mountaineering culture. In the afternoon, boating in Fewa lake.
Day 11: Drive Pokhara to Chitwan (815m): five hour scenic drive to Chitwan. Arrival at Wild Life Camp and a welcome drink
14:00: Lunch, then two hours free time.
16:00: Tour to the Tharu village and museum.
Difference in Elevation: - 5m
Day 12: Chitwan Jungle Safari:
7:00: Breakfast, then head out for our canoe rides on the Rapti River, followed by a short jungle walk.
15:00: Elephant safari: An excellent opportunity to see: four different kinds of deer; rhinoceros; wild boars; monkeys; leopards; sloth bears and the Royal Bengal Tiger (if you are lucky). You may also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home.
20:00: Tharu culture program
Day 13: Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu (1334m):
7:30: Elephant breeding centre
9:00: Drive back to Kathmandu: Scenic drive for about 6 hours to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Visit Kirtipur in the morning and transfer to the airport for departure.
The tour price includes:
- Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
- Accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Basis
- Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
- Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
- Professional English speaking tour guide for whole tour
- Private vehicle for sightseeing tour
- Accommodation in Bardia (Resort / Tent)
- Full board in Bardia Tour (Meals) (Day 3 - Lunch to Day 7 - Lunch)
- Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
- All activities in Bardia Tour
- Flight Kathmandu - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
The tour price does not include:
- International Flights
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- All Activities / services not mentioned above
- Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation helicopter / medical care)
- Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), accommodation in case of bad weather, heavy rain, flood, landslide, strike, road blockade etc
- Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone etc.
- Tips for tour staff or car / van / bus driver.
NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.
Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.
The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.
Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.
In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.
- Travel Pack / Suit case
- Day pack
- Lightweight, low maintenance and versatile clothing
- Convertible travel trousers
- Lightweight fleece
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Comfortable shoes/boots
- Hat (sun/warm hat)
- Warm clothes / Jackets / trousers (If travelling in early Spring / Autumn / Winter)
- Luggage locks
- Head light (torch)
- Wash bag
- Travel towel
- All purpose travel soap
- Small repair kit (needle and thread)
- First aid kit
- Accessory bags
- Guide book
- Electrical adaptor
- Insect repellent
- Sun cream
- Valid passport
- Print out of Airline tickets
- Contact detail of Embassy / Tour agency
- Travel insurance