Glimpse of Western Nepal – 10 Days
Wandering in Kathmandu valley, you will get a feeling that you are living in an open air museum. It provides you great 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 Bardia would provide you great opportunity to explore less visited national park in Nepal. You would be able to see different wildlife on your every step while you are in Bardia. Then your overnight trip to Lumbini will give you excellent opportunity to experience real aspect of Buddhism. And last but not the least; Pokhara will entertain you with its remarkable natural beauty including the view of some of the highest mountains and beautiful lakes.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Patan to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur & Changunarayan
Day 04: Drive Nagarkot to Kathmandu then flight to Nepalgunj & drive to Bardia
Day 05: Bardia Jungle Safari
Day 06: Drive Bardia to Lumbini
Day 07: Visit Lumbini Garden then drive to Pokhara
Day 08: Visit Sarangkot, Devi's fall, Gupteswori cave & World Peace Stupa
Day 09: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 10: Visit Pashupatinath & Boudhanath, then 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 and Patan: 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. Since we would be staying in Patan, we explore all the small alleys of this historical city.
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.
Day 03: Drive Patan to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur & Changunarayan: drive to the oldest part of the Kathmandu valley, an ancient city called Bhaktapur. This fascinating city reminds you the true culture and living style of medieval period. Then a short drive to 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 another exciting drive for an hour on winding road takes us to Nagarkot. It is a great place to escape from Kathmandu’s hustle bustle.
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.
Nagarkot – One of the most popular hill station / viewpoints close to Kathmandu valley. The reward of the Nagarkot trip is the view of 33 different mountain peaks of different regions including Mt. Shisapangma of Tibet.
Day 04: Drive Nagarkot to Kathmandu then fly to Nepalgunj and drive to Bardia: short drive back to Kathmandu and a scenic flight to Nepalgunj for about an hour then drive to Takurdwara (Bardia NP) about 60 km from the airport. Check in Racy shade resort.
After the lunch, village visit. we visit the temple area, the Bazaar and enter some of the typical Tharu houses and see the local life.
Day 05: Jungle walk (full day): after an early breakfast, we go for jungle walk into the national park with a naturalist / guide and a porter. There are good possibilities to see one horned rhino, wild Asian elephants or Bengal tiger among other animals.
We have picnic / pack lunch. In the evening, we go to watch local Tharu culture dance program.
Day 06: Elephant Safari and drive to Lumbini: after an early cup of tea, we go for elephant safari for about 2 hours. Elephants are very adapted to go inside the vegetation so this ride provides great opportunities to have close encounter with animals in the park. Once we are back from elephant safari, a quick breakfast then drive to Lumbini.
A scenic drive for about 6 hours to Lumbini. We drive through several small traditional towns and rice fields. we visit some of the temples in the afternoon.
Day 07: Visit Lumbini Garden then drive to Pokhara: start our day visiting rest of the temples including Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini garden. Then we drive to Pokhara for about 7 hours.
Maya Devi Temple is located at the exact birth place of Gautam Buddha. It is built right on the place of his birth. The temple is built in modern design, however inside the temple; they have preserved exact structure of the place/stone where he was born.
According to the legend, his mom, queen of Kapilbastu was going to her parents house to visit her parents and all of sudden, she was struck with labor pain and she asked her servants to take her back to the palace but pain was unbearable so she decided to rest on the shade of the banyan tree nearby where she gave birth Gautam Buddha.
We also visit some of the temples and stupas built by different nations dedicated to Lord Buddha.
Day 08: Visit Sarangkot (1592m), Devi's fall, Gupteswori cave and World Peace Stupa: early morning drive to Sarangkot. It’s about an hour drive on 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.
Then, we walk down to Sedibagar which takes about 3 hours. We catch our vehicle in Sedibagar and drive back to Pokhara and continue our sightseeing. We visit Devi’s fall, Gupteswori Cave and World peace stupa.
Day 09: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (1334m): A scenic drive back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours.
Day 10: Visit Pasupatinath and Boudhanath then transfer to the airport for departure:
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.
The tour price includes:
- Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
- Accommodations in Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Lumbini / Pokhara / Bardia
- Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
- Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu / Pokhara / Lumbini
- Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
- Private vehicle Bardia - Lumbini - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- A professional English speaking tour guide (Culture Guide for KTM / Adventure guide for Bardia / Lumbini / Pokhara Part)
- Private vehicle during sightseeing
- Full board in Bardia Tour (BLD)
- Drinks (Tea and Coffee only - in Bardia)
- All activities in Bardia Tour
- Your international flight re-confirmation.
- All necessary documents and government tax.
- Insurance for staff
The tour price does not include:
- International Flights
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Lumbini / Pokhara
- 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