The Best of Nepal Tour

The Best of Nepal Tour

The Best of Nepal Tour Overview

Trip day to day itinerary

Day 01:

Trip detail itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

DAY 02: Breakfast at the hotel
Morning visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath Stupa Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Here, the kings of Nepal are crowned and solemnized. Interesting things for visitors to see are Taleju temple, gigantic figure of Kalbhairav (the god of destruction), Basantapur Durbar, and Temple of Kumari (living goddess)

Swoyambhunath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas built 2000 years ago situated on a hillock about 77 meter above the level of the Kathmandu valley. Visitors will also have a grand view of the valley from this spot.

Lunch at restaurant.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The square boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in the Patan Durbar Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna was a favorite among the gopini (cowgirls). His temple is the best example of stone architecture in the World. Scenes from the Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, are carved on the temple's walls. The streets in the Patan Durbar Square area are home to traditional artists and sculptors. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh (the elephant-headed god), Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are located at Patan Durbar Square.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03: Breakfast at the hotel
Drive to Dakshinkali via Chobar and Pharping.

Dakshinkali
The temple of Dakshinkali is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and is one of the most popular places of worship in Kathmandu, located 22 km from the city center on the Southern of the Valley past Pharping village. On the way back, stop at Chobhar gorge. The narrow gash in the hills was made by Lord Manjushree to drain out the lake which once covered the Valley. Other interesting sites in this area are temple Tantric Goddess Bajrayogini and a meditation cave of the Buddhist teacher "Guru Rimpoche" (Padmasambhava).

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Budhanilkantha.

Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha is situated below Shivapuri hill about 9 km from the city center at the northern end of the valley. Over 1000 years old, stone idol of Lord Vishnu about 17 feet long lying on the coils of cosmic serpents in a pond, as if floating can be seen here. It is also known as Bhuijasi.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, lies 5 km east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can he seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple.

Boudhanath (Little Tibet) – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Boudha is among the largest Stupas in south Asia. It has become the focal point of Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty – six meters overhead. The Stupa is located on the ancient trade route to China. Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kopan Monastery.

Kopan Monastery
Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath is the Kopan hill (pictured left), rising up out of the terraced fields of the Kathmandu valley and visible for miles. Dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. It was to this hill that these lamas first came with their first Western students in 1969.

Kopan Monastery had its beginnings in the Solukhumbu region of the Himalayan mountains. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, a yogi of the tiny hamlet of Lawudo, fulfilled the promise of the previous Lawudo Lama to start a monastic school for the local children. The school was called called it Mount Everest Center. Twenty five monks moved down from the mountain to Kopan in 1971 - prompted by the harsh climate at an altitude of 4000 am, which made study barely possible in winter.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 Breakfast at the hotel
Leave hotel for Trisuli Center for White Water Rafting (WWR) at Trisuli River.

White Water Rafting (WWR)
Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal's thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalaya, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape. A rafting trip at Trisuli River is bound to be the highlight of your stay in the country.

Rafting start from Khatauti to Kurintar (3-4 hrs).
Non rafting people drive to Kurintar check in at hotel and swimming at Riverside Spring Resort. Pick up from Kurintar and transfer to Riverside Spring Resort.

Check in and lunch at Riverside Spring Resort.

Riverside Spring Resort (RSSR)
Spread over 15 acres of lush, landscaped, river parkland, this cradle of nature fronts a large, sand beach alongside the sapphire waters of the Trisuli River as it negotiates a lazy S-bend. Between the restaurant and the beach, is a fantasy, landscape and fresh water swimming pool.

Afternoon visit Manakamana Temple with Cable Car.

Manakamana Temple
Manakamana temple lies 12 Km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge (1302 MT. above sea level) overlooking the river valleys of Trisuli (south) and Marsyangdi (west). The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as an island above the sea of morning mist. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity.

Manakamana Cable Car
The Bottom Station (258m) at Kurintar and the Top Station (1302 m ) at Manakamana houses the most modern cable car system imported from Austria. Facilities of international standards with high priority given to safety and customer service, Manakamana Cable Car has had an overwhelming response from all the visitors.

Dinner and overnight at Riverside Spring Resort.

DAY 06 Breakfast at Riverside Spring Resort
Leave Kurintar for Chitwan (approx 4 hrs drive).
Arrive Chitwan, check in at lodge.

Royal Chitwan National Park–UNESCO World Heritage Site
This is one of Nepal’s largest forest reserve with a wide range of wildlife; the great one horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive royal Bengal tiger. This is one of the best-managed national parks in the world, which covers an area of 1040 sq. km. It is situated 160 km southwest of Kathmandu. RCNP is the last home for about 250 remaining endangered Asian one-horned rhinoceros.

In the late afternoon, the guests will be taken for deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife or a jungle walk is organized for the guests to experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the Park. If you are lucky, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger both on nature walk as well as on elephant safari.
Dinner and overnight at lodge.

DAY 07 Full day jungle activities.
Early morning guests will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle safari for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18-20 ft. It is the favorite habitat of the rhinoceros and other mammals.

After breakfast, the guests are taken to our elephant stables where the senior naturalists will give a talk about the habits of the elephants. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath.

Lunch at Lodge.
In the afternoon guests may relax around the lodge OR take a drive through the jungles in Land Rovers followed by a dugout canoe ride down the river where there are very good chances of viewing the Gharial crocodiles as well as the Mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, Otters and varieties of water birds OR guests may go on a nature walk with one of our naturalists to know about the flora of the Royal Chitwan National Park.

At the end of the canoe ride, waiting Land Rovers will drive guests back to the lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Lodge.

DAY 08 Once again in the morning, you may have an elephant ride or your favorite program before your departure depending on the time of your departure from the lodge.

After breakfast, leave Chitwan for Pokhara.

In the way Lunch at Manakamana Café, Kurintar.

Pokhara Valley
Pokhara valley is one of the most picturesque spot of Nepal. The beauty of Pokhara is enhanced by its lovely lakes, which have their source in the glacial region of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Situated 200 KM west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 827 meter from the sea-level, for the mountain viewers Pokhara offers a magnificent view of Dhaulagiri, Machapuchre (Fishtail), five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is the only place in the world to provide such a dramatic views in a sub-tropical setting. Machapuchre, for example, is only 28 km from Phewa Lake and not a single mountain range intervenes between the two.

Arrive Pokhara, check in at the hotel.

Late afternoon boat ride on Phewa Lake and visit lakeside.

Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Kingdom, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in its middle. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travellers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09 Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning walking tour of Pokhara’s old town and Bindhyabasini Temple.

Pokhara’s old town and Bazaar
Pokhara's old town and traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. Located about four km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well. This area strewn with shops selling commodities from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.

The old bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara' s most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome-like structure dominates a spacious stone-paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park-like grounds offer a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive local flavor.

Bindhyabasini Temple
Bindhyabasini Temple is the center of religious activity in the lid bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park-like grounds offer a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, take on a festive local flavor.
Lunch at Lake side Restaurant.

Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp and David’s Fall.

Tibetan Refugee Camp
Tibetan Handicraft center know as the Tibetan refugee camp. And it is the pioneer of Tibetan carpet industry in Pokhara, Nepal. This center provides job to Tibetans from the camp and local Nepalese. The profits of the handicraft center is used for the education, health care, sanitation, looked after old age and physically handicapped Tibetan people of this refugee camp.

Davi’s Fall
Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall). Devi's Fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker called David as washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10 Early morning Sarangkot excursion for sun rise view over the Himalaya.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Begnas Lake and boat ride at Begnas Lake.

Begnas lake
Begnas Lake, the second largest lake of Pokhara Valley is situated at an altitude of 650m. It is located in the Siswa village on the eastern part of Pokhara and is 13 km away from the Pokhara city. It covers an area of 3 sq. km. Average water depth of the lake is 9.37 and the maximum water depth is 13.84m. The capacity of the lake is 29.05 million cubic meter. It is comparatively deeper in the northern and western part in the comparision to eastern and southern part. The lake water is drained out by Khudi Khola from the western part.

Lunch at Begnas Resort.

Begnas Lake Resort
Located in a quiet corner east of bustling Pokhara town, lies this wondrous paradise - the Begnas lake, known for its clear spring-fed water and pristine lush surroundings just the setting for your ESCAPE TO ANOTHER WORLD...

Just the spot for active holidaymakers, the possibilities out of here are simply innumerable. Apart from boating and fishing, the resort's prime location amidst unadulterated nature offers interesting walks of surprising variety.
Drive back & Overnight to the hotel.

DAY 11 Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Pokhara domestic airport for flight back to Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu domestic airport, drive to Nagarkot.

Nagarkot
20 km from Bhaktapur, 32 Km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is situated on top of a ridge at an altitude of 2,099 meters above see level. It overlooks the majestic peaks of the Himalayas. On a clear day it provides unforgettable experience – the magnificent view of snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest.
Arrive Nagarkot and check in at Nagarkot.
Lunch at Nagarkot
Late afternoon walk through middle-hill villages to Nagarkot Ridge to view sunset over the Eastern Himalayas.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12 Early morning excursion for sun rise view over the Himalaya.
Breakfast at the hotel.

Easy trek from Nagarkot to Telkot
Trek passes through villages and Rhododendron forest. The guest will have an opportunity to observe daily village life and related activities. Hill villages in Nepal present a picture of the bygone era. Guests will witness villagers working in the field and carry daily activities in the most natural setting. Villagers still use pre historic technology to plow their fields and carry other activities in agriculture sector. For Western technologically advanced civilization, the village tour would be one of the most exciting aspect on their Nepal visit.

Pick up from Telkot and drive to the hotel.
Lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon free.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 13 Breakfast at the hotel.
Arive to Dhulikhel.

Dhulikhel
Dhulikhel is situated only 30 Km East of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal on the Araniko Highway in the lap of Greenwood and at an elevation of 1,550 meter above the mean sea level and along the ridge that separates the valley of Banepa and Panchkhal. It looks as if Dhulikhel is busy in conversation with the Himalayan range on the north with a beautiful smile. This might be the reason why many people call this place as the 'Queen of the Hills', and say that this place shares many features with Darjeeling a tourist city in India.

From Dhulikhel one can get a panoramic view of the Himalayas from east to west. Your day at Dhulikhel may begin through witnessing the spectacular sunrise over the some of the greatest peaks of the world, including Gauri Shanker, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal.

On the way sightseeing tour of Panauti.

Panauti
Standing in a peaceful valley roughly 8 Km south of Banepa, the small beautiful town of Panauti is at a junction of the rivers Roshi and Pungmati. Similar to that of Ilahabad in India , a third ‘invisible' river is declared to join the other two at the confluence point. This Town is relatively untouched but where festivals preserving tradition of the indigenous Newars are held. It possesses a number of interesting temples, one of which perhaps be the oldest in Nepal . Besides it is famous for magnificent woodcarvings. Panauti once stood at the junction of important trading routes and had a royal palace in its principal square. Today it's just a quiet backwater, yet all the more interesting for that. Concerning trek, an interesting walk leads from Dhulikhel to Panouti. The pleasant two-hour stroll starts off south from Dhulikhel, then turns west crossing rice-fields and running along the course of tiny stream. It eventually hits the Banepa - Panauti road a little north of the town.

Arrive at Dhulikhel and check in at the resort.
Lunch at the resort.

Sightseeing tour of Dhulikhel bazaar.
Diner and overnight at the resort.

DAY 14 Breakfast at the resort.
Drive back to Kathmandu, on the way sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Today Bhaktapur is known as the ‘open museum’ and a ‘living heritage’. Brick paved enclave of the old royal palace buildings dating back 13th to 14th centuries, artistic temples and exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. Bhaktapur will surprise visitors with its presentation of innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces - Nyatapola, Bhairavnath, Dattatreya, Pujari math with peacock window and many more.

Lunch at Café De Nyatapola.
Sightseeing tour of Changu Narayan Temple.

Changu Narayan Temple
Originally built in the early 4th century, it is a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. All the stone carvings in the temple courtyard were done by Newari artisans in 5th and 6th centuries, which make it one of the single greates concentrations of ancient art in Nepal.

Re-check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15 Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu old city Ason Tole and Thamel.

Thamel
Thamel is the main tourist area of Kathmandu and contains a large number of lodges, restaurants, bookshops, travel and trekking agencies and shops selling handicrafts.

Lunch at Rum Doodle Restaurant
Free farewell to Nepal Dinner with a live cultural show at Nepali Restaurant

Nepali dinner with a live cultural show
A mixture of various ethnic groups have made Kathmandu Valley a unique place not only for its cultural and tradition, but also for its authentic cuisine.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 16 Breakfast at the hotel
Guest will have a breakfast at the hotel. Please note that guest(s) need to be at the international airport at least 2 hrs 30 minutes in advance for the check in process at the airport. Pink Mountain Travels and Expenditure’s Representative will meet the guests at the hotel and will re-check with guests regarding airport departure tax that needs to be paid inside the airport.

Pink Mountain Travels and Expenditure’s Representative will escort guests to TIA. However, please note, they are not allowed to go inside the airport for help in check-in process. Hence Pink Mountain Travels and Expenditure’s Representative will brief regarding the check-in process at the hotel.

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