Highlights of Nepal tour

Highlights of Nepal tour

Tour Experience

Cultural sightseeing, jeep safaris, elephant rides and Everest flight

Available

All year round

Location

Kathmandu, Bandipur, Pokhara & Chitwan National Pa

Nepal is a beautiful place, and this tour has been designed to give you a taste of many of the country's highlights, without featuring any strenuous trekking or white water rafting activities (these can always be added in if you wish). You'll see Hindu and Buddhist temples and stupas, explore interesting hilltop villages, see spectacular mountain views and enjoy some wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park.

Accommodation is in a mix of heritage properties, wildlife lodges and boutique style hotels. The tour can be shortened or extended, and also combined with time in India, Tibet or Bhutan if you wish.

The tour starts in Nepal's bustling capital city, Kathmandu. First we'll take a spectacular Everest mountain flight, then explore the old city on foot with a local guide, and visit the huge Buddhist Swayambunath stupa overlooking the city. Next we head to the hilltop villages of Gorkha and Bandipur en-route to Pokhara.

The lakeside town of Pokhara sits at the foot of the Annapurna range of mountains, and various excursions or day walks are available here. Our next stop is Chitwan National Park, where you have plenty of time for a range of safari activities in the park, looking in particular for the endangered one horned rhino and any signs of tigers, as well as many other wildlife. The tour finishes back in the Kathmandu valley with a stay at the beautiful Dhulikhel Mountain Resort and visits to the important pilgrimage sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport in private AC vehicles with a local driver
  • All transfers, including 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Internal flights between Chitwan and Kathmandu
  • Services of a local escort throughout the tour
  • Specialist city guides and wildlife safari guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fees to sites visited
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights in and out of Nepal
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Arrive in Nepal and transfer to hotel

We will be happy to help with flights into Nepal if you wish, and on your arrival our local representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of Kathmandu. We normally use the Shanker Hotel, which is built around a former royal palace and located in large quiet gardens close to the main touristic area of Thamel.
| OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu hotel
| EXTRAS
Extra day in Kathmandu – pre-tour, Single room supplement

DAY 2, Everest mountain flight & Kathmandu city tour

You start today early with a spectacular Everest mountain flight, which lasts for about one hour and gives you a great chance to see the World’s highest mountain up close. Later in the morning you’ll take an easy walking tour from your hotel, finding your way through the narrow city streets to Durbar Square. Our guides change the route everytime for this tour, and it will take in various corner temples and stupas and allow you to see all kinds of tiny shops and workshops. In the impressive Durbar Square, your guide will explain some Nepalese history as you walk through the many Hindu temples and the old Royal Palace.
After a break for lunch at a rooftop restaurant, you head by car to the edge of the city and walk up to Swayambhunath Stupa. Sitting on a hill overlooking the city, you’ll get great views of the Kathmandu Valley and enjoy watching the many monkeys which make this holy place their home. After returning to Kathmandu the rest of the day is free.
| OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 3, Gorkha & Bandipur village walks

This morning we make our way across the beautiful Nepalese countryside to the small hillside town of Gorkha, where you can climb up to the Gorkha Durbar perched on the top of the hill. This is a steep hours walk, rewarded by good views and an interesting exploration of the Durbar – a combination of a fort, temple and palace. We next head for the old Newari trading town of Bandipur.
Situated on a ridge with some great mountain views, Bandipur has been fairly untouched, the centre is traffic free, and many of its buildings have been protected. In the late afternoon you have an easy walk around the area surrounding the village, exploring some tiny villages and learning about the local agriculture and way of life. You spend the night here in a traditionally restored Ghaun Ghar Hotel on the main street.
| OVERNIGHT
Bandipur hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 4, Drive to Pokhara and half day tour

You leave Bandipur late morning and drive on to Pokhara today. En route, Nepal’s largest cave, the Siddha Gufa, can also be visited (make sure you have a torch!).
In the afternoon you’ll take a tour of Pokhara, visiting the Peace Pagoda for great views of the Annapurna range, nearby Devi caves and waterfalls and a visit to the Tibetan refugee camp.
You can also extend the tour here to include a short trek. The Annapurna foothills are a great place for relatively low altitude trekking, and we can arrange circular trekking routes lasting anything from 2 days to 2 or more weeks.
Your accommodation tonight is at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, a boutique hotel tha combines western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal’s Western Himalayas, and within walking distance of the main restaurants and shops.
| OVERNIGHT
Pokhara hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 5, Pokhara, free day

You have a free day today to enjoy time in the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. There is plenty to do, and you could take the chance to walk or drive up to the view point at Sarangkot for a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurnas. Other option include a boat ride on Lake Phewa, a cycle ride exploring the town and its surroundings or perhaps just a stroll around the many souvenir shops that line the streets.
| OVERNIGHT
Pokhara hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 6, Drive to Chitwan National Park

The drive to Chitwan today takes around 5 hours, and you may stop several times en-route. We can also extend this journey by adding in a 2 day/1 night white water rafting trip on the beautiful Seti River.
After arriving in Chitwan and settling into your lodge you enjoy an evening walk through the local Tharu villages to see and learn about traditional rural life here in the Terai region of Nepal.
| OVERNIGHT
Chitwan hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Chitwan National Park, safari activities

Your full day in Chitwan will be fairly full with activities in and around the park, but you’ll still have some free time to yourselves as well, particularly in the middle of the day when wildlife viewing is not so productive.
A highlight of your park activities is a morning elephant back ride into the park in search of the rare, Indian one horned rhino. Travelling on the back of an elephant can be the best way to approach wildlife, especially rhino, as your human smell is obscured by the familiar smell of the elephants themselves. This means that the animals you search for are much more relaxed in your presence giving you better opportunities to study them.
You also take an easy open canoe ride down the Rapti River, where you have the opportunity to observe the many bird species native to Nepal. You should also see many of the 160 species of migratory birds which visit Chitwan seasonally. You may also see Gharial crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks.
You will also explore and learn about the forests in a half-day jungle walk where you should see spotted deer and antelope and hopefully spot some rhino. Experienced local guides point out the various species, their habitats and behaviour, on all of your journeys into the park.
| OVERNIGHT
Chitwan hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Dhulikhel

This morning you transfer out to the main road and the airport for the short flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu your first stop is at the ancient centre of Bhaktapur. You have a guided tour of the temples and stupas here, and also some free time to explore the narrow streets. Thankfully free of cars and vehicles, this is a great opportunity to study some of the valley’s beautiful brick and carved wooden architecture.
Later in the afternoon, you drive out to the rim of the valley, climbing up to the small town of Dhulikhel. Here you will spend the night in the beautiful ridge top surroundings of the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.
| OVERNIGHT
Dhulikhel hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath

The morning is free to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Dhulikhel before heading back towards Kathmandu where you visit two important religious pilgrimage sites. The Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath is huge, and surrounded by monasteries and strings of colourful, fluttering prayer flags. Nearby, is Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple itself, you can see into the temple complex from the holy riverbanks where there are bathing and cremation ghats. From here we drive you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
| OVERNIGHT
Kathmandu hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10, Kathmandu, free time and departure transfer

Your time is free today until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
| OVERNIGHT
N/A
| MEALS
Breakfast
| EXTRAS
Bardia National Park Extension, Trisuli white water

DURATION

10 days

Price

A$2898

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