Explore Nepal-15days

In this tour we will explore Nepal in real sense visiting both the touristy and non touristy places. In Kathmandu we would be visiting the World Heriatge Sites- 3 old palace squares of Kathmandu Valley , Buddhist holy stupas and Hindu temple Pashupatinath. After Kathmandu we would drive to different parts of Nepal such as Chitwan popular for its wildlife, Pokhara famous for its mesmerizing beauty of Himalayas, Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Gorkha, the earthquake affected hilltop and Bandipur popular for its beauty and age old culture.

 

Tour Highlights:

  •   Kathmandu - Explore Pashupatinath and Bodnath Stupa,Swayambhunath and 3 Durbar (Palace) Squares  
  •   Bhaktapur - Step back in time in the well preserved medieval city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  •   Nargakot - Stunning ridge top mountain views of the Himalaya
  •   Gorkha - Visit the hilltop home of the Gurkhas
  •   Pokhara - Walk up to the ridge for spectacular views of Annapurna range
  •   Chitwan - Ride elephants whilst searching for the rare one-horned rhino
  •   Visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha
  •   Bandipur


Trip Cost Includes:

  •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.

  •   Twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel

              •    4 Nights in Kathmandu

              •    2 Nights in Nagarkot

              •    1 Night in Kurintar

              •    1 Night in Gorkha

              •    1 Night in Bandipur

              •    3 Night in Pokhara

              •    2 Nights in Lumbini

              •    2 Nights in Chitwan

  •   16 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 4 Dinner

  •   All jungle activities in the Chitwan National Park.

  •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places.

  •   An English speaking knowledgeable tour guide

  •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: In Kathmandu
Early morning: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT (optional)
Early morning you are transferred to the airport to board the mountain flight (OPTIONAL). The approximate one-hour mountain flight takes you close to some of the highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest. One can clearly see and identify the peaks, and see the Himalayan landscape and glaciers during the flight. Drive back to hotel for breakfast.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Pashupatinath Temple:  Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms.  Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport.  Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with 

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot, Visit Bhaktapur on the way
In the morning we visit the almost perfectly preserved city of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaun or City of the Devotees. Bhaktapur feels more like a huge medieval village with its potters wheels and its many intricate stone and wooden carvings. We then continue to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim. Sunset views from Nagarkot back across the valley to Kathmandu are very impressive.

Overnight: Hotel in Nagarkot

Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Drive to Kurintar on the banks of Trisuli River
We wake up early to watch sunrise in Nagarkot and then have breakfast and  drive out of the hilltop of Nagarkot and descend to the foothills where we overnight at the much lower altitude of about 262m. As we leave the valley, on clear days we will have views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalaya. En route we have the option of a half-day's whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River. No previous experience required. Includes all permits, services of experienced river guides, helmet, life jacket and lunch. We recommend that you are confident swimming for at least 25 metres unaided if participating in the rafting. As the rafting finishes at the beach just below our accommodation, those who do not wish to raft may relax by the hotel pool.

Overnight: Hotel in Kurintar

Meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Visit Gorkha, Walk to local villages
In the morning there is an option to visit the nearby Manakamana Temple (1302m) using Nepal’s only cable car imported from Austria and inaugurated in 1998. Local people call the goddess the wish fulfilling deity and the temple is a popular pilgrimage site. Or we make our way to the small hill bazaar of Gorkha (1 1/2 hour's drive) where the surfaced road ends. This is the place from which King Prithvi Narayan Shah set out to unify Nepal in the 18th century. A walk up to the ridge on which stands his old palace fort is well worth the climb. The view over the surrounding Annapurna and Manaslu ranges is spectacular. Gorkha was the epicenter of devastating earthquake of 2015.

Overnight: Hotel in Gorkha

Meals: Breakfast

Day 06: Drive to Bandipur
Leaving Gorkha we take a drive to the hilltop town of Bandipur. After a short walking tour of the town and the bazaar there is free time to explore this traditional Nepali town. Bandipur is a small, quiet town that doesn't attract as many tourists as nearby Pokhara. There are several small temples to visit and stunning views back across the Himalaya.

Overnight: Hotel in Bandipur

Meals: Breakfast

Day 07: Drive to Pokhara
We continue our journey on to Pokhara situated beside Lake Phewa Tal beneath the Annapurna range.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

Day 08: In Pokhara
On our first morning, we take a walk through some small Gurung and Chhetri settlements, to a ridge above Pokhara. From this ridge there are spectacular views of the mountains making up the Annapurna range which at this point are only 48km away - from Dhaulagiri in the west to Annapurna II in the east The rest of the day is left free to explore the tranquil town of Pokhara, perhaps taking a boat trip on the lake, or simply sitting back and admiring the beauty all around.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

Day 09: In Pokhara
Today we'll visit the Mountain Museum housing expedition memorabilia and information on ethnic groups, flaura and fauna. We'll also visit Tashiling, a long established settlement of Tibetan refugees. We spend some time here watching wool being sorted, dyed and eventually made into Tibetan carpets which are exported all over the world and then visit the village's Buddhist monastery.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Drive to Lumbini (7 Hrs)

Drive to Lumbini via Tansen from Pokhara is approx. 200 kms south west and takes about 6-7 hours. Tansen is a beautiful hill station and historical town.

Lumbini: Lumbini, lying in the foothills in the Himalayas in Nepal is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, approx. 300 kms south of Kathmandu. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth. On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool, where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the new born Buddha was washed by two dragons. The Maya Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorful prayer flags are strung between trees which are believed to carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze. The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Ashoka's Pillar, near the temple.

Overnight: Hotel in Lumbini

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: In Lumbini

Overnight: Hotel in Lumbini

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Drive to Chitwan National Park
Drive from Lumbini to Chitwan National Park. Once a private hunting ground, Chitwan is now a National Park with thick tree cover and tall elephant grass sheltering a wealth of animals. In January the local people are permitted to enter the Park to cut the long grass for roof thatching. Throughout your stay you will be kept busy during the day (except for a couple of hours around lunch time ). Activities available in the Park include elephant back safaris searching out the one-horned rhino, bird watching, jungle walks and drives and dugout canoe trips along the Rapti River. Chitwan National Park is famous for the Asian one horned Rhino. It has three different sets of vegetation –grasslands, riverine and sal forest. The elephant safari is the best and safest way of searching for game in this park. Though the elephant may make quite a noise pushing its way through the dense jungle the other animals know that it poses them no danger and seem to completely ignore it. Canoeing will be depend on the water level. Float silently down the Rapti river in a traditional dugout canoe spotting many varieties of water birds. Nature Walks: In the company of trained native naturalists you can walk along trails in the less densely forested parts of the park. Bird Watching: More than 450 species are to be found here: an early morning walk near the river will reveal many especially kingfisher. A trained naturalist will help you get the best enjoyment and interest from these excursions.

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: In Chitwan National Park

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15:  Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

 

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The best season for this tour is any time of the year. So please email us your required dates and we will arrange for you.

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Best Season

Autumn (Sept. to Dec.) and spring (March to May) is the best season when the sub-tropical weather is at its best. But you can visit any time of the year except for the rainy months of June, July and August.

 

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays.  Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

Accommodation

We provide a star hotel accommodation for the entire trip on a twin sharing basis. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms with hot shower, dining place, a bar and internet service. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel or can have a single supplement for the entire trip for an additional charge.


Food

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 25.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 40.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 100.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
There is no visa fee applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days. Indian nationals do not currently need a visa to enter Nepal. 

 

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 27°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C.

 

Tour Guides

All our tour guides are Government Licensed Experienced Tour Guides. 

 

Means of Transportation

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines. 


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.

 

Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582

 

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Our 15 day trip to Nepal was beyond our expectations. Thanks to Eve Holidays team.

Lina P

We were a group of friends from Chennai visiting Nepal for the first time. We found this company Eve Holidays while looking to book our tour. We are very happy with this company as their guide was very friendly, helpful and nice to all of us and their service was excellent. We had lots of fun.

Nahid and Friends