Nepal with Sikkim and Darjeeling

Countries Visited: Nepal and India

Tour Highlights:

         •    Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

         •    Visit to Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave and boating in Phewa Lake in Pokhara (Nepal)

         •    Visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha (Nepal)

         •    Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

         •    Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute, bazaar, Dello View Point in Kalimpong (India)

         •    Sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill view point in Darjeeling (India)

         •    Visits to Zoological Park, Mountaineering Institute, Tea Garden,Tea Factory &Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling (India)

         •    Visit to Tashi view point for astounding views of Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Siniolchu (India)

         •    Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok and Martam (India)

 

Trip Cost Includes:

         •    All ground transportation in private vehicles.
         •    Twin sharing accommodation in a star hotel (Nepal)

                        •   2 Nights in Kathmandu

                        •   1 Night in Pokhara

                        •   1 Night in Lumbini

                        •   2 Nights in Chitwan

         •    6 Nights in Darjeeling+Sikkim in twin sharing accommodation (India)

         •    12  Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 4 Dinner

         •    Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara with airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport
         •    All jungle activities in the Chitwan National Park.  
         •    Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places 
         •    An English speaking knowledgeable local tour guides in both countries
         •    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: Fly to Pokhara & Sightseeing in Pokhara

After breakfast, transfer to airport for an early morning flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara: Situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal and is the second most populous city in the country. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking many short or long treks. The serene of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them makes Pokhara an ambience of peace and magic.

Phewa Lake is a semi natural freshwater lake at an altitude of 742m located in the south of the Pokhara. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake, and the lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface.The Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake and thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Davi's fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. The water that feeds the Devi’s Fall comes from the Phewa Lake, which follows a rocky stream to eventually rush down the waterfall and disappear. The passages that run under the ground are connected to the hole below the waterfall. The best time to view this spectacular sight is during the monsoon season when there is a high rainfall and the summer season. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.

Gupteswar Cave: Gupteswar Cave is a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi's fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 03: 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 colorfulprayer 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 04: Drive to Chitwan (4 Hrs)

Drive to Chitwan from Lumbini is apprx. 150 kms.east of Lumbini and the journey takes 4 hours. The highlight of Chitwan is the World Heritage listed, Royal Chitwan National Park which is the lush valley situated in the foothills of Churia ranges. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife, and with the snowcapped Himalaya in the distance.

Tharu dance: A melodious tribal dance where a great circle of men and women with rhyme or drums whack their sticks together in time.

Overnight: Hotel in Chitwan

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 05: Chitwan

Elephant ride, Bird watching, Jungle walk and Dug out canoe ride

Overnight: Hotel in Lumbini

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu

We spend our last evening in Nepal sharing excitements of trip enjoying dinner in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Drive to Darjeeling (India) (2134m/7000ft) 200 kms/6 hrs

Our drive passes through deep forests criss-crossed at many points by the Tista and other rivers. Then pass along the vast plains with tea plantations. Enjoy being among the vast tea fields. From the plains, we climb to the hilly Darjeeling region via Ghoom and along the famous narrogaze steam engine railway.

Overnight: Hotel in Darjeeling

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Darjeeling sightseeing

Today early morning transfer to Tiger Hill to see the view of Sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. While returning visit Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). After breakfast transfer for sightseeing around Darjeeling to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden and Tea Factory, Peace Pegoda.

Overnight: Hotel in Darjeeling

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Drive from Darjeeling  to Gangtok (1700m/5600ft) 115 Km/4 Hr

Today after breakfast take a 4-5 hrs drive (105 km) from Darjeeling to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. First we make a steep descent through the tea plantations and forests. Complete the formalities at the Tista Bridge, the entry point of Sikkim, before climbing toward Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Overnight: Hotel in Gangtok

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Sightseeing Gangtok Area & Martam (1450m/4428 ft)

Today early morning visit Tashi View point about 8 km from Gangtok for astounding view of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Then back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will be visiting Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery.

Overnight: Hotel in Martam

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 11: Drive from Martam to Kalimpong (1247m/4100 ft) 4 hrs

Drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong is a small town established for the Trade with Bhutan and Tibet by India. Make a sightseeing tour of the some landmarks and markets.

Overnight: Hotel in Kalimpong

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12: Kalimpong Sightseeing

Today visit the Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute in Kalimpong and other sightseeing places like Dello View point and Hat Bazar. In the evening free at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel in Kalimpong

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 13: Kalimpong to Bagdora to Delhi or Calcutta

Your tour ends here and you will be transferred to Bagdogra Airport (Flights connects to Delhi and Kolkata) for your flight for onward tour.

Meals: Breakfast

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required 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.

Accommodation

We provide a star hotel accommodation for the entire trip. 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 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.

 

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable Japanese Toyota SUVs, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests.  You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.

 

Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.

 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

 

India  Visa & Visa Fee

 

 

 

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. In Nepal, 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.

 

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Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory, 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 to us

 

Tour Guides

All our guides are licensed tour guides with good english and knowledge about the country

 

Documents for tour

  • Passport that has to be valid for 6 months after you return from your tour (keep a separate photocopy)
  • Flight Tickets
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.

 

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required 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