Nepal is a small but beautiful country with colorful culture, exotic city, perfect mountains and friendly people. Within a small territory, it comprises of highest point of earth to high biodiversity and lowlands of Terai and complex blending of different religions. We offer you real and authentic journey to facilitate you explore interior Nepal within Shortest possible time with maximum comfort.
Nepal is a country that is rich in diversity in various aspects. The Best of Nepal Tour is a travel package that includes the best travel destinations that Nepal has to offer. Taking you to Lumbini- the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the Best of Nepal Tour presents excursions to the most beautiful town in Nepal- Tansen. A respite on the Chitwan National Park presents you a chance to encounter glimpses of the Royal Bengal Tiger and then a trip to Sarangkot presents a famous viewpoint to look at panoramic views of mountains. The Best of Nepal Tour also takes you to Pokhara, a wonderful Lake-side city that is brimming with natural wonders and adventure activities. Visiting the historical and cultural sites in Kathmandu also makes the Best of Nepal Tour an absolutely amazing experience.
This trip is in-fact a complete merger of every highlight that Nepal has to offer. This trip a complete journey in the sense that we are covering huge distance and explore many destinations along the way. Get yourself prepared for long days – that includes mountain hike, jungle adventure, mountain flight and sightseeing and pack accordingly.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Today starting day of our trip, we send our organization agents to pick you up at Tribhuwan International Airport. You will be heartily welcomed with greetings and shifted towards tourist standard hotel. You can enjoy your leisure time during afternoon at your hotel or come out for walk around the Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening we will serve you some typical Nepali dinner with folk dance performances in a local restaurant
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing Tours -Nagarkot
We tour world heritage sites which hold vast cultural, religious and historical for Nepalese people. The amazing sites include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'monkey Temple'(Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath.
Swayambhu, a temple standing atop a small hill at the north-western part of Kathmandu valley, means ‘Self-Existent One.’ Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had itself developed into an important Buddhist learning site. The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the Stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati – the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the Stupa complex. Large numbers of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swoyambhunath. Swoyambhu is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal.
The Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. You can see Buddhist monks chanting prayers and rotating prayer wheels in the stupa’s premise. It is the holiest Buddhist Stupa outside of Tibet and the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. Surrounding the Bouddhanath Stupa are narrow alleys and streets with colorful homes, vendors and Tibetan monasteries.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one among the three Durbar Squares of the Kathmandu Valley. The Durbar Square consists of a palace complex, and was also the site where the Kings of Nepal were crowned. Many of the temples and monuments of the Durbar Square were damaged during the 2015 Earthquake, but re-construction is underway. The temples and the palace complex of the Kathmandu Durbar Square present amazing intricate art and architecture done on the woodwork, the metal and the stones of the doors, windows and pillars.
Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva ‘the Destroyer’, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. Although the Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium. A gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda temple of Pashupatinath. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. Behind the temple is the River Bagmati. On the banks of Bagmati are raised platforms used as cremation sites for Hindus. Pashupatinath, in a limited sense, literally means the Lord of the Animals. But animal is also a term that denotes the animal like instincts in human beings.
From Bhaktapur, we will then drive to Nagarkot set 30 Km east of Kathmandu and is located at the elevation of 2175m. It is one of the popular and best view points for the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. Overnight at hotel.
Waking up early, you would be looking at the fantastic sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast, you would then be heading to Chitwan National Park today. As you reach at Chitwan, you can have a short visit to the village around the locality.
Day 04: Chitwan National Park
Your day is filled with wonderful adventures starting with a morning Jeep Safari. Afterward, you can choose to board a boat or paddle a canoe down the Narayani River. There'll be plenty of opportunities to view the Gharial or Mugger crocodiles as well as a variety of water birds. Then, travel a short distance by jeep inside the park stopping for a picnic lunch in this lush natural oasis. A nature walk with a trained naturalist introduces you to some of the wildlife and the huge species of birds. You'll learn more about Chitwan and its conservation efforts during your discussion with the guides. Later, an ox-cart ride to an authentic Tharu Village where you visit the museum and the homes of some of the indigenous people. In the evening, a delicious barbecue dinner accompanied by a performance by the local Tharu dance group.
Day 05: Chitwan to Lumbini
Today, we start our journey to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, where has been revered as the place of holy pilgrimage. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival Lumbini, we transfer you to the hotel, check-in and then we go walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stand up on a lotus pedestal.
Day 06- Sight-seeing at Lumbini and then 3 hours drive to Palpa
Half of today will be spent sightseeing around Lumbini. There are ruins of an old city present at Lumbini and many artifacts have been excavated. Some of the important landmarks include the Maya Devi Temple and the Pillar along with many stupas and monasteries. The Ashoka Pillar is a landmark erected by the Indian Emperor and contains an inscription that claims Lumbini as the birth place of Lord Buddha. A stone sculpture of Maya Devi is present at the temple, the image depicting Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she hold onto a branch. Later in the afternoon, you would then drive to Tansen, Palpa, which takes about three hours of time. A small ancient hill situated 4,300 meters above sea level; Tansen is located on the way from Pokhara to Lumbini. Tansen’s major attractions include ancient cultures of the people, excellent views of the mountains and a calm tranquil atmosphere. Dhaulagiri mountain peak, the Annapurna Mountain, Mount Manaslu, Gauri Shanker Himal and many other mountain peaks can be seen from Tansen on a clear day. Tansen is also famous for Dhaka cloth. The Nepali Topi, the national cap of Nepal is made with Dhaka cloth and you can see weavers at work on their looms on bazaars at Tansen.
Day 07-Palpa- Pokhara
After breakfast, a drive to Pokhara will be done today. The road is filled with sights of woodlands and terrace farms that are brimming with the vegetation of rice and barley. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you would be checking into your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Pokhara.
Day 08- Sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun and Himalayan peaks. After breakfast, we will drive down to Pokhara and start touring the city's landmark. Davis Fall is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal which has no end. The Shiva Cave is located near to Davis Fall and houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, a primary Hindu God. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Barahi temple, located at the center of the Lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camp and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 09- Drive to Nayapul andTrek to Tikhedhunga
Beginning the trek from Nayapul after a 1 hour drive from Pokhara, you will be taking a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi River after which you will be reaching the village of Birethanti (1,015m). Birethanti is a large village that has many shops and a myriad of teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Birethanti Khola. The trail continues to climb steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495 meters and after a short climb, you will be reaching Tikhedhunga lying at the elevation of 1,570 meters. The trek is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse
Day 10- Trek to Ghorepani
After breakfast, we will continue up towards Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. You will find new small shops and stalls; set up by locals to sell products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 11: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani
A pre-sunrise climb up to Poon Hill Ridge ensures the amazing view of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest peaks including up-close view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Day 12: Tadapani to Ghandruk
From Tadapani, we walk on a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek goes through old rhododendron trees, that when are in bloom, actually turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the majestic views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we will get opportunity to explore rich culture and tradition of Gurung community. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 13- Trek to Nayapul(1,010m),Duration:5-6 hours hike and drive to Pokhara
Ending the trek at Nayapul, you will be driving to Pokhara today. The drive is brimming with beautiful woodlands sights of terraced farmlands lush with variegated rice and barley farming. The road follows emerald hills and the flow of jovial rivers. After reaching Pokhara, you can relax in the afternoon and even take a stroll around the lake side to sooth your body from the long drive. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14-Pokhara to Kathmandu
You will be arriving in Kathmandu from Pokhara today by private car. And evening you will have a brilliant farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural performance. The performance depicts traditional Nepali costumes and folk music. Overnight stay at the hotel
The final day of the trip, you can go for collecting some memories for your loving one before the flight time. Our company’s private vehicle will take you to airport focusing your flight time for your final departure and our representative wishes for your safe journey and successful forward steps with respects and greetings at the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available hotels during the tour. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during tour while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the tour, we have breakfast and dinner in the lodges/hotels we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The hotel menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Tour is spring (Febraury to June) and autumn (September to December) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 2 pax)