Himalayan Culture Tour

The tour package includes most popular historic, cultural and religious sights of Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur. These three Newari cities reveal the best of traditional art, crafts and architecture. Each city surrounds Durbar Square which is complex of countless temples, courtyards and museum.

Pashupatinath, on the bank of Baghmati River, is the largest temple complex in Nepal and one of the most sacred places dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in the whole subcontinent. The temples have great view from the opposite side of the river bank.

Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa of Nepal and holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Boudhanath is rich in Buddhist symbolism attracting thousands of pilgrims, particularly Tibetans, from throughout the Buddhist Himalaya.

Patan’s museum exhibits exceptionally impressive long span of Nepal’s cultural history and some rare treasures which is Patan famous for. Well preserved city still spreads the essence of medieval town.

Swayambhunath Stupa, perched atop a hill with a golden spire crowning is the most ancient and enigmatic holy shrines of the Kathmandu Valley. Historical evidence proves Stupa to be an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination since 5th century A.D.

Bhaktapur an ancient town of Kathmandu valley, is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, home to the palace and many other ancient temples. Bhaktapur stands for the city of devotees and is supposed to have been built in the shape of conch shell, a scared symbol of Lord Vishnu. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, five- story Nyatapole temple (The tallest templeof Nepal), narrow streets and life style of Newari people are the main attractions of Bhaktapur and many more.

Kathmadu Durbar Square is also popular as Hanuman Dhoka Palace. It is a complex of tremendous variety of temples, courtyards and palaces like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple (used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu.

Chitwan National Park was granted the status of world Heritage site in 1984. Situated at tropical Terai region close to the borders with India, the park is famous for the houses exotic flora and fauna, rich bird species and rare animals like one-horned Rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. Additionally, elephant safari for sightseeing exotic wildlife and diverse ecosystem, canoeing, bird watching, a walk in the wilderness accompanied by a trained guide and many more adventurous trip will presents you a memorable travel experience.

Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam – the founder of Buddhism, known as the Buddha or the enlightened one. This is confirmed by the existence of an inscribed pillar erected in 3rd BC by the great Indian Buddhist emperor Ashoka, and the presence of a number of ancient ruins. Fittingly, Lumbini is an example of the ephemeral nature of human endeavor.

Pokhara is Nepal’s most beautiful natural valley, which is also the most popular tourist destination. Despite being a comparatively smaller valley, its geography varies dramatically from 780 m to 1350 m in within just few kilometers from north to south. The Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and uncountable Mountains always stand high welcoming every visitor with a smile.

Bandipur is a small hilltop settlement yet famous for its nature and captivates the visitor with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. Bandipur is a marvelous place offering beautiful views of Himalayas and the view of Marsyangdi valley. It is situated 73 km from Pokhara and 143 km from Kathmandu above the highway town of Dumre.

Trip Information

The Cost Includes:

All airport transfer

Hotel accommodation – on twin sharing with breakfast

Meet & Greet upon arrival at airport

All sightseeing and transfers by private AC vehicle

English speaking local guide

All entrance fees as per itinerary

Government tax

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Lunch & Dinner

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

ARRIVAL KATHMANDU

Flying to Kathmandu is a memorable experience of observing wide spread Himalayan range. From Kathmandu airport our representative will transfer you from airport to your hotel for rest.
Day 2

GUIDED TOUR IN KATHMANDU VALLEY

Kathmandu is a small city enriched with 7 world heritage site declared by UNESCO. Some of these man-made marvels are as old as 2500 years.

The Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is one of the holiest shrines of all Hindus. It is located in the eastern part of Kathmandu valley on the bank of Bagmati River. Two tire magnificent golden temple has four triple silver doorways is a unique example of Nepalese temple architecture. Having the area of approx. 2.5 kilometers it is one of the largest Hindu temples in South-Asia.
The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is believed to be 2000 years old. Also hundreds of ancient lingam, shrines, icons and statues of different Hindu Gods and Goddesses can be seen in the temple. Lord Shiva is believed as the master or God of all living beings (Pashu = all living beings, pati = master and nath = God).
Non Hindu tourists are allowed only to visit many temples and shrines situated at the riverside. It is also the area where you can observe cremation of dead bodies in Hindu rituals in the bank of the holy river Bagmati.

The Boudhanath stupa
It is one of the largest and oldest monuments of Nepal, standing 36m high. Surrounded by many private colorful houses Boudhanath Stupa is considered as Mecca for Tibetan Buddhists.
The Stupa is built in mandals style having three levels of platform. There is no written document about who and when the stupa was built. Yet according to the legend it is believed that it was built by a poor lady with her four sons in fifth century AD.

Patan
Patan is one of the oldest and major cities of Kathmandu valley. Founded in 3rd century by King Veera Dev is famous for Newari crafts and culture. The finest Hindu and Buddhism Monuments are scattered in the area but most important Hindu temples and Buddhist Shrines, traditional art and crafts, old palace are in the durbar square.
The Golden window, the royal bath of Sundaru Chowk, Taleju Temple and Keshab Narayan Chowk are worth visiting. According to the legend Great Emperor Ashoka gave the city a shape of the Buddhist Mandala by erecting four stupas in four directions and one in the centre of the city during his visit with his daughter Charumati around in third century BC.
There are more than 1200 temples and shrines within the city and Patan Durbar Square (a complex of temples and palace which is UNESCO world heritage site), Hiranyavarna Maha Vihar (famous as Golden temple) are the major attractions of Patan.

Day 3

GUIDED TOUR IN KATHMANDU VALLEY

Swoyambhunath Maha Chaitya
Standing on the hilltop at western part of Kathmandu, Swoyambhunath Maha Chaitya is the most fascinating architectural jewel of the world. Built in approximately 2000 years ago, this UNESCO world cultural heritage site is the center for all devotees of Bajrayana Buddhism and believed as Lord Adi Buddha.
Additionally, other historical monuments enhance the value and antiquity of the entire Swoyambhunath complex. This site is also popular as “monkey temple” although there is no relation between Monkey God and Lord Swoyambhunath.

Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur, an ancient town of Kathmandu valley, is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Home to the palace and many other ancient temples is located at the east corner of Kathmandu valley with approximately half a million people. The word Bhaktapur means the city of devotees and is supposed to have been built in the shape of conch shell, a scared symbol of Lord Vishnu.
Anciently, Bhaktapur was trade route between China-Tibet and India. Tibetan caravans used to exchange their sheep, sheep woolen products and other herbal medicines with sugar, grains, species etc with Indian caravans. Bhaktapur, famous for its handicrafts and Buddhist scripture, was the trade hub of its time. This fueled prosperity along with the cultural life which later temple builders developed Pagoda-Style and spread it throughout Asia.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, five- story Nyatapole temple (The tallest templeof Nepal), Bhairav Temple, Pottery square, Dattatraya square, narrow streets and life style of Newar people are the main attractions of Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu Durbar square
Popularly known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace -an ancient seat of Nepalese Royalty lies in the heart of capital city. It is a complex of tremendous variety of temples, courtyards and palaces like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple (used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Durbar Square, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, is still a focal point for social and religious ceremonies. Till date, all major state and social ceremonies are celebrated here.

Day 4

KATHMANDU-CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK (156 km, 6 hrs)

After, a mesmerizing visit to world Heritage sites we take a scenic drive southwards via the Prithivi Highway for 135 kilometers to Naragynghat. We continue our drive to different lodges and Resorts to Chitwan National Park which is 22 kilometers away.

On reaching at Resort or loges, Program Officer will brief guests.
01:00 pm Lunch
02:00 pm Tharu village tour
03:30 pm visit to Museum
05:30 pm River side Sunset view
06:30 pm Cultural program
08:00 pm dinner

Day 5

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

06:30 am Wake Up Call followed by tea / coffee
07:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Canoeing on the Rapti river
11:00 am Visit to the Elephant Breeding Centre
12:00 am Elephant Bathing (Depends on weathr)
01:00 pm Lunch
02:30 pm Elephant ride
08:00 dinner
Day 6

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK – LUMBINI “BIRTH PLACE OF BUDDHA” (159 km, 4 hrs)

5:30 am Wake Up Call followed by tea / coffee
6:00 am Bird Watching / Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 Departure to Lumbini

At Lumbini, we check into hotel and spend some time for lunch. We start our day with a pleasant visit at the birth place of Lord Buddha – the founder of Buddhism. The birth place of Gautam Buddha is confirmed by an inscribed pillar erected in 3rd BC by the great Indian Buddhist emperor Ashoka, and the presence of a number of ancient ruins. This the place explaining the ephemeral nature of human endeavor. Ashoka pillar, Lumbini Garden, Mayadevi temple etc are major attractions of Lumbini.

Day 7
The birth place of Siddhartha Gautama, Tilaurakot/Kapilvastu Kingdom, is 25 km east from Lumbini. Tilaurakot had been the citadel complex of the larger surrounding Kapilvastu Kingdom, founded by Lord Buddha’s father Śuddhodana, the chief of the Shakya nation, one of several ancient tribes in the growing state of Kosala. “kot” in Tilaurakot is Nepalese denoting fortress.

The excavation revealed a considerable walled fortress approximately 300 meters long and 200 meters wide and containing exposed foundations of several building complexes which is exacavated by robin coningham and armin schmidt

Tilaurakot/Kapilvastu is place were Buddha grew up and lived in Kingdom to the age of 29. Siddhartha is the prince of kapilvastu where he spent his life , mostly oblivious of worldly miseries

Day 8

LUMBINI – PALPA (TANSEN) – POKHARA (240 km, 6 hrs)

After Lumbini we drive to Pokhara via Palpa (Tansen). We stopover a while for excursion of Tansen Bazaar and continue to Pokhara (175 km). On the way to Pokhara, Siddhartha highway offers beautiful views of Himalaya and landscape of Nepal. At Pokhara, we experience the pleasant welcome from uncountable mountains, smiling and standing high, along with Annapurna and Machhapuchre (Fishtail). It is Nepal’s most beautiful natural valley also the most popular tourist destination.
Day 9

GUIDED TOUR IN POKHARA

Sarangkot
Sarankot is famous for mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset. We can walk or drive from the lake side for the panoramic view of Himalaya on clear day. In the area we can also find some restaurants & hotels.

Tibetan Refugees camp
Tibetan Refugees camp is 20 minute drive from lake side at Hengja also known as the area of Tibetan Refugees. Here you can see life style of refugees & Buddhist monastery (Hengja monastery).

David Fall,
The actual name of the waterfall is Patale Chhango in Nepali. It later became popular as “David Fall” after Ms. David from Switzerland suddenly fell down from here. She came with her husband to visit this place.

Gupteshwor Mahadev,
It is called Gupteshwor Mahadev because of the shrine inside the cave. We can see a cave under the ground. In the cave, the image of Shiva serpant & some other belongies are naturally carved around the wall.

Day 10

POKHARA – KATHMANDU (210 km, 7 hrs)

After memorable visit to Pokhara we drive to Kathmandu via Bandipur village & Manakamana Temple.

Bandipur
It is a small hilltop settlement yet famous for its nature and captivates the visitor with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. Bandipur is a marvelous place offering beautiful views of Himalayas and the view of Marsyangdi valley. It is situated 73 km from Pokhara and 143 km from Kathmandu above the highway town of Dumre.
Earlier, it was traid hub for both terai region and Tibet. At Dumre, we spend some time for lunch, check into hotel and then visit local village.

Day 11

DEPARTURE DAY

The final day of departure, our representative will transfer you to airport for your scheduled flight
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