Kathmandu – Chitwan – Lumbini – Pokhara – Bandipur
This journey takes you to Kathmandu, the city of temples and a living museum of Nepali civilization and culture. Chitwan is renowned for wildlife safaris, while Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, exudes peace and serenity with monasteries from different countries within one location. Pokhara, the gateway city of the Himalayas, offers stunning views of snow-peaked towering mountains, and Bandipur offers a quick insight into the old traditional Newari architecture.
The country has a rich history, with remnants of ancient cultures and traditions due to its sealed off status under the Rana regime, which only truly opened up for tourists after 1949. The roots of Buddhism and Hinduism are deeply ingrained in the Nepali civilization and culture, with references to the country in the Vedas and Hindu scriptures.
Nepal has an elevation range from the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), to the lowland farming region of Jhapa (60 m). This wide variety of environments offers a wealth of diverse fauna and topography.
Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal!
Upon arrival at the airport, your representative will greet you and take you to your hotel. Enjoy a special sunset rooftop dinner overlooking Nepal’s largest stupa and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa. The area was once a central trade route that now protects Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions. Explore the area, and walk around the stupa to get good luck.
Kathmandu Valley encompasses three old kingdoms: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Kathmandu valley is ornate with palaces, intricate pagodas and monumental stupas which are a testament to the artistic talent of the Newars (natives of the valley). The Newari craft was held in high regard by the kings of Malla and the Mongol rulers of 18th-century China. The Gopala and Kirati dynasties were the first rulers, followed by Licchavi (300-879 AD), who flourished in trade and crafts.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel Meals-/-/D Altitude1,400 m Drive duration–
Embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
Start by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. The temple is situated atop a hill offering panoramic views of Kathmandu valley. The large domed stupa is surrounded by a variety of small shrines and temples, each ornate and luxuriously decorated with gold and vibrant prayer flags and is considered holy to Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The site is believed to date back to 460 A.D. and was reconstructed by King Manadeva in the 13th century.
Visit Patan Durbar Square, also known as the city of artisans. The area is home to some of the finest artisans of Kathmandu Valley, who have preserved the cultural and ancient techniques of art and craft, such as wood, wax, painting and metal work. The former Royal Palace of Patan has been converted into a museum to display the unique crafts. Apart from the museum, Patan includes Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), Golden Window, and Mahabouddha Temple and many other unique cultural attractions.
Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, an old royal courtyard with over fifty temples, including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar has two courtyards; an inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Some floors of the main palace have been converted into a museum dedicated to display the three generations of Shah kings of Nepal and also showcases some ornaments from the medieval periods. Thus, the palace is also known as “the Museum of Temples”. The outer courtyards have a Kasthamandap (was a three-storied public shelter), Kumari Ghar (which houses the Goddess Kumari), and a Shiva-Parvati Temple. The outer courtyards also have an abundance of handicraft shops, and a nearby Bazar and locals markets.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude1,400 m Drive duration–
Drive to Chitwan
After breakfast, leave the valley and drive over the surrounding hills to reach Chitwan. After reaching Chitwan, relax before and afternoon guided walking safari (Jungle Walk).
Evening Tharu Cultural dance performance over dinner. and Power Point Presentation about CNP and flora and fauna by expert Naturalist will be offered from the house those staying on Jungle Plan
Chitwan National Park is the first established national park in Nepal (1973), located in the subtropical lowlands about 190 km southwest of Kathmandu. The National Park is home to about 68 mammal species, 544 bird species and 56 herpetofauna species. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. Enlisted under the World Heritage Property, the park is also a Ramsar Site – Beeshazari Tal in its buffer zone.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude415 m Drive duration5 hrs
Enjoy a morning sailing down the Rapti river on a boat safari to spot the crocodiles and wildlife up-close. Have a picnic breakfast, before returning to the hotel. After lunch, embark on a thrilling jeep safari through the dense jungle.
*Note: Jeep Safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities from June-September, and sometimes till October.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude415 m Drive duration–
Drive to Lumbini
Enjoy breakfast before heading to Lumbini, a protected UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a rich cultural and spiritual experience. The Maya Devi temple nestled inside the protected Lumbini is the place where Queen Maya gave birth to the Buddha in 623 BC. The Lumbini Garden also serves as a spiritual center for an international community of Buddhist followers and has over twenty–five monasteries.
Explore the Sacred Maya Devi Garden in the afternoon and witness the exposed archaeological excavations, Asoke Pillar and Sacred Pond. Enjoy an evening discussion with a local monk and listen to stories relating to Lord Buddha’s teaching and way of life.
Maya Devi Temple:
Within the Maya Devi Temple lies the Marker Stone, which locates the exact birth spot of Lord Buddha, and the Nativity Sculpture, which depicts the birth scene of Prince Siddhartha. The temple retains structural ruins dating back to the time of Lord Buddha.
The Ashoka Pillar was built by Emperor Asoka in 249 BC and is engraved with Pali and Brahmi script which is the first epigraphic evidence referring to the birthplace of Buddha.
The Puskarini Pond (Sacred Pond)
Believed to be the pond where Maya Devi gave Prince Siddhartha his first purification bath after birth.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation3-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude150 m Drive duration5 hrs
Lumbini, Tilaurakot, Kudan Sightseeing
A morning drive to the ancient palace Tilaurakot, the capital of the Shakya Kingdom where Buddha spent his 29 years of life as a prince. Stroll past excavated bricks to learn more about Siddhartha Gautama’s early years. Archaeologists are yet to dig deeper underground to reveal the palace built during the reign of Gautama, which is thought to have been made of organic elements like wood and clay. Visit the site of the Eastern Gate, where Gautama had left on his white horse one night renouncing the life of a prince in the quest for the purpose of suffering, a moment crucial to modern spiritual journeys.
Continue to visit Kundan, an ancient historical site with scattered ruins that was the place Lord Buddha first met with his father, King Suddhodhana after he achieved enlightenment. Buddha would reside at this place upon his return to the region, where he would preach and teach.
Return to rest, before a sunset stroll to Maya Devi.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation3-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude150 m Drive duration–
Drive to Pokhara
An early breakfast before setting off on the mountain highway that twists and turns to reach the lakeside city of Pokhara. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure to stroll around the lake and charming stone-paved alley lined with cafés, restaurants and local shops.
Overnight at Pokhara hotel (B/-/-)
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude822 m Drive duration5-6 hrs
Take an early morning 2.5km cable car ride up to Sarangkot. Situated at 1,600m Sarangkot offers panoramic mountain views, such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. Stroll around the area before returning to the hotel for breakfast.
Drive up to Pumdikot, a viewpoint located at an altitude of 1,500 m that offers views of Pokhara, the lake and the mountains strung along the horizon. The place has a distinguished 15m statue of Lord Shiva that is surrounded by 108 Shiva Linga.
On the way back, stop off at Shanti Stupa, the Peace Pagoda. The pagoda was built in the style of the Nihonsan Myoboji monks and represents world peace. Nepal has 2 of the world’s 8 peace pagodas (the other Shanti Stupa is located in Lumbini).
Optional add-on: Visit Sarangkot via Cable Car
Optional add-on: Helicopter tour of Pokhara valley and Annapurna Base Camp
Optional add-on: Pokhara Ultralight flight
Optional add-on: Visit International Mountain Museum
Optional add-on: Visit Davis Fall and Gupteswor Cave
Optional add-on: Bungee Jump
Optional add-on: Zip-lining
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude822 m Drive duration–
Drive to Bandipur
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before driving to the hilltop village of Bandipur. The quaint village retains the traditional Newari architectural style and is surrounded by pristine forests and many short walking trails, offering a rich hill culture, mountain scenery and hiking opportunities.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation3-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude1,030 m Drive duration3 hrs
Drive to Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu Valley along the Prithvi highway that follows the Trishuli river. Rest at the hotel, before an evening visit to Pashupatinath, one of the most important holy sites for the Hindu religion and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River and is believed to date back to 400 BC.
If timing allows, witness the evening Aarati Puja, a sacred ritual performed by the pujaris offering light and singing bhajans along with Hindu devotees.
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude1,400 m Drive duration5 hrs
Kathmandu leisure day
Leisure day in the city to explore by yourself. Enjoy a complimentary 45-foot massage to recover from your trekking excursion.
Optional add-on: Day sightseeing trip of Bhaktapur Dubar Square
Optional add-on: Day sightseeing trip to Pharping to visit Buddhist monasteries and/or rock climbing
Optional add-on: Cooking class
Optional add-on: Thankga class
Optional add-on: Singing bowel class
Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude1,400 m Drive duration–
Transfer to the airport for your final departure.
Add another day to the program for Helicopter flight to Mt. Everest Base Camp!!
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What is Included
Our package includes all the following.
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Complimentary 45-min foot massage in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour as per itinerary in a private vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking guide
- Pokhara sightseeing tour as per itinerary in a private vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking guide
- 1 hr lecture by a Buddhist monk in Lumbini
- Private transfers
- Dedicated guide throughout the tour
- Jeep Safari, Walking Safari and River Safari in Chitwan
- 4 nights hotel stay in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 2 nights at a deluxe boutique resort in Chitwan with 3 daily meals
- 2 nights hotel stay in Lumbini with breakfast
- 2 nights hotel stay in Pokhara with breakfast
- 1 night hotel stay in Bandipur with breakfast
- All entrance fees for sites mentioned in the itinerary
- 24/7 support during your trip
Our tours do not include the following expenses, however, we do provide assistance if needed to provide them for your holiday.
- Tourist visa fees
- International flight
- Personal expenses
- Non-specified meals
- Personal travel insurance