Nepal Discovery Tour is a comprehensive hand crafted trip to get first hand experience of Nepal inside- out in a unique way. With colorful culture, friendly people, awesome landscapes, ethnic villages & magnificent Mountains, Nepal is amongst the popular destination in the world for all class of people from adventure lover to holiday maker, research fellow to photographer. Nepal discovery holiday offers wonderful opportunity to explore some of typical & unseen activities into the different location of this wonderful Himalayan kingdom. Touring along the hidden highlights & some of major historical landmarks gives you a sense of satisfaction that you may never experienced before.
Arrival in Kathmandu at anytime according to your flight schedule. Upon arrival, you will be greeted & welcome by our representative at arrival exit gate & transfer to Hotel, a briefing will be given on following day program. We do not have any specific activities planned for today. Later check in, refresh & enjoy looking around nearby area on own, O/N hotel at Kathmandu
* Rickshaw ride through the Thamel district to old town, Ason, Indrachowk
* Explore Kathmandu Durbar Area, Temple of goddess Kumari, Hanuman dhoka Palace museum
* Taste the local flavor like sweet Lassi (Yogurt) at main square of old town
* Visit Astrologer & listen your future
Wake up early morning for Everest Experience Flight (Optional but highly Recommended while you are in Nepal) over the Himalaya. This amazing flight will fly over the great Himalayas including Mt. Everest offering bird eye views & return Kathmandu after an hour. Back to hotel for Breakfast & Experience and discover Kathmandu and its culture like a local on a Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. We will pass through handicrafts shops like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc and merge onto a narrow alley full of local shop called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old and finally arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries- old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you. Walk the square on foot and our guide will take you to the house of Living Goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and you will also explore or hang out in one of the hippie-era shops on Freak Street. After your time here we will ride back to hotel on Rickshaw by the way of Indrachowk where you can drink a cold and fresh Lassi
We also visit astrologer who knows more about your stars and your place in the firmament. And if there is a problem somewhere, the solution is not far either. Nepalese have been doing it for centuries and many will vouch it works.
* Visit Boudhanath Stupa, enjoy Buddhist Pooja ceremony at Monastery
* Explore Pashupatinath Temple, cremation place and it’s periphery
* Wonderful Aarati celebration at Pashupatinath
Morning our guide will assist you to drive to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage where all devout come for pilgrimage. We will keep Hi Tea Buddhist Ceremony in one of the monastery in Boudha where monks perform their ritual, chanting Buddhist mantras and pray for our good health and prosperity. At the end of the ceremony, monks offer blessing food and Hi Tea for all Later we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu Temple dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This “extensive Hindu temple precinct” is a “sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries. Take a tour around the temple until the evening Aarati begins.
Evening ‘Aarati’ at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening rituals with a band singing hymns in praise of God, playing of classical instruments, chanting of Vedic mantras, a ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, keep the people spellbound throughout
* Visit Patan city: Durbar Square, alleys, shops
* Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp
* Visit Swayambhunath and surrounding
* Sunset view from a hilltop
Morning drive to Patan, a distinct place for arts and architecture that reflect on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. We will explore its unique Durbar Squares, temple and alleys. In every corners & alleys of Patan can be seen with Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at a very reasonable price. You can taste a local cuisine as well in Patan’s alley
Later we will visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, the pioneer of Tibetan Carpet Industry in Nepal. In the camp, more than 1000 Tibetans are settled and out of this, 500 Tibetans are engaged in a different process of carpet production like Wool sorting, Hand Brushing & Spinning of yarn, Dyeing, Ball Winding, Weaving, Trimming & Finishing etc. Drive to Swayambhunath – A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Walking around in the evening playing prayer wheeler will keep your mind calm and peace. The evening views of Kathmandu valley and sunset from hilltop will be memorable for you.
* Wonderful Hiking from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha
* Exploring Historical Buddhist Monastery
* Stay at Monastery or nearby guesthouse
* Feel the difference at peaceful environment
After Breakfast drive to Dhulikhel for an hour and start a hike to Namobuddha: 3-4 hours walk. The main attractions of this hike are the fantastic panoramic mountain views and the many Buddhist stupas on the hilltops. Namo Buddha is also famous for growing rice, mustard and millet so you can see beautiful hillside terraced farms throughout the walk. You’ll also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony. Visit monastery where you can meet the monks and involve in daily Buddhist Enchanting program. We can also facilitate you to stay in Monastery on your request offering spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range on clear days
* Hike from Namobuddha to Panauti (optional)
* Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square
* Making pots the old fashioned way in Bhaktapur’s pottery square
After breakfast at resort/ guest house; hike down to Panauti, a beautiful historic town with an ancient atmosphere. Get close to the authentic lifestyle of the Nepali people, socialize with the villagers of Panauti and breathe the fresh air of the lush Panauti Valley. In Panauti we will have hosted lunch organized by the local community with their warm welcome.
After lunch take a short visit to Panauti and drive to Bhaktapur, the medieval town or the city of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved one of the Valley’s three Durbar Squares. One is sure to feel like traveling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Overnight at Hotel Heritage, a boutique hotel which successfully blends traditional Nepali look and feel with modern amenities.
* Visit traditional Market
* Short hike to Sidda cave
* Awesome view of chain of mountains from Tudhikhel
* Chat with friendly local people and admire their way of living
Today we drive around 5-6 hours along the windy road heading towards Bandipur. Bandipur is the Newar Cultural Village, presents with a heavy mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. You can take a view of a beautiful chain of mountains Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal in a clear day. Evening walk around admiring the vistas, chat with the friendly local people, and admire their local way of life.
* Cycling around the Fewa Lake
* Taste the fresh water Fish from Lake
After healthy breakfast at the resort/ guest house drive to Pokhara for few hours. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalaya.
After short rest and refreshment at hotel, we will hire a cycle in a local market and take a guided tour through the bank of Phewa Lake and stop at Pame, another side of Phewa Lake. You can try the taste of local fish & drinks at Pame if you like on own
* Pleasure hike to Astam Village
* Sunset view over the Mountain
* Panoramic view of Annapurna ranges
* Traditional Nepali village experience
Spend a memorable time away from the city to disappear in the natural beauty rural village of the mountain ranges. The trek starts after driving to Hemja for an hour and walk through Himalayan villages along with landscape view in one side and forest in another side. After two hours walk, we reach top of Astam village from where you can have 360 degree panoramic view of the Annapurna range: Annapurna South (7273m.), Machhapuchhre (7059m.), Annapurna I (8090m.) and Annapurna IV (7525m.)
Overnight at Annapurna Eco Village. Spend a memorable time in the village with local peoples. At the Village, our family members can teach you amazing local skills and handicrafts that we perform in order to maintain local cultural traditions and care for the village, our farm, gardens and each other. You will enjoy sunset view over Annapurna Mountain ranges.
* Sunrise view over Annapurna ranges
* Cultural Village tour
* Engage in seasonal field work or Knit local basket or grazing animals or milking cow or other daily household activities
* Enjoy the sunrise view over Annapurna mountain ranges and take a tour to nearby villages.
After Breakfast, we can engage in seasonal field work with family members, knit local basket, grazing animals, milking cow or goats by your own hands, learn the traditional way of flouring rice, maize by a stone grinder and many others.
* Walking down hills & uphills through a jungle
* Experience the culture of a different ethnic group of Nepal living in one village
* Homestay: a small stone roof houses
* Live cooking experience and have typical food
Today by walking around 4-5 hours we reach a beautiful village called Lwang village. Lwang is inhabited mainly by Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Newar people. Thus visitors will have a great opportunity to experience the culture of people of various races and castes.
Overnight at a small stone roofs houses with clean lanes and surrounding served with typical Nepali food
* Visit Tea Garden
* Boating and hiking to World Peace Pagoda
Early morning make a short hike to Tea Garden. At the same time, you will also observe the beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas. Have delicious lunch with family and drive back to Pokhara
Late afternoon, we will hire a boat and visit Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake and continue till hiking starting point. From here we will walk around an hour to reach World Peace Pagoda. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pokhara city and Himalayan views from Stupa
* Village Tour on Ox cart and witness daily lifestyle and activities of Tharu community
* Sunset view from the bank of Rapti River
* Tharu Cultural dance show in the evening
After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4 hours. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by our naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities. There will be a guided village tour on ox cart, a traditional transport of the Tharu people (local people) where a cart is pulled by a pair of oxen. You will have close and personal observation of the Tharu culture and witness the daily lifestyle and activities of the Tharu community visiting the local village houses. Later you will have a free walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. Overnight at Chitwan.
* Bird watching and nature walk
* Visit Elephant breeding center and feed them
* Canoe ride along Rapti River
* Jeep safari
Wakeup call with a cup of hot tea/coffee. After breakfast on your choice visit to the elephant breading center to see baby elephants with bird watching in a river bank, go for Canoe ride along the Rapti River. An excellent opportunity for bird watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the only fish eating Gharial. After lunch goes for a Jeep safari, an excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth bear, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home. Evening hire a local cycle and take a tour at typical village, farmland and river bank
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours. Check in hotel. We attend the farewell dinner tonight at Hotel/authentic Nepali restaurant. A typical Nepali dinner/feast will be served with live cultural dance show by local people in different Nepali music
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Airport on time for your final departure. Your wonderful Nepal holiday has come to the pleasant end, fly home with great memories to cherish through the lifetime…
This is just a template itinerary we offer on our site. However, we are happy to modify the trip according to your interest & choice. Please feel free to write if you wish to shorten, extend or adding more places of interest. We take no time to modify at the best of your interest & comfort.
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I have taken Chitwan Wildlife Safari as a family vacation with my two little girls & hubby in early October. The time is perfect to visit this famous National park probably the best animal sighting safari in south Asia. The day we arrive Chitwan is bit late and couldn’t do much. However, our wildlife excursion begins early morning following day as we ride giant Elephant and explore the deep Jungle. My girls are really curious to encounter with Rhinoceros as they always talks about it’s horn (nose) rise above the mouth & bending skins. They wish to see it live.
Luckily, we saw a mother & baby taking sunbath on the bush within 15 minutes ride inside National Park. As we proceed, saw several species of Deer, sloth Bear, Peacock, Mars crocodile, reptiles, birds & many more during our 3 our trip. Later, we have another experience while crossing the Rapti River on a small Canoe where two Crocodile was just a meters away, but they looks calm & relaxed. We ended up the day by observing Tharu Cultural show where they usually perform with sticks & fire. Final day we have Jeep Safari deep into the National park with more animal sights, beautiful Lakes and of course dense forest & exotic plants.
All in all this is perfect family vacation for us. This trip is choice of my bigger girls & hope they enjoy the vacation & learn much about the wildlife & mother nature… Thanks Himalaya Trekking for organizing the fabulous trip to us… Cheers !
I have planned a Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal with some colleague in October. The Himalaya Trekking drive you away from the main path to isolated areas of the Annapurna Himalayas. fabulous landscapes on the walks along the high ridges of Mardi and Fishtail mountain. Walk from lower and rice fields to reach higher alpine hills covered with thick dense forests of tall rhododendrons, oak and magnolia pines and fir lines. We are more than happy to recommend RAM & his team for an incredible panoramic tour of the Annapurna peaks with close views of Mardi and Fishtail Mountain. They are fantastic to fulfill your desire & no words to describe the natural vistas you have in Nepal.
We did the “BEST OF NEPAL” tour with Himalaya Trekking company and had such a wonderful time. Ram’s planning to the whole trip was excellent, making everything seems easy. He was very patient handling all the changes I had made in dates, hotels, etc. His guides were very informative and decent and his driver was safe and always on time.
Would definitely use them on my next trip.