The hills of Nepal are alive with the sound of music, and hiking through its trails are a memorable experience. Walking its paths provide you with superb views of the mountains and the deep rolling glens, as well as a chance to get familiar with the rural lifestyles of the local folks, their art, architecture and cultural traditions. The villages in these areas are alive with culture, farming, a lot of camaraderie and romance…and we can’t leave out the music. There are many well known areas for short hikes that bring you ever so ‘Close to Nature’; and this delightful tour takes us to the well known resorts of Dhulikhel and Nagarkot but before this, we first enter the lovely Village of Balthali, a perfect place for quiet meditation and relaxation amidst rural countryside settings where time is virtually unknown as we see beautiful butterflies fluttering around and hear the sweet chirping of birds in the backdrops of towering silver grey mountains, stirring our imaginations to ancient eras when ecosystems were pure and untouched, like in the heavens itself.
Nepal Village Tourism is an ever growing trend that’s turning highly popular among lovers of nature and doing this sublime nature tour through ‘Incentive Holidays’ gives you family and honeymoon holidays that warms the heart and brings a special peace to the mind…
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Tour Code : IH/FP/08
Trip Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Destination: Kathmandu/Nagarkot/ Dhulikhel/ Balthali
Activities : Sightseeing & Nature Tour with excursion and village tour
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Vehicle
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Drive to Nagarkot via Changunarayan [days 2-3-4 have hiking]
Day 3 : Visit Dhulikhel
Day 4 : Drive to Balthali village
Day 5 : Drive back to Kathmandu and departure for home
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative and will be transferred to your hotel. After checking into your rooms, you could relax at your pace and later in the day go for a stroll down town to get familiar with your surroundings. It even helps you get friendly with the locals and observe local lifestyles. In the evening your senior guide from our office will visit you at your hotel to brief you about your village excursion. You then have supper and go to bed. It’s your first night in the valley of the gods, temples [probably the most in the world] and happy go lucky cows set free after doing their time.
Day 2 - Kathmandu to Changunarayan (1500m) and then to Nagarkot (2175m)
Today is when our actual excursion begins. After breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan which is situated approximately 20 km east of Kathmandu. Changunarayan is said to be the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. It is said to have been built by King Hari Dutta in 323 AD. We then hike up or drive down to Nagarkot, if we hike, our day will read like this: our first night will be spent here in this honeymoon resort on the tour. Walking through pine forest along the ridge through quiet villages with splendid views of the valley and mountains we arrive at Nagarkot. It is one of the most panoramic destinations in Nepal for serene landscapes, mountain views that include Mt. Everest and magnificent sunrise and sunset viewing experiences. Overnight at hotel
Day 3 - Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440m)
Early in the morning we can enjoy sunrise views from our resort itself. After breakfast, we start a gentle walk for the first hour and go through the pine forest down hill enjoying the Himalayan vistas on the way. Afterwards, you walk through paddy field and small villages which provide you information about the lifestyle of villagers in the Balthali village tour. Approximate walk of five to six hours will take us to Dhulikhel; an ancient town situated 30 km East of Kathmandu. The Newar town of Dhulikhel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views of the Himalayan range – with views of peaks like Dorje Lakpa (6966m.), Gauri Shankar (7,145m.) and Langtang (7,324m.). You can have a complete superb view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepali houses that have been standing for over a 100 years and we also visit several interesting temples that date back for centuries. Overnight at your hotel
Day 4 - Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) and then to Balthali village (1730m)
After breakfast at Dhulikhel, we walk to Namo Buddha, situated on a hill above Panauti. It takes about three hours to reach from Dhulikhel. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha, which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all – seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Later, you walk another three hours and reach the enchanting Balthali village offering excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1730m. We then enjoy our first relaxation day on our Balthali Village excursion. Your day at Balthali will be like this: Today we explore villages on our Balthali village tour. We will visit a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaon, where a Buddhist community lives. This is a very traditional and secluded area from the modern world. Hereabouts, people and animals peacefully coexist with one another. You then walk to Pada Gaon at (2100m) from where you can get extremely good views of the whole Himalayan range to the north and beautiful green forest of the Mahabharata range. We walk to a natural hamlet of nature and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to Balthali for our night of home stays with the local folks…you’ll love this as it gives you deep insights into the ancient cultures of the people you live with. Overnight at Balthali village resort.
Day 5 - Balthali to Kathmandu for final departure
Today is the last day of our tour. We set off early after breakfast; we finally drive back to Kathmandu to the airport for our departure home.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. In Nagarkot, the hotel choices are just great and choices will suit any budget for a cool stay in this serene location. You will just love it. Dhulikhel also provides a range of real comfortable resorts that will suit your taste and budgets. Accommodations are never a problem in Nepal…the choices are exclusively yours.
The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. The hotels in Nagarkot offer a wide range of cuisines; you can find meals of Italian, Indian, Chinese and continental with classy preparations that the stomach will love. Dhulikhel also offers food of different international varieties with matching flavors, the choices are up for grabs…Bon appetit!
Note: If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holidays will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.