Getting close-up with spirituality, dissimilar cultures, nerve tingling history and wilderness of a different nature…this is a hotpot of Diverse Wonders…a tour that gets into your personal notepad so you could remember it down the years…
A lot of visitors come to Nepal for various vocational purposes. Many backpackers jet in for a feel of the mountains, while some holiday makers seek to explore Nepal by chilling out with a beer or Jack Daniels on the rocks while enjoying the mountains from some slick resort with good vantage points; and there are those who simply like to walk down the temple strewn back lanes of the ancient junctions of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and there are some who like to move in the queue with Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual spin around the medieval stupas and temples that dot the skylines of kathmandu. The ancient kings of Nepal seemed to have laid a fervent base of religious doctrines that still exists among a myriad of communities till this day.
We next head down further south of Nepal’s wild and grassy national parks, where nature enthusiasts search the treetops for rare bird species and rake through the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of bumbling Indian elephants. Whichever way you travel across the country - it could be on a mountain bike, motorbike, paddling on tamed rivers, a tourist bus or even by air; Nepal provides visitors an amazing sundry of delights and landscapes.
Visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama – better known as the Buddha – Is also part of our program. Heritage–listed Lumbini is of vital importance and beckons millions of Buddhist pilgrims from around the globe. City of Lakes – Pokhara – is an important part of our tour. This gateway to some world renowned treks in the Annapurna region is just the joint to rest those weary bones for the exhausted hiker, whether you’ve returned from a grueling trek or a nasty bus trip from hell, a laid back rest down by the lake is ideal to hit the clouds; there’s more to Pokhara than meets the eye, a wealthy adventure sports industry and the best paragliding venue on the planet. It’s all there – IncentiveHolidays offers you Nepal – a haven for diverse wonders…like nobody else…
Tour Code: IH/FP/02
Trip Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Destination : Kathmandu-Lumbini-Chitwan Pokhara
Activities: Combination of Cultural & Natural heritage tour, with a wildlife/nature excursion
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfer/Tourist Coach
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Full day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara and free at Lakeside in the evening
Day 4 : Sunrise tour to Sarangkot and transfer to Lumbini
Day 5 : Visit Maya Devi Temple and transfer to Chitwan
Day 6 : Jungle Safari (elephant back safari), Canoeing, and transfer to Kathmandu
Day 7 : Full day free for shopping
Day 8 : Final departure
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport
Our office representative will be at the airport awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to your designated hotel. After refreshing yourself, our tour executive will give you an orientation on your program. After this you are free to get familiar with your surroundings, this will help you to localize then get set for your first overnight in the valley of temples.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing tour (Pashupathinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur)
After an early breakfast, we set out on a tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Boudhanath, and the temples of Pashupatinath. As we stroll along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. After Lunch visiting ancient Bhaktapur is pure delight; this was once an independent kingdom to itself with a rich history in Nepal’s medieval period. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: Transfer to Pokhara and drive to Begnas Lake
After a hearty breakfast; we board our vehicle in the morning and proceed towards Pokhara, which is 200 km away from Kathmandu. On reaching Pokhara, we check in to our designated hotel, refresh, and get familiar with our surroundings. We then head down to the lovely Begnas Lake which is just about an hour’s drive; this is a literal post card destination. We get away from the swarms of tourists and take a boat out by ourselves and watch the locals fishing. This is a truly beautiful lake – quiet, calm and peaceful, well worth a visit. Pokhara is sure to have you mesmerized. We return back to our hotel and an overnight in the city of lakes.
Day 4: Sunrise tour to Sarangkot and transfer to Lumbini
After a couple of cuppers, we get set for an early morning trip to the popular vantage point of Sarangkot for a stunning sunrise view of the Annapurna range and the much revered Machhapuchare [Fishtail] peak; its an astounding experience to see the red maroon glows that falls on the mountain ranges and the gleaming rays of the sun slashing through the gaps of the mountains with birds flying across the early morning skies; we softly whisper our praises to God and thank him for this beauty and his blessings.
After a buffet breakfast, we take a drive through lush rural countryside to Lumbini via Syangja (5 hours) as our eyes trace the mountain landscapes that stay with us throughout the journey. We check into our hotel, refresh and begin our visit of Buddha’s birth place & the quiet Lumbini Gardens. Overnight in Lumbini.
Day 5: Visit Maya Devi Temple and transfer to Chitwan
We continue our spiritual tour of archaeological Buddhist sites & the mayadevi temple which displays some sacred interesting sights of the Buddha’s mother. In the afternoon we drive through a lush green belt to Chitwan. On reaching Chitwan the same day in the early evening, we check into our resort, refresh, have some snacks and the lodge and the lodge manager will brief us on our program. Overnight at your jungle safari lodge in Chitwan
Day 6: Jungle activity at the Chitwan National Park
We enjoy breakfast amidst the chattering of birds that always tend to sweetly wake us up first thing in the morning during all the time we spend at the safari resort. It’s a Full day of Jungle activities in the National Park. We begin with an Elephant-back Safari that extends to a canoe-excursion to view varieties of wild life.
It’s almost certain the Rhino will be seen and there is always a chance of seeing a yawning tiger relaxed under the shades of a tree. The park has a real buzzing bird life and even in winter it’s likely to get quite warm. We also get to see crocs lazing around in the sunshine on the banks of the river. In the late afternoon, we drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 7: In Kathmandu - Full day free for leisure and shopping
This day is free in Kathmandu for any personal activities you may want to do. In the evening, we go out to taste a delicious Nepalese cuisine at a well known Nepali kitchen. While enjoying your dinner, you will be entertained by a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary outing on behalf of Incentive Holidays. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 8: Final departure for our connecting flight home sweet home
Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets.
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. If we are to spend a night at Pokhara, there are many fantastic luxury hotels that can be found at this picturesque lake valley with real homely comforts. At Lumbini, the Hotels are immaculately clean and you will enjoy your nights in Lumbini. There are also more modest accommodations that may suit your budget; these lodges are situated a bit further up from the main center of Lumbini though. Some of these Lodges have rooms that are pretty basic at best, but comfy enough to spend several nights. The options are many for your hotel stay…the choice exclusively yours.
The choices is 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. At Pokhara too, the food choices are great. In Lumbini, there is only one restaurant though, the Lumbini Garden Restaurant, which is about a ten minutes hike from the center. There are other hotels too that have restaurants with ‘a la carte’ menu choices and some with basic menus that provide a decent meal.
The locals feel guests need to make a few sacrifices when visiting the birth place of the Buddha. However, despite the circumstances, you won’t need to go hungry…the Buddha wouldn’t want that anyways. The Jungle safari lodges at Chitwan offer 3 wholesome meals well prepared with fresh veggies straight from the gardens; this area is one of the biggest suppliers for veggies in Nepal.
If you come to Nepal and have a flexible schedule, then take the time to visit these places. Nepal always has something to offer its guests. During the peak season (October to December) and (mid of February to May), the stunning panorama of the Himalayas is at its crisp-beautiful-best, but there is really no season in which Nepal is not a beautiful or pleasant place to visit.