Nepal is the most beautiful and stunning Himalayan country lying on the southern slope of the Himalayas being land locked by India and China. Within the area of 147,181 sq. km the altitude stretches from 60 m to 8848 m (The top of the world) above the sea level. Nepal is known as the hidden Shangri-La that is color combination of natural beauty, cultural heritage, artistic and historical shrines and monuments, friendly and smiling people, flora and faunas, different climatic zones with varied landscapes.
The largest city of Nepal is the political as well as cultural capital of the country. Kathmandu is a city where ancient traditions rub shoulders with the latest technological advances. However, it is the grandeur of the past that enchants the visitor whose gaze may linger on an exquisitely carved wooden window frame, an 18th century bronze sculpture or the spiritually uplifting stupas. Like any big city, Kathmandu has seen rapid expansion in the last decade, but despite the hustle and bustle so typical of metropolitan cities, its people remain as refreshingly friendly as ever. Retaining its ancient traditions, Kathmandu is blessed by a Living Goddess and is enriched by endless ceremonial processions and events that take to the streets every now and then with throngs of devotees seeking blessings. These religious festivals are steeped in legend and are quite a spectacle with chariot processions and masked dancers often possessed by the spirits of deities.
Pokhara sub-metropolitan city is the second largest city of Nepal is situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu. Pokhara’s fascinating beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation.
It is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Many tourists come to Sarangkot for sunrise view. From Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction the village overlooks the city of Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city.
If you are a wildlife lover there are many conservation areas and national parks in Nepal. Among them, Royal Chitwan National Park (a world natural site declared by UNESCO) is the most popular safari destination covering an area of 932 sq. km. The major attractions of the park are one-horned rhinoceroses, royal Bengal tiger, Leopard, spotted deer, sloth bear, four horned antelope, dolphin and crocodile. The diverse ecology is home to around 600 plant species, 50 mammal species, 526 bird species and 49 species of amphibian and reptile. Sal trees (shorea robusta) and 1.1m tall elephant grass dominate the jungle. One can explore the wild world by foot, by jeep and dugout canoe or on the back of an elephant.
The birth place of the lord Buddha is said to be the foundation that represents world peace. Geographically situated in Rupandehi district of West Nepal on the borders of Nepal & India; Lumbini stands to represent a significant site of pilgrimage that must be carried out once in a lifetime for all Buddhists throughout the world, which is the equivalent of Christians who visit Bethlehem & Jerusalem, the birthplace of ‘Jesus Christ’. Lumbini is also a UNESCO world heritage site which is known for its ancient values.
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Tour Code: IH/LP/01
Trip Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Activities: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Transfer to Chitwan (4hrs drive) / in the evening enjoy Tharu cultural dance with Tharu village tour
Day 3 : Early morning elephant safari / after breakfast transfer to Lumbini
Day 4 : Visit Mayadevi temple and rest of day free at your own leisure
Day 5 : Transfer to Pokhara (6hrs drive)
Day 6 : Early morning transfer to Sarangkot and full day sightseeing at Pokhara
Day 7 : Transfer to Kathmandu and Half day sightseeing
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. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan
After breakfast, we drive down to the steamy Terai lowlands of Chitwan. We reach Chitwan, refresh and proceed for a brief orientation on necessary information related to the park by the Park’s manager; we then have supper. Overnight at Chitwan in our wild jungle lodges
Day 3: Drive from Chitwan to Lumbini
The Terai lowland of Chitwan is rich with wildlife, lush grasslands and is a spectacular sight of rare bird species and animals which unfolds before us. Chitwan national park is our target destination. It gives us a unique and exceptional wildlife experience, being the home to several protected species, in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros and leopard and also bears wild boar, deer, bison and crocodiles etc. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy, but the chancing of sighting these are very high owing to the expertise and experience of guides.
We then board our vehicle for a drive to Lumbini. On reaching Lumbini, we refresh and the rest of the time is yours to do as you would like. In the evening we enjoy dinner at one of Nepal’s famous restaurants for local delicacies accompanied. Overnight at birth place of Gautam Buddha.
Day 4: Visit Mayadevi temple and rest of the day free at your own leisure
A continued tour of archaeological Buddhist sites, the Mayadevi temple which displays some interesting sights of the Buddha’s mother & Sacred garden with different monasteries. Overnight at Lumbini
Day 5: Drive From Lumbini to Pokhara
After breakfast we drive to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, we check in to our designated hotel, refresh, and get familiar with our surroundings. Free to explore Lake side tourist market. Overnight in the city of lakes.
Day 6: Full day Sightseeing of Pokhara city including Sarangkot sunrise view
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 Machhapuchhre [Fishtail] peak; it’s 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.
We then return to our hotel for breakfast and get set for a tour where we will then be going to other sightseeing places in Pokhara like David’s fall, the deep gorge of the Seti River, Gupteswor Cave and the interesting International Mountain Museum.. We also do some boating on the charming Phewa Lake and also visit the Barahi temple set in the centre of the lake. This will also include feeding the pigeons that heartily look forward to this. After this, we return back to our hotel, refresh and go for a stroll down the lakeside. Overnight down by the lakeside.
Day 7: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After enjoying breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu the same way we came, by surface. On reaching Kathmandu we will check-in in at Hotel & after some refreshment we will Visit to the heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square (the house of living goddess KUMARI and the medieval royal palace of the Malla kings – 15TH century AD).
Swayambhunath Stupa ( the oldest Buddhist Shrine much older than 2650 years from the present time, also colloquially known as Monkey Temple).
Day 8: Final departure from Kathmandu
Breakfast at Hotel free till transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure 3 hours prior to flight time. 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. ‘Incentive Holidays’ has taken much pleasure in organizing your holidays and knowing you has been a great honour for us. Thank you for visiting our amazing country Nepal. We do hope we will meet sometime again!
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.
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.