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Cultural Tour in Nepal

Trip code CTN-37
Package name Cultural Tour in Nepal
Duration 10 Days
Max. elevation 2123 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private vehicle as per itinerary
Accomodation Three-star Hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan; and Standard hotel at Gorkha
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu World Heritage Sites sightseeing-Gorkha town-Pokhara-Sarangkot for a sunrise-Lumbini-jungle safari in Chitwan National Park-Kathmandu
Cost USD 797 per person

Highlights

Overview

Cultural Tour in Nepal, is a great way to enjoy a holiday in the harmony of ancient world heritage sites. A guided tour, accompanied by our expert guide to show you the wonders of Nepal within historical places of great interest. Nepal is an amazing country of great fascination, a blend of modern and ancient cultures retaining its past glories till the present day. Cultural Tour in Nepal, starts from the heart of Kathmandu city, where you can enjoy marvelous places steeped with old monuments.

Kathmandu is a unique city a melting pot of both Hindu and Buddhist religions with age-old heritage culture. That still exists for hundreds of centuries, the tour leads around magnificent landmarks listed in world heritage sites of great wonders.

Tour of old Durbar Square, where old Malla and Shah Dynasty palaces and beautiful courtyard located with various old monuments. Within Kathmandu city visit Swambhunath a famous landmark of the country, of more than 2,500 years old history. A Buddhist Stupa and monastery stand on a hilltop facing above Kathmandu city and the valley.

Tour extends to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath an important place of worship and pilgrimage for worldwide Hindu followers. Tour continues with a visit to a large dome stupa with mystical all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, the largest stupa around Asia. An interesting place, the area also known as Little Tibet where you can witness the similar culture, customs to its Tibetan predecessors. From Kathmandu tour takes you beyond Nepal Mid-West in the beautiful city of Pokhara.

A renowned and major vacation spot for foreign and domestic visitors, located on the laps of the massive Annapurna Himalaya range. A wonderful place to be while in Nepal, blessed with the natural beauty of snow- Mountains and serene lakes. An enjoyable stay in Pokhara visiting places of natural wonders, and then head further Far South West Nepal to Lumbini. Where Lord Buddha was born way back in 642 B.C.

Tour in Lumbini takes you around historical and religious sites of importance. After an interesting visit to a holy site, the heart of the Buddhism world, the journey takes you to the famous Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is a popular place for wildlife and jungle safari, designated in world heritage sites as well as Lumbini.

Chitwan is regarded as Asia’s best park for games and safari, spending a few days with exciting thrills riding on elephants. On safari where you can spot rare wild animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, Rhinoceros many types of deer. Including other mammals and many species of birds in the comfort of nice lodges and resorts. After Chitwan headed back to Kathmandu, where our enjoyable and marvelous experience on Cultural Tour in Nepal completes.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel:

On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding Cultural Tour in Nepal, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day 2 : In Kathmandu free day for a sightseeing tour at places of interest:

A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.

A colossal and ancient stupa; with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, it is said to have been built by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th A.D. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The area around also known as Little Tibet due to a large number of locals of Tibetan origin resides around with many shops and restaurants that make one of the interesting parts of Bouddhanath. After an interesting day around Kathmandu city magnificent cultural and historical places of religious significance. Head back to the hotel for another exciting tour beyond Kathmandu valley the next day.

Day 3 : Drive to Gorkha town 1, 440 m, -05 hours:

The morning after hearty breakfast drives to Nepal Mid-West to the historical town of Gorkha, on vehicles as per groups size either in the car, comfortable coach. Where drive leads beyond Kathmandu valley towards low warmer areas, an opportunity to witness Nepalese rural villages and towns. As the ride heads up to reach Gorkha town, transfer to the best hotels available. Afternoon tour of old Shah Dynasty palace a fortress stands above the town of Gorkha, this is the place where King Prithivi Narayan Shah in 17th Century, started the conquest of the country's different smaller kingdoms and unified into a single nation to one big country Nepal. From the palace-fortress tour of the interesting bazaar of Gorkha town, and retire back to your hotel after a great interesting drive and tour of the old palace fort.

Day 4 : Drive to Pokhara 860 m, -04 hours:

Morning from Gorkha having good breakfast then depart for Pokhara, a scenic and renowned touristic city, drive leads within farm villages facing views of Manaslu, Lamjung with Annapurna range of peaks as you reach in Pokhara. Our guide takes you to a nice hotel by the calm Phewa Lake where all nice hotels are located, with time in the afternoon for a leisure stroll around the lakeside facing views of the lake and snow peaks of Annapurna Himalaya range.

Day 5 : In Pokhara tour of Sarangkot for sunrise and sightseeing:

Early morning before breakfast, having warm drinks depart from the hotel for a short drive to the high scenic hill at Sarangkot, a famous viewpoint for a stunning sunrise over an array of Himalayan peaks that includes Mt. Dhaulagiri- Mt. Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu with bird-eyes views of Pokhara green valley and the city with Lake Phewa, Sarangkot a popular spot for Adventure sports like Para-Gliding and Zip Flyer as well. After enjoying glorious views of the sunrise over a mountain range, drive back to the hotel for a hearty breakfast, then ready for the next tour of Pokhara around places of interest.

Short drive to Pokhara main local center to view Seti Gorge, a river that flows right into a deep a narrow gorge. From here drive south of the city to visit David / Devi or Pathle Chhago Water Falls and the Gupteshwor large cave with a shrine of Lord Shiva. After an enjoyable day head back to the hotel with afternoon for short walks around or just relax and marvel at the views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak.

Day 6 : Drive to Lumbini, -06 hours:

Depart from the hotel for an exciting drive to reach Nepal Far South West, where Lumbini birthplace of Buddha located, around the low and sub-tropical country at Terai-belt the flatland, drive heads south on leaving Pokhara valley and mid-hills of Yanga town to Butwal city, near Tansen, Palpa, and then arriving at Lumbini. Transfer into a nice hotel and relax, afternoon visit Lord Buddha’s birthplaces with historical sites, Lumbini a traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the great founder of Buddhism, born in the 6th Century B.C. Besides the birth site of Buddha, an interesting spot of Emperor Asoka, who visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar.

Asoka’s Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: "King Piyadasi (Asoka), The holy site of Lord Buddha rediscovered in 1895 by a German archaeologist as he came upon Asoka’s Pillar, identified the inscription, as well records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. After an interesting tour back to the hotel with time to stroll around the street and market at Lumbini.

Day 7 : Drive to Chitwan National Park premises and transfer to hotel:

The morning after a good breakfast an exciting drive to Chitwan through Himalayan Foothills, and then reach at Tadi Bazaar around Chitwan, from here short drive to reach your hotels at Saura town near the entrance of the park premises, where all the best hotels are located. After checking in, briefing by the jungle guide and naturalist of the jungle programs, getting refreshed and rest start afternoon activity with a short walk to Tharu village, the indigenous tribe of Terai. Evening enjoys the dinner with an exciting Tharu cultural dance performance.

Day 8 : Full-day jungle safari in Chitwan National Park:

At the lodge and hotels, your jungle programs according to the time-table start early morning, before breakfast with various activities, as follows morning Bird Watch Tour, Machan (Watch Tower) Tour, Jungle walks, nature walks, elephant and jeep safari with elephant briefing and bathing elephants include more with the entertainment of local Tharu cultural programs. Chitwan is famous for more than 43 species of mammals includes the endangered and elusive "Royal Bengal Tiger". The park is home to the one-horned Indian Rhinoceros, freshwater Gharial crocodile with many other common species such as gaur (Asian bison) wild elephants, four-horned antelopes, striped hyenas, pangolins, Gangetic dolphins, monitor lizards, and pythons.

Other animals found in the park include sambars, chital (spotted deer) barking deer, sloth bear, palm civets, langurs, and rhesus monkeys. The park is also famous for over 450 species of birds. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal Florican, the Giant Hornbill, the Lesser Florican, the Black Stork, and White Stork. Common birds in the park include Peacocks, Red Jungle fowl, and different species of Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, and Woodpeckers, the best time for bird watching is in March and December. Breakfast after short morning nature activities and lunch between safaris by 1 p.m. Then rest, late afternoon safari of few hours followed with dinner by 7-8 p.m.

Day 9 : Drive to Kathmandu, -05 hours.:

Morning, options for nature walks and bird-watch tour having breakfast at Chitwan then drive to Kathmandu heading past many farm villages and the town of Chitwan areas and then follow Trisuli River for some times then on winding up the hill to reach Kathmandu valley outskirt, and then back to your hotel, with afternoon free to enjoy personal activities.

Day 10 : Departure Day for International flight homeward bound:

On your last day in Nepal, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer, you to the airport for homeward bound, after an enjoyable adventure and a great wonderful experience on Cultural Tour in Nepal.

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