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.
Morning tour of Patan or Lalitpur means the city of great arts and craftsmanship, an adjoining city of Kathmandu, where you can observe interesting culture with a tour of its famous temples and monasteries within its old Durbar or Palace square. From here after an exciting time of a few hours then drive to Bhaktapur 3rd largest city of Kathmandu valley, the city of a great old Malla Kingdom of the 12th to 15th century. A city of immense old culture, traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs of everyday life.
Nepal's old Malla dynasty's achievement in arts and crafts is reflected in Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur is also known by woodcarving artists. Bhaktapur Durbar square steeped with artistic buildings of Bhaktapur Nytapola Temple, Dattarya Square with famous peacock window, Pottery square, and market From here drive to Nagarkot hill town with a visit to the oldest ancient temple of Nepal The Changu Narayan, located on a high hilltop also called Changu or Dolagiri. The temple area is surrounded by a forest of champak trees and a small Changu village which is north of Bhaktapur. Changu Narayan Temple is dedicated to Hindu god Lord Visnu, the temple of pagoda style has several masterpieces of the 5th to 12th century of the excellent Nepalese art. After an exciting time around Bhaktapur and Changu-Narayan Temple, continue a short drive uphill to reach cooler air at Nagarkot hill town. Located North of Bhaktapur of 45 minutes to an hour drive uphill at 2,100 meters high famous for mountain vista around Kathmandu Valley, stay overnight in a nice hotel or resort, for striking sunrise over a chain of Himalayan peaks with views as far to Mt. Everest in the eastern horizon.
The morning after a hearty breakfast with stunning sunrise and views of the Himalayan range of peaks, start our next tour taking a drive to Nepal Mid-West to the historical town of Gorkha. As the drive leads beyond Kathmandu valley towards low and warm areas, an opportunity to witness Nepalese rural villages and towns On reaching Kuringtar village above Trisuli River, taking a short ride on Cable-Car or Ropeway to reach Mankamana temple. It an interesting to observe locals from all parts of Nepal on a religious visit for worship to Mankamana.
Various forms of Durga or Parvati a Hindu goddess, and then back to your vehicle for a short drive uphill to Gorkha town. Then 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.
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, Sarankot 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.
From Tansen not far to reach Lumbini our next destination, the morning after a short tour around places of great heritage interest. Then drive further southwest to reach Lumbini, and transfer into a nice hotel. 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.
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.
Morning, options for nature walks and bird-watch tour having breakfast at Chitwan then drives to Kathmandu heading past many farm villages and the town of Chitwan areas, and then follow Trisuli River for some time then on winding uphill to reach Kathmandu valley outskirt, and then following the Ring Road that circles the boundary of Kathmandu city. Heading east past Bhaktapur to reach an old Newar town in Dhulikhel overnight in a nice mountain resort.
Dhulikhel like Nagarkot is famous for sunrise and sunset views over a range of Central and Eastern Himalaya snow peaks. With time to visit the town streets with the lively local culture. Dhulikhel at 1, 440 m a small town with old history, records show that it has been around for more than 500 years. The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping title roofs, pagoda temples, and sacred statues everywhere. You will think you have wandered into a cultural theme park.
We organize for all interested people on this two-week tour around the best places of Nepal, normally we run for a minimum of 2-4 people and a maximum of above 10 people. But in special cases, we also organized for a solo or single person on this lovely Best of all Nepal Tour.
Every place on tour beyond Kathmandu has electricity with hydropower and some places with personal solar power where guest can charge their electronic gadgets like cell phones, laptops,s, etc...
Certainly around Kathmandu and beyond at Gorkha, Pokhara, Lumbini, and at Chitwan also, where you will find banks and facilities for ATM or other credit cards to draw only local currencies.
Best hotels, lodges, and resorts as per the package tour cost, from the budget, standard to deluxe 5 star comforts available. All hotels and lodges with 24 hours room services running hot/cold water for shower and bathing with all attached baths and toilets with balcony and lounge to relax. The meals are served according to the hotel/lodge set menu of the day besides Kathmandu and Pokhara. Breakfast area large selection as well for lunch and dinner to choose from continental, Chinese, Indian or Nepalese foods with buffet banquet in some of the big hotels on tour.
Depending upon group size for minimum 2-3 people on private cars or four-wheeler, land-cruiser or similar. For more than 4 to 8 people on the comfortable couch, above 8 or 10 in Bus with comfortable seating, and space for leg rooms to stretch providing safe drinking waters for the whole journey only on drives.