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Best of Nepal (08 Days)

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Places covered : Kathmandu - Swoyambhunath - Patan - Pashupatinath - Boudhnath - Bhadgaon - Nagarkot - Pokhra - Chitwan - Kathmandu.

Highlights of Best of Nepal
Kathmandu : Kathmandu Durbar , The big bell , Kathmandu valley , Tibetan monasteries , Buddhist temples , Pashupatinath , Boudhnath Stupa , Patan.
Pokhara : Machhapuchhre , Phewa lake , Sarankot Hill , Mt. Dhaulagiri. , Mt. Annapurna , Lamjung Himalaya .
Chitwan : Royal Chitwan National Park .


Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met, assisted and escorted to your hotel by our representative.

After checking in relax for sometime and later in the afternoon proceed for half day sightseeing of Kathmandu city and Swoyambhunath Stupa.

Kathmandu City: Kathmandu Durbar with its medley of temples and shrines is the traditional seat of the royalty where Kings are crowned and their coronations are performed. The big bell; Kal Bhairav Temple; Jagannath Temple with its erotic carvings on the temple struts; Kasthamandap - the temple believed to have built from the wood of a single tree and from which the city of Kathmandu derives its name, are some views you will enjoy on this tour. But on top of the list is the Kumari Ghar - the temple of the living goddess. For most of the year, the Kumari is available to greet people from the balcony of the temple. Photography is strictly prohibited here. Spend some time browsing through a typical Nepalese market place.

Swoyambhunath Stupa: These 2000 years old stupas are situated approx. 1.8 miles west of Kathmandu on a hillock overlooking the Kathmandu valley. This is one of the most glorious Buddhist temples. It is decorated with the famous "Buddha's eyes", and is surrounded by temples and Tibetan monasteries. This day you can relax or just walk around on your own to get the feel of the city.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

After the breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhnath.

Pashupatinath: Lying on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, this is the country's most important Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in 1696 with two-tiered golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb architecture. Each year it draws numerous devotees from all over India.
Boudhnath Stupa: It lays approx. 5 miles east of Kathmandu. This is one of the largest Buddhist Shrines in the world, dating before the birth of Christ. It is the religious centre for Nepal's considerable population of Tibetans and there are a number of thriving monasteries. This area is also referred to as 'little Tibet'.

In the afternoon visit Patan City.

Patan: Also known as Lalitpur meaning city of devotees, is where you will visit the Patan Durbar Square with its exquisite architectural masterpieces depicting the Newar craftsmanship. Krishna Mandir - a stone structure with 21 spires; Hiranya Varan Mahabihar - the Golden temple; and Mahaboudha - a masterpiece in terra cotta, are some of the other highlights of the tour. After the tour you will continue to the Tibetan Resettlement Camp where Tibetan Refugees are rehabilitated. You will see women weaving carpets on the their looms.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

After an early breakfast proceed towards Nagarkot via Bhadgaon city (Bhaktapur).

Bhadgaon City: It is situated approx. 10 miles from Kathmandu and has an impressive number of artistic treasures. Rightly called 'a living museum', is the most mediaeval city of the valley. It is situated at an altitude of 1401mts. Bhaktapur means the city of devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The Bhadgaon city, one of the oldest medieval cities, was the capital of Kathmandu valley during the Malla dynasty until the 15th century.
Bhadgaon city
Nagarkot is approx. 21 miles north east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175mts above sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of the eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest can be seen from here.

Upon arrival proceed to the hotel and check in. Later go out and view the amazing sunset.

Stay overnight in Nagarkot.

Early morning walk to a point to view the majestic sunrise. Return to hotel for breakfast and then continue your drive to Pokhra.

Pokhra is situated approx. 131 miles east of Kathmandu and is one of the most scenic spots in the country. The Himalayan panorama of the Annapurna range with the dominating peak of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) forming the backdrop for the city is a sight to behold. There are many lakes in Pokhra, the major being Phewa lake which is situated on the southernmost point of the city and is a popular tour spot.

Relax in the afternoon and later in the evening enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake.

Stay overnight in Pokhra.

Chitwan Day 05. POKHRA - CHITWAN
This morning after breakfast drive down to Chitwan.

Nepal is blessed with a greater proportion of protected wilderness that almost any other country on earth, and boasts of a multitude of national parks and wildlife reserves.

Royal Chitwan National Park ('Chitwan' means "in the heart of the jungle") covers 932 sq. km in the flat lowland (Terai) region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks on the Indian subcontinent with populations of the endangered royal Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris), one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), wild Asian elephant (Elaphas maximus), gaur (wild ox - Bos gaurus), golden monitor lizard, gharial crocodile (Gavializ gangeticus) and many more.

The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystem prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.

In the afternoon enjoy your first safari into the jungle.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

The entire day spent in the jungle, enjoy the safaris and other activities on offer.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

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After an early morning breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu.

After checking in at the hotel the rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel or explore the city center.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in time to connect to the flight for onward destination.


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