Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Tanahun, Kaski&Chitwan Coverage
Lakes and Jungle : Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan TourDuration: 0 Days
- Destination: Nepal
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and our representatives will meet you on arrival. Hotel transfer will be conducted immediately thereafter.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02Kathmandu sightseeing & Nagarkot
First off, you’ll be meeting your tour guide at the hotel, and a small trip briefing session will be held. After this, you’ll start your sightseeing program for the day.
Places to visit:
Pashupatinath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure. An inscription here dates from 477 AD, but the shrine may have stood there for 1000 years before that.
Budhanilkanthais a temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The sleeping deity monument partially submerged in water is the key attraction in the temple complex. The temple attracts thousands of Hindu and Vishnu devotees from all around the world. The temple complex is nearby the hotel, and is one of the most underrated destinations in Kathmandu. While at Budhanilkantha, do some local shopping, try out the local sweets, including the Nepalese equivalent of mozzarella and interact with the locals.
Chandragiri Hill is a rather recent attraction that opened in Kathmandu. Overlooking Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 2,551 meters above sea level, Chandragiri is one of the finest vantage points nearby Kathmandu for mountain viewing. The elevation ensures amazing views of LangtangRi& Ganesh Himal, and of course, of the valley laid out below. An amazing cable car journey from the station down in Thankot takes you to Chandragiri in around 15 minutes with you suspended in air all the while! See the BhaleshworMahadev Temple, have your lunch at the viewtower restaurant, take awesome selfies with the mountains arrayed behind you.
Take the cable-car back to Thankot station and drive straight to Nagarkot, which should take around 90 minutes. Transfer to Hotel Country Villa on arrival. Spend the evening at leisure at this hillstation and see amazing mountain views of the Himalayan range.
Nagarkot is a popular hillstation in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley, at 2200 meters altitude, which is popular for having Nepal’s best sunrise view and Himalayan panorama. It is a good place to lay back in a couch and enjoy the scenes with a coffee at hand!Nagarkot is also a popular hiking destination, with hikes lasting 1 hours to well over 2 days. Or you can hire bikes from your hotel and explore. Or you can simply sit in the balcony and enjoy the scenes Nagarkot has to offer. Hotel Country Villa boasts some of the most magnificent scenes at Nagarkot.
Overnight stay in Nagarkot
Day 03Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel & Panauti
Enjoy the sunrise and mountain viewing at Nagarkot, and then you’ll have your breakfast. Spend the morning at leisure. You’ll check-out from Nagarkot, and visit the nearby Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares in Kathmandu valley. Listed as an UNESCO world heritage site, the durbar square was the capital for the medieval kingdom of Bhadgaon, or Bhaktapur. The area was once considered the most preserved of the three durbar squares, but sadly the April 2015 earthquake had some severe impacts on the old buildings. Now you can see retrofitting and reconstruction works going on in the area. But still most temples, monuments and chowks are fit to be visited. Visit the popular Nyatapola and Bhairanath Temples, and also the famous Potters’ Square where you can see the local artisans using traditional methods to make pottery.
Drive on to Dhulikhel and check-in to your hotel.
Dhulikhel is a popular hillstation beyond Nagarkot, which is popular for the scattering of typical Newari villages in the area, and for the excellent 180 degree’s panorama of the Himalaya showcasing peaks like LangtangLirung, Gauri Shankar and Melungtse, and even Mt. Everest to the far east. Dhulikhel is a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. The nearby village has a multitude of temples and monuments and local markets, perfect for sightseeing. The thousand steps leading to the Kali Temple also shouldn’t be missed!
Drive to the ancient town of Panauti in the afternoon. The drive should take around 45 minutes.
Panauti is an ancient town situated at the sacred confluence of Roshi and Pungamati Rivers, and also has an invisible river according to myths and legends. Once a major trading center with its own royal palace, Panauti has fallen from grace but is still captivating and beautiful. Panauti’s location makes it virtually immune to earthquakes, and has some fabulously ancient buildings which have withstood all nature had to offer, including the IndreshworMahadev Temple which traces its origin back to 1294 AD. Bhramayani Temple and Krishna Narayan Temple are some other key attractions.
Drive back to Dhulikhel in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Dhulikhel.
Day 04Drive to Bandipur
Enjoy the sunrise and morning views of the Himalaya from the resort. Have your breakfast and check-out. You’ll be leaving Dhulikhel, and then Kathmandu, behind and drive to Bandipur, around 4-5 hours’ drive. Transfer to a local hotel / resort on arrival.
Bandipur is a scenic and pristine Newari town atop the ridge of Dumre, on the way to Pokhara. Once a part of the ancient Magar Kingdom of Tanahun, Bandipur was later populated by Newar traders, and hence the prominence of Newari culture. It is a living museum of ancient Nepalese culture and traditions, beautifully preserved and full of Newari architecture. Explore the local streets and bazaars, see the farmers and traders going about their businesses, interact with the locals and spend your afternoon visiting the local cafeterias, bakeries and coffee-shops. Also visit local sights like the Silk farm, Siddha cave, Thani Mai Temple, Bindabasini Temple and Tundikhel.
Overnight stay in Bandipur.
Day 05Drive to Pokhara
Spend the morning a leisure. Hike uphill to see amazing morning views of the hills and the mountains to the north. Then have your breakfast and check-out from the resort. Drive on to Pokhara, should take around 3 hours’ drive. Direct transfer to Dahlia Boutique Hotel on arrival. Fewa Lake is nearby, at 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Go boating and visit Tal Barahi Temple. If the weather’s clear, you’ll also see Mt. Fishtail, Annapurnas, and Mt. Dhaulagiri towering in the north.
Fewa Lake, and Tal Barahi Temple at the heart of the lake, is the key attraction of Pokhara valley. The lake is the 2nd largest in Nepal. The point offers excellent views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurnas on a clear day, with the mountains reflected in the water surface.
Spend the evening at leisure. Strolling around the lakeside area is recommended. Try out Pokhara’s street food, shop for souvenirs, or go to one of the many chic restaurants in lakeside Pokhara.
Overnight stay in Lakeside area, Pokhara
Have your breakfast at the hotel, and set out for a sightseeing of the valley. Visit the places listed below.
World Peace Pagoda is a popular vantage point overlooking Fewa Lake. The whitewashed stupa is the main attraction, and one can also see an amazing view of the mountains and hills to the north and the valley just below. Visit the pagoda in the morning, the drive should take around 45 minutes’. Also be prepared for around 15 minutes’ hike.
Devi’s Fall, or PataleChhango, is the point where the PardiKhola vanishes underground. The sound of water plunging over the falls is deafening. The waterfall is one of the prime attractions in Pokhara, and thousands of selfies are taken there every year.
GupteshworMahadev Cave, across the road from Devi’s Fall, hosts a huge stalagmite worshipped as a Shiva lingam. A tunnel behind the shrine takes you to a scenic cavern adjacent to the thundering Devi’s Fall.
Then get on your 4WD and drive to the Himalayan village of Dhampus, a 2 hours’ off-road drive. Enjoy the scenic views and the village atmosphere at Dhampus. Try out the local ginger tea! Also hike to the nearby Australian Camp.
Dhampus is a small beautiful village in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), and is inhabited by the friendly Gurung people. Dhampus is a major entry point for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and other trekking trails in the region. See the mustard fields of Dhampus and bask in the presence of the looming giant Mt. Fishtail.
Drive on to Sarangkot, should take around a 90 minutes’ drive. Transfer to Himalayan Front Hotel on arrival.
Sarangkot is the opposite hill from Dhampus, but is the more popular neighbor, mainly due to the presence of a pitched road all the way to the top. Sarangkot is popular for its sunrise views, alongside the valley and the mountains.
Overnight stay in Sarangkot.
Day 07Sarangkot and back to Pokhara
Wake up early and witness the world’s most magnificent views, of the Himalayan range, the valley below and the sunrise. Have your breakfast and spend the morning at Sarangkot. Paragliding starts at around 10 AM, so if interested, you can opt for this.
Day 7: Sarangkot and back to Pokhar
Drive back to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel. Spend the day at leisure,
or opt for extra activities listed below:
1.Begnas Lake visit
2.Cycling around the valley
3.Helicopter trip to Annapurna Base camp (3 hours)
4.Ultralight flight between the mountains (2.5 hours)
Overnight stay in Lakeside Pokhara.
Day 08Drive to Chitwan
Have your breakfast early and drive to Chitwan National Park. The drive should take around 5-6 hours.
An UNESCO world heritage site, Chitwan National Park is one of Asia’s best and most popular wildlife viewing areas. Famed for its population of the extremely rare One-Horned Rhinos and the even rare Royal Bengal Tigers, Chitwan hosts an unbelievably diverse flora and fauna. The most iconic of Chitwan’s species is the Asiatic Elephants who roam these jungles at leisure. Chitwan National Park also hosts hal-a-dozen buffer zones, which are living museums of perfectly preserved Tharu culture, customs and traditions. At Chitwan, one has to see a Tharu cultural performance. Tourists can also enjoy elephant riding, jeep-safari, canoeing, bird-watching and visits to Gharial & Elephant breeding centers.
Transfer to your hotel at Chitwan. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Attend a Tharu cultural performance in the evening.
Overnight stay in Chitwan
Day 09Jungle Activities
Hike to the nearby Rapti River in the morning and get on your canoes. Your expert jungle guide will navigate you alongside the river bank, giving you ample opportunities to see some amazing species of migratory birds and the popular Gharial Crocodiles basking in the morning sun.
Then meet your elephants, befriend them, and get on top for your jungle safari. Feel mighty atop the world’s mightiest animal. You’ll be seeing lots of rhinos, stags and maybe even the Royal Bengal tigers.
Next will be a jeep drive which will take you deep into the jungle, where the chances of seeing the tigers and other rare species are higher. On the specially modified local vehicles, experience the adrenaline! Also drive around the popular BisHajari (Two Thousand) Lakes, and see the majority of Chitwan’s bird species.
Next will be an ox-cart ride. Get on your carts pulled by live oxen and visit the nearby Tharu village. Also visit the Tharu Ethnic Museum and interact with the locals.
Ox-cart back to the resort.
Overnight stay in Chitwan
Day 10Drive back to Kathmandu
Today you will leave Chitwan and drive to Kathmandu, should take around 6-7 hours’. Direct transfer to hotel on arrival.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 11Airport transfer & departure
Our representatives will transfer you to the airport for the flight back home.
- Daily meals as mentioned above
- 10 nights’ accommodation at Star hotels, on double / twin and triple sharing basis
- Private transport for the entire trip, with driver, fuel and toll charges
- Complementary mineral water supply
- All government taxes, VAT and parking toll charges included
- A professional tour guide (Day 1 – Day 9)
- All sightseeing passes & permits, including cable car passes and boating tickets
What's not included
- Extra meals
- Tipping and portage charges
- Any beverage related expenses
- Medical and insurance-related expenses
- Nepal Visa fees
- International airfare
- Anything else not mentioned under ‘PACKAGE INCLUDES’