8 Days Nepal Holiday Tour (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chitwan)

Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Pokhara / Chitwan / Kathmandu

Overview

Nepal Holiday Tour will give you an opportunity to explore three different regions of the country, varying from the cultural hub teemed with fascinating ancient building like Kathmandu, the vast, fertile forest like Chitwan National Park in Terai region, and the breathtaking scenery of Annapurna Range like Pokhara. This remarkable holiday tour will make you realize that Nepal has much to offer: the beautiful Himalayan views, the diverse culture and tradition, historical architectures, smiling people and many myths and mysteries that are the part of the daily life of the people of Nepal.

8 days / 7 nights
Private tour
Departure: Flexible
Theme: Culture, Photography, Mountain, Architecture, Family
Suitable:

Highlights

  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley – Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple, Budhanath, etc;
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and peaceful lake landscape in Pokhara;
  • Meet many kinds of rare wild animals and take part in many interesting outdoor activities in Chitwan National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival ( D )

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rich in culture and religion. After arriving at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our enthusiastic guide with a very smiling face, then be transferred to check in your hotel in downtown by a air-conditioned private vehicle. The rest of today is your free time to take rest or walk around.

In the evening, you will be treated a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy authentic Nepalese food.

Traditional Nepalese Restaurant

Day 2 Kathmandu - Nagarkot / 30km, About 1.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today’s activities start with a wonderful stroll around the grand Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. With the complex made between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal, it provides many interesting things to see, like Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab (God of Destruction), Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagnnath Temple etc. Then you will visit the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine – Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley.

After that, move to see the giant Buddhist stupa – Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley at about 131ft (40km) high and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha. Leaving Boudhanath, you will drive about 34 km northeastward to Nagarkot. With an altitude of 2,715 meters, this place is an ideal place to enjoy the grandiose views of Mount Everest and some other high peaks over 7500m on the Himalaya Range. It time is right, you will catch up with the breathtaking sunset.

Stay overnight at Nagarkot.

Optional Activity: you can choose to take a Everest Mountain Flight in the early morning. From the airplane, fantastic Himalayan peaks, lakes and glaciers can be witnessed.

Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot

Day 3 Nagarkot - Pokhara / 230km, About 7hrs' Driving ( B )

Get up early in the morning to catch the precious moment to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Mt. Everest from Nagarkot, then get back to your hotel to have breakfast.

After having the fantastic time in Nagarkot, you’ll be transferred to another sister city of Kathmandu and Patan – Bhaktapur which is one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one with an altitude of 1,401 meter. With three different styles square – Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square and Dattatreya Square, it is the best place to explore traditional Nepalese architecture and local life and custom, also the best place to witness the great achievements of arts and crafts created by the famous Nepal’s Malla Dynasty (1201–1769). Bhaktapur is also famous as the Town of the Devotees. There are many devout Hindus and Buddhists living in the city.

In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Enjoy Himalaya Mountains

Day 4 Pokhara ( B )

Today, you will begin the full-day sightseeing of Bokhara. In the early morning, you will drive to the Sarangkot to watch breathtaking sunrise. When the sun picks out the peaks, they are transformed from a purple-pink to a celestial gold. As the day breaks thoroughly, you can admire a wonderful panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks from west to east. The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is praised as a religious experience. After the spectacular sightseeing from Sarangkot, you will drive to Peace Temple to see the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda. The road to the pagoda is not in very good condition, but scenery is stunning. World Peace Pagoda was constructed by the Buddhists from Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization, symbolizing the peace of the world. While seeing the enchanting natural sights around, you will also get a feeling of inner peace as well.

After lunch, you will visit Devil’s Fall, locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). It is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara Airport on the highway to Tanmen. Then, pay a visite the nearby Gupteswar Gupha, which is a sacred cave. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. Afterwards, you will have a relaxed journey in Phewa Lake which is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is available to take to the lake with one of the beautifully painted boats or walk/cycle around the lakeshore. The most important religious monument in Pokhara, Barahi Temple, is built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. The two storied pagoda is dedicated to boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.

Picturesque View of Phewa Lake

Day 5 Pokhara - Chitwan / 150km, About 5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today after breakfast, you will drive about 5 hours to Chitwan which is famous for Chitwan National Park. During lunch, your tour guide will have a briefing about Chitwan National Park. Before arriving at Chitwan, you will go to enjoy the Sunset view from Rapti River Beach.

Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination for tourists who want to experience Nepal’s wildlife. It was declared a National Park in 1973. In 1984, UNESCO designated Royal Chitwan National Park a Natural World Herita ge Site. The Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gangetic dolphin and wild bison. There are estimated to be 470 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 150 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park! A recent study also points out that over a third of Nepal’s tigers are in Chitwan.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Asian Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park

Day 6 Chitwan National Park ( B )

Today after breakfast, you’ll have a full day at Chitwan National Park, which has been declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

You will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. You’re almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat. The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles.

You can do a number of activities here – an elephant safaria nature walkbird watchinga jungle drive or a canoe trip. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant! Don’t forget take a video of your elephant-bath which will be one of the fondest memories of the lifetime.

Overnight in Chitwan.

9 Days Kathmandu Valley with Chitwan & Pokhara Tour

Riding elephants in Chitwa National Park

Day 7 Chitwan - Kathmandu / 150km, About 5.5hrs' Driving ( B )

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu.

Take a hearty lunch in Kathmandu, then transfer to visit Kathmandu’s sisiter city – Patan. As a historical city, Patan offer amazing cultural experience. The best highlight is the grandiose Patan Durbar Square which is full of ornate monasteries, temples, statues, places, carvings, etc. Also don’t miss the ornate Golden Temple and Patan Museum.

Patan Durbar Square

Day 8 Kathmandu Departure ( B )

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm

Important Notes:

  • Recommended groups: suitable for all kinds of groups like youth, students, seniors, couple. It is especially designed for those visitors who want a combination of cultural, natural, and jungle/wildlife exposure during their trip.
  • Conditions: Your activities are mainly arranged in Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan and Pokhara. The altitude in these places are less than 1,400 m, and the road condition is quite good during the transfer. A little walking or climbing is involved in Nagarkot as you will watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. While be careful when you take part in actiivities in Chitwan such as elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip.
  • Nepal Visa Nepal visa is required for all foreign nationals (except Indian nationals), who wants to enter Nepal and spend a holiday there. Once the visa was issued, it must be used within six months from the date of issue. For foreign travelers who want a holiday in Nepal, there are three kinds of Nepal Visa to apply according to different tour durations and purpose, including Single-entry Visa, Multi-entry Visa and Transit Visa. Nepal Visa on Arrival is possible for UK, EEC, Australia, Canada and USA passport holders, and can be issued at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend in February, March, April, May, September, October and November. Winter can be a little bit cold. While June July & Augest are the monsoon season and the weather is hot and wet at times.
  • How to Get to Kathmandu
    Travelers can take inbound international flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming in China, Thailand, India, Qatar, Turkey, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates directly. Overland travel from Tibet, India or Bhutan is also available.

Price & Inclusion

Meals

Meals are included in itinerary

Transportation

Airplane, Car

Price Includes

  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as “B,L,D”.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 02 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 02 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 02 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate