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10 Days Best of Nepal Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu, Kathmandu District, Province No. 3, Nepal

Sublime Sightseeing Tour in Nepal

This is a sublime excursion into the soul of Nepal where you experience colorful cultures and diverse landscapes. It’s engrossing to mix up with local villagers and crafts workers who tell you their stories, and stroll across tranquil temples and revered Buddhist sites; hiking the cobbled stone streets of little mountain towns with a foray into Nepal’s teeming jungles is a heady wonderful outing to relish. This tour is designed to give you the best of Nepal’s exclusive diversities intended to give you a vacation to remember for some time to come.

Key information

  • With a guide
  • Type of transportation: Airplane, cable car, bus, jeep, and boat
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Highlights

  • Chitwan National Park jungle excursion
  • Boating at the famous Phewa Lake of Pokhara
  • Kathmandu, Chitwan, Bandipur, Pokhara, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel tour
  • Sightseeing of the world’s highest and biggest Buddhist stupa and Hindu temples
  • Service of an English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation and transfers
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals

8 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions provides you quality accommodations with international standard. Each accommodation is tastefully decorated with a touch of Nepalese ethnicity.

All rooms have a bathroom with hot shower, TV, telephone, room service, laundry, and valet service. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. Single rooms can also be organized with extra cost.

You will stay for three nights at deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at three-star category hotels. In Pokhara, you will stay for one night at a deluxe three-star standard hotel. You will also be accommodated for one night at a typical Nepali lodge accommodation in Bandipur.

Jungle Safari Lodge resort will be your accommodation for two nights in Chitwan. In Nagarkot, a one-night stay at the best mountain view lodge will be provided. You will also stay for one night at a mountain view resort in Dhulikhel.

Program

This is a gallivanting colorful tour of Nepal that starts from Kathmandu with a thrilling cultural tour as you get engrossed with the sights, different wavelengths of sounds, and the heady colors of this ancient valley before you head down to the lake city of Pokhara and enjoy sailing on the serene Phewa Tal lake as well as spend some time at the Peace Pagoda (such a need in these warring times).

You will visit quiet Bandipur, a traditional sleepy little town and enjoy the culture of the local Newari folks and strike up an interesting chat with them after which you cruise down for a rendezvous with the docile creatures of Chitwan National Park and discover the colors and characters of beautiful Nepal’s contrasting landscapes.

There are more hidden gems on this tour - you will visit the Manakamana temple (temple of wishes, you can make yours by giving it a try) of Nepal, which starts with a thrilling cable car ride to this historical temple and finally visit the lovely hideaway honeymoon resort of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel hill before returning back to Kathmandu for a great heritage tour that sets your thoughts on overdrive.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu - transfer to a hotel (welcome dinner)

A representative and driver from Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions office will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel and help you check into your designated hotel. They will arrange a meeting with you at the hotel to brief you about your daily activities, etc.

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Full day city tour in Kathmandu

Have an early morning drive to a domestic airport for a mountain flight (optional). This one-hour flight is the best thing ever happened towards exposing Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world to a large number of visitors with limited time.

Along with the spectacular view of the Everest, the passengers can also view a host of other giants of the Himalayas such as Shishapangma, Melungtse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam among others. This experience is enough to last a lifetime.

Your first destination is Swayambhunath. This place offers a majestic view of the entire Kathmandu Valley. The stupa of Swayambhunath epitomizes Buddhism. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After this, you will visit the Living Goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Locally, this old royal palace area is called Basantapur area or Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square.

Your next sightseeing will be at Boudhanath, the biggest and largest Buddhist stupa in the world. In this area, you will visit a Buddhist monastery and stop for a lunch break. If the weather is clear, you can see the nearest mountain of Kathmandu, Ganesh Himal from top of the restaurant. After lunch, you will visit Hindu temple Pashupatinath and tour for today is over here. You will have free time to relax or explore yourself.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Chitwan National Park - transfer to a resort

Drive to Kurintar for about three hours and take about half an hour cable ride to Manakamana temple (wish-fulfilling goddess in Nepal) and then drive to Chitwan National Park by a local bus. From the specific place, your resort / lodge jeep will pick you and transfer you to the lodge / resort. After light lunch, you will take a village tour of Chitwan or any other program set by the resort / lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Chitwan National Park (full-day excursion)

After delicious breakfast, your jungle activities will starts. In the morning, guests will be taken for a jungle safari for two to three hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18 - 20 feet. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals.

After lunch, take a canoe ride in Rapti River. This is the more thrilling activities to explore Chitwan National Park and to view different aquatic animals and wildlife. The canoe is a dugout boat made traditionally with a single wooden log by local inhabitants that can be done in the morning and afternoon.

Visitors can enjoy sights of marsh mugger and gharial crocodiles basking on the banks of the Rapti River. In the evening you will be taken to a cultural show center for an ethnic cultural dance of Terai region. Overnight at the best resort.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Drive to Bandipur

After breakfast, you will drive to Bandipur, a typical Nepali village situated midway on the Prithvi Highway between the capital city Kathmandu and the adventure city Pokhara. This takes about three hours on drive.

Bandipur Bazaar is situated on a ridge above the highway town of Dumre and presents sightseeing with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves, and unspoiled landscapes.

Located at an altitude of 1,030 meters, it has been described as a natural view tower, providing a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu (above 8,000 meters) and Langtang to the Marsyangdi valley which is below 500 meters.

Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at thousands of years old Newar cultural life that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu Valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Drive to Pokhara city and a half-day tour around Pokhara

After breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara, a city with lakes, caves, mountains, and many more. It is about a two-hour drive through rivers, villages, and paddy fields. After hotel check-in in the afternoon, take boating at the famous Phewa or Fewa Lake of Pokhara.

During boating, visit Barahi Temple which is built at Bowen lake. If the weather is clear, you can see the breathtaking view of Fishtail (Machapuchere in Nepali name), Annapurna South, and others. Join a cultural dinner around Lake Side area.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: City tour of Pokhara - fly to Kathmandu - drive to Nagarkot

Have an early morning drive to Sarankot hill (1,500 meters) for real sunrise views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and other panoramic mountains. Drive to a hotel for breakfast and tour of Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, and Seti River Gorge. You will also visit Bindhyabasini temple and Tibetan Refugee Camp. You will further visit Davi's Falls and Gupteswor Cave. This is about four-to-five-hour tour which includes most of all places that attract all tourists in Pokhara.

After lunch, you will take a short drive to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. After arrival in Kathmandu, the vehicle will drive you to Nagarkot. On your way to Nagarkot, breathtaking panoramic Himalayan views of Mount Everest, Manaslu, and Gaurishankar will have you completely smitten. Nagarkot accommodates the finest of resorts, hotels, restaurants, and cafes. You will spend your night at one of the best resort or hotel in Nagarkot.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Drive to Bhaktapur - Patan city - drive to Dhulikhel

View sunrise in the early morning. After breakfast, drive for sightseeing of Bhaktapur city, Kathmandu Valley's most medieval city also known as Bhadgaon, is situated about 10 miles east of Kathmandu and was one of the three kingdoms of the Mallas. Here one will visit the Lion's Gate, the picture gallery, the Golden Gate, and the palace, which shows off the Newari craftsmanship of carved wooden windows and latticework.

You will also visit Patan city and its temple and surrounding areas. After this tour, you will drive to Dhulikhel. This scenic and ancient town is situated 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu on the Araniko Highway. From here, one can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges of the Himalayas.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Drive to Namo Buddha - back to Kathmandu

Today you will visit the small village of Namo Buddha which houses very old Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs.

After Namo Buddha, you will drive back to Thamel, Kathmandu and visit the local market for shopping. In the evening, join the farewell dinner at the best Nepali restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10: Departure

The morning is free for last-minute shopping. Your driver and airport representative will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions will ensure that you leave Kathmandu with memories to cherish and an experience of a lifetime.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Location

This tour will take place in Nepal. You will visit Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Chitwan, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel.

Nepal is an enchanting kingdom, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India. For a small territory, the country boasts an uncommonly diverse terrain, including eight of the world's top 10 highest mountains.

Seven of the world’s highest peaks are situated within Nepal. All of the peaks reach over 20,000 feet. You may not actually be on top of the world, but it will sure feel like you are. The Annapurna region compiles the wettest, driest, and windiest places in Nepal.

Nepal is the only country in the world where the elevation will change from 60 meters to over 8,000 meters above sea level. It’s quite the experience. The various lakes of Nepal are known not only for their outstanding beauty but also for their spiritual importance. There are over 200 lakes in Nepal with the glacier origin.

Over 35 different ethnic groups call Nepal home. This means there are multiple religions, languages, musical influence, and foods. Nepal is a wonderful place to immerse yourself into different cultures and leave your comfort zone. And Nepal is the only place in the world where people worship the Living Goddess.

The Kathmandu Valley is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is composed of seven different “Monument Zones”. These zones include urban centers with palaces, temples, and the oldest known Buddhist monument thought to be built in the third century B.C.

Nepal is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which further adds to the cultural charm. Make sure to check out the various temples, monasteries, inns, and more to experience Old World culture.

Food

During the tour, you will have nine breakfasts, three lunches, and seven dinners. Hygienic and healthy breakfasts will be provided during the whole tour. Dal bhat is the national dish of Nepal. The basic ingredients of this are rice and lentil soup.

Since Nepal is a country popular with Western travelers, climbers, and trekkers, it has many restaurants catering to Western taste buds. Traditional Nepalese food to momos and curries will be available in the bustling capital Kathmandu to lakeside eateries in Pokhara.

Although Nepalese dishes do result from heavy South Asian influences like China and India, the food is usually healthier with more lean meats and veggies. Other common ingredients include lentils, tomatoes, cumin, potatoes, yogurt, and garlic.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A mountain flight
  • Joining a cultural dinner around Lake Side area
  • Shopping

What's included

  • City and village tours
  • Sightseeing activities
  • Chitwan National Park safari
  • Visits to temples and other sites during the tour
  • Ethnic cultural dance performance
  • Comfortable private transportation for the whole tour
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu flight with taxes
  • Service of English-speaking expert local guide
  • City map
  • Company t-shirt
  • Airport transfers by private vehicle
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Enough quality drinking water during the whole tour
  • Entrance fees during the tour and taxes
  • Guides and drivers' pay, meals, and accommodations

What's not included

  • International airfare and visa fee
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and others
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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