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KATHMANDU & POKARA – 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS - $1889 per person double occ.

Price includes:
  • Roundtrip air on Singapore Airlines from LAX or SFO, midweek, coach
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu at Hotel Grand, with breakfast.
  • Tour of Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple
  • Tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square
  • Tour of Swayambhunath Stupa, drive to Pokhara
  • 2 nights in Pokhara at the Pokhara Grande Hotel with breakfast
  • Sunrise over Annapurna mountains
  • Half day tour of Pokhara including Devis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and boat ride on Phewa Lake.
  • Drive to Kathmandu, tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation with A/C.
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change)

Single Occupancy $2149

$75 extra weekend surcharge

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

This morning, arrive Kathmandu, the beautiful capital city of Kingdom of Nepal. Upon clearing airport formalities, transfer to your hotel, take some rest and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Boudhanath Stupa, meaning the ‘Lord of Wisdom’. This Tibetan Buddhist monument is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world.

Also visit Pashupatinath Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, on the banks of Bagmati River. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed inside, from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.

Day 02: Discover Kathmandu Valley

Today drive south east of Kathmandu towards Bhaktapur (approx 1 Hr drive from Kathmandu)

Bhaktapur was the former capital of the valley, and was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. Today, Bhaktapur is like an open air museum with large areas open to pedestrian access - it is a store house of mediaeval art and architecture. Interesting places to explore include the renowned Durbar square, Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows, Potters square which houses the elephant headed Lord Ganesha temple who is believed to be the patron of potters in Nepal. Bhaktapur houses a variety of Hindu and Buddhist temples including Nepal’s largest Shiva Linga. You may also see artisans engaged in Bhaktapur’s traditional crafts of pottery and weaving.

On your way back to Kathmandu, visit the Patan Durbar Square. Patan is known for its museum, temples and superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara [210 Kms / 6 Hrs]

After an early breakfast, visit Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the world’s oldest Buddhist chaityas, acclaimed to be more than 2500 years old. Situated on a hillock, 3 kms west of Kathmandu this is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.

Later in the morning, embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara.

Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear Himalayan water, Pokhara is a serene hill town in the foothills of Himalayas. Pokhara offers fascinating view of Annapurna range including the fish tail peak of Machapuchare. The locals, called Pokhralis, will greet you with warm smiles and unforgettable hospitality. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 04: Day in Pokhara

Rise early this morning, for a short drive to Sarangkot, to view a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurna ranges. Later, drive back to Pokhara.

Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful town of Pokhara, visiting the Devis Fall and the nearby Gupteshwor Cave popular for the natural artwork forms made of limestone deposits. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride in Phewa Lake, the second largest lake of Nepal, offering splendid views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.

Day 05: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu [210 Kms / 6 Hrs]

After breakfast, embark on your return drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu check in at your hotel, relax and freshen up.

Later this afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic seat of Nepalese royalty built between the 12 - 18 centuries. The Durbar square is famous for its exquisite architecture, museums, temples and artistic embellishments. You also get an opportunity to buy some interesting souvenirs here.

Day 06: Depart Kathmandu

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.

NEPAL – CULTURE & WILDLIFE – 7 Days for $1989 per person, double occ.

Kathmandu & Chitwan National Park

Pice includes:

  • Roundtrip air on Singapore Airlines from LAX or SFO, midweek, coach.
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu at the Hotel Grand with breakfast./li>
  • Tour of Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
  • Tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square.
  • Drive to Chitwan National Park.
  • 2 nights in Chitwan at Jungle Villa Resort with full board.
  • Afternoon elephant-back safari.
  • Nature walks, elephant bathing program, Rapti river safari, and Campfire dinner with Tharu Dance show.
  • Drive to Kathmandu (flights from Chitwan to Kathmandu available upon request).
  • Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation with A/C.
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change)

Single occupancy: $2249

Validity: Oct 1- Dec 10, 2017; Jan 10-May 31, 2018; Aug 10-Dec 10, 2018

$75 extra weekend surcharge

Hotel upgrades available upon request.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

This morning, arrive Kathmandu, the beautiful capital city of Kingdom of Nepal. Upon clearing airport formalities, transfer to your hotel, take some rest and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Boudhanath Stupa, meaning the ‘Lord of Wisdom’. This Tibetan Buddhist monument is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world.

Also visit Pashupatinath Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, on the banks of Bagmati River. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed inside, from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.

Day 2: Day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, visit Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the world’s oldest Buddhist chaityas, acclaimed to be more than 2500 years old. Situated on a hillock, 3 kms west of Kathmandu this is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.

Later this morning, drive to Bhaktapur (approx 1 Hr drive from Kathmandu), which was the former capital of the valley, and was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. Today, Bhaktapur is like an open air museum with large areas open to pedestrian access - it is a store house of mediaeval art and architecture. Interesting places to explore include the renowned Durbar square, Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows, Potters square which houses the elephant headed Lord Ganesha temple who is believed to be the patron of potters in Nepal. Bhaktapur houses a variety of Hindu and Buddhist temples including Nepal’s largest Shiva Linga. You may also see artisans engaged in Bhaktapur’s traditional crafts of pottery and weaving.

On your way back to Kathmandu, visit the Patan Durbar Square. Patan is known for its museum, temples and superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (185 Kms / 5 Hrs)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Chitwan National Park, in the foothills of Himalayas.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, enjoy an Elephant Back Safari to explore the jungle and its wildlife. Popular wildlife at Chitwan National Park includes the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkey, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, and leopard and tigers. Perched high on the back of your elephant, you'll be safely out of reach of anything lurking in the tall grass. Each elephant seats 4 people.

Day 4: Day in Chitwan National Park

Enjoy an early morning Nature Walk identifying birds, plants and other wildlife in the open grasslands, and jungles of Sal forests. Chitwan is most beautiful at dawn with the sun rising above the jungles and the glistening river.

After breakfast, join an Elephant Briefing Program, where you get an opportunity to visit elephant stables and learn more about these gigantic animals. For the more adventurous, you may also try your hand at giving these mammals a good scrub and wash!

After lunch, a traditional Dug-Out Wooden Canoe Cruise takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and crocodiles of the banks of the river. (not available from 15 March – 30 September)

his evening, enjoy Dinner around Camp Fire with the indigenous Tharu Stick Dance Show, whereby farmers from nearby villages showcase their traditional skills and dances.

Day 5: Drive Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu (185 Kms / 5 Hrs)

This morning, embark on your return drive to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, check in at your hotel.

Day 6: Day in Kathmandu

Spend the morning at leisure in Kathmandu.

Later visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic seat of Nepalese royalty built between the 12 - 18 centuries. The Durbar square is famous for its exquisite architecture, museums, temples and artistic embellishments. You also get an opportunity to buy some interesting souvenirs here.

Day 7: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.

NEPAL & TIBET - 6 nights

ITINERARY IN NEPAL AND TIBET

NEPAL & TIBET

3 nights in Kathmandu, 3 nights in Lhasa
Day Activities Note Accommodation
1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 1300 m HOTEL HIMALAYA
2 Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city   HOTEL HIMALAYA
3 Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free or at leisure 3658 m HOTEL KYICHU/YAK
4 In Lhasa. Full day sightseeing tour of Potala, Jokhang and Barkhor   HOTEL KYICHU/YAK
5 In Lhasa. Full day sightseeing tour of Sera and Drepung   HOTEL KYICHU/YAK
6 Fly back to Kathmandu. PM: half day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city   HOTEL HIMALAYA
7 Depart Kathmandu  

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu International airport. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [-/-/-]

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Morning pick up for your full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan city.

Kathmandu City: Visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu. It is supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree. See Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooking by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of Nepalese Royalty.

Swayambhunath: Located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles from the city, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Patan: It is 5 km / 3 miles away from Kathmandu city. Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and Mahaboudha Temple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be included while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [B/-/-]

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. Meet and assist at the airport by our representative. Check in to the hotel and adjust to the high altitude for most of day.

Lhasa: Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Potala Palace, Barkhor Market, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple are an awesome experience.

Overnight at Hotel Kyichu or similar [B/-/-]

Day 4: In Lhasa. Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

Potala Palace: Potala Palace has been the focus of travelers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportions. This symbol of Tibet, an architectural gem built in the colossal monastic style of Central Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa, the fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300m above the valley atop Marpo Ri hill. The thousand rooms in Potala date from 1645 when the fifth Dalai Lama began erecting a palace that would serve as a sacred and administrative center. It served many succeeding Dalai Lamas and as one of Tibet’s most impressive and enduring monument, the Chinese Army of Red Guards protected it during the Cultural Revolution. As a result many of its chapels and treasures are intact, virtually unchanged since the 17th century.

Jokhang Temple: The oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet dates back to 639 to 647. Construction was initiated by King Songtsen Gampo to house a Buddha image Akshobhya brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift from his Chinese wife Won Cheng in 641 A.D to King Songtsen Gampo. The statue of Akshobhya was switched to Romoche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come to worship here and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of' the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivalled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.

Barkhor Market: The word Barkhor refers to the middle of the three concentric holy circuits around the Jokhang. The Barkhor Circuit runs through the heart of the old city where life has changed little down the centuries. It gives you a curious sensation of having slipped through time into a medieval carnival. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of deep religiosity and market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial district being the center of Tibetan capital's trade for centuries.

Overnight at Hotel Kyichu or similar [B/-/-]

Day 5: In Lhasa. Sightseeing in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery: About 8km to the west of central Lhasa is Drepung, one of the world’s largest monasteries, built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tshong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “heaps of rice. The fertility of its fields supported a monastic community that before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts.

Sera Monastery: 5km North of Lhasa, in one of the prettiest settings in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect it is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.

Overnight at Hotel Kyichu or similar [B/-/-]

Day 6: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu. PM: Sightseeing tour:

After breakfast, drive to airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. PM: Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city.

Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is the third major city in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit its Durbar Square, which, although larger than Katmandu’s has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. Also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which at 98ff. height, is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. A major German funded project brought pavements and sewers, but Bhaktapur is still the most distinctly medieval of the three cities. The main occupations are weaving, pottery and fanning, and the houses are traditionally of brick with intricate wood carving for decoration.

Evening: Farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance show.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [B/-/D]

Day 7: Departure from Kathmandu [B]
Transfer to International airport to connect onward journey.

Note: You can extend your Nepal stay by adding more sightseeing, a trip to Chitwan National Park for animal viewing, trekking in the Himalayas.

[B = Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner]

End of the Journey

City Hotel Number of nights
Nepal
Kathmandu HIMALAYA 3 Nights
Tibet
Lhasa KYICHU 3 Nights

AIRFARE TO TIBET - Extra Cost [Subject to change, if revised]:
Economy class/Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu: US$ $460 to $715 per person [Subject to availability]
Chinese Visa Fees: $175 per person for US nationals and
$85 per person for other nationals

The above cost includes:

Nepal Portion:

  • Meet at the airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Himalaya - Kathmandu in a twin sharing room, with breakfast.
  • One full day and one half day sightseeing of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath, Patan and Bhaktapur city with local English speaking guide by private vehicle.
  • 1 farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural program.
  • All the entrance and monument fees as indicated in the program.

Tibet Portion:

  • Meet at the airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Kyichu or similar – Lhasa, in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan.

· Local English speaking Tibetan Guide.

· Transportation as per the itinerary by vehicle.

· Monastery entrance fee.

· Tibet Travel permits.

· Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.

· Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.

· Trip briefing by Tibet expert.

· Trip Information pack.

· Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungta).

Please Note: Offer Prayer flag or Lungta (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.

The above cost does not include:

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Chinese Visa Fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal and Tibet [except 1 farewell dinner in Nepal]
  • Refreshments, bottled drinks.
  • Tipping.
  • Insurance and rescue of any form.
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control, including China closing Tibet to visitors.
  • Expenses of a personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
  • Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.

Tibet Visa Rule when entering from Nepal to Tibet

China visas issued in the passport by other Chinese embassies are not valid for entry to Tibet from Nepal. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu must issue the Chinese visa for Tibet, which will be in a piece of paper, commonly known as a Group visa. The group visa can be issued for one person onwards and will be valid for the duration of the tour only. The rule of having a minimum of 5 persons in a group to visit Tibet is NOT applicable anymore.

The process of issuing China visa for Tibet entry is: Our local contact in Lhasa processes the permits of the individual/groups and sends it to us in Kathmandu and we take this to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu along with the group’s passports, group visa application and visa fees in US Dollars cash (not traveler’s cheques) from 9.30 am to 11 am.

The visas are processed the same day and we collect them next day in the evening between 5.30 pm-6.30 pm. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open for visa application on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. If visa fees increase during the time of application, the extra cost will have to be paid by the clients.

NEPAL – Kathmandu, Chitwan & Lumbini – 8 Days - $2249 per person, double occ.

Includes:

  • Roundtrip air from LAX or SFO on Singapore Airlines, midweek, coach class.
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu at the Hotel Grand with breakfast.
  • Tour of Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple
  • Tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square
  • Drive to Chitwan National Park
  • 2 nights in Chitwan at Jungle Villa Resort with full board
  • Afternoon elephant-back safari
  • Nature walks, elephant bathing program, Rapti river safari, and Campfire dinner with Tharu Dance show.
  • Drive to Lumbini
  • 2 nights in Lumbini at the Buddha Maya Garden Hotel with breakfast
  • Tour of Lumbini including the Ashoka pillar and the temple of Maya Devi.
  • Flight to Kathmandu
  • Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation with A/C.
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change)

Single occupancy: $2479

Validity: Oct 1- Dec 10, 2017; Jan 10-May 31, 2018; Aug 10-Dec 10, 2018

$75 extra weekend surcharge

Hotel upgrades available upon request.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

This morning, arrive Kathmandu, the beautiful capital city of Kingdom of Nepal. Upon clearing airport formalities, transfer to your hotel, take some rest and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Boudhanath Stupa, meaning the ‘Lord of Wisdom’. This Tibetan Buddhist monument is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world.

Also visit Pashupatinath Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, on the banks of Bagmati River. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed inside, from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.

Day 2: Day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, visit Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the world’s oldest Buddhist chaityas, acclaimed to be more than 2500 years old. Situated on a hillock, 3 kms west of Kathmandu this is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.

Later this morning, drive to Bhaktapur (approx 1 Hr drive from Kathmandu), which was the former capital of the valley, and was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. Today, Bhaktapur is like an open air museum with large areas open to pedestrian access - it is a store house of mediaeval art and architecture. Interesting places to explore include the renowned Durbar square, Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows, Potters square which houses the elephant headed Lord Ganesha temple who is believed to be the patron of potters in Nepal. Bhaktapur houses a variety of Hindu and Buddhist temples including Nepal’s largest Shiva Linga. You may also see artisans engaged in Bhaktapur’s traditional crafts of pottery and weaving.

On your way back to Kathmandu, visit the Patan Durbar Square. Patan is known for its museum, temples and superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park [185 Kms / 5 Hrs]

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Chitwan National Park, in the foothills of Himalayas.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, enjoy an Elephant Back Safari to explore the jungle and its wildlife. Popular wildlife at Chitwan National Park includes the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkey, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, and leopard and tigers. Perched high on the back of your elephant, you'll be safely out of reach of anything lurking in the tall grass. Each elephant seats 4 people.

Day 4: Day in Chitwan National Park

Enjoy an early morning Nature Walk identifying birds, plants and other wildlife in the open grasslands, and jungles of Sal forests. Chitwan is most beautiful at dawn with the sun rising above the jungles and the glistening river.

After breakfast, join an Elephant Briefing Program, where you get an opportunity to visit elephant stables and learn more about these gigantic animals. For the more adventurous, you may also try your hand at giving these mammals a good scrub and wash!

After lunch, a traditional Dug-Out Wooden Canoe Cruise takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and crocodiles of the banks of the river. (not available from 15 March – 30 September)

This evening, enjoy Dinner around Camp Fire with the indigenous Tharu Stick Dance Show, whereby farmers from nearby villages showcase their traditional skills and dances.

Day 5: Drive Chitwan National Park to Lumbini [180 Kms /5 Hrs]

Enjoy the morning at leisure soaking in the fascinating sunrise views at Chitwan National Park

Later, embark on a drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. This is one of the most sacred place for Buddhists from all over the world.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Day 6: Day in Lumbini

Today spend the day discovering Lumbini. Emperor Ashoka of India made a pilgrimage here in the 3rd century BC and erected the world famous Ashoka pillar with inscription stating "Here the Buddha was born". Several sites of religious significance like the holy tree and the pond related to Lord Buddha's life, the stupas and shrine that dot the area make Lumbini an interesting place to explore the origins of Buddhism.

Apart from the monasteries and stupas, also visit the temple of Maya Devi, Lord Buddha's mother, which has been renovated under the vigilance of UNESCO.

Day 7: Fly Lumbini to Kathmandu

This morning you will be transferred to Bhairawa (22 kms / 1hrs) to board your flight to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check in at your hotel and freshen up.

This afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic seat of Nepalese royalty built between the 12 - 18 centuries. The Durbar square is famous for its exquisite architecture, museums, temples and artistic embellishments. You also get an opportunity to buy some interesting souvenirs here.

Day 8: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.

KATHMANDU, POKARA, & CHITWAN – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS - $2269 per person double occ.

Price includes:

  • • Airfare on Singapore Airlines from LAX or SFO, midweek.
  • • 3 nights in Kathmandu at the Hotel Grand with breakfast.
  • • Tour of Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • • Tour of Nagarkot, Bhaktapur ,and Patan Durbar Square
  • • Tour of Swayambhunath Stupa, drive to Pokhara
  • • 2 nights in Pokhara at the Pokhara Grande Hotel with breakfast
  • • Sunrise over Annapurna mountains
  • • Half day tour of Pokhara including Devis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and boat ride on Phewa Lake.
  • • Drive to Chitwan National Park.
  • • 2 nights in Chitwan at Jungle Villa Resort with full board
  • Afternoon elephant-back safari
  • • Nature walks, elephant bathing program, Rapti river safari, and Campfire dinner with Tharu Dance show.
  • Drive to Kathmandu (flights from Chitwan to Kathmandu available upon request)
  • • Drive to Kathmandu, tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • • English-speaking guide.
  • • Transportation with A/C.
  • • Round trip airport transfers
  • • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change)

Single Occupancy: $2149

Validity: Oct 1- Dec 10, 2017; Jan 10-May 31, 2018; Aug 10-Dec 10, 2018

$75 extra weekend surcharge

Hotel upgrades available upon request.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

This morning, arrive Kathmandu, the beautiful capital city of Kingdom of Nepal. Upon clearing airport formalities, transfer to your hotel, take some rest and freshen up.

This afternoon, visit Boudhanath Stupa, meaning the ‘Lord of Wisdom’. This Tibetan Buddhist monument is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world.

Also visit Pashupatinath Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, on the banks of Bagmati River. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed inside, from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.

Later this evening visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic seat of Nepalese royalty built between the 12 - 18 centuries. The Durbar square is famous for its exquisite architecture, museums, temples and artistic embellishments. You also get an opportunity to buy some interesting souvenirs here.

Day 02: Discover Kathmandu (and early morning excursion to Nagarkot – 35 Kms / 1 Hr)

Early this morning, embark on a short drive north east of Kathmandu, to Nagarkot (approx 2200 meters). Nagarkot is famous for its panoramic views of the snowy Himalayan peaks including a distant pyramid of Mount Everest (subject to weather conditions). Enjoy fascinating sunrise views from here.

After breakfast at Nagarkot, proceed on your return drive to Kathmandu. En-route visit Bhaktapur which was the former capital of the valley, and was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. Today, Bhaktapur is like an open air museum with large areas open to pedestrian access - it is a store house of mediaeval art and architecture. Interesting places to explore include the renowned Durbar square, Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows, Potters square which houses the elephant headed Lord Ganesha temple who is believed to be the patron of potters in Nepal. Bhaktapur houses a variety of Hindu and Buddhist temples including Nepal’s largest Shiva Linga. You may also see artisans engaged in Bhaktapur’s traditional crafts of pottery and weaving.

On your way back to Kathmandu, visit the Patan Durbar Square. Patan is known for its museum, temples and superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara [210 Kms / 6 Hrs]

After breakfast, visit Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the world’s oldest Buddhist chaityas, acclaimed to be more than 2500 years old. Situated on a hillock, 3 kms west of Kathmandu this is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.

Later, embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara.

Continue drive to Pokhara. Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear Himalayan water, Pokhara is a serene hill town in the foothills of Himalayas. Pokhara offers fascinating view of Annapurna range including the fish tail peak of Machapuchare. The locals, called Pokhralis, will greet you with warm smiles and unforgettable hospitality. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 04: Day in Pokhara

Rise early this morning, for a short drive to Sarangkot, to view a spectacular sunrise over the Annapurna ranges. Later, drive back to Pokhara.

Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful town of Pokhara, visiting the Devis Fall and the nearby Gupteshwor Cave popular for the natural artwork forms made of limestone deposits. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride in Phewa Lake, the second largest lake of Nepal, offering splendid views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.

Day 05: Pokhara to Chitwan National Park [160 Kms / 4 Hrs]

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Chitwan National Park, in the foothills of Himalayas.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, enjoy an Elephant Back Safari to explore the jungle and its wildlife. Popular wildlife at Chitwan National Park includes the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkey, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, and leopard and tigers. Perched high on the back of your elephant, you'll be safely out of reach of anything lurking in the tall grass. Each elephant seats 4 people.

Day 06: Day in Chitwan National Park

Enjoy an early morning Nature Walk identifying birds, plants and other wildlife in the open grasslands, and jungles of Sal forests. Chitwan is most beautiful at dawn with the sun rising above the jungles and the glistening river.

After breakfast, join an Elephant Briefing Program, where you get an opportunity to visit elephant stables and learn more about these gigantic animals. For the more adventurous, you may also try your hand at giving these mammals a good scrub and wash!

After lunch, a traditional Dug-Out Wooden Canoe Cruise takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and crocodiles of the banks of the river.

This evening, enjoy Dinner around Camp Fire with the indigenous Tharu Stick Dance Show, whereby farmers from nearby villages showcase their traditional skills and dances.

Day 07: Drive Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu [185 Kms / 5 Hrs]

This morning, embark on your return drive to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, check in at your hotel.

Day 08: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.

LAND OF BIO AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Nepal not only has some of the tallest mountains in the world, but it is also comprised of many different ethnic groups 97% of which are Hindu and Buddhist. In addition, Nepal’s jungles are famous for tigers, rhinos, elephant safaris, bird watching and an amazingly diverse bio-system. Ancient cities like Bhaktapur have buildings and temples that are hundreds of years old in a culture that has changed very little especially in the mountain villages. You can experience Nepal by visiting these sights and the villages that make up this ethnic diversity easily, with or without trekking. Trekkers will be able to get to more remote villages.  Non-trekkers will visit a variety of ethnic villages closer in. If you are a trekker, when you unzip your tent early in the morning, and there unexpectedly the tops of the world’s tallest mountain range peak out over the clouds, you will find yourself redefining beauty and majesty.  The sight will leave you speechless and humble. The uniqueness of Nepal lies not just in its mountains but in the variety it offers including jungle stays, village stays, diverse scenery.

 
 
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