Tour Mode: Best hotels and resorts in Kathmandu and beyond.
Tour Grade: Leisure to moderate short walks.
Highest Spot: At Nagarkot Hill 2,175 m / 7, 136 feet.
Tour duration: 06 Nights and 07 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Tour areas. Kathmandu-Nagarkot-Bhaktapur-Chitwan-Lumbini and Pokhara with driving.
Total Trip: 08 Nights & 09 Days (From arrival to final departure)
THE BEST OF NEPAL TOUR OVERVIEWS:
The Best of Nepal Tour explores historical and cultural monuments in Nepal. Tour begins from Kathmandu valley sightseeing around semi-modern cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur including historical, religious, and spiritual sites listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this exciting tour explores various cultural places. Most of these monuments tell stories about the medieval golden era of Nepal including complex arts and architecture.
Visit popular landmarks of the royal palace courtyard of historical Durbar Squares built during the 7th to 15th century, the next site is Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) of more than 2,600 years old history. Then the Tour heads to the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath devoted to Lord Shiva, the major pilgrimage shrine for Hindus all over the world. Another major destination is the Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath the largest in Asia with all-seeing eyes of the divine painted on its four sides. Bouddhanath area is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ as the majority of the inhabitants is of Tibetan origin. This Stupa was constructed in the 14th century, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhism, and a fascinating site of Buddhist cultural wonders.
Completing UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour around Kathmandu, we head towards the hilltop of Nagarkot, the highest we'll get on this tour at 2,175 m. A favorite hill station for a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range including striking sunrise and sunset view. Appreciating a wonderful time in fresh natural surroundings, the tour descends to the medieval city of Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon). It is known as a museum that’s alive with an amazing glimpse of the medieval era, with ancient sites with glorious art and architecture.
The best Nepal tour then explores the lower southern plains, especially Chitwan National Park listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, offers exciting wildlife safari, including jungle walk jeep safari, birdwatching, canoeing, and elephant safari. The National Park houses Royal Bengal Tiger, One Horned Rhinoceros, four species of deer, and other wild mammals, including 600 types of birds like peacocks, fowls, and is home to rare Gharial and Marsh Mugger gators.
Then the tour continues towards Lumbini, the place where the founder of Buddhism Gautam Buddha was born. Formerly known as the Shakya Kingdom, Crown Prince Siddhartha Gautam was born around 623 BC, who attained enlightenment of Nirvana to Buddhahood. Lumbini is a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists worldwide, and a popular holiday destination in Nepal offering sights of historical ruins of the palace along with Asoka Pillar and many modern-day stupas and monuments. Lumbini is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
From Lumbini drive to the picturesque touristic city of Pokhara, decorated with natural wonders including views of magnificent Annapurna Himalayas and famous Fishtail, and can be seen reflecting on Phewa and Begnas lakes. One can enjoy boating on these lakes and visit the famous Tal Barahi Temple located on a small island. In the early morning, a half-hour drive to Sarangkot hill offers the best sunrise view opportunity on the magnificent Dhawalagiri(8167m), Annapurna(8091m), and Fishtail(6993m) mountain vistas.
At Pokhara, glorified by beautiful natural surroundings, offers several religious and interesting sites to visit. Some of them are International Mountain Museum, World Peace Stupa, Davis Fall, Matepani Gumba, Monasteries, and Tibetan refugee camps. The city is a hub for famous trekking destinations in the Annapurna region like Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani Poonhill, Dhawalagiri, and Mustang region.
Best time for“BEST OF NEPAL TOUR” :
The Best of Nepal Tour covers mostly the lower altitudes of Nepal, making it accessible for almost all year, except for the monsoon season. During June to August, the weather is quite wet and receives the most amount of rainfall, which may cause obstructions on the road due to landslides.
The ideal and best season for taking any tour or trip is during the spring season (March-May), along with autumn (Sep- Nov). Spring days are pleasant with adequate sunshine, where days are clearer offering great views and amazing tour experience, however, chances of cloudy late afternoons are imminent. .
Whereas, Autumn season is like Spring season, with flowers blooming and similar conditions, however with lower temperature. The season of festivals of Dashain and Tihar.
Interested travelers can visit during winter (Dec-Feb), while the days are clear making it suitable for an excellent tour with amazing mountain views. The days are shorter, with long cold nights with a cold breeze.
WHY CHOOSE "THE BEST OF NEPAL TOUR":
An ideal holiday trip in Nepal, combining the historical, cultural, natural, and religious aspects of the lower regions of the Himalayan country. During this tour, one can explore nine out of ten UNESCO world heritage sites excluding Sagarmatha National Park. The sites included in the Best of Nepal Tour are Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, 3 Durbar Squares, Changu Narayan Temple, Chitwan National Park, and Lumbini.
This tour explores the major tourism destinations of Nepal, along with their fascinating culture and history. Besides the natural aspect included in this tour is also noteworthy, as they include some of the best experiences of nature and biodiversity from Nepal. On completion of this tour, it is certainly going to be one of the best tours that you’ve ever taken. If you require any further information or have any queries then, get in touch with Vertex Holiday.
On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal’s international airport, received by Vertex Holiday staff and guide, with a warm welcome and then transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city. At the hotel, the guide will provide a briefing regarding the tour around Kathmandu and beyond. Evening a group welcome dinner in typical Nepalese restaurants, a good way introducing to Nepalese foods and culture, with live cultural programs of Nepali folk songs and dances.
Kathmandu, also known as the city of thousands of gods and goddesses, wherever you walk will come across small shrines and temples. Enjoy the morning guided tour visiting places of great historical, religious and cultural interest. Tour takes you to Durbar Square, an old and former palace of past royals from Malla to the late Shah Regime. An exciting tour around the main Durbar or palace square visits the famous Living Goddess residence and its beautiful surroundings.
Tour extends to the west of the city at old Swayambhunath Stupa, of more than 2,500 years old Buddhist monuments, the famous landmark of Nepal. From Swayambhunath a short drive to holy Pashupatinath temple the main heart of Hindu religion, dedicated to Lord Shiva. A temple of a golden roofed pagoda with four cardinal silver doors, after an interesting tour, visit Bouddhanath a place with the largest Stupa of Asia. Fascinating Buddhist huge dome stupa surrounded by monasteries, the monument with mystical eyes of Lord Buddha on the four corners on of the Stupa. An enjoyable and impressive site, after a great tour of the day, retire back to the hotel, and then a few hour drives take you beyond Kathmandu city to the northeastern of the valley rim to a high scenic hill at Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is a famous tourist spot for its pristine green environment as well as for stunning sunrise and sunset views. From Nagarkot capture the wide panorama of Central, Western and Eastern Himalaya range as far towards Everest.
Nagarkot offers excellent hotels, lodges, and resorts where rooms face grand views of beautiful landscapes with snow-capped peaks.
With a stunning view of sunrise over the Himalayas in the morning, the tour proceeds towards the ancient city of Bhaktapur after breakfast. This medieval-era town showcases the unique arts and architecture of different time periods in history. Among which the Palace Square, Temples, and Courtyards are the major highlights.
Inhabited by the majority of the Newar community, Bhaktapur has some of the best wooden carvings on the Monuments. Enlisted in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this city houses some of the masterpieces like Nyatpola Temple, 55 windowed palaces, Taleju Bhawani Temple and many others.
After completion of the sightseeing around Bhaktapur, the tour then continues to Sauraha located near the Chitwan National Park, where most nice hotels and resorts are located. The naturalist and jungle guide will provide a briefing regarding the programs of nature and jungle activities.
After checking into your nice rooms, time permitting a short nature walks or visiting the local Tharu village the indigenous tribes of low land Terai. The evening is reserved for a dinner program with local Tharu folk cultural show.
The program begins after morning breakfast, either elephant safari, bird-watching, or nature walks for a few hours. Chances of spotting wild animals like rhinoceros, leopard, sloth bear, and four species of deer which are barking, Sambar, or spotted deer with many species of bird-life. Includes more than 600 different species of exotic birds with peacocks and jungle fowls.
After a morning program back to the hotel, and having rest for an hour or more, then getting ready for other exciting activities either float on a dug-out canoe at Rapti River or elephant bathing and briefing. Back to hotel for lunch and then late afternoon join in for elephant safari or jungle drive or hike.
Evening at the lodge for buffet dinner entertains you with Tharu folk programs or a slide show of the park and its existing wildlife.
At Lumbini, our expert guide shows you around the famous historical and sacred sites, the exact spot of Buddha’s birthplace. The holy pond and the great pillar erected by Indian emperor Asoka of Magadha Kingdom visited the site in the 3rd Century BC the historical pillar with an inscription declaring ‘Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini. Other areas of interest are various beautiful monasteries of different nations and the flame of peace. After an interesting tour head back to the hotel, evening browse around the streets of Lumbini town and witness local culture.
After an interesting time at Lumbini, our exciting tour continues
heading back to mid-green hills on leaving the low southwest flat land of
Nepal. Drive heads uphill on winding road past city of Butwal and town of
Syanja then reaching famous and renowned scenic city of Pokhara. Visitors get
fascinated with the close looks of the massive Annapurna Himalaya with majestic
Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak. On arrival transfer to a lovely
hotel close to the beautiful serene Phewa Lake.
Early morning starts to catch stunning sunrise views reflecting over an array of white Himalayan peaks. Less an hour drive uphill to Sarankot at 1,600 m high, enjoy the sunrise with a panorama of the Himalayan range, includes Dhaulagiri, Annapurna with Lamjung and Manaslu Himal peaks. Facing wide scenery of Pokhara valley and the city with Lake Phewa down below.
Sarankot Hill, a popular spot for gran views as well for various adventure sports like Paragliding and Zip-Flyer. From Sarankot back to the hotel for breakfast, and then take a boat across the Lake Phewa and hike for an hour uphill to Peace / Shanti Stupa, located in southern hills of Pokhara facing a super panorama of Annapurna range. From the top head downhill south to David’s Waterfall also called Pathelo Chhago, a nice small park with a garden within a gorge with a super view of torrential waterfalls, from here walk across to Gupteshwor Mahadev huge cave with a shrine of Lord Shiva. After a wonderful morning tour, drive to the main local areas of Pokhara, and visit the interesting International Mountain Museum, the first of its kind in Nepal. Established by Nepal Mountaineering Association, on completing the day tour of Pokhara within beautiful natural surroundings, drive back to hotel and free afternoon at leisure for individual activities.
After a fabulous and exciting visit around the best parts of Nepal, head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a scenic and interesting highway. Drive leads through many towns and villages within vast farmland and then following the Trisuli River upstream for a few hours. On leaving the Trisuli River, drive leads on winding uphill to enter Kathmandu valley and into the city area, then transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the afternoon is free for individual activities or shopping souvenirs of Nepal.
Last day in Nepal the land of amazing landscapes and the high Himalayas with fascinating cultures, steeped with world heritage sites. As per the flight time, our staff transfers you for the short drive to Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport for final departure homeward bound, after a marvelous holiday on Best of Nepal Tour.
Hey there, Thank you Vertex Holiday for this wonderful tour of Nepal. It was really the best experience we had. Getting to know about a third-world country with such a rich history of arts and crafts, is truly amusing. Our daughter said that she liked the elephant ride the most, however, for us, it was a totally out-of-this-world experience. We were satisfied with the service and the staff, however, the long drives were a little bit scary. However, we fell in love with the country and would love to visit again and probably take a trekking trip. Altogether, we are happy and will definitely recommend to our friends. Best of Luck, Namaste Margaret and family!
Margaret, Tom & Julie
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