Around Nepal tour is one of the best tour that provides the detail highlights of Nepal which includes lifestyle, culture. Sightseeingvto different UNESCO Heritage sites of Nepal and the tour of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and the pilgrimage sites for the devotes, our tour includes comfortable stay at organic and Heritage hotels in different parts of Nepal.
Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m altitude, approx. 30 minutes’ drive
Day 2 Sightseeing at UENSCO Heritage Sites: Patan, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath followed by Aarati
Day 3 Drive to Nuwakot (1022m): approx. 80 km & 3-4 hrs drive: Nuwakot Farm House (B)
Day 4 Drive to Gorkha, Gorkha Gaun Resort: approx. 125km & 4-5 hrs drive (B)
Day 5 Drive to Bandipur, a typical Newar cultural village: approx. 70 km & 3 hrs drive (B)
Day 6 Drive to Pokhara, The Pavilion Himalaya: approx. 80 km & 3 hrs drive (B)
Day 7 Boating at Phewa Lake & hike to World Peace Pagoda: Sightseeing at Davi’s Fall, Gupteswor cave & Tibetan Refugee Camp
Day 8 Drive to Lumbini: approx. 205kms & 6-7 hrs drive: Visit Mayadevi Temple & meditate in Bodhi (B)
Day 9 Explore different monasteries around Lumbini in Rickshaw: 4-5 hrs(B)
Day 10 Drive to Chitwan: 155km & approx. 4 hours drive: Go for activities after lunch (B, L, D)
Day 11 Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
Day 12 Drive to Kathmandu, further drive to Bhaktapur (1401m/4597ft) (approx. 190km & 6-7 hrs’ drive) (B)
Day 13 Sightseeing at Bhaktapur: 2-3 hrs & Drive to Kathmandu: Dwarika’s Hotel: Evening enjoy Krishnarpan
Day 14 Departure (B)
Around Nepal Tour
The team from International Adventures Treks & Expeditions will receive you at the airport and after greetings, we will will drive to our hotel, after check in to the hotel, we gather for short briefing regarding our tour.
After breakfast we meet up at the lobby and once again have a short briefing regarding the sightseeing tour of the day. It is very important to stay with in the group along with your tour guide, until you are not informed by the tour guide regarding leisure time to explore on your own. The itinerary for the sightseeing is combined in such way that we get to visit different sites of the Kathmandu valley.
Patan: Patan is located just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, It is also known as Lalitpur, derived from the Sanskrit “Lalitpattan”. Patan also boasts a Palace square like its larger neighbor, A very unique experience for visitors as we witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
“Lalitpattan” the word refers to the place famous for Art and architecture, which exactly matches with Patan. In every corner & alley of Patan you can see Thangka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculptures at very reasonable prices. You can taste local cuisine as well in Patan’s alleys.
Swayambhu Maha Chaitya (Swayambhunath) – Known to tourist as a Monkey Temple but it is the Buddhist Chaitya which believed to rise from ground on itself. We can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley. The stupa, consists of a dome at the base representing the entire world. The Painted eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. A curly symbol, symbolizing the nose represents the unity of all things existing in the world. Prayer wheels surround the whole dome. The evening views of Kathmandu valley and sunset from hilltop will be a memorable experience.
Boudha Chaitya (Boudhnath) : Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most impressing landmarks in city. The largest stupa in Asia measures 36-meter-high. The stupa of Buddha is massive and tend to dominates the skyline I the area. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Boudh stupa has unique characteristics in terms of architecture, if we look into it from above, it is in the perfect shape of giant Mandala giant mandala, or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos and as in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined in the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa).
Pashupatinath: A sacred pilgrimage site dedicated to lord Shiva, “Pashupati” the lord of all living and non living existence in the universe. Located on the banks of Bagmati River. Pashupatinath dates back to 5th century and relates with the Nath sects. There are areas of limitation in the premises of this temple to non-Hindus, there is a lot to experience in the surrounding area. Pashupatinath is a considerable complex of temples, ashrams, with images and inscriptions dating back centuries.
Every evening there is closure ceremony which is known as Aarati (celebration with lights) at the Bank of Bagmati River. The ‘Aarati’ at the eastern banks of Bagmati river is so mesmerizing that people gather to witness with their own eyes and feel the emotional attachment with their god, along the “Aarati” we can also witness chanting of Vedic mantras, ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, a band singing hymns in praise of god, playing of classical instruments, keep the people spellbound throughout the process.
After breakfast, we drive about four hours to Nuwakot, we arrive at the Nuwakot Farm house, a heritage type hotel beautifully decorated with lots of ancient art and artifacts. It use to be a Newari Manor which has been restored to its former glory. Our guide will eventually brief us regarding the visit to the historical Palace, King Prithivi Naryan Shaha announced Nuwakot at his time as the second capital and made his preparation to attack into Kathmandu valley. Evening be on your ease.
Situated at an elevation of 900 m, the ancient citadel stands proud as if untouched by changing times, amid the quaint Nuwakot Bazaar. While the interior of the Durbar (palace) suffered some damage during the recent earthquake of 25th April 2015, the buildings are still intact and a tour of the premises is still possible. Reconstruction efforts are underway to conserve the heritage site that played a pivotal role in shaping the history of modern Nepal.
After breakfast, we drive about four hours to Nuwakot, we arrive at the Nuwakot Farm house, a heritage type hotel beautifully decorated with lots of ancient art and artifacts. It use to be a Newari Manor which has been restored to its former glory. Our guide will eventually brief us regarding the visit to the historical Palace, from where King Prithivi Narayan Shah began his journey of unification of greater Nepal. Evening be on your ease.
Siutated at an elevation of 900 m, the ancient citadel stands proud as if untouched by changing times, amid the quaint Nuwakot Bazaar. While the interior of the durbar suffered some damage during the recent earthquake of 25th April 2015, the buildings are still intact and a tour of the premises is still possible. Reconstruction efforts are underway to conserve the heritage site that played a pivotal role in shaping the history of modern Nepal.
After breakfast in Nuwakot, we set our journey to Gorkha, the name by which Nepalese got popular in the world is Gorkha (Since the British recruited Nepali soldiers, the battalions are named Gurkhas). Gorkha is the name of the kingdom from where the Shah dynasty hailed. The Nepal of today was once divided into dozens of small kingdoms until King Prithvi Narayan Shah began his conquest of neighboring states. He then captured the valley kingdoms and moved his capital to Kantipur (Kathmandu’s former name) in 1769. The Shah rulers continued the drive to bring all the smaller kingdoms under their rule until Nepal became one unified country.
The main attraction is the historic old Durbar, the original palace of the Shah dynasty which has been maintained well and is the major tourist destination. Perched on a hilltop, the palace also commands a sweeping view of the surroundings. Many trekkers start the great Manaslu circuit from Gorkha town while also enjoying the sights of the historic remains of an old dynasty and culture of the locals.
The two major ethnic inhabitants of Gorkha regions are Gurungs and Magars, since the time of unification of Nepal and during the Second World War they have earned a reputation for bravery, winning Victoria Crosses from the British government. It’s only in the battlefield they displayed their fierce attribute beside it they are friendly people in normal circumstances with a reputation for excellent hospitality. Another interesting fact for many if you are eager to know it, “The Honey Hunters of Nepal”, a popular documentary made by Eric Valli and Diane Summers was shot in Gorkha where the local people still continue the practice of collecting wild honey.
We check in to the Gorkha Gaun Resort, after where you can relax and get refreshed. Your guide will then escort you to the Gorkha palace and museum. (Closed on public holidays, so we will duly inform you if it is public holiday or not during our visit to Gorkha ).
Overnight at Gorkha Gaun Resort, ideally located in the lush green western hills of Nepal faces Mt. Manaslu in the north, offers sheer cottage comfort and relaxation away from the hustle & bustle of city life.
Depending on flight time, team of International Adventures Treks & Expeditions will transfer you to International airport for your journey to next destination.