Nepal is the most beautiful and stunning Himalayan country in the world with its long history, fascinating art and distinctive and varied architecture. Though the country is small in size, it is known in the world as a nation of color and contrasts-a hidden Shangri-La of nature, culture and adventure. The vast diversity of people, their culture, language and traditions will intrigue anyone. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, numerous temples, stupas and monasteries, and depict the deep faith of the people. The panoramic mountain scenery and a diversity of beautiful landscape will enchant you and make your visit one of the most romantic and memorable ones you have ever experienced.
Best of Himalayas Tour gives you an opportunity to explore three different regions of the country, varying from the cultural hub teemed with a fascinating ancient building like Katmandu, the breathtaking scenery of Annapurna Range like Pokhara, and the vast, fertile forest like Chitwan National Park in Terai region. Guided sightseeing tour of Katmandu valley and its surrounding areas will give you an enchanting glimpse of Nepal - its people, culture, traditions and mountains - that will surely make you want to come for a longer visit.
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, one passport-size photo, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the pre-trip meeting, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Luxury Holidays Nepal. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Chitwan. The road snakes through a verdant forest to Chitwan. On reaching Chitwan you will be greeted by the hotel representative and will hand you the full schedule of the activities that you will be doing throughout your stay in Chitwan. Then you will have lunch.
Activities at Chitwan includes: Lunch followed by a tour of Tharu village and parks visitor center. Sunset view from Rapti River, dinner & cultural program.
This day will be filled with different types of jungle and non-jungle activities so in other words, it’s a day to have fun and to learn and observe new things.
Activities in Chitwan includes: Canoeing & jungle walk or a visit to the elephant breeding center. Lunch followed by an elephant safari with evening entertainment.
After breakfast, leave Chitwan for Pokhara (known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city). The road first passes through the subtropical jungles and fertile vegetation in Chitwan. As you leave Chitwan, the landscape changes. You will see hills, small settlements and terraced farms. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, you are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Check-in to the hotel at Sarangkot and take a rest. You will be guided to Sarangkot view tower for amazing sunset view.
Early in the morning before sunrises, you will be driven to Sarangkot; a beautiful hill famous for its sunrise over the Himalaya. You will be enjoying a close-up view of the Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail and many others 8000m above peaks. Have breakfast at hotel in Sarangkot and be ready for hike to Naudada which takes about 3 hours and then drive from Naudada to Pokhara. You have free time to explore the Pokhara on your own.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places you visit are as below:
Bindhabasini Temple: Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.
Davis fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
Gupteshwor Cave: The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi’s fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple: Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorges: Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Tibetan Refugee Camps: The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.
You have an option of both driving as well as flying back to Kathmandu. The Pokhara-Kathmandu flight swifts along the Himalayas unveiling Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Early in the morning (5:30 am), you will be driven to Tribhuwan Airport (Domestic terminal) for mountain flight. And, after flight you will be guided to the hotel and have late breakfast in the Hotel. Then, you will proceed for onward photography sightseeing to Bhaktapur with a professional tour guide at your disposal. You will visit the following Sites.
The most important of all the tourist sites in Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is renowned as one of the most striking destination for Nepali as well as international tourists. The area is known as “Layaku" in Newari language. Ancient temples and shrines, sculptures and historical heritage sites constructed in different eras carry the identity of this city.
The Major attraction of Bhaktapur Darbar Square:
➺55 Window Palace
➺Mini Pashupati Temple
➺Changu Narayan Temple
And drive back to Kathmandu hotel
After a few days of fun and excitement, the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you 4 star hotels in Kathmandu (Hotel Mulberry or similar Category), in Chitwan (Hotel Seven Star or Similar category), in Sarangkot(Hotel Himalayan Font) and in Pokhara (Mount Kailash Resort or similar category). If you want the luxury accommodation of 5 star in Kathmandu then contact us for cost detail.
You should carry the water bottle, sun cream, camera, spare jacket, etc. in your daypack. You are provided with a free locker room in a hotel in Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 20 kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa or $40 USD for a 30 days visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. (Nepal Visa Info)
Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers.
For more details: (See the international flights page)
When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after the scheduled trip after breakfast.
You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel.
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After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.
Currencies accepted in Nepal:
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in Kathmandu and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)
If you want to see a close view of Mt. Everest and Himalayan peaks, we can arrange mountain flights. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book. To know more about Mount Everest Scenic Flight by plane, please click here and Everest Scenic Flight by Helicopter click here.
Trip Extensions/ Add on trips:
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Annapurna Basecamp Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the tour. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
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Note: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what the best alternative is taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.