Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan Tour- 9 Days

7 Days

Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour provide a unique tour experience in Nepal. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is also its only international air gateway and major travel centre. Tourism is the most important industry that sustains not only Nepal but Kathmandu also. Most of the tourists go on Adventure tours ie; Trekking and Climbing but Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour allow tourists to enjoy their holiday inside Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan National Park and the beautiful city of Pokhara.

Kathmandu is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups, and the origin place of Newars who perform many cultural and festival events in the city. Numerous historical monuments, old palaces palace squares, shrines and temples make Kathmandu a living museum. The major places to visit in Kathmandu are Syambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, the Kathmandu area the Kathmandu Durbar squares, temples and museums. It is a fascinating old city today where pagodas, narrow cobbled lanes, old carved windows, and stone shrines are backdrops to the drama of life that continues unhindered. Here the experiences are amazing, the views fascinating, and the climate charming.

Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour offers the popular world heritage sites and different religions and cultures in Kathmandu. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal and it is also known as the city of lakes. You will visit different sites and monuments, the viewpoint from where you can see the at the view of Sunrise and mountain view. Some of the major attractions of Pokhara include Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Davis Falls, Bindabasini Temple, Regional Museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp and World Peace Stupa.

Itinerary

You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Real Journey Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Day Tour is a journey into the spiritual heart of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city. This cultural and religious adventure takes you to two of the most sacred and revered sites in Nepal, offering a profound and enriching experience.

Boudhanath: The Stupa of Compassion

Your day begins with a visit to Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach the stupa, you'll be captivated by its massive dome and the watchful eyes of the all-seeing Buddha painted on its pinnacle. The stupa is a center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and a hub of spiritual activity.

Highlights:

1. Circumambulation: Join the devout pilgrims as they perform the kora (circumambulation) around the stupa. Walk clockwise, turning prayer wheels, and spin prayer flags to offer your prayers and good wishes.

2. Boudhanath Monasteries: Explore the monasteries surrounding the stupa, where you can witness Buddhist monks and nuns in their daily rituals. Some monasteries may allow you to participate in meditation sessions.

3. Shopping: The area around Boudhanath is renowned for Tibetan handicrafts, thangka paintings, prayer beads, and other Buddhist artifacts. Take some time to shop for souvenirs and support local artisans.

4. Tea Houses: Enjoy a traditional Nepali or Tibetan meal at one of the cozy tea houses with rooftop views of the stupa. It's a great place to relax and soak in the atmosphere.

Pashupatinath: The Abode of Lord Shiva

In the afternoon, your tour takes you to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims every day.

Highlights:

1. Pashupatinath Temple: Explore the main temple area and its intricate pagoda-style architecture. While non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main temple, you can observe the rituals and ceremonies from outside.

2. Aryaghat: Witness the sacred cremation ghats along the Bagmati River, where Hindus perform the last rites of their loved ones. The ritualistic ceremonies provide insight into Hindu funeral traditions.

3. Sadhus (Holy Men): Encounter and engage in conversations with the colorful and ascetic Sadhus, who are devoted to Lord Shiva. They often welcome visitors and may share stories about their spiritual journey.

4. Surrounding Temples and Monuments: Explore the various temples, shrines, and ancient sculptures within the Pashupatinath complex, each with its own historical and religious significance.

Note: Please be respectful of the religious customs and traditions at both Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Dress modestly, remove your shoes when required, and ask for permission before taking photographs, especially of people.

Conclusion:

The Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Day Tour provides a deeply immersive experience into Nepal's rich spiritual and cultural heritage. These two iconic sites offer a glimpse into the profound devotion and rituals of both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Whether you seek spiritual enlightenment or simply wish to explore the vibrant tapestry of Nepali culture, this day tour is a captivating and meaningful excursion that will leave a lasting impression.

On your third day in Nepal, embark on a cultural journey to Bhaktapur, one of the Kathmandu Valley's most preserved and historic cities. Bhaktapur, also known as "The City of Devotees," is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, ancient temples, and rich cultural heritage. Here's how to make the most of your Bhaktapur tour:

1. Durbar Square:
- Start your day by visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the heart of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This square is a magnificent display of Newar architecture and culture.
- Explore the intricately designed temples and palaces that surround the square, including the 55-Window Palace, Vatsala Temple, and Big Bell.
- Admire the stunning woodwork, stone carvings, and artwork that adorn the structures, each telling a unique story of Nepal's history.

2. Nyatapola Temple:
- Nyatapola Temple, one of Bhaktapur's iconic landmarks, is a five-story pagoda-style temple dedicated to the goddess Siddhi Lakshmi.
- Climb the steep stairs to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Himalayan mountains in the distance.

Lunch:
- Enjoy a traditional Nepali meal at one of the charming restaurants or cafes near Durbar Square. Savor local specialties like momo (dumplings), Newari dishes, and sweet treats.

Afternoon Exploration:

3. Pottery Square:
- Visit Pottery Square, where you can watch skilled potters at work, shaping clay into various pottery items. You may even try your hand at pottery making.
- Explore the vibrant collection of pottery shops and purchase some unique souvenirs.

4. Taumadhi Square:
- Taumadhi Square is another historic square in Bhaktapur, home to the majestic Taumadhi Temple. This three-tiered pagoda is dedicated to the goddess Siddhi Lakshmi.
- Admire the fine woodwork and intricate carvings on the temple's facade.

5. Dattatreya Square:
- Conclude your day at Dattatreya Square, named after the Dattatreya Temple. This open courtyard offers a serene atmosphere and is a great place to relax and reflect on your Bhaktapur tour.
- Explore the temple's unique structure, which is believed to be made from the trunk of a single tree.

Note: Bhaktapur is known for its festivals and cultural events, so check if any festivals or celebrations coincide with your visit. If so, it's an excellent opportunity to witness local traditions and vibrant ceremonies.

Your Bhaktapur tour will leave you with a deeper appreciation of Nepal's history, culture, and architecture. The city's well-preserved heritage offers a glimpse into the past and a chance to connect with the rich traditions of this enchanting destination.

We descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. After checking in to the hotel, there will be a briefing on the activities we will be engaged in during our stay in Chitwan. We then walk on the banks of the Rapti River to enjoy the sunset in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan. In the evening, we enjoy dinner along with a brief cultural program showcasing the tribal dances unique to the Chitwan region of Nepal. Overnight stay in Chitwan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephants for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in its natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can drive through the jungles followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with freshwater dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or, we may even go for bird watching or nature walks and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight stay in Chitwan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

We drive to Pokhara – about 140 kilometres from Chitwan and a 5-6 hour drive. The drive is very much similar to that we had while coming to Chitwan from Kathmandu. From Mugling, we drive further west into the mountains, following the rivers for much of the day. Pokhara, also nicknamed as the Lake City, is not only Nepal’s but one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking in the Annapurna Region. After arriving in Pokhara, we make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces, old bazaars, and landmarks. In the evening, explore the surrounding lakeside areas. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

We spend a full day exploring Pokhara. After breakfast, we make a full day sightseeing of in Pokhara. Enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake waters. We also take a boat around the Phewa Lake which is the second biggest lake of Nepal. We take the boat across the lake and take an hour’s walk to the World Peace Pagoda. We also make a short visit to the Gupteshwar Gufa Cave (also called Shiva Gufa). Some of the other places that we visit today include the Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall and the mountain museum etc. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

We transfer to the tourist bus station and 06: 30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Real Journey Nepal representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • 1. Airport Transfers: The travel agency typically includes airport pickup and drop-off services for your convenience, ensuring a hassle-free start and end to your tour.
  • 2. Accommodations: Accommodations in well-selected hotels or lodges in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara are usually included in the tour package. These accommodations are chosen for their comfort and convenience.
  • 3. Transportation: The package often covers transportation between Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. This may include private vehicles, tourist buses, depending on your itinerary.
  • 4. Guided Sightseeing: You will have the services of a knowledgeable local guide who will lead you on sightseeing tours in each destination. We will provide insights into the history, culture, and significance of the sites you visit.
  • 5. Entrance Fees: Entrance fees to various cultural and historical sites, national parks, and wildlife reserves, such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Chitwan National Park, and more, are typically included.
  • 6. Jungle Activities: Includes Chitwan, jungle activities like wildlife safaris, elephant rides, canoe rides, and nature walks in Chitwan National Park.
  • 7. Cultural Shows: Includes cultural shows and traditional dance performances in the evenings, allowing you to experience the vibrant culture of Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • 1. International Flights: The cost of international flights to and from Nepal is generally not included in the tour package. Travelers are responsible for booking their international airfare.
  • 2. Visa Fees: The fees for obtaining a tourist visa for Nepal are not included. Travelers need to arrange and pay for their visas upon arrival at the airport or through the appropriate embassy or consulate before traveling.
  • 3. Meals: Meals, apart from those specifically mentioned as included in the package, are usually not covered. This allows you to explore local restaurants and savor authentic Nepali cuisine according to your preferences.
  • 4. Optional Activities: Optional activities, such as paragliding in Pokhara, extra jungle activities in Chitwan, or additional sightseeing beyond the itinerary, are typically not included and will incur additional costs.
  • 5. Personal Expenses: Personal expenses like souvenirs, drinks, snacks, laundry, and gratuities for guides and drivers are not part of the package and should be budgeted separately.
  • 6. Travel Insurance: Travel insurance, which covers aspects like trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation, is not included. Travelers should arrange their own travel insurance.
  • 7. Additional Accommodations: Any accommodations before or after the tour in Kathmandu or other cities are generally not included in the package and should be arranged separately.
  • 8. Tips and Gratuities: Tipping for guides, drivers, and other service providers is customary in Nepal but is not included in the tour package.
  • 9. Domestic Airfare (if applicable): If the tour involves domestic flights within Nepal, the cost of these flights is usually not included in the package and must be purchased separately.
What is the duration of the Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara tour in Nepal?

The duration of the Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara tour typically ranges from 7 to 10 days, depending on the specific itinerary and activities included in the package.

What are the major attractions included in this tour?

This tour usually includes visits to the cultural and historical sites of Kathmandu (e.g., Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath), wildlife experiences in Chitwan National Park (e.g., jungle safaris, elephant rides), and the scenic beauty of Pokhara (e.g., Phewa Lake, Sarangkot).

Are accommodations included in the tour package?

Yes, accommodations in well-selected hotels or lodges in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara are typically included in the tour package. Accommodations are chosen for their comfort and convenience.

Are meals included in the tour package?

Meals are usually not included, except for some specific meals mentioned in the package, such as breakfast at the hotels. This allows travelers to explore local restaurants and savor authentic Nepali cuisine at their own pace.

What activities are included in Chitwan National Park?

Activities in Chitwan National Park often include jungle safaris, elephant rides, canoe rides, nature walks, bird watching, and cultural interactions with local Tharu communities. The specific activities may vary depending on the tour package.

Is travel insurance included in the tour package?

No, travel insurance is typically not included in the package. Travelers are encouraged to arrange their own travel insurance, which should cover aspects like trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation.

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