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Nepal Culture Excursions

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Nepal Culture Excursions

Nepal Culture Excursions is a 10 night-11 day  tour  programs begins from Kathmandu & ends at Kathmandu. This tour covers most touristic destinations of Nepal, offering highlights of the history, culture,& ancient architecture of Nepal. Seeing the High Himalayas (eight thousanders) from Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga,  Dhawalagiri , Lhotse, Ganesh,  Manaslu & Annapurna II  to low land national park in Chitwan seeing one horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger & riding ox cart, the tour makes you feel the contrast. Nepal has an extremely rich cultural and religious heritage as well as endless natural beautiful surroundings that will take your breath away, it is like journeying through an open museum. Colorful faces of Nepalese like Newars, Tamangs, Rai, Limbu, Brahmin, Chhetri , Tharu & Gurung are seen & their way of life is learnt. You are traveled from one place to other by chauffer driven car throughout the trip. Directly interact with ethnic communities will add excitement to your holiday and rejuvenate you spiritually. Experience the cultural delights of Nepal with us depending on your time availability,within a day to over a week. English speaking local guides in the cities explain you deeply about the places of interest . Depending upon the holidaying period, you will be encountered by many festivals like Dashain, Tihar (Dipawali), Holi, Gaijatra, Indrajatra & so on. Famous touristic places are covered as Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Naudanda, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur & Namobuddha.

Highlights

  • Visit World Heritage Sites; Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square ,Changunarayan Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa , Swyambhunath Stupa & Chitwan National Park
  • Enjoy Elephant Bathing in Chitwan national Park followed by Elephant safari & ox cart ride.
  • Stay a night at Namobuddha Monastery Guest house, eat and meditate together with Buddhist monks, you will have chance to learn Buddhism, & make friends with monks.
  • Enjoy Everest Experience flight( Optional )
  • Enjoy Rafting & Paragliding ( Optional)
  • Experience country life by visiting the Newari traditional villages.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Nagarkot  Namobuddha
Day 03: Namobuddha  Kathmandu
Day 04: Kathmandu  Chitwan
Day 05: Chitwan
Day 06: Chitwan- Bandipur
Day 07: Bandipur Pokhara- Naudanda
Day 08: Naudanda Pokhara
Day 09: Pokhara to kathmandu
Day 10: kathmandu at leisure
Day 11: Departure

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu sightseeing in Kathmandu then drive to Nagarkot
sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Transfer to Nagarkot.

Meet & greet at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu then Proceed for sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple is just 1 km away from Kathmandu Airport.

Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the main temple thought to have been built in 1-3rd Century BC. The temple is one of the most venerated temple in Indian subcontinent by Hindus worldwide. it is located on the bank of Bagmati river , a sacred rivers that flows down to Ganga river .You will watch the main gate of the main temple , then walk across the river to the Ghats at the bank of Bagmati where you can see the cremation going on . During Shivaratri , on the birth night of Shiva , more than 300 thousand visitors visit in a single day. On that very day , marjuyana smoking is free , you would see many boys & girls around Sadhus ( Holy men or Hermits ) to ask for a puff.

Boudhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Boudhanath. They established many gompas, and the “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born. This “Little Tibet” is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord.

Drive 32 km , about 2 hours mountainous drive to Nagarkot
Nagarkot is located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu at the altitude of 2300 meter. It takes 2 hours drive from Kathmandu. This is a vantage point for panoramic Himalayan scenery as well as unobstructed sunrise and sunset views. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. You can walk to Nagarkot view tower which is at 2150 metres above sea level. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha), Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range,Rolwaling range and Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park. If time permits you can visit and learn the local Tamang village & their lifestyle.
Overnight at Nagarkot Eco Home .

Day 02: Nagarkot  Namobuddha 1 h 33 min (36.0 km)

Visit the ancient Changu Narayan temple, Bhaktapur City & transfer to Namobuddha for Overnight.
Early in the morning enjoy the sunrise view and the long chain of mountains from your hotel room. After breakfast Visit 2 different UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changu Nayan temple, the oldest temple of Nepal built in 464 AD dedicated to Lord Vishnu and an excellent example of Nepalese architecture, it takes 31 min (10.4 km) from Nagarkot. It is 5km away from Bhaktapur city, an ancient Newari town, after then an exciting drive to Namobuddha for about an hour. you stay overnight in a Namobuddha Monastery Lodge which gives you enough opportunity to refresh your body and mind in a peaceful environment.

Visit Changu Narayan Temple
The Temple of Changu Narayan is one of the four Narayan Temples of Kathmandu Valley situated on the crest of a hill near the Manohara Temple , 5km from Bhaktapur city.At its front a few feet to the left of the entrance to the main shrine stands a stone pillar upon which is carved the oldest dated inscription in the valley ,that concerning King Manadeva & his mother queen Rajyavati.

Visit Bhaktapur City
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are:

The Golden Gate: The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, In the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom: It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows.

The Palace of Fifty five Windows: This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.

Visit Namobuddha

Namobuddha is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. This is where one of the Bodhisattva (Buddha to be) sacrificed himself to feed nourishing tigress. A stupa has been built with his relic. NamoBuddha is a spiritually filled center for Buddhists where you can rest your soul for sometimes away from noisy crowd to seek for a minute silence. This can make your body & mind feel like contended. From the 1,750m hill top one can see long stretch of the central Himalayas within a traditional Buddhist setting in Nepal and view of Kathmandu.

Overnight at Namobuddha Monastery Lodge

Day03: Namobuddha  Kathmandu 1 h 34 min (42.0 km)
Visit Dhulikhel Bazzar, Patan City and Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)

Today, you will leave Namobuddha and Stopover Dhulikhel Bazaar, a newari village. Enjoy the ancient architecture, windows, doors of traditional old houses & temples after then drive to Patan city & swayambhunath Stupa .

Visit Patan City
Patan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a historical city founded probably in the 3rd century BS and features its own royal palace with its golden door and window. The important things to be seen in patan include the beautiful piece of traditional metal crafts, the famed Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles, the Royal bath of Sundarichowk, a perfect piece of the classic work in stone. Royal Taleju temple and Char Narayan temple are the finest examples of the unique craftsmanship in wood; the temple of Bhimsen with the magnificent golden balcony overlooking the square outside plus many other shrines and sculptures scattered in and around the square. Here you can enjoy the Museum with its world class collection of Newari art. The city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of artists. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, Shiva, Narsingha and others are situated in the Patan Durbar Square. You will also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony.

Visit Swayambhunath Stupa
After then you will drive to Swayambhunath,the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colourful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley mythical beginning. Legend has it that the history of the Valley began with the draining of an ancient lake by an Enlightened Being to reveal the Valley and a lotus flower was transformed into the hill and the shining light became the stupa itself. Swarms of pilgrims and red-clad monks circle the complex, spinning the prayer wheels, while the scores of monkeys that give the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple, prance about in irreverent groups. Interestingly the temple complex is scattered with shrines and statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities and the assortment of pilgrims from both faiths characterizes the country unique religious harmony.
Overnight at Shakti Hotel.

Day 04: Kathmandu  Chitwan (170.1 km) 5 h 1 min
Transfer to Chitwan National Park, a short walk tour to Tharu village

Drive to Chitwan National Park- One of the Asian best preserved natural habitat of Great one horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and many other endangered species of mammals, birds and aquatic lives. After refreshment, take a short walk tour to the village of Tharu aboriginal people whose life style remains unchanged over the century.
Overnight at Jungle adventure World.

Day 05: Chitwan
Engage in Jungle activities ;Canoe in Rapti River, Elephant back safari , & visit elephant breeding camp

After breakfast, you will set out on a dog out canoe in Rapti River to watch the aquatic birds. If luck favors you, you will get to see the one of the endangered species of crocodiles-Gharial. The boat ride lasts for 30 minutes and you will visit the Elephant breeding camp, where you will have chance to play with the young elephant babies and learn how the elephants are captured in the wild, how they are tamed and trained to work for human beings. You will be kept busy in jungle safari activities like Elephant Riding, Tharu cultural dance & Bird Watching etc.

Overnight at Jungle Adventure World.

Day 06: Chitwan- Bandipur 3 h 1 min (95.7 km)
Drive to Bandipur. Local sightseeing:Tundikhel, Siddha Gufa, Silkworm Farm,Bindebasini Temple ,Thani Mai Temple ,Padma Library & Martyrs Memorial.

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Bandipur which is located in hillock. The town is 65 km. north of Chitwan .After refreshment, Stroll the narrow lanes beneath traditional Newari wooden houses or sit in one of the many patis / pauwas (platform) and become part of an authentic Nepali experience. Visit Tundikhel : From here, you can view the magnificent Himalayan Range including the spectacular peaks of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, among others. Visit Siddha Gufa : It is said to be the largest cave not only in thecountry but also on the South Asian subcontinent. It is believed that anyone entering the cave will cause all the sins of their ancestors to be washed away and bring them salvation. Visit Silkworm Farm: it takes you through the fascinating process of how silk is produced. Visit Bindebasini Temple: This temple is located in the main bazaar area and is constructed in the pagoda style. An image of the goddess Bindyabasini is enshrined here. It also contains statues of other goddesses. Visit Thani Mai Temple: the main reason to climb up to Thani Mai is for its spectacular sunrise views. Visit to Padma Library: This historic library lies in the heart of Bandipur Bazaar.& then head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honors seven Bandipur sons who were killed during the anti-Rana insurrection of 1951.

Here you can enjoy the mountain views, country life. It is the place of temples and beautiful scenery.
Overnight at Bandipur Village Resort.

Day 07: Bandipur Pokhara- Naudanda 3 h 4 min (104.5 km)
Drive Bandipur to Naudanda , visit local village

The trail to Naudanda from Pokhara is one of the best scenic trails for experiencing the rural life of Nepal, It is at an altitude of 1590m from sea level offering breathtaking sunrise and sunset view & superb mountains views including Annapurna(8091m), Machhapuchchhre( Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Phewa lakes, Pokhara valley, Paragliding and hilly farming terrace land. It is a large Gurung village settlement, which has become important junction for travelers encounter the different people following this route. You see the mixed culture of these different groups of people there.
Overnight at Himalayan Deurali Resort

Day 8: Naudanda  Pokhara 1 h 10 min (32.1 km)
Drive back to Pokhara, Full day Sightseeing at Pokhara

After breakfast in the resort, transfer to Pokhara which is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level. Fantastic Lake City of Pokhara is the most popular destinations for tourist. After refreshment; you will stroll along the lakeside. Visit Bindyabasini Temple, Seti river gorge, Gupteswor cave & Davis Fall. Enjoy boating in Fewa Lake, nestled in the Annapurna Mountains of the mighty Himalayas. The reflection of Machhapuchre in the Fewa Lake is breath taking. The views of the Himalayas with the temples make a blend of beauties of nature & culture. The never ending thrill through the dusty and winding roads will take you places that you have imagined your entire life.

Overnight at Dandelion Hotel

Day 9: Pokhara to kathmandu 5 h 15 min (203.5 km)
After Breakfast scenic drive along the riverside hilly road. On the way to kathmandu if you want to visit the famous Manakamana temple. The Goddess of Wishes” where you can take a cable car ride. Rest of the time is leisure.

Overnight at Shakti Hotel.

Day 10: kathmandu at leisure
Today is a free day to explore Kathmandu on your own, stock up on souvenirs or try any of our extra tour options such as Everest flight & Rafting. Evening enjoy the farewell dinner.

Optional: Everest experience flight (Everest flight)
These flights are operated in the morning in Kathmandu. You will have to wake up early at 5.30am.
The flights start from 6.30 am till 8.30 am. The mountain flight, one of the world most exclusive
Tours on air for about an one hour, is a lifetime experience. A flight that takes you deep into the Himalayas, flying into valleys close to the rock face, as close as five nautical miles from the Everest itself. Now you can see the stunning beauty of nature; raw, undiluted and truly majestic. Besides Mt Everest (8848m), you will see Lhotse (8516m)and Nuptse (7855m),Shisha Pangma (8013m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Phurbi Ghyachu (6637m), 5970m Choba Bhamare, Gauri Shankar (7134m) named after Lord Shiva and his consort, Melungtse (7181m) & many other small peaks.

Overnight at Shakti Hotel

Day 11: Departure
you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey or to your next favored destination.
Land Prices:
Twin sharing: $660 per person
Single Supplementary: $140

Includes:

  • Accommodations in twin sharing basis on bed & breakfast except full board in Chitwan
  • All transportations by a private air-conditioned car
  • All entrance fees of the monuments as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour

Hotels used:

Kathmandu :   Shakti Hotel
Pokhara :       Dandelion Hotel
Bandipur :     Bandipur Village Resort
Chitwan :       Jungle Adventure World
Namobuddha:  Namobuddha Monastery Lodge
Naudanda :    Himalayan Deurali Resort