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8 Days Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Highlights Tour $982

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As one popular travel destination attracting numerous tourists every year, Nepal is famous for its splendid Himalayan views, golden religious temples, peaceful hill villages as well as jungle wildlife watching. This tour takes you to experience all of them in one go.

In this 8 day tour, you will visit the top three travel regions – Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. Varying from cultural hub teemed with fascinating ancient buildings, to natural breathtaking scenery of Annapurna Range and different forest activities, each destination offers you a special experience. No matter you are interested history, culture, nature or adventure, you will realize your travel ambition for Nepal.

Highlights of this tour:

  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley - Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple, Budhanath, etc,;
  • Get a breathtaking view of sunrise over majestic Himalayan mountains (with eight ranges visible) from Nagarkot;
  • Be thrown into the tranquility, beauty and laidback charm of lakeside Pokhara – the most picturesque town in Nepal;
  • Enjoy jungle safari experience in Chitwan National Park, which is the home to many wild animals and over 600 species of birds.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price: $982

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-KN-08
  • Tour type: Private escorted tour with English-speaking tour guide and private vehicle with experienced driver
  • Destination: Kathmandu / Nagarkot / Pokhara / Chitwan / Kathmandu
  • Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CulturePhotographyMountainArchitectureFamily
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure
  • Max Altitude
    2,195 m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival (D)

Kathmandu Airport Pick up & Check in Hotel

Welcome to Kathmandu, the colorful capital of Nepal. Upon arriving at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our enthusiastic local guide with smiles, then transfer to Kathmandu downtown to check in your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

At evening, a "Welcome Dinner" will be held for you at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine dinner.

Free time ideas: 1) visit Garden of Dreams, Royal Botanical Garden; 2) Walk around Thamel, Ason or Indrachowk bazaar.

  • Traditional Nepalese Food Traditional Nepalese Food

Day 2 Kathmandu - Nagarkot / 30km, About 1.5hrs' Driving (B)

Today's Highlights: Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

This morning, meet your tour guide in your hotel, you will travel towards the western delight of the Valley - Swayambhunath, the Kathmandu's most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine with a history over 2500 years. There are a lot of monkeys residing in the Temple, that's why the shrine is also famous as the Monkey Temple. It is an excellent place for a quick hike and some fresh air. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges, and enjoy a fine view over Kathmandu city and the valley.

Next, you will get to the giant Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath which is the largest stupa in the world with a height of 131ft (39.93 m), also one of the most important Buddhist sacred sites in Kathmandu valley. The stupa was built around the 5th century A.D. with a highly unique three level mandala style structure. The location of the stupa is on the ancient trade road to Tibet where the merchants from Tibet rested and hanged prayer flags here for centuries.

After a shortwhile driving from Kathmandu, you will move to Bhaktapur which offers you the less disturbed cultural experience. In the ancient time, Bhaktapur was also known as Bhadgaon (the land of rice). The city was one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one. You can please your eyes with beautiful medieval arts and grand architecture, and walk through the stone patched streets to explore local culture and lifestyle. Not to be missed place include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple square, Bhaktapur national art gallery and the 55 windows palace. There is also a pottery square where you can find a traditional way of producing pottery which has been passed down from generation to generation.

Leaving Bhaktapusr you'll be transferred to Nagarkot. Situated 34km north-east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal as well as a quieter place to escape from Kathmandu’s hustle and bustle. Enjoy the beautiful sunset if time and weather permits.

  • Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot
  • Medieval architecture at Kathmandu Durbar Square Medieval architecture at Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Panoramic View of  Swayambhunath Panoramic View of Swayambhunath

Day 3 Nagarkot - Pokhara / 230km, About 7hrs' Driving (B)

Today's Highlight: Sunrise, Himalayan Mountains View

Get up early in the morning to catch the precious moment to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Himalayan Mountains. You can see five of the world’s tallest mountains – Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m) – and many other lesser summits in clear days.

Return to hotel to have breakfast, then sent out for the driving to Pokhara, which is a long driving about 6~7 hours but has many stunning sceneries to see along the road. Upon arriving at Pokhara, you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Check in your hotel. The rest time is free for you to take rest and stroll in the lake-side streets to seek fun.

Get up early in the morning to catch the precious moment to watch the breathtaking sunrise over Himalayan Mountains. You can see five of the world’s tallest mountains – Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.) – and many other lesser summits in clear days.

In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

  • Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot Enjoy Himalaya Mountains Views at Nagarkot
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure

Day 4 Pokhara (B)

Today's Highlight: Sarangkot Sunrise, Peace Temple, Phewa Lake

Get up in the early morning and go to Sarangkot to enjoy breathtaking sunrise. When the sun picks out the peaks, they are transformed from a purple-pink to a celestial gold. As the day breaks thoroughly, you can admire a wonderful panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks from west to east, which is praised as one of the most beautiful picture in Nepal. After the spectacular sunrise and landscape weeping at Sarangkot, you will drive to Peace Temple to see the brilliant World Peace Pagoda. The road to the pagoda is not in very good condition, but scenery is stunning. Constructed by the Buddhists from Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization, World Peace Pagoda expresses the good wishes of world peace. While seeing the enchanting natural sights around, you will also get a feeling of inner peace as well.

After lunch, you will visit Devil’s Fall, locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). It is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara Airport on the highway to Tanmen. Then, pay a visit to the nearby Gupteswar Gupha, which is a sacred cave. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. Afterwards, you will have a relaxed journey in Phewa Lake which is the second largest lake in Nepal. You can take one of the beautifully painted boats to cruise on the lake or enjoy a relaxing biking around the lake. You will then visit the most important religious monument in Pokhara - Barahi Temple which is built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. The two storied pagoda is dedicated to boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.

Recommended optional activities:

1) Paragliding into the sky to witness the magnificent view of the snow peaks and pristine lakes with an experienced pilot; 2) Enjoy a relaxing biking around Phewa Lake.

Other available Pokhara day tours plans:

If you prefer some more adventurous activities, such as hiking, biking, rafting, we can also customize a tour for you.

Nature Day Hike from Australian Camp to Dhampus

After breakfast, drive about 40 mins from Pokhara to Kande, then start hiking to the Australian Camp, which costs around 2 hours. You can enjoy unobstructed scenery of snow mountains of both Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri Range, beautiful terraces, peaceful villages along the hiking trail. After spending some time at Australian Camp, you will hike down through jungle to Dhampus, a community of local Gurang people with picturesque view of Annapurna mountains. Spend some time for lunching and exploring local culture, then walk down to Phedi, and drive back to Pokhara.

Seti River Rafting Day Tour from Pokhara

Located only about 1 hr’s driving from Pokhara, the Seti River is the perfect venue for a rafting adventure. It is a gentle river providing safe and comfortable rafting experience as well as a great variety of beautiful views including snow peaks, terrace fields, waterfalls, local villages, wild jungles, etc. It is suitable for family with kids either.

  • Phewa Lake - excellent place for relaxing Phewa Lake - excellent place for relaxing
  • Brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda Brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda
  • Splendid Sunrise from Sarangkot Splendid Sunrise from Sarangkot

Day 5 Pokhara - Chitwan / 150km, About 5hrs' Driving (B)

Today's Highlight: Village Visit

Today after breakfast, you will drive about 5 hours to Chitwan which is famous for Chitwan National Park.

Chitwan is the first national park, the oldest wildlife reserve and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal. Because of its remaining undisturbed vestiges of the Terai Region and particularly rich flora & fauna, it is listed in UNESECO World Heritage. There are over 70 recorded mammal species and hundreds of species of birds reside in the park.

After checking into the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by nature guide. Then you'll head on for activities. There will be a guided village walk and a walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle.

In the evening, dinner with Tharu Cultural Program by ethnic tribal people with their Tharu dances (like Stick Dance, Fire Dance and Peacock Dance) and tribal drums. It will entertain you as well as introduce you the Tharu culture and tradition.

  • Asian Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park Asian Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park

Day 6 Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Wildlife Observation, Jungle Safari

Today, you will have a full day enjoying safari in Chitwan National Park. As the home to sizable populations of wildlife, this park will undoubtedly offer you a splendid experience with the nature. In Chitwan National Park, you can find various endangered animals (like single-horned rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Mugger Crocodile, Indian rock python and several species of deer, etc.), some amphibians (like golden monitor lizard, crocodiles, python…) and over 500 species of birds (like lesser florican, large hornbill, black stork, white stork, etc.) There is a variety of excursions to have nature fun in Chitwan National Park, including Jeep safari, Canoe Ride, Jungle Walk and Elephant Safari, you can choose one or some of them according your own time and interest. Please tell your travel consultant your likes before booking the tour, and the final quotation will differ by activities you choose.

Jeep Safari: Jeep Safari allows you to travel into deep forest of jungle and get a better opportunity to take a view of more wild animals closely. The whole Jeep safari trip takes about 4 ~ 5 hours.

Canoe Ride: Canoeing at Rapti River is also a great adventurous experience. You are able to observe crocodiles basking motionlessly under the sun with their snouts wide. It is also possible to see the exotic species of birds sipping at the waters. It takes about 45 minutes usually.

Jungle Walk: Exploring the park on foot is a fantastic way to see the nature as well. Walking through the tall grasses and twisting vines, you will spot some wild animals and rare birds as well. Jungle walk takes 1.5 ~ 2 hours usually.

Elephant Safari: Exploring Chitwan National Park on the back to lumbering elephant offers you a safe and splendid vantage point high above the towering bushes. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant!

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Note: our price is based on Elephant Safari + Jungle Walk. Please tell your travel consultant your likes before booking the tour, and the final quotation will differ by activities you choose.

  • Riding Elephant in Chitwan National Park Riding Elephant in Chitwan National Park
  • Bird Watching in Chitwan Bird Watching in Chitwan
  • Panoramic View of  Swayambhunath Panoramic View of Swayambhunath

Day 7 Chitwan - Kathmandu / 150km, About 5.5hrs' Driving (B)

Today's Highlight: Patan Durbar Square

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu Valley from Chitwan.

In the afternoon, you will visit Patan, the second largest city in Kathmandu valley. Compared with Kathmandu city, Patan is quieter, a living place to experience Nepal local culture and lifestyle. You will visit its landmark - Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in Nepal. There are Hindu and Buddhist relic sites spread around the square. Most famous one is Krishna Temple which is said to be carved from a single enormous stone. Enjoy the beautiful stone works, religious sculptures, and have a leisure stroll through packed streets of souvenirs in the square.

After the nice refreshing tour of the Heritage and religious sites, drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Pigeons at Patan Durbar Square Pigeons at Patan Durbar Square

Day 8 Kathmandu Departure (B)

Kathmandu Airport Dropped off

Today is free for you until your guide pick you up from hotel to the airport to catch your flight in time.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is $982 per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B, L, D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

What's excluded in this price?

  • Nepal visa (your local tour guide could help you get it if necessary).
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities like early morning mountain flight.

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While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

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Useful Trip Notes

  • Recommended groups: suitable for all kinds of groups like youth, students, seniors, couple. It is especially designed for those visitors who want a combination of cultural, natural, and jungle/wildlife exposure during their trip.
  • Conditions: Your activities are mainly arranged in Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan and Pokhara. The altitude in these places are less than 1,400 m, and the road condition is quite good during the transfer. A little walking or climbing is involved in Nagarkot as you will watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. While be careful when you take part in activities in Chitwan such as elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip.
  • Nepal Visa: Nepal visa is required for all foreign nationals (except Indian nationals), who wants to enter Nepal and spend a holiday there. Once the visa was issued, it must be used within six months from the date of issue. For foreign travelers who want a holiday in Nepal, there are three kinds of Nepal Visa to apply according to different tour durations and purpose, including Single-entry Visa, Multi-entry Visa and Transit Visa. Nepal Visa on Arrival is possible for UK, EEC, Australia, Canada and USA passport holders, and can be issued at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • The Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend in February, March, April, May, September, October and November. Winter can be a bit cold. While June, July and August are the monsoon season and the weather is hot and wet at times.
  • How to Get to Kathmandu
    Travelers can take inbound international flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming in China, Thailand, India, Qatar, Turkey, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates directly. Overland travel from Tibet, India or Bhutan is also available.

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