Cultural Tour Nepal  10 Days
Cultural Tour Nepal 10 Days

Himalayan rock Complete tour in Nepal tour including a visit to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha; Nagarkot, a famous Himalaya viewpoint from where Mount Everest can be seen; Royal Chitwan National Park; Pokhara and 3 World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley, Swayambunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.

Facts Of Trip


Grade: Grade I
Type: Tour
Total duration: 10 days
Cost: See Details
Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Kathmandu arrival, transfer to Nagarkot
Day 2 Nagarkot - Pokhara
Day 3 Pokhara
Day 4 Pokhara - Lumbini
Day 5 Lumbini
Day 6 Lumbini - Chitwan National Park
Day 7 Chitwan National Park
Day 8 Chitwan National Park - Kathmandu
Day 9 Kathmandu - sightseeing
Day 10 Kathmandu, departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Nagarkot
Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel in Nagarkot. Nagarkot (2.200m), located at a hilltop around 35 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is a very scenic spot. Nagarkot offers spectacular sunset and sunrise views on the mighty Himalayas when the weather is clear. Nagarkot is famous for being one of the best places to see Mount Everest and lots of other snow covered Himalaya peaks like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Gauri Shankar.

Day 2 Nagarkot - Pokhara
Early wake up call to see the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. Breakfast and transfer to Pokhara by private transport. During the drive we will already have stunning views on the mighty Himalaya massifs which rise above 8.000m, like Manaslu and Annapurna.

Day 3 Pokhara
Pokhara (200 km west of Kathmandu) is often called the enchanting Himalayan valley,
surrounded by beautiful snow-caped mountains, with the magnificent Phewa lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, all-year round pleasing weather and friendly people. In Pokhara visit the Santi Stupa, a massive Buddhist stupa which is situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake in Pokhara. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the scene is a great advantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range, holy Mount Macchapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) and Pokhara city.

Day 4 Pokhara - Lumbini
After early breakfast transfer from Pokhara to Lumbini by private transport.

Day 5 Lumbini
Lumbini (Sanskrit for "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located at the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi, near the Indian border. Lumbini is one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under trees. The other three sites are in India: Bodh Gaya (enlightenment), Sarnath (first discourse), and Kushinagar (death).
Lumbini is the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born in the 7th or 6th century BC. According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labor pains, she grabbed hold of the branches of a shade tree and gave birth to Siddharta Gautama, the future Buddha.
The Buddha is said to have announced, "This is my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.

Day 6 Lumbini - Chitwan National Park
After breakfast transfer from Lumbini to Kathmandu by bus. Overnight in a Jungle Resort in Chitwan National Park.

Day 7 Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is a main attraction in Nepal. This National Park is regarded as the best National Park of Nepal, and is also the most developed one. Elephant Breeding Center, sunset at the Rapti River and the Crocodile Farm are must see locations in the park.You will journey into the deep forest riding on elephant back, and be able to witness the preserved natural assets of Nepal like birds, flora and fauna. World's one of the most endangered species, Bengal Tigers are found in Nepal, and many of them in Chitwan National Park. If it's your day, you might see them too. The other major animal you will see is the one-horned rhinos whose famous place to live on earth is none other than Nepal. The park is also famous for bird watching, and boat tours. Chitwan is also a place to learn about ethnic Nepali people called "Tharu". The traditional Tharu dances and songs are performed in the evening and we will visit one of these interesting local cultural events.Activities included in our Chitwan program are: elephant ride, canoe tour, jungle walk, village walk, bird watching and Tharu Cultural program.

Day 8 Chitwan National Park - Kathmandu
Transfer from Chitwan to Kathmandu. Time allowed visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square. This is a durbar of history and arts. One can see  artistic monuments, find the house of the living goddess Kumari, learn about the Kal Bhairam temple, red monkey god, and hundreds of erotic wood carvings.  The Kastmandap rest house located within the durbar square is said to have been built from a single tree. It is because of this house that Kathmandu valley (Valley of the Gods) got its name.

Day 9 Kathmandu
Kathmandu sightseeing tour with visits to Buddhist stupas of Swayambunath and Boudhanath as well as Pashupatinath temple, a very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. All places we will visit today are World Heritage sites.

Boudhanath - Bodnath
Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal. It is also the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism and sacred importance. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. The main entrance to the upper platform of Bodnath Stupa is on the north side. Here Amoghasiddhi, progenitor of the future Buddha, presides. Below Amoghasiddhi is the Buddha Maitreya, the future Buddha. Surrounding Bodnath Stupa are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful homes, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and street vendors.

Swayambunath - Monkey Temple
Perched atop a forested hill on the western edge of the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambunath Stupa is Kathmandu's most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha's eyes that stare out from the top of this hemispherical shrine have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal.The pilgrim's route to the "Swayambunath Stupa" is a steep stone staircase of more than 300 steps, often claimed as 365. Leading up to the Swayambunath gate are walls into which are set dozens of copper prayer wheels, inside of which are thousands of Tibetan Buddhist prayers. Buddhists gain a better standing in their next life by saying as many prayers or mantras as possible, and it is believed that when each prayer wheel is spun, all the prayers inside are recited and sent heavenward. Swayambunath is also known as the "Monkey Temple", and as you start up the hill, you will likely begin to see the monkeys that lend the stupa this alternate name.

Pashupatinath
The temple of Pashupatinath, or Pashupati, is located in Deopatan, a little town 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. It is a Hindu temple, dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley.
The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple compound's inner courtyard can be had from Shleshmantak hill on the opposite (eastern) bank of the Bagmati river. The Bagmati River, which runs next to Pashaputinath Temple, has highly sacred properties. Thus the banks are lined with many ghats (bathing spots) for use by pilgrims.

Day 10 Departure from Kathmandu
Our Nepalese staff will take you to the airport for your flight home. 

Cost Includes / Excludes
Included:
- Transfers to and from Kathmandu Airport
- Transfer Kathmandu - Nagarkot
- Transfer Nagarkot - Pokhara
- Transfer Pokhara - Lumbini
- Transfer Lumbini - Chitwan N.P.
- Transfer Chitwan N.P. - Kathmandu
- Chitwan N.P. - Jungle program - elephant ride,canoeing, bird watching, Tharu cultural program, jungle walk
- Chitwan N.P. - Jungle resort
- Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
- Sightseeing in Lumbini
- Hotels in Kathmandu and Nagarkot
- Hotels in Pokhara and Lumbini
- Meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner
- All entrance fees

Not Included:
- Tips and personal expenses and insurances
- Drinks
- Nepal Visa


Note: it is possible to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Lumbini to Kathmandu. If you prefer to do so an additional fare will be charged.

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