Two weeks in Nepal, and it feels like coming back from another world. There is more to this country than Mt Everest and the Himalayas. From Natural beauty to endangered wildlife to Yeti, Nepal creates intrigue and is indeed a four season destination.
Nepal is home to some of the most extreme places in this world; such as the highest lake on the earth (Tilicho 4800 meters), the highest valley on earth (Arun valley), the deepest gorges (1200 meters) in Kaligandaki and the tallest grassland in Chitwan. A country which was shattered by a massive earthquake in 2015, still retains its beauty and is full of people forever warm and hopeful
Nepal for me is all about nature, philosophy, religion and culture all rolled inseparably into one fascinating treat for the senses. The mountains that are almost omnipresent, the temples, the Stupas, the forests, the lakes, the wildlife… And the culture that seems almost as ancient as time… Not to forget the vibrant night life in an around Thamel
I have put together a short capsule which covers some of these facets of the country for you. Come Beyonder and spend some time in Nepal the land of mountains…
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- Kathmandu – the cultural heart of Nepal, evening walking tours to ‘feel’ the place.
- The ancient places of worship – Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Buda Neelkanth
- The ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur
- The natural beauty of Pokhara with its pristine lake, hikes and mountains
- The forests of Chitwan and a jungle safari
- The magical sunrises at Sarangkot and Nagarkot
- The Everest mountain experience (optional)
Arrive at Kathmandu airport and get transferred to your hotel. Head out in the evening to sample the vibrant evenings at Ason, Indrachowk and Thamel.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (B)
Take an early morning 1 hour Mountain Flight for the spectacular sight of snowcapped mountains, many of them among the highest in the world including Mt. Everest.
Sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Pashupatinath (dating back to the 2nd century BC, it is one of the holiest Hindu Temples in the Indian subcontinent), Boudhanath (One of the biggest Buddhist Stupa/Temple in the world) and Patan with its rich cultural heritage and handicrafts. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu – Pokhara drive (B)
Head out on a scenic drive to Pokhara, visiting the Manakamana temple (Temple of wish fulfilling goddess) en route. In the evening you could head for boating (Optional) at the Phewa Lake and visit the Tal Barahi temple on a small island in the middle of the lake… The lakeside is also a bustling promenade with pubs, bars, shops and restaurants for you to explore… Overnight in Pokhara.
In Pokhara Sightseeing (B)
Early morning excursion to Sarangkot for Sunrise over the Himalayas (if the weather is clear, this affords a fabulous view of the Himalayas, especially the Mt Annapurna range). Head out for some sightseeing in Pokhara – Devi’s fall, Gupteshwar Cave, Lakeside Seti Gorge, Mahendra Pool, Mountain Museum etc. Overnight in Pokhara.
Chitwan (Jungle activities) (B,L,D)
Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan for a taste of the jungle and the teeming wildlife including the one-horned Rhino. In the evening indulge in other jungle activities like bird watching and jungle walk. Overnight at the jungle resort in Chitwan.
Chitwan National Park (Jungle activities) (B,L,D)
A full day in the jungle – Bird-watching in the morning (there are 276 species of birds here), elephant briefing session, canoeing on a silent trip down the river with views of birds and animals on the river bank, elephant-back safari to explore the jungle and wildlife that includes the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. End the day with a performance of the Tharu Cultural Dance. Overnight at the jungle resort in Chitwan.
Kathmandu (Flight) – Nagarkot
Understand the social and cultural aspect of the region with a village walk accompanied by a naturalist. Then fly back to Kathmandu and drive down to the mountain town of Nagarkot which is an excellent view point for Himalayan Panorama especially during sunrise and sunset. Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot.
Nagarkot to Kathmandu
Enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the pristine mountains before heading out to Kathmandu. En route, stopover to explore Bhaktapur, the heritage city of Kathmandu valley – a typical Newar Town along with the beautiful sights of 300 year old temples, pagodas and courtyards. The evening is free for you to catch up on any leftover shopping and letting your hair down in one the many pubs/ restaurants around… Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Get transferred to the airport in time to connect the international flight.