Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Lumbini – Cultural Scenic TourCover major highlights tour of cultural, religious & natural beauty cities || Extermly Popular ||
This 9 days trip with cultural & royal cities of Kathmandu and heart of the Jungle with the safari in Chitwan. The birthplace of Lord Buddha and founder of Buddhism in Lumbini and beautiful and clean city with magnificent views of the mountain in Pokhara are other two major cities. Everest Vacation offers you with flexible duration, cost and professional guide and driver.
Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Lumbini tour by Everest Vacation constitutes the cultural, historical, scenic, religious, and natural delights form the best places to visit in Nepal. This tour showcases different shades of the Himalayas, monuments withholding its history, and the unity between the diverse people living here.
Commencing at Kathmandu, the city of Temples, the stone patched streets leads you to the treasured heritage of the valley. After grabbing the unmissable monuments, our tour will continue to Pokhara. The adventure capital, Pokhara is also a divine fusion of nature in its many pristine forms. From the shades of the mighty Himalayas, one can get some of the majestic scenery together with the bliss of local cuisine and culture.
Gliding through the positive vibes, we will enter the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini. Besides the monks and thousands of devotees, one can find their true self in this heavenly land. Each beautiful monastery here reflects the art and devotion of Buddhism throughout the world. From this pristine land of purity, we will leap into the rich jungles of Chitwan. Embracing nature from near and experiencing the bliss of rare wildlife; our day also ends with a glow of local culture in Chitwan. A perfect journey to add to your travel diaries, travel with us to witness it all.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and Tour of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.
Day 02: Tour of Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum and Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple).
Day 03: Morning flight / drive to Pokhara (if by overland journey drive 06 hrs).
Day 04: Morning to Sarankot for Mountain views with Sunrise & Pokhar city tour with boating at Phewa Lake and optional Paragliding.
Day 05: Morning Drive/flight to Lumbini (if by overland, driving 05 hours) And Tour of Lumbini historical site Buddha’s birth place.
Day 06: Drive to Chitwan National Park – 05 hrs.
Day 07: At Chitwan with full day Jungle activities with Elephant Safari.
Day 08: Drive/flight back to Kathmandu (if by overland drive 05 hrs). If you have evening flight, Drop to you Airport.
Day 09: Final Deparutre, Drop to you airport for your next destination / home.
Day to Day Journey
After you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, Our representative from Everest vacations will approach you. After the formal introduction, you will get an authentic Nepali welcome with garlands. Our Kathmandu tour focuses upon the UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley. We will start our tour of Kathmandu from the temple of Pashupatinath within a short drive from the airport.
Pashupatinath, devoted to the Hindu god of destruction 'Shiva' is one of the supreme Hindu shrines in Nepal. The temple complex consists of over 500 small and big shrines, Shiva Lingam, and Chaityas. The main pagoda is two stroyed with a golden Gajur in it enclosed within four big doors. In the banks of holy river Bagmati, this temple is an ideal place to learn about Hindu culture and tradition in the valley. Numerous legends give us the origin of the Temple and its constituent shrines. The temple gets most devotees in the festival of Shiva Ratri from all around the world.
You can spend some time in the banks of Bagmati witnessing the Hindu form of cremation. A heartwarming scene, teaching you the meaning of life and what comes after.
We will head towards Boudhanath next. The biggest stupa in Nepal and the center of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudhanath is a peaceful place to spend the evening. You can join the hundreds of devotees circumambulating the premises. From one of the roof-top restaurants enjoy the view with a warm Tibetan tea. Your guide will transfer you straight to your hotel after the tour completes today.
We will head towards Patan, also known as Lalitpur or 'The city of arts' after our breakfast today. A short drive will take us to the Patan Durbar Square. The Durbar (Palace) squares are three pristine palace complexes in the valley situated at each major city, i.e., Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. The old palace here is a perfect showcase of architecture and history of Medival Nepal. The Garuda pillar, Taleju temple, and the Krishna temple are the major attractions not to miss in this palace square. We will visit the Patan museum located within the palace square and explore the lifestyle and art of Malla era from close.
From Patan, we will take a short ride to the foot of Swoyambhunath temple. This temple complex is one of the oldest heritage sites of the nation. 'The monkey temple' is the secondary name of Swoyambhunath for the abundance of the monkeys inhabiting the hill. Both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit the Swoyambhunath temple. The view of the Kathmandu valley is breathtaking with the background of green hills surrounding it. After the tour, we will return to our hotel and rest for the day.
30 minutes / 6 hours
We will take a flight or drive to the Pokhara city from Kathmandu today. Both provide us some great views of the hills and landscape of western Nepali hills. Pokhara is one of the most preferred places to visit in Nepal. Calm weather and a fresh breeze will welcome us in Pokhara. Naturally beautiful hills and lakes bless the lively city. Pokhara, the adventure capital of Nepal, offers us some of the thrilling activities to enrich our vacation. After reaching in Pokhara, head towards the hotel and rest. In the evening, you can head out for a short walk and try some Thakali cuisine here. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
We will begin the tour early today with a short drive to a hillside at Sarankot. From the foot, it is about 45 minutes of a hike to the sunrise viewpoint of Sarangkot. The sunrise view over an array of snow-capped mountains is pristine form here. With a close view of Annapurna and Machhapucchre (fishtail), world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m is also visible from here. Sarangkot is also the take-off place of famous Pokhara paragliding.
We will return to the city after breakfast at Sarangkot. We will visit the major attractions of Pokhara city. We will visit the International Mountain Museum, Gupteshor-Mahendra-Bat caves, and Seti river gorge here. Our next destination is a magical underground waterfall by the name Davis falls. Locally known as 'Patale Chango,' this fall is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places to be in Pokhara. In the evening we will take a boat ride in the Phewa Lake and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the reflection of the mountains. After the lake and Tal Barahi Temple Tour, you will return to the hotel.
Note: You have an option to do paragliding over Pokhara valley for which we will drive you to the take-off spot in Sarangkot.
25 minutes / 5 hours
We will take a scenic drive (5 hours) or fly (30 mins) to Lumbini after our breakfast today. From the green hills of Nepal, we will reach the flatlands of Terai to Lumbini. After arriving here, we will head towards our hotel and head out for a tour of Lumbini. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a sacred area for peace seekers. In the complex, we can visit the archeological ruins of what once was the palace of the Shakya kingdom.
Mayadevi Temple is the main temple of the area which encloses the actual point of Buddha. Cameras are not allowed inside the Mayadevi temple; however, you can spend some time on the premises and temple here. Similarly, we can visit the Ashoka Pillar which was made by Emperor Ashoka in his visit here, proving that Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. There are above fifty beautiful monasteries in this area made by different nations reflecting their unique architecture. We will return to the hotel and rest for the day after the divine tour.
We will visit a couple of remaining monasteries in Lumbini before our drive to Chitwan. The trip will take us closer to the plains of Nepal going straight through the sugarcane and paddy fields. The experience is unique as we enter different and less known geography to the world of Nepal. We will drive beside some area of Chitwan NP before reaching the hotel. In our spare time, we will take a short tour of the local Tharu community and learn more about the Terai lifestyle of Nepal. We will also get opportunities to take a short glimpse of the wildlife and ecosystem here.
After our breakfast, we will head towards the entrance of Chitwan National park and take our entry permits. We will spend our day in Chitwan with some pristine jungle activities topped with a magnificent elephant safari. If we are fortunate, we might encounter the elusive and rare Royal Bengal Tiger and One Horned Rhinoceros here. Other highlights of the are more than 70 different species of birds with some of them migrating from higher places, four beautiful types of deers, reptiles, and much other diverse wildlife and vegetation.
Chitwan National Park, with an area of 932 sq.kms, is an ideal destination to explore nature from close. Located in the inner subtropical Terai lowlands of Southern-Central Nepal, this park safari is one of the best in Asia. You can know a lot about the animals, plants, and wildflowers of these areas from our expert local guide here.Similarly, our naturalist will keep you busy with entertaining and exciting jungle programs. After this wondrous safari, we will return to our hotel and rest for the day after dinner.
25 minutes / 5 hours
After our breakfast today, we will start our return trip to Kathmandu. You can choose to fly or drive to the valley with both providing fabulous natural scenery. The hill-highway drive is thrilling with the showcase of the local lifestyle and snacks throughout the way. After reaching Kathmandu, you can involve in some souvenir shopping in the vibrant markets of Thamel. You can buy many organic products and handicrafts to return with. We will transfer you to the airport in case you have an evening departure else you can spend your spare time on your own. Here, you can enjoy the night life too, trying the local cuisine and music in the pubs.
As the last day of the trip, you can revisit some of your favorite places here before the flight. We will drop you to the TIA couple hours before the flight. Our Everest Vacation team will stay connected for your valuable feedback, experiences, and suggestions. With some exciting memories and stories of Nepal to return with, your tour will remain with you forever.
- Entrance fees of monuments
- Hotel / Accommodation with your choice
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Private Driver & Guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Private Tour
- Drinking water
- Transport by private AC car
Optional / Extended Activities
Travelling in 2018
Mikami Dai, Japan
Good people and great service at a remarkable price
Well, we a family tour overlapping the Hindu Festival of Dashain last year with Everest Vacation, and it was perfect. Netra helped us to time this tour of Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. We enjoyed the festival while exploring different heritage sites of Kathmandu. My kids loved the safari at Chitwan. And, the paragliding at Sarangkot, was something I will remember for a long time to come. For a family tour there comes many things under consideration. Everest Vacation changed a few things for an ideal tour here. Similarly, the price was competitive too. For the service we had, I would be happy to pay even more without any hesitation. With humble people, great hospitality, and reasonable price, I recommend Everest Vacation for a family tour in Nepal.
FAQs (Frequently Ask Questions)
1. What types of people are suitable for this trip?
This trip is prepared professionally to include individuals of all age group and fitness condition. With the help of our trained guides, you don't require any prior experience to involve in this trip.
2. What are the types of food should we expect in these destinations?
Your trip includes the breakfast provision from the company, and you can select from standard menus/buffet for breakfast. You have the freedom to cruise from a wide range of topnotch restaurants for the other meals in Pokhara, Kathmandu, and Lumbini. Most of these places serve you from continental, Indian, Mexican, and other major regional based cuisine. Similarly, you can always try some authentic Nepali and local cuisine during your visit. All three meals are provided by us in Chitwan, and you will have a broad menu there as well.
3. What about the transportation facilities you provide?
Everest Vacation deals with all of your transportation necessities from airport pickup to departure throughout the trip. Depending upon the size of your traveling group, we have private cars, minibus, vans and land cruisers for transportation. Similarly, we have experienced drivers in our group as your safety is our utmost concern.
4. What is the best season for this trip?
You can witness a different shade of Nepal, in each season you visit here. However, the best times to do the trip will be from March to May (spring) and Sept to Dec (autumn). These are the festive season with calm and pleasant weather.
5. Are ATM services accessible in these destinations?
Yes, ATMs and banks are available in convenient places throughout the trip. We recommend you to withdraw more as a certain charge is applicable each time you take out the cash.
6. Do I need to Tip my Guide/driver? How much would that be?
Tipping is not mandatory, but we do upvote this culture for the motivation of the individuals (guide/drivers). You can tip them at the end of the tour and as much as your heart wishes.
7. How are the drinking water facilities and quality?
You can find bottled water in the stores and restaurants here, which is generally safe.
8. What essential documents should I bring in the tour?
The documents which are compulsory are: -
- Valid passport:- your passport must be valid for at least six months after the completion of this tour
- Travel insurance:- You must carry a separate photocopy with you throughout the trip
- Cash and Traveler’s cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
- Flight tickets
- Emergency contact numbers and info and family contacts
9. Can I add extra days to my trip? And do you organize Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar or surroundings countries tour?
If you want to add more days for further exploration or some additional days in a destination, we are very flexible with these modifications. You can simply contact us with your desired additions, and we will provide you with the detail additional charge covering guide, accommodation, and transportation.
We also organize neighborhood countries tour:
Tibet Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/tibet/
Bhutan Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/bhutan/
Myanmar Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/myanmar/
Bangladesh Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/bangladesh/
Sri-lanka Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/srilanka/
India Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/india/
10. What immunization should I get before the trip?
Specific vaccines are not compulsory for the trip. However, you can have some covering *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus (just in case).
11. What are the charges for my child?
We have a standard condition depending solely on the age of your child which is
- Below 5 years of age:- completely free
- Below 10 years of age:- 50% of the total trip cost is applicable
- Above 10 years:- full charge or the same as of an adult
12. What is the driving time for reaching our destinations in the trip?
The driving period for typical situations to reach different destinations in the trip are given below: -
- Kathmandu to Pokhara - 6 hours approx
- Pokhara to Lumbini - 5 hours approx
- Lumbini to Chitwan - 3 hours approx
- Chitwan to Kathmandu - 5 hours approx
13. Is traveling by road safe in Nepal? Are there any flight options connecting these cities?
Traveling by road provides us more experiences and local culture in Nepal. With our private and well-facilitated vehicles operated by experienced drivers, we assure you a safe transport to the destinations of your visit. Yes, some domestic flights are connecting each of the cities, and it might be more convenient in particular cases too.
14. Can I book the tour in advance? If yes, how?
It is best to book the trip at least a month prior to your visit in prime tourist seasons in Nepal. It is not absolutely mandatory to make the reservations, but booking in advance assures you the best available infrastructure and experiences throughout the trip. You can book the tour with Everest vacation by paying a certain percentage of the overall trip cost. You can also visit our booking terms and conditions for more information and complete process.
15. Who will be our travel guides on this trip? Is he/she reliable enough?
The guides who will accompany you throughout the trip will be licensed with proper training and years of experience in this field. Similarly, they are fluent speakers of English, Nepali, and some of the local language, further helping you to understand the locals. Everest Vacation also provide multilingual guides fluent in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and other different languages around the world. He/she are given the complete detail of the trip and is trained to respond quickly to any unforeseen events. Additionally, she/he also has fundamental medical and first aid training for your extra assurance. Yes, you can completely rely on them for the trip.
16. Is this tour a private or a group one? Is the itinerary customizable?
We always run a private trip for you or your group with an experienced English speaking guide. We do not work for group joining basis. Yes, the itinerary is customizable up to some extent. You can add or remove some of the destinations discussing with us prior to the trip. During the trip, you can skip or add a day to the place discussing it with the guide and us. As long as it doesn't affect the overall tour, you can do several alterations to our standard tour itinerary.
17. How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?
It depends upon how you are willing to spend it on this tour. There are plenty of places where you can try to spend exquisitely. It is better to have some cash with you as much of the transaction is carried out in cash. You can make up your mind accordingly and bring it for your personal expenses. It is also wise to add some 100$ extra in case you need it. If you want to try some extra activities, you can look for those activities and their prices online beforehand.