Day 01: Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. Transfer to the hotel and rest.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of the southern Kathmandu valley including Khokana, Bungmati and Patan Durbar Square.
Khokana and Bungmati- Khokana and Bungmati lie in close proximity with each other. These two villages are some of the oldest settlements of Kathmandu valley in the southern side. Khokana is a village with traditional Newari houses, old monuments and has the temple of Indrayeni, the patron deity of Khokana. Bungmati is the winter home of the rain goad Machindranath he is worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhist. The Buddhist worships him as the god of compassion. Bungmati is 20 minutes of walk from Khokana through paddy fields. These two villages are the best places to observe the daily life of people in Kathmandu. You can see some of them making handicrafts, some farming and some doing daily chores such as washing, bathing or drying their harvest.
Patan Durbar Square- Patan or Lalitpur as it is known as is the city of fine arts. Patan has remained as a Buddhist city since ancient times and it is believed that the famous emperor Ashok of India visited this city back in the 3rd century BC. Although the city has more Buddhist monuments than Hindu temples the main Durbar Square area is full of Hindu temples dating back from different periods of Nepalese history. Some famous monuments in Patan include the Taleju temple, the Bhimsen Temple, The golden temple, the temple of 1000 Buddha and the Sun Dhara, meaning golden tap. Patan city is famous for its export of arts and crafts done in metal.
Day 03: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu including Pasupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa. In the afternoon free time around Thamel.
Boudhanath stupa: This stupa and its surrounding is known as the Little Tibet in Kathmandu as many Tibetan refugees settled around this holy site for Tibetan Buddhists. This is a giant stupa with a height of 36 meters and a diameter of 100 m, making it the largest stupa in Nepal. As you go inside the premises of the stupa you can see many pilgrims and tourist going around in the process called Kora, a religious circling of the stupa. Having lunch on one of the roof top restaurants observing the activities of tourist and pilgrims is also interesting when you are here.
Pashupatinath temple: Pashupatinath is the biggest and most scared Hindu temple in Kathmandu. This UNESCO world heritage site is a fascinating and a colofurful and playful monkeys in search of food. This place has it all. place as it has lot of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and Other parts of the world doing all kinds of religious ceremonies, holy men with all kinds of makeup posing for pictures for tourist and. People having other religious faiths than Hinduism are not allowed inside the main temple courtyard but the outside is also interesting with many temples and small shrines. The cremation site beside the Pashupatinath temple is also a interesting place to see around this temple area.
Thamel- Thamel is the tourist hub in Kathmandu. Hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, body massage, live music Thamel has it all. Thamel has grown as the tourist center of Nepal in the last few decades. Strolling around Thamel gives to opportunity to experience the hospitality in Nepal at its best. If you are thinking about last minute shopping there is no better place in Kathmandu than Thamel.
Day 04: Drive to Bandipur (155km/2 hours).Visit the Thani Mai Temple, Notredamn School and Bandipur Bazaar in the Evening.
We start the day after breakfast and drive towards Bandipur. A Small village in the Tanahun District, it is a new destination in Nepal with a feel of village life and some cultural attractions. The Bazaar area is lively with old houses and friendly people and gives you a feeling of coming back to the 18th century Europe. You can also see the sunset and sunrise over the Manaslu range from Bandipur. Besides Manaslu Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal range and others are also visible from Bandipur.
Day 05: Drive to Pokhara (50 km/2 hours). Boating around the Phewa lake and hike around the lake side.
Day 06: Early morning drive to Sarangkot for Mountain View. Full day sightseeing of Pokhara.
This is one of the most exciting days in this Nepal tour Package. This day starts early (depends on the sunrise time so consult your guide for wakeup call) as we will drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and Mountain View. The hilltop of Sarangkot lies about 1700 m from sea level. This scenic place offers nice sunrise view along with the Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri Mountain View from a close proximity. The highlight although is the Mount Fishtail, considered by many as the look alike of Mount Blanc in Switzerland. The view point at Sarangkot also offers great view of the Lake and the Pokhara city. We will drive back to the city after sunrise and after breakfast carry on with rest of the programs. The first place we will visit is Davis fall, named after a Swiss coupled washed away by the waterfall in 1961. Just 2 minutes walk from the fall is a 100 m long cave called Gupteshwor which has a self created statue of shiva in the middle and going further ahead you can see nice view of Davis fall coming down from the other side. In a close proximity with the cave lies the Tibetan refugee camp where you can see the houses and monasteries of Tibetan refugees. They can be seeing making handloom carpets, jewelry and other things for livelihood. We will then visit the temple of Bindabasani, famous for the marriages that take place there and then see th Seti river gorge nearby to end the day sightseeing.
Day 07: After breakfast drive to Palpa/Tansen. In the past Tansen was on the trade route between the plains and the hills. Tansen is between Pokhara (5 hr, 110km) and Sunauli/Bhairwa (2 hr, 55 km), just off the Siddhartha Highway, and is a pleasant place to stop on the way between the two places Please note that there are no 4 star and 5 star hotels in Tansen.
Day 08: After breakfast we start the drive along the Siddhartha highway to Lumbini (55km/2 hours). Sightseeing of the Maya Devi temple and surrounding monasteries in the evening.
We are heading towards Lumbini from Pokhara. The drive is about 7 hours long and goes through hills and plain, goes past crossing some big rivers and you can see significant change in lifestyle, vegetation and many other things during this short drive. The highway is narrow but offers scenic view of the Annapurna and Manaslu range. On the way we will pass town of Butwal and Palpa and some other big settlements as well. Upon reaching the hotel at Lumbini we will rest and in the evening visit the Maya Devi Garden, the birth place of Lord Buddha and the surrounding monasteries in the Lumbini master plan area.
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu (305km/9 hours). Free time in the evening.
Day 10: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar square and drive to Nagarkot for overnight stay.
Kathmandu Durbar Square – Kathmandu Durbar square is one of the most interesting places in Nepal. It lies in the center of the city and is a lively place with all kinds of attractions. This area was the seat of the royalty till 1896, when the Royal family moved to the new Palace in Kings Way now. This interesting world heritage site has monuments and statues from different periods of Nepalese history from Lichivi to the Shah era. The famous monuments in this area include the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the old Royal palace, the Jagganath temple, the temple of Taleju and the terrifying statue of Kal Bhairav.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square- The city of devotees Bhaktapur lies 15 km east from the city center of Kathmandu. It is a open museum full of ancient temples, courtyard, world class wooden and metal architecture and numerous festivals. This is one of the best preserved heritages of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square has 4 main courtyards the Durbar Square, the Pottery Square, the Taumadi Square and the Dattatreya square. Besides these 4, there are many courtyards called Bahals, the private residential area of the Newari people. The tallest pagoda style temple of Nepal, Nyatapol makes Bhaktapur a must visit when you are in Nepal.
Nagarkot - Nagarkot is situated almost 32 km from the city center of Kathmandu. It is a small hill station offering panoramic view of the high mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Annapurna 2nd and even Mount Everest at a distance. It can be reached after one and half hour of drive through the paddy fields and thin pine forest. Situated at 2100 meters it is one of the best places to see sunrise and sunset near Kathmandu city.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast. Rest of the day free on your own.
Day 12: Final Departure.
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How do I get into Nepal?
Nepal has 1 international airport and almost 30 airlines from different parts of the world fly here. You can book with one of the airlines flying here. If you are in India or Tibet there are entry points from where you can travel overland into Nepal. The entry point by land is as follows-
- Pani Tanki/Kakarbhitta
- Rupaidiya/ Nepalgunj
- Banbasa/Mahendranagar, Gaddachowki and
- Khasa, Liping/ Tatopani on the Tibet, China-Nepal border.
Contact us for details about the entry formalities.
How can I reach the hotel from the airport?
An AMN staff will be waiting for you at the airport with your name plate or our company board as agreed before. If airport pickup is not included in your package you can get an airport taxi from the airport which costs you USD 8 from the airport to the hotel in Thamel or other areas.
Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?
Yes every foreigner except Indian nationals should be in possession of a visa upon arrival at Nepal. If you have a diplomatic mission of Nepal back home you can process your visa at home itself. Visa can also be obtained upon arrival in the airport or after you arrive at the entry points from India or Tibet.
a. Nepal Tourist Visa
Nepal Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
b. Free Visa in Nepal.
Nationals of the SAARC member countries can obtain a free visa for 30 days on arrival.
c. For Indian National
Citizens of India don’t need a visa in Nepal but they should be in possession of atleast one of the items while they enter or leave Nepalese territory.
2. Driving License with photo
3. Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency
4. Ration Card with Photo
5. Election Commission Card with Photo
6. Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu
7. Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank
d. Other Information about Nepal visa.
Citizens of the following countries are not allowed an on arrival visa in Nepal- Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan. They are supposed to acquire a visa from the nearest Nepalese Ambasssy or diplomatic mission.
e. Nepal Visa Extension
Visa can be extended for maximum of 150 days within a year.
What do I need to get visa?
You must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document and 2 passport sized photographs for the visa. The visa fee differs as per the length of stay and you must pay the visa fee in cash by convertible currency (USD, GBP, and EUR).
What is the currency of Nepal?
Rupee is the currency of Nepal and it is approximately 90-100 for 1 USD. There are notes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 denominations. Coins are available but not very common in use.
Where can I exchange money?
Money can be exchanged at the licensed money exchange shops, hotels and banks. AMN also provides money exchange facility to its guests.
Can I with draw money from ATM machines with my credit card?
Except some local bank’s ATM you can withdraw money from almost every ATM machine in the cities. During the tours withdrawing money is not a big problem.
Do all places accept credit cards in Nepal?
You can use credit cards in hotels, restaurants (not every), souvenir shops. In local grocery and small shops you have to pay in cash.
How can I transfer money into Nepal while I am there?
You can use credit cards such as the AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA and MASTERCARD cards in Kathmandu. You can wire money from your home country through banks in Kathmandu within 2-3 days.
When is the best time for touring in Nepal?
Nepal has a big diversity in terms of climate and altitude which has resulted in different climatic conditions and different weather in different parts of the country. Spring (FEB/MAR/APR) and autumn (SEP/OCT/NOV) are regarded as the best time to travel in Nepal as the weather is pleasant, no rainfall during this time and the view of the mountains is clear. But besides that if you plan to travel in winter (DEC/JAN) and Monsoon (JUN/JUL) the weather has its own uniqueness. Winter is ideal in the plains of Nepal with sub tropical climates and most of the country’s national parks are here and in Monsoon you can enjoy a trip in the trans-Himalayan region as this region doesn’t receive rainfall. Nepal is a country for all seasons.
Do I need to have insurance before going for travelling in Nepal?
Tours in Nepal are not very sensitive interms of safety but we recommend our guest to have a insurance covering health issues, cancellations of flights and trip cancellation due to weather and other issues.
What is the time difference in Nepal?
Nepali time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.
What are the basic customs of Nepal I should know before I go?
- Namaste is the daily greeting used when you meet or depart with people.
- Exposure of body parts especially by females is often frowned upon in the villages of Nepal.
- Foreigners are not allowed in some important Hindu temples but there are no such restrictions in Buddhist stupas and monasteries.
- You should always walk clockwise around the stupa and monasteries.
- Leather is not permitted in most stupa, temples and monastery.
- Make sure you can take photographs in religious areas. Holy men often ask for money if you photograph them.
- It is considered ill mannered to show affection in public places.
- Boys or girls’ walking hand on hand is a common sight in Nepal and it doesn’t carry the same meaning like in western culture.
- Nodding of head means “Yes” while shaking of head means a “No”. A slight dangling of head from left to right means “OK”.
How is local transport in Nepal?
During your package tour in Nepal you will have a vehicle with you during the sightseeing. If you want to do something extra or personal you can hire a cab as Nepal doesn’t have subway or train services. The local buses must be difficult to handle for a foreigner. So riding a cab or hiring a Car from the company is a good idea.
How can I communicate from Nepal with my family back home?
Most of the hotels in the cities during the tours in Nepal have Wi-Fi service. The calling cost from Nepal is also getting lower and lower every time.
What kind of hotels is available in Nepal?
During the tours the hotel will be as we have decided before during the correspondence. There are luxurious 5 star hotels and basic budget hotels you can choose as per your budget.
What can I eat in the cities?
If you are travelling on full board program all the meals will be provided and every meal will be different during the tour each time so that you don’t feel bored. If you are booked on Bed and breakfast you have plenty to choose from as major cities through which the tour goes you have lots of places offering food from all corners of the globe. Continental to Asian and Indian/Nepali food is available in Nepal. Places like king’s way and Thamel have a collection of Italian, French, Japanese and other kinds of food. International brands Pizza hut and KFC are also present in Nepal.
What are the popular souvenirs of Nepal?
Handicrafts, Pasmina, paintings are famous from Nepal. Singing bowls are also a getting popular as souvenir from Nepal.
Are there things I should know before confirming tours in Nepal?
You can contact us if you need further information. Issues like drinking water, entrance fees, guide /driver etc are subject to your inclusions in the tour package in Nepal. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding this trip.