Scenic Nepal Tour

Trip Highlights

  1. Trip duration - 8nights/9 days Nepal tour.
  2. Tour code - Best of Nepal Tour Kathmandu, Chitwan, Nagarkot and Lumbini.
  3. Places to see - Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Lumbini and Chitwan.
Scenic Nepal Tour
Photo The freshwater lake of Nepal - Phewa Lake
Trip Duration: 9 days(s) Lodging: Hotels
Transportation: Flight / Private vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: 1 +
Best Season: Mar-Apr / Oct- Nov

Trip Overview

This 8 night’s program is a unique amalgam of Nepal’s attractions. This program has a bit of every flavor of Nepal such as culture, nature, adventure and Pilgrimage. Kathmandu with a cluster of UNESCO world heritage sites is the cultural hub of Nepal. Chitwan is the place for adventure as you head into the jungle on a elephant’s back to encounter a Royal Bengal Tiger. Nagarkot offers splendid view of the mountains especially the Langtang and the Everest. Lumbini is a must visit place for Pilgrims of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival 
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot. 
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan. Tharu village tour in the afternoon.
Day 04: Full day jungle activities. 
Day 05: Drive to Lumbini and sightseeing.
Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 07: Full day Sightseeing of Patan Durbar square and Khokana/Bungmati.
Day 08: Free day for optional tours. 
Day 09: Final departure.

Service includes

  • All transfer in private vehicle.
  • All sightseeing’s in private A/c vehicle.
  • 8 night’ accommodation on BB basis.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide fees.

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Meals
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

Itinerary

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 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 03: Drive to Chitwan (170km/6 hours). Tharu village walk in the afternoon. Tharu cultural program in the evening before dinner.

We are heading towards the south west towards Chitwan. It is a journey from the Hilly region into the Terai plain. We will drive along the Prithvi Highway for half way until diverting towards Chitwan from Mugling. As we approach near to Chitwan we can feel the rise in temperature and the area is full of dense forest. After a brief rest in the Jungle lodge we will do the village tour on foot. We will visit the villages of Tharu people, famous for their resistance against Malaria.  After the village walk we will participate in the Tharu Cultural program where the local Tharu villagers perform various kinds of festival dances and dances on other occasions.

Day 04: Full day jungle activities including canoeing, elephant breeding center visit, elephant bathing Elephant safari and Nature walk.

Chitwan national park is the first national park of Nepal and covers an area of 932 sq.km. This park has a variety of wildlife including the one horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, 2 species of crocodiles and more than 500 species of birds.  The day starts in the morning with the canoeing on a dugout canoe in the Budi Rapti River. It ends at the elephant breeding center where female elephants are kept for breeding. We will visit the place where you can see people taking shower with Elephants. You can participate by paying USD 2 for 15 minutes. We will come back for lunch and then after rest go for Elephant back Safari. In the evening, nice natures walk to see the animals up-close.

Day 05: After breakfast we start the drive to Lumbini (120km/7 hours). Sightseeing of the Maya Devi temple and surrounding monasteries in the evening.

The drive from Chitwan to Lumbini is a scenic drive of 5 hours. The change in the vegetation and lifestyle of the people is very significant.  After e30 minutes of leaving Chitwan we will stop at the Narayani River Bridge to look for crocodiles basking in the sun. 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 06: Drive back to Kathmandu (305km/9 hours). Free time in the evening. 

Day 07: 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 08: Free day. (Although this is a free day we can make arrangements for you to do some extra tours as Kathmandu has a lot to offer.)

Day 09: Final departure.

Contact us at info@amnholidays.com for price and other details of this 8 nights/9 days Nepal Tour package.

Trip FAQs

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
  • Raxual/Birgunj
  • Sunauli/Belhiya
  • Rupaidiya/ Nepalgunj
  • Mohana/Dhangadi
  • 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.
1. Passport
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.

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Scenic Nepal Tour, 2014-08-23 07:08:26 Thamel- A touristic hub of Nepal Patan Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings Mouthwatering sunrise view over Annapurna range from Nagarkot Bhaktapur Durbar Square is renowned for its arts and architecture Exciting jeep safari at Chitwan National Park Pung at Chitwan Mother elephant with baby elephants at Chitwan National Park's Elephant breeding Center Khokana women preparing chillies for drying Gharial at the bank of Rapti River, Chitwan Kathmandu Durbar Square- One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Traditional Tharu dance shown by indigenous Tharu people at Chitwan National PArk

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