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Nepali Highlights 13 days

  • In Bhaktapur

    Local women making dry the freshly harvested rice

  • Sunken boat in Begnas Lake

  • In Chitwan National Park

    Rhino after a mud-bath

  • Bhaktapur October 2015, after the earthquake


Trip Overview

Duration: 13 days
Maximum altitude: 2’175 m
Average walking time per day: 30 min – 1 hour
Accommodation: Hotel, Guesthouse
Best season: All over the year

A trip to Nepal is not automatically connected with a challenging trek and simple accommodation.

This tour will give you an insight into the simple life of Nepalese. Sometimes we get the feeling, as the time had been stood still.

Some of the Highlights are the 3 former royal capital town, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, important pilgrims and shrines of the Hindus and Buddhists, Pokhara with its beautiful lakes and views of the Annapurna massif, as well as a Jungle Tour in the Royal Chitwan National Park, a refuge of extinct endangered animals such as Single-horned Asiatic Rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, etc.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu – Lumbini

Day 04: Lumbini

Day 05: Drive from Lumbini to Royal Chitwan National Park

Day 06: Royal Chitwan National Park

Day 07: Drive from Royal Chitwan National Park to Bandipur

Day 08: Drive from Bandipur to Pokhara

Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Begnas Lake to Kathmandu

Day 10: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot

Day 11: Walking down to Changunarayan Temple - drive to Bhaktapur

Day 12: Drive from Bhaktapur to Patan to Kathmandu

Day 13: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the city of temples. Here lives the Kumari, the little girl who is worshiped as a living incarnation of the goddess. The Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important temples of Hinduism and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is an architectural beauty and stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. 

Boudhanath Stupa is known for its large Stupa and has for centuries been one of the most important pilgrimages for Buddhists. With a height of about 36 meters, the Stupa is one of the largest of its kind and Buddhist pilgrims circle the building clockwise (Kora). 

Swayambhunath or also called (because of the large monkey population) Monkey temple is situated on a hill, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Kathmandu. The most striking element of the temple is the Buddhist Stupa, which is flanked by two Hindu towers. As in many other places in Kathmandu Buddhist and Hindu Temples are closely linked here. 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu – Lumbini
We drive south to the border of India. 

Day 04: Lumbini
We visit the Maya Devi Temple. The mother of Buddha, Maya Devi worshiped from the Hinduism gave birth to her child under a Pipal tree (Bhodi tree). Inside the temple, we can see the footprint of her when she gave birth to her child Lord Buddha, the Founder of a world religion. The legend says that after birth Maya Devi did clean herself in the small artificial Pond in front of the temple. The area is surrounded with Pipal trees decorated with fluttering prayer flags under which the faithful meditate. Further the legend says that she held a Pipal tree during her labor.
With a rickshaw we head to the newer part of the site. Many countries which are connected to Buddhism have built their temples and monasteries there. Some of the monasteries are open for inspections. If you're lucky there is by chance just a ceremony at which you can safely watch. 

Day 05: Drive from Lumbini to Royal Chitwan National Park
We drive to the Chitwan National Park. Once there, we enjoy our lunch first before we start with the Chitwan program.

  • Walk along the river
  • Sunset at riverside
  • Cultural program, Tharu Stick dance 

Day 06: Royal Chitwan National Park
In the National Park you able to see the One-horned Rhinoceros (Indian Rhinoceros), various types of Deer, Monkeys, WildBboar, Bison, Sloth Bear, Leopard, and if you are lucky enough to see the Royal Bengal Tiger.

  • Bird watching program
  • Jungle tour on the back of an Elephant
  • Canoeing: with the traditional dugout canoe, we float quietly the Rapti River from where we are able to see wildlife on the banks
  • Elephant-breeding program: Learn more about the fascinating animals during a visit to the Elephant stable.
  • Jungle tour on the back of an Elephant or canoeing
  • Visit the riverside and take the chance to take a bath with the good-natured giant.

If you have not yet had the pleasure of Tharu stick dance yesterday, today you have the opportunity. 

Day 07: Drive from Royal Chitwan National Park to Bandipur
We drive to the charming village of Bandipur. The cobbled streets are narrow and uneven, and on both sides traditional Newari houses tightly strung together.

If the weather cooperates, we have a good view of the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain in the distance. In the afternoon we can walk a bit through the village and the surrounding area. Watch the farmers ploughing the fields with their oxen and the women carry the harvest baskets home.

Day 08: Drive from Bandipur to Pokhara
This day is for many activities in the magnificent surroundings of Pokhara. For example, a boat ride on the Phewa Lake to the opposite shore. Hiking up (about 40 minutes) to the peace stupa at the southern end of the Phewas Lake. If the weather is clear, we have magnificent views over the lake and the whole Himalayan range. Another opportunity is a walk on Phewa Lake, enjoying the fantastic view in a Coffee or strolling along the countless shops which inviting for a shopping tour.

Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Begnas Lake to Kathmandu
From Pokhara we drive to the idyllic Begnas Lake, - located in the middle of a pristine mountain forest - offers the opportunity for a boat ride or a hike along the lake. 

Day 10: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot
Ride to the nearby mountain resort of Nagarkot 2’175 m. From here we able to see Manaslu 8’463 m, Ganesh Himal 7’111 m, Langtang 7’246 m and some other six- and seven thousand meter white gleaming white Himalayan giants. 

Day 11: Walking down to Changunarayan Temple - drive to Bhaktapur
From Nagarkot we walk through scenic hills down to Changunarayan (Vishnu Temple) roam the fields and quaint villages and get insight into rural life in the Kathmandu Valley. From Changunarayan we drive to Bhaktapur, one of the former royal city, which particularly impressed by the beautiful wooden architecture. The beautiful city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has gorgeous palaces, magnificent temples of wood and stone, as the Nyatapole Temple (5 stories high) and the palace with 55 wooden windows.

Day 12: Drive from Bhaktapur to Patan to Kathmandu
The former royal city of Patan (Lalitpur earlier: the "Beautiful City") presents itself then with a host of stunning temples. The colourful markets alone are worth a visit. 

Day 13: Departure

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
Permit
Bed and Breakfast during the tour
English speaking  guide
Transportation
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Extension of the accommodation in Nepal
Lunch and dinner
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Alcoholic drinks
Tipping for guide
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)