Nepal Family Holiday Trip III – Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan

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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

This 11 days family Tour is a great introduction into the heritage, beauty and wildlife of Nepal. Discover the culture of the Kathmandu Valley, with its long history dating back to ancient medieval times. A short twenty minute flight takes you to the beautiful lake town of Pokhara. Time for you to relax around the lake, and marvel at the ice clad peaks towering above you.

Embark on a wonderful trek into the foothills of the Annapurna Region to Ghandruk. The Ghandruk Trek is an easy trek and ideal for families, set on a wonderful trail, through lush sub-tropical forests rich with wildlife, pretty villages and neat terraced hillsides.

From Pokhara, we take an early morning scenic drive to the jungles of Chitwan National Park. We spend two nights on Safari participating in a full range of jungle activities. Elephant walks, canoe trips, bird watching with a lot of culture added to the mix. Finally on return to Kathmandu, a farewell meal and cultural show is arranged.

 


Trip highlights

  • Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Embark Pokhara valley with mountain views
  • Boating in Fewa lake and visit Tal Bahari Temple
  • A wonderful trek into Annapurna
  • Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m). Overnight in Hotel

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel

Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

Boudhanath Stupa

This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhis Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

Patan is the nicest old royal place of the Kathmandu valley. Among three major cities of the valley first human settlement was in Patan. This city also is known as Lalitpur(City of fine arts). The meaning of Patan is flat land. According to the history here was not the stable king. Sometimes it would be under Kathmandu and some time under Bhaktapur. The icons of Narashimha(half human half lion) and the Hanuman(monkey god) is located at the entrance gate. Krishna Temple( made out of stones with 21 pinnacles), pagoda temples, main palace with Keshav Narayan Chok, art museum, 5th century public tap known as manga Hiti, five stored temple( Kumbheshwor) and golden temple(mini monkey temple with some Bihar) and oldest Buddhist stupas around Patan are the main attractions of Patan city. There are many artists who make the icons of the Hindu and Buddhist deities. Krishna Janmashtami festival and some other Newari festivals are nice to see in Patan.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (822 m) – 30 minutes, Visit Phewa Lake & Enjoy Boating. Overnight in Hotel

From Kathmandu, you will take an early morning flight to the lake-side city of Pokhara. The flight takes about 30 minutes and upon your arrival there, you will be first taken to your hotel for your check-in. Rest of the time you will visit Phewa Lake and enjoy boating around there.

Boating at Fewa Lake: You will be boating on the tranquil Phewa Lake. Situated at an altitude of 800 meters, the Phewa is the second largest lake in Nepal. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious place in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of the Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. Thereflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna can also be seen in its serene waters. The thick pine forest on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake is also quite haunting.

 

Day 04: Morning Visit Sarangkot and day Pokhara Sightseeing Tour. Overnight in Hotel

Early morning you will drive to Sarangkot to view the magnificent view of the Annapurna range, Machhepuchhre, Himchuli, Manaslu and many others. After spending couple of hours in nSarangkot you will get back to Hotel for Breakfast. After some rest you will have sightseeing around Pokhara.

The places for Sightseeing Tour in Pokhara

World Peace Pagoda:World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being a impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and the Pokhara city. The stupa is rich in Buddhist architecture and arts and its bright white colour adds extra beauty and soothing feelings to the heart. Shanti literally means Peace in Nepal thus names ‘Shanti Stupa’ in Nepalese language.

Mountain Museum:More than seventy thousand domestic and international tourists visit International Mountain Museum (IMM) every year. IMM records, documents and exhibits the past and present developments related to mountain and mountaineering around the world. The museum contains three main exhibition halls: Hall of Great Himalayas, Hall of Fame and Hall of World Mountains.Inside the museum, there are exhibits on famous peaks, descriptions of famous mountaineers, the culture and lifestyle of mountain people, flora and fauna including geology, in an attempt to represent the traditional culture and values of the Nepalese people

Davis Fall:The Davis fall on the other hand, is perhaps one of the most famous waterfalls in the country. It is also called “the Patale Chhango” and is located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley. The waterfall has water collapsing and falling through many gorges in the rocks below leaping along many rocky portals while doing so.

Gupteshwor Cave:The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kilometers away from the Pokhara airport. The entrance to the cave is right across from Davis fall and it is almost 3 km long. With some big hall-sized rooms and some passages, exploring the cave is also sometimes an adventure where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to the Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the same condition as when it was discovered.

Day 05: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (1130 m) – approx. 35 minutes, Trek to Pothana (1950 m) – approx. 4/5 hours

After breakfast at hotel, you will be driven to Phedi where the trek begins towards Pothana. The trail ascends through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine until you reach the village called Dhampus. This is an authentic Gurung village, which gives you an opportunity to look at the magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges, as well as notable peaks like Lamjung Himal.

From Dhampus, the trail continues to ascend along a stone-paved path through more forests and mossy trees (keep an eye out for orchids). Once you get to the small village of Pothana,you’ll find a range of trekker facilities including shops, teahouses, and eateries. Relax and enjoy the magnificent mountain views.

 

Day 06: Trek from Pothana to Ghandruk (1940 m) – approx. 5/6 hrs

Set out for the larger Gurung village of Ghandruk. The early part of the trek is a gradual ascent for almost an hour until you get to Deurali, which passes through lush forests with splendid views of the Annapurna ranges, Manaslu, and Mardi Himal.

Leaving Deurali, you'll begin a steep trek downwards to reach Tolkha, a beautiful ethnic Gurung village. To reach the next destination, Landruk, another ethnic village, the trail is a more gradual descent passing through terraces and few settlements.

From here, continue a steeper descent that moves downwards to the Modi Khola river. You'll cross an iron bridge leading you to a steep uphill that finally reaches Ghandruk with spectacular panoramas of the Himalayas. You'll stay overnight in this trekker hub with its many lodges, eateries, and shops to stock up on sundry items. Take some time to visit the Gurung museum, a tiny exhibit in an old traditional house made of stone slabs where you can learn about the history and the local way of life.

 

 

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul – approx. 4/5 hrs, Drive to Pokhara – approx. 1 hr

Leaving Ghandruk you descend to a stream and water driven mill. After short walks, you find trail junction. You follow the path to Birethanti dropping at first on a staircase, then passing through high above the river on a stone paved trail. After crossing a stream at Chane you continue to Kimche (1640m). Then you follow the ridge downhill to join the Modi Khola at Syauli Bazaar (1140m). From here the walking is flat. The path follows the river valley through a birch forest and rice terraces. Soon after you reach at Birethanti (1000m) and from it’s a 30 minutes’ walk to Nayapul. From Nayapul you take a 1-hour drive to Pokhara.

Day 08: Drive to Chitwan. Overnight in Hotel

After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, you will begin your journey to Chitwan. The route will present you superb views of lush green hills, rivers, waterfalls, and dense forests. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Chitwan. Upon reaching Chitwan we will take a short jungle excursion and get back to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 09: Enjoy jungle activities in Chitwan National Park. Overnight in Hotel

The National Chitwan Park is widely acknowledged as one of the best national parks in Asia, it lies in the Terai region of southern Nepal. Diverse combination of nature is found here in Royal National Chitwan Park providing a perfect habitat of wildlife. It harbors many globally threatened species including the Royal Bengal Tiger, great one-horned Rhino, Gharial crocodile, Asian Elephant, Sloth bear, Leopard etc.

During your stay in National Chitwan Park you are going to come through various nature and cultural program such as:

Canoe Trip: You can enjoy canoe trip on either The Rapti River or The Budhi Rapti River which border the National Park. You can see two types of crocodiles, the Gharial and Mugger basking on the river bank.

Bird Watching: For the bird watchers, it is Paradise Island with over 450 species of exotic birds of domestic as well as migratory birds. Many are threatened, e.g. the Great pied hornbill, Bengal Florican, Peregrine falcon, lesser adjutant storks, etc. A bird watching trip will be a memorable experience.

Jungle Drive: A tour by four wheel drive in the less distributed areas of the park to track the rarer species. You will visit Ox-bow Lake and museum of historic interest relating to the park. However during this period we will visit 20,000 areas which afford a varied experience of birds and mammals.

Nature Walk: Our experienced naturalists will accompany you to the more specialized habitats. This is the ideal opportunity to explore and experience at closer quarters and beauty of the flora and fauna. The authority of the naturalist must be closely observed to obviate any risks from wildlife attacks.

Elephant Breeding Centre: This is the first Elephant breeding centre in Asia. You can see baby elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. This centre is government owned and its purpose is to raise the young elephants, and to train them to convey tourist around the region.

Village tour: Excursion in Tharu village will grant you an exhilarating experience. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitant of the Terai. We offer guided cultural tours to meet the people and experience their traditional self-sufficient way of life.

Cultural Program: In the evening you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance. The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display. Such cultural shows performed by Tharus will be an unforgettable experience. The Tharus in traditional colorful costumes, unique in their disparity with the common mode of dress all over Nepal, are sure to captivate you.

Elephant Bathing: Your guide will take you to the specific place where you can observe elephant bathing.

Crocodile Walk: One more option is to go for crocodile walk. It gies through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti/Narayani river.

Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu, Overnight in Hotel.

Today, you will depart Chitwan and fly back to Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. YOu have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of kathmandu for some last-minute shipping. In the evening, there will be organized a  Farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with Nepali folk music and dance. 

Day 11: Fly out from Kathmandu

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 11 days
  • Grade : Moderate
  • Activity : Sightseeing, Trekking & Jungle Safari
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Accomodation : Hotel & Tea House
  • Location Covered: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan
  • Best Season: All Year Round

Cost Includes

  • All accommodation throughout the trip
  • All hotels are with breakfast
  • Private Transfers to and from international airport
  • All transport whilst in Nepal between stated destinations
  • Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide
  • Entry fees to temples and tourist sites in Kathmandu
  • Jungle Safari Activities with private transfers, accomodation & permits
  • All taxes and our service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal Visa
  • Tips for Guide, Porters, Drivers etc.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara


Extension Tours

Paragliding
Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour
Rafting

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, a visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Tour Guide

We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides who are certified and are experts in culture and history of each place in this itinerary.

4. Tour Availability

We operate Nepal Tour throughout the year.

5. Accommodation

There are different categories of hotels, from budget tourist standard hotels to 5 star hotels along with boutique hotels in Nepal.

6. Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable private tourist car, jeep, vans or microbuses to transport our guests. These lightweight vehicles are maneuverable in the narrow roads of Nepal. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation.

Size and type of vehicle depend on size of your group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 persons, micro luxury 6-seater van for 3-5 persons, 10-seater van for 6-9 persons and tourist coach or coaster for group size above 10 persons. Our drivers are specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry. The vehicles are checked carefully before assigning to your service.

7. Flights

On this tour you will be transferred from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Chitwan to Kathmandu by domestic flights.

8. Tipping

Tips are not mandatory. However you can tip your support team if you wish for, according to your budget and appreciation of their work. Normally, tip amounts for 5-10% of your total budget. All fees to sightseeing places stated in tour package are included in our cost.

9. Clothing

Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. In the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Nepal.

10. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this tour will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

11. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

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