Cultural Tour

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Meals

Breakfast

Trip Grade

Easy

Maximun Altitude

Attractions

Activity

Sightseeings

Overview

An amazing tour to the cultural epicenters of Nepal!

This is one of the best tours to explore the cultural diversity of Nepal. The tour takes you to the beautiful cities that are home to rich culture and amazing nature. The tour begins with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley which includes visit to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. Then the tour takes you to Pokhara for sightseeing into its major attractions. After Pokhara sightseeing, you will visit Chitwan for jungle safari and cultural excursion followed by a drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. After insightful and refreshing trip, you will conclude the tour with a visit to Chandragiri Hill for the phenomenal view of the Kathmandu valley. This is a complete tour to explore the culture, tradition and history of important places in Nepal.

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your trip activities.

After the early morning breakfast, you travel along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, where more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome you. A day tour of the valley will take you to Boudhanath, where you will grab an opportunity for the insightful peep into the invaluable culture attached to Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been on a spiritual journey. Boudhanath is one of the largest dome-shaped stupas in the country where the practices of Buddhism can be observed at its best. Then it continues to Pashupatinath, the major Hindu shrine with countless temples dedicated to different Hindu deities within its widespread area. However, the main temple Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Destroyer - Shiva dwells here as protector of animal kinds as per the myth. A final destination to explore is Patan Durbar Square, where Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other places of Patan, will unveil before you as an open museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in pagoda style with sensual carvings and repose metalwork facades and many other exquisite facets.

It takes around 25 minutes to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While flying to Pokhara, you can enjoy the fantastic views of shimmering mountain ranges and spectacular landscapes below you. On reaching Pokhara, you will be escorted to the best resorts or hotels of your choice. Pokhara will have you mesmerized with its majestic sight of snow-capped mountain peaks and exquisite beauty. You will visit some of the popular landmarks of Pokhara like Devis waterfall, Seti gorge, Bindabasini temple, Guptseshowor Cave etc. You can also savour the pleasure of boating on Phewa Lake.

Early in the morning, you will hike to Peace Pagoda and enjoy the mesmerizing views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Pokhara Valley. Then after, you will drive to Terai lowland of Chitwan. As you descend towards the lowland, lush grasslands and spectacular sight of dense jungle unfold before you. After driving for about 6 hrs in the winding highway of Nepal, you will reach Chitwan.

Chitwan National Park offers a unique and exceptional wildlife experience, being the home to several species, in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, bear, wild boar, deer, bison, crocodiles etc. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy, but the chancing of sightseeing these are very high owing to the expertise and experiences of guides. Wildlife safari, canoeing and bird watching in the majestic jungles of Chitwan National Park fill you with sheer pleasure.

You drive to Lumbini early in the morning. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, has been revered as the place of holy pilgrimage. Along the road trip from Chitwan to Limbuni, you will enjoy the plain landscape and peaceful highway passing through jungles. Upon arrival in Lumbini, you will be transferred to the hotel, and rest for the day.

Today you have a full day sightseeing tour in Lumbini. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will go walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born. You will pass through Ashoka Pillar, visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand a branch of sal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stands up on a lotus pedestal.

Today, you will fly back to Kathmandu which will take you around 25mins. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will go for sightseeing around Kathmandu Durbar Square.

After breakfast, you will be driven to Chandragiri and reach up the Chandragiri Hill on a cable car. You get the phenomenal view of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountains. You are free in the evening to explore Kathmandu on your own.

Our driver and airport representative will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.

General Information

TOUR GUIDE

We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides (guides who can speak your language – major languages only). They are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed about nature, culture and history of each place in this itinerary.

 

TOUR AVAILABILITY

We operate Nepal tours for private team of any size. So you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with other people who have different interests and attitude. Each trip is accompanied by a tour guide and driver(s). Nepal tours of four to eight days in duration are ideal for an extension trip if you have booked any longer trekking holidays in Nepal or tours/treks in Tibet.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Kathmandu and Pokhara offers a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you high quality services. Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation.

 

MEAL

Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. During the Cultural tour in Nepal, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes, in Kathmandu. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.

 

MEETING/AIRPORT TRANSFERS

In this Cultural tours, airport pick-ups and drops are included. You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. On arrival you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you at the airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you will be briefed about your further activities in detail. After your trip in Nepal is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

 

VEHICLE

We have a fleet of latest model luxury vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches. 4WD Land cruisers are used in off-road destinations like Jiri and Manang. 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 them to your service.

 

TIPS

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.

 

CLOTHING

Clothing varies with the types of tours and seasons. 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. Though this is a Heli tour of 3 hours, you still need to be properly dressed as you are going in the altitude with a stopover above 3800m.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.

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
    • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in P0khara on twin sharing with breakfast
    • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Lumbini on twin sharing with breakfast
    • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Chitwan on twin sharing on full board
    • Jungle activities in Chitwan National Park as per the package
    • Airport transfers in private vehicle with an escort
    • Sightseeing Tour with English speaking local guides as per the itinerary 
    • Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary
    • Tour transfers in private vehicle
    • Domestic Airfares: Kathmandu/Pokhara 
    • Domestic Airfares: Chitwan/Kathmandu

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • Any other airfares and airport taxes
    • All Lunch and Dinner
    • Personal expenses like; telephone, internet, bar bills, laundry etc.
    • Tips for guide or local staff
    • Personal Insurance and Medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this Cultural tour will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) • 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

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that trip is an adventure tour in mountains. This requires some flexibility. The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

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