The tour that covers the destinations with floral and cultural highlights in and around Kathmandu
The major highlight of this trip is an exquisite tour in and around Kathmandu’s tourist attractions including the destinations with floral significance. The Godawari Botanical Garden lying at the foothills of Phulchowki Hills is the major highlight of the trip. The varieties of species of flowers in the garden and the sensation of tranquility, visitors feel once arriving at Godawari after the drive through the bustling streets of Kathmandu is a wonderful experience. Godawari is also a major destination that every birder would like to explore.
Before the tour enters the sub-urban regions of Sankhu, it includes visits to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanathstupa in Kathmandu and the site of rich Nepali cultural sample, Patan Durbar Square. During the course of Floral Kathmandu tour, you get acquainted with the true facets of Nepal. An excursion around Royal Botanical Garden and day hike to Sankhu enlightens you on the varied plant species of Nepal. This fun-filled exploratory trip is exclusively designed to make your Nepal holiday very insightful and memorable.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing Tour - Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Day 3 Excursion of Botanical Garden; drive to Nagarkot (32 km/2 hrs)
Day 4 Hike to Sankhu (3/4 hrs); drive back to Kathmandu (1 hour)
Day 5 Depart Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the arrivals and escort you to your hotel. .
Sightseeing Tours of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square..
Excursion of Botanical Garden; drive to Nagarkot (32 km/2 hours)
After the breakfast you will drive to Botanical Garden in Godawari, 11 km east of Lalitpur (Patan). Godavari is an exotic floral zone. The beautiful place surrounded by green hills and dominated by pleasant environment and rich natural diversity, Godavari is best opted destination for bird watchers who prefer not scaling higher elevations. The tranquil surroundings and lush vegetation of the park and the refreshing water of Godavari are totally contrasted to adjacent cities of Kathmandu Valley. After completion of the excursion around the park, you will drive to the popular Hill Station, Nagarkot via Patan and Bhaktapur..
Hike to Sankhu (3/4 hrs); drive back to Kathmandu (1 hr)
Early in the morning, you can glimpse the most magnificent sight of the sunrise in Nagarkot. After a delicious breakfast, you set off for hiking in Sankhu; it takes 3-4 hours to reach Sankhu from Nagarkot. On your trial, you will witness rich cultural setting and heart throbbing scenery. After this rendezvous with nature, you will be driven back to your hotel in Kathmandu. .
Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Muktinath Pilgrimage tour, etc. –please ask us..
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 in culture and history of each place in this itinerary.
We operate Nepal cultural tours for private team of your friends and family 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 Cultural 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.
Kathmandu offers a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, hotels in Nepal can meet them all.Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation. For more information, you can ask us for details.
Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. There will be one hour lunch break during city sightseeing tour. Plenty of best and quality restaurants in town serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. We recommend the best one depending on your taste preference. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.
In all our packaged 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. 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. You collect your flight tickets for reconfirmation and deliver them back later. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.
Cost of the trip
The cost of each trip depends on various factors such as types of accommodation, type of vehicles with or without air-conditioner, group size (i.e. number of people in your team) etc. Our costs are usually categorized into standard package (based on 3 star hotels), superior package (combination of 3-4 star hotel) and deluxe package (5 star hotels with air conditioned vehicles). However, you can always upgrade your accommodation and use air conditioned car at extra charge though you have initially booked standard or superior package. We can customize any tour to suit your best interest and budget.
We have a fleet of mostly Japanese made Toyota vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches. 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.
Duration of each city tour is six hours (full day tour) or three hours (half day tours). Durations and tour highlights are mentioned in all our detailed itineraries. Relevant tips/information will be briefed to you before you embark on any of our trips. Tour usually starts after your breakfast (9 am). Your half-day tour lasts till 1 pm and till 3 pm if it is full day. Late afternoon and evening can be used to explore the town on your own.
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.
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.
1) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of USD 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.
2) If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
DATE OF CANCELLATION - CHARGE INCURRED
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