Sightseeing and Photography
Explore medieval kingdoms, pagoda temples, hill side villages and experience the ethnic cultures of the Newars, Gurungs & Tamangs!!
Take an insightful tour to Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, stroll through ancient bazaars and medieval palace squares, explore ancient Newari villages which are living museums and shrines of the local deities. Explore Nepal’s mid-hill villages and experience rural lifestyles and ethnic cultures of the Tamangs and Gurungs. Visit Pokhara, a beautiful scenic lake town where nature is amplified with the views of majestic peaks, clean water lakes with boating and canoeing thrills at your service. Witness some natural wonders of nature in waterfalls and gorges and magical dawns that light up the sky and the snowy Himalayan spires in hues of the rising sun. Capture these magical vistas and wonderful landscapes in your camera. Yes, discover the wonders of Nepal – a country truly blessed with natural beauty and rich cultural history.
It is 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 time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Leaving the main city, you drive for about half an hour to Bhaktapur. Among the three medieval kingdoms, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon is the best preserved. As large vehicles are not allowed inside the old city, you walk up to the durbar square. En route you get to observe local potters busy spinning their wheels & drying their terracotta wares. You marvel at the wonderful specimen of art and architecture of the Malla era at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Lion Gate, Golden gate, Art gallery, Statue of King Bhuptindra Malla, Nyatapola Temple and the Malla Palace of 55 windows are the living prides of Bhaktapur and you will explore all the places. After your exploration of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you drive 6 km north of Bhaktapur to Changu Narayan Temple - a UNESCO world Heritage site and one of the oldest temples in the Valley. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was built in the 4th Century AD. Inside the temple precinct are some really exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu deities from the Licchhavi period (4th to 9th centuries). After the day’s tour, you return to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you take a scenic drive to Dakshinkali Temple, a woodland shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva’s (a Hindu deity) blood thirsty consort, Kali. The temple lies about 22 kilometers south of Kathmandu valley. As devotees of Goddess Kali believe her wrath can only be appeased through blood sacrifice, you will witness animals (goats, ducks and chicken) being sacrificed at the sanctum of the goddess. On your return drive, you make a stop at Chovar & Kirtipur. You visit the Chovar Gorge which lies at the foot of Chovar village. The legend about the birth of Kathmandu Valley speaks of the Buddhist deity Manjushri cutting the hill at Chobar into half with a mighty sword, letting out the water of a lake and opening the fertile vale for habitation. Near the gorge is the temple of Jal Vinayak (dedicated to Lord Ganesh). From Chovar, you drive along a high ridge to Kirtipur - one of the oldest settlements in Kathmandu valley. The history of Kirtipur goes back to the 12th century when it was an outpost of Patan but later became a separate kingdom. You visit the ridge top Bagh Bhairav temple. Hanging from one of the temples’ high walls, you will commemorate the terrible conquest of the village in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah’s armies. A number of shrines populate the temple compound, one of which houses Dhartimatta (Earth Goddess). She is carved in stone, lying on her back with thighs parted. Pregnant women flock to Dhartimatta, praying for safe pregnancies and safe labor. You also visit the picturesque and colourful SrikirtiVihara, a Thai Buddhist shrine. In the evening, you drive back to our hotel.
Today you take a drive to Bungamati - an ancient Newar village that dates back to the 16th century. Perched on a spur of land overlooking the Bagmati River, the village is the resting place of the Valley’s Rain God Rato Machhendranath. The village is home to the Valley’s best wood carvers who are famous for producing excellent woodcraft. The village’s narrow streets are lined with shops selling wooden handicrafts and workshops filled with busy woodcarvers at work - interesting shots for your lens. After exploring Bungmati, you drive to Khokana, another Newar village. The small village filled with typical Newar houses is famous for its mustard oil. The garlands of red chillies, garlic and corn hanging from the rooftops of houses presents a picturesque sight.
Leaving Kathmandu behind, you take a scenic drive to Nuwakot village. Visiting Nuwakot village offers a unique opportunity to experience Nepal outside the classic tourist areas. Nuwakot is a small thriving village situated on the way to Langtang Valley. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified Nepal in 1767, started his unification campaign from Nuwakot , when he merged the two kingdoms of Gorkha and Nuwakot. Nuwakot has a nice, clean main street that leads up to Saat Taale Durbar, the beautiful old castle, which in its historical importance is equal to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace in Kathmandu. A stone throw away from the durbar is the area’s main temple, Nuwakot Bhairabi Temple and Jalpadevi Mandir.
Nuwakot district is a traditional Nepali village situated in one of the last mountains passes on the ancient caravan route to Kathmandu. Though the village has a mixed population comprising of Chettris, Newars, Tamangs & Magars, the latter two communities are in majority. You visit the Durbar Square and the surrounding villages.
Today you take a scenic drive to Bandipur via the ancient town of Gorkha. Gorkha was the royal seat of the erstwhile Shah dynasty, which ruled Nepal till 2008, when a popular people’s movement overthrew monarchy and declared Nepal a republic. The place is famous for the hilltop shrine of Manakamana Mai and Gorkha Durbar- an old palace of the Shah dynasty. You take a drive to Bandipur. Situated at an altitude of 1030 meters in Tanahu district, Bandipur is an ancient Newari town that used to be the main trading center from the late 18th century to recent times before being replaced by Damauli. Bandipur is a mere three and a half hours’ drive from Kathmandu along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. Panoramic views of Himalayan range can be enjoyed from the town.
You take a 3/4 hours’ drive to Pokhara - a beautiful scenic lake town where nature is amplified with the views of majestic peaks. You drive past picturesque hamlets and lush, green fields along Prithivi Highway. As you approach Pokhara, your eyes behold the snowy pinnacles of the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and LamjungHimal. On reaching Pokhara, you check in at our hotel.
Today you visit the city’s major sightseeing spots. You enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. The reflection of the Machhapuchhre’s (Fishtail) spire on the lake waters is one of the most breathtaking sights. You visit the spectacular waterfalls at Davis Fall, the exquisite Bindyabasini Temple and the mysterious Mahendra Gupha (cave).
Today you drive to Dhampus, a traditional Gurung village. The Gurungs are an ethnic community who inhabit the hills surrounding Annapurna region. From the village, you take some stunning and spectacular shots of the snowy Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu.
In the morning, you will be taken for an excursion to Sarangkot. In an hour’s drive up the hill from Pokhara, lies Sarangkot. Located at an altitude of 1592 m, it is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. From here you can see the whole Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchure, Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal). Afterward, you will take a 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the remaining hours as per your wish.
Our support team will drive you to the airport for your international flight. Have a safe journey!
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.
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.
Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan offer 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.
Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. You will have breakfast at your hotel. In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. 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. 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 is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.
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 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 varies with the types of tours and seasons. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu, and warmer in Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. From the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the daytime 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.
Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.
If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 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
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 email@example.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4418100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.