The Classic Tour focused around classic elements of a country in their totality is always a thrilling experience, always a learning experience. If carefully and meaningfully designed, and aided by an experienced guide, it becomes a great story. The guide may help in weaving all the historical, religious, and cultural sites into a story. In fact, those sites themselves conspire to create one. It becomes all the more compelling in a country like Nepal which is one of the oldest nations with glorious history, never colonized. Everything is pure and original. In this matter, Kathmandu gives you a perfect commencement for a classic Nepal tour.
Firstly, your classic Nepal tour will visit the Swoyambhunath, one of the oldest stupas in the Kathmandu Valley, which is situated on the top of a hill. This holy place considerably expands to include various secondary shrines, monastery, garden, and cafeteria. It is a grand and gracious structure as a whole. Next, your visit to Patan, the second largest town in the valley, will be an extraordinary experience, for it is a wonderful town with aesthetic and artistic antiquated monuments. It has several ancient temples and stupas. Every piece is a work of art and craft. More than anything, the Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a pure marvel. The Square displays numerous temples and historical structures. Patan’s other attractions are Patan Museum, Uku Bahal, Sundari Chowk, and Krishna Temple. Further, upon your arrival in Bhaktapur, one of the three cities in the valley, you will find it as equally fantastic to Patan. In fact, it is more but unique. It is known as the City of Devotees and City of Culture. Moreover, it is a Living Heritage. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square, like the Patan Durbar Square, is praised for ancient historical, religious, and cultural monuments and structures. Besides, you would not want to miss the 55-Window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, Taumadhi Square, and Changunarayan Temple.
Beyond the Valley Tour, you will visit Nagarkot, a popular hill station that allows magnificent views of different mountain peaks. Thereafter, you will travel to Namo Buddha, a sacred place to Buddhists. The beautiful stupa is located in a quiet peaceful environment. Thereupon, you will be driven to Kathmandu where you will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath. What’s more, later on, you will take a scenic flight to Pokhara, a tourist city also called tourism capital. The tour will be fantastically concluded with a visit to the Chitwan National Park. You will do jungle safari and watch exotic wild animals.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath / Patan & Patan Museum
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhaktapur
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot via Changunarayan
Day 05: Drive Nagarkot to Namo Buddha
Day 06: Drive Namo Buddha to Kathmandu: visit Pashupatinath & Bouddanath
Day 07: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara & drive to Sedi Bagar
Day 08: Drive Sedi bagar to Milanchock & trek to Astham & drive to Pokhara
Day 09: Visit Sarangkot / Devi's fall / Gupteswori Cave & World Peace stupa
Day 10: Visit Mountain museum
Day 11: Drive Pokhara to Chitwan
Day 12: Chitwan Jungle Safari
Day 13: Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu
Day 14: Visit Kirtipur & departure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the Hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath, Patan and Patan museum: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa, Swoyambunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thame followed by a visit of Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Swoyambunath is one of the oldest stupa of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.
Patan- the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs. We visit Patan Museum as well.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhaktapur: Today we drive to the oldest part of the Kathmandu valley. We stop at old Thimi on our way and observe some traditional farming and old alleys of Thimi village. Then finally we go to visit an ancient city called Bhaktapur. This fascinating city reminds you the true culture and living style of medieval period.
Bhaktapur- Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. We will visit four different squares in this city: Durbar Square (palace square), Tamaudi Square (public square), Pottery Square and Dattatrey Square.
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot via Changunarayan: Today we drive to one of the oldest temples of the valley, Changunarayan before we go to Nagarkot. It is a fascinating place where you can see oldest Manu script found in Nepali history and some magnificent temples. Then, an exciting drive to Nagarkot for an hour on winding road. It is a great place to escape from Kathmandu’s hustle bustle.
Nagarkot – One of the most popular hill station / viewpoints close to Kathmandu valley. Several different mountain peaks of different regions including Mt. Shisapangma of Tibet can been seen.
Day 05: Drive Nagarkot to Namo Buddha: An exciting drive to Namo Buddha for about an hour. We stay overnight in a secluded resort called Namo Buddha Resort which gives you enough opportunity to refresh your body and mind in a peaceful environment.
Namo Buddha or Takmo Lujin is a very sacred place for the Buddhists. The Stupa situated just off to the downtown Kathmandu is visited by scores of pilgrims every year. There is a legend behind the reverence of this place. According to the Buddhist legend, the King Mahasattva gave his body to a hungry tigress at this place. His reliquary Stupa remained underground for centuries. One day a hermit called Bhagavan (Sakyamuni) came to this site and got attracted to the bulge. It is said that he clapped his hands, and miraculously the Stupa appeared.
Day 06: Drive Namobuddha to Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath: on our way back from Namo Buddha, we visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. In the evening, we participate on Buddhist puja ceremony at Sheichan Bairoling monastery.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is a double–roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal.
Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and it is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like Swoyambhunath, this stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Overnight: Sheichan Bairoling Monastery
Day 07: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) and drive to Sedi Bagar: a scenic flight to Pokhara for about 30 minutes then a short drive to Sedi Bagar followed by a 20 minutes walk to Thapa family Home.
Overnight: Home stay
Day 08: Drive Sedi Bagar to Milanchok and trek to Astham and drive back to Pokhara (820m): a short drive to Milan chock where we start our trek to Astham, Adhikari family home. It is about 2 hours hike to Astham. In Astham, we can observe and experience real culture and living style of typical Nepali family of country side. After having lunch with Adhikari family, we hike back to Milan chock and drive to Pokhara.
Day 09: Visit Sarangkot (1592m): early morning drive to Sarangkot, It’s about an hour drive on winding road. The view from Sarangkot is superb. Several different peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, including the two highest peaks in the world,-Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) can been seen.
In the late morning, we visit Devi’s fall, Gupteswori Cave then we drive for about 20 minutes and hike to World peace stupa which offers you the best view of the Pokhara city and Fewa Lake then we hike down to Fewa Lake.
Day 10: Visit Mountain Museum: we visit first Mountaineering museum in Pokhara, where we can learn about the history of Nepal mountaineering and witness true mountaineering culture.
Day 11: Drive Pokhara to Chitwan (815m): Five hour scenic drive to Chitwan. Arrival at Wild Life Camp and a welcome drink
14:00: Lunch, then two hours free time.
16:00: Tour to the Tharu village and museum.
Difference in Elevation: -5m
Day 12: 7:00: Chitwan Jungle Safari:
Breakfast, then head out for our canoe rides on the Rapti River, followed by a short jungle walk.
15:00: Elephant safari: An excellent opportunity to see: four different kinds of deer; rhinoceros; wild boars; monkeys; leopards; sloth bears and the Royal Bengal Tiger (if you are lucky). You may also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home.
20:00: Tharu culture program
Day 13: Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu (1334m)
7:30: Elephant breeding centre
9:00: Drive back to Kathmandu: a scenic drive for about 6 hours to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Visit Kirtipur and transfer to the airport for departure.
NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.
Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.
The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.
Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.
In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.
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