The trip to three UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites – the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapurwill leave you with a deeper understanding of the historical development of arts and architecture. The grand Stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, with the wise eyes of the Buddha will surely inspire you spiritually and encourage you to connect with your inner peace.
Integrated in the trip are short hikes to places like Sundarijal, the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and the thrilling Jungle Adventure at Chitwan National Park –to appreciate Mother Nature and her creations. With a fusion of Hindu, Buddhist, Tibetan culture and the diverse practices of dozens of their ethnic groups and castes, Nepal is simply, one of the most culturally diverse places on earth.
The magnificent views of the Himalayan range and the sight of best sunrisefrom Nagarkot and Sarangkot is such a breathtaking experience, so you won’t bother waking up at the break of dawn.
Do you want to immerse fully in Nepalese culture and nature? Our guided tour offers you just that: learn about human civilizations during the medieval societies in Nepal and create everlasting memories of the Himalayas. We are passionate to give you a genuine experience of our traditional way of living, and especially when exploring a country as uniquely diverse as Nepal, an understanding of its social, ethnic, and religious makeup is vital and equally inspiring. On our Nature & Culture tour, you will be provided with a taste of everything, from visiting ancient temples to religious ceremonies, from sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley to jungle safaris, and all the frenetic dynamism of Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Airport, Nepal
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Welcome to Kathmandu! As soon as you touch down in this magical land at the top of the world, you’ll be eagerly greeted, and then whisked off to your comfy hotel at the heart of the city. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities, Patan and Kathmandu.
Today you can indulge in the mystical warmth of this city. A tour around the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculpture, woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different Gods and Goddesses are in for you today. The main attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the 55 Window Palace, the Lions gate, the small Pashupatinath temple, Vastala temple, Nyatapola temple and the Bhairavanath temple.
The city where Nepali medieval times are preserved. It emanates the vibes of an ancient city which is why it is listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. It pre-sents a genuine living history, with its pagoda style wooden temples, stone water spouts, brick lined narrow alleyways, intricately carved traditional wooden Nepalese houses, and magnificent mountain ranges.
After you explored Bhaktapur, you reach Nagarkot, a hill station situated at the north of Bhaktapur and famously known as being the key viewpoint to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset with the chain of the mighty Himalayas in the distance. Just above Bhaktapur lies the hill with the Bagishwari Saraswatisthan (Manjushree cave) where Milarepa, a Tibetan tantric Yogi used to meditate.
The hilltop Nagarkot, at the eastern periphery of the Kathmandu valley, is the second highest peak in the valley at more than 2000 meters above sea level. Reaching the top after an hour long exciting and winding drive you will see the surreal view the Mount Everest among the Himalayas. The next stop, Patan Durbar Square, is one of the examples of the ancient Newari architecture of the Malla reign. The major highlight today is the Krishna Temple with 21 pinna-cles built in Shikhar style. Once called the city of Bihars and Bahils, Mahaboudha is the terra-cotta masterpiece of 14th century. Buddhist must-see places include Hiryana Verna Mahabihar, Rudra Verna Mahabihar and Ashokan stupas. The Chowks (courtyards) Mul chowk, Sundari chowk, Mani chowk and Narayan Chowk are other interesting sites nearby. Here, you can stroll around the old Newari residential houses and explore the beautiful golden temples along with Kumbheshwor, which is oldest temple in the valley.
Afterwards you visit Swayambhunath (literally meaning self-incarnated) which is known as the Monkey temple, as herds of monkeys are residential there. Swayambhunath is a UNESCO world heritage site and itself consists of various shrines dating back to the ancient period. You can see the valley from the top of the hillock where the temple is situated. However, be cautious near the monkeys and do not carry food items.
Today’s first stop is Budhanilkantha, a stone sculpture of Sleeping Vishnu, located at the northern part of central Kathmandu. It is also the gateway to the nearest and possibly the best short-hike near Kathmandu, the Shivapuri National Reserve. Hiking through the reserve to Sundarijaal is filled with peace and serenity. Even though being so close to the bustling city you will feel so far away from the noise and hustle.
The next stop Boudhnath, is the world’s largest stupa with 36 meters. It lies about 6 km east of the center of Kathmandu. The design of the stupa is really fascinating, with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. As you enter from the hustling main street, you will feel the peace and spiritual energy of this place. It is surrounded by numerous rooftop restaurants so enjoy you lunch while having an astonishing view over the stupa.
Today you will leave the valley to head for Chitwan along the winding road along the Trishuli River. Chitwan lies in the Terai region and is famous for its beautiful national park where you can enjoy numerous kinds of exploration. It is one of the finest national parks in Asia, covering an area of 932 km² and is enlisted as a World Heritage site. It holds an abundance of wildlife and is home to some of the endangered species such as the Royal Bengal tiger, the One-horned rhinoceros, and the Asian Elephant which reside with Gaurs as well as Sloth Bear, monkeys, varieties of deer, crocodiles, butterflies and over 530 species of colorful birds.
Today you can enjoy the highlights of the Chitwan National Park, such as a village walk, gaze at the sunset , watch the traditional Tharu stick dance (cultural program), Canoe ride, visiting an elephant breading center, witness elephants bathing, doing an elephant back Safari or bird watching.
Today a 5 hours drive through the scenic landscape of Chitwan to the lake city Pokhara takes place. The ride will offer beautiful sights such as the Trishuli river and pictoresque villages. You know you will be close to Pokhara, as soon as you catch a glimpse of Mount Fishtail. In the evening you can take a stroll around the Phewa Lake in bejeweled Pokhara.
Pokhara invites you not only to relax but also to participate in different adventurous activities it offers. You will see the must-see places like the Phewa lake, Davi’s fall, Mahendra Cave, Bat cave, the Tibetan refugee camp and a museum.
Also, as an option you could cross the city from above by Paragliding or by traveling 160km/hour in a Zip flyer. You can also Mountain Bike along the valley or if you are daring enough, Sky diving has recently been added to the list.
Today starts before sunrise as you head for Sarangkot, a village situated at the top of a hill in the north of Phewa Lake. On a clear day, the panoramic ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal can be seen, as the sunrise paints the pristine mountains in a red glow. In the other direction, the wonderful vista of Phewa Lake opens before you. After gazing at the sunrise, you will return back to the hotel for breakfast and it will be a day all to yourself to indulge in your beautiful surroundings.
After a good night’s rest and breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be heading back to Kathmandu today. In the evening, relax with your favourite drinks and explore the vibrant shopping area of Thamel.
The world heritage site Pashupatinath is one of the most famous Hindu temples in the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva with its golden pagoda style roofing and richly carved silver doors, and situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River, cremation processes of the Hindu body are happening regularly. This is a very emotional procedure, yet it offers another perspective on the cycle of life.
Afterwards, your next stop is the Kathmandu Durbar Square, home to the some of the finest crafts and architecture. In Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples, is a city where modern and ancient cultures. Durbar Square also contains the famous “Living goddess house” or “Kumari Ghar”. On the way back, you will have time to buy some souvenirs, such as spices, tea or the famous Pashmina shawl for your loved ones amidst the buzzing local markets. In the evening, we would gladly like to invite you for a traditional Nepalese dinner accompanied by cultural program.
After we have transferred you to the airport and said farewell, we hope that you will reminisce in sweet memories of Nepal, Kathmandu, different temples, mountains, nature, the people and their smiles.