BEST OF NEPAL

Cultural tour of Nepal

It is best known as the home of the Mt. Everest, but there is much more to this country than just one mountain. Nepal is a fascinating land of ancient history, vibrant cultures and people, and scenic grandeur. It is also one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its geographical position and latitudinal variation. Nepal has a rich and diverse culture because of its unique location between the world’s two largest ancient civilizations. On this journey, we explore the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley, experience the jungle in Chitwan National Park, take a serene boat ride on Phewa Lake at Pokhara and much more.

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 14 persons
Tour Price (From) : US$ 1799
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (Flight)
(D)
Day 02: Kathmandu
(B, D)
Day 03: Kathmandu/Chitwan (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Chitwan
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Chitwan/Pokhara (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 06: Pokhara
(B, D)
Day 07: Pokhara/Kathmandu (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 08: Depart Kathmandu
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (Flight)

Namaste – Welcome to Nepal! As one of the most enchanting travel destinations in the world, Nepal offers a heady mixture of unique culture proudly preserved, mind-boggling adventure and remarkable natural beauty. Upon arrival, we are transferred to our hotel and have the balance of the day free.

Overnight: Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu

Today we explore the Kathmandu Valley*, a highlight of tours to Nepal. We start at the Durbar Square located in the heart of old city of Kathmandu. There are an incredible 50 temples in this area. We will visit the 17th century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, the Paravati Temple, the Great Bell and Drum, Bhairav, the Taleju Temple and an array of temples grouped around it, as well as the Temple of the Living Goddess, the Kumari. We then head to the stupa of Swayambhunath, located on a green hillock west of Kathmandu. Over 2,500 years old, this huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu. In the afternoon, we enjoy an excursion to Bhaktapur¸ also known as Bhadgaon and home to exquisite examples of medieval art and architecture. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. It is the best preserved of the valley’s three cities. (B, D)

Note: In the early morning, we may take an optional scenic flight over the breathtaking Himalayas to see Mount Everest and other peaks. Contact Bestway Tours & Safaris for further information.

Day 03: Kathmandu/Chitwan (Drive)

After breakfast, we drive along the scenic mountain highway to Chitwan National Park*. This park is one of Asia’s best managed, home to over 50 species of mammal, 55 species of amphibian and reptile, and 525 species of bird. Wildlife that thrive here include the great one-horned Asian rhino, gaur, wild bison, sloth bear, four different species of deer, Rhesus monkey, black-faced langur, spotted leopard, fish-eating gharial, flesh-eating marsh crocodile and Gangetic dolphin, among many others. It is also one of the last refuges of the Royal Bengal tiger. On arrival, we check in to our resort.

Afternoon take our first exciting safari to explore the jungle and come face-to-face with wildlife. If we’re lucky, the elusive nocturnal tigers will come out to play!

Overnight: Jungle Villa/Tigerland Resort, Chitwan (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Chitwan

We immerse ourselves in the jungle today with a variety of unique experiences. Activities available may include jungle walks, dugout canoe rides, tribal village visits and more. Accompanied by a naturalist, the jungle walking tour allows us to explore different habitats of the jungle at our own pace. See flood-plain grassland and dense Sal forests, with the opportunity of close-up animal sightings. Since we disturb the jungle less when walking, this tour usually offers a better chance of discovering wildlife. During the walk, we will also see the many different plants and herbs native to the area. Floating down the river by dugout canoe is the best way to discover the local crocodiles lounging on the banks or hiding in the water. It also provides a relaxing way to watch aquatic birds and other wildlife species as they come to the river to drink.

Lunch at the resort
Following lunch back at our accommodation, we will embark on a tour of a nearby Tharu Village. Tharu are the indigenous people of the Terai. They have a distinct architectural style, building solely using materials found in the area, including straw, wood and mud. Villages are often peaceful, non-industrial havens where residents still abide by their traditional way of life. Evening take in a slide show on flora and fauna in the Chitwan park or a folk dance performance by local tribal groups, where the Tharu people will show off traditional skills and melodious tribal dances. (B, L, D)

Note: Jungle activities may be changed or altered depending on conditions and requirements of the season or day.

Day 05: Chitwan/Pokhara (Drive)

After breakfast, we drive through beautiful mountain scenery to Pokhara, a remarkable place of natural beauty. The enchanting town has several stunning lakes and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. The serene lakes and magnificent Himalayas rising behind them creates an ambience of peace and magic. On arrival, we check into our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Pokhara (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 06: Pokhara

Early morning, take in unequaled views of the mountains at Sarangkote Hill, the most popular viewpoint in Pokhara. Situated at an altitude of 1,592 meters, Sarangkote offers a magnificent panorama of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif (weather permitting). We then return to our hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, explore Pokhara, including a visit to splendid Davis Falls, the vibrant old Bazaar and Bindhyabasini Temple. Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is colourful and ethnically diverse. Its rich history is expressed via art and craftsmanship, while Bindhyabasini Temple, dedicated to the goddess Bhagawati, serves as the centre of the bazaar’s religious activities. Later, relax during a serene boat ride on Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara Valley. Bird watch or photograph the scenic Annapurna Mountains as they reflect on the lake, seemingly close enough to touch. (B, D)

Day 07: Pokhara/Kathmandu (Drive)

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu, retracing the same highway. On arrival, we check into our hotel. Early evening, an amazing cultural experience as we are transferred to the Nepali restaurant to enjoy an authentic Nepali dinner, which is usually served together with `rakshi’, the Nepali rice-wine. We will also have the chance to see performances by different communities of Nepal, such as the Newars, Sherpas, Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Tharus etc, using typical musical instruments and dances mimicking animals and birds.

Overnight: Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08: Depart Kathmandu

After an incredible tour of Nepal, we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. Or extend our adventure with one of our India holiday tour packages. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 25; Feb 15; Mar 15; Apr 19; May 10; Jun 14; Jul 13; Aug 17; Sep 14; Oct 11; Nov 04 & 22; Dec 13  
VALIDITY (Oct 17, 2018 to Sep 14, 2019) US$ 1799 US$ 545 US$ 1250 US$ 1250
VALIDITY (Oct 11, 2019 to Sep 12, 2020) US$ 1899 US$ 572 US$ 1250 US$ 1250
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 24; Feb 14; Mar 13; Apr 17; May 15; Jun 12; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12  
VALIDITY (Oct 11, 2019 to Sep 12, 2020) US$ 1899 US$ 572 US$ 1250 US$ 1250
2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 25; Feb 15; Mar 15; Apr 19; May 10; Jun 14; Jul 13; Aug 17; Sep 14; Oct 11; Nov 04 & 22; Dec 13  
VALIDITY (Oct 17, 2018 to Sep 14, 2019) CA$ 2255 CA$ 680 CA$ 1500 CA$ 1500
VALIDITY (Oct 11, 2019 to Sep 12, 2020) CA$ 2377 CA$ 715 CA$ 1500 CA$ 1500
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 24; Feb 14; Mar 13; Apr 17; May 15; Jun 12; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12  
VALIDITY (Oct 11, 2019 to Sep 12, 2020) CA$ 2377 CA$ 715 CA$ 1500 CA$ 1500


Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 16 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrances fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary 
  • Jungle activities at Chitwan National Park
  • Boat ride at Phewa Lake
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 14 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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