BEST OF NEPAL
Cultural tour of Nepal

Nepal is one of the most enchanting travel destinations in the world - a heady mixture of unique culture proudly preserved, mind boggling adventure and remarkable natural beauty. It is best known as the home of the Mt. Everest but there is much more to the 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 unique geographical position and latitudinal variation. Nepal has a rich and a most diverse culture because of its unique location between the world’s two largest and ancient civilizations. On this journey we explore world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, Jungle activities at Chitwan National Park and boat ride on Phewa Lake at Pokhara.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 15 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
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! -one of the most enchanting travel destinations in the world - a heady mixture of unique culture proudly preserved, mind boggling adventure and remarkable natural beauty. We are then transferred to our hotel and have the balance of the day free.
Overnight: Yak & Yeti (2 Nights) (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu

Today we explore the Kathmandu valley, starting at the Durbar Square located in the heart of old city Kathmandu. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. 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. The site marks the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushree discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley Lake and is over 2,500 years old. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu. In the afternoon we visit Bhaktapur¸ also known as Bhadgaon and home to exquisite of medieval art & 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)
Please Note: In the early morning you may take an optional scenic flight over the breathtaking Himalayas to see Mount Everest and other peaks

Day 03: Kathmandu/Chitwan (Drive)

After breakfast we drive through scenic mountain highway to Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is proud to be called Asia’s one of the best managed parks and is home to over 50 species of mammals, 55 species of amphibians and reptiles and 525 species of birds. Wildlife that thrive here include; the great one-horned Asian Rhinoceros, Gaur, wild Bison, sloth Bear, four different species of Deer, the Rhesus Monkey and the black-faced Langur, the spotted Leopard, the fish-eating Gharial, the flesh-eating marsh Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin among many others. It is also one of the last refuges of the Royal Bengal tiger. On arrival we check into our resort. Afternoon we commence on an elephant back safari to explore the jungle and the various wildlife and if lucky, the elusive nocturnal Royal Bengal tiger too. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours.
Overnight: Jungle Villa/Tigerland Resort (2 Nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Chitwan

Full day jungle activities such as jungle/nature walk, dugout canoe ride and tribal village visit etc. Jungle walk tour allows to explore different habitat, from the flood-plain grassland to the dense Sal forests, where you get the opportunity of good animal sights at your own pace. Since it disturbs the animals less while walking through the forest, it is usually a better chance for discovering wildlife. During the walk, we also get a chance to see the different kind of plants and herbs in the National park. The naturalists can give thorough descriptions of the wildlife and herbs there. Floating down on the River by dugout canoe is the best way to discover the habitat of crocodiles on the bank of the river. It is also a relaxing and better way to watch the different kind of aquatic birds and wildlife species when they come to the bank of the river to drink water.
Lunch at the resort
Go on a conducted tour to the nearby Tharu village. Tharu are indigenous people of the Terai. They have a distinct architectural style, building solely of the natural materials found in the area; straw, wood and mud. The villages are often peaceful, non-industrial havens, with the inhabitants engaged in a yearly agricultural circle. (Jungle activities may be changed or altered depending on the requirement and situations) Evening, slide show on flora & fauna of the Chitwan park OR folk dance performance by local tribal group. People of the nearby villages (Tharu) will show some of their traditional skills and melodious tribal dances. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Chitwan/Pokhara (Drive)

After breakfast we drive through scenic mountain highway to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create 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 (2 Nights) (B, D)

Day 06: Pokhara

Early morning, we take an excursion to Sarangkote hill for closer Mountain View. Sarangkote is the most popular viewpoint in Pokhara. Situated at an altitude of 1,592m, Sarangkote offers the magnificent view of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif (weather permitting). After that we drive back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we visit Pokhara including Davi’s fall, the old Bazaar and Bindhyabasini Temple. Locally known as Patale Chhahgo, Davi’s fall is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of the center on the highway to Tansen. In July 1961, Swiss couples were bathing in the stream Pardi Khola, just above the fall. A sudden flood from the Fewa Dam swept away Mrs. David and mysteriously disappeared down in to an underground passage beneath the fall and since fall has been called Davi’s fall. Pokhara’s traditional old bazaar is colorful and is ethnically diverse. Newar architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship. Bindhyabasini Temple is the center of religious activities in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati, and another manifestation of Shati. Later, we enjoy boat ride on Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake is the largest lake in Pokhara valley, measuring 1.5 by 4km. lake is best situated for boating and Bird watching and especially photographing the scenic mountains. The excellent settings of the lake and the reflections of the Annapurna Mountains is something no visitors would like to miss during a boating trip. Annapurna rises directly from the valley floor and seems 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, we are transferred to the Nepali restaurant to enjoy authentic Nepali dinner which is usually served together with `rakshi’, the Nepali rice-wine. They will also present dances performed by different communities of Nepal like Newars, Sherpas, Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Tharus etc; using typical music instruments and dances mimicking animals and birds. This will be a good experience for tourists to experience local food and dances from different communities in Nepal.
Overnight: Yak & Yeti (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. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 18; Feb 05; Mar 15; Apr 23; May 14; Jun 11; Jul 13; Aug 10; Sep 14; Oct 11; Nov 01; Dec 06

2018

Jan 25; Feb 14; Mar 14; Apr 25; May 13; Jun 10; Jul 12; Aug 16; Sep 13

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Jan 18; Feb 05; Mar 15; Apr 23; May 14; Jun 11; Jul 13; Aug 10; Sep 14 US$ 1540 / CA$ 2015 US$ 462 / CA$ 610
Oct 11; Nov 01; Dec 06 US$ 1690 / CA$ 2210 US$ 510 / CA$ 672
2018
Jan 25; Feb 14; Mar 14; Apr 25; May 13; Jun 10; Jul 12; Aug 16; Sep 13 US$ 1690 / CA$ 2210 US$ 510 / CA$ 672


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

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 15 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.