Cultural Historical and Authentic Tour of Nepal

  • 14 Days , 7 Cities
  • From $1,755
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This tour will walk through ancient temples, monasteries, Stupa, and the courtyard; spend some time with holy sages and monks; rejuvenate yourself in yoga and meditation to find your inner peace and harmony.
Countries Visited Nepal
Places Visited Kathmandu, Simalchaur Syampati, Lumbini, , Sonepur, Pokhara
Suggested Duration 14 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal

    You will be picked up at the airport by one of our colleagues whom you will spot holding a sign bearing your name. H/She will escort you to our vehicle and then you will be transferred directly to your hotel. This is your free day in Kathmandu.

    Overnight at Kathmandu.

    What's included?

    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Swayambhunath - City tour of Kathmandu and the City of Patan

    After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby from where you will commence the Kathmandu tour. Before departing from the hotel, the guide will provide a short introduction to the activities of the day.

    The day starts with a tour of the Pashupatinath Temple, regarded as one of the holy temples for Hindus worldwide. It is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). Pashupatinath temple’s existence dates back to 400 AD. The ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga or phallic system of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also called ‘The Temple of Living Beings’. Inside the temple,  Lord Shiva is available in four faces. All these faces have different names and significance. The face facing east is known as Tatpurusha and the one facing south Aghora. Similarly, the faces looking west and north are known by the name Sadhyojata and Vamadeva respectively. The upper portion of this Linga is known as Ishan. These faces are also defined as the symbol of four Dhamas and four Vedas (sacred book of Hindus).

    You will head to the city of Patan which is the second largest of the 3 major cities of the Kathmandu valley. After a short stroll around the Durbar square that gives you an idea of the past regime and culture of this ancient Kingdom, you will visit many Buddhist shrines and monasteries founded in the ancient and medieval period some of which even date back to the BC era, including Mahaboudha temple, Golden Temple, Rudra Varna Mahavihara, Ashoka Stupa, etc.

    After lunch, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa which is claimed to be one of the largest Stupas in the world and the most important pilgrimage site for the followers of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. This Buddhist complex, which in the form of a mandala when observed aerially is adorned with prayer wheels on the outside and is circumnavigated daily by a horde of visitors, religious or non-religious.

    Your final destination of the day is another Buddhist heritage of the valley, Swayambhunath stupa, situated at a vantage point that caters to you a good sunset view of the valley. Believed to have risen spontaneously (thus its name) from a lotus seed planted by an ancient Buddha of the past eon, the shrine is commonly known as ‘’monkey temple’’ as you can observe these impish yet harmless beasts running around groups or alone without any concern of the world.

    Evening 3 hours Eastern philosophy and spirituality session with our expert.

    Overnight at Kathmandu.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 3

    Namobuddha - Visit Namo Buddha and the Town of Bhaktapur, Night Stay at Namobuddha Monastery with The Monk

    After breakfast, you will visit a hilltop Buddhist pilgrimage site called Namo Buddha. It is believed that Buddha in one of his previous lives as a prince overwhelmed by compassion fed himself to a hungry tigress and her 3 cubs. The site seats an ancient monastery Tharung Tashi Yangtse of Karma Kagyu tradition. The peaceful viewpoint also offers a good range of panoramic scenarios of the Himalayas.

    In Namobuddha, you will stay at Namobuddha Monastery with the monk and observe the monk pray and eat together.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 4

    Lumbini - Birthplace of Buddha

    You will start your journey early in the morning to Lumbini, which is the birthplace of Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. You will descend to an elevation of about 150 m via 9 hours ride along 3 different highways, so you will instantly feel the temperature difference at your arrival. You will have a free afternoon at Lumbini which you may be available by visiting the marketplace around.

    Overnight at Lumbini.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 5

    Lumbini and the surrounding monasteries

    You commence your sightseeing of this largest Buddhist religious complex of Nepal by visiting the historical remains about the birth of Buddha and its records including a bathing pond, the nativity spot, Mayadevi temple, Ashoka pillar, etc. Subsequently, you visit the monastic zone comprising of Buddhist monasteries of both Theravada and Mahayana traditions belonging to several countries in the world where Buddhism is practiced.

    Overnight at Lumbini.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 6

    Lumbini - Explore the Religious and Archaeological Sites of Tilaurakot

    The 6th day is marked with a visit to the religious and archaeological sites of Tilaurakot and the ancient kingdom where Siddhartha Gautama spent his first 29 years before renouncing in the search of The Ultimate Truth. Some of the places that you visit are Kudan where the father of Buddha received him after his enlightenment, Sagarhawa, or the place of the massacre of Shakya clan, Gothihawa and Gothihawa thought to be the birthplace of two ancient Buddhas, etc.

    Overnight at Bhairahawa/Lumbini.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 7

    Chitwan - Activities in Chitwan National Park and Tharu Cultural Show

    Drive to Chitwan: The journey towards the southern belt starts early and in approximately 4 hours you will reach our jungle resort situated at one of the buffer zones of the Chitwan national park. You will embark on a few jungle activities like a birdwatching tour and/or jungle walk at the discretion of the nature guide. In the evening you will delight in the traditional stick dance performed by native Tharu people who dwelled in the forest area even when it was uninhabitable.

    Overnight at Chitwan.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Chitwan National Park - Enjoy the activities

    Activities in Chitwan National park, lakes Tharu Village, visit Tharu museum.

    Overnight at Chitwan.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 9

    Chitwan - Full day Jungle activities in Chitwan

    You will partake in several adventurous jungle activities including canoeing along the Rapti river, a visit to the elephant breeding center, jeep safari, etc. Apart from one-horned rhinoceros, crocodiles, and deer which are the normal sight of the national park, you might even see a tiger, leopard, or python if you’re lucky. Besides animals, there are nearly 450 different species of birds in the park that will render the forest safari colorful.

    Overnight at Chitwan.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 10

    Pokhara - Arrive in the second biggest tourist destination in Nepal

    Drive to Pokhara Roughly 7 hours of the drive along the winding riparian highway will take you to Pokhara, the second biggest tourist destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. The valley has at its disposal many attractions and activities including lakes a couple of which are canoe-able, breathtaking views of snow-white peaks, stupa, temples, viewpoints, etc. You have a free day in Pokhara which you may utilize by canoeing at Phewa lake or just strolling around its banks. In the evening, you might want to partake in the nightlife of the town.

    Overnight at Pokhara.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 11

    Pokhara - Relish the magnificent sunrise on the Himalayas

    You will set out early in the morning to the hilltop village of Sarangkot to relish the magnificent sunrise on the Himalayas. After getting back to the hotel for the breakfast, you will then visit the chief attractions of Pokhara including Davies falls, Gupteshwar cave, international mountain museum, before concluding at Phewa lake where you can go for boating if you like.

    Overnight at Pokhara

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 12

    Flight back to Kathmandu and visit to Changunarayan

    You will fly back to Kathmandu after breakfast, we will visit 45 mins drive in Changunarayan village where we have collaborated with READI an NGO, supporting the education of the underprivileged kids. Be a part of the journey to visit the kids and local communities of Changunarayan.

    Overnight at Kathmandu.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Flight Flight
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  • DAY 13

    Explore the local communities and school

    Half-day explore the local communities and school, and then a free half-day in Kathmandu for shopping.

    Overnight at Kathmandu.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 14

    Kathmandu - Departure

    As we come to our final day, after breakfast, transfer to the airport for a home flight. Bon Voyage!

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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Starting from $1,755 per person

Price per person minimum 2 guests.
The rate is based on 4-star accommodation
Price excluding international flights
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What’s Included?

  • 12-Nights stay in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, in Pokhara, and in Chitwan
  • 1-Night stay in a Buddist Namobuddha Monastery
  • Airport – Hotel  roundtrip transfers by car/Van
  • Hotel rooms as per itinerary on Bed and Breakfast basis, unless mentioned otherwise
  • Entry Fees to all heritage sites and monuments
  • Private transport throughout the tour  
  • The domestic airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • An experienced Guide for all tours
  • All government taxes

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • An insight into Buddhism  and Hinduism in Nepal with guided visits to heritage site
  • Sightseeing around places with cultural, architectural, and historical significance  
  • Observation of beautiful natural landscapes including Himalayan peaks
  • One Night stay in Buddhist monastery Namo Buddha, pray and eat with the monk  
  • Basic course on Eastern Philosophy, yoga, and mediation (3-hour session)
  • Visit Pokhara, the beautiful city of lakes on the foothill of Annapurna and Machapuchre peaks
  • Exploration of the national park Chitwan on an elephant, jeep safari, and canoeing
  • Explore the local markets of Kathmandu Valley and our secret exploration
  • Taste the authentic Nepali cuisine with cultural dance from different ethnicities of Nepal
  • Explore the countryside of Nepal during the scenic drive
  • Exploration of the national park Chitwan, jeep safari, Jungle Safari, and canoeing

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