Why do you think Forbes magazine would put Nepal as a top travel destination? It is a country of beautiful people, culture, flora, and fauna. It is also a country of diversity in culture, language, and beliefs. Nepal is not only the home of snow-capped mountains. Its medieval, multi-storied and beautifully, mostly wooden, carved temples present its age-old cultures and beliefs. Its flora and fauna bring the best nature can present. Feel for yourself ever-changing vegetation as you change the altitude just traveling a few miles or the animals jumping at your sights. You travel to cities and towns only to see the wonder of nature, be it the city of Pokhara with beautiful lake or view of Fishtail Mountain, or Bandipur or Palpa towns with beautiful wood, nature, mountain-view or one of the oldest hill settlements with wonderful temples and architecture. Diversity in nature, flora, and fauna is also coupled with its population, culture, and beliefs. See beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in different parts of the country. See the world-famous Lumbini where Gautam Buddha was born and feel the two-and-half thousand-year-old culture and see the historical remains. Come towards east from Lumbini to Tharu areas of Chitawan, enjoy Tharu culture and dance and wonder in the forests to see world-famous one-horned rhinos and other wild lives sitting on an elephant back! What does it sound?
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Land at the airport at the smiling mountains and fresh air after a long flight, you will be welcomed by a friendly team of Himal Tourism and escorted to your hotel. Upon settling in the hotel, enjoy lunch or dinner, and meet the team responsible for your trip to the destination. Your journey to this amazing world begins here.
The second day is your opportunity to see the amazing cultural/historical buildings and places in Kathmandu. Your friendly tour guides will take you around the Kathmandu Durbar Square with old Durbars, temples with wood carvings, and the open-air souvenir shops. Including this UNESCO heritage site, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhu Buddhist Temple, also popularly known as monkey temple. In all of these temples see the vibrant group of temple goers, visitors, and devotees.
You leave the hustle-bustle of the capital Kathmandu on the third day, and drive nearly for 6 hours to Bandipur, an attractive and old town with Newari culture with traditional houses, through scenic riverside road. Feel like being in small European coffee shops, and enjoy outside dining and see the majestic views of the Himalayas. If you are an enthusiastic hiker, find your time to the surrounding areas of the town for short treks for an hour or so in the morning before you jump on the vehicle to Pokhara.
After the breakfast and short errands around the town, you will be driven to Pokhara and settled in your hotel. Enjoy two and half-hour drive, still capturing the beautiful views. You arrive in Pokhara, stroll around lake Phewa, and enjoy the city with beautiful mountain views.
– Pokhara Tour: Today you are ready to go around Pokhara. Fancy boating in the lake? You have all in Pokhara: a charm of a clean city, amazing scenery, sports activities like boating and world-famous paragliding. Our friendly tour guides will escort you to Pokhara’sother must-visit places like World Peace Pagoda, Davi’s Fall, International Mountain Museum, and Gorkha Museum and Barahi Temples and Sarankot hill.
Drive Palpa: Tansen town in Palpa is your next memorable destination with four hours drive from Pokhara. In Palpa you will be visiting ‘Nepal’s TajMahal’ (Rani Mahal), constructed in 1894 AD in the memory of Queen Tejkumari by her husband KhadgaShamser. However, you will be also guided to 1600 m high Srinagar Danda to have spectacular views from the hill tower of the KaligandakiRiver.
-Lumbini: You will be driven to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, through scenic hill roads on the 7th day of your tour. Arrive and settle in your hotel, relax.
Lumbini Tour: You are in the birthplace of the Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which after being a religious site of Buddhism for long after Buddha, disappeared and forgotten until 1896, when a pillar constructed by Emperor Ashoka was discovered. Mayadevi Temple, named after Buddha’s mother, stands at the spot where Buddha was born. Surrounding it are tens of newly constructed temples, monasteries, and stupas. These are mainly constructed by the Buddhist nations. Wide gardens, evening lights, and rhythmic monastery bells add to a peaceful environment. You will see all these not only reflecting aspects of Buddhism but the architecture of countries building these monasteries and stupas.
–Chitwan/Sauraha: Now you are cool with the Buddhist ideas of compassion and love, you feel somewhat relaxed. Prepare for nearly 4 hours drive through Nepal’s main highway and arrive at a hotel and relax in the near-by river bank enjoying enchanting sunset.
-Jungle Safari: Jungle Safari in Chitawan National Park, also a UNESCO heritage site, a popular destination of nature and animal lovers. You will spot one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, Spotted Leopard, wild elephant, and other wild animals while wandering through the forests, mainly on animal back. Our guides will help you to arrange the tickets for this memorable adventure of yours.
– Kathmandu: Now get set to return to Kathmandu hotel and be prepared for 5 hours’ drive. Arrive in Kathmandu, relax and pack for departure.
– Departure Be on time in the hotel lobby. The Hotel Bus will drop you to the airport.