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Nepal Discovery Tour 2019


  • Lani Symons Vaughan - Travel Counsellors lani@travelcounsellors.com.au Phone: 0433 414 712 (map)

Dive into Nepal’s eclectic culture and astounding natural beauty on this 12 day discovery of Nepal. In the Kathmandu Valley, admire masterpieces of Newar architecture, explore an elegant hillside temple overrun with monkeys and stand under the towering Boudhanath Stupa, listening to the chants of Buddhist pilgrims.

Lunch beside the Sunkoshi River and visit The Umbrella Foundation Australia’s school.

Relax in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and embark on an elephant-back safari in the world heritage Chitwan National park.

Our Discovery itinerary explores a destination in depth, with carefully selected experiences, and ample free time for relaxation.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu – 22nd October

You will be met at the airport and travel to your hotel for check-in.  Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.  In the evening, celebrate the mix of ethnicities, cultures and exotic flavours that make the Kathmandu Valley so unique at a live cultural dinner show.

Kathmandu is by far Nepal’s largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the ‘hippie trail’ in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional cultural identity.

Day 2: Kathmandu – 23rd October

City cultural Tour: This morning, embark on a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the Old City. With its cluster of elegant temples and palaces adorned with intricate wood and stone carvings, this UNESCO World Heritage site is testament to the sublime skill of several centuries of Newari craftsmen. Standing tall on a 12 stage plinth, the magnificent Taleju Temple dominates the square, its impressive three-tiered octagonal shaped roof rising 35 metres into the sky. Wander the area, taking time to admire the gigantic and colourful carving of Kalbhairav (the god of destruction) and the Temple of Kumari (the living goddess).

Venturing west out of the city, climb the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath Stupa or ‘Monkey Temple’ to see the 2,000 year old Buddhist Chaityas and take in sweeping views of Kathmandu, hemmed in by the looming bulk of the mountains on the horizon.

In the afternoon discover the UNESCO World Heritage Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest in the world and sacred site for Buddists.  Enjoy a coffee overlooking this magnificent structure. 

              

Day 3: Kathmandu / Sun Koshi Beach Camp & Shree Bhimsen Secondary School / Kathmandu – 24th October

Today you will have an early rise to miss the traffic and travel north east of Kathmandu to Sunkoshi beach camp.  You will have the opportunity to get your first view of the mighty Himalaya as you travel on the Aniko Highway; a tea break at one of the viewing cafés will allow you the chance to take in the vista of the mountain range and many photo opportunities.  On arrival at Sunkoshi beach you will enjoy breakfast before travelling by 4WD up to the Shree Bhimsen secondary school where you will be welcomed by staff & students.

After the school visit it is back down the mountain to Sunkoshi camp.  Enjoy a traditional Nepali lunch before the return journey back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

  

Day 4: Kathmandu / Pokhara – 25th October

This morning you fly to Pokhara.  Nepal’s unofficial ‘second city,’ Pokhara stands on the shores of the placid Phewa Tal Lake in the shadow of the looming pyramid-peak of Machapuchare.

Your accommodation is located on the eastern shore of Phewa, affectionately known as ‘lakeside’ or Baidam, is in the hub of the city’s shopping, dining and nightlife scene.  Arriving at your hotel you can enjoy some down time by the pool or browse the many craft and book shops or soaking up the laid back vibes outside a cafe overlooking the lake.

Day 5: Pokhara – 26th October

Today we enjoy an early start to view Mother Nature’s finest display of colour & light at Sarankot.

Standing high above Pokhara Valley, this renowned local lookout spot commands jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, from Annapurna II in the east to the pyramid summit of Machapuchare and Dhaulagiri in the west.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure, for a small fee you can hire a boat and explore the lake, catch up on some shopping, enjoy the spa facilities at the resort or simply relax and take in the mountain views.

Day 6: Pokhara – 27th October

After a leisurely breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore the history and beauty of the Pokhara Valley itself, paying a visit to the spectacular KI Singh Bridge and nearby Devi Falls before moving on to a Tibetan refugee village to discover the community’s thriving textile and carpet industry or pay a visit the mountain museum. 

The evening can be spent walking the streets and experience Laxmi Puja, where the many shop owners will display mandalas.  Tihar lights will decorate the streets and children will be dancing.  A special time to be in Nepal.    

Day 7: Pokhara – 28th October

A full day of leisure in Pokhara where you have the opportunity to relax by the pool, do some last minute shopping or why not get adventurous with a one day trek

Day 8: Pokhara / Chitwan – 29th October

After an early breakfast you will leave Pokhara and travel by private air conditioned vehicle to Chitwan.  Whilst the journey can be long and dependent on traffic/road conditions it is a great opportunity to take in the views of rural Nepal.  You will stop a few times along the road for tea breaks.  In the afternoon you arrive at the wildlife resort where you will enjoy full board and activities for the next three nights.

Day 9: Chitwan – 30th October

With a name that translates literally to ‘heart of the jungle’, Chitwan National Park encompasses 932 sq km of protected forest, marshes and sweeping grasslands. Sitting on the fringe of the Indian Plains, the park is one of the last remaining refuges for rare and endangered species such as the one horned rhino, tigers, leopards and Gangetic dolphins (South Asian river dolphin).

Activities whilst in Chitwan include: Elephant safari,  village visit, walking safari, Evening entertainment: Local cultural dance and Slide presentation, boating safari, elephant briefing and bird safari.

Day 10: Chitwan /Kathmandu 31st October

After breakfast you will fly back to Kathmandu. On arrival you may enjoy some free time for the rest of the day, perhaps exploring the city’s many handicraft, art and book shops.

Day 11: Kathmandu – 1st November

This morning we visit Bhaktapur, which along with Kathmandu and Patan makes up the three holy cities in the Kathmandu Valley.  The city was founded during the 12th Century AD by King Adand Dev Malla and remains well preserved and free of motor traffic to this day, giving it a sense of timelessness and peace.

The city has rich handicrafts tradition and is a great place to purchase potter, which you will see in various stages of completion throughout the town, but particularly in Potter’s Square.  Also look for painted black clay masks, metalwork, traditional Buddhist paintings and locally grown teas.  A specialty in Bhaktapur is the yogurt and locally produced honey. 

Day 12: Kathmandu – 2nd November

Your final full day and the opportunity for last minute shopping and exploring! Optional activities can be arranged for this day which could include, market tours, cooking classes, yoga or even a visit to the Nepali - German managed Ayurveda Health Home in Dhapasi, Kathmandu.  This world renowned centre offer many relaxation and cleansing treatments for the body & soul.

Day 12: Kathmandu – 3 November

On your last day, enjoy free time before your airport transfer.

Cost & Dates:  22nd October – 3rd November, 2019

AU$2990 per person - twin share basis

(not inclusive of international flights)

                Inclusions:

  • Welcome cake (from Fine Grains Bakery) & coffee/tea

  • cultural evening

  • Hotel Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu and Temple tree Spa Resort in Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary

  • Tigerland Safari Resort, Chitwan for 3 nights on full board and all activities

  • All land in private A/C transportation

  • All guided sightseeing tours with all required or applicable entrance fees in Kathmandu & Pokhara

  • Breakfast & Lunch at Sunkoshi Beach camp

  • Jeep hire to visit school

  • Pokhara/Kathmandu flight (one way)

  • Chitwan/Kathmandu flight (one way)

  • Airport transfers

  • All applicable government taxes  

Not Included:

  • Lunch’s & dinner’s not included in the set itinerary

  • Any bottled drinks & alcoholic beverages

  • Personal expenses

  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events

  • Optional activities

  • Travel insurance

  • Tipping

  • All International flights 

Important Information

 

Accommodation:

Kathmandu: Fairmont by Marriott (or equivalent)

Chitwan: Tigerland Safari Resort (or equivalent)

Pokhara: Tea Tree Spa Resort (or equivalent).

Note:

This trip package includes 2 internal flights (Kathmandu to Pokhara & Chitwan to Kathmandu) which retail at approx.. AU$200 per flight

Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal

Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. It is advisable to organise your visa before departure.  This can be organised through your travel agent or the Nepal Consulate in Sydney. 

15 Day Multiple Entry Visa

Valid for 15 days from the date of entry

AU $65.00
For on the spot or urgent Visa processing add $15.00 more. 

Health Advice:

It is advised you visit your doctor or travel health specialist before departure and make sure all the required immunisation is covered.

 

 

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