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Nepal as is known is an incredibly diverse country with geographical landscapes and cultural heritage that leaves anyone who visits wanting more. Accessible Adventure’s Real Nepal tour gives you the true picture of the diversity of Nepal. Covering the main historical and cultural sites around the country as well as hiking around the hilly landscape of Nepal with the great Himalayas in the background, this tour is sue to give you unforgettable memories and experiences.
The tour begins in the capital city of Kathmandu where you will get to explore the ancient and medieval towns with the Kathmandu Duebar Square, where the old palace of the medieval kings used to be. The durbar square is dotted with temples that are centuries old, each with its own history and religious importance. Similar to the durbar square in Kathmandu are the two durbar squares of Patan and Bhaktapur, from a time when there were three city-states ruled by three kings within the area of the Kathmandu valley. Patan is a more buddhist town whereas Kathmandu as a pretty balanced mix of hindu and buddhist temples. These durbar squares are also the locations where the ”Living Goddess” the Kumari lives and blesses people with her presence. Visiting the Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath temples as well as the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu will give you a fairly nice idea of the religious and spiritual lives of the people of Kathmandu.
After touring Kathmandu, rest for the night will be had in Nagarkot, a little distance off from Bhaktapur where the evening sunset and sunrise are simply marvelous. After Nagarkot, we return to Bhaktapur and tour the Bhaktapur durbar square and the Balthali village which will give you an idea of the village lifestyle of the Nepalese and eat authentic Nepalese cuisine.
Namo Buddha is a monastery set atop a hill, slightly off from the town of Banepa. Hiking here will be sure to give you wonderful views of the Kathmandu valley and the hills surrounding it. The central Himalayan ranges, with peaks like Manaslu are seen quite vividly from the monastery. The monastery contains a large temple with many prayer and meditation rooms along with quarters for the many monks who spend their life in spiritual pursuit. A hike to the monastery and meditating there is sure to rejuvenate your core.
The next stop on our tour will be the historic palace at Gorkha. The Gorkha palace is where the great medieval king of Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah was born and from where he led his campaign to unify Nepal which at that time was a large collection of smaller city states. The architecture and history of the Gurkha palace is sure to have you wondering. The district of Gorkha itself is the namesake in the British and Indian armies of the “Gurkha Regiment” known worldwide for their bravery and ferocity in battle. After a visit to the palace, out night stay will be in the lively town of Bandipur set atop a hill from where the vistas of the Himalayas and hills is simply astounding. The village is considered to be one of the most well kept and beautiful newar settlements in Nepal.
From Bandipur, our next destination will be the famous city of Pokhara where the Fewa lake and the views of the Annapurna mountain range along with the Macchapuchhre (Fish-Tail) mountain are simply amazing. The international mountain museum and the numerous cave systems located in Pokhara are simply a must to visit. The evening walk at the lakeside viewing the sunset will surely have you feeling relaxed.
From Pokhara, we make our way to the village of Sarangkot nearby which is a wonderful village with amazing views of the mountains and with an authentic Nepalese village feel. After spending some time in Sarangkot, we drive to the famous town of Tansen, located in the Palpa district. The royal palace at Tansen and the famous Rani Mahal are simply mesmerizing to look at filled with culture and history. Numerous temples and religious sites are located in the town and will have you captivated and enthralled.
From Tansen we make our way to the ancient site of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. Obviously one of the main highlights of this tour will be the Queen Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini. It is here that the Buddha was born to Queen Mayadevi as he held a tree branch and it is here that the Buddha took seven steps immediately after birth. You will be able to see the footprint of the infant Buddha at the Temple. Around the main temple are constructed various monasteries in both Theravada and Mahayana style. These monasteries were constructed by individual countries that have been touched by the Buddha’s teachings. Here you will find monasteries conducted by countries like Srilanka, Vietnam, Thailand.
After getting our soul refreshed in Lumbini, we drive to Chitwan, a city known for the Chitwan National Park which houses a host of flora and fauna that are sure to have you amazed. The jungle safari here will have you experience the tropical forests of Nepal where Bengal Tigers, One horned rhonos and many types of deer roam.
Around Chitwan there are many sites of interest, the Crorocile and Elephant breeding centers, canoeing down the Rapti river among crocodiles and fish and many other touring activities are sure to fill your day with joy. Experiencing the culture and lifestyle of the Tharu people who are native to the area and their unique cuisine and dances will be amazing also.
En route to Kathmandu where our trip ends, we visit the Manakamana Temple through ropeway. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Manakamana, meaning the one who grants the wishes of the heart. It is believed that sincere worship of the goddess grants you with the fulfillment of your wishes.
After the visit, once we get to Kathmandu and leave you at your hotel, the trip is finally over and hopefully you will have had unforgettable memories to take with you back home.
You will be picked up by our company escorts on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, and transferred to your hotel. Refresh & get familiar with your surroundings. Go for a walk down the streets close by to the hotel; this will enable you to get some good experience of your surroundings that will make your tour more enjoyable. Have supper & it’s your first overnight in the city of the gods.
After breakfast you will begin your tour with a visit to Pashupatinath, situated 5 km east of Kathmandu. The temple of Lord Shiva, Pathupatinath, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is said to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines. This is also a cremation site for the people in the country where the common man & even the kings of Nepal are cremated hereabouts. You will then visit Boudhanath, which lies 3km east of Pashupati. This ancient colossal Buddhist stupa is one of the biggest in the world. It was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. After lunch you will proceed to Swayambhunath, one of the world´s most splendid Buddhist chaityas & popularly known as the ‘monkey temple’’. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire base are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Next you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see the Taleju Temple, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.; Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction; we then return back to our hotel for lunch before we proceed to the lovely hill resort of Nagarkot. Overnight at Nagarkot
After an early morning cupper coffee we witness a spectacular sunrise as well as fantastic mountains views of Annapurna, Langtang and Gaurishanker Himalaya ranges. Viewing this awesome beauty starts your day well. We then have breakfast before we drive to Bhaktapur for a city tour of this ancient town & learn of its tragedies. After this we drive to Khopasi and begin a cool hike to Balthali village (40 minutes). Balthali Village is geographically situated on a plateau, just beyond the ancient village of Panauti: a small local market in Kavre district about 40 km away from Kathmandu which rests at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola (stream). Balthali Village resort is situated high above the southern ridge of this exceptional hamlet which stands in a unique place of isolation and relaxation amidst the surroundings of a typical Nepali rural countryside with terraced rice fields and dried hay thatched farm houses. Nepal village tourism is a newly developed concept and Balthali village meets the idea just perfectly. Overnight with a family in the village or in tents
After breakfast we go for hiking excursion to Namo Buddha, then drive back to Kathmandu. Namo Buddha: this is said to be one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. As per mythology, it is known as the place where the Buddha, in the previous life of a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Overnight in our hotel
Gorkha is known for its landscapes & is famous in the annals of history because this is where the famous king prithvi Narayan Shah set out to conquer the feudal kingdoms in a segregated Nepal & finally unified Nepal into one single nation as it is today. We then go to the sleepy little village town of bandipur nestled in the laps of the lovely hillocks of Nepal. This little town is known for its chocolate box settings & the warm hospitality of the local Newari inhabitants of this town with a rich traditional culture. Overnight at a comfortable resort.
Drive to Pokhara (distance: 75 km)On reaching this wonderful lake city, we refresh & embark on an Afternoon sightseeing tour of David´s fall, Mahendra Cave, Old Bazaar, Vindyabasini temple, Seti River Gorge, Museum and boating on the calm Fewa Lake. Overnight at hotel in the city of lakes.
Early in the morning we drive down to amazing Sarangkot to enjoy a fabulous sunrise and mountain views of the Annapurna Himalayas range, and drive back to our hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we continue with our tour on a scenic drive to Tansen, the capital of the hill town of Palpa. Tansen stands on the Siddhartha Highway that links Pokhara with Lumbini. This hill town at 1,310m is geographically situated in the juxtaposition of plains of the Terai and the hills of the Mahabharata Range. This lovely town offers views of lush green valleys and silver grey mountains. Tansen itself is very colorful & vibrant with its old houses and naturally beautiful landscapes. Overnight at our hotel.
Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. This town is significant for its religious importance & is a virtual Mecca for followers of the Buddhist faithful who visit this town from all over the world. Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. Have breakfast and start your jungle safari on elephant. Visit the elephant breeding centre. In the afternoon take a canoe ride or jungle hike. The Tharu stick dance will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.
After breakfast we drive down to Chitwan National Park (185km/5 ½ hours). Upon arrival in Chitwan, you will check into the hotel and enjoy welcome drinks and a briefing about your ongoing jungle activities. In the evening you can enjoy a thrilling Tharu stick dance and dinner. Overnight stay at the resort where your jungle activities will read like this: 13:30 Lunch 16:00 Cultural Tour (visit to Tharu Village) 18:00 Slide show Program / Tharu Stick Dance 21:00 Dinner
Today in the jungle We get a Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. We then return back to our resort for breakfast amidst the happy chirping of birds and start your jungle safari on elephant. We visit the elephant breeding centre and in the afternoon take a canoe ride on the serene rivers of the jungle & then go for a jungle hike. We then enjoy a special Tharu stick dance which will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort, your program will read like this: 6:30 Breakfast 8:00 Canoeing, Elephant ride or jeep ride , Visit to Elephant Breeding centre 13:00 Lunch 15:00 Elephant back Safari 21:00 Dinner Overnight at resort, inclusive of full board meals
Before your departure from Chitwan late in the morning, your activities will consist of the following: 6:00 Wake up call 6:30 Tea / Coffee 7:00 Bird watching 8:30 Breakfast 9:30 Drive to Kurintar for cable car ride to Manakamana Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast.
Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to drive you to the Airport for your onward destination home. Knowing you has been a great experience. We wish you a happy bon voyage home!
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