Explore Nepal trip takes you to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, to Tansen, the most beautiful town of Nepal, to Chitwan National Park, a home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, and one-horned rhino, to Sarangkot, a famous viewpoint of Nepal, to Pokhara, a city of geographical wonders, and to monuments in the Kathmandu valley, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In Chitwan National Park, a traditional dugout canoe takes you to the Rapti River, to a jungle, wherein you see the aquatic birds and endangered Royal Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceroses and gharial crocodile. In the jungle, you will also do the jeep and elephant safaris.
In Explore Nepal Tour you will also visit the famous tourist city and hill station of Nepal, such as Pokhara and Sarangkot. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. It’s a city of lakes, while Sarangkot is the famous viewpoint, which offers 180 degree view of the Himalayas. In addition, you will find Pokhara offering a stunning view of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Himalayan ranges.
In Explore Nepal trip, you also visit Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Changunarayan temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley. In Kathmandu, you also visit Swoyambhunath stupa, which is one of the holiest Buddhist sites of the world. You will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples. Kathmandu Durbar Square was built in the 12th century. There are 3 different museums in the periphery of Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek starts from Pokhara. The trail winds through valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls, where you can stop to cool yourself. On the way, every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains.
Hotel / Resort
Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini & Tansen Palpa & full board in Chitwan & trekking.
Private Vechile / Tourist Bus.
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Rainbow Adventures will heartily welcome you. After completing your custom formalities (Visa etc.), our representatives will pick up your luggage, Just look for our representative with a Rainbow Adventures and your name on display board at the arrival gate. You will be transferred to your hotel. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the historical and spiritual places in Kathmandu valley. The tour covers UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Buddhist Shrine), Boudhanath (the Largest Stupa in the World), and Pashupatinath (Hindu’s holiest pilgrimage site). Patan, which is also known as a city of fine arts, is one of the major cities of Nepal and is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts.
Today, we visit to two ancient cities of Kathmandu valley. Patan is one of the ancient settlements in the valley about 5 km south-east of Kathmandu city. The city has also been nicknamed as “The City of Fine Arts.” Patan Durbar Square and the city thoroughfares are full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan Durbar Square is also a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Patan Museum inside the Durbar Square specialized in bronze statues and other religious crafts. Bhaktapur, literally meaning ‘the Town of Devotees’, is believed to have existed from the early 9th century. Bhaktapur Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument is 1979. The town is believed to have retained some of the charm of the medieval times, which is depicted in the lifestyle of the people, old houses and artworks. At the end, we visit Nagarkot, a village in Bhaktapur which sits at 7,200 ft. above sea level, and boasts stunning Himalayan vistas. It is also renowned for sunrise and sunset views in the Himalayas. Depending on your choice, we will also visit Nagarkot for sunset.
Early in the morning, we enjoy amazing views of the sunrise amidst the Himalayas. After breakfast we drive to Chitwan, located 175 km from Kathmandu. We descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. The green vegetation, curious villagers and the river banks are there to marvel at. After checking in to the hotel, there will be a briefing on the activities we will be engaged in during out stay in Chitwan. We then walk on the banks of Rapti River to enjoy the sunset. In the evening, we enjoy dinner along with a brief cultural program showcasing the tribal danced unique to the Chitwan region of Nepal.
In the morning, we will be mounted on elephant back for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. In the afternoon, we drive through the jungles, followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of aquatic birds. Or, we may even go for bird watching or nature walks and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna. Overnight stay in Chitwan.
Early in the morning, we bid a farewell to Chitwan National Park and drive towards Lumbini. Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha and a World Heritage Site which is located about 285 km southwest of Kathmandu. This pilgrimage attracts devout Buddhists from around the world. The famous landmark here is the Ashoka Pillar, which was raised by the great Emperor of ancient India who converted to Buddhism. Today Limbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries, built by various international Buddhist communities. Overnight stay in Lumbini.
It is the land of Shakya Muni Buddha who was born here, more than two and half thousand years ago. As a sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha, it is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists from around the world. Many excavations have taken place here around this small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Ruins of the old city are clearly visible and many artifacts were unearthed during the excavation.
Buddha was born a prince to the ruler of the little Principality of this region of Nepal. Important landmarks are the Maya Devi temple and the Ashoka Pillar. The remains of many ancient stupas and monasteries are seen in the surroundings of Limbini. The Ashoka Pillar is said to have been erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC, which bears an inscription confirming this as the birth place of Lord Buddha. A stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha, as she holds onto a branch of the tree, is seen in the Maya Devi temple.
Tansen is a small ancient hill town situated 4,300 meters above the sea level. It is located on the way from Pokhara to Lumbini. Major attractions here are the ancient culture, excellent mountain views, serene atmosphere and friendly people. The weather here makes it a pleasant place to visit in any season, throughout the year. Nepali Topi (national cap) is made here is famous. You can see the weavers at work on their looms or see a bazaar of Dhaka (a special type of fabric which is used to make Nepali Topi) in Tansen. Overnight stay in Palpa.
Transfer from Palpa to Pokhara – 115 km / 6-7 hours’ drive. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. After the breakfast we drive to Pokhara.
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges to the north and Pokhara city to the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun as it rises in the mighty Himalayas. Thereafter, we head back to Pokhara to touring the city’s landmarks. David Fall in a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canon which has no end in sight. The Shiva Cave is located near David Fall that houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara; where we make a visit to Bindabasini Temple which is located at the center of the Lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum that records, documents and chronicles development of mountaineering activities in the world, and of the Himalayas in Particular. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camps and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
We begin our trek at Nayapul. An hour’s drive from Pokhara and a 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, tales is to Birenthati, (1,015m) a large village with many shops and tea houses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille. From here, a short trek to reach Tikhedhunga which is at an elevation of 1,570m. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large village at an altitude of 2,070m. We divert from here taking the left uphill climb. At first the climb is quite steep. A gradual climb leads us most of the day walking in the dense rhododendron forests. In the late afternoon, we reach Ghorepani. Overnight stay in a guest house.
In the early morning, we take ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m) to catch the spectacular sunrise view over Annapurna, Dhaulagiri massif, including Mr. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Manaslu with surrounding paddy terrace and rhododendron forest. Overnight stay in a guest house in Tadapani.
The trail leads all the way down through the rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. After lunch, we continue trekking to Nayapul to complete the trail.
We now are going to end our trek at Nayapul, followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can have a relaxing afternoon and take some stroll around the lake side. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
After returning to Kathmandu you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu and do some last minute shopping.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Here, our journey in Nepal comes to an end. A Rainbow Adventures representative will escort you to the airport for your scheduled flights for onward journey.