A compelling mix of landscapes, exotic religious monuments and vibrant Nepali cultures are showcased on our popular, 9-day group tour through the Himalayan foothills of the Kathmandu Valley. It starts in the capital, with visits to Durbar Square and the historic town of Bhaktapur, site of the country’s best preserved medieval temples, before heading west to Bandipur, where you’ll get your first really spectacular view of the Himalayan ice peaks.
Next, it’s on to the lakeside town of Pokhara, whose surrounding ridges offer more astounding panoramas of the nearby snow line. From there, you’ll proceed southeast to Chitwan National Park in the tarai grasslands, where wild rhino and other rare animals may be sighted from the back of an elephant. A final night in Kathmandu, visiting the famous stupa of Swayambhunath, brings the trip to a suitably magical conclusion.
Day 1 Kathmandu
Greeted on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Kantipur Temple House or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a traditional seven-course dinner at the Bhojan Griha.
Day 2 Kathmandu
A full day sightseeing of this vibrant city includes the renowned Durbar Square and an excursion to the ancient and beautifully crafted Newari city of Bhaktapur. Optional excursion: Mountain flight over Mount Everest.
Day 3 Kathmandu, Bandipur
An early start for a four-hour, winding drive to the breathtaking mountain village of Bandipur. Stay overnight at the Old Inn hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 Bandipur, Pokhara
Explore the streets of this delightful village, known for its medieval, rustic charm and take a cable car ride to see the local temple which is perched on a hill. Mountain views from this vantage point are tremendous. In the afternoon, drive three hours to Pokhara. Check in at the Temple Tree Resort or similar for two nights.
Day 5 Pokhara
The day is at leisure. For those keen to do a bit of walking and trekking on their own, there are several short trekking routes in this area which offer stunning views of the Himalaya.Optional excursions: Sunrise tour of the town. Afternoon trekking.
Day 6 Pokhara, Chitwan
A long drive (5-6 hours) through the countryside towards Chitwan National Park. Check in at the Machan Country Villa or similar for two nights.
Day 7 Chitwan
A full day of jungle activities including an elephant safari, canoe ride and nature walk. Also visit the local Tharu villages and a co-operative that uses elephant dung to make paper.
Day 8 Chitwan, Kathmandu
In the morning, there is the option of a cycle ride around Sauraha or another safari in the park. Take an early afternoon flight to Kathmandu for an overnight stay at the Kantipur Temple House or similar. Visit the impressive Buddhist stupa, Swayambhunath, to wind off the evening.
Day 9 Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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