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The BIG 5 of Nepal – Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Janakpur

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Nepal with our Big 5 tour package. Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu, where historic temples and bustling markets intertwine with modern life. Immerse yourself in the lush wilderness of Chitwan, home to diverse wildlife and pristine national parks. Indulge in the serenity of Pokhara, surrounded by the majestic Annapurna range and serene lakes. Discover the sacred city of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and witness the spiritual aura of Janakpur, resonating with mythological significance.

Duration:

15 days
1 Week before the Inception Date

Highlights:

Here is what your Story is going to look like

Day 1-3: Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
– Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
– Explore Thamel for shopping and local cuisine.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
– Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
– Explore Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple).
– Discover the ancient Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 3: Bhaktapur and Patan
– Day trip to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO site.
– Explore Patan Durbar Square, known for its historic architecture.
– Optional: Visit the Garden of Dreams for relaxation.

 

Day 4-6: Pokhara

Day 4: Drive to Pokhara
– Scenic drive or flight to Pokhara.
– Relax by Phewa Lake in the evening.

Day 5: Pokhara Exploration
– Visit the International Mountain Museum.
– Explore Devi’s Fall and Gupteshwor Cave.
– Enjoy boating on Phewa Lake.

Day 6: Sunrise at Sarangkot
– Early morning visit to Sarangkot for a stunning sunrise over the Himalayas.
– Explore Bindabasini Temple.
– Leisure time in the afternoon.

 

Day 7-9: Chitwan

Day 7: Drive to Chitwan
– Drive to Chitwan National Park.
– Check-in to your jungle resort.

Day 8: Chitwan Jungle Activities
– Elephant safari or jungle walk in Chitwan National Park.
– Visit the Elephant Breeding Center.
– Enjoy a cultural Tharu dance performance in the evening.

Day 9: Canoe Ride and Departure
– Canoe ride on the Rapti River.
– Depart for your next destination in the evening.

 

Day 10-11: Janakpur

Day 10: Travel to Janakpur
– Fly or drive to Janakpur.
– Visit the Janaki Mandir and explore the city.

Day 11: Janakpur Sightseeing
– Attend the morning rituals at Janaki Mandir.
– Explore local markets and traditional craftsmanship.
– Optional: Attend a local festival or cultural event.

 

Day 12-14: Lumbini

Day 12: Drive to Lumbini
– Drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
– Visit the sacred garden and Maya Devi Temple.

Day 13: Lumbini Exploration
– Explore Lumbini’s monastic zone with various international monasteries.
– Visit the Lumbini Museum and World Peace Pagoda.

Day 14: Departure
– Depending on your departure time, you may have some free time for additional exploration.
– Depart from Lumbini for your onward journey.

This itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted based on your preferences and the time available for your trip.

Whats Included:

1. Accommodation: Hotel or lodging arrangements for the duration of the tour, with options ranging from budget to luxury.

2. Transportation: Depending on the package, this may include flights, airport transfers, ground transportation, and/or local transportation during sightseeing.

3. Meals: Some packages may include meals, ranging from breakfast-only to all-inclusive plans. Others may offer recommendations or vouchers for local restaurants.

4. Sightseeing: Guided tours or excursions to key attractions, landmarks, and points of interest. This may also include entrance fees to museums, parks, or historical sites.

5. Activities: Depending on the destination and theme of the tour, there may be included activities such as adventure sports, cultural performances, or wildlife safaris.

6. Guides: Professional guides who provide information about the destination, historical context, and assist with navigating local customs and traditions.

7. Travel Insurance: Some tour packages may include travel insurance coverage for the duration of the trip.

8. Itinerary: A detailed schedule outlining the day-to-day activities, timings, and locations to be visited.

9. Free Time: Most packages allow for some free time, allowing travelers to explore independently or engage in activities of personal interest.

10. Support: Assistance and support from the tour operator or travel agency before and during the trip, including emergency contact information.

11. Cultural Experiences: Opportunities to engage with the local culture, which may include workshops, demonstrations, or interactions with local communities.

12. Group or Individual Travel: Depending on the package, travelers may join a group tour with a fixed itinerary or opt for a more customized, private tour.

 

Additional Information:

Kathmandu Valley

Home to ancient temples, bustling market squares, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the valley seamlessly blends traditional charm with the vibrant energy of modern life. Surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, Kathmandu Valley offers a captivating journey through rich heritage and stunning landscapes.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square: This historic square is the cultural and historical heart of Kathmandu, adorned with ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples showcasing traditional Newari architecture. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hub of cultural and religious activities.

2. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture. The square features palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples, providing a glimpse into the city’s rich history and culture.

3. Patan Durbar Square: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Patan Durbar Square is the center of the ancient city of Lalitpur. It boasts a remarkable collection of palaces, temples, and shrines, showcasing Newari architecture and craftsmanship.

4. Pashupatinath Temple: Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is one of the holiest Hindu temples globally and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a significant pilgrimage site with stunning architecture and religious rituals.

5. Swayambhunath Stupa: Perched atop a hill, Swayambhunath is an iconic Buddhist stupa offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. The stupa is adorned with prayer flags, ancient carvings, and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Playful monkeys add to the spiritual ambiance.

6. Changu Narayan Temple: Situated on a hill near Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the valley. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is renowned for its intricate wood and stone carvings, showcasing the artistic prowess of ancient Newari craftsmen.

7. Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest stupas in Nepal, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The stupa’s colossal mandala, prayer wheels, and peaceful surroundings make it a captivating destination.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara’s allure lies in its harmonious blend of natural wonders and cultural gems, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a serene and awe-inspiring experience in Nepal.

1. Phewa Lake: The picturesque Phewa Lake is the heart of Pokhara, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range. Visitors can enjoy boat rides on the lake, with the reflection of the mountains creating a mesmerizing backdrop.

2. Sarangkot: This hill station near Pokhara is renowned for its panoramic views of the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The early morning drive or hike to Sarangkot is a must for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

3. Devi’s Fall: Also known as Patale Chhango, Devi’s Fall is a captivating waterfall formed by the Pardi Khola stream. The water cascades into an underground tunnel, creating a mystical and powerful display of nature’s force.

4. World Peace Pagoda: Situated on a hilltop overlooking Phewa Lake, the World Peace Pagoda is a symbol of peace and tranquility. The stupa offers panoramic views of Pokhara, the lake, and the surrounding mountains. The hike to the pagoda is rewarded with both natural beauty and cultural significance.

5. Gupteshwor Cave: This sacred cave, located near Devi’s Fall, is known for its natural limestone formations and religious importance. The cave holds a special significance for Hindus and features a mysterious underground waterfall.

 

Lumbini

Lumbini, located in the Rupandehi District of Nepal, is an unparalleled pilgrimage site revered as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the Buddha. Dotted with sacred gardens, monasteries, and archaeological remnants, Lumbini exudes a serene aura that attracts pilgrims and seekers from around the world. The Maya Devi Temple, marking the exact spot where Queen Maya gave birth to Prince Siddhartha under the Bodhi tree, stands as the focal point of veneration. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini not only preserves the historical and spiritual significance of Buddhism but also offers a tranquil refuge for contemplation and reflection amidst its peaceful surroundings.

 

Chitwan

Discover the untamed beauty of Chitwan, Nepal’s wildlife sanctuary and a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the heart of Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where rare species roam freely against the backdrop of lush jungles and meandering rivers. From thrilling jungle safaris to serene canoe rides, Chitwan offers an immersive wildlife experience. Dive into the rich tapestry of Tharu culture through traditional performances and village encounters, adding a cultural dimension to your adventure. Explore the perfect synergy of nature and tradition in Chitwan, creating unforgettable memories for every traveler.

 

Janakpur

Janakpur, a city that beckons with its cultural richness and religious allure. As the revered birthplace of Sita, Janakpur invites travelers on a captivating journey through Hindu mythology and architectural splendor. The Janaki Mandir, an intricately designed temple dedicated to Goddess Sita, is a testament to the city’s spiritual significance and artistic prowess. Experience the vibrant tapestry of Janakpur during the Vivah Panchami festival, a celebration that brings the epic love story of Lord Rama and Sita to life. Immerse yourself in the local traditions, explore the serene ponds and temples, and witness the colorful rituals that make Janakpur a unique and enchanting destination. Whether you’re a devotee seeking spiritual resonance or a traveler yearning for cultural immersion, Janakpur promises an unforgettable experience at the crossroads of mythology and modernity.

 

Cancellation Policy:

48 Hours cancellation notice is mandatory.

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