Basantapur/Kathmandu Durbar Square- Major historical/cultural heritage site in Kathmandu

11 Day Nepal Heritage Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu’s popular cultural heritage sites
  • Guided tour in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha
  • Tour to the beautiful Pokhara city, also known as ‘the city of lakes’
  • Knowing old Newari Culture in Kathmandu
  • Beautiful scene of the Himalaya range from Sarangkot and Pokhara
  • Amazing Sunrise/Sunset from Sarangkot
  • A look at old Palaces, Museums, Temples, Stupas
  • Scene of Mount Annapurna on the background of Pokhara
  • Mesmerizing scenic views from Tansen, Palpa
This wonderful tour will take you to some of the most popular and significant places of Nepal such as Kathmandu valley, Chitwan, Lumbini, Palpa and Pokhara.
What to Expect
Day 1: Arrival Transfer

Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Visit around Kathmandu

Breakfast at Hotel. Around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Overnight at Hotel.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.

Patan City
The old Newar city and see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.

Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Nagarkot via Bhadgaun

Breakfast at Hotel. Today visit Bhadgaun City and transfer to Nagarkot.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
As you walk in, you will feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Nagarkot is a popular location for tourist and developed into a favorite weekend getaway among those seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet. The overwhelming panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal’s Himalayas including Mount Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Choba Bhamre, Gauri Shankar and Numbur can be seen from here. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe inspiring majesty & beauty. Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 4: Nagarkot – Chitwan Drive

Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Nagarkot to Chitwan; 190 Kms / 7 hrs drive. Upon arrival at transfer to the hotel. After check in there will be briefing about the program and activities such as Jungle walk, Elephant Ride & Jeep drive by the camp manager. Later provide Elephant ride or Jeep Safari on guests’ choice. Return to the Camp. Evening: Slide show on Chitwan National Park. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Chitwan.

Day 5: Full day Jungle Activities

Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee, and then proceed for canoeing/jeep safari.

A traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. Jeep safari by land rover starts from canoeing put out point covering the distance of approximately 10km with chances of seeing rare wildlife. Elephant briefing: to learn more about the life of these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. Remaining hours before the afternoon program: take a dip in the pool, or relax on your verandah. Hammocks and the library are at your disposal and our bar is close by to refresh you with a drink of your choice. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel in Chitwan.

Day 6: Chitwan – Lumbini Drive

Breakfast at Hotel. Today transfer to Lumbini from Chitwan. Arrive at Lumbini. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a World Heritage Site 285 km southwest of Kathmandu. This pilgrimage site in southwest Nepal attracts devout Buddhists from around the world, who arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden where the ‘Enlightened One’ was born. A famous landmark is the Ashoka Pillar raised by the great Emperor who converted to Buddhism. Today Lumbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities. Overnight at Hotel in Lumbini.

Day 7: Lumbini – Palpa Drive

Breakfast at Hotel. Half Day Sightseeing of Lumbini.

Lumbini is hallowed ground as Shakyamuni Buddha was born here in southern Nepal more than twenty-five hundred years ago. As a sacred birthplace, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the globe. 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. Shakyamuni Buddha was born a prince to the ruler of the little principality. Important landmarks are the Maya Devi temple and the Ashoka pillar. The remains of many ancient stupas and monasteries can be found in the surroundings of Lumbini. The Ashoka pillar is said to have been erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC and bears an inscription confirming this as the birth place of the Buddha. A stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch is seen in the Maya Devi temple.

Later transfer from Lumbini to Tansen, Palpa; approximately 85 Kms / 3 hrs drive. Tansen is a small ancient hill town situated 4300 meters above 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. On clear days Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar and other peaks can be seen. Dhaka - the most popular hand woven cloth of Nepal comes from this region. The Nepali topi (national cap) is made of Dhaka and you can see the weavers at w work on their looms or see a bazaar of Dhakas in Tansen. Overnight at Hotel in Palpa.

Day 8: Palpa – Pokhara Drive

Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Palpa to Pokhara; 115 kms/ 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. Weather permitting, the seemly endless chain of mountains appear glossy in the north, while the entire Kathmandu valley can be clearly seen towards the west. After we have breakfast we head to Pokhara on a tourist bus, van or a car, depending on the size of the group. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9: In Pokhara

EM: Visit Sarangkot. Early in the morning about 45 minutes drive with 25 minutes hike take us to the top of Sarangkot to see the best sunrise and close views of many mountains like Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. After we have some breakfast at Sarangkot, it’s a 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes drive to the hotel in Pokhara. Return to hotel for breakfast.

AM: A half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara consists of Bindhabasini Temple, Davis fall, Gupteshwor Cave, Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple, Seti River Gorges, and Tibetan Refugee Camps. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10: Pokhara – Kathmandu Drive

Breakfast at hotel. Today transfer to Kathmandu from Pokhara by surface; 200 Kms / 6 hrs drive. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

The trip concludes - our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
What's Included
  • 1. Pick up from and drop off at the hotel.
  • 2. Twin sharing accommodation in a three- or four-star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara, Lumbini, Tansen and Chitwan, breakfast included.
  • 3. Two nights/three days accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park.
  • 4. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu on the night before departure.
  • 5. Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu.
  • 6. Guided city tours on a private vehicle.
  • 7. Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide. One guide for four to six people and two guides for seven and above till 15 people).
  • 8. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
  • 9. Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
  • 10. Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
  • 11. All government taxes and official expenses.
What's Not Included
  • 1. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • 2. Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person).
  • 3. Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.
  • 4. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nagarkot – about USD 20 per person per day.
  • 5. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks. Items of personal nature like laundry.
  • 6. Tips for tour staff and driver (tipping is expected).
  • 7. Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Travel insurance is mandatory. Besides, this type of tour can be affected by weather and political instability.

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