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Best of Nepal 12 days
- Itinerary and Tour Map
Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay two nights at the Hotel Yak & Yeti.
Day 2 – Kathmandu
Visit two World Heritage listed religious sites this morning, the Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. See devotees taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River. After lunch in Durbar Square, tour Kathmandu, visiting the Great Bell, Kala Bhairab – a huge stone image of Shiva at his most fearsome, Kasthamandap – a wooden house built in the 12th century, and Kumari Bahal – home to a young living goddess. Travel up to Swayambhunath Temple, set high on a hill with commanding views of the Kathmandu Valley. (An optional scenic mountain flight lasting about one hour is available before breakfast this morning.) (B,D)
Day 3 – Kathmandu – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel
Check out after breakfast and commence the day with a tour of Patan City, the city of fine arts and one of the three queen cities of the valley. Visit Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, and Mahavihar-Golden Temple of Lord Buddha built in the 12th century. Then visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur, the third major town in the valley. Enjoy the cobblestone streets free of traffic and visit Lion Gate, the five storied Nyatopolo Temple, and the Palace of 55 Windows. After lunch at Bhaktapur, drive to the hill resort of Dhulikhel which lies 32 kms east of Kathmandu on the Arniko Highway that leads to Tibet. In the old days, Dhulikhel flourished as a trading centre handling commerce between Kathmandu and Lhasa. Today it delights visitors with its enchanting culture and stunning Himalayan views.
Stay one night at Mirabel Resort. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Dhulikhel – Nagarkot
Take an excursion to peaceful Thundikhel for a short hike uphill to the Bhagavati Temple for views over the surrounding area. Drive to Nagarkot for beautiful sunset views and dinner at your resort. Your room has a balcony from which to enjoy views of the surrounding snow covered mountain ranges.
Stay one night at Hotel Club Himalaya Resort. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Nagarkot – Pokhara
Rise early to catch the sunrise then drive to Kathmandu airport for a flight to Pokhara. Take a boat trip on Phewa Lake passing a simple three-story villa, the winter home of the King of Nepal. Stop at the small golden temple nestled in foliage on an island in the centre of the lake. Many fishermen and other pilgrims take their long canoes, carved from tree trunks, to the island to visit the shrine.
Stay two nights at the Hotel Grand. (B,D)
Day 6 – Pokhara
Pokhara is situated in an area of great natural beauty. Its lakeside setting, mild climate, and views of the Himalaya, add to Pokhara’s charm. Highlights of the day include visits to Mahendra Cave, a Tibetan refugee camp, and sunset views of the Annapurna Range. (B,D)
Day 7 – Royal Chitwan National Park
An early start today for the drive to Royal Chitwan National Park. This wildlife reserve, one of the best managed and preserved in Asia, contains many species of rare animals and birds. On arrival, a guest briefing will take place, then lunch and an elephant safari and nature walk with boat ride.
Stay two nights at the Rhino Residency Resort in the Park. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Chitwan
There will be plenty of opportunities to view the Park’s wildlife today, with bird watching, elephant safaris, jungle walks and a crocodile spotting cruise on the Narayani River included. Rhinos, deer, monkeys, and elephants can be found, and you may be lucky enough to see a leopard or Bengal tiger. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Chitwan – Kathmandu
Take a sunrise safari before breakfast. Leave the Park and transfer to the airport for a flight to Kathmandu.
Stay two nights at the Hotel Yak & Yeti. (B)
Day 10 – Kathmandu
Day at leisure for shopping or further exploration. Dinner this evening is Nepali food at a local restaurant with a Nepalese folk dance show. (B,D)
Day 11 – Depart Kathmandu
At leisure until transfer to the airport for the flight home. (B)
Day 12 – Arrive Australia
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- Departure Dates and Prices
Departure Twin Share ex Aust Twin Share Land Only Single supp. 01Apr-30Nov16 $4377 $3964 $1305 01Dec16-15Jan17 $5001 $3964 $1305 16Jan-31Mar17 $4377 $3964 $1305
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- International air travel with Singapore Airlines, economy class, ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth (based on N class fare)
- 10 nights in 3 to 5 star hotels as listed, or similar
- 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners
- All transfers, sightseeing, entrance fees and evening entertainment as listed
- Flights Kathmandu-Pokhara and Chitwan-Kathmandu, airport and airline taxes and fuel surcharges
- Safaris in Royal Chitwan National Park with naturalist guide
- InterAsia travel bag
- International air taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $820 and subject to change – actual amount at time of ticket issue will apply.
- Visa fees
Depart any day.
- The busy squares of Kathmandu
- Views of the Himalaya from your hotel room balcony in Nagarkot
- Boat ride across the lake in Pokhara, and sunset views of the Annapurna Range
- Elephant safari and jungle walks in Chitwan National Park