Nepal is a rich and complex mixed form of different cultures and traditions, melded over thousands of years into a unique whole. For the western traveler, there is much that is familiar and many surprises. Family and religion are of paramount importance and are constantly reflected throughout the culture. Nepal moves to a different rhythm than the West.
Cultural Circuit is probably one of the most exciting and complete itineraries you can imagine! Prepare yourself to be submerged in an ancient world of living history. For almost three weeks you’ll cross temples and places of origin, witness breathtaking views of the Himalayas and see Nepal’s beautiful natural surroundings. This trip will give you all of the best and combines culture with nature in a relaxing style of exploration.
Note: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
After your arrival in Kathmandu we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After some refreshment we already eager to take you on an introduction tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square also surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. Then we will go to the famous and relaxing Swayambhunath temple. The complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. The stupa has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on. Afterwards we invite you to our typical Nepalese welcome dinner. Now you know you’re welcome in Nepal!
Today we will leave the capital city of Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot. It is renowned for its sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley.Here we will take you on a sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur. It is an ancient town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. Also we visit and Changu Narayan, one of the oldest Hindu temples of the valley, and is believed to be constructed in the 4th century. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot and can enjoy an impressive view of the Himalayas!
During breakfast enjoy the sunrise view over the Himalayas after which we take a breathtaking panorama drive to Patan. It is one of the major cities of Nepal. It is one of the sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal located in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is also called as city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue.
On this fifth day we’ll continue our impressive cultural tour with a sightseeing tour to Kirtipur. Many places within the valley and indeed the close ones from the main city have remained isolated and unexplored. One such place is Kirtipur, a town that is very close from Kathmandu City but still far from the reach of tourism activities. The next stop at Dakshinkali Temple, located 22 km outside Kathmandu, is one of the main temples of Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats, are the main way that the goddess is worshipped, and this is especially seen during the Dashain festival. At last we visit Chobhar, known for the nearby Chobhar Gorge where there are the Chobhar caves. There is also a temple, Adinath Lokeshwar, that is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus
Today is special due to our drive to Daman along the Tribhuvan Highway. Daman is a village in the central part of Nepal, located in the district of Makwanpur. It is halfway between Kathmandu and Hetauda at 2320m. It has an unrestricted view of the Himalayas range stretching before it.This night you will spent in a real Resort.
Early morning, you will go to the tower to enjoy a fantastic Himlayan Panorama view! Take your time to let this view print into your memory. After breakfast we will drive to the famous Chitwan National Park. It is the first national park in Nepal. It covers an area of 932 km2 and is located in the subtropicalInner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. The wide range of vegetation types in the Chitwan National Park is haunt of more than 700 species of wildlife and a not yet fully surveyed number of butterfly, moth and insect species. Apart from King Cobra and Indian rock python 17 other species of snakes, Indian starred tortoise and monitor lizards occur.
Of course we want to enjoy the full possibilities of the Chitwan park, so today we’ll keep you busy with several jungle safari activities! The national park offering full board and accommodation in combination with elephant and jeep safaris, rafting tours and guided jungle walks.
After exploring a few days the Chitwan Park, today we drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal, near the Indian border. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. Lumbini is in the foothills of the Himalaya.
Well, today we will enter the mountains by a 4 hours drive along rough hilly roads, after which you will arrive at Tansen. Tansen is a town in the Palpa District. The narrow winding streets are full of Newari shop-Houses and temples and most of the center is too steep for cars, which all adds up to Tansen’s charm. Tansen is a maze of narrow alleys, the main road snakes around the western edge of town. The most important landmark is the octagonal Pavilion in the middle of Sitalpati, the main market square. The town developed as a market center for the Newari traders and artisans famous for their metal and dhaka (cloth) industry.
We continue through the fascinating mountain area for another 5 hours, afterwards we will arrive at Pokhara, the second most popular tourist destination in Nepal. It is a city of close to 200,000 inhabitants in central Nepal. In no other place do mountains rise so quickly. In this area, within 30 km, the elevation rises from 1,000 m to over 7,500 m., the outskirts of the city touch the base of the Annapurna mountain range. From the southern fringes of the city 3 eight-thousanders: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu.
Today we will visit the Pokhara valley for a more adventurous trip, includes visiting temples, caves, gorges and waterfalls. We also take a tour with boats in the nearby lakes. The porous underground of the Pokhara valley favours the development of these magnificent caves. The Seti Gandaki (White Gandaki) and its tributaries have created spectacular gorges in and around the whole city.
Early in the morning, you can drive to Sarangkot view point (1600m) for a sunrise view over the Himalayan panorama. Magical is the view of the sun rising over the mountains – the higher you get the more stunning the views become. Sarangkot is a small hill that stands at 1592 metres high; it is quite steep but steps have been created to make it easier. It provides wonderful views of the Annapurna Ranges with the majestic Machhapuhre aka the Fishtail dominating your view. Whilst not the highest mountain it appears that way as it is so close to where you are standing.Then, you can choose to take a nice walk back to Pokhara or by car.
Today, we take a closer look at the home of original Gurkha warriors. Gurkhas are best known for their history of bravery and strength in the Indian Army’s Gorkha regiments and the British Army’s Brigade of Gurkhas. The Gurkhas were designated by British officials as a “Martial Race”. “Martial Race” was a designation created by officials of British India to describe “races” (peoples) that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle, and to possess qualities of courage, loyalty, self sufficiency, physical strength, resilience, orderliness, the ability to work hard for long periods of time, fighting tenacity and military strategy.
Our next destiantion is Kurintar which lies on the Pokhara-Kathmandu highway on the bank of the Trisuli river. Manakamana is a holy site of Hindu Pilgrimage. Pilgrims of different places including India come in the thousands to visit and pay homage to goddess Manakamana. It is believed by the locals that she fulfills our wishes if we pray her by heart. So she is called ‘Manakamana” which means ‘wish of heart’. There is only one cable car service in Nepal is Manakamana Cable Car. We can reach the temple of Manakamana by this car.
After breakfast, you will leisurely drive back to Kathmandu.
Today we will show you some interesting villages in the Kathmandu Valley, such as Bungamti, Khokana and Panauti Village. The beautiful mountain valley of Panauti is situated at the confluence of Roshamati, Punyamati and Lilavati rivers. Traditional houses, courtyards, temples and monuments create the outstanding atmosphere of this place. Houses are built traditionally and the unique roofs and windows prove the craftsmanship of this city. Small and narrow alleys are paved with stones and bricks. We stay overnight in the nice town of Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. The spectacular snowfed mountains seen from Dhuklikhel must be one of the finest panoramic views in the world.
From Dhulikhel, we today go for an easy hike to the legendary Namo Buddha shrine. According to legend it was here that Buddha, in a previous incarnation, fed his flesh to a hungry tigress as an offering. A stone statue marks the site; there is an active monastery close by. We follow the picturesque view along tarmac and dirt roads o/n in panauti .
Today we return to Kathmandu where you finally get the chance for some free time! o/n in a hotel in Kathmandu.
In the morning, we suggest you can take an optional mountain flight trip over the Himalayas.This is a trip you never forget, but it is up to you. Of course you also can explore Kathmandu, on foot or by bike or what kind of transportation you wish. We arrange it for you!
After breakfast and more important, all precious memories we transfer you to the international airport.
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