“Tour of temples, monasteries, old palace, royal courtyard, scenic mountain view and world heritage sites Buddhanilkantha, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Patan / Lalitpur with tour of medieval Bhaktapur city, scenic drive to picturesque Pokhara valley with tour, drive to the land of Light of Asia Lord Buddha birth place at Lumbini and Jungle Safari in Asia’s best National park in Chitwan”
EncountersNepal grand sightseeing tour of famed and renowned places leads you to various scenic and cultural sites in and around Kathmandu beyond to picturesque Pokhara valley a popular tourist destination on the backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains with majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” that dominates this beautiful and scenic valley with pristine lake Phewa, tour continues with a drive to least visited and traveled area through historical Tansen town and to Rupindehi at Lumbini for historical tour of Lord Buddha “Light of Asia” birth place in the comfort of nice hotels and resorts.
EncountersNepal tours continues with Jungle Safari in Asia’s best National Park in Chitwan to observe endangered and rare wild life’s including royal Bengal Tiger, one horned rhinoceros and hundred species of bird life.
On arrival in Kathmandu with authentic Nepali cuisine dinner with local folk and cultural dance program, Kathmandu a historical, cultural, scenic valley and capital of Nepal with Multi party government a Republic Nation.
Kathmandu Valley, a unique valley with exotic setting 25 centuries back it stood as a large lake. It is completely surrounded by a level of Green Mountain walls above which to the north tower the mighty snowcapped peaks during the winter.
It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest.
Kathmandu city with its wonderful green valley slowly emerging into a metropolitan city and towns, however old temples, monasteries, old palace, royal courtyard and world heritage sites still retains its past time glory and artifacts with ancient culture, traditions, religions and way of life as it was in past earlier old periods.
Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley has much more to offer our guests and travelers to taste our rich culture and traditions with warm friendly hospitality of Nepali people showing you the wonders of Kathmandu arts, historic monuments with colorful festivals.
All our guided sightseeing tour offering from half day, a day to a week or more at places of main attraction and interest in and around Kathmandu valley.
Beside Kathmandu being a bustling city but steeped in history with amazing terracotta artifacts, pagoda temples and dome stupa Buddhist monuments with ancient royal king courtyard with various impressive tours within Kathmandu valley where one ca marvel day to day.
Next day starting after breakfast with short drive to famous Hindu Pashupatinath Temple with golden tier pagoda roofs with four silver sided doors, the temple is busy every day with pilgrims and disciple from all over Nepal and India the main occasion is in mid February “Shiva Ratri” birth anniversary of lord Shiva.
From here a short drive to Little Tibet at Bouddhanath, declared as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chortens built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. With series of three terraces and from the bird's eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world.
The chortens surrounded by a circular market of Tibetan influence, the chortens embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana faith of Buddhism known as Lamaism in Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
EncountersNepal Tour continues with short drive to Patan city, situated south of Kathmandu separated by a bridge over the River Bagmati. Patan also known as Lalitpur meaning city of Arts, visit the old palace courtyard (Durbar) fascinating tall terracotta house with intricate window carvings, and stone temple of Krishna with a pillar of Garuda the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and as well of Lord Krishna.
Then heading back with a drive to Kathmandu with a tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square with full of arts and culture. There are many monuments of historical significant places to see over here are five storey Temple Nytapola, 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate and many more. After a grand interesting time here drive back to Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
Encounter Nepal includes the old 2,550 years old Swayambhunath (monkey temple) located on a hillock west of Kathmandu city with awesome views of the Kathmandu valley and the city with snow capped mountains towards north beyond the green hills that surrounds Kathmandu valley.
Next day leaving Kathmandu with a scenic drive to picturesque Pokhara valley number one popular touristic spot in and around Himalaya the drive leads on the main highway for 5-6 hours overlooking scenery of farm villages, towns, farm fields with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains, then reaching at Pokhara by the lake Phewa for overnight stop
At Pokhara tour begins early morning with a short drive to a hill side at Sarankot for stunning sunrise view over array of snow capped mountains from world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m including range of smaller peaks with ever present majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” standing high at 6,993 meters.
Sarankot hill top the tallest spot at 1, 460 meters with super views of mountains, Pokhara green valley and its city with Phewa lake below, beside the fabulous panorama famous for paragliding which is one of the most popular adventure sports around this scenic place.
In Pokhara with two nights over stop marvel the beautiful scenery and with tour of
Bindhyabasini Temple, Devi’s water fall with Gupteshwor Mahadev cave all this program are done in a day before breakfast and after breakfast and lunch on route sightseeing places with boating in the serene lake Phewa in the backdrop of the mountains.
After an enjoyable time at Pokhara with grand views of Annapurna, Manaslu range with Mt. Machhapuchhre, Encounter Nepal next interesting tour leads with an impressive drive south west from Pokhara leading to lower lands of Nepal the Terai country though nice towns of Butwal and Bhairawa to Rupendehi at Lumbini the renowned world heritage site birth place of lord Buddha the Light of Asia, here in the comfort of nice hotels and lodge where our cultural guide will accompany with a tour around Lumbini visiting interesting historical sites and monuments.
The main attraction at Lumbini is the sacred Garden that is spread over 8 sq. km. and possesses all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archeologists alike. To the south of the temple, we find the sacred pond - Puskarni - where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha. There are more than fifty monasteries around the area. A visit to different monasteries from different Buddhist school gives an important memory. Some of the monasteries are: Chinese monastery, Japanese monastery, Korean monastery, Tibetan monastery, Thai monastery, Sri Lanka monastery, Burmese (Myanmar) monastery with India and Nepal monasteries.
After the historic visit return back to respective hotel, and next day drive to Chitwan National Park for elephant safari, jungle walk in the comfort of best hotels, resorts and jungle lodge.
Chitwan National Park area with 932 sq.kms. One of the oldest and most popular National Parks in Nepal is situated within the inner subtropical Terai lowlands of Southern-Central Nepal. The park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
The Park covers a pristine area with a unique eco-system of significant value to the world. It contains the Churia hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains of the rivers Rapti, Reu and Narayani. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The Park is famous for the endangered and elusive "Royal Bengal Tiger".
The park is home to the one horned Indian Rhinoceros, fresh water Gharial crocodile along with many other common species such as gaur (Asian bison) wild elephants, four horned antelopes, striped hyenas, pangolins, Gangetic dolphins, monitor lizards and pythons.
Other animals found in the park include sambars, chital (spotted deer) barking deer, sloth bear, palm civets, languor and rhesus monkeys.
The park is also famous for over 450 species of birds; among the endangered birds are the Bengal florican, the Giant Hornbill, the Lesser Florican, the Black Stork and White Stork. Common birds seen in the park including Peafowl, Red Jungle fowl, and different species of Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Flycatchers and Woodpeckers, the best time for bird watching is around March and December.
More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles have been recorded in the park, some of which are the Marsh mugger Crocodile, cobras Green Pit Viper and various species of frogs and tortoises.
The Chitwan National Park is also an educational field for botanists and zoologists alike.
The park is actively engaged in scientific studies and research concerning several species of wild fauna and flora.
In Chitwan with 2 days of jungle activities and then driving back to Kathmandu on the same highway and transfer to respective hotels.
Last day in Nepal for other individual activities and shopping Nepalese handicrafts and the depart Kathmandu via respective airlines for homeward bound after a remarkable and enjoyable time with EncountersNepal great service and management.
Arrival Kathmandu, reception at the airport by a representative of Encounters Nepal, transfer to a Hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drink. Meet the Manager from Encounters Nepal for tour briefing.
After breakfast, guided city tour to the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath (Oldest Buddhist Stupa in the World), Pashupatinath (Hindu’s Temple), Boudhanath (One of the biggest Monastery in the World), Patan Museum, Golden Temple (Buddhists’ Monastery), Tibetan Refugee Camp. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
After breakfast, guided city tour to the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Kathmandu Durbar Square (Old Palace), Swoyambhunath (Oldest Buddhist Stupa in the World), then visit Bhaktapur city, the ancient town in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
After breakfast, drive by car for 200kms through the scenic highway on the bank of the River early morning to Pokhara, transfer to a Hotel..
After breakfast, city tour in Pokhara such as Devi’s Fall (Natural Water Fall), Gupteshwor Cave and boating on Fewa Lake for one hour in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
Walk for one hour to World Peace Stupa across the Fewa Lake early morning for Sunrise view, walk back to Hotel, where you will see a lifetime memory of scenic mountain views including Fishtail shadowed on Fewa Lake. After breakfast, visit Mahendra Pul to view the underground Seti River and International Mountain Museum. Visit Buddhist Monastery in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
After breakfast, drive by car for 230kms via Butwal through the scenic highway by public bus (please note that tourist buses are not available on this route) to Lumbini, Lord Buddha’s birthplace, transfer to a Hotel.
In Lumbini: Lumbini-a world heritage site, is the sacred birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya Prince, the eventual Shakyamunu and the ultimate Buddha - the Enlightened One. It is the holiest pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The main attraction at Lumbini is the sacred Garden that is spread over 8 sq. km. and possesses all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archeologists alike. To the south of the temple, we find the sacred pond - Puskarni - where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha. There are more than fifty monasteries around the area. A visit to different monasteries from different Buddhist school gives an important memory. Some of the monasteries are: Chinese monastery, Japanese monastery, Korean monastery, Tibetan monastery, Thai monastery, Srilankan monastery, Burmese (Myanmar) monastery, Indian and Nepalese monasteries.
After breakfast, drive by car for 200kms through the scenic highway to Royal Chitwan National Park for Jungle Safari activities, transfer to a Resort.
Full day Jungle Safari tour.
After breakfast, drive back for 170kms through the bank of the Trisuli River to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.
Rest day and shopping in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Farewell and transfer to international airport for onward flight.
USD $1275/ per person
Trip Cost Includes:
Tour/Trek pre-departure information, Guide
Hotel accommodation as per mentioned in the itinerary on a twin share basis with breakfast at Standard Hotels
All internal transport by private car
All group airport transfers
Welcome drinks in Kathmandu
Trip Cost Excludes:-
Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
International air fare.
Nepal entry visa fee.
Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
Bar and beverages
Nature of personal expenses
Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
Meals Launch and dinner
Manument entry fee