The Essence of Nepal

5-Star Hotels, or Best hotels available in

Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini & others

14 nights / 15 days, October 2022

Basking in the grandeur of the mighty Himalaya, the youngest yet highest mountain range in the world, is considered the abode of the Gods. Nepal is a landlocked country in a South Asia, bordered by China in the North and India in the South, East and West. This birthplace of the messenger of peace Siddhartha Gautam Buddha, it is also home of bravest of the brave Gorkha warriors and hosts the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest among many others.

Nepal is embellished with the gleaming Himalayan range in the north and adorned with tropical low land greenery in the south. Captivating art, culture, cryptic monasteries and temples, numerous massive places and monuments, unique festivals and lifestyles, sublime exquisite scenery and some of the best waling trials on the earth combined with stirring adventurous bustles are the prominent attributes of the breathtaking land which as positioned it as a distinctive travel destination in the world.

Option to fly and view Mt Everest, the highest mountain the world.

We will see the great Stupas, and in our walks, see the magestic Himalayas.

This tour will be led by Adrianna Castelazo & Deepak Singh. We will have both Spanish and English speaking guides with us.



ITINERARY
Map of this area (https://goo.gl/maps/8RYteLa9UTRqrTfY7). This shows where we will be going. Shown routing is by road, but longer distances by air. Zoom in and out to get more details. (Note Chitwan is not shown as Google Maps does not recognise Chitwan(!))

 

OCT 1: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, meet and assist by SJI representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight: Kathmandu.

OCT 2: KATHMANDU – BHAKTAPUR - NAGARKOT
Spend 4-5 hours sightseeing at Bhaktapur Durbar Square (12 km from Kathmandu).
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur is a brilliant illustration of Newari architectural skills, a city of pagoda roofs and a harmonious blend of wood, mudbrick and copper – especially notable is the Nyatapola Temple (Palace of 55 Windows). Many locals continue to practice traditional crafts and you will join a pottery class to try your hand at replicating some of these marvels. From the 13th century, Bhaktapur’s kings of the Malla Dynasty were so fond of wrestling that Malla (wrestler/wrestling) became the hereditary title of the heir to Bhaktapur’s throne. The Durbar Square is wide and open to entertain wrestling bouts and beefy carved wrestlers are the city’s trademark – also worshipped as guardians of holy temples. Drive to Nagarkot (1 hr.) and transfer to hotel. Nagarkot is a popular hike tour and hill destination, offering views of five of the world’s 10 tallest mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Manaslu. Overnight: Nagarkot.

OCT 3: NAGARKOT- KATHAMNDU
Enjoy majestic views of the Mountains, green hills, cool weather and beautiful landscape from your hotel. As an option, go on a short hike (about 30-40 mins) up to the view tower for the best views of Sunrise and snow-capped mountains. After lunch, drive back to Kathmandu.

In the evening, explore Kathmandu Durbar Square (another UNESCO Heritage Site) on Rickshaw.
Start with a drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Basantapur, which is the heart of Kathmandu. This vibrant public square was once the Kathmandu Kingdom’s royal residence and has one of the world’s highest concentrations of well-preserved ancient buildings, making for a stunning open-air museum. Of the more than 50 monuments, the most famous is the Kumari Bahal, the richly decorated home to the Royal Kumari, Living Goddess and the manifestation of the great goddess Durga. The 14th century Jagannath Mandir is the oldest temple in the area and nearby the Telaju Mandir is dedicated to the patron deity of the royal family, a wrathful form of Durga who once demanded human sacrifices. Although the square was damaged during the 2015 earthquakes, there is still a great array of architectural gems to see. It is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. After exploring Durbar Square, you will take a ride on a rickshaw towards Thamel. The way passes through Ason Market, where you will observe local shops with varieties of goods and products necessary for life in a Newar community. After enjoying your rickshaw ride up to Thamel, return to your hotel. Overnight: Kathmandu.

OCT 4: FLY KATHMANDU- POKHARA
In the morning after breakfast, fly to Pokhara.
Leisure afternoon: Relax and explore the beautiful lakeside city and you may just relax by boating out to the island shrine in the lake, cycling around the lakeside, shopping, and many other outdoor activities. Enjoy your dinner by witnessing Cultural Performances at lakeside restaurants. Overnight: Pokhara.

OCT 5: POKHARA
Full-day sightseeing of Pokhara and surrounding including boating in Phewa Taal. Visit Devi’s Fall, marvel at Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), seek blessings at Bindhyabasini Temple, visit the International Mountain Museum, pray at Barahi Temple, explore Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, and much more. Overnight: Pokhara.

OCT 6: POKHARA- KANDE- AUSTRALIAN CAMP- POKHARA
This morning we drive to Kande, (1 hour). There is a nice gentle walking trail from Kande to Australian Camp. It takes about 1.5 hours to the beautiful village known as Australian Camp (originally “Thulo Kharka” meaning big pasture, it used to be a seasonal herding place of buffalo and cow herders). On a clear day you have unobstructed views of the Himalayan Mountains of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu range and also beautiful green hills. Have lunch here, and then drive back to Pokhara.

Optionally, stay at Pokhara. Witness the mesmerizing sunrise at Sarangkot and indulge in local shopping at the Tibetan market. One can indulge in paragliding or an ultralight flight. Ultralight flights from Pokhara are a unique way to discover the majestic Himalayas and for the aerial views of the Pokhara valley and lakes. Be it boating in the midst of serenity or just chilling at some local cafes, you will be loaded with a plethora of activity options here.
Overnight: Pokhara.

OCT 7: POKHARA – PALPA- LUMBINI
Driving from Pokhara to Lumbini via Palpa (7 hr.). There are plenty of opportunities to admire magnificent mountain views as well as the small towns and villages along the way. Lumbini is the place where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha of this era, was born in 623 BCE. This sacred place is marked by a stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in 249 BCE and is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is a place of pilgrimage and a symbol of world peace. Many countries have built shrines and monasteries here reflecting the architectural traditions of their respective cultures. Overnight: Lumbini.

OCT 8: LUMBINI
Day of sightseeing in Lumbini, and Meditation at Maya Devi temple. Overnight: Lumbini.

OCT 9: LUMBINI – TILAURAKOT- CHITWAN
Drive to Tilaurakot (2 hrs.), the ancient city of Kapilavastu that Prince Siddhartha was raised from his birth until the age of 29. This was the capital of the ancient Sakya Kingdom, where the prince was treated to a lavish life of luxury – a way of life that he would ultimately reject to begin his spiritual journey. After lunch, drive to Chitwan (3.5 hrs.) & transfer to the Jungle Resort at the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park. Enjoy Tharu Cultural Performance at your hotel in the evening. Overnight: Chitwan.

OCT 10: CHITWAN
Jungle Activities include: Jeep Safari, Nature Jungle Walk, Visit to Elephant Breeding Center
Jeep Safari: Scheduled morning and afternoon safaris are organized in the core area of the National Park on 4X4 vehicles. These vehicles are one of the best ways to experience the dense flora and diverse wildlife of Chitwan as we pass through various habitats.
Nature Jungle Walk: Nature walks are a unique highlight of Chitwan. Exploring on foot helps you to be in the shoes of naturalists who explore, study and unravel the hidden secrets of the park. The jungle walk offers a great chance of spotting wildlife and is quite adventurous. There are well-defined circuits based on animal movements in different habitats of the park and the length and difficulty of the walks will be adjusted to suit you. Spend a little time at an Elephant Breeding Center. Located in Sauraha the center was set up to protect endangered elephants in the region. Visit and meet, with caution, baby elephants there and a small museum. See how elephant’s meals are prepared and how they eat, learn about their nature and habits. This center was established in 1985 for the captive breeding of domesticated elephants.

Both vehicle and walking safaris are led by experienced naturalists and nature guides – routes will be based on current wildlife activity and weather conditions. In the late afternoon sail along the Rapti River looking out for crocodiles and other wetland species – maybe even a rhino wallowing. Enjoy sunset at the confluence of the Rapti and Narayani Rivers before returning. Overnight: Chitwan.

OCT 11: CHITWAN – KURINTAR
Drive and spend the morning on a village tour to Tharu Village visiting various settlements seeing how they comfortably combine modernity and tradition. Tharus are one of the largest indigenous ethnic groups living in the Terai (Lowland). They usually live beside rivers close to the heavily forested regions along the southern base of the Siwalik mountain range. Many still live in the earthen, thatched-roof huts and cottages that are the traditional village architecture of the Tharu people, surrounded by gardens, domesticated animals and farmland. Overnight: Kurintar.

OCT 12: KURINTAR - KATHMANDU
Early morning, visit Manakamana Temple via Cable Car. In the afternoon, drive back to Kathmandu (4-5 hrs). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into the hotel. The rest of the time is free for rest and refreshment. Overnight: Kathmandu.


OCT 13: KATHMANDU
Pend the day sightseeing UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including:
Bouddhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the site was visited by every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal. For centuries they rested here and offered prayers to Lord Buddha.
Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Originally built in AD400. Inside the temple is the statue of a four-faced six-foot lingam, a phallic object as a symbol of Shiva, resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped structure, phallic symbol of Shakti – a concept or personification of divine feminine creative power. These are symbols of creation and the blessings of Shiva can be found in all four directions.
Patan was once an independent kingdom. Its Durbar Square is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples built in various architectural styles representing different eras as well as the residence of the former royal family. The numerous temples display gods and humans together as in Nepal they have co-existed for millennia. In Patan, you also see a mixture of both Hinduism and Buddhism, with people worshipping both at the same time. Renowned for the “Birth to Death” shops, these are where to shop for every little item that Nepalese rituals require from birth to death. Many interesting festivals and traditions are observed here, Newari history and culture is apparent everywhere and the city is a source of great pride.
Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, is among the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched atop a conical hill, its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire with the all-seeing eyes is not only a major landmark of the valley but equally, a symbol of Nepal. The stupa has been an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century.

Visit Thamel, the major tourist hub of Kathmandu where you can shop for souvenirs, visit cafes, restaurants and bars. Overnight: Kathmandu.

OCT 14: KATHMANDU – EVEREST FLIGHT or FREE DAY
Whole day at leisure, on your own. As an option, in the early morning, transfer to the airport to enjoy the best mountain flight, usually one hour and offers an unrivalled experience and panoramic views of the Himalayas! (This flight is not included in your package as it is only offered when weather and views permit. Availability of flight (and cost) will be made known this morning, payable directly to operator). Farewell Dinner, Special Nepali Cuisine with Cultural Performances. Overnight: Kathmandu.

OCT 15: DEPARTURE
After breakfast at hotel of stay in Kathmandu, transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for departure.

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HOTELS ENVISAGED:

City Hotel, Room Type
Nights of Nov
Review
Kathmandu Hyatt Regency, Standard
1, 3, 12 - 14
Nagarkot Mystic Mountain, Standard
2
Pokhara Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Deluxe
4, 5 & 6
Lumbini Hotel Kasai, Standard
7 & 8
Chitwan Barahi Jungle Lodge, Deluxe
9 & 10
Kurintar Riverside Spring Resort, Deluxe
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COSTS:
For group all arriving, traveling and departing together, 2-people sharing one twin share room, US$ 5,160.00, per person. Single supplement, an additional US$ 1,850.00 per person, minimum 15 people in the group.

 

PAYMENTS:
Full payment is to be made by Friday 3 June 2022.


PAYING IN INSTALLMENTS:

You can pay by installments. The first payment needs to be $ 1,000.00 as your deposit, and final payment needs to be on or before Friday 3 June 2022. Contact Deepak Singh. Or telephone/text/WhatsApp/Telegram Deepak Singh at +1-857-389-0859 for details.

COST INCLUDES:
• Hotel accommodation as above on double/twin-sharing room,
• Daily buffet breakfast at hotels, and lunches at local restaurants,
• All meals at Chitwan,
• All tips and gratuities to porters, airport porters, drivers, assistants, lunch wait staff,
• Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in all places as per program,
• All transfers and sightseeing/excursion by an air-conditioned coach,
• All applicable taxes including mandatory government service tax,
• Air fares in economy class: Kathmandu/Pokhara, including presently applicable taxes (subject to change at time of booking / issuance),
• Entrances fee for entry into monuments as per the itinerary,
• Nepali dinner with cultural show, and,
• The services of a SJI representative at all airport and hotel transfers.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Beverages, mineral water, alcohol, laundry, telephone calls, or other items of personal nature,
• Nepal visa fees (currently US$ 30.00 per person),
• Increases in Airfares or Government imposed taxes or entrance fees,
• Dinners (except at Chitwan),
• Tips and gratuities to hotel bell boys and guides,
• Still camera or video camera fees at the various monuments and museums,
• Services not specifically stated in the itinerary,
• Personal or travel insurance, departure Taxes or Visa Handling Fees,
• Any changes you may choose to make during your tour, and,
• International Air.

 

Registration:  Please use our Registration Form to register, and pay either the deposit or your payment by going to our secure system at Pay Now.

Additional Information: Please e-mail Deepak Singh (English) or Adrianna Castelazo (Spanish). Or telephone/text/WhatsApp/Telegram Deepak Singh at +1-857-389-0859.