The Best of Nepal Tour is a travel package that includes the best travel destinations that Nepal has to offer. Taking you to Lumbini- the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Best of Nepal Tour presents excursions to the most beautiful town in Nepal- Tansen. A respite on the Chitwan National Park presents you a chance to encounter glimpses of the Royal Bengal Tiger. And then a trip to Sarangkot presents a famous viewpoint to look at panoramic views of mountains. The Best of Nepal Tour also takes you to Pokhara, a wonderful Lake-side city that is brimming with natural wonders and adventure activities. Visiting the historical and cultural sites in Kathmandu also makes the Best of Nepal Tour an absolutely amazing experience.
The Best of Nepal Tour presents travelling to Ghorepani and Poon Hill as well. Poon Hill is a famous vantage point that presents beguiling views of Mount Annapurna massif. Likewise, its surrounding peaks like the Machhapuchhre Himal and the Dhaulagiri Peak. Looking at the sunrise amidst the mountain peaks from the vantage point at Poon Hill is breath-taking. Encompassed with natural, cultural and historical highlights of various destinations. The Best of Nepal Tour is a travel opportunity that presents the best views, sights and places in a relatively short amount of time.
Ride a canoe on the Trishuli River and trudge through the lush woods and verdant grasslands in the Chitwan National Park. A habitat to various floras and fauna life. Similalry, the park is a home to many unique aquatic birds and animals like Ghorals and one-horned Rhinoceros. The Seti River gorge in Pokhara, along with boating on the pristine Fewa lake are among some of the major highlights that Pokhara city has to offer. Visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa and the Durbar Squares of Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Similalry, the Best of Nepal Tour presents intricate dexterity of Nepali art and architecture for you to observe.
Today, you will be visiting various historical and cultural destinations listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur valley. Beginning the sightseeing tour with Pashupatinath temple. You would be looking at one of the most sacred temples of the Hindu people. It has a beautiful pagoda house. Moreover, you can also see the cremation ceremony of the dead beside the holy Bagmati River as well. The Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas ever built. Ornamented with many prayer wheels, the stupa has a serene and tranquil atmosphere. You would be visiting the Changunarayan temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is one of the finest and oldest temples with pagoda style architecture.
Richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, its location offers beautiful views of the Kathmandu Valley. Moving to Bhaktapur, you would be then visiting the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The fifty-five window palace, the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate and the art galleries at Bhaktapur are exquisite to observe and to visit. Later in the evening, you then drive to Nagarkot, which takes about an hour. The views of the mountain peaks of eastern Nepal, including Mount Everest, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. It can be seen from the viewpoint at Nagarkot.
Waking up early, you would be looking at the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast, you would then be heading to Chitwan National Park today. As you reach Chitwan, you can have a short visit to the village around the vicinity.
Taking an Elephant ride, you would be exploring the park’s perimeters today. A Jungle safari at the park presents you trudging through beautiful woodlands and amazing sights of emerald foliages and glimpses of unique wild animals. A canoe ride up the Narayani River, you would be experiencing an amazing time! Taking local boats to watch crocodiles along the banks of the river, you will also visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. Later in the afternoon, you would also be entertained with a Tharu Cultural Program.
An early morning bird-watching walk can be taken today at the park, as Chitwan National Park has a wide variance of avifauna as well. After breakfast, you would then be heading to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. A World Heritage Site, Lumbini is a pilgrimage site for Buddhist from around the world. Raised by the Indian emperor Ashoka, the Ashoka Pillar is a popular landmark at Lumbini. You would be visiting various monasteries and temples at Lumbini as well. The monasteries offer splendid architectural sublimity and the stupas are beautiful to look at.
Half of today will be spent sightseeing around Lumbini. There are ruins of an old city present at Lumbini and many artifacts have been excavated. Some of the important landmarks include the Maya Devi Temple and the Pillar along with many stupas and monasteries. The Ashoka Pillar is a landmark erected by the Indian Emperor and contains an inscription that claims Lumbini as the birth place of Lord Buddha. A stone sculpture of Maya Devi is present at the temple, the image depicting Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch.
Later in the afternoon, you would then drive to Tansen, Palpa, which takes about three hours of time. A small ancient hill situated 4,300 meters above sea level; Tansen is located on the way from Pokhara to Lumbini. Tansen’s major attractions include ancient cultures of the people, excellent views of the mountains and a calm tranquil atmosphere. Dhaulagiri mountain peak, the Annapurna Mountain, Mount Manaslu, Gauri Shanker Himal and many other mountain peaks can be seen from Tansen on a clear day. Tansen is also famous for Dhaka cloth. The Nepali Topi, the national cap of Nepal is made with Dhaka cloth and you can see weavers at work on their looms on bazaars at Tansen.
After breakfast, a drive to Pokhara will be done today. The road is fill with sights of woodlands and terrace farms that are brimming with the vegetation of rice and barley. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you would be checking into your hotel.
A splendid sightseeing tour will be done in Pokhara today. You would be visiting Sarangkot. It is a famous viewpoint where close views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. Along with a beautiful view of Pokhara city and the Fewa Lake as well. Visiting the Bindabasini temple, you can look at old bazaars. Dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati, the Bindabasini temple has a park ground that offers a fine picnic and relaxing area. The Davis fall is another highlight of sightseeing in Pokhara. Locally known as the Patale Chhango, this waterfall surges down into a deep gorge leaping through several rocky orifices. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The Gupteshwor Cave has an entrance right across Davis Fall and the cave itself is 3 kilometers long. This cave is sacred to the Hindu people as a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here. Other highlights of Pokhara city sightseeing are the Fewa Lake, the Barahi Temple, the Seti River Gorge and the Tibetan refugee Camp. The Tibetan village of Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.
Beginning the trek from Nayapul after a 1 hour drive from Pokhara. Moreover, you will be taking a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi River after which you will be reaching the village of Birethanti (1,015m). Birethanti is a large village that has many shops and a myriad of teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Birethanti Khola. The trail continues to climb steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495 meters and after a short climb. Moreover, you will be reaching Tikhedhunga lying at the elevation of 1,570 meters. The trek is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.
Climbing steeply towards Ulleri, we will be reaching the elevation of 2,070 meters. Ulleri is a large Magar village and the trail ascends gently from this point through verdant forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti (2,250m). Then, you will continue trekking towards Nangethanti at 2,460 meters. After an hour’s walk, you will arrive at Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a village that has many teahouses and lodges and presents beautiful views of the mountains from its vicinity.
An early morning hike to Poon Hill will be done today. A famous vantage point, Poon Hill presents amazing and spectacular sights of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges and many of its surrounding peaks. The sight of the sunrise amidst the mountain ranges at Poon Hill is breath-taking beautiful! Spending around an hour at Poon Hill, soaking up the views and taking pictures, you will return back to Ghorepani. Climbing along ridges and through pine and rhododendron trees, you will be reaching Deurali. Descending to Banthanti, you will then return to Tadapani.
From Tadapani, the trail descends through lush forests to Ghandruk, a village occupied by Gurung people. Owning their own dialect, culture, tradition, rituals and practices- the lifestyle of the people at Ghandruk is unique and fascinating to observe. The village is also a home of many Gorkha soldiers. A famous destination for trekkers, Ghandruk is known for its beautiful mountain views. And also for its easy reach from Pokhara and Kathmandu. You can have a visit to the Annapurna Conservation Area and museums and can explore the village as well.
Ending the trek at Nayapul, you will be driving to Pokhara today. The drive is brimming with beautiful woodlands sights of terraced farmlands lush with variegated rice and barley farming. The road follows emerald hills and the flow of jovial rivers. After reaching Pokhara, you can relax in the afternoon and even take a stroll around the lake side to sooth your body from the long drive.
It is time to bid farewell to the Pokhara valley and take a bus ride back to the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, river valleys and clear sky through the window of the bus before reaching the city.
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