Custom Discovery Tour

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal
Total Days: 17
Hotel in Kathmandu: 4 Nights
Hotel in Pokhara: 2 Nights
Trip Type: Culture tour
Best Season: Spring / Autumn / Winter
Trip Highlights: Culture / History / Landscape

Custom Discovery Tour

An epic journey that takes you through the historical and cultural sites to discover it’s hidden treasures. The trip is customized to uncover the entire unbeaten path to Nepali history and culture that guides you to understand the aspect of religion, culture, traditions in Nepali society. It also provides an opportunity to experience traditional way of life in Nepali society.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhaktapur via Thimi
Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot via Changunarayan
Day 05: Trek Nagarkot to Thali & drive to Kathmandu: visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Day 06: Visit Kopan monastery
Day 07: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara & trek to Astham
Day 08: Trek Astham to Milanchok & drive to Sedi Bagar
Day 09: Visit Sarangkot & drive to Pokhara
Day 10: Visit Devi’s fall, Gupteswori Cave & World peace stupa
Day 11: Visit Mountaineering Museum & Mahendra cave
Day 12: Drive Pokhara to Tansen
Day 13: Drive Tansen to Lumbini
Day 14: Visit Kapilbastu & Lumbini Garden
Day 15: Flight Lumbini to Kathmandu
Day 16: Visit Kirtipur
Day 17: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Patan and Swoyambhunath: start our tour with the magnificent Swoyambhunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel. Then a short drive to one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley which is called Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.

Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.

Patan- the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhaktapur via Thimi: today we drive to the oldest part of the Kathmandu valley, a quick stop at old Thimi and observe some traditional farming and old alleys of Thimi village. Then finally we go to visit an ancient city called Bhaktapur. This fascinating city reminds you the true culture and living style of medieval period.

Bhaktapur- Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. We visit four different squares in this city: Durbar Square (palace square), Tamaudi Square (public square), Pottery Square and Dattatrey Square.
Overnight: Hotel Cosy www.cosyhotel.com.np or similar

Day 04: Drive Bhaktapur to Nagarkot via Changunarayan: drive to one of the oldest temples of the valley, Changunarayan before we head to Nagarkot. It is a fascinating place where you can see oldest Manu script found in Nepali history and some magnificent temples. Another exciting drive for an hour on winding road takes us to Nagarkot. It is a great place to escape from Kathmandu’s hustle bustle.

Nagarkot – One of the most popular hill station / viewpoints close to Kathmandu valley, reward would be the panoramic view of 33 different mountain peaks of different ranges including Mt. Shisapangma of Tibet.
Overnight: Hotel Chautari www.paradiseinn.com.np or similar

Day 05: Trek Nagarkot to Thali and drive back to Kathmandu: on our way back from Nagarkot, we trek down to Thali, which takes about 4 hours. Then, drive back to Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is a double–roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal.

Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and it is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like Swoyambhunath, this stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Overnight: Sheichan Bairoling Monastery

Day 06: Visit Kopan Monastery: hike for an hour to Kopan monastery through few villages and winding roads. Kopan is situated at a hill of Kathmandu valley about 2 km north from Boudhanath stupa. It is the first monastery in Nepal which started to teach Buddhism and Buddhist meditations in foreign language.
Overnight: Sheichan Bairoling Monastery

Day 07: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) and trek to Astham: a scenic flight to Pokhara for about 30 minutes then drive about an hour to Milan chock where we start our short trek to Astham, Adhikari family home. Being in Astham, we can observe and experience real culture and living style of typical Nepali family of country side.
Overnight: Home stay

Day 08: Trek Astham to Milanchok and drive to Sedi Bagar: hike back to Milan chock then drive for an hour to Sedi Bagar followed by a short walk to our guest house running by Thapa family which offers magnificent view of the lake and surroundings.
Overnight: Hidden Paradise www.hiddenparadise.com.np or similar
Driving Time: 1 Hour

Day 09: Visit Sarangkot (1592m): early morning drive to Sarangkot; it’s about an hour drive on winding road. The view from Sarangkot is superb. Several different peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, including the two highest peaks in the world,-Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) can be seen. Then we drive back to Pokhara and check into Temple Tree Resort.
Overnight: Hotel Temple Tree www.templetreenepal.com or similar

Day 10: Visit Devi’s fall; a water fall that goes into a narrow canal, Guptesori Cave; a natural cave and World peace stupa; which offers you the best view of the Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.
Overnight: Hotel Temple Tree www.templetreenepal.com or similar

Day 11: Visit Mountaineering Museum and Mahendra Cave: start the day with the visit of first Mountaineering museum in Pokhara, where we can learn about the history of Nepal mountaineering and witness true mountaineering culture. Then we visit a cave in the afternoon which is about 5 km away from Lake City. It is one of longest caves in Nepal.
Overnight: Hotel Temple Tree www.templetreenepal.com similar

Day 12: Drive Pokhara to Tansen (1090m): a scenic drive for about 5 hours. We drive through several small traditional towns and the view of the mountain peaks from some of the hills on the way are superb. We arrive in Tansen by early afternoon. We drive through the winding narrow road of Tansen Bazaar to get to our hotel, which is situated right on the top of the village with the magnificent view of the mountain ranges. In the afternoon we visit Tansen Bazaar, Tansen Durbar (Palace) and other surrounding temples.

Tansen is a small ancient hill town situated 1090 meters above sea level. It is located in Palpa district of western region of Nepal. The highlights of the Tansen are its' ancient culture, excellent mountain views, serene atmosphere and friendly people. Tansen is really popular for its pleasant weather so it is considered good place to visit in any season. The spectacular view of the mountain peaks including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and other peaks can be seen from Tansen.
Overnight: Hotel Srinagar www.hotelsrinagar.com or similar

Day 13: Drive Tansen to Lumbini: start our day with 10 minutes walk to Srinagar hill to catch sunrise over the magnificent mountain ranges. Then, quick breakfast and explore surrounding areas (if you are interested). Then we drive for about 3 hours to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha.

In the afternoon, visit Maya Devi Temple; exact birth place of Gautam Buddha. Maya Devi temple is built right on the place of his birth. The temple is built in modern design, however inside the temple; they have preserved exact structure of the place/stone where he was born.

According to the legend, his mother; queen of Kapilbastu was on her way to her parental house to visit her parents and all of sudden, she was struck with labor pain and she asked her servants / care takers to take her back to the palace but pain was unbearable so she decided to rest on the shade of the banyan tree nearby, where she gave birth Gautam Buddha.
We also visit some of the temples and stupas built by different nations dedicated to Lord Buddha.
Overnight: Hotel Lumbini Garden www.newcrystalhotels.com or similar

Day 14: Visit Kapilbastu: start our tour early in the morning driving about 28 km west of Lumbini to visit the palace of Shakya dynasty. Gautam Buddha spent 29 years of his life with his family in this palace as a prince. Even though he was a prince of the kingdom, he was different than rest of the royals and he was curious about the real world, which scared his family and his father, the king of Kapilbastu. King wanted his son to become future king and rule the country so he wanted to train his son as a future king not as someone who would go outside and try to get knowledge as a scholar and become a monk. So king arranged all the physical luxury possible in the world right inside the palace so his son wouldn’t know about the poorness and cruelty of the real world outside of palace.
In the afternoon, we visit rest of the temples in Lumbini garden.
Overnight: Hotel Lumbini Garden www.newcrystalhotels.com or similar

Day 15: Flight Lumbini to Kathmandu: a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar

Day 16: Visit Kirtipur: In the morning we visit Kirtipur, one of oldest and historical towns in Kathmandu valley.
Overnight: Hotel Marshyangdi www.hotelmarshyangdi.com or similar

Day 17: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur / Nagarkot / Pokhara / Tansen / Lumbini on twin sharing BB Basis
  • Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments
  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu – Pokhara / Bhairawa - Kathmandu) as per itinerary
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Private vehicle PKR - TANSEN - LUMBINI
  • A professional English speaking tour guide
  • Private vehicle for sightseeing
  • Full board for whole tour (AP Basis)
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for staff

Cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation, helicopter / medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (Flights / vehicles), food & accommodation in case of bad weather, landslide, strike, road blockade, flight cancellation etc
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone etc.
  • Tips for tour staff or car / van / bus driver.

Price per person - 2018

2-3 people 4-7 people 8-9 people 10-15 people
US$ 3295 PP US$ 2995 PP US$ 2695 PP US$ 2595 PP

Single Supplement - US$ 475 per person

Note: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size

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