Nepal Cultural Tour
Day 1: Kathmandu – Arrival
Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day
Day 3: Kathmandu Exploration Day
Day 4: Kathmandu – Drive to Nagarkot
Day 5: Nagarkot – Yoga Retreat
Day 6: Yoga Retreat Exploration Day
Day 7: Nagarkot – Drive to Chitwan – Yoga Retreat
Day 8: Chitwan – Full-day Exploration
Day 9: Chitwan – Drive to Pokhara
Day 10: Pokhara – Full-day Exploration
Day 11: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu – Departure
Go on this ‘Nepal Cultural Tour’ to learn about this charming country in the Himalayas and its beautiful people. Start the adventure in Kathmandu, where you spend time on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Tour to the most ancient sites, where you will really be able to observe the beautiful culture of the Nepalese. Participate in social activities to help homeless people before traveling to Nagarkot to do yoga retreat and meditation to cleanse your mind and body. See wild animals and plants at Chitwan National Park – a UNESCO Nature Site. In Pokhara, spend time admiring the spectacular sunrise, hiking in the pristine landscape or even doing some extreme activities like paragliding, ultralight flight and ziplining.
Your private tour guide will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Tribhuwan. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way regarding your adventure in Nepal and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight at Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will go on the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. You are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes:
- Swayambhunath – The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley.
- Pashupatinath – A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; you will come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look, which is the typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus.
- Boudhanath – the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where you can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple.
- Patan Durbar Square – A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, you can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Today, you will participate in the humanitarian activities, including visiting helpless and homeless people, prepare the meals and spend time talking with them. You will have free time to explore around as well.
Overnight in Kathmandu
You will drive to Nagarkot for about 1.5 hrs. and stay overnight there. Nagarkot is a beautiful hill station located 32 Kilometers east of Kathmandu and really famous for sunrise and mountain view. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of Langtang range in the Himalaya and other magnificent mountains including Sisa Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar and also a tiny glimpse of Mt. Everest on a very clear day. Sunrise from here is as fascinating as it can be. The cool and lovely weather condition will definitely put you under its spell.
Overnight in Nagarkot
This morning, you can enjoy the fabulous sunrise view then back for breakfast. After having breakfast, you will hike to today’s main destination. A 2.5 hours walk will take you to the local village area, where you can experience the local lifestyle. During your walking, you will receive many warm greetings from the local people. Let’s enjoy the Green hills and the local life, then you will have a Nepal Yoga Retreat where you are staying for two nights practicing yoga and meditation, helping yourselves to grow spiritual and healthier. In the evening, you will have a meditation session.
Overnight in Nagarkot
You will freshen up with the early morning yoga practice in the beautiful surrounding of the retreat. After breakfast, you can go visit the organic farms, the temples and explore the surroundings; also enjoy the spa and massage facility with an extra cost at the retreat. In the evening, another meditation session will make you feel more peaceful and energetic.
Overnight in Nagarkot
You will have another early morning yoga practice today to make you get ready for the whole day. After the blissful experience of yoga, you will come down for breakfast. Then we’ll start driving to Chitwan National Park today. It will take us about 6 hours to reach this beautiful National Park to the down south of Nepal. Chitwan national park is once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats. Today, the animals – elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, and deer – are protected strictly. The greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an elephant. This national park is enlisted in the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage Site.
Overnight in Chitwan
After breakfast and checkout, you will spend your full day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like jungle walk, elephant riding, visiting the village, canoeing, visiting elephant breeding center, bird-watching etc. Your tour guide will lead you through all the activities, giving you deeper insights about the wildlife, flora and fauna in the national park. The interesting wild and aquatic life of rhinoceros, deer, bear, crocodile, and different birds will definitely make your day! In the evening, you can enjoy the Tharu cultural show. Tharus are aboriginal people of the area who have their own language, culture and tradition.
Overnight in Chitwan
Today you will have a 05-hour scenic drive to Pokhara, a very famous and standing amid nature tourist destination in Nepal. As soon as you reach Pokhara, the atmosphere starts telling us about the beauty of the place. One of the most beautiful lake cities in the world, Pokhara, is also the city for the adventure sports in Nepal. It is also a famous sightseeing place with beautiful lakes and a view of the Himalayan range. The close-up view of the Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail from here is more than fascinating. In the afternoon, you will explore the beauty of Pokhara by boating on Lake Fewa, visiting the temple on a small island.
Overnight in Pokhara
You will wake up early in the morning and drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara which is famous for the sunrise view, and it takes about 35 minutes. A real close-up look of the Annapurna and Fishtail and the unparalleled sunrise from there makes a perfect start for your day. After sunrise, you will come back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, you will hike up to World Peace Stupa, a nice hiking destination in Pokhara which will take you one hour to reach the top. It’s a beautiful viewpoint and a Buddhist Pilgrimage as well. Later you will come down to visit Davis falls and cave and Tibetan refugee camp.
You also can choose to do some adventure activities like paragliding, ultralight flight and zip flyer as well with an extra cost.
Overnight in Pokhara
You will drive back to Kathmandu today after your breakfast. It will take about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. You also can fly back with an extra cost. Later in the evening, you will go for a farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu and can have a discussion about the trip experience.
Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departure flight home. Namaste!
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Nepal
- Nepal entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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We started searching for our tour for Vietnam / Cambodia back in October 2022 to start the tour in the first week of January 2023. We selected this travel agency, and contact name provided to us was Elly. She was extraordinary with her communication with us. Excellent English speaking language capability & excellent in communication on Whats app and email communication. We went back & forth few times to arrange the tour we wanted. She was very accommodating in arranging our schedule. We requested automobile tour for both countries, just for two of us.
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We requested to get the high end hotel in each city and she gave us choices and not only that but send videos of each hotel for each City and then waited for us to decide which hotel we select. All the Hotels turned out to be one of the best we would expect to be. M/s Elly, personally came to visit with us on the evening of our first day tour. Very respectful and asked if she could do anything for us.I had requested before in our communication, if she would arrange for power converter for us, since my camera chargers are all in 110. So brought two power converters for us! Something, not everyone will do this kind of service. So all the kiddos to her!
as to the drivers in each city were very courteous, very professional and very careful in how and where they have to do driving.
our Guides in each city were so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable in where ever we visited. How ever wish two guides in Hue An and Ho Chi Minh City spoke English more clearly.
We only wish we had one extra day in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, , however, there is so much to see in the world! Perhaps next time will visit Vietnam.
As to Cambodia, same thing to express about site seeing and our Guide and drivers. Guides and drivers really made our travel thro’ the countries where we do not speak that language, made it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Hi Lam…hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly. My wife Barb & I (Paul) have just arrived home after completing a great tour of Vietnam which was organised through your company Asia Pioneer Travel.
We want to tell you personally how impressed were were with the level of service that we received…it was amazing and the best that we have experienced anywhere. After we made initial contact with you, you handed us over to Chloe to arrange the trip which she did in very quick time and the amount of detail that she went to was fantastic. From the moment that we walked out of Hanoi airport on arrival to see our guide waiting, we knew that we were in for a great trip. The drivers & guides were fantastic and Chloe was in contact by email constantly making sure that everything was going to plan & that we were happy. At one stage we need to vary the itinerary by extending accommodation & changing air tickets and Chloe did that without any fuss or bother.
We also met some wonderful Vietnamese people along the way and Ive got to say that they are our kind of people, very generous & friendly.
Enough of my ramblings, thanks for a great visit to Vietnam, and a special thank you to Chloe for looking after us in such a terrific manner…she is a very special caring lady.
Kind regards & I hope that we have the opportunity to use Asia Pioneer Travel again….Paul & Barb Little from Newcastle Australia
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