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Glimpse Of Nepal Tour - 05 Days

Glimpse Of Nepal Tour

Glimpse of Nepal Tour is specially designed for those who are restricted by time and but still want to explore all the major highlights/sites of Nepal within short period. This tour is suitable to all categories of travelers. To avoid maximum of driving time, we have used domestic flight for Kathmandu – Pokhara and Chitwan to Kathmandu which will save for more time you to explore sites of Nepal.

Nestled amongst the peaks of the great Himalayan Mountains, Nepal is a country blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and colorful history. Staying in comfortable and character-full hotels & lodges, without any strenuous activities, this tour lets you discover ancient city streets and architecture, enjoy stunning mountain views , visit living goddess- Kumari, verdant farmland and forests filled with wildlife, and see some of Nepal's most famous UNESCO World Heritages Sites.


Outline Itinerary

Day Program Places Attitude

01

Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Visit Boudhanath Stupa to witness evening prayer  

Kathmandu

1356 m

02

Kathmandu/Pokhara Fly ( 25 minutes flight)
Half day tour of Kathmandu City
Fly to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel
Visit Devi's Fall and Gupteshwor Cave
One hour boat ride at Phewa Lake and visit lakeside market

Pokhara  

827 m

03

Pokhara/ Chitwan Drive ( 5 hrs drive)
Early morning drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the Western Himalayas
Drive to Chitwan and jungle activities

Chitwan

200 m

04

Chitwan/ Kathmandu fly ( 20 minutes)  
Early morning Jungle activities
Fly back to Kathmandu
Visit Patan Durbar Square
Farewell to Nepal Dinner with a cultural show

Kathmandu

1356 m

05

Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for final departure

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01

Arrive Kathmandu

  • Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa
  • Overnight at the hotel

Arrive Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative. Please look for signage of Natraj Trekking with your name once you come out of Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your luggage. You will be escorted by our representative to the hotel

Kathmandu, capital of the ancient Mountain Kingdom of Nepal, has the air of a medieval city with a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces. In the background there is often the gentle sound of jangling cymbals and the markets are a rich blend of colors and aromas. Only in the 1950s was Nepal opened up to visitors and today the contrast between 21st century technology and traditional lifestyles help to make Kathmandu one of the world's most fascinating cities

Upon arrival at the hotel, guest will be provided welcome drinks along with the room key

Transfer to Boudha to witness evening prayer at Boudhanath Stupa

Visiting Bouddhanath Stupa (Little Tibet) is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the "Little Tibet" of Nepal was born.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: No

DAY 02

Kathmandu/Pokhara Fly

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Visit Devi's Fall and Gupteshwor Cave
  • One hour boat ride at Phewa Lake and visit lakeside market
  • Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast, this morning we plan a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) - Visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Here, the kings of Nepal were crowned and solemnized. Interesting things for visitors to see are Taleju temple, gigantic figure of Kalbhairav (the god of destruction), Basantapur Durbar, and Temple of Kumari (living goddess).

Then you will be driven to Kathmandu Domestic Airport for flight to Pokhara

We take a 45 minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu's domestic airport. During the flight, we get to savor the most mesmerizing views of the magnificent 8000 meter Mount Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range.

Arrive Pokhara Domestic Airport and you will be transferred to the hotel

Pokhara is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level. The richness of valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. Just imagine the joy of observing the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m from an elevation of below 1000m within a very close aerial, distance. The valley is equally superb giving as they do elevated close-ups to the snowy peaks. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence summits like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6977m) and the five peaks of Annapurna range rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.

Check in at the hotel

Afternoon we have arranged half-day tour of Visit Devi's Fall and Gupteshwor Cave with a local station English speaking guide

Devi's Fall, locally known as the Patale Chhango is a lovely waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker called David as washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Gupteshwor Cave is also known as the Gupteshwor Gupha. The Gupteshwor Cave holds a special religious importance especially to the local people. This cave is regarded holy by the Hindus. The main highlight of the site is the Shivalinga, the phallic symbol of the Lord Shiva. The linga is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. It is just across the Devi's Fall.

One hour boat ride at Phewa Lake including visit of Barahi Temple

Lakeside, the eastern shore of Phewa Lake, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travelers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03

Pokhara/ Chitwan Drive

  • Early morning drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the Western Himalayas
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Chitwan
  • Dinner and overnight at the lodge

An early morning, you will be driven to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the western Himalayas (weather permitting)

Sarangkot is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. It is located an altitude of 1592 m above sea level. This place provides the best view of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and beyond to the main spine of the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South 7195, Annapurna I 7647, Machhapuchhre 6997, Annapurna III 7555, Annapurna II 7937, Annapurna IV 7525, Lamjung Himal 6986.) . Please note that mountains view are weather permitting

Drive back to hotel for breakfast

Leave Pokhara for Chitwan (Approx 5 hrs drive) in a private vehicle

An enjoyable and scenic five hours drive by private vehicle on the Prithvi highway connecting Chitwan with Kathmandu follows the Trishuli River which takes us through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan. The ethnic tribe of the Tharu's is the local inhabitants of Chitwan and is agriculturists by profession. The drive finally brings you to the lodge.

Upon arrival at lodge, you will be met and briefed by the Guest Relation Officer regarding the park and the programs available. Lunch will be followed by a choice of activities arranged for you.

Chitwan National Park is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, Gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles.

Later in the afternoon, the guests will be taken for elephant safari or nature walks depending on the time of arrival at the resort. Those on elephant safari can penetrate deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife and those on a jungle walk can experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the park. The area from Kasara to Sukhebar is considered as the best area for the jungle drive, where chances of seeing bison (Gaur), sambar deer and Royal Bengal Tiger is very high compare to other area of Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger both on nature walk as well as on elephant safari.

In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park will be organized by our well trained senior naturalists. This will be time when the guests can gather more information about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 04

Chitwan/ Kathmandu fly

  • Breakfast at lodge
  • Jungle activities
  • Fly to Kathmandu
  • Visit Patan Durbar Square
  • Farewell to Nepal Dinner with a cultural show
  • Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast in the morning, since Chitwan is a bird paradise of resident and migratory birds, making it a delightful and educational experience for every bird watcher. Special bird watching tour can be arranged too. Those who could not go for elephant safari on the day of arrival would go for elephant safari to penetrate deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife and those on a jungle walk can experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the park

Then after, you will be transferred by private vehicle to Bharatpur Airport for flight to Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu Domestic Airport; you will be met by our guide and directly driven to Patan Durbar Square for sightseeing tour

Visiting Patan Durbar Square boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in this Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. One of the best examples of stone architecture in the world, scenes from Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, are carved on the temple's walls.

Home to traditional artists and sculptors, one can find more temples dedicated to Ganesh (the elephant-headed god), Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are located at Patan Durbar Square.

Drive back to hotel

Evening Farewell to Nepali Dinner with a local ethnic cultural show at one f the finest Nepali Restaurant

A mixture of various ethnic groups have made Kathmandu Valley a unique place not only for its cultural and tradition, but also for its authentic cuisine. Decorated in traditional Nepali ambience, soft lights cast long shadows in the room. Tradition paintings along with old handicrafts and soft melodious music makes for a truly enchanting evening. Another feather in its cap is the traditional folk music and cultural dance program performed every evening.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 05

Depart Kathmandu

  • Optional tour of Everest Flight
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free time till departure
  • Transfer to airport for final departure

Optional Tour – Everest Flight

In the morning there is the opportunity to take a flight to Everest. Mountain flight appeals to all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time or other considerations from going trekking, these flights offer a panoramic view of the Himalaya in just one hour. Even those visitors who like the rigors of a trek still don't miss the opportunity to "conquer" the mountains in one fell swoop.

Mountain flight in Nepal is to be "Once in a life time experience"

Breakfast at the hotel

Free time till departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure (Please note that airport reporting time will be at least 2:30 hrs before).

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Include

Transport, Entrance Fee, Guide, etc

  • All tours and transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle as per the program
  • Welcome with flower garland and assistant by our representative / guide upon arrival
  • Porterage on arrival and departure on international airport only
  • Monument entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking guide during the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
  • Services of a local station guide during the sightseeing tour of Pokhara
  • One hour boat ride at Phewa Lake in Pokhara
  • Service of a jungle guide / naturalist in Chitwan
  • Jungle safari on elephant back in Chitwan
  • National Park Fee

Accommodations

  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (as per the choice of package)
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (as per the choice of package)
  • 1 night accommodation in Chitwan with all meals and jungle activities(as per the choice of package)
  • 24.3% VAT and Service Charge

Airfare

  • Airfare Kathmandu / Pokhara
  • Airfare for Bharatpur/Kathmandu

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses (Tips, beverage, laundry, telephone call, etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

The above rates are valid till December 31, 2013

Note: The price does not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.

Dates & Prices

DEPARTURE DATES

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date Please send us an e-mail at info@natrajtours.com.np for the package cost

PRICE

Standard Hotels Option (3 star) Superior  Hotels Option (4 star) Deluxe  Hotels Option (5 star)
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
01 – Person US$985 01 – Person US$1100 01 – Person US$1200
02 Person US$630 02 Person US$695 02 Person US$745
03-05 Person US$610 03-05 Person US$675 03-05 Person US$725
06-09 Person US$520 06-09 Person US$585 06-09 Person US$630
10-14 Person US$500 10-14 Person US$570 10-14 Person US$615
15 & above Person US$480 15 & above Person US$545 15 & above Person US$595
Single supplement US$120 Single supplement US$165 Single supplement US$220

The cost of the mountain flight is to be paid extra : USD 175 per person ( This cost includes airfare for Kathmandu/ Mountain, roundtrip transfers and domestic departure tax)

Standard Hotel Option (3 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel
Kathmandu  Hotel Manaslu or similar
Pokhara Base Camp Resort or Similar
Chitwan Eco Wildlife Lodge

Superior Hotel Option (4 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel
Kathmandu  The Shanker Hotel or Similar  
Pokhara Hotel Trek O Tel or Similar
Chitwan Chitwan Paradise Hotel

Deluxe Hotel Option (5 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel
Kathmandu  The Shanker Hotel or Similar
Pokhara Temple Tree Resort & Spa
Chitwan Tigerland Resort Or Machan Paradise

Practical information

Notes about your Accommodation

Although accommodation choices in Nepal are expanding and overall standards improving, please note that whatever the level, from basic guesthouse to high end city centre hotel, you should always be prepared for standards to be different than in the West. For example, even in the best hotels, plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is always warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.

Natraj Trekking will be pleased to welcome all category of clients, hence, we have categorized package trip as Standard, Superior and Deluxe as per the categories of hotel (e.g. 3, 4, 5 star hotels at each place). Please note that our ground services are same either client chooses Standard or Deluxe package but hotels will be different (as per the category). Our selection of hotels to be used for any category are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc

Booking a Single Room

All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer customers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room for each night of the tour. Please refer prices section for single room option prices for this tour.

Personal Expenses

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Please be prepared to pay for non-included meals. Please note that costs for drinks and meals can vary depending on location and the prices below are given as a rough guide for budgeting.

Local Costs

 Items

COst in USD

Tea/Coffee

U$ 0.80

Soft Drink

US$ 1.10

Bottled Water

US$0.70

Bottle of Beer

US$5.30

2 Course Meal*

US$12.00

3 Course Meal**

US$15.00

Bottle of Wine

US$19.00

Cheap local fare in a small cafe or restaurant.
Typical food in a simple, reasonably comfortable mid-range restaurant

Foreign Exchange

Local Currency: Nepali Rupee.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US$, GBP, EUR, CHF & AUD.

ATM Availability: Although you may occasionally find cash machines these are very unreliable – do not rely on plastic!

Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not generally accepted except in larger establishments in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Travellers Cheques: In Kathmandu and Pokhara only.

Best Season

Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (February to April) are the best seasons for the Discover Nepal tour. However, this tour can be organized throughout the year.

What to Wear

Light weight clothing is recommended from May through October. Warm garments are required in October- March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season (May to August)

Packing for your trip

Here we make a few specific recommendations with regard to your tour. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc.

Luggage: One main piece of baggage and a daypack. You will find it more convenient to travel light when outside Kathmandu. Any extra luggage can be stored in Kathmandu hotel. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs.

Clothing: You can expect to wear short sleeved shirts and t-shirts during the day in the Spring and Autumn months but it does get cool in the evening, so bring some warmer clothing as well (especially in Dec/Jan as these are the coldest months). It's worth bringing a good quality waterproof. No bright coloured clothing for Chitwan. Do not wear lycra tights or leggings or very short shorts as the Nepalese find these offensive.

Footwear: Comfortable shoes (eg. trainers) and sandals, plus lightweight boots if you wish to take part in any walks.

Equipment: A torch. Binoculars for animal & bird watching in Chitwan National Park, a universal bath plug and antibacterial hand wash, are useful to have along.

Recommend clothes for Chitwan Visit

A jacket or sweater from November through February. Lightest clothing with sunglasses and hats from April onwards. Pants should be worn during elephant rides. Bright colours such as red and white should be avoided since these colours have been known to upset the rhinos. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Please carry only the bare necessities but not jewellery and valuable items. During the warmer months swimming suits are recommended

Pre-Trip Meeting

On the second day of the itinerary (before you departure for the city tour- about 8 AM), we host a Pre-Trip short Meeting at the hotel by your our guide. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide tour briefing and other practical information regarding trip.

Please bring the following thing on the meeting
  • Passport copy
  • Travel Insurance Policy
Electricity in Nepal

Nepal's Electricity is 220-240 Volts and 50 MHZ (some countries like U.S and Canada are 110-120 volts/60 MHZ).

  • In Nepal electric Plugs are of two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries.
  • If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for both types.
  • If you are planning on taking a hair dryer, electric shaver, curling iron, laptop computer or other electrical devices on your travels, in these cases, you will need to obtain either a voltage adapter (electrical converter) or a plug adapter for your travels, most often both. Most voltage adapters for travel convert 220-240 to 110-120, usable by your American and similar appliance. A plug adapter, on the other hand, allows you to plug into a foreign outlet.
Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, Discover Nepal tour itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including unexpected weather and terrain conditions.

Meeting and greeting in Kathmandu

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a 'meeting and greeting' service at the Airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our representative standing with a placard that states either Natraj Trekking' or your own name.

Nepal Visa

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.

If you are obtaining Nepal Visa upon arrival. Please be noted that Visa Application Form can be received through us by e-mail. Two passport size photo graphs are required and following visa fee to be paid at the airport as per your stay in Nepal

Tourist Visa

Visa Facility

Duration

Fee

Multiple Entry 

15 days

US$ 25 or equivalent
convertible currency

Multiple Entry 

30 Days

US$ 40 or equivalent
convertible currency

Multiple Entry 

90 Days

US$ 100 or equivalent
convertible currency

Responsible Travel

The beautiful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. At Natraj Trekking, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact on the environment as much as possible.

Insurance

It is recommended of joining any of Natraj Trekking trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

Custom formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotics, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited (Tel: 00977 1 4470110/ 4472266). Visitors can export souvenirs to their respective countries. The export of antiques, however, requires special permission from the Department of Archaeology, National Archive Building, RA.

Know before you go

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs, including advice re: the legality of and local attitudes towards same-sex relationships.

Why with Natraj Trekking

Natraj Trekking is the one of the leading and oldest tour operator in Nepal since 1967. We organize tour for Tibet and Bhutan as well. We excel in this field because we genuinely love what we do and are committed to providing you with the best services as we commit you.

Tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying 'thank you' for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.


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Trip Highlights

  • Guided tours of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu.
  • Explore the beauty of Pokhara enhances by its lovely lakes, which have their source in the glacial region of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas
  • Chitwan National Park- one of Asia's most famous national parks (Jungle safari on elephant back)
  • Taste of Nepali fine cuisine with a local ethnic cultural show at Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 05 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • Trip Grade : Easy (No trekking)
  • Activities : Cultural Tours
  • Best Seasons : September to late December & February to Late June
  • Accommodations : 2 nights-Kathmandu, 1 night-Pokhara & 1 night in Chitwan
  • Meals : As mentioned in the itinerary
  • Trip Starts/Ends : Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
  • Transportation : Private Vehicle / Aero plane
  • Group Size : Minimum 2 pax & maximum 14 pax
  • Price : ON REQUEST

Client Reviews

QuoteHi Anil
MANY, MANY, MANY thanks for organising our tour itinerary while in Nepal. We had an ABSOLUTELY fantastic time in Chitwan, Pokhara and Dhampus. We shall never forget it, and so enjoyed the experience, the wonderful and friendly people, the culture, the food, the country, the mountain trekking, jungle walks, bird watching, wildlife, elephant rides, canoeing, village walks, photography, and other general "tourist stuff".

Howard Adam
President & CEO

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