11 days 10 nights
Enjoy a great hike beneath the towering Annapurna on this Nepal cultural tour. Follow the wildlife in the Chitwan Nature Reserve and walk through the crowded streets of Kathmandu with the hive as they celebrate the yearly Indra Jatra Festival.
This trip is a wonderful chance to take a cultural tour of Nepal. The package Nepal cultural tours provided by TravedaTours also include Nepal sightseeing. Nepal has a lot to offer, such as trekking, world heritage sites, national parks, and much more.
Walk through rustic villages, pause at ancient monasteries, and spend evenings in luxury mountain lodges. With a trip to Chitwan National Park, the best wildlife safari in the Kingdom of Nepal, you can have a hot cup of coffee while gazing at the Himalayan peaks.
Your arrival will be at the Kathmandu International Airport and subsequent transfer to the previously booked hotel. Once you complete the check-in procedures, you can spend the day doing the activities of your interest. You can explore the surroundings on foot, eat delicious street food, or visit the popular markets.
The streets of Kathmandu, the vibrant city of Nepal, show the turmoil the nation has gone through recently. Drive to the hotel from the airport, and if time allows, do a first orientation tour of the old town. Overnight will be at the hotel.
The Nepal cultural tours start by exploring those hidden gems that the city guards closely. Start by strolling through Durbar Square, a collection of temples, stupas, shrines, and the former residence of the kings. The spiritual and cultural life of ordinary people happens in this place.
Go to Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Monkey Temple because the herds of sacred monkeys roam its expansive grounds.
Drive out of the city to Bhaktapur, a historic city with a medieval twist known for its ancient mask-making tradition. People wear masks during the elaborate masquerade balls held here frequently throughout the year. Visit Bhaktapur and its historic sites before returning to Kathmandu for a second night. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Pokhra will be the destination of the Nepal cultural tour. Drive back to the airport after leaving Kathmandu to catch a quick flight to Pokhara. Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city, is most renowned for its recreation. At the same time, Kathmandu is the center of the country's thriving economy, culture, and education.
With Phewa Lake stretching out right on the edge of the city and majestic views of the Annapurna Mountain range as a backdrop, Pokhara retains a very peaceful atmosphere.
Spend the day visiting local landmarks, going on a Davis Falls tour, kayaking and canoeing on the lake, and taking a stroll through a small-town backstreet. Overnight will be at the hotel.
An hour's drive from Pokhara ends at the trailhead for the four-and-a-half-day trek. The trek follows moderate terrain through Himalayan forests, narrow valleys, local farms, and terraced wheat fields. It offers magnificent views over the ever-snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range and the sacred fishtail mountain, known locally as Machhapuchhre.
The overnight elevation along the trek would range from 3,300 to 6,600 ft (1,000 to 2,012 m) above sea level. A typical day's worth of walking would take between three and six hours. The trek will be of 3 nights and four days.
The hardest day of the hike is also the final one. Climb to 1,620 m (5,300 ft) from the lodge, which is 1,000 m (3,300 ft) above sea level, to reach the trail's terminus and meet the car. After lunch, head back to Pokhara and continue your journey to Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan is a haven for some of Asia's rarest animals, including the one-horned rhinoceros and the regal Bengal tiger. Although not nearly comparable to an African safari, these majestic mammals are undergoing a spectacular recovery in the area. Arrive late afternoon and make your way to simple accommodation facilities in the reserve's buffer zone.
Spend a full day exploring the reserve for the chance to see some of the 68 species of mammals that call the park home. It also includes the one-horned rhinoceros, various other species of deers, and other animals.
The maximum number of tigers this environment may support is up to 100, which freely roam the park. Return to the accommodation options for a second and final night close to the park after a full day of exploration while admiring the area's mammals, birds, and flora.
Go to the little airport in Chitwan National Park in the morning to catch the quick flight back to Kathmandu. After touching down in Nepal's capital city, drive to the hotel, then make your way to Thamel, the city's undeniably popular backpacker district.
Here, amid souvenir stalls, imitation outdoor gear shops, travel books and maps, and international cuisine restaurants. The thriving backpacker community lives disconnected from the reality of everyday Nepalese who roam the streets. Visiting Thamel will be a very different experience from the Nepal tour.
Spend the afternoon wandering around this alternate reality venue with its unique international vibe before enjoying a farewell dinner at one of the city's best restaurants. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Spend the whole day walking the streets of Kathmandu, joining the throngs of Newar as they celebrate Indra Jatra. This festival commemorates that Indra, the king of all gods, came down to earth disguised as a human being to fetch a flower for his mother.
At night, the shrines and temples in Durbar Square illuminate beautifully with oil wicks. As the celebrations wind down, head to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner before heading back to your hotel for your last night in Nepal. The farewell is going to be one of the best experiences of the Nepal culture tour. You will be learning a lot about Nepal's culture and traditions. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Drive to the airport in Kathmandu one last time after breakfast to check-in and board your international aircraft out of Nepal.