Nepal | Nepal Odyssey
10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
Wedged between the high Himalaya and the steamy Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras.
Meet and greet at the airport in Kathmandu
Arrival and departure transfers
4 nights at Himalaya Hotel in Kathmandu or similar
2 nights in Chitwan at Safari Narayani Hotel or similar
1 night in Bandipur at Old Inn Lodge or similar
2 nights in Pokhara at Atithi Resort and Spa or similar
3 nights in Sigiriya at Habarana Village By Cinnamon or similar
13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
All assisted transfers/sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned coach/car
Services of English-speaking Local guide
Farewell Dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with traditional dance show
Entrance fees per itinerary
Duration: 10 days & 9 nights
Travel Style: Classic
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: Yes
A visa is required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 2 – AVERAGE
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: STANDARD
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included
Nepal Visa fees
Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, or tips
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips or gratuities
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.
DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) Kathmandu
In the afternoon arrive at Kathmandu airport and you will meet our representative at the airport arrival gate and transfer to Hotel. From the airport to hotel is just 20 minutes’ drive in regular day traffic. Check into your hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure. Meals: Availability depends on the time of your arrival
| Overnight in Kathmandu
DAY 2 | Kathmandu
Breakfast at hotel.
Today, you will discover what it was like to live in towns in medieval times. You will cover two ancient kingdoms of Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square from the time of the Malla Dynasty. After driving for half an hour you will revel at this ancient satellite city exactly about the time when people are just starting their day. Patan, also known as ‘Lalitpur’, the city of artisans, and home to the valley’s finest craftsmen who have preserved such ancient techniques as the repoussé and lost wax process used to produce exquisite sculptures. The city retains much of the old charm with its narrow streets, brick houses and the multitude of well-preserved Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries (vihars) and monuments. As in Kathmandu, Hinduism and Buddhism have co-existed here for ages, influencing each other, and the religious harmony is exemplary. Patan Durbar square is one of the seven monument zones that makes Kathmandu valley UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit Nepal’s living goddess Kumari in Patan. The word Kumari literally means “virgin” in Nepali. These living goddesses are young, pre-pubescent girls who are worshiped in Nepal by both Hindus and Buddhists as an omnipotent deity and the manifestation of the Hindu goddess of power, Durga. They live a sheltered life until they reach puberty. From Patan you will head straight to Swoyambhunath and follow the path of Hindu and Buddhist devotees, circling the holy stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. The mesmerizing wafts of incense, hypnotic chants of prayers and the surreal sound of ringing bells will provide a spiritual high. Perched atop a hill on the western edge of the Kathmandu Valley, the ancient Swayambunath Stupa (known to tourists as the Monkey Temple) is Kathmandu’s most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes that stare out from the top have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal. Your next stop is Kathmandu’s central meeting area, Durbar Square, a profusion of temples reflecting the different architectural styles dating from the eleventh century. The area also includes the Royal Palace with its gilded gates and elaborate statues, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The square is alive with a multitude of nationalities, intermingled with stalls displaying a wide variety of Nepalese and Tibetan handicrafts. Later you will embark an exhilarating rickshaw ride of around 30 minutes from Hanuman Dhoka till Thamel through narrow alleys and observe local life from close range. Thamel becomes colorful & vibrant at this time of day with soft music played in shops, decorated shops with handicrafts, curio, silver jewelry, adventure gears and the list goes on. You will have some free time here to stroll around.
| Overnight in Kathmandu
DAY 3 | Chitwan
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Check out and head to Chitwan. The Chitwan National Park lies in the Inner Terai lowlands and consists of Sal forests, tall elephant grasslands, hills, ox-box lakes and floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural) in 1984, the park spreads over an area of 932 sq.km. The park is home to 56 species of mammals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 525 species of birds. Wildlife found here include endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger, gaur, wild elephant, four horned antelope, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, gray langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats, and many other smaller animals. Also found here are cobras, kraits, and pythons. The swampy areas and numerous oxbow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for the marsh mugger crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani River are found one of the few remaining populations of the rare and endangered fish-only eating gharial or Gangetic crocodile. Also found here is one of the world’s four species of freshwater dolphins. The park is a great place to watch colorful birds like a woodpecker, hornbill, Bengal florican and red-headed trogon.
Winter birds such as waterfowls, Brahminy duck, pintails and bareheaded geese are drawn by the sanctuary of the park’s rivers. In summers, the forest is alive with nesting migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian Pitta, and parakeets. Winter birds include migratory birds from Siberia. In the afternoon, you will take an Elephant safari which remains a popular jungle activity in the Chitwan National park. Every elephant has a ‘Mahout,’ who serves as the animal’s caretakers, trainer and ‘driver.’ On the safari, the Mahout leads the elephant on a journey to seek out the forest’s wild animals in their natural setting. You may be lucky to go home with photographic proof of the prized one-horned rhino, or even the Bengal tiger! For those who do not want to ride an elephant, a 4×4 Jeep Safari in another option to see the forest from closer to the ground. A naturalist will accompany the safari. In the evening, experience the vibrant traditional cultural performances of the Tharu community. The performances depict their culture and the significance of their wardrobes in relation to their environment.
| Overnight in Chitwan
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 | Chitwan
In the early morning, you visit the jungle to refresh your spirit of adventure on a guided walk through the national park, returning to the lodge in time for breakfast. You will follow a full day true jungle experience with the in-house expert naturalists including bird watching, Elephant bathing, and canoeing. You will also visit the small village of Tharu ethnic group to get a sense of what their world and lives are like through interactions with the locals.
| Overnight at Chitwan
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | Bandipur
After breakfast, visit Kandy Temple and witness the special ceremony that takes place every morning. Kandy crafts an array of culture, history, and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world-class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Proceed towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or, you may choose to walk through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy Market.
After breakfast, you are driven to the quaint village of Bandipur. Upon arrival check – in at a local lodge, an old traditional house that has been restored to a heritage hotel. Bandipur lies on the midway on Prithvi highway between the capital Kathmandu and the lake city Pokhara. It is a picturesque Newar town that still retains much of its centuries-old appeal. Bandipur was once a prosperous trading stop on the India – Tibet trade route; the charming buildings with the neoclassical facade and shuttered reflects its refined civilization past. After lunch at the hotel, you will explore the old Newari town of Bandipur and enjoy the beauty of local lifestyles, tradition and cultural atmosphere with close range Himalayan views of Annapurna and Manaslu.
| Overnight at Bandipur
DAY 6 | Pokhara
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara for approximately 3 hours. After check-in, you will have some time to freshen up before visiting the International Mountain Museum. This museum was conceived with an idea to work towards promoting the understanding of the mountains, it’s people and culture, flora, fauna and the proud mountaineering history. Established by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), it is supported by various international and national groups. Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal, located 200km to the west of Kathmandu. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world, including the renowned Annapurna are within 30 miles of the city, making it Nepal’s top trekking destination. It is an ideal place to relax, take walks in the surrounding hills, or engage in the more energetic pursuits of trekking or white-water rafting Rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the lakeside of Pokhara
| Overnight in Pokhara
DAY 7 | Pokhara
Set off early this morning to Sarangkot to view spectacular sunrise. Sarangkot is most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara valley and the magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks. Sarangkot is situated at an altitude of 1592 M and is only 5 KM from Lakeside of Pokhara. It is the highest view point for Sunrise and is 5 degrees cooler than Pokhara. Sarangkot can be reached easily by 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel of PPokhara to the top than 45 minutes hike up to the main view point. Paragliding can also be done from Sarangkot. The sunrise view is subject to weather. After the excursion, you will be taken to a Tibetan house for Tibetan Breakfast. Now we get ready to another excursion of the day to World Peace Pagoda. The pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa and is situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. There are three paths up to the pagoda and several small cafes once you arrive. You will walk down to the lakeside. Once there, take a rowing boat ride at Phewa Lake – the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara.
| Overnight in Pokhara
DAY 8 | Kathmandu
After breakfast, head back to Kathmandu. Remainder of the day at leisure.
| Overnight in Kathmandu
DAY 9 |Kathmandu
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, you will visit two of the most important heritage sites of Kathmandu. Starting with the Boudhanath Stupa (a UNESCO World Heritage site); the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the valley was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. With a base of 82 meters in diameter, Boudhnath is claimed to be the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Today, Bouddhanath bustles with Tibetan population, busy with carpet manufacture, trade, and prayers at the several monasteries belonging to different sects of Tibetan Buddhism. You will visit Thangka Gallery for an insight on the Buddhist Art of Thangka paintings. If available, we will take you to a Monastery for small interaction with monk over a cup of tea. Continue on to Pashupatinath Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage site); the two-tiered pagoda with golden roofs and silver doors houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Until recently Nepal was officially a Hindu Kingdom, and Pashupatinath, which literally means “lord of all animals”, was considered the main protector deity of Nepal. As one of the forms of Lord Shiva, one of the three main gods of Hindu trinity, Pashupatinath draws many pilgrims and devotees from around the world especially on Mahashivaratri (the night of Lord Shiva) during spring. Entrance to the main temple is permitted to Hindus only, yet visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed on the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River and the Arya Ghat cremation grounds. Near the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River lies Guheswari, where, according to mythology, a portion of Sati Devi, Lord Shiva’s consort, fell when a grief-stricken Shiva wandered aimlessly across the earth carrying her dead body on his shoulders following her self-immolation. (The Bagmati River flows close by and the Arya Ghat cremation grounds are here. We strongly advise not to take photos of cremations and of bereaved families. Sadhus, sages who follow the lifestyle of Shiva, may be seen covered in ashes and loin-cloths. They ask for money in case you want to take their photos.) In the afternoon, you proceed to Bhaktapur – “city of devotees“ in Nepali.
Founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla, Bhaktapur rose to be city renown for culture, crafts and trading due to being a part of the ancient Indian trading route through to Tibet. The city retains much of its medieval charm and way of living and houses some of the best examples of Nepalese craftsmanship on wood and stone. Considered a living museum one can witness ancient traditions carried out even today in Potters square where the local potters use age-old techniques to make clay utensils. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the seven monument zones that makes Kathmandu valley UNESCO World Heritage site. Farewell dinner with cultural performance in an authentic Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu.
| Overnight in Kathmandu
| Breakfast , Dinner
DAY 10 | (DEPART)
Enjoy breakfast on your final day at your hotel. Depending on your departure time, you will be transfer to the hotel for your international flight
Located 1.2 mi from the city center and market, Hotel Himalaya offers boutique accommodations with free private parking. It is nestled within 10 acres of landscaped garden. Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, the hotel offers 2 dining options and panoramic views of Himalayan ranges. The property is within 10 minute walking distance from United Nation’s House, WHO Office and Norwegian, Swiss and Malaysian embassies.
The property is 1.2 mi to Patan Durbar Square. Tribhuvan Airport is 3.7 mi from the hotel.
Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a cable TV, seating area, desk and wardrobe. Shower facilities are included in an private bathroom.
Guests can arrange a trip to various attractions at the on-site tour desk. Laundry services are available. Meeting/banquet facilities and a business center are provided. Helpful staff can offer assistance with shuttle service arrangements. A game of tennis can be enjoyed.
A short scenic drive from Kathmandu and in the centre of the Chitwan valley, this spectacular year-round jungle hotel features spacious guestrooms in rustic style country cottages.
The direct environmental benefits include preservation of the natural resources of the park by choosing to build the resort outside the Park. Additional environmental and economic benefits are also contributed by material and energy conservation through use of local building material.
It is a charming property, with some of the best interiors. Each nook and corner seems to be a labour of love and great taste. It is like an aesthetic exposition of Nepali / Tibetan handicrafts. And the place has character with wooden steps going all over, walls beautifully painted and decorated and furniture to match. The property overlooks the village and the valley and peaks around, you have the perfect recipe for not wanting to leave.
Atithi Resort and Spa
Located just a 5-minute walk from Fewa Lake, Athithi Resort and Spa features an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with mountain views. It houses 2 dining options and provides complimentary Wi-Fi access in all areas.
Located in Pokhara, the City of Lakes, the property is 0.9 mi from Tal Baharai Temple and 1.2 mi from Pokhara Airport. International Mountain Museum is 2.2 mi away.
Modern rooms are air-conditioned, and are equipped with a flat-screen TV and an private bathroom with a bathtub and toiletries.
Satkar Restaurant serves Indian, Chinese and Continental delights, and Swagat Lounge Bar offers light snacks with refreshing drinks and liquors.
Guests can head to the 24-hour reception for babysitting services or to request for use of meeting/banqueting facilities. Free private parking spaces are available for guests who drive.
Some useful info about our tours (land packages).
UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
All tours and entrance fees are included
All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates
A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates
Price are based on double occupancy
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.
All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.