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Nepal Holidays Kathmandu Himalayas Tiger Safari Chitwan Annapurna Trek

Nepal Walking Holidays & Kathmandu Cultural Tours: Private Guide + River Rafting

Exploring Nepal: Kathmandu + Pokhara + Lumbini
FPD10K
9 NIGHTS
FROM £1,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Nepal Walking Holidays Kathmandu Cultural Tours Private Guide River Rafting

On Nepal walking holidays or Kathmandu cultural tours you will travel with your own private guide. We start by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. We then drive through fabulous mountain scenery to Bandipur, where you have the option of river rafting, before continuing to stunning Pokhora in the Himalayas & Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. A tiger safari in Chitwan Park can be added. English speaking guide, all transfers & sightseeing included.

Nepal Walking Holidays Kathmandu Cultural Tours Private Guide River Rafting
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Nepal Walking Holidays
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Kathmandu Cultural Tours
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Private Guide
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Durbar Square
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Swayambhunath & Boudhanath
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Bandipur
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River Rafting
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Pokhara, Hiking in Himalayas
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Lumbini
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Maya Devi Temple
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Nepal Walking Holidays
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Kathmandu Cultural Tours
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Private Guide
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Durbar Square
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Swayambhunath & Boudhanath
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Bandipur
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River Rafting
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Pokhara, Hiking in Himalayas
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Lumbini
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Maya Devi Temple
Day 1
You will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel in this spectacular Himalayan country that is famous for trekking and is home to the highest mountain in the world - the mighty Mount Everest.
 
Check into your hotel amidst the intoxicating sights and sounds of this capital city that was devastated by an earthquake in 2015, but is now slowly recovering.
Day 2
Today you will be introduced to the highlights of Kathmandu (known locally as Kantipur), as you explore its ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites with your guide.
 
We start with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace - the ancient place of Nepalese royalty. This is one of Nepal's seven Monument Zones, each of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although many of these structures collapsed during the devastating earthquake of 2015, not all areas were affected. Most of the people living here are Hindu, but there are also many Buddhist as Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, when Nepal was under the control of India. The true soul of this city can be found in its backstreets, where you can soak up the local cultural and artistic heritage.
 
Our next stop is the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Swayambhunath (meaning 'sublime trees'), the oldest Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley that is said to be over 2,000 years. This perfectly proportioned monument rises up through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire, from where four iconic faces of Lord Buddha stare out across the valley. The hill is a mosaic of small shrines and pagoda temples and, as many monkeys live here, it is also known as Monkey Temple. It is also a Monument Zone and World Heritage Site. From here you will have a perfect vantage point over the Kathmandu Valley.
 
After lunch (own account) we travel to Bhaktapur - an extraordinarily beautiful old city which was probably founded in the ninth century. Its ancient architecture comprises pagoda-style copper roofs set on wooden and mud-brick buildings, said to represent what Kathmandu looked like centuries ago before the arrival of the modern era. You can observe local artisans shaping pottery and tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another Monument Zone and World Heritage Site, with its Golden Gate and Palace of 55 Windows.
Day 3
Today we travel 3-hours from Kathmandu to the Trishuli River, for some thrilling river rafting. After receiving safety instructions, put on your lifejacket and helmet and enjoy 3-hours of exhilarating rafting through class 2 and 3 rapids. Between rapids, enjoy drifting down the river and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
 
Afterwards we continue 2-hours to Bandipur, a beautifully preserved hilltop settlement set high on a ridge in the foothills of the Himalayas. Time seems to have stood still in this town, which has a medieval feel and is a living museum of Newari culture, with its winding lanes and traditional houses. Surrounded by pristine scenery, the views towards the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges are particularly spectacular.
Day 4
Today we leave Bandipur and travel 2.5-hours to Pokhara - known for its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, which have their source in the glacial Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. Pokhara is the gateway to the famous Annapurna hiking trail.
 
On arrival enjoy some sightseeing, including a visit to Bindyabasini Temple - one of the oldest temples in the valley, set on a small hill at the north end of the old bazaar. View the Seti River as it rushes through the town; Seti Gorge and Devi's Waterfall with its water vapour and beautiful rainbow in sunlight.
 
After a visit to the International Mountaineering Museum, enjoy a late afternoon boat ride on Phewa Lake.
Day 5
An early start today as we drive 35-minutes to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill famous for its spectacular sunrise. Enjoy an unforgettable breakfast on the mountain, with close-up views of the Annapurna range and Fishtail peak.
 
After sunrise we walk 3-hours along a very gentle trail to the small mountain village of Naudanda and immerse ourselves in the local cultural and natural beauty of the area. After our hike, enjoy lunch in one of the mountain restaurants.
 
In the afternoon we drive 30-minutes to the beautiful Buddhist monastery at Hemja. Explore the surroundings of the monastery until prayers starts at 15.00. Feel high in spirituality as you enjoy the chanting rituals of these monks and immerse yourself into the meditative atmosphere for about 1.5-hours until the prayers end. Afterwards we drive back to Pokhara.
 
Note: If you do not wish to hike to Naudanda, an alternative activity will be arranged for you.
Day 6
This morning enjoy exploring more of Pokhara with your guide.
 
We walk to the lake and take a boat across it to hike 1-hour up to the World Peace Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage site that offers beautiful views. From here you will be collected by car and driven down to Davis Falls and the longest cave in southern Asia.
 
Afterwards we return to Pokhara, with afternoon at leisure. Here there are many optional adventure activities available such as paragliding, bungee jumping and zip lining.
Day 7
Today we leave Pokhara and travel to Tansen, a picturesque hill town lying in the Shreenagar Hills that is the headquarters of the Palpa district and the hub of the mid-west culture of Nepal.
 
Originally the capital of the Magar Kingdom of Tanahun, it was one of the most powerful regional principalities before the rise of the Shah dynasty. It even came close to conquering Kathmandu in the 16th century, under the leadership of Mukunda Sen. After local Magar kings lost their influence, it became an important Newari market town, as it was situated on the trade route between India and Tibet, connected by the Kali Gandaki River and Mustang region of the Himalayas. Because it was a district administrative centre of Nepal, Maoists targeted the town several times during the Nepalese Civil War, including a major assault on the historic Durbar (palace) compound.
 
Srinagar Danda Hill offers a panoramic view of the high Himalayas and from west to east you can see the Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Mansiri, Ganesh and Langtang ranges. Other nearby attractions include Ranighat, a Rana palace on the Kaligandaki River, and Ridi Bazaar, a major Hindu pilgrimage destination at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Ridi Rivers. A major festival, the Maghe Sankranti, is celebrated here in mid-January, after the winter solstice.
Day 8
This morning we travel 4-hours to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and one of the four holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites - with many temples, monasteries and religious activities.
 
We visit the Maya Devi Temple, the main temple in Lumbini, situated in the place where Gautama Buddha was born. It is believed that Queen Maha Devi took a bath in the adjacent sacred bathing pool (known as Puskarni) before the delivery. The temple is built is composed of many parts, built one after another. A sandstone sculpture within the temple represents scenes from the birth and there is also a sacred garden.
Day 9
Transfer to Lumbini Airport for your light aircraft flight to Kathmandu, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
 
In the evening enjoy an included Cultural Show and Nepali dinner in this capital city.
Day 10
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.