Nepal's culture is greatly influenced by its music, architecture, religion and literature. Your first sight of Nepal may leave you speechless with its great quantities of temples, churches, monasteries and other religious buildings, the hurly-burly in the streets and the number of people and animals socializing on every corner of the narrow cobblestone lanes. Join our tour to Nepal for a greater understanding of the country. It's not the culture, the heritage, the monuments or the natural wonders that make Nepal such a beautiful place, it's the way they meld to become all that is Nepal.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you are received and welcomed by one of our friendly representatives who offers you a "Khada," a religious silk scarf. Transfer to your Kathmandu hotel where you can rest prior to your exciting tour that lies ahead.
Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal. The city is truly the heart of the Himalayas; it has a wonderful history that goes back to about two hundred years and a very refined culture, the richest of all in Asia. Kathmandu attracts many tourists all year round, and it is also an important business hub and a sacred place for pilgrims. Kathmandu has been found by king Gun Kamdev in AD 723. The old city is noted for its many Buddhist and Hindu temples and palaces, most dating from the 17th century. One good example is the Kathmandu's Durbar Square, built in the 16th century. It contains a marvelous royal palace and many temples built in the traditional Newar, Pagoda style.
After breakfast at hotel, depart for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “City of Glory”. Visit Durbar (palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley.
Proceed towards Patan, the City of Fine Arts. Your visit here includes Durbar Square, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) and more. Also visit the Tibetan Handicraft Centre where you can see the art of making carpets by the Tibetan refugees.
Later this afternoon, drive to Nagarkot, one of the most popular tourist hill-stations in Kathmandu Valley, situated 18km east of Bhaktapur at an altitude of 2175 m above sea level. It is also famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views. On a clear day, one can enjoy the panoramic views of snow capped mountains of eastern Nepal including Mt. Everest. Stay overnight in Nagarkot.
Enjoy breakfast at the resort and an early morning view of the sunrise (weather permitting). After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. En route visit Bhaktapur, the “City of Devotees”. Your tour begins with a visit to Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 Windows, Lion’s Gate, The Nyatapola Temple - the tallest of its kind in Nepal, Bhairab Temple and the Pottery Centre. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
Bhaktaur, 'the City of Devotees' still retains its medieval charm while its visitors are treated with numerous natural wonders. The ancient glory of the Malla rulers is reflected in the Durbar Square, where pottery and weaving are traditional industries. Due to a long-term westward drift, the city has two centers and three main squares. In the west side of Bhaktapur, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the Taumadhi Tol dominate the post-fifteenth-century city, while in the east side Tachapal Tol rules. Bhaktapur is renowned worldwide for its elegant art, magnificent culture and its indigenous lifestyle. It is also known for its majestic monuments, colorful festivals and celebrations and the natives are best known for their long history of craftsmanship.
Situated 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu and rising to an elevation of 2099 meters above sea level, Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots in the Bhaktapur region. Visitors to the surrounding areas often travel here just to get a glimpse of the Himalayas bathed in the most splendid morning sunshine imaginable. Nagarkot is well developed to receive visitors. Nagarkot has amazing places one can see like; Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Gauri Shankar. Also, spectacular view on the Kathmandu Valley and to the east the Indrawati river Valley. Nagarkot also boasts great picnic spots and some brilliant short trekking trails. It is the ultimate place for relaxation and natural beauty.
Check out of your hotel this morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home or to your next exciting destination.
This tour is available in two classes. The services in both classes are the same; the only difference is the hotels utilized.
1. Heritage class includes accommodation at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu and Club Himalaya in Nagarkot or similar.
2. Deluxe class includes accommodation at Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu and Club Himalaya in Nagarkot or similar.
Package cost is inclusive of:
Package cost does not include:
PAYMENT TERMS:(i) 25% of total tour cost due at the time of booking(ii) 75% or balance no later than 65 days prior to date of the first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(i) 25% of the total tour value if cancelled more than 65 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS(ii) 50% of the total tour value if cancelled 64-30 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(iii) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 29-0 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.
What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to Nepal?
Visas for Nepal are obtained upon arrival in Nepal. Please go to the Immigration Counter and have 3 passport-sized photographs and approximately US $30.00 cash per person ready for the visa fee, along with your passport.
I am flying to Nepal from India. Do I need a re-entry permit for India?
If you are planning to enter India multiple times within a 2-month period, recent updates to Indian visa regulations may impact your travel. Further clarification was issued stating that if the visa holder is traveling to multiple countries on the same itinerary, no permit is needed, as long as the trip follows the itinerary exactly. The visa holder must carry a copy of their itinerary to show the Immigration Officer upon their first entry to India.
What is the best season to travel to Nepal?
We operate tours throughout the year; however the best seasons to travel to Nepal are spring and autumn. We do operate tours in the off-season but do not recommend them, as Tiger Tops in Chitwan is closed from June until the second week of September.
What should I bring for my stay in Nepal?
We recommend that you bring casual clothes in jungle colors such as beige, brown, khaki and green that are least disturbing to the environment and are most appropriate for wildlife viewing. Natural fiber clothes are often best for the humid jungle conditions, trousers are preferred and a fleece jacket or sweater is recommended if you are traveling during wintertime. We also recommend that you bring binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera with extra film and a small suitcase/overnight bag if your tour includes an overnight in Chitwan.
Approximately how many hours do the tours each day last?
In general, sightseeing tours start at 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Every half-day sightseeing tour lasts for a maximum of 3 hours and each full-day tour will last for 7 hours with a 1 hour lunch break.
What types of vehicles are utilized for tours/transfers?
We provide luxury vehicles with air conditioning. Size of the vehicle (ie: car, van, coaster or bus) is based on the group size.
What type of cuisine is served during the tour?
Most of the hotels that you will stay at provide a variety of cuisines including local specialties with a vegetarian option.
Is the tap water safe to drink? Is bottled water provided?
We do not advise tap water for drinking. Most of the hotels provide boiled and filtered water to the clients. Bottled water can be provided at an extra charge.
Is there internet/telephone access while on the tour?
Most of the hotels have internet access in the business center and telephone access in every room. Only satellite (international roaming) mobile gets a signal in Nepal. Pre-paid mobile SIM card can be purchased or rented.
Do you have any recommendations for gratuities?
Gratuities are left solely to the discretion of the clients.
Unfortunately, we don't offer Visa assistance but we can provide you with all the information that you need for getting a visa to India
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