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Essence of Nepal Tour

  • Overview
  • Itinerary Day by Day
  • Cost Info
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  • What Should Pack

The essence of Nepal tour is the package designed for all those people who have got less time in Nepal but want to explore. This type of tour provides the chance to explore peaceful, multi-ethnic culture and religious centers of Nepal. This tour includes the exploration of ancient temples, shrines, and golden pagodas and boasts one of the largest magnificent historical monuments ever built. This tour lets the visitor experience the city in the very relaxed way while they are in Nepal. You would be visiting the six worlds’ heritage sites located in the valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Patan & Bhaktapur. This Essence of Nepal tour trip especially offers you the high-quality understanding about history, nature, culture, architecture, and people. It also includes the spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty, and a unique cultural lifestyle.

 

The essence of Nepal tour begins with the sightseeing tour of world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple, Stupa of Buddha, also known as Bouddhanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal and a visit to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. You will get the chance of relaxing the remaining night at the famous mountain kingdom Nagarkot with the Himalayan scenery & the rural serenity away from the crowd and hectic valley. Nagarkot offers beautiful sunset and sunrise views over the magnificent mountains vistas with stunning views of a range of mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks of the Langtang, Annapurna & Khumbu ranges. On a clear day, you will even see Everest. You will also be able to Visit the Manakamana Temple whose presiding deity apparently always fulfills her devotees wish and regarded as the powerful god of the Nepal.

 

The essence of Nepal tour covers the scenic drive to Pokhara offering a majestic view of the glorious Manaslu peaks and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara, known as the city of the lake explore and the splendid tourist center with its features like Lake, David’s fall, Mahendra cave etc. and many other attractive places. You will get a chance to enjoy outstanding panoramic views that cover the Pokhara Valley & Phewa Lake framed by snowcapped mountain peaks. We will have Sunrise view at Sarangkot and also visit world peace pagoda.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing - Bhaktapur & Nagarkot

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Manakamana Temple - Pokhara

Day 04: Sunrise view from Sarangkot & Visit to the World Peace Pagoda

Day 05:  Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 210 km,  6-7 hrs

Day 06:  Final Departure

Day 01:  Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Visit vibrant tourist hub of Kathmandu with quaint shops, eateries, hotels & lodges. Check into rooms at a hotel. Freshen up and have a sumptuous meal.  Later leave to see the most enigmatic & ancient of Kathmandu temples – Swyambhunath Stupa, located atop a hillock with fantastic views of Kathmandu Valley. Also walk along the ridge to an ancient temple. Enjoy magnificent views at sunset time. Be back in Thamel by late evening – you could stroll & shop around here for a while and then be back in your hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Thamel.

Day 02:  Tour of  – Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur & Drive to  Nagarkot after sunset drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast drive about 15 minutes to reach the most famous of temples in this mountain city – Pashupatinath. Later drive about 30 minutes to reach the old city of Bhaktapur – a UNESCO world heritage site. Spend the next few hours seeing the temples & palaces; almost all of them are completely restored and each is a magnificent work of art & architecture harmoniously blending, unbelievably intricate wood carving, mud bricks & copper.

Later, have lunch and drive about 20 km in an hour to reach Nagarkot by early evening. Get to the View Tower at the highest point on the ridge that this town is located on.  Spend sunset taking in the stunning views of a range of  mighty snow clad Himalayan peaks of the Langtang, Annapurna & Khumbu ranges – on a clear day you would even be able to see Everest, drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Kurintar 102 km / 3 ½ hrs Manakamana Temple by cable car – drive to  Pokhara 110 km / 3 hrs
Leave after breakfast and drive towards Pokhara. Around noon you reach Kurintar. Leave after breakfast on the drive to Kathmandu. After about 1 ½ hrs we stop at Kurintar. Take a ride on a swish cable car (Gondola) enjoying some great views to reach the top of the ridge. Located here is the Manakamana Temple –  just about every Nepali would have visited, or would desire to visit this shrine whose presiding deity apparently always fulfils her devotees wish. Pay homage (if you like) or simply admire some of the finest views of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Ride back to the base station on the cable car and have lunch at the nice restaurant located right here. Later drive on to reach the town of Pokhara by early evening. Check into rooms at a hotel alongside the huge Phewa Tal.  Later you could go for a walk along the lake shore. Overnight stay in Pokhara

Day 04: Sunrise view from Sarangkot & Visit to the World Peace Pagoda
Wake up by 0500 hrs, freshen up & drive a short distance to reach a trail; a ½ hr hike up gets you to the top of a ridge & the village of Sarangkot. Spend time enjoying some incredible sunrise views of the Annapurna Peaks glowing in hues of orange & gold in the rays of the morning sun – what you’ll see is quite unforgettable and well worth the trouble of waking up early. Get back to your hotel in time to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast.

Later you leave for a boat ride across the lake. Then do a walk of about 1 ½ hrs (each way) to reach the World Peace Pagoda – a 40 M high shrine built with Japanese aid.  Enjoy outstanding panoramic views that cover the Pokhara Valley & Phewa Lake framed by snow capped mountain peaks. Be back at your hotel in the evening. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 05:  Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 205 km,  6-7 hrs
After a leisurely breakfast drive to Kathmandu  through scenic high way, reach to Kathmandu by late afternoon. Check into rooms at the hotel in Thamel. Have a rest and go shopping for handicrafts, mementos…. Late evening is reserved for a farewell dinner along with a culture show – live folk music & dance performance. 

Day 06:  Final Departure 
Post breakfast airport  we will transfer to Airport.

    What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation for the tour including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour as per itinerary  with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
  • Local transportation by private car/van/hiace, flight is available for Pokhara by adding extra cost.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner, beverages, bar bills
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Tips and gratitude.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.

Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get a up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. You can read more here and can download the visa for here
http://www.abovethehimalaya.com/important-info/visa-and-passport.html

Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.

Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment.
In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost.
We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel

Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.

Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery back up. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run.
Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.

Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.

How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.

For more info for how to booking please read here
http://www.abovethehimalaya.com/important-info/how-to-book-a-trip.html

 

 

Clothing for the Tour:
· In Nepal you will experience a wide range of climates, so take both light and warm clothing in casual and comfortable styles. You can check your traveling time and can bring the clothing accordingly for the tour. Mostly warm clothes do works. If you are going for trekking you need trekking equipment and accessories.
For lower altitude places such as visiting Chitwan, Bardia, Koshi Tappu light cotton clothing are the best one.

· Comfortable walking shoes are recommendable for the tour and if you are doing hiking as in the itinerary, trekking shoes are recommended. A pair of light sandals is recommended. Our advice is to make sure you ‘wear in' your walking boots/shoes for a number of weeks before your trip – you'll be so much more comfortable if you do so. Sandals with the rugged bottom are good for hiking around town and to wear in showers.

· You will need your own toiletries and towels. And you'll also need your own little medical kit, sewing repair kit and a good head lamp with extra bulbs and batteries. Nepal is facing load shedding problem so everyday electricity cut off occurs. It is longer hours in the summer time, most of our chosen hotels have Generator back up but at night it may not run so bring the head lamps for convenient.

You can store the luggage in the hotels so you can also bring the better clothing for looking good while around the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Sunglasses are a must. A warm hat, gloves for winter for hiking, swimming customs for rafting and Elephant bathing at Chitwan, good socks and a sun hat are very useful for Jungle safari tour and for warm sightseeing days in town too.

Clothing’s Suggestion for Women Travelers:
Wearing a bikini/revealing bathing suit when rafting/swimming is an offensive mistakes unless it is in your own hotel swimming pool. At swimming pools, women wear bathing suits with skirts around the bottoms. And for rafting and kayaking, we recommend you were surfing type shorts and sport shirts that dry easily. If you want to wear your bathing suit underneath it is fine.

Here are some things you might want to bring from home depending on your planned activities:

• Walking/hiking, trekking, river shoes – broken in.
• Clothes you can layer. Jacket, T-shirts, fleece, windbreaker, shorts, lightweight pants, sport pants, gloves & sun hat (for summer and autumn season, not a lot of clothes).
• A nice shirt/pants for nightlife
• Good camera – this country is a feast for the eyes, and a photographer’s dream!
• Pocket size Flashlight (you can buy it here if need be, but there are always power cuts, so have it handy! (It seems like the lights go off whenever you are in an unfamiliar toilet.)
• A sarong (for girls) and/or a light weight towel.
• Ladies, if you like wearing a little make-up when you go out, bring it. It is hard to find here. Most of the make-up here is really weird, cheap stuff. Just bring a couple things that make you feel happy for the party nights!

Shopping in Nepal:

If you want to buy some new clothes in Kathmandu, you can go for out of Thamel. You can get Western style clothes in Durbar Marg, Asan, Kathmandu Mall and various other new rising shopping centers. You can get designer label clothes for literally a few dollars, custom made jeans, the price is much cheaper here but the quality compromises that never meets the Western Standards.

 

Trip Facts & Figures:

Tour Duration: 06 days arrival to Departure

Climate during the tour:
September to Nov: Autumn very pleasant and clear weather, the mountain views are the best. (Maximum 30 Degree Minimum 2 Degree)
March to May (warmest months) the temperatures are mildly warm ((Maximum 33 Degree Minimum 10 Degree)
December to Mid February (Winter) the weather is cold and the sky is clear (Maximum 24 Degree Minimum -2 Degree)
June to August: Summer/ Rainy Season (July/August has more rain) (Maximum 34 Degree Minimum 19 Degree)

Tour Visiting Places:
Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Manakamana, Pokhara

Transportation: Good Condition Private Car/Van depends on group size for tour with good driver, for long drive Tourist Bus/Flights are available.

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Essence Of Nepal Tour

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Meals during the tour:

Breakfast is available in the hotels in 2 to 5 star hotels offers a buffet breakfast with choice of foods, for lunch our guide will take you to good restaurant with choices of food from Nepali to western menu, you can tell them  what sort of food you like  and can choose the restaurant accordingly. For Dinner in the city you can go out there are plenty of nice restaurant for out of Kathmandu and Pokhara you can eat at the hotels.

Hotels Standards:

Budget to 5 star hotels are available during the tour, we can choose the hotels  as per your interest and budget, all the hotels we choose are located centrally and with unique charm, clean room and friendly staffs.

Our Tour Leaders:

All our tour guides are professional. They are trained and examined by Government of Nepal and have excellent English and other languages such as French, Japanese, Spanish and German. All our guides have a deep knowledge of local culture, religion, arts and architecture, monuments and temples with their historical and cultural value.   They will provide you all needed help during your tour.