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Nepal Photography Tour

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Taking a photo has become the best part of many people. So, Above the Himalaya introduces "Nepal photography Tour" for the photographers or for those who have a great interest in taking photos too.

Nepal is a naturally gifted country with the beautiful scenario, landscape, flora and fauna, lakes, rivers, forests, etc. The panoramic mountain views, the historical and ancient places, monuments, Stupas, Monasteries has made Nepal the best destination for photography. Similarly, 10 of the places in Nepal has been listed in the World Heritage site by UNESCO which can be the key opportunity for those who loves photography. 

In this photography Tour, you will be exploring many places where taking photos are not restricted and you can enjoy each and every moment with nature. The tour starts with from Kathmandu valley. We will be visiting different ancient places, historical palaces, monuments and also some old museums. With the visit of Kathmandu valley, the tour will take you to the beautiful cities of Nepal; Nagarkot, Chitwan, Bandipur, Pokhara where you will be able to witness the naturally beautiful Nepal with the astonishing views of nature which will add some spice to your photographic tour.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 2: Photography Tour inside Kathmandu
Day 3: Photography Tour to Bhaktapur and Patan
Day 4: Drive to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. 
Day 5: Flight to Pokhara
Day 6: Walk to Sarankot for the sunrise.
Day 7: Boating and canoeing 
Day 8: Photography tour of Pokhara city
Day 9: Drive to Chitwan 
Day 10: Jungle Safaris, elephant ride, and other activities
Day 11: Hiking to Tharu community 
Day 12: Visiting Chitwan National Park
Day 13: Drive to Bandipur.
Day 14: Photography Tour of Bandipur.
Day 15:  Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 17: Fixed Departure.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the tour and we will process for the permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: Photography Tour inside Kathmandu
After arriving , the next day we will be visiting the Kathmandu city. Pasupatinath, Swaymbhunath, Boudhanath are the religious temples we will be visiting. Similarly, there are some of the world heritages site in Kathmandu that we will be exploring.

Day 3: Photography Tour to Bhaktapur and Patan
In the morning we will head towards patan and explore all the ancient and culture sites their taking beautiful photo of the place and after having the breakfast we will be moving to Bhaktapur where we will be visiting the Historical arts and architectures with the famous 55 windows palace.

Day 4: Drive to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. 
After the visit of Kathmandu, we will head towards Nagarkot. Nagarkot is the most beautiful place of Nepal with full of natural sites where photography can be the best thing to do.

Day 5: Flight to Pokhara
Exploring all the places in Nagarkot , next day we will take a flight or we can also go by tourist bus or cars to Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Day 6: Walk to Sarankot for the sunrise.
On this day we will go for hiking to Sarankot early in the morning for the sunrise view. Taking the picture of beautiful place Sarankot and the sunrise we will return Back to hotel where we will be staying.

Day 7: Boating and canoeing 
We will be boating in the Famous Lake Phewa Lake on this day followed by canoeing. We will be enjoying the photo sessions their in the lake with beautiful scenario. After boating and canoeing we will eat our snacks and take rest for the next day of our photographic tour.

Day 8: Photography tour of Pokhara city
After the morning breakfast we will be going for the city tour. David falls, Mahendra cave, View of Annapurna range is the key attraction of this day.

Day 9: Drive to Chitwan 
On day 9, we will be driving to Chitwan from Pokhara leaving the enjoyment of beautiful city Pokhara and heading for new one in Chitwan.

Day 10: Jungle Safaris, elephant ride, and other activities
Jungle safari, elephant ride, elephant bath are the attraction of Chitwan. So the 10th day will be the enjoyable day followed by all those activities.

Day 11: Hiking to Tharu community 
11th day of our tour is Hiking which is a fun activity. We will be visiting the tharu village of Chitwan where we will be welcomed by the Tharu communities. The tharu dance is the most beautiful dance you will experience on this day.

Day 12: Visiting Chitwan National Park
Chitwan national park is the home of many animals. The endangered species are preserved in this park. On this 12th day we will be visiting the whole Chitwan national park. The park is naturally beautiful with lots of flora and fauna.

Day 13: Drive to Bandipur.
Drive from Chitwan to Bandipur and a day free for the next day's photograhy tour.

Day 14: Photography Tour of Bandipur.
Early in the morning with the proper breakfast we will be moving for the photograpy tour of Bandipur. Bandipur is the most beautiful place of Nepal.It is the famous attraction for tourists and the place is excellent for taking photos.

Day 15:  Fly Back to Kathmandu
In the afternoon after visiting the remaining sites of Bandipur and have our snacks we will fly Back to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu
You will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 17: Fixed Departure.
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again.

    What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara  including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • trekking guide and porters with all their expenses.
  • your daily meals during the trekking ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) guest house accommodation.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Chitwan  all the meals, accommodation, nature guide, park permit, all Jungle programme 
  • 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 to and from the starting and ending points of the tour by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu /Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International/Domestic Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees, boating fee.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot  showers,  beverages, snacks, battery charging during the trekking time.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • 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.

 

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Trip Facts & Figures:

Tour Duration: 17 days from 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 13 Degree) 

December to Mid February (Winter) the weather is cold and the sky is clear (Maximum 19 Degree Minimum -6 Degree) 

June to August: Summer/ Rainy Season (July/August has more rain) (Maximum 34 Degree Minimum 19 Degree)

Tour Visiting Places


Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur

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

Other Info

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.