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Short and Sweet Nepal Tour

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Short and Sweet Nepal Tour is the tour that lets you feel the panoramic beauty of Nepal and leave you with amazing refreshment. This tour is organized for the visitor who is seeking for adventure, cultural, historical and architectural knowledge and for some who wants refreshing and exciting short vacation. We offer short and sweet treks that will give you unforgettable memories. Nepal short/sweet tour mainly explores two of the beautiful places of Nepal they are: Bandipur and Pokhara. 4 nights 5 days short tour in Nepal is the perfect combination of gorgeous views of high Himalayan peaks, stay by a lake, experience the culture and architecture and intermingle with the local traditions. Kathmandu-Pokhara-Bandipur tour package includes countless varied architecture and fascinating art in Kathmandu, cultural heritage Bandipur Village and Pokhara, gateway to the Himalayas.

 

As we know that our country Nepal is enriched with beautiful and amazing history, culture, architect, scenic beauty, and high hills. So we offer you this short and sweet tour that will help you see these beautiful aspects of Nepal during your tour. You will start your Nepal short and sweet tour with a drive to beautiful Bandipur village. You’ll spend visiting this lovely small village and get the chance to experience the Newari culture, artifacts, and cuisines. You will go for a walk to see the Siddha Cave – Nepal’s largest one. It has amazing stalactite formations (please do carry a flashlight). You could also visit Patale Dwar –a nearby cave considered by experts to be a geological wonder (a wide variety of geological formations). Bandipur village is increasingly coming to the attention of tourists. This short and sweet tour is appropriate especially for people who don't seek for adventure and tiring trip (old aged, physically weak, adult).

 

After, the short Nepal tour is set towards Pokhara. Here you will get to see beautiful views of sunrise and sunset from Sarangkot as the sun splashes hues of red on the Himalayan range. On a clear day, the panoramic ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal can be observed from here. You’ll enjoy the rare combination of the long arrays of snowed peaks, crystal clean lakes, panoramic ranges of the mountain and the moderate warm climate. Our Pokhara city sightseeing tour covers different places of interest like David’s fall, Seti River Gorge, Tibetan Refugee camp and also experience boating in Phewa Lake. If you wish to go for some adventures like Paragliding, Skydiving, and Canoeing or Zip flyer, we can extend your stay in Pokhara which will provide you a memorable experience.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Kathmandu - Bandipur - 4 hours

Day 03: Bandipur - Siddha Gupha - Bandipur (3-4 hour hike)

Day 04: Bandipur- Pokhara- 3 hours

Day 05: Pokhara sightseeing tour

Day 06: Pokhara- Kathmandu - 5 hours

Day 07: Final Departure

Day 01: 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. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 02: Kathmandu drive to - Bandipur Village - 4 hrs
After arrival in Kathmandu, we will drive to Bandipur village which is for about 4hours. On arrival, check into a guest house situated in town square. Rest of the evening at leisure; walk around on cobbled stoned pathways – free from vehicular traffic, enjoy the stunning Newari architecture and the traditional lifestyle exemplified by the people, see buildings & temples of this place. Of course, you would also get the opportunity to taste the famous Newari cuisine. Overnight stay in Bandipur lodge.

Day 03: Bandipur - Siddha Gupha - Bandipur (3-4 hr hiking)
We go for a walk to see the Siddha Cave – Nepal’s largest one. It has amazing stalactite formations (please do carry a flashlight). You could also visit Patale Dwar –a nearby cave considered by experts to be a geological wonder (a wide variety of geological formations). Walk back to Bandipur with an appetite whetted to justify a sumptuous lunch. You could take leisurely walk around the town. It is a lovely little town with pretty much every house built in local Newari architecture.

Day 04: Bandipur drive to Pokhara- 3 hrs
Leave for Pokhara after breakfast. On arrival in Pokhara, check into rooms at a resort alongside the lovely Phewa Tal. Pokhara is most visited city and famous for every traveler. It has a rare combination of the long arrays of snowed peaks, crystal clean lakes, panoramic Annapurna Himal and the moderate warm climate.

Day 05:  Sunrise tour at Sarangkot , Sightseeing tour of Pokhara valley

Today early morning drive to Himalayan viewpoint at Sarangkot. The mountain views are incredible and amongst many others we can see Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Annapurna III (7555m) back to hotel have a breakfast and sightseeing tour of Pokhara will begin. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. The tour includes a visit to the Devi's fall, the gorge of the Seti River, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Mahendra Cave and many more. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake and visit Barahi Temple lying in middle of the Phewa lake.

Day 06: Pokhara-  drive back to Kathmandu - 6 hrs, evening cultural dinner show.

After having an early breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel, late afternoon you will be free for shopping and leisure, evening we will take you for Nepali cultural dinner show.

Day 07: Final Departure
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airportto 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
  • 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 and Pokhara.
  • 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: 07 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, Bandipur, 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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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.