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Nepal Interlude

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,494

This 10 Day locally hosted tour of Nepal includes the highlights of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. Includes accommodation, touring and most meals, and departs daily


Explore the highlights of Nepal, starting with a half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath to visit a famous Buddhist stupa said to be 2000 years old. Also see Patan (also known as Lalitpur), a city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas built in the 3rd Century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. (BL)

Visit Bandipur, a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Continue to Pokhara, located on the main road between Kathmandu and Bhairahawa. There is no other place in the world from where the peaks of the Himalayas can be admired from such a close distance. 

Before returning to Kathmandu, journey to Royal Chitwan National park situated in the foothills of the Churia ranges. Join optional tours such as a jungle safari or a boat ride.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,494

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Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive into Kathmandu. Situated between India and Tibet, is the Kingdom of Nepal, home to Mount Everest and known as the Shangri La of the East. Upon arrival into the airport, you will be met by Goway's representative and transferred to your hotel. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal and is rich with temples. The valley has seven World Heritage Sites and the city uniquely blends culture with the modern world. This evening you may wish to explore the popular Thamel area.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Himalaya

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    Hotel Himalaya



    Hotel Himalaya is distinguished by its 180 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas from where it draws its name, an intimate sense of luxury and an address near the business district. The hotel is strategically situated at the gateway to the ancient city of ...

    Hotel Himalaya is distinguished by its 180 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas from where it draws its name, an intimate sense of luxury and an address near the business district. The hotel is strategically situated at the gateway to the ancient city of Patan nestled against the backdrop of the commercial hub of the Capital. Hotel Himalaya is the leading 4 star deluxe hotel in Nepal offering a resort atmosphere ideal for both business and leisure travellers just a stone throw away from the Patan Durbar Square the ancient palace of the Malla Kings and a world Heritage Site. The hotel offers 125 well-appointed spacious modern rooms available in executive and deluxe categories.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing

This morning visit Swayambhunath, the 2000 year old, world famous Buddhist Stupa also known as the "monkey temple". Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles from all sides of the valley. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Above each pair of eyes is the 'third eye' signifying the wisdom of looking within. Continue on to Durbar Square, or "meeting place", very much the centre of old Kathmandu. Here you will find a gathering of temples and shrines with intricate carvings, the temple of Kasthamandap, which is believed to be made from the timber of a single tree; the three storied Akash Bhairav (God of the sky) Temple and Hanuman Dhoka, the old royal palace, named after the monkey god. From the entrance gate of the Hanuman Dhoka you will enter the Nasal Chowk. Although the courtyard was constructed in the Malla period, many of the buildings around the square are later Rana constructions. During that time Nasal Chowk was used for coronations, a practice that continues to this day on the coronation platform in the centre of the courtyard. Just by the entrance there is a surprisingly small but beautifully carved doorway, which once led to the Malla King's private quarters. There is a tradition of worshiping young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or "Devi" in Hindu religious traditions and your tour also includes a visit to the Kumari House (Temple). This afternoon visit Patan City, also known as Lalitpur and one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is best known for its fine arts and crafts and rich cultural heritage. Here you will see the Durbar Square and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your tour ends with a visit to the Tibetan Handicraft Centre where you can witness the hand- weaving techniques used to make Tibetan carpets and the moulding of metal statues. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan refugees by providing them job opportunities.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Kathmandu

This morning you will explore Bhadgaon, also known as Bhaktapur, literally translated means "city of devotees". Found in the 9th century and shaped like a conch shell, is the home of medieval art and architecture. Here you can visit the Durbar Square, with its array of temples, and the Palace of 55 Windows. This Palace is the best example of the Pagoda style of architecture and stands on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures - two strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses. One of the World Heritage Sites, the Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines inthe world. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbols, of Lord Shiva. It stands as a symbol of unity bringing the different sects of Hinduism under a single fold and is situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter, so for these guests, you will only be able to view the temple from a special vantage point. From here devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river banks. Bagmati is also important because Hindus are cremated on the banks of this holy river. According to the Nepalese Hindu tradition, the dead body must be dipped three times into the Bagmati River before cremation. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath, one of the largest stupas of it's kind in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions, keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Kathmandu To Bandipur

Today visit the Manakamana temple situated in the Gorkha district of Nepa. It is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, "mana" meaning heart and "kamana" meaning wish. Venerated since the 17th century, it is believed that Goddess Bhagwati grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her. Later this afternoon drive to Bandipur, a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Here you will get to see the traditional Newari houses, with carved wooden windows and overhanging slate roofs. Overnight in Bandipur.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Old Inn Bandipur

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    Old Inn Bandipur


    You have arrived from the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway by the steep winding eight km road that climbs 600m above the valley of the Marsyangdi and you have reached the Bandipur Bazaar of old shops and houses and temples and meeting places. Here, with stunning snow-clad skyline ...

    You have arrived from the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway by the steep winding eight km road that climbs 600m above the valley of the Marsyangdi and you have reached the Bandipur Bazaar of old shops and houses and temples and meeting places. Here, with stunning snow-clad skyline views to the North and mellow orange orchard ones to the South, stands The Old Inn.

    Some say it is like entering an earlier age, back into a Nepal that elsewhere barely still exists. This house has stories of ancient trans-Himalaya trade routes and of store-rooms crammed with merchandise en route between the opulence of India and the grandeur of Tibet.

    Restoration and conservation of this traditional Newari Town house required keeping the low ceilings and the overall sense of proportion and scale. The practical inclusion of comfortable and clean showers and toilet facilities are achieved but they are not ensuite.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 5

Bandipur To Pokhara

This morning you will enjoy a walking tour around Bandipur. This Newar town (people of Nepal) has maintained its age-old flavour, and presents sightseers with a mix of history, architecture, incredible views, caves and unspoiled landscapes. Feast your eyes on a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang from here. You will also gain an insight into Newar culture, while enjoying the pristine scenery. This afternoon drive to Pokhara, a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, Pokhara is known as a center of adventure and the starting point for most treks The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Pokhara Grande

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    Pokhara Grande



    Pokhara Grande is located in Pokhara, which is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The property is the perfect base to savour the enchantments of Nepal's second most popular tourist area and is within easy distance from all the popular spots. The hotel boasts 125 ...

    Pokhara Grande is located in Pokhara, which is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The property is the perfect base to savour the enchantments of Nepal's second most popular tourist area and is within easy distance from all the popular spots. The hotel boasts 125 well-appointed guest rooms that offer gorgeous views of the Himalayas from the windows.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 6

Pokhara

Your exploration of the area includes Devi's Fall also known as Devin's and David's. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall. Continue to Gupteswore Cave, one of the largest caves in Pokhara dedicated to Lord Shiva is another nature's wonder in Pokhara and Mahendra cave Known as Bat Cave. Your tour ends with a visit to Phewa Lake for a boat ride. Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Kingdom. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 7

Pokhara To Chitwan

Early this morning drive to Chitwan, Nepal's first national park, located in the south-central region of Nepal. Chitwan was established in 1962 by the late King Mahendra as a rhinoceros preserve. Prior to this, Chitwan used to be a favorite hunting ground for Nepal’s ruling class. Today Chitwan is a protected World Heritage Site, praised as one of the most rich wildlife sanctuaries in all of Asia. Arrive and proceed to your resort where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Parkland

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    Hotel Parkland


    Hotel Parkland is situated in perhaps the best part of Sauraha. The location provides a quiet and peaceful stay with easy access to the town. A magnificent mature garden surrounds the complex with many rare indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers which attract various birds and ...

    Hotel Parkland is situated in perhaps the best part of Sauraha. The location provides a quiet and peaceful stay with easy access to the town. A magnificent mature garden surrounds the complex with many rare indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers which attract various birds and butterflies. Nature can be observed from your private balcony or bedroom windows. All the rooms at Hotel Parkland are en-suites with all the modern facilities. A separate dining room serves delicious Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. Included in your package are activities such as Elephant Back Safari, Cultural Tours, jungle drives, dugout canoe rides, visiting the Elephant Breeding Center plus elephant Bathing in the Rapti River, as well as bird watching and nature Walks with a professional naturalist.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 8

Chitwan

Today is at your leisure to enjoy various jungle activities organized by the resort, such as nature walks, canoeing, jeep safaris, elephant safaris and bird watching. Have lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Chitwan To Kathmandu

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then continue overland to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel. This afternoon is at your leisure to shop or walk around on your own. This evening enjoy a traditional Nepali Dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Himalaya

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    Hotel Himalaya



    Hotel Himalaya is distinguished by its 180 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas from where it draws its name, an intimate sense of luxury and an address near the business district. The hotel is strategically situated at the gateway to the ancient city of ...

    Hotel Himalaya is distinguished by its 180 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas from where it draws its name, an intimate sense of luxury and an address near the business district. The hotel is strategically situated at the gateway to the ancient city of Patan nestled against the backdrop of the commercial hub of the Capital. Hotel Himalaya is the leading 4 star deluxe hotel in Nepal offering a resort atmosphere ideal for both business and leisure travellers just a stone throw away from the Patan Durbar Square the ancient palace of the Malla Kings and a world Heritage Site. The hotel offers 125 well-appointed spacious modern rooms available in executive and deluxe categories.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

    More Details

Day 10

Depart Kathmandu

You will be met and transferred from your hotel to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights accommodation in First Class and Moderate hotels
  • Meals as specified
  • Transfers and guided excursions by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meet and greet services by Goway Associate office in each city
  • English Speaking Local Guides at all places according to the program
  • Entrance fees according to the program
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • Optional Mount Everest Flight Seeing Excursion (additional cost)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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