Tour route: Nepal : Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Nagarkot - Dhulikhel - Pharping
Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by your guide and transferred to hotel, where your guide will help you check in and brief you about the following tours.Overnight: Kathmandu
Drive to Changu Narayan Temple from Kathmandu (around 45 mins), to pay your respect to this perhaps the oldest temple in Nepal, which stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley. Continue with a hike (3-4 hours) to Nagarkot through a pine forest, en route enjoying the panoramic views of Mt. Himalaya and the pine forest.
Rise for a magnificent sunrise, you’ll then have a gentle downhill walk (2- 3 hours) to a small Newari village called Nala, along the way enjoy the picturesque views of mountains, hills, villages and paddy fields. Upon arrival, visit the Nala Bhagwati Temple, before a drive to Dhulikhel, an ancient town you’ll see the Newar town with traditional atmosphere, spectacular views of peaks, fine old Nepalese buildings and temples.
Have a light trek around 3 hours to the Namo Buddha, one of the three most important religious sites in Nepal, located in a very quiet and pure place with views of amazing snow-covered Himalayan ranges. From there another 3-hour walk will lead you to the enchanting Balthali village, which offers excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1,730 m.
Today you will visit a Tamang village in Dada Gaun's Buddhist Community. Secluded and untouched, this village still maintains its traditional ways of culture and architecture. Later trek further to Pada Gaun, where you will view the Mahabharat forests and the breathtaking view of the entire Himalayan range to the north. Go on to Karnali and then return back to Balthali.
Drive to Hattiban (approx. 3 hrs) and then hike to Champadevi. Champadevi hiking is an easy and enjoyable day hike starting from Hattiban Resort gradually up for about half an hour along trail toward the north ridge and through pine forested area which takes about 2 hours to reach on top of ridge. On the way you will enjoy the view of Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Jugal, Dorge Lakpa Himalayas. Apart from it, we can observe the bustling Kathmandu city and eye-catching village settlements from the top.
After breakfast, you will explore around the Pharping and visit the Pharping Caves. Afterward, drive back to Kathmandu (approx. 1 hour).
Say goodbye to Kathmandu. Your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to next destination.
No hotel in Kathmandu.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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