Tour route: Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara
Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where your tour guide helps you check in and brief you about the following tours. Relax and recover from jet lag at hotel.
After breakfast, start you exploration of Kathmandu Valley from Ason Tole Vegetable & Spice Market which offers vivid local life of Nepali people. Discover Kathmandu's rich culture among the bustling narrow streets and many courtyards which forms the base of living in Kathmandu. Continue your visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess and have an external view of Taleju Temple and Kala Bhairav.
Afternoon, step into the temple of Swayambhunath - a stupa on the top of hill - for an overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. Later proceed to Patan city (about 15min driving) to visit the Panta Durbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.
After breakfast, visit Pashpatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
Afternoon you are escorted to Bhaktapur city where you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Later continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan Temple which boasts a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. Drive back to Kathmandu.
In the evening, you can do some shopping around the Thamel streets on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan which is approx 4-5 hours drive. The Royal Chitwan National Park is 158.6 km South West of Kathmandu, houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. It is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros and the exclusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
After arrival, your lodge guide will give you a brief introduction on your Chitwan program. After lunch, start your jungle activities according to the schedule.
Note: Being a responsible travel agent, we arrange jeep ride instead of the elephant ride inside the Chitwan National Park, thus no animal abuse will be involved during your trip.
Meals: Breakfast, Set menu lunch, Set menu dinner
Continue jungle activities as per the program.
Meals: Breakfast, Set menu lunch, Set menu dinner
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara (approx 5-6 hrs). En-route, pay a visit to Bandipur Village - a hilltop settlement in Tanahu District as well as a living museum of Newari culture. This well-preserved town has many fine examples of 18th century architecture, as well as small cafes, shops and temples. Check in to your lovely hotel near Phewa Lake on arrival in Pokhara.
Today you will have a full day private tour of the second largest city in Nepal- Pokhara. Laid out alongside a lake and encircled by the spectacular mountain scenery of the Annapurna Rangethe, Pokhara is the paradise of adventure and leisure.
Morning, take a private boat ride to experience the charm and serenity of Phewa Lake. Then ascend to World Peace Pagoda, a perfect viewpoint which provides a panoramic view of Phokara and Phewa Lake. Followed by the visit to Devi's Fall, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave, and International Mountain Museum.
Today start a bit earlier for your journey to Sarangkot viewpoint to for the unforgettable sunrise over the mountain peaks. Rest at one of the cafes atop the mountain, relax and enjoy the unforgettable sunrise over the mountain peaks.
Then we fly back to Kathmandu, afternoon take a leisure walk around around Thamel district – a heaven for tourists visiting the city including its fascinating streets. Afterwards, continue to pay a visit to Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden in a beautifully design inspired by the famous Edwardian style.
Bid farewell! After breakfast our tour representative will escort you to the airport for your onward flight.
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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