Retirement Nepal Tour – 37 days

Attractions

Day 01 Arrival 
In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport by our representative who will be showing your name at arrival queue. Then, transfer to your hotel. A briefing about your whole program by our tour leader or representative.
Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02 Kathmandu Free Day 
Free day at Kathmandu. You may spend your time by exploring Thamel Area which is popular for tourist to stay and for shopping. There is also Garden of Dreams for greenery view and relax. Entrance Fees are applicable. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03 Kathmandu to Chitwan on the way visit Manakamana Temple
This morning after taking breakfast around 7 am, meet by our representative at lobby, introduction with driver then leave for Chitwan (158km), approximately six hours away by private vehicle. En route, you could find Trisuli River, it is very famous for Himalayan wild river rafting and also you can find Manakamana Temple (after 3 hrs drive) which will be visiting by cable car ride of 15 mins. Our driver will assist you to buy tickets. For foreigner it cost NPR 2000 per person app. USD $20 only. From Cable car station Temple is just few minutes walking distance. There will be no confusion to find the way because path follows along to temple.
Manakamana Temple can be visit by cable car it is a 1,302-m hill. The deity is one of the manifestations of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati who is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Nepal. One should stand in queue around 2/3 hours to enter inside the temple. After fulfilling the wish people visit this temple to sacrifice Goats, Hen etc here. You will be arriving late afternoon at Chitwan.
Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 04 Chitwan Activities
Wake up call, breakfast then proceed for Canoeing with Bird Watching and Jungle walk. An excellent opportunity to see the wild animals, small mammals, birds and have the wild sightseeing, accompanied by our experienced naturalists and wild life tracker. Excellent photographic opportunities are plentiful & Bird watching.
Back to hotel for lunch. Then continue for Elephant Ride (an Hour) which adds opportunity to see the Wildlife of the Park. Back to hotel by visiting Tharu Village. Panoramic Sunset view from our hotel, on the bank of the Rapti River. Evening you will be taken to see Tharu Stick Dance Program.
Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 05 Chitwan
Breakfast will be served in the morning then proceed for Jeep Safari which will last for 4 hours on sharing basis. Then back to hotel. Leisure/Free time. Overnight at Chitwan.
 
Day 06 Chitwan Free day
Free day at Chitwan. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 07 Chitwan
Additional Jeep and Canoe trips and bird watching in Chitwan Community Forests, additional Tharu village. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 08 Chitwan to Lumbini
After having breakfast around 9 am drive to Lumbini 159 km and takes around 4 hrs. Hotel Check In, Free time.
Lumbini is the birth of Lord Buddha and the fountain of the world peace. Situated in western Nepal, Lumbini is an ancient town where old ruins of ancient city are well preserved. Lumbini has been a holy ground for Buddhist all over the world. The peace garden and international monastic zone are the other attraction of the Lumbini after the Mayadevi temple puskarini pond and the historical Ashok Pillar.
Overnight at Lumbini.
Day 09 Lumbini Free day
Free day at Lumbini. Overnight at Lumbini.
Day 10 Lumbini Sightseeing 
After having breakfast our guide will escort you to visit Lumbini Garden where you will see Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar, World Peace Pagoda, other temples, stupas, and monasteries. Back to hotel, free time.
Overnight at Lumbini.
Day 11 Lumbini to Palpa
Breakfast then around 8 am, drive from to Palpa Tansen which takes around 4 hrs. Hotel check in, free time.
Tansen 119km south of Pokhara, is far enough off the radar to make it a rewarding detour for independent travellers. Perched high above the Kali Gandaki River on the road between Butwal and Pokhara, Tansen’s main attraction is both its Newari charm and distinct medieval feel.
Overnight at Palpa.
Day 12 Palpa
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be introduced with the guide who will be assisting you to visit Shreenagar Danda & Ghorbanda potters village.
Shreenagar hill, at 1525 m high, is about one and half hour uphill walking from the town center. While climbing this hill, one can not only enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view of the Himalayas running from Dhaulagiri in the west to Ganesh Himal in the east, but also get pleasure of passing through peaceful forest, pine plantation and decidious forest with a lot of beautiful rhododendron flowers.
Walk back to hotel and after lunch drive to Ghorbanda Potter’s Village.
Ghorbanda – Kumal Gau (Potter’s Village), The village of Ghorbanda is on the way to Pokhara from Tansen. It is the best place to see the unique style of pottery making in Nepal. The articles produced here are traditional water pitchers, pots and “Handa” (a vessel with holes in the bottom; used for brewing rokshi, which is Nepali brandy).
Overnight at Palpa.
Day 13 Palpa to Pokhara
Breakfast then, drive Pokhara which takes around 4 hrs. Hotel check in, free time.
Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges it is most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world.
Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 14 Half day Pokhara sightseeing
You have breakfast in the morning then begins half day sightseeing around Pokhara. Sightseeing places are
Bindabashini Temple: Bindabashini is also one of the most popular temple in Pokhara. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. Bindabashini is the mother goddess who fulfills the wishes of her devotees.
Seti Gorge: Another of Pokhara’s natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gandaki River. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination over 20 meters! provides a perfect  view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
Mahendra cave is rich for its rock types and different stones that glitter when a beam of light is stroked in it. This natural formation is to see not to strike with sharp digging objects.  Mahendra cave has been named as per the Late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This is also one of the most demanding tourist attraction centers in Pokhara.
Bat Cave (Chamera Gupha): This cave is located a little far form the Mahendra cave in the west. Though the entrance is quite narrow but the inner part of the cave is wide enough. The images of the elephant tusk, gods and goddess have been craved on the inner walls of the cave. This cave is 150 meter long , 25feet high and of the shape of “U”. This cave is famous for the bats and gives shelter to more than 15 thousand bats of different species.
Back to hotel. Free time. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 15 Half day Pokhara sightseeing
Sightseeing places for today are
Devi’s Fall: Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). Devi’s Fall (also known as Devin’s and David’s) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. 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.
Gupteswar Cave: Another cave famous for its religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave is a sacred and natural cave; there is temple of Load Shiva.
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the second largest, after Phewa lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley.
International Mountain Museum
Overnight at Pokhara
Day 16 Pokhara 
Morning visit to Peace Pagoda and Free day.
World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being a impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and the Pokhara city.
Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 17 Pokhara to Sirubari 
Breakfast then, introduction with guide drop to jeep station by car and drive to Sirubari Village by local sharing four wheeler Jeep. Drive takes around 4 hrs from Pokhara and free day.
Sirubari: The village is on a south-facing slope at 1,500 m above sea level. The climate is ideal at all times of the year with no snow ever falling in the village itself. The houses are mostly built from local materials and are well constructed and comfortable. The overwhelming impression of the village is one of order and cleanliness but with a warm and welcoming feel to it. Foot trails through the village are all stone paved.
Overnight at Sirubari.
Day 18 Sirubari Free day 
Explore Sirubari Village with guide. Overnight at Sirubari.
Day 19 Sirubari to Pokhara and free day 
After breakfast, return to Pokhara by same route and local sharing four wheeler jeep.
Day 20 Pokhara Free day
Day 21 Pokhara to Bandipur 
Breakfast in the morning then, drive to Bandipur – 3 hrs. Hotel check in, after short rest explore Bandipur Village.
Bandipur an ancient Newari mountain town is a treasure waiting to be discovered by travelers. Situated 7 kilometers above Dumre Bazaar at an altitude of 1,005 meters, this ancient trading post lies cradled in the saddle of some of the country’s most peculiar-shaped hills. Untouched by modernization, and laced with an abundance of ancient houses, temples of great significance, and historical architecture, this medieval-era town boasts of festivals all year around besides offering a plethora of cultures.
Overnight at Bandipur.
Day 22 Bandipur to Gorkha
After having breakfast drive to Gorkha – 4/5 hrs. Hotel check in, after short rest explore Gorkha.
Gorkha Durbar is the main attraction of Gorkha, an hour steep walk up a hill from the bazaar area. It used to be the dwelling of King Prithvi Narayan and his ancestors. The Durbar itself is a humble, yet quite impressive, complex of a temple, fort, and a palace built in the Newar style of Kathmandu. The view of the Himalayan range and the deep valleys from up there is quite breathtaking.
Overnight stay at Gorkha.
 
Day 23 Gorkha to Kathmandu 
Morning explore Gorkha then, drive back to Kathmandu – 5hrs.
Day 24 Kathmandu Sightseeing 
Breakfast then, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu city. Escorting by an English speaking guide, try to give a full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple:  Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure. An inscription here dates from 477 AD, but the shrine may have stood there for 1000 years before that.
Boudhanath Stupa:  This great stupa is one of Nepal’s most distinctive monuments and one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal. With a diameter of over 100 meters, it is amongst the largest stupas in the world. There are a number of legends accounting for the stupa’s construction, but it is generally believed to date from the 5th century. All stupas contain holy relics and Bouddha is said to contain the remains of the past Buddha Kasyapa.
Swayambhunath Stupa:  6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, this great temple is just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. No one actually knows who built it. Many believe that the Lichavis constructed it while others believe that emperor Asoka had already visited it in the 3rd century.  The Swayambhunath complex consists of a giant Stupa, a large ensemble of shrines and temples, and also includes a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library. This site has two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu’s number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess and a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building.
Overnight at Kathmandu.
 
Day 25 Visit Patan Durbar Square 
After breakfast, guide will meet you at lobby and proceed for Patan Durbar Square.
Patan Durbar Square: The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. There is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newa People
Overnight at Patan.
Day 26 Patan to Changunarayan to Nagarkot 
Proceed to visit Changunarayan Temple and then to Nagarkot.
Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley. It is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley.
Nagarkot: This place is situated at 2300 meters, on the valley’s eastern rim, Nagarkot offers an excellent view of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Manaslu mountains. It also has sweeping panoramic view of the terraced hillsides typical of Nepal. It is a popular place for sunrise and sunset viewing.
Overnight at Nagarkot.
Day 27 Nagarkot to Bhaktapur 
Sunrise view then after breakfast continues visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Much of Bhaktapur Durbar Square was destroyed in the 1934 earthquake and appears much emptier than those of Kathmandu or Patan. Amongst its many attractions are substitute shrines for the four great Indian pilgrimage sites and the Golden Gate. This is the most famous piece of art in all Nepal, an exquisite monument of gilded metalwork constructed in 1753.
Overnight at Bhaktapur.
Day 28 Bhaktapur 
Day 29 Bhaktapur to Dhulikhel 
Today after breakfast, drive to Dhulikhel – 45 mins. Hotel check in and after short rest explore Dhulikhel Bazar by walking.
Dhulikhel (1440m.) is a small town with a long history. According to the records it has been around for more than 500 years. The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets are lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues everywhere. The major places of worship here are the Narayan and Harisiddhi temples which are adored with profuse wood carvings. The Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, a 30 minutes walk to the eastern part of town, is a peaceful and scenic spot. The Bhagawati temple is situated at a height in the western part of Dhulikhel and dominates the skyline. From here, you can get a beautiful vista of the town and surrounding areas.
Overnight at Dhulikhel.
Day 30 Dhulikhel to Namobuddha to Balthali Village 
After breakfast, 35 mins drive to Namobuddha, explore the area and continue drive to Balthali Village via Panauti and Khopasi which takes around another one hour. From Khopasi around 20 mins drive is off road. Stay at Balthali.
Option: Either hiking down around three hours from Namobuddha to Balthali Village or hike uphill one hour from Khopasi.
Namobuddha: Namobuddha is one hour drive from Dhulikhel. It is widely believed that the Lord Buddha, during his 7th reincarnation, offered his body to a hungry Tigress and its cubs at this place. This is considered a great act of mercy and kindness and has ever since attracted millions of people to this spot.
Balthali Village: Balthali village offers a sunrise in the east, speculating Himalayan range of Manaslu, Langtang & Everest in the north, and innumerable rice terraces in the west & huge bodied green forest of Mahabharata range in the South. One of the most important factors of this spot is that it is warm in the winter & cool in the summer. The area of Balthali is cover of various flora, colorful rhododendron forest, and magnolia & Sal trees.
Day 31 Balthali 
Either stays free day or Explore Balthali Village as following option.
Option: Today you will visit a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaun, where a Buddhist Community lives. It is very traditional and secluded from the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. We then walk to Pada Gaun (2100m), from where one can have extremely good views of the whole Himalayan range to north and beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. Then walk on to Karthali, a hamlet of nature, and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to the resort. Walking will be around 5 hours.
Day 32 Balthali to Kathmandu. 
Free time till afternoon then, drive back to Kathmandu which takes around 1 hr.
Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 33 Visit Kirtipur and Bungamati 
After taking breakfast, proceed for half day sightseeing at Kirtipur and Bungamati.
Kirtipur: This place is an ancient city in Nepal. It is located in the Kathmandu Valley 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu.
Bungamati: The specialty of this place is it is a traditional Newari village – a place where not much has changed over the last couple of centuries. As you walk the streets, you will find hundreds of masterful wood carvers and sculptors offering you excellently hand-crafted items at bargain prices. Most of them work from home and they may even offer you other articles for sale on the side.
Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 34 Bird Watching at Godawari and Phulchwoki 
We move to the Godawari Botanical Garden to beginning with bird watching – 45 mins drive. After some amount of seeing the busy streets of Kathmandu, we can reach to Godavari.  Then we will visit the botanical gardens of Godavari where we will look particularly for Spotted Forktail and various flycatchers.
Then hike up to the hill of Phulchoki. Birding in the Phulchoki Hill is enjoyable as about 90 species have been recorded in this area. If the weather permits us, we can reach the top and can have the opportunity to see great vistas, from Dhaulagiri Himal to the Everest area. We will descend later birding all along the way. Most of the slopes are covered by Himalayan sub-tropical forest, and we will look for a number of the local species including Rufous-bellied and Crimson-breasted Woodpeckers, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, Rufous Sibia,  Rufous-winged, Nepal and White-browed Fulvettas, Green-tailed Sunbird, Cutia, Blue-winged Minla, Stripe-throated and Whiskered Yuhinas, Red-flanked Bluetail, White-browed Bush-robin, Dark-throated Thrush, Grey-winged and White-collared Blackbirds, Buff-barred and Black-faced Warblers and a great many others.
We will return back to our hotel in Kathmandu in the evening.
Overnight at Kathmandu.
 
Day 35 Bird Watching at Shivapuri 
In the morning we set off to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve situated about 12 kms north of Kathmandu. Some of the birds in the area are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. At Nagarjuna at 2105 meters pheasants, magpies, sunbirds, and ruby throats are found. We will return back to Kathmandu in the evening.
Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 36 Free day at Kathmandu
 
Day 37 Departure 
Today its time to say good bye to all and carry all the enjoyful memories with you. The tour ends here. As per the flight schedule transfer to airport for your onward flight.