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Nepal

NEPAL: Odyssey Tour - 15 Days

Destinations: NEPAL: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, Panauti, Dhampus, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan & Katmandu

Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Katmandu

Number of Days: 15 days / 14 nights

Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe

Leaders: Professional expert local guide

Tour Concludes In: Katmandu

Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfasts; 12: Lunches; 9: Dinners; 9:

Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

This incredible oddyssey journey visits Nepal’s most popular regions and offers a perfect overview of this fascinating country. Experience the best cultural, historical and natural highlights as you explore remarkable Nepal on this fabulous small group tour. We begin in Kathmandu, taking in the heritage sites of the old city, admiring sacred ancient temples and royal palaces. Drive to the ancient kingdom of Patan and from Dhulikhel wonder at magical views of the Himalayas, and watch the sun light up the world as it rises over the gleaming peaks of the Himalaya. Walk in the alpine paradise of Pokhara through the Annapurna valley’s mountain villages and mingle with the locals. Visit the sacred Buddhist site of Lumbini and enjoy a jungle safari in Royal Chitwan National Park - home to wildlife such as tigers, leopards and rhinos. Return to Katmandu via the beautiful hill top village of Bandipur and Kurintar.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the colourful vibrant city of Kathmandu
  • Visit the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambunath &Boudhanath stupas
  • Discover the ancient centres of Patan and Bhaktapur
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of Bhaktapur
  • Guided Tours in the delightful Kathmandu Valley
  • Stay in the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara
  • Shop for trinkets in Pokhara's Old Bazaar
  • Discover the raw beauty of the Himalayas with panoramic views of Annapurna Range
  • Enjoy a brief trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Relax in traditional mountain teahouse
  • Be in awe of the beautiful Himalayan scenery
  • Go on safari in the Chitwan National Park
  • Admire the simple architecture of charming Bandipur hill top village
  • Be fascinated with the Nepali culture, customs and cuisine

Tour Inclusions

  • Boutique Small Group  Tour  - up to 14 guests
  • Entrance Fees to all the amazing “Must See” Boutique Special Highlights Unique cultural experiences
  • Visits to numerous World Heritage-listed sites
  • Exclusive and private International Domestic airport arrival and departure transfers first and last day of tour for all tour guests
  • Domestic Flights -Economy Class: Katmandu  - Pokhara
  • Centrally located 5 & 4/3 star modern & boutique Hotels as per your choice
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
  • Chauffeur driven luxury air-conditioned private luxury vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Fully escorted by our passionate experienced professional tour guide
  • Entrance fees to all sights, monuments, shows and activities as per the itinerary including
  • All activities during Chitwan National Park visit
  • Water, soft drink, tea and coffee with all lunches and dinners  included in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Towel
  • Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
  • An exclusive BT&T information travel booklet

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:   Arrive Kathmandu:   (D)

Day 2:   Kathmandu:   (B)

Day 3:   Kathmandu – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel – Panauti – Dhulikhel:   (B/L)

Day 4:   Dhulikhel – Nagarkot:   (B/L)

Day 5:   Nagarkot – Kathmandu:   (B/L)

Day 6:   Annapurna Foothills/Dhampus:   (B/L/D)

Day 7:   Annapurna Foothills/Dhampus:   (B/L/D)

Day 8:   Dhampus / Pokhara:   (B)

Day 9:   Pokhara:   (B)

Day 10:   Pokhara – Birethanti – Ghandruk – Pokhara:   (B)

Day 11:   Pokhara – Tansen – Lumbini:   (B)

Day 10:   Lumbini – Chitwan National Park:   (B/L/D)

Day 11:   Chitwan National Park:   (B/L/D)

Day 12:   Chitwan National Park – Bandipur:   (B)

Day 13:   Bandipur – Kurintar:   (B)

Day 14:   Kurintar – Kathmandu:   (B/D)

Day 15:   Depart Kathmandu:   (B)

 

 

 

 

UNESCO

  • Kathmandu Valley (1979)
  • Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (1997)
  • The early medieval architectural complex of Panauti (1996) 
  • Chitwan National Park (1984)

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

Day 1:   Arrive Kathmandu:   (D)

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. There will be a notice informing of the time of the introductory group meeting this evening. Here we'll meet our Tour Leader and fellow travelling companions and goes over the logistics of the upcoming adventure. Following the meeting we will have our first Nepali feast.

 

Day 2:   Kathmandu:   (B)

In the morning we take a guided tour of some of Kathmandu's most interesting monuments and learn the basics of the local language with an introductory lesson. Lord Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 AD is the Nepal's holiest Hindu shrine. With its astonishing architectural beauty, it stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. You can mingle with the holy men or sadhus on the banks of Bagmati River, and see the daily chores of Nepalese people paying their homage to Lord Shiva. Often you can see the traditional cremation ceremony on the riverbank, which occurs all through the day at the shrine. On the other hand, Boudhanath, is one of the world's largest stupas (Buddhist shrine). Boudhanath (also called Bouddhanath, Bodhnath or Baudhanath or the Khasa Chaitya) is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner, passes by Bodhnath Stupa to the ancient and smaller stupa of Ca-bahi (often called 'Little Bodhnath'). Join the pilgrims who gather to circumnavigate the enormous dome, beneath the watchful eye of the Buddha which gazes out from the gilded central tower. Join the pilgrims in lighting butter lamps or candles on the shrines of the stupa, and send the prayer wheels spinning their prayers up into the heavens.

After Lunch we travel by private bus to the nearby city of Patan (Lalitpur), which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley and is famous for its Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples, and traditional artisans working with wood, stone and metal. Without doubt you will marvel at the fine arts, intricate wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Without doubt one of the most interesting places in Patan is Durbar Square, which is situated in the centre of Patan city, it houses the residence of the former Patan royal family that features an excellent display of ancient Newari architecture.

After soaking in the history and ancient culture we later drive to Thamel for free time. Its concentration of narrow streets are lined with small shops selling an eclectic mix that is sure to suit all travellers and all budgets.

 

Day 3:   Kathmandu – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel – Panauti – Dhulikhel:   (B/L)

After breakfast we start our journey to Bhaktapur it is the second largest of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley and is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. The city is a well preserved ancient city, and walking through the Durbar square you will feel like you have stumbled into another world.

After we explore the ancient city, an hour's drive brings us to Dhulikhel where we stay overnight. Dhulikhel is a small, quiet Newar town about 20 miles (30kms) from Kathmandu. From here you can admire the views from the edge of the ridge, with a stunning panorama of peaks that stretch from Langtang Lirung (7,246m) in the east, through to Dorje Lakpa, Melungtse (7,181m) and Numbur (5,945m) in the far east.

We travel in the afternoon to Panauti, a very historical city, originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister. Panauti steeped in culture and tradition is considered as quaint and interesting destination it feels as it has been left exactly the way the founders had built the town. Locals are shy but welcoming a nostalgic atmosphere covers the narrow town streets and ancient structures. As every culture has its unique ceremonies and celebration, Panauti holds a number of festivals reflecting the ancient traditions and mythology. After a simple lunch in a local restaurant in Panauti, we start our hike to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is a peaceful holy place for Buddhist and Tibetans, with rows of Buddhist stupas adorned with fluttering prayer flags.

 

Day 4:   Dhulikhel – Nagarkot:   (B/L)

 

Day 5:   Nagarkot – Kathmandu:   (B/L)

After breakfast, we have wandered around in Dhulikhel town before we head back to Kathmandu to catch our flight to Pokhara.

 

Days 6:   Annapurna Foothills/Dhampus:   (B/L/D)

Upon arrival in Pokhara, we take jeeps to Phedi. The entire region from Phedi, on the valley floor to the top of the hill is commonly known as Dhampus. But the main part of Dhampus is on the top of the rise, more than 500m above. Interested trekkers will start their walk from Phedi or you can choose to take the drive to reach our Lodge. Dhampus - This area is inhabited by Brahmans, Chhetris and a few Gurungs, though along the hillside is a mix of Gurung and Magar ethnic settlements with guesthouses and teahouses. The views of the mountains and valleys are superb, with great mountain vista as you continue along the ridge.

 

Days 7:   Annapurna Foothills/Dhampus:   (B/L/D)

Enjoy a day in the mountains and explore village life and trekking routes of Nepal. The walking route from Dhampus to Pothana is a very pleasant one through the Rhododendron forest with the Annapurna Ranges at the background. If you do not wish to hike, you can choose to stay at the lodge for leisure time.

 

Day 8:   Dhampus / Pokhara:   (B)

We take the short journey to Pokhara with its ancient monuments and stunning natural landscape. You will have time if you so wish to visit some of its main attractions Phewa Lake is the centre of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. The eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favourite haunt of all travellers’ restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located. Also the Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the Centre of Fewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force of Shakti.

 

Day 9:   Pokhara:   (B)

Today we hike through paddy fields and farmland. On arrival in the village, we are welcomed by the villagers. We meet local Gurung people and learn about their day to day life and chores. Lunch will be prepared by the villagers and we join them for a typical local meal. Visit the local people's houses and interact with the village men and women. This day will give you a wonderful insight into village life. If you do not wish to hike, you can choose to stay in Pokhara to relax and enjoy the city.

 

Day 10:   PokharaBirethanti – Ghandruk – Pokhara:   (B)

Birethanti is a small village set at the foot of the Modi Khola Valley at around 1,100 metres. The village was one of the main stops on the Annapurna Circuit treks. It still has many small tea shops and souvenir sellers, even though it is not the thriving trekkers' centre it once was. Ghandruk is a mountain village set in the Modi Khola Valley at around 2,000 metres. The village is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects

 

Day 11:   Pokhara – Tansen – Lumbini:   (B)

We depart from Pokhara and drive to Tansen which is Located on the edge of the hill country at an altitude of just over 1,000m Tansen enjoys a pleasant climate and fabulous views of the distant mountains. Founded in the 11th century, the town has always been an important market centre for Newari traders and is an important centre of Newari culture and architecture.

The town of Tansen and its surrounding villages are home to numerous temples and palaces. The area around Tansen is excellent for day walks, and the region have been largely undisturbed by modern developments. In 2008, the town was placed on UNESCO World Heritage tentative List because of its well preserved architecture and culture.

Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. More than 400,000 Buddhists and non Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) and holds immense archaeological and religious importance. It was at the Sacred Garden of Lumina that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Buddha, was born in 623 BC.

 

Day 10:   Lumbini – Chitwan National Park:   (B/L/D)

Today we drive to Chitwan which is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the region, which formerly extended over the foothills of Nepal. This National Park is the first in Nepal home to at least 43 species of mammals. In Chitwan, all the jungle activities are just a step away and there's always a chance to spot wildlife. The warm subtropical Terai region of Nepal is a home of such animals as Royal Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopards wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, Langurs, crocodiles, kinds of dear and over 250 species of exotic birds.

 

Day 11:   Chitwan National Park:   (B/L/D)

Today we take a jeep Safari in the jungle to spot wildlife. We also will do village walks.

 

Day 12:   Chitwan National ParkBandipur:   (B)

Departing Chitwan National Park this morning we drive north, heading towards the fertile Marsyangdi River Valley and the charming hilltop settlement of Bandipur (70km/approximately 2 hours 30 minutes). Steeped in the traditions of the past and still preserving something of its Newari heritage, Bandipur offers a delightful setting to break our journey.

 

Day 13:   Bandipur – Kurintar:   (B)

 

 

Day 14:   Kurintar – Kathmandu:   (B/D)

Today we return to Kathmandu, where you will have time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing, before our farewell dinner.

 

Day 15:   Depart Kathmandu:   (B)

Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and Nepal.

At your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward or home-bound journey.

Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute shopping. We are able to organise our private guide to accompany you.

Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing country; please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements.

OPTIONAL:

Early this morning you can take an optional breathtaking Everest Experience flight - To soar above the world to view the the tallest mountain on earth, the mighty Everest and to really feel you are crossing the roof of the world. An exhilarating moment.

 

After Tour Option: Everest Scenic Flight from AU$255.00

Departs Daily

 

Tour Hotels

CITY LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE
Kathmandu: Hyatt Regency  Dwarika's  Yak & Yeti Hotel 
Dhulikhel:   Dwarikas Village  
Nagarkot:   Club Himalayan Resort  
 Kathmandu:  Hyatt Regency Dwairika's   Yak & Yeti Hotel
Pokhara:  Fulbari Lodge & Spa    Hotel Bharahi
Lumbini:    Hotel Hokke  
Chitawan:    Hotel Parkland  
Bandipur:      
Kurintar:      
Kathmandu Hyatt Regency Davirika's Yak & Yeti Hotel

You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.

 

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.

 

Boutique Tours & Travel offers comprehensive travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included.

For further assistance regarding this tour contact us.

Start Date End Date Luxury Deluxe Boutique Availability
START DATE END DATE LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE AVAILABILITY  
Price On Request
10 March 2016 25 March 2016          

 

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Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals.

Contact us to discuss this further.

 

Boutique Tours & Travel offers comprehensive travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included.

For further assistance regarding this tour contact us.

 

On receipt of full payment you will receive an exclusive Tour Booklet that includes a detailed Itinerary and travel information.

 

Exchange Rates:

All tour prices are current at the time of publication. To reflect significant fluctuations in exchange rates or the imposition of new government taxes that impact on the cost of providing its services, Boutique Tours & Travel reserves the right to adjust prices as may be necessary at any time. Accordingly, Boutique Tours & Travel in receiving any payments, does not undertake that the price payable will thereafter remain unchanged.

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