Nepal Heritage Tour

Trip Facts

Duration

10 Days

Fitness Level

Moderate

Max. Altitude:

8,000 meters on mountain flight

Location

Nepal

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

Group size

2-8

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Highlights Of Nepal Heritage Tour

  • You will tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The city is known as the City of Temples. The sites include Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu shrine. They also include Boudhanath, a Buddhist stupa. And Kathmandu Durbar Square. People call the Swayambhunath Stupa the Monkey Temple.
  • Explore Patan Durbar Square. Its rich history and stunning architecture have earned it fame. Also, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square for the same reasons.
  • Enjoy a fantastic mountain flight. See breathtaking aerial views of the Himalayas.
  • The drive goes from Kathmandu to Chitwan, then to Lumbini, and back to Kathmandu. It offers scenic landscapes.
  • You can admire the stunning views of Gauri Shankar (7,146m), Dorje Lakpa (6,975m), Langtang Lirung (7,246m), and Shisha Pangma (8,027m) from Bhaktapur.
  • Enjoy memorable activities at Chitwan National Park. These include an elephant-back safari, a canoe ride, a jungle walk, and bird watching. There is also a Tharu dance, a village walk, and bathing with elephants. You will visit the Elephant Breeding Centre.
  • Enjoy a full day of sightseeing at the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini. You will explore its sacred sites and monasteries.
  • Rejuvenation in the famous Lake City: Pokhara

Nepal Heritage Tour Overview

The Nepal Heritage Tour lasts ten days. It explores Nepal’s cultural and natural treasures. Starting with a breathtaking Mt. Everest Flight. This tour covers all UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. These include Kathmandu Durbar Square. They also include Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. It then visits the artistic city of Patan and the wonders of Bhaktapur. It includes cultural experiences. You can taste Bhaktapur’s famous ‘juju dhau’ curd.

Continuing to Chitwan National Park, travelers learn about saving wildlife. They also see rare species. These include the one-horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger. There, they can enjoy a jungle safari and elephant bathing. Then, the tour goes to Lumbini. It is Buddha’s birthplace and a peaceful pilgrimage site. There, visitors can think about Buddhist teachings. They can do this among peaceful monastic communities and old ruins.

Further west in Pokhara is the majestic Annapurna. Travelers can explore cultural landmarks there, like the World Peace Pagoda. They can also enjoy the tranquility of Phewa Lake.

The 10-day Nepal Heritage tour with Mt. Everest Flight covers all of Nepal’s World Heritage Sites. It also includes fun activities like mountain flight, jungle safari, and boat riding.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 

On the day you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, a Naata Trek and Tours representative will be there. They will be at the terminal holding a sign with your name. They will take you to your Hotel. We will have a welcome dinner in the evening. The team members of Naata Trek and Tours host the dinner.

  Maximum Altitude : 1,400 meters (4,600 feet)

Day 2: Mountain flight and Kathmandu sightseeing

We take a mountain flight at dawn. We do it before breakfast. The flight is an hour long. It takes you near the Himalayas and provides excellent views. You will see 20 of the world’s tallest mountains during the flight. They are to the east of Nepal. You will see Langtang Lirung. It is the closest mountain to Kathmandu. You will also see Mount Everest. It is the tallest mountain in the world. You can also enjoy the sights of Cho-Oyu, Shisha Pangma, and Lhotse, among many others.

During the day, we go sightseeing at Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Kathmandu Durbar.

  Maximum Altitude : 8,000 meters (26,247 feet)

Day 3: Sightseeing of Patan and Bhaktapur

Today, we will go on a tour of two other UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. We visit Patan Durbar Square, the city of fine arts. The town retains its old charm. It has narrow streets. The streets have brick houses and artistic courtyards. It also has Hindu Temples. It also has Buddhist monasteries.

Similarly, you can find many temples in the medieval city of Bhaktapur. It also has stone-paved streets. It is home to Nepal’s tallest temple, Nyatapola.

  Maximum Altitude : 1,400 meters (4,600 feet)

Day 4: Drive to Chitwan 

We have breakfast. Then, we start a 5-hour drive to Sauraha, Chitwan National Park. The drive is scenic. It goes through hills, and the Trishuli River is by our side. After you check in at the Hotel and refresh yourself, our nature guide will brief you on our upcoming activities. We will take a guided jungle walk. We will also stroll around the Rapti River and enjoy the sunset. In the evening, there will be a cultural dance performance by the people of the Tharu tribe.

  Maximum Altitude : (150 meters / 490 feet)
 Meal : Breakfast

Day 5: Full-day jungle safari in Chitwan National Park 

We are going on a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park today. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The park plays a vital role in saving endangered wildlife. The park is home to 68 mammals, 126 species of fish, and 544 species of birds. It also has several endangered animals, such as the Bengal tiger.

  Maximum Altitude : (150 meters / 490 feet)

Day 6: Drive to Lumbini 

We drive to Lumbini today, which takes roughly 4-5 hours. Buddhists worldwide know Lumbini as the birthplace of Buddha. They consider it one of the most important sites. During the day, we visit the numerous.

  Maximum Altitude : (150 meters / 490 feet)

Day 7: Drive to Pokhara and sightseeing

We have our breakfast and drive6 a 6-hour drive to Pokhara. The city is a popular tourist hotspot, known for its views of the Himalayas and the number of Lakes.

  Maximum Altitude : (827 meters / 2,713 feet)
 Meal : Breakfast

Day 8: Pokhara sightseeing

Before dawn, go to Sarangkot Hill Station early in the morning to view the ever-popular sunrise view. The view of the sun’s rays hitting the mountains is quite different. Later, we visited Bindabasini temple. We then returned to the hot Hotel, WeHotel, for breakfast. Afterward, we visited Hotel Davis Falls, Gupteswor Mahadev temple, and the mountain museum.

  Maximum Altitude : (827 meters / 2,713 feet)
 Meal : Breakfast

Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu (200 km/ 8-9 hours)

We start our drive back to Kathmandu after having our breakfast. The drive back is scenic. For most of the trip, we’ll see rolling mountains, small towns, and rivers. You can spend the evening strolling around Thamel. You can buy souvenirs to take home.

  Maximum Altitude : 1,400 meters (4,600 feet)

Day 10: Departure

We bid farewell today. Then, a Naata Trek and Tours rep will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home. Reflect on the majestic Himalayas. Think about the rich culture you’ve experienced. You will leave with unforgettable memories. They will be of Nepal’s diverse and welcoming culture.

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Nepal Heritage Tour: Detailed Places and Attractions

There are many places to visit during the Nepal Heritage Tour, such as:

Kathmandu: Gateway to Nepal’s Heritage

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic complex. It shows off the city’s rich architecture. It also shows its culture. Detailed wood carvings decorate the square. It also has historical artifacts. Key attractions include the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. It showcases Malla and Shah dynasty architecture. It houses museums dedicated to Nepal’s royal history. The tallest structure in the square is Taleju Temple. It dedicates itself to the fearsome form of Durga, Taleju Bhawani. The Kumari Ghar is the home of the Kumari. She is a young girl chosen as the living embodiment of the Hindu Goddess Durga.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple):

Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple. It sits on a hilltop and is one of Nepal’s most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The all-seeing eyes of Buddha adorn the stupa. They symbolize awareness. The golden spire of the stupa is visible from many parts of the valley. Many shrines and temples surround the stupa. They include the Harati Temple. It is dedicated to the goddess of smallpox. The temple complex is also home to many monkeys. They are considered holy and key to the temple’s charm.

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO site. It sits on the Bagmati River. Lord Shiva is the dedication of the sprawling complex. The temple complex is essential. It is vital for Hindu pilgrimage. It features cremation rituals along the riverbank. Many people believe that these rituals help. They help with liberation. In some areas, authorities restrict photos. They there also recommend modest clothing. A guide can offer valuable insights. They know the rituals and significance of the site.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO site. It is one of the world’s largest stupas and a Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site. The stupa is impressive. It has a giant mandala and a white dome. A gilded spire tops the dome. This hemispherical structure symbolizes purity and enlightenment. Prayer wheels line its base for gaining merit.

Many monasteries surround the stupa. They offer a peaceful setting. Here, you can do meditation, prayer, and kora. This creates a serene atmosphere. Exploring the area is vibrant. It has cafes and shops and a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Bhaktapur: Living Museum of Medieval Nepal

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a historic square in Bhaktapur. It’s known for its well-preserved medieval architecture. The square has royal palaces, temples, and statues. This place is a captivating open-air museum. The area is dominated by the majestic 55-Window Palace. Each window is intricately carved with stories of gods and royals.

Seek blessings at the unique Vatsala Temple. It is octagonal and dedicated to the goddess Vatsala Durga. The imposing Lion’s Gate symbolizes past power. The ornate Golden Gate hints at the luxury within.  Wandering through this square is like stepping back in time.

Nyatapola Temple:

Nyatapola Temple is a five-story temple. It is in the pagoda style. The temple is dedicated to Siddhi Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. People know Nepal’s tallest pagoda for its grand architecture. It also has steep staircases. The temple’s name, Nyatapola, means “five stories” in Nepali.

This five-story marvel shows the exceptional skill of Newari artisans. Intricate carvings show mythical creatures and deities. They include figures of wrestlers. They also have elephants, lions, griffins, and goddesses. The carvings guard each story and adorn each tale. Climbing the steep stairs is an adventure. But the reward is stunning views of Bhaktapur’s vibrant tapestry.

Changunarayan

Changunarayan is one of the oldest Hindu shrines, venerating Lord Vishnu. It was built in the 4th century under the Licchavi dynasty. Its architecture blends Licchavi and Malla styles. This sacred site showcases remarkable craftsmanship. It is in its doors, windows, pillars, roofs, and struts. Each has intricate details. They tell stories of ancient Nepalese culture and devotion to Lord Vishnu.

Patan (Lalitpur): Ancient City of Arts and Crafts

Patan Durbar Square:

Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a symphony of architecture, history, and culture. This large square is home to many temples, palaces, and courtyards. Each shows the grand architecture of the Malla kings. They ruled Nepal from the 12th to the 18th centuries. Get ready to be amazed by detailed carvings. You’ll see tall pagodas and grand courtyards.

Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple):

It shimmers amidst bustling Patan Durbar Square. The Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, also called the Golden Temple, is a sight to behold. As you approach, you’ll be captivated by its golden façade, which gives the temple its name. Step inside. Find a calm courtyard. It has smaller temples and statues. The main temple has three golden roofs. It houses a sacred image of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Mahabouddha Temple:

A short walk from Patan Durbar Square will lead you to the Mahabouddha Temple. It is another architectural gem. This temple is from the 16th century. It models itself after the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India. That is where Buddha attained enlightenment. The temple has whitewashed walls. They are adorned with intricate carvings. Its golden spire pierces the sky. Inside, you’ll find a serene atmosphere and a giant statue of Buddha.

Chitwan National Park: Wildlife and Cultural Encounters

Jungle Safari:

Chitwan National Park is like your own wildlife documentary. This happens during a jungle safari. Choose your mode of exploration – a sturdy jeep or a majestic elephant. As you venture deeper, watch for the park’s crown jewels. They are the elusive Bengal tiger. They are the tough, one-horned rhinoceros. And they are the graceful Asian elephant. Don’t forget to look up! The emerald canopy shelters a vibrant symphony of birds. Their calls and colors add magic to the expedition.

Elephant Bathing: A Unique Encounter

This activity goes beyond just watching. It fosters a connection. Step into the calm Rapti River. It will be unforgettable. You can bathe and play with Asian elephants. See their playful spirit. See their smarts and their gentle nature for yourself. As you splash and scrub with these magnificent creatures, a bond forms. It creates a memory that will stay with you forever.

Canoe Ride: A Serene Exploration

A canoe ride along the Rapti River offers a peaceful view of the park’s wildlife. This wildlife includes crocodiles on the riverbanks. It also has many bird species. The slow drift of the canoe allows for a peaceful experience. It is immersive. Trade the thrill of the jeep or elephant for a calm canoe ride down the Rapti River.

You see the park’s beauty from a unique perspective. You see it as you glide on the tranquil waters. Keep your eyes peeled. Crocodiles bask on the riverbanks. Their prehistoric forms remind us of the ancient ecosystem. You can even see the colorful birds flying above. Their calls echo through the stillness.

Lumbini: Birthplace of Lord Buddha

Maya Devi Temple:

The heart of Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, a sacred site marking the birthplace of Buddha. The temple is named after Maya Devi, Buddha’s mother. The temple complex has a central shrine. It also has a sacred pond and the ruins of ancient monasteries. The main shrine houses a marker stone believed to indicate the exact spot where Buddha was born.

Ashoka Pillar:

Emperor Ashoka erected it in 249 BC. The Ashoka Pillar shows Lumbini’s importance. This tall stone pillar bears inscriptions in Brahmi script. They confirm Lumbini as Buddha’s birthplace. The pillar has become an iconic symbol of Lumbini. It shows the long legacy of Buddhism.

Monastic Zone:

The Monastic Zone surrounds the Maya Devi Temple and Ashoka Pillar. It is a sprawling area with many monasteries and meditation centers. They represent various Buddhist traditions. Pilgrims and visitors can explore these monasteries. They can engage in spiritual practices and seek guidance from resident monks. The Monastic Zone is calm and devoted. It’s great for reflection and spiritual growth.

Pokhara: Serene Lakeside and Himalayan Views

Phewa Lake:

Pokhara’s heart is Phewa Lake. It’s a tranquil expanse of water that reflects the Annapurna peaks. You may want a leisurely boat ride or an invigorating paragliding experience. You may also seek a spiritual connection at the Tal Barahi Temple. Phewa Lake has something for everyone.

Tal Barahi Temple:

The Tal Barahi Temple sits on an island in Phewa Lake. It is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple has intricate architecture. Its serene setting makes it a popular pilgrimage site and a picturesque landmark.

Davis Falls:

A short trek from Pokhara leads to Davis Falls. It’s also known as Gupteshwor Mahadev Falls, a hidden gem tucked amid lush greenery. The waterfall’s waters cascade down. They create a mesmerizing show, especially in the monsoon.

Gupteshwor Cave:

Gupteshwor Cave is a sacred site adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is home to a Shiva lingam, a symbol of Lord Shiva, and is believed to possess spiritual powers.

Sarangkot:

For stunning views of the Annapurna range and Phewa Lake, go to Sarangkot. It’s a hilltop village just outside Pokhara. See the sunrise, and paint the mountains gold and orange. It’s an unforgettable experience. It will leave you in awe of nature’s grandeur.

Bindhyabasini Temple:

It is perched atop a hill that overlooks Pokhara. The Bindhyabasini Temple is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple has a colorful facade and a vibrant atmosphere. This makes it a popular pilgrimage site and a cultural landmark.

Best Time for the Nepal Heritage Tour

Spring (March to May)

Spring is an excellent season for the Nepal Heritage Tour. It has mild and pleasant weather, temperatures from 16°C to 23°C. The landscape is vibrant in spring. It has blooming rhododendrons. They, along with other flowers, paint the countryside in bright colors.

Additionally, travelers can dive into Nepalese culture. They can do this by joining festivals such as Holi, the festival of colors, and Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur. The pleasant temperatures and festive feel make spring great. It’s one of the best times to visit Nepal.

Summer/Monsoon (June to August)

Summer in Nepal is the monsoon season. It brings warm and humid weather. Temperatures range from 18°C to 30°C. The greenery is a sight, but heavy rains can disrupt travel. They cause landslides and muddy roads. Despite the challenges, visiting Nepal during the monsoon offers a unique experience. Fewer tourists come. You can see festivals like Rato Machhindranath Jatra and Gai Jatra. However, clouds may limit the visibility of the mountain ranges. This is a concern for those hoping for clear views.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is the best time for the Nepal Heritage Tour. This is thanks to its clear skies, mild temperatures, and good weather. Temperatures in this season range from 15°C to 24°C. After the monsoon, visibility is excellent. You get stunning views of the Himalayas and lush green landscapes. Autumn is culturally rich. It coincides with Nepal’s biggest festivals, such as Dashain and Tihar.

During these months, you will also see the festive celebrations. You will also learn about Nepalese culture. The weather is perfect, with clear skies and excellent views. Autumn has these good conditions. It attracts many tourists, leading to busy attractions and higher rates.

Winter (December to February)

Winter in Nepal brings cold mornings and evenings. Temperatures range from 2°C to 17°C. Fewer tourists come this time of year. So, the heritage sites are quieter and more serene. Winter also has significant cultural events, like Maha Shivaratri and Losar (Tibetan New Year). They add to the tour’s cultural richness. However, the cold temperatures are incredibly uncomfortable in the mornings and evenings. They may not be comfortable for all travelers. So, it’s essential to come prepared with warm clothing.

Tour Difficulty

The Nepal Heritage Tour is easy and fun for travelers of all fitness levels. Designed for relaxed exploration. This lets you enjoy the rich culture without tough physical challenges. This tour is unlike a guided trek or expedition. It focuses on comfortable sightseeing and cultural experiences.

You will mainly walk in cities. You will visit sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will also do some wildlife activities in Chitwan National Park. This tour has no significant altitude concerns. It is suitable for those who may be sensitive to high elevations. The primary source of fatigue may come from travel between cities. However, the plan will give you a relaxed and enriching experience of Nepal’s heritage and natural beauty.

Accommodation

During the Nepal Heritage Tour, you stay in 2-3-star hotels. They are comfortable and well-located in city centers. You can expect to stay at hotels. For example, Hotel Marshyangdi is in Kathmandu, and Hotel Lake Paradise is in Pokhara. You will remain at similar standard places throughout the trip.

These hotels offer basic, clean amenities. They ensure a comfortable stay while you explore Nepal’s cultural and natural wonders. We select each Hotel for its convenience. It is near local attractions and offers the chance to experience Nepalese hospitality.

Travel Insurance

Naata Trek and Tours don’t provide a distance. But you must get insurance before the trip. Remember to sign up for insurance. It should cover everything you need during this tour, like medical emergencies, theft, and loss.

Is the Nepal Heritage Tour Suitable for You?

The Nepal Heritage Tour offers a captivating blend. It includes cultural exploration and natural beauty. It also provides immersive experiences. They cater to a diverse range of travelers. These are the key aspects to consider. They will help you decide if the Nepal Heritage Tour suits your preferences and interests.

  • Cultural Enthusiasts: Ideal for those who love ancient history and culture. They will explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the temples of Kathmandu. They also include Lumbini’s sacred grounds.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Stay in 2-3-star hotels, like Hotel Marshyangdi in Kathmandu and Hotel Lake Paradise in Pokhara. They offer cozy rooms in which to rest after days of exploration.
  • Family-Friendly: This park is family-friendly. It has educational activities for families. The activities are for all ages. They include wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park.
  • Solo Travelers: This trip is perfect for solo adventurers. They will explore Nepal’s rich culture and have guided experiences. But there’s no trekking.
  • Culinary Exploration: You can taste real Nepalese food at local restaurants. It adds to the cultural immersion experience.
  • Moderate Activity Level: This trip involves moderate physical activity. It’s mostly walking in cities and doing wildlife activities. It is for most fitness levels.
  • Seasonal Flexibility: Can be enjoyed year-round, with each season offering unique cultural festivals and varying natural landscapes
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