The Best Tour of Nepal with Wildlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive at Kathmandu, Nepal

This itinerary assumes an arrival at Kathmandu by the early afternoon, at the latest. If your arrival is later, an additional night can be arranged at Kathmandu and your touring will begin the next day, with the two-night Dhulikhel mountain resort excursion after your exploration of the Kathmandu region, so as to avoid unnecessary hotel check-ins and drives.

Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport.

Welcome to an ancient Himalayan Country
that offers a fascinating culture, incredible scenery, very warm and friendly people, great trekking opportunities, and a whole lot more. With the exception of the fairly congested Kathmandu Valley, Nepal has charming and laid-back cities and towns, along with picturesque wildlife parks that are home to many endangered species.

The unfortunate picture of the effects of the 2015 earthquake as painted by the media, like much of what they do, is severely exaggerated. For example, the three ancient UNESCO World Heritage religious structures in Kathmandu survived with very little or no damage. The three Durbar Square’s (all of which are also individual UNESCO World Heritage Sites) in the queen cities of the Kathmandu Valley did suffer more damage, but most of their monuments are still standing and still provide wonderful insights into the local culture.

Welcome to India, home to incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture. Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Delhi airport.

You are driven to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, for a guided exploration. Bhaktapur lies on the way between Kathmandu airport and Dhulikhel and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the Kathmandu Valley’s three queen cities, and its name translates as The City of Devotees. Although this queen city suffered more damage than the two others during the earthquake, there is more than enough remaining to marvel at as you walk around the ancient square with its unique architecture and charming temples. The architecture and culture here is different from what you will experience in most of Kathmandu, as ancient Newari architecture and culture are found here in their purest form.

After this you will continue on with your hour and a quarter journey to the ancient mountain town of Dhulikhel. Arrive at your boutique luxury mountain resort and you are assisted with your check-in. Your upgraded suite has organic local charm and spectacular views from its private outdoor spaces. The top-rated Himalayan Resort offers a variety of wonderful Wellness Packages and your Trehan Journeys Concierge can provide you with information after you have reserved your tour – we recommend additional time at the resort for those guests who want more than just spa therapies and some yoga.  The following activities are included as part of your suite’s benefits as per the resorts usual policies, but Trehan Journeys does not guarantee any of these activity’s will be available during your stay:

-Use of Himalayan Salt Room
-Use of Crystal House
-Use of Chakra Sound Therapy Chamber
-Use of Meditation Maze
-Use of Garden of Nine Planets
-Group Yoga Session
-Group Meditation Session
-Group Pottery Session
-Group Cine Therapy Session
-Visit to the farm
-Art and Painting Session
-Consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor

The scenic town of Dhulikhel has been an important trading post between the Kathmandu Valley and Tibet for many centuries and the views of the Tibetan and Nepalese Himalayas have to be seen to be believed. Over twenty of the tallest peaks of the Himalaya’s can be seen from different vantage points in the town, including Mt. Lhotse (8516 m – 27939 ft) and the spectacular Annapurna (8091 m – 26545 ft). Please note that the best time for good visibility of the distant Himalayas is at sunrise.

Day 2 Thimphu.

Proceed for a guided exploration of the fascinating small town of Dhulikhel. Explore the ancient Mewari houses and centuries old settlements like Shrikandapur, as well as some of the ancient temples and Buddhist Stupas. Intricate Mewari architecture is found here in one its purest forms and the culture is laid back and welcoming. Tiered valleys of flowers and cultivation dot the surrounding mountains and Dhulikhel is a golden opportunity for hiking – your guide can take you on gentle or more strenuous walks based on your preferences. One of your favorite experiences will be your visit to the part of town where pony trains from the higher peaks of Tibet arrive on a regular basis and these nomadic visitors bring their unique wares to sell and barter with the locals.

The views of Thimphu and the surrounding Himalayan ranges are spectacular from the area around the statue.

Return to the town and proceed for a visit to the King’s Memorial Chorten (Buddhist funeral monument), which is continuously circled by people, murmuring mantras and spinning prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the father of modern Bhutan. His plan was to dedicate this monument to world peace and prosperity. It was completed in 1974 after his untimely death. Today, it serves both as a memorial to the late King and as a monument of peace. You will also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of Bhutan’s living traditions, and can chose to visit the National Textile Museums.

There is a break for lunch at your hotel. You may want to change your attire at this time as the main activity today requires pants/long skirts and no bare shoulders.

Afternoon – Visit Tashichhoe Dzong,  locally known as the Fortress of the Glorious Religion. Among other things, this impressive edifice is the center of the Bhutanese government. It houses the monarch’s throne room and the seat of JeKhenpo, the Chief Abbot. Although the original dzong was built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, it was renovated and rebuilt a couple of times over the last few centuries due to damage by fire and earthquake. When His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk moved the nation’s capital to Thimphu in 1952, he had the dzong enlarged and renovated extensively over a five year period. Some parts of the dzong are off limits to visitors but there are plenty of fascinating area’s that you will explore. Of particular interest is the Lowering of the Flag ceremony that is performed in the early evening. After the ceremony you will return to your hotel.

Day 3 Dhulikhel – Kathmandu

You are assisted with your check-out from your resort after breakfast and then you will join your chauffeur for the drive to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu and you will experience a tour of Patan City, one of the three queen cities of the valley. Another UNESCO world Heritage Site, although some structures here were damaged or destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, much of the amazing historic site remains, and is more than well worth a visit. Patan is the city of fine arts, and you will start with an exploration of the Durbar Square. The museum here houses a collection of ancient bronzes and religious objects. Other noteworthy monuments are the impressive carvings at the 17th century Krishna Mandir and Mahavihar, and the 12th century Golden Temple of Lord Buddha.

From here you will proceed for a tour of Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Originally built around 2400 years ago, the spectacular temple was reconstructed by a Nepalese king in the 15th century after the original wooden structure was (purportedly) consumed by termites. A lesser-known fact among western visitors is that Nepal’s natives are primarily Hindus (over 80%), and Pashupatinath’s surrounding area is dotted with ancient Hindu shrines and ashrams, as well as a steady stream of pilgrims and worshippers.

Nepal’s holy river Bagmati flows through here and its banks are constant witnesses to Hindu ceremonies for the dead and the living. There is a cremation area where pyres are always present, and your Tour Director will ask you for a mindful approach in these areas. The main temple and most of the surrounding shrines received no damage in the 2015 earthquake. After this exploration, you are driven to your gorgeous boutique hotel and assisted with your check-in at Kathmandu’s finest luxury lodging. This boutique lodge has wonderful facilities, a great location, and amazing service. Your upgraded suite is gorgeous, with terracotta tiled floors and organic local elements throughout.

Mid-afternoon You will visit the Swayambhunath Temple and Pagoda, Kathmandu’s signature monument, with the expressive eyes and nose painted on all four sides of its unique crown that are visible from almost all the Kathmandu Valley. With a history that may go back as far as 2500 years, this ancient complex is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is built on a hilltop.

Devout Nepalese walk up the hill from the base (365 steps), but most of our guests prefer to drive up almost all the way up and then use the few steps on the other side of the hill. Although a couple of the smaller surrounding monuments were damaged during the 2015 earthquake, the main structure still stands, along with other smaller shrines and monasteries surrounding it.

Day 4 Kathmandu

Weather permitting, you have the option of experiencing the Everest flight this morning – you can have us facilitate this with private assisted transfers between the hotel and the airport upon request within a reasonable time after reserving your tour. If you decide to take this flight, on your return you will freshen up and have breakfast. If weather conditions result in the flight getting cancelled, it can be substituted for the following day.

Continue your tour of Kathmandu city
with the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of Kathmandu’s two landmarks. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and a major pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Said to have been built just after Lord Buddha’s departure from the world about two and a half millennia ago, the stupa has multiple legends associated with it in both Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism. The influx of Tibetan Buddhists escaping China’s control over the last six decades has transformed the area around it as many of them have settled here, and have also built over 50 Gompa’s (monasteries) around the Stupa. Exploring the stupa and its colorful surrounding areas is a highlight for any visitor to Kathmandu. The spire of the stupa and a few other areas received some damage in the 2015 earthquake but this has now been repaired.

After the Stupa you will enjoy a walk in Thamel, the main bazaar area of Kathmandu. Thamel is also where a lot of the inexpensive hostels and other budget lodging options are located, and its colorful alleys are always abuzz with activity. Locals and backpackers flock to this area to shop for a vast range of products, from daily requirements to souvenirs, from clothing to footwear to toys. There are also a large number of dining and street food options, ranging from local Nepalese delicacies to western fare.

After breaking for lunch, you are driven to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few of the ancient monuments here were damaged during the earthquake, but much of it remains intact. The monuments in the Square were built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and this is where, even today, most of the state ceremonies are performed. Start with a visit to the beautiful 17th Century three-story building called Kumari Ghar, which means the abode of the Living Goddess. Guests may want to spend a couple of minutes researching this ancient tradition before their visit. If you are fortunate, you may be graced with the anointed child’s appearance in an upstairs window. You will then explore the ancient square and its many monuments, with the opportunity to pose in front of Kal Bhairav, an ancient and impressive stone relief of Lord Shiva in one of his most fearsome manifestations.

Day 5 Kathmandu – Royal Chitwan National Park

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and you are driven to the airport and assisted with boarding your very short flight to Bharatpur, the closest town to Chitwan National Park. Arrive and you are driven to your lodge. Please note that the last part of this drive is over a gravel/stone dirt road and it gets very bumpy. You are assisted with check-in at your luxury boutique Jungle Lodge, the finest lodging in all of the Royal Chitwan National Park. You will be staying on the banks of the scenic Rapti River, and will have spectacular river and jungle views from your charming riverside villa, with one of the most amazing bath facilities we have encountered in our travels. Your Tour Director will bid you a temporary farewell at this time as you will be cared for by the extremely efficient and charming lodge naturalists and other staff over the next 2 days. Your accommodation may not be available for check-in right upon arrival, but you can use the lodges facilities and enjoy lunch. After lunch you will experience your first safari into Chitwan National Park.

This is Nepal’s premier wildlife park and is one of the world’s two major sanctuaries (along with Kaziranga National Park in India) protecting the endangered Asian One Horned Rhino. One Horned Rhino sightings are pretty much guaranteed, and tiger sightings are not uncommon, especially on Jeep Safaris. Sightings of a diverse selection of other wildlife is a certainty. There are multiple safari options available while you are at Chitwan, including Elephant Back, Jeep, and boat rides on the Rapti River. Three safaris are included during your stay as part of your tour, one this afternoon and two on the following day. The comprehensive package we reserve here includes:

1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner per day
2: Tea or coffee service, soft beverages
3: One Unique Dining Experience during your Villa stay
4: Two Jungle Activities per person per day from a choice of Elephant Safari, Walking Safari, Canoeing. One of these Safaris can be a Jeep Safari once during the stay with a minimum stay duration of 2 nights. Additional Jeep Safaris can be added with a surcharge
5: Park fees, Forest Guide charges and photography fees (for non-professionals)
6: Laundry of 6 pieces per room per day

Besides the spa and other facilities, and the river facing pool, the lodge naturalists and other staff are extremely attentive and there are a variety of activities that you can indulge in during your stay.

Day 6 Chitwan

Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into Chitwan National Park. Your Trehan Journeys Guest Relations Manager will contact you in advance to ask for your selection of how you want to schedule your safaris, as well as other preferences. In-between safari’s you will have your choice of activities, and you can obviously choose to enjoy your beautiful villa for all or part of this time.

Day 7 Chitwan (Bharatpur) – Kathmandu – Next Destination

Enjoy a morning safari into the park. Your Tour Director rejoins you this morning and you are assisted with your check-out in the morning and driven to nearby Bharatpur airport, where you are assisted in boarding your flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu, collect your bags, and your Tour Director will escort you to the international terminal, where, before bidding you farewell, he will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through check-in, customs and immigration, for your international flight. Additional services can be added upon request.

Lodging Details

Destinations Lodgings Rooms/Suites All Suites Presidential Suites
Dhulikhel
Dwarika‘s Resort
Executive Suite with Terrace
Kathmandu
Dwarika's Hotel
Heritage Executive Suite
Chitwan
Taj Meghauli Serai
Rapti Villa

Inclusions 

  • VIP Airport Services during International arrival and departure
  • All three meals at Chitwan.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • All other meals as specified
  • Hotel check-in is at 3 pm & check-out is at noon for both hotels
  • Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing by personal upscale vehicle
  • 4 Jungle Safaris and other activities at Chitwan National Park
  • Services of one of Nepal’s best Accompanying Tour Directors throughout, but for safari days at Chitwan, when all services are provided by the Lodge Naturalists and Staff
  • Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Exclusions

  • International Travel
  • Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc
  • Meals other than those specified above
  • Travel insurance, visa etc.
  • Camera fees – still and video

Dates & Prices

Oct 1st – 20th Dec / 5th Jan – 14th Apr

Occupancy Rooms/Suites All Suites Presidential Suites
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy

April 15th – September 30th

Occupancy Rooms/Suites All Suites Presidential Suites
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy

Travel Supplement

Mode of Travel Airfare
Standard Airfare
Private Jet throughout the Journey

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Day 5 Kathmandu – Next Destination