Wildlife, Culture and mesmerizing Himalayan views – Best of Nepal tour offers you the best places to visit in Nepal
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  • Min. Age: 6
  • Max. Altitude : 1600 m / 5249 ft
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan Tour - a trip to some of the most popular destinations in Nepal

This tour takes you to some of the best places to visit in Nepal - Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour. Book this tour and enjoy the ‘Best of Nepal’. This Nepal holiday package takes you on an exciting tour to Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations – Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. Visit the medieval kingdoms in vibrant Kathmandu. Discover the capital city’s cultural treasures with a walk through some of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the medieval palace squares of  Patan and Bhaktapur, repositories of Nepal’s finest traditional architecture and works of art. Marvel at the fine details and craftsmanship of artisans as you inspect the exquisitely crafted wooden windows, metal repoussé and stone sculptures. Step inside a gigantic mandala (a Buddhist representation of the universe) at Boudhanath Stupa. Witness Hindu devotees thronging the gilded pagoda-roofed temple of Pashupatinath. Ascend the stone staircase leading up to the hilltop shrine of Swoyambhunath.

One of the best Nepal tour packages, this tour also lets you experience the natural wonders of Pokhara. Set beside the picturesque Phewa Lake, there are lots to see and do in this city. Spend an entire day soaking up the sights. Enjoy a Himalayan sunrise from Sarangkot Hill. Watch the snowy spires of Dhaulagiri, Machapucchre (Fishtail Peak), Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal lighting up as dawn breaks over the snowy peaks. Take a wildlife safari and explore the jungle at Chitwan National- a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and a host of rare flora and fauna. Enjoy an elephant ride, jeep safari, and canoe ride. Get a peek into the rich Tharu (indigenous inhabitant of Chitwan) culture through their songs and dances. End your Nepal sojourn with a traditional Nepali feast in Kathmandu.   

Looking for more excitement and thrill? Maybe you should try out our Nepal Multi Adventure Holiday package. The itinerary is packed with adventures that will get your adrenaline pumping. If you are looking for a short Himalayan trek, we think our short and easy Ghorepani Poonhill Trek will interest you. 

Best Time To Go

You can take this trip anytime of the year. But you can enjoy good weather and blue skies during Spring and Autumn.

Why Best of Nepal-Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour?

  • Discover Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit Kathmandu Valley’s three medieval kingdoms – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
  • Visit the House of Kumari, the Living Goddess
  • Pokhara sightseeing and experience a Himalayan sunrise from Sarangkot
  • Wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park

 Is this trip suitable for you?

  • This trip is a combination of cultural tour, wildlife safari and white-water rafting adventure (optional). 
  • This trip requires minimal physical exertion and can be done by people of all fitness levels. Easy walking on level ground while exploring heritage sites and wildlife park. Kids and elderly clients can also do this trip. 
  • An experienced local guide will be guiding and assisting you throughout your trip. If you opt to raft down Trishuli, you will have to follow your river guide and pay attention to the safety instructions given by your guide.
  • Comfortable private vehicles will be used for overland transportation. In Chitwan you will get to explore the jungle riding an elephant as well as from aboard a jeep. 
  • As per your package, you will be accommodated at 3 or 4 star hotels. 

Optional Activity-On Request:

If you want to raft down the Trishuli (a glacial river), it can be arranged (at an added cost) on the fourth day while driving to Pokhara from Kathmandu.  Stop at the put-in point and head to the glacial river of Trishuli for an exciting rafting experience. Wear your lifejacket and helmet, grab a paddle and climb aboard the rubber raft. Before that, listen to your river guide’s safety instructions carefully.  Ride the white rapids and float down the river.  Enjoy the mountain scenery as the raft glides down past the sandy beaches. Get off at the put-off point and get back to your vehicle.

Kindly note, taking this adventure will incur an extra cost.

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The rooms are on a twin-sharing basis. If you are traveling alone, you need to share the room with another client (of the same sex). If you need a single room, you can book it at an extra cost. You simply need to click on the ‘single supplement’ tab while booking.

Stay at the cozy and comfortable Oasis Kathmandu Hotel located in a peaceful corner of Thamel in Kathmandu. In Pokhara, you will be accommodated at the grand Hotel Pokhara Vatika. It lies close to Phewa Lake. Your address in Chitwan is the beautiful Hotel Parkland.

All the rooms at these establishments are air-conditioned and come with attached bathrooms, running hot and cold water, free wi-fi etc. The hotels have in-house restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

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You stay at the luxurious Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu. A former palace,this is a heritage hotel and is located close to the business centres. In Pokhara, you’ll be staying at Temple Tree Resort & Spa. The rooms are assigned in two-storied individual cottages featuring a  private balcony and a large garden area. In Chitwan, you will be accommodated at the magnificent Green Park Chitwan.

All of the above-mentioned hotels feature comfortable and luxurious rooms with en-suite bathrooms, multi-cuisine restaurants, bar, café, swimming pool, and garden area.

Meal

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, Breakfast is complimentary. Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu is also complimentary.  For lunch and dinner, there are plenty of choices, in both cities. Both Kathmandu and Pokhara have restaurants serving continental, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Korean, Middle-eastern cuisine. There are also restaurants serving organic, vegan and halal food. It’s full-board in Chitwan.  You won’t have to pay for your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner only).


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Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrive in Kathmandu expand

If you arrive in Kathmandu during the day you will be greeted with wonderful vistas of green hills and snowy peaks rising in the horizon. From the comfort of your plane get an aerial perspective of Kathmandu valley surrounded by the green hills of Nagarjuna, Shivapuri, Champa Devi and Pulchowki. The city lies in a bowl-shaped valley ringed by the above mentioned hills.  At the airport you will be greeted by our representative who will drive you to your hotel. After reaching your hotel check in and take rest. No activity has been planned for the day. If you want you can explore Thamel (a tourist hotspot) on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

DAY 2:

Kathmandu City Tour (Sightseeing) expand
Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar square

Commence your sightseeing tour with a trip to Boudhanath Stupa. The biggest stupa in Nepal, this ancient stupa is a UNESCO Heritage site and an important center of Tibetan Buddhism. According to local legend, the bones of Kasyapa Buddha (a previous incarnation of Lord Buddha) is buried beneath this gigantic stupa. Next head to another UNESCO Heritage Site and an important Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple. The pagoda-roofed temple, dating back to 400 AD, is located on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Non- Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. They are allowed to view the temple from the eastern bank of the river. 

Later head to Swayambhunath, a hilltop shrine which is closely linked to the formation of Kathmandu Valley. According to a local legend, Kathmandu was actually a lake. A Bodhisattva (divine being) Manjushri saw a lotus at this lake while meditating. He flew from Tibet and drained the lake so that he could meditate at the spot where the lotus was. The story goes that Swayambhunath (meaning self-created) Stupa was created at the spot where the divine lotus bloomed. Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, you can find people of both these faiths praying at this shrine. You have to climb a flight of stairs to reach the shrine. There is a sizable monkey population living on the hillside, therefore this temple is also known as ‘Monkey Temple’.  From the top, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. Later head back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 3:

Patan and Bhaktpur Sightseeing expand
Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple, Bhaktpur Durbar Square

Kathmandu Valley is made up of three ancient medieval cities- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.  Today you get to visit the palace squares of two of these medieval kingdoms. From your hotel, you drive towards the southern end of the city. Patan (also known as Lalitpur, ‘the City of Artisans’) is one of the three medieval kingdoms in Kathmandu valley. The beautiful Durbar square at Patan is a quadrangle filled with pagoda-roofed palaces and temples built by the Malla Kings. The palace has been converted into a museum which houses several ancient relics and historical items. Though some of the monuments at the square have been damaged by the 2015 earthquake, there are still enough pagoda-roofed shrines standing that will grab your attention. You will be interested to know that parts of the Hollywood hit ‘Doctor Strange’ (a Marvel production) were shot in Patan Durbar and Pashupatinath Temple.

After exploring Patan, head towards the eastern end of the city, to Bhaktapur. The Durbar Square at Bhaktapur (the City of Devotees) is one of the best-preserved heritage sites in the valley. No large vehicles are allowed inside the medieval square. The 2015 earthquake did damage some of the ancient structures but some of the cultural gems still standing will take your breath away. The artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating these temples and palaces will keep you enthralled. Don’t forget to check out the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 Windows, Nyatapole Temple (once it was the tallest building in Kathmandu valley)  and its massive staircase guarded by stone statues of mustachioed wrestlers. The old city is divided into Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Datteraya Square, and Pottery Square. After you have walked through the ancient palaces and shrines, rest for a while at the busy Pottery Square observing the local potters at work and the pedestrians.  Before you leave Bhaktapur don’t forget to taste this medieval city’s famous delicacy Juju Dhau (King’s Curd). Overnight in Kathmandu. 

DAY 4:

Drive From Kathmandu Pokhara expand
6-7 hours drive

Wake up early and drive to Pokhara after breakfast. After leaving Kathmandu, the road dips down a serpentine bend known as Naubise. Outstanding views of mountains open up. If you are traveling in winter you will get to see the horizon filled with snow-covered peaks. Picturesque views of mountain-top villages and busy roadside settlements will keep you enthralled. Stop at Kurintar head to the glacial river of Trishuli for an exciting rafting experience. Wear your lifejacket and helmet, grab a paddle and climb aboard the rubber raft. Before that, listen to your river guide’s safety instructions carefully. Ride the white rapids and float down the river. Enjoy the mountain scenery as the raft glides down past the sandy beaches. Get off at the put-off point and get back to your vehicle. Continue your journey towards Pokhara. The highway winds up above the fast-flowing Trishuli River. At Mugling, you cross a bridge and leave the Tribhuvan Highway and approach the Prithvi Highway. Enjoy the scenery as the road winds along scenic vistas. After driving for a few hours you arrive in Pokhara. Head to your hotel and check-in. Take rest as you have a busy day tomorrow. Overnight in Pokhara.

DAY 5:

Pokhara city tour (Sightseeing) expand
Barahi temple, phewa lake, Davis Fall, Gupteshwar Cave, International Mountain Museum

Visit the island shrine of goddess Barahi. Take a boat ride across the Phewa Lake to visit the temple. The temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Durga ’protector of the gods’.  The temple is surrounded on all sides by Phewa Lake. Observe people enjoying a ride on the colorful boats and take pictures of the lake. Later head to Davis Falls, a waterfall which flows into an underground tunnel. Next visit the Gupteshwar Gupha (cave), an underground cave that has a shrine of Lord Shiva. You climb down a spiral staircase to reach the entrance of the cave. Be careful where you step, as it is a bit wet and slippery inside the cave. At the bottom of the cave’s wall is a crack from where you can see the waters from the Davis Fall falling down. Also, visit the International Mountain Museum where equipment and gear from most of the first Himalayan expeditions are showcased. You can also get plenty of information about the Himalayan range and culture and lifestyle of people living in the Himalayas. Overnight in Pokhara. 

DAY 6:

Sunrise from Sarangkot and Drive to Chitwan expand
Drive to Sarangkot Hill to catch the famous ‘Sarangkot’s Himalayan sunrise’

Get up early and drive to Sarangkot Hill to catch the famous ‘Sarangkot’s Himalayan sunrise’. Though your journey to the bottom of the vehicle you have to hike up to the top of the hill. Once you reach the top you get a 360-degree view of Pokhara valley and the Himalayan peaks. Witness a beautiful sunrise as dawn breaks over the mountains splashing the mountains in colorful hues of red, orange and golden-yellow. This moment is nothing short of magical and chances are you will cherish it forever. Afterward head back to your hotel, have breakfast and head onwards to Chitwan.

The road to Chitwan is filled with delightful sights of babbling brooks, hillsides covered with greenery and inspiring mountain views. Once you reach Chitwan, check into your hotel and get refreshed.  Late afternoon take a stroll and explore a Tharu village. Tharus are an ethnic group who have been living in the jungles of Chitwan for ages. Overnight in Chitwan.

DAY 7:

Jungle Activities in Chitwan expand
Chitwan Jungle Safari and Activities in Chitwan

Your day is filled with exciting activities (Jungle Safari). The Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first National Park. It is a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and a host of endangered flora and fauna. Enjoy an elephant ride. Explore more of the park’s interior by taking a jeep safari. Catch the elusive Bengal tiger peering from the tall elephant grass or walking majestically on the river bank. Observe adult rhinos minding their little ones. Watch the spotted deer frolicking under the trees.  You will see peacocks and marsh muggers basking in the warm sun near the river. You also get to visit the Elephant Breeding Centre, where you will meet mother elephants with their calves. In the evening you can enjoy a Tharu cultural programme. A cultural troupe will entertain you and other guests with Tharu songs and dances. Have dinner and retire for the night. Overnight in Chitwan. 

DAY 8:

Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu expand
5-6 hours drive

You take an overland journey back to Kathmandu. Drive along the Tribhuvan Highway and pass through rustic villages and fields, hills covered with verdant forests and glacial rivers with sandy beaches. The vehicle climbs up a steep mountainside, as you approach Kathmandu valley. Enjoy views of the mountains. Once you reach Kathmandu, check into your hotel and take rest. If you feel like it, you can shop for souvenirs in Thamel or explore the local market Ason Bazaar on your own. Come evening, celebrate the completion of your memorable tour with a farewell dinner(complimentary). One of our representatives will accompany you to an authentic Nepalese Restaurant for a traditional Nepalese feast. Enjoy traditional songs and dances as you try out Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 9:

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You will be driven to the airport well on time to catch your homeward bound flight. If you want to explore more of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibet, do let us know. We run tours in all these destinations.

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What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service for international and domestic flights.
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara at a 3 star hotel, with breakfast.
  • Luxurious accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and 5 star hotel in Pokhara.
  • In Chitwan, accommodation at a 3 star resort. Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and all activities included.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide with government license.
  • Historical monument entrance fees in Pokhara.
  • Monument entrance fees.
  • Complimentary Welcome and Farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses (laundry, drinks, beverages, snacks, phone calls, extra porters, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control (natural calamities, strike etc.)
  • Expenses not listed in the ‘Price Includes’ section

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Eric Cardozo
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Mar 01, 2019

A fantastic family holiday- Kathmandu, Pokhara,Chitwan!

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I booked this tour with Third Rock Adventures after I read the positive reviews about this company on Trip Advisor, and must say I don’t regret it one bit. This was a family holiday and we had a great time. It was fascinating to explore temples, stupas and palace squares built during the medieval times. We don’t see this kind of architecture, where we come from. So this was especially educational and insightful for our kids who are still in elementary school. They absolutely loved the rafting and the wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park. Words cannot express the natural beauty of Pokhara. It was a memorable experience for all of us as we experienced our first sunrise together as a family from Sarangkot. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures for making our holiday so meaningful and memorable! We are also grateful to our knowledgeable guides who were good natured and sporting enough to put up with our mischievous kids. Already planning our next family vacation with Third Rock Adventures, this time to Ghorepani-Poon hill!
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Sarangkot sunrise.
If you are in Nepal, don't miss out on the Himalayan sunrise.

Helen Yang
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Mar 21, 2019

A wonderful experience

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Before traveling to Nepal we toured India (Delhi, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya). Although the places we visited were amazing, our group had some issues with the hygiene and cleanliness at the places we had stayed. Since we had travelled independently in India, we decided to book our Nepal tour through an agency. We chose Third Rock Adventure’s ‘Best of Nepal’ itinerary as it was pretty close to what we had in mind. The accommodation was booked by the company, so we did not have the hassle of booking the hotels. Before booking this trip we specified clearly that we wanted to stay in ‘clean’ hotels. Though the travel consultant assured us that about the hygiene and cleanliness of the hotels they use, we wouldn’t help feeling a bit apprehensive. But all our doubts were laid to rest and we had a pretty good stay at all the hotels. It was great to rest our heads on clean linen and use a spick and span bathroom after a long day of sightseeing. The places we visited were amazing and we had a great guide. While he explained the significance of the places we visited, he gave us enough space to take in the beauty of the places. If our international flights weren’t pre-booked we would have loved to spend some more days in Pokhara (one of the most picturesque cities that I have visited). All in all we had a great Nepal tour. Hopefully we will find time to visit this country again. When this happens we will book our tour with Third Rock Adventures again. We highly recommend this company!

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When you visit Swoyambhunath Temple, hold on tightly to your belongings. Had my sunglasses snatched by a monkey. I did not get it back!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Yes. Most of the hotels and lodges in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan provide free WiFi within their premises. 

 Lifejacket and helmet are provided. No, you don’t have to pay extra for using these. 


QUESTION AND ANSWER

What vaccinations do I need?

Please consult your doctor to check whether you need any special vaccinations for this trip. 

I really want to see the one-horned rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger at Chitwan National park. Can you guarantee that we will encounter these animals during the jungle safari?

 These animals are living in their natural habitat and we have no control over their behavior. Though the one-horned rhinos are generally seen roaming about the park, the Royal Bengal tigers tend to be a bit elusive.  Besides the rhinos and the tigers, there are other animals living in the park and they are equally fascinating.

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