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Classic Nepal Tour is one of the most outstanding tour packages that allow you to witness the culturally and naturally rich places in Nepal. The vibrant Kathmandu city, ancient Bhaktapur city, lively Pokhara, culturally rich Bandipur village, and adventurous Chitwan are the places that you will not miss during your visit to Nepal. Nonetheless, all these places scattered across different parts of the country showcase the best of what Nepal can offer!

Discover the spectacular landscapes of Nepal through getting cultural experiences, magnificent sightseeing, and engaging in natural recreational activities. No wonder you will also discover the best and unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and many more. On top of that, you will encounter rich culture and traditions, exclusive wildlife, unbound natural Himalayan beauty, and diverse landscapes.

This 10 days classic tour is designed for those travelers who would like to explore Nepal to its core in just a single trip.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and the house of the only “living Goddess Kumari”
  • Explore main temples and monuments around Patan Durbar Square
  • Stroll around the Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest stupas in Asia
  • Admire the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambhunath, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath, a world-famous Hindu Shrine of Lord Shiva
  • A short scenic flight to the city of lake, Pokhara
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the gorgeous sunrise over the high mountain peaks from the Sarangkot hill
  • A scenic drive through countryside landscape from Pokhara to Bandipur
  • Travel to Bandipur, an old Newari cultural town 
  • Admire the stunning panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from Bandipur village
  • Explore the village of Bandipur and interact with the local Newari people 
  • Experience Jungle safari, Jungle Walk at Chitwan National Park
  • Indulge in a fascinating Tharu cultural dance in Chitwan
  • A fantastic opportunity to explore the rich birdlife in Chitwan, Nepal
  • Explore the Bhaktapur, an ancient Newari town famous for its rich history of arts and crafts

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara (25 minutes flight)
Day 4 Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 5 Drive to Bandipur (2 to 3 hours drive)
Day 6 Drive to Chitwan National Park (3 to 4 hours drive)
Day 7 Excursion Tour in Chitwan National Park
Day 8 Fly Back to Kathmandu and drive to Bhaktapur (1 hour drive)
Day 9 Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Drive to Kathmandu
Day 10 Depart from Kathmandu


Trip Overview

Undoubtedly, Nepal is a heaven of diverse wonders. A classic Nepal tour will quench your thirst to soak up ancient cultures and traditions, traverse through the wilderness and relish the majestic views of the diverse landscapes. The 10 days- Classic Nepal Tour starts as soon as you land at Kathmandu International Airport. 

You will begin your exploration from the heart of the city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Walking through the narrow alleys, you will witness small shops, ancient temples, old houses, and local restaurants. Later, explore the tourist hub of Thamel, which is an excellent place to grab a meal, with various restaurants offering from local Nepali dishes to Western cuisines. The next day, a full-day tour of Kathmandu Valley includes some of the famous UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

Further, you will continue the classic Nepal tour with a short flight to the lakeside city of Pokhara. It is the second-largest valley which is also famous as the starting point for numerous trekking trails in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Calm Pokhara city offers spectacular mountain scenery, various adventure activities, and a chill environment to relax. During this Nepal tour, you will visit famous places like Sarangkot Hill, Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, and International Mountain Museum.

After exploring the utterly beautiful lake city of Pokhara, you will make your way to another traditional Newari cultural village of Bandipur. There are many lovely places to visit here that offer a fantastic panoramic view of the snowclad mountain peaks, including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Langtang Lirung, and Ganesh Himal. Bandipur town will also reward you with myriad wonders of cultural, natural, and artistic beauty. Thus, you can please your eyes with beautiful mountain scenery and traditional temples and houses. 

Nonetheless, a holiday to Nepal is incomplete without experiencing a wildlife safari to Chitwan National Park. It is one of Asia’s best national parks for a view of its abundant wildlife. A UNESCO-World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park is home to some rare exotic wildlife such as one-horned rhino, royal Bengal tiger, spotted leopard, sloth bear, etc. Likewise, Chitwan is the best place for bird watching in Nepal. Also, indulge yourself in the rich Tharu culture and traditions. 

Next, you will fly back to Kathmandu and drive towards Bhaktapur. It lies only a short distance from Kathmandu; still, you will feel a tremendous difference in the atmosphere and sense of history. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is surrounded by spectacular architecture, and you will witness the unique skills of the Newari artists and artisans. There are many ancient temples and historical monuments which showcase a beautiful picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal.

Finally, end your Classic Nepal Tour with the short drive back to Kathmandu and the flight back to your country.

Route Map

Classic Nepal Tour Route Map Classic Nepal Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to the land of the Himalayan country, Nepal! On arrival in Kathmandu, you will meet the representative from Third Rock Adventures and drive to the respective hotel. Once you reach the hotel, you will get some time to settle in, and later you will attend a small meeting where your tour leader will brief you about the trip. 

Later, you will explore the main streets of the city. Some famous streets include Ason Bazaar, Indrachowk, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. In the evening, you will get some time to explore Thamel, which offers you the original flavor of the tourist area in Nepal. It is a bustling center for shopping, eating, or just strolling around. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.  

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Swayambhunath Swayambhunath Temple Located atop a hill west of Kathmandu city, the complex has been in use since the 5th century A.D.

On the second day, you will heads out to explore the Kathmandu valley and nearby places. Early in the morning, you will have a healthy breakfast and visit Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple located in the heart of Patan City. The place showcases the marvelous Newari architecture, including ancient monuments, temples, shrines, and statues. 

Later, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. It is one of the famous Hindu temples devoted to Lord Shiva. Around the temple area, you will witness sadhus (Hindu Holy Men) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and funeral pyres burning on ghats. 

Further, you will also visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in Nepal. You can see a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. You will also explore Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), situated at the top of a hill offering a marvelous view of Kathmandu valley and mountain ranges. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (25 minutes flight)

After morning breakfast, you will leave Kathmandu and fly to the lakeside town of Pokhara. It is the main access point for trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Pokhara is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, such as lakes, spectacular views of the mountains. It is an absolute delight to explore as part of your classic Nepal tour.

You will visit some of the most remarkable landmarks of Pokhara valley, including Tal Barahi Temple, the famous Davis waterfall, mysterious Gupteshwor Cave, and attractive Phewa Lake. Likewise, you will also go International Mountain Museum, where you can see the collection of artifacts, photographs of the mountains, and mountaineers. 

Overnight stay in Pokhara. 

Day 4: Sightseeing in Pokhara

Sarangkot View from Sarangkot, Pokhara

You will head off early in the morning to catch the sunrise view over the horizon at Sarangkot. The hill rewards you with an outstanding sunrise views over the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Range, and Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare). After enjoying the dramatic mountain view and pristine air, you will drive back to the hotel and have your breakfast. 

Later you can enjoy a free day for further exploration of tranquil Pokhara city. You can also go paddle-boating or kayak on serene Phewa Lake. Also, you can stroll around the lakeside enjoy the magical view of the Annapurna Himalayan range. Pokhara offers some of the best nightclubs and restaurants serving international cuisines and traditional Nepalese food.

Overnight stay in Pokhara. 

Day 5: Drive to Bandipur (2 to 3 hours drive)

Bandipur Beautiful Bandipur Town

Early in the morning, you will drive to the beautiful Bandipur town. The hill town is the perfect place to get to know about the Newari and Gurung people. Besides, the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Bandipur village reflect the pristine aesthetic beauty of Nepal. You will explore the unspoiled and well-preserved town of Bandipur. Moreover, the ancient village retains its beautiful 18th-century architecture, temples, and local streets. You will see the narrow lanes lined with cafes, lodges with lovely outdoor seating. 

Overnight stay in Bandipur. 

Day 6: Drive to Chitwan National Park (3 to 4 hours drive)

Elephant Ride Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park [Elephant Ride]

After morning breakfast, you will leave the historic town behind and proceed for Chitwan National Park. Further, depending on the arrival time, the activities may vary as you can explore the park first. Also, you can visit the nearby Tharu village and Tharu cultural museum. You can interact with the local Tharu people, who are the original tribe of this region. They have their language, culture, and traditional beliefs. Further, you can also enjoy Tharu cultural dance with various cuisines, including Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, etc.

Overnight stay in Chitwan. 

Day 7: Excursion Tour in Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park day tour offers an opportunity to enjoy the scenic wilderness through several exciting, adventurous activities to choose from. You can be part of elephant ride, jeep jungle safari, jungle walk, canoe ride, bird watching, and many more. Today, you will get more closer to nature and earth as you will explore the Chitwan National Park. Likewise, it is home to many endangered animals, such as one-horned rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, gharial crocodile, sloth bear, leopard, etc. Undoubtedly, Chitwan is indeed a paradise for wildlife adventure lovers!

Overnight stay in Chitwan. 

Day 8: Fly Back to Kathmandu and drive to Bhaktapur (1 hour drive)

Golden gate and Bhaktapur Durbar Square Golden gate and Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Chitwan National Park is also well-known for bird watching and something that interests you; then, you can also go for an optional bird-watching safari early in the morning. The national park has more than 549 species of birds, including the endangered bird Bengal Florican. 

After breakfast, you will fly to Kathmandu and head towards the ancient Newari Bhaktapur city of Nepal. During the 15th century, it was the capital of Nepal and the Great Malla Kingdom. It is one of the three medieval cities in the Kathmandu valley famous for medieval arts and grand architecture. After settling in, you can walk through the stone-patched streets and explore local Newari culture and lifestyle.  

Overnight stay in Bhaktapur. 

Day 9: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Drive to Kathmandu

After having breakfast, you will head out to explore Bhaktapur, which has the best-preserved temples, courtyards, and beautiful ponds. It is home to traditional art and architecture, historical monuments, and beautiful craftworks.

After exploring this ancient city, finally, your entire trip has almost come to an end with the final drive to Kathmandu. With a beautiful memory of the whole trip, you will enjoy the short one-hour drive to Kathmandu from Bhaktapur. You will enjoy the picturesque view of the countryside, green terrace fields, far distant Himalayas, and dense forests for one last time. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can get a refresh and walk around the streets of Thamel. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 10: Depart from Kathmandu

Finally, your tour comes to an end! After having breakfast, you will get some free time in Kathmandu, and then you will get a transfer to the airport for departure.  


Image: Kushan, Ashok  (unsplash.com)




Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
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Based on 8 reviews

Tom Veys
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Feb 21, 2021
Great Nepal Tour
We had an amazing 10 day trip in Nepal in April 2017. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara and headed to Chitwan, Bandipur, and back to Kathmandu. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Nepal; we would definitely recommend Third Rock and their team to other Nepal travelers!
I wanted to skip trekking, and wanted to cover cities and towns like Bandipur, Chitwan and my fav Ktm.
sightseeing world heritage sites, strolling in Pokhara and Chitwan National Park.
If you want to explore the best of Nepal, this tour should be your top priority.
Bentlee Farrell
flagsUnited States of America
Feb 14, 2021
Delightful experience
Planning our trip with Third Rock was a delight. The team really asked the right questions and understood what we were looking for in an itinerary. Leena answered all my detailed questions about safety and they were able to use their local knowledge to suggest the best way to customize our experience. The accommodation exceeded our expectations in terms of cleanliness and luxury. We were given full disclosure regarding the eco lodge not having hot running water but the warmth of the staff (a Nepalese family of three generations) more than made up for it. The highly educated, well informed and friendly guide gave us insights into Kathmandu that enriched our experience and made lifelong memories. We had no concerns regarding procuring clean drinking water although resources are scarce but I would advise any western woman to take a ‘she wee’ device to ensure comfort during days of visiting historical sights and transiting through local airports etc. Finally, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the staff communicated with us throughout the trip. I was not expecting each different staff member that dealt with us to be so fully informed of our itinerary and requirements. Nepal is a stunning location with fascinating history. We had an exciting and memorable trip and would definitely book with them again and come back to Nepal in future.
Michael Lawrence
flagsUnited States of America
Mar 21, 2020
Amazing experience with lovely people · Nepal
I had wonderful time in Nepal. Every aspect of our trip was planned well and we knew that they were always available to help if we needed anything. We spent 10 days exploring Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Bandipur. With knowledgable and friendly experts ensured our safety and made the experience much more enjoyable. My brother and I plan to return to Nepal one day and plan to organise any trip we book with Third Rock Adventures.
Eduard Wood
flagsUnited Kingdom
Mar 14, 2020
Nepal Tour
Excellent trip. Leena did an excellent job of understanding my requirements and tailoring a trip to my exact needs. She was very responsive in her communications and ensured that each aspect of the trip was handled smoothly. The logistics of the trip were handled flawlessly; from various pick-ups and drop-offs (airport, hotels, trip legs, etc). My guides were wonderful, attentive, and knowledgeable. My guide-cum-friend made sure I was safe and comfortable. His warm smile and sunny personality made each day special and fun. The accommodations exceeded my expectations. Each hotel/guest house was very comfortable with modern facilities. The meals and service were excellent. It was clear that everyone wanted to ensure I had an excellent experience. The cities are gorgeous and the historic sites fascinating. My experience with Nepal was made incredible by the unparalleled beauty, warmth and friendliness of the people.
Pokhara and Bandipur were the fav part of this tour. I loved the aura there, the people and the nature.
If you want to immerse in the beauty of Nepal, Classic Nepal Tour is the ideal tour for you. In just 10 days, You can explore KATHMANDU, BHAKTAPUR, CHITWAN, POKHARA and BANDIPUR.
Weston Dean
flagsUnited States of America
Feb 17, 2020
Great Family Vacation in Nepal
Gathered our far-flung family (Mom, Dad, Son (23), Daughter (20) in Nepal for a 10 days to explore Beautiful places like Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Pokhara and Bandipur in January 2020. Leena suggested the excellent itinerary to meet our demand that best-fit for our family. The team worked together to make every transfer from arrival to departure smooth (drivers to/from airports, hotels, and everything). Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They even found a great spot to dry out and warm up on one rainy day. Great for families like ours who always wanted to explore the beauty of Nepal.
Jaycob Reese
flagsUnited States of America
Feb 09, 2020
Can't Wait to Visit Again!
The team, from Leena to our guide Deepa, were all super helpful and professional! Can't describe how happy to get to know them and had such wonderful memories. We have encountered some flight issues due to local weather and Leena helped with rearranging the itinerary very quickly. The whole trip is wonderful, most memorable places would be Bandipur, the historic town and the world heritage architecture in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. The guide did a great job of telling lively stories and giving us knowledge of nature, animals, plants, culture...etc. In sum, this is an amazing trip that we both can't wait to visit Nepal another time!
Isaac Schmuck
flagsGermany
Jan 21, 2020
Wonderful Time in Nepal
I just came back from Nepal. If you ever think about exploring Nepal, Classic Nepal Tour is the one for you. This tour covers major attractions like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur and Bhaktapur. Every day is relaxing and rewarding. I loved this trip to my heart. This trip is full-packed with adventure, cultural experiences, magnificent sightseeing and natural beauty. Highly recommended tour for anyone.
Krita Sangsorn
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Jan 14, 2020
Fantastic experience with kimkim's team in Nepal
Our party of 3 adults from Thailand were in Nepal for our first time for 10 days and we all had a safe and wonderful time thanks to THIRD ROCK and the team. As the organizer, it wasn't easy to choose a tour company because there are so many to screen, but I was very happy to have chosen THIRD ROCK. Pre-trip, the entire coordination process such as emails back and forth, queries, payment etc was very smooth. I highly appreciated the fast response times to queries. Our local guide was very knowledgeable and highly flexible to accommodate our needs (and we were at times very demanding!) which is exactly what we were looking for in a tour. The historical sites in the capital are not to be missed, and we also loved the Chitwan National Park Safari. However, the highlight of the trip was Pokhara and Bandipur. 10 days was short. We'd love to go back and if we do, we'll use this company again.

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