Special Tour Package
The Special Tour Package is one of the best fun tours in Nepal, as well as having magnificent scenery; family members can gain a vast amount of experience from it. Kathmandu is a vibrant city having ancient heritage sites; it is culturally rich and it has plenty of history. The tour commences from Kathmandu visiting historical places along the way such as, Nagarkot – Namo Buddha –Chitwan – Lumbini – Pokhara – Sarangkot – Pokhara – Bandipur then back to Kathmandu. The tour will be by private vehicle. The tour is not just about having fun, but to enjoy its ancient history, the culture and the magnificent scenery.
Special Tour Package can be adjusted to having more or less days according to your schedule. The Special Tour Package is the best way to see World Heritage Sites in Nepal. We can easily arrange all of World Heritage Sites and historic monuments.
Kathmandu Heritage Sites – Nagarkot – Namo Buddha – Chitwan – Lumbini – Pokhara – Sarangkot – Pokhara – Bandipur
Highlights of the tour
The tour commences from Kathmandu visiting the World Heritage Sites and then enjoying the beautiful mountain views from Nagarkot. It then heads to the Changu Narayan temple and onto Namo Buddha. The tour then takes in the wild life jungle safari at Chitwan National Park followed by the birth place of Lord Buddha in Lumbini. It is then onwards to the beautiful and peaceful city of Pokhara, situated beside the beautiful, large Fewa Lake. A visit to Sarangkot and onto Bandipur provides splendid views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu and then back to Kathmandu. It will give you so much joy and pleasure for your great family holiday tour.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1300m): Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle and give an hour’s brief about the tour.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley to the World Heritage Sites:
Starts early morning (8 am) after having breakfast your tour will start with a private vehicle and with an expert tour guide who is a Government trained license holder and well informed. He will explain about Nepal’s history and culture as well as its natural beauty.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The Kathmandu Valley is indeed a unique type of valley, in an exotic setting. Twenty – five centuries back it stood as a titanic lake. It is almost completely surrounded by a tier of green mountain walls above, where to the north, tower the mighty snow – capped peaks during the winter. It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest. They include Kathmandu, Patan, Bhadgaon and Kirtipur. Ironically speaking, Kathmandu Valley was an empire owning four petty kingdoms until 1769 AD. The four kingdoms of Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur have today appeared as independent modern cities. The Valley with an approximate population of a million and a half covers an area of 218 square miles and is situated at an altitude of 1300m above the sea-level as part of the Shangri-La. Kathmandu (Kantipur)-the Capital.
Durbar in Nepali means “Palace” and in Patan and Bhaktapur as well as Kathmandu there are durbar squares in front of their old palaces. The King no longer lives in the old royal palace in Kathmandu. Actually durbar square is the “Heart” historic seat of Royalty. The durbar square, contains old temples and palaces such as the Basantapur tower, Kumari (The living goddess), Kastamandap (House of wood), Garuda, Shiva temple, Sweta and Black Bhairab, Taleju Temple, old royal palace, hanuman statue (God of monkey) etc.
Swayambhunath: This is believed to be 25 centuries old and stands as one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath is the wonder that was Nepal, the glory that was Nepal. It is indeed listed a World Heritage Site of Culture to prove that it serves as the nerve centre of faithful worship for all the devout Buddhists of the universe. Swayambhunath embraces the authentic philosophy of Bajrayan in particular and honours Lord Buddha. It is dedicated to the self-originating flame God. The Stupa which forms the silent structure is well composed of a solid hemisphere of terra-cotta bricks and soil supporting a cornice of copper and gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, keeping an eternal watch on the Valley distinguishing between vice and virtue. It is some two miles west of Kathmandu City proper across the holy Bishnumati River. Situated on the top of a hillock, it is about 500 feet above the level of the Valley. The whole hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and pagoda temples possessing great dignity plus beauty. There also exist six big Buddhist monasteries in all-five Mahayan (Lamaist) and one Hinyan (Therbadist). On the hind hill is located another important Buddhist shrine; it is called Manjushree. This compassionate Chinese Buddha is the God of Knowledge.
Boudhanath: This is declared to stand as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chhorten was built in the 6th century AD by King Man Deb belonging to the Lichhabi dynasty. It rests on a series of three terraces and from the bird’s eye view it takes the relevant shape of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for the devout Buddhists of the entire world. The chhorten is surrounded by a circular market which forms a part of Tibet Town. In this case also the four pairs of the Buddha’s eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions, meaning to keep a diligent watch over the people and their commitments all day all night. The chhorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayan the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet. It also proves a World Heritage Site.
Pashupatinath: It is a pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roofing’s and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated at the bank of the holy Bagmati River. One of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world, Pashupatinath Temple is the nerve centre of pilgrimage on the day of Shibaratri. The minute religious town itself which houses the great temple is known as Debpatan and is situated 5 kilometres east of the capital city. Only Hindus are permitted to enter the main courtyard of the temple. Tourists can view the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Guheshwori Temple: On a forested knoll further behind Pashupatinath Temple to the eastern direction and also by the side of the bending or winding Bagmati River appears the gracious temple of Guheshwori sometimes known as Akash Yogini. It is another famous spot of Hindu pilgrimage. It houses the shrine of Goddess Parbati who is Lord Shiva’s spouse. In this case also, only Hindus are authorized to enter the premises.
Patan Durbar Square: This is the Royal Palace Complex built during the Malla period and stood as the capital part till the 17th century. Situated in the heart of the city, it constitutes the salient focus of an alien visitor’s attraction. The square is built of ancient palaces, temples, shrines and statues noted for their exquisite carvings. We owe all these grandeurs to the sovereign Malla dynasty. The last of the Malla dynasty was late King Tej Narsingh Malla. There include three main courtyards, the first being the Keshab Narayan Chowk which we have gotten to enter through the Golden Gate and under the Golden Window; the second being the Taleju Vawani Chowk; and the third being the Sundari Chowk carrying the Royal Bath called Tushahity. The single stone pillar on which sits late King Yog Narendra Malla facing the Taleju Vawani Temple to the cardinal direction of east and the Gigantic Bell to its right are also worth mentioning. The Patan Durbar Square too forms a World Heritage Site.
Also known as Lalitpur. An ancient city is situated on the southern bank of the river Bagmati and is about five kilometres southeast of Kathmandu. The city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, with fine bronze gateway, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of artists.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Nagarkot (1950m): Kathmandu to the Changu Narayan temple by private vehicle which takes about an hour and then back to Nagarkot and stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 4: Nagarkot to Namo Buddha: Early morning get up and see the sunrise and mountain views of Everest region, Langtang region, Ganesh Himal region, Manaslu Region and Annapurna Region if the weather is fine. Then take breakfast and drive back to Bhaktapur to visit for couple of hours then directly drive to Namo Buddha and stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 5: Namo Buddha to Chitwan by vehicle (5-6 hrs):-
Early in the morning start from Namo Buddha then arrive there afternoon time around 1pm Stay overnight at a hotel in Chitwan.
1:00 pm Arrive and have lunch
3:30 pm Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk / Mature Walk with Boat Ride
8:00 pm Dinner
Day 6: Full day program in Chitwan:-
5:30 am Wakeup call followed by tea/coffee
6:00 am Bird watching / Elephant Safari / Jungle walk
8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Crocodile walk. A 45 minutes walk through grass land and forest upstream of the Narayani or Rapti rivers. Board boats to observe the wild life whilst floating back to camp
1:00 pm Lunch
3:30 pm Elephant bathing / Elephant Safari /Jungle Walk / Visit Observation Tower / Nature Walk with Boat Ride
8:00 pm Dinner
Day 7: Part program and drive to Lumbini (5 hrs)
5:30 am Wakeup call followed by tea/coffee
6:00 am Bird Watching / Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk
8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Departure to Lumbini overnight at Hotel
Day 8: Full day program at the birth place of Lord Buddha
Consecrated Garden, Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and is 306 kilometres from Kathmandu. Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in Lumbini. It is supposed that Buddha himself have recognized four places of future pilgrimage in the Parinibbana Sutta, namely, the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first communication and death. All of these events occurred in the open under the trees. Lumbini is scheduled as a World Heritage Site.
On the Lumbini Tour, you can visit the following places:
Sacred Garden The Sacred Garden where Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, which carries an inscription identifying the spot as the birthplace of Buddha. Maya Devi, mother of Buddha, was on her way to her parent’s home in Devadaha. While taking rest in Lumbini under a Sal tree and admiring the beauty of the region, she felt labour pains. She gave birth to the child while holding a drooping branch of a Sal tree.
Maya Devi Temple
Scholars believe that Maya Devi Temple was built over the foundations of more than one earlier temple or Stupa. There is a probability that the temple was built over an Asoka Stupa.
Puskani Pond is towards the south of the Ashokan Pillar. It is believed to be the sacred pool in which Maya Devi took a holy dip just before giving birth to the Lord. Little Buddha was given his first purification bath in this pond. Made of fine brick masonry, the pool has the protruding patios in descending order.
Ashokan Pillar is the first epigraphic evidence related to the life of Lord Buddha. It is a prominent landmark of the Sacred Garden. German archaeologist, Dr. Fuhrer, discovered it. The inscription on the pillar is engraved in Brahmi script. Emperor Ashoka visited the site on the 20th year of his reign and erected the pillar as homage to the birthplace of Buddha.
Nepal Buddha Temple
Nepal Buddha Temple is built within complex premises of Lumbini in the same style as that of modern Buddhist shrines in Nepal. The prayer hall houses a huge idol of Buddha while the walls are embellished with medieval style murals.
The Lumbini Museum has a large collection of the Mauryan and Kushana coins, religious manuscripts, terracotta fragments and stone and metal sculptures. Also on display is an extensive collection of stamps from various countries depicting Lumbini and the Buddha?
Day 9: Drive from Lumbini to Pokhara (5-6 hrs)
Lumbini to Pokhara by vehicle (5 hrs) and arrive around 1pm for lunch. After lunch you can take a walk around Nepal’s largest and beautiful Fewa Lake stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara by the lake side.
Day 10: Full day sightseeing Pokhara.
Millions of people travel thousands of miles in the search of heaven or paradise on earth fully unaware of the existence of a corner of real paradise. Pokhara valley is situated at an altitude of 827 meters above sea level. This is one of the picturesque spots of Nepal. Its lovely lakes and mountains enhance the beauty of the valley. Pokhara is situated 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu. It is linked by air and by road from Kathmandu and the Indian border Sunauli. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, five peaks of Annapurna and others. This is one of the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting. The nearest snow-capped mountain – Fishtail is less than 30 kilometres from Pokhara. Pokhara’s numerous lakes offer fishing, boating and swimming.
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 protester deity representing the female force Shakti.
Word Peace Pagoda
This pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Fewa Lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in all directions. The pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands great views. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
Gupteshwor Cave Just opposite of Devi’s fall, on the other side of the road there is Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits.
This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquillity that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.
Caves and Water Falls in Pokhara
Pokhara is famous for limestone caves such as Mahendra Cave, Gupteshwar Mahadev and others. Davis Falls is the most famous water fall in Pokhara, which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground.
Lakes and Rivers in Pokhara
Pokhara is also known as Lake City. There are seven famous lakes – Phewa or Fewa, Begnas and Rupa being the most well known ones. The glacial river Seti, flows right through the heart of the Pokhara valley and goes completely underground at certain intervals.
Day 11: Sarangkot for sunrise view then drive back to Bandipur (4 hrs) drive:
Early morning start for an hour’s drive to Sarangkot and arrive there before sunrise, which will be around 6am View the awe inspiring Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri Range, Manaslu Range and many more peaks then back to the hotel to have breakfast and head to Bandipur. It will be about a four hour drive. It is a wonderful place situated on a hilltop where you can see gorgeous landscapes and mountain views.
Day 12: Bandipur to Kathmandu (5 hrs) drive:
Bandipur to Kathmandu by vehicle (5 hrs) drive and stay overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Departure day to International airport.
A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.
- Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
- Four nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
- Sightseeing in the ancient heritage site by private vehicle and a Government trained license holder expert city guide.
- During the program full board as (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks as tea, coffee with accommodation).
- All necessary transportation by flight or by private vehicle or by bus from Kathmandu to Nagarkot to Namo Buddha to Chitwan to Lumbini to Pokhara to Sarangkot to Bandipur and back to Kathmandu.
- All necessary tax and permit fees where applicable.
- Nepalese entry visa fee. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
- Travel insurance.
- Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
- Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
- Phone calls and laundry service.
- Donation, tips and personal expenses.
- Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
- Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, toilet rolls etc).
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Related Area Trek
|1. Kathmandu Valley Tour|
|2. Nowa Buddha Hiking|
|3. World Heritage Sites in Nepal|
|4. Special Nepal Tour Package|
|5. Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara Tour|
|6. Kathmandu Nagarkot Dhulikhel Tour|
|7. Kathmandu Nagarkot Dhulikhel Chitwan Lumbini Tour|