Tour Vehicle Tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitawan, and Lumbini
This tour is a must for groups who want to experience both the comforts and attractions of modern Nepal and the significant traditional sites of ancient Nepal. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition van or bookings on state of the art, air-conditioned tour buses will travel to Nepal’s world heritage sites and areas of spectacular Himalayan Mountain views and natural beauty. As Nepal represenatives, it is our pleasure to welcome guests to the warmth and ancient flavor that is Nepal.
Kathmandu, Nepal’s ancient capital city, is recognized as a world cultural treasure as its many temples, Buddhist Stupas, and palaces are among the finest ever fashioned. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition’s guides are experienced and expert interpreters of these cultural icons. Included as must sees are Swoyambhu the Monkey Temple, Krishna Mandir, Boodha Stupa, Patan, Durbur Square, Bhaktipur, and Narayanhiti Palace. Our tours are flexible, and our guides will accommodate any special interests you, our guests, may have.
After Kathmandu next, we visit the lake city, Pokhara. Nepal’s second city and the gateway to the Annapurna, Pokhara has a relaxed style with a lively tourist district along spectacular Fewa Lake. Machhapuchhre, Nepal’s national symbol and Holy Mountain, sits proudly above the Pokhara skyline. Pokhara also hosts an unequalled-in-the-world paragliding experience. For guests who like such experiences, available are paragliding, bungee jumping, and the world’s longest, fastest Zip Line. Highly trained, licensed paragliding pilots fly passengers up above the lake and hills for a bird’s eye view of the whole of the Annapurna Range. A popular outing is an early morning trip to Sarangkot to see the sun rise on the Annapurna Range. The bright purple to orange sunlight spectacularly spreads through the 7000m to 8000m snow peaks from tips to then bases. Afterwards, the 1.5 hour jungle hike downhill to Lakeside, Pokhara from Sarangkot is an option.
We proceed from Pokhara to famous Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. Lumbini is one of Buddhism’s holy sites and throughout the year Buddhist pilgrims visit and meditate. There is a quality of peace throughout the park with its natural settings and lotus ponds. In the park there are many Stupas (shrine) and Gumpas (monastery). Each Buddhist nation maintains a Gumpa in Lumbini and from all over the world, monks and nuns are sent to Lumbini to study and contemplate. Lumbini is situated near the Indian border in the Tarai part of Nepal that is part of the Ganges Flood plain.
From Lumbini we travel eastwards to Chitwan National Park. Here too on the Ganges Flood Plain lies Chitwan. Chitwan National Park takes its name from the surrounding Dun Valley. Chitwan means “Heart of The Jungle” and refers to the denseness of forests and wildlife. From the high Himalaya an immense amount of water flows down into the Ganges. In Chitwan, the rivers slow and meander, creating a rich ecosystem that has remained untouched. Also, the Valley contains the holy site of Devghat. Devghat is at the confluence of Kali, Seti, and Trishuli River and is a destination for pilgrimages. Since ancient times, sadhus and hermits have been come to meditate. Hindu practitioners consider Devghat as a great and holy place to end life.
The park is home for more than 50 mammals’ species, over 500 birds and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered animals found in the park are: One-Horned Rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephant (one of the world’s most endangered species), Four horned Antelope, Pangolin, Golden Monitor lizard, Python. Birds include, Bengal Florican, Giant Hornbill, Black Stork, White Stork. There are numbers of One-Horned Rhinos in the Park and they are often seen. The park is also famous for bird watching. There are boat tours available which are popular with bird enthusiasts. The Park houses an Elephant Breeding Center, and a Crocodile Farm. The sunset at the Rapti River is a beautiful must see. Chitwan is also a place to learn about the local ethnic Nepali called Tharu. They host traditional dances and songs in the village in the evenings.
From Chitwan, we return to Kathmandu. It is a
four hour drive, though also, it is possible to take a 25-minute domestic-flight from the nearby city of Bharatpur to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we relax and shop. There are easily available handicrafts, Nepali fabrics and clothing, and souvenirs. The Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Vehicle Tour is an affordable package with which to discover the variety and best of Nepal.
-Arrival in Kathmandu
-Stay in Hotel and Welcome Dinner
-Visit to Swayambhu
-Visit to Narayanhiti Palace Museum
-Visit to Krishna Mandir in Patan
-Departure for Pokhara after Lunch (6 Hour)
-Stay in Hotel View Point in Pokhara
-Visit to Davi Fall,
-Visit toTibetan Refugee Camp
-Visit to Mountain Museum
-Departure for Lumbini after Lunch (6 hour)
-Stay in Hotel Ananda Inn in Lumbini
-Visit to the various Gumbas (Buddhist Monasteries)
-Departure for Chitwan after Lunch (4 Hours)
-Stay in Eden Jungle Resort in Chitwan
-Visit to National Park including elephant stable, local village, and elephant back safari
-Chitwan Park canoe excursion, jungle walk, bird watching
-Return to Kathmandu (4 hours)
-Shopping and free time in Kathmandu
-Departure from Kathmandu.
Cost for this short tour (excluding flight option upgrade, Pokhara activity options, i.e. paragliding, zip-line) charged by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition: Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give 24-hour emergency response to any accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.