Discover Nepal is our best-selling tour. It is really a must since it gives you the opportunity to seize all aspects of this wonderful country: nature, culture, traditions, religion, wildlife, ancient temples, people, etc… So, if you have a couple of weeks to spend in Nepal, don’t miss this Unique, Unforgettable Discover Nepal Tour!
Duration of the tour – 14 nights/ 15 days
- The glorious city of culture, religion, art, and heritage: Patan
- one of the “off-the-beaten-track” destinations in Nepal: the ancient hill town of Palpa Tansen
- the birthplace of Lord Buddha: Lumbini
- the Living Goddess Kumari in Kathmandu Durbar Square
Discover Nepal Itinerary 2020
- Day 01 – Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel
- Day 02 – Visit of Pashupatinath, Patan, and Swayembunath
- Day 03 – Visit of Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur. Overnight in Bhaktapur
- Day 04 – Drive to Bandipur, the living museum of Newari Culture
- Day 05 – Drive to Pokhara, known as the second capital of Nepal and city of lakes
- Day 06 – Sunrise Mountain View from Sarangkot and sightseeing in Pokhara
- Day 07 – Drive to Palpa Tansen through the scenic Siddhartha Highway
- Day 08 – Visit of “the Taj Mahal of Nepal”: the Rani Mahal
- Day 09 – Drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha
- Day 10 – Sightseeing in Lumbini
- Day 11 – Drive to Chitwan National Park
- Day 12 – Safari activities
- Day 13 – Drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 14 – Visit of Namobuddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist site
- Day 15 – Drop off at the airport for departure
Brief information about the places we will visit during this tour:
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu Temple in Nepal and is set on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is not only a religious destination, but a mix of art, culture, peace, and devotion. Hundreds of rituals are performed every day on its premises which are considered an open, living museum. In the age of mythology, Lord Shiva and his consort lived here by this tributary of the holy Ganges.
Patan- Once one of the independent kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is also the oldest existing Buddhist city in the Valley. Despite the close proximity to the capital Kathmandu, its ‘preserved’ ancestral culture distinguishes Patan as a unique place to experience. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, “City of Beauty”, and its unique Durbar Square is surrounded on all four sides by awe-inspiring temples and shrines.
Swayambhunath Stupa overlooks most part of the Kathmandu valley, offering to the visitors a panoramic view of the city, particularly enchanting at sunset. According to the legend, the hill on top of which the stupa rises, originated when the valley was created out of a primordial lake It is said that the great Emperor Ashoka visited this site more than 2,000 years ago.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world and is the religious and cultural center of the broad community of Tibetan Refugees in Nepal. It is a holy place rich in Buddhist symbolism.
Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic place of royals where kings were crowned in the past. This durbar square is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites and reflects the royal history, religion, and culture. You can see the Taleju Bhawani, the tallest temple of Kathmandu Valley on the side of the palace built by King Ratna Malla. Inside Kathmandu Durbar you get to see the Kumari living goddess house, Hanuman Dhoka, and Jagannath Temple with erotic carvings. You will also get the chance to walk along the famous Freak Street, where during the 60s and 70s the hippies were used to stay.
Bhaktapur – is probably the most visited of the three historic cities of the Valley. It is a medieval town locked in centuries-old beliefs and traditions. The city is famous for its glorious architecture, sky-high temples, like the awesome Nyatapola Temple, Nepal’s tallest ancient structure, fine clay pottery and royal courtyards where devotees, still today celebrate their pre-historic festivals.
Bandipur – Situated between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Bandipur is a Newar town with its age-old flavor still intact. Well preserved, the village offers the travelers culture, mountain views, and hiking. Bandipur has maintained its age-old cultural attributes – temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and its wonderful Newari architecture.
Pokhara Nepal’s number 1 adventure and leisure destination, Pokhara is one of the most famous paradises for hikers who love trekking. It rises right at the foot of the mountains and is the second-largest city in Nepal. The town is located in the Gandaki area, which is lush and green, rich in hills, valleys and lakes (even large ones) that develop along the valley bottom. Precisely these lakes have given Pokhara the friendly name of the City of 7 Lakes, a property thanks to which the area is full of itineraries, hiking trails, and ideas for cultural visits.
Palpa Tansen is a small town on the road that connects Pokhara with the Nepal-India border. Palpa Tansen is rich in culture, tradition and is an excellent base for visiting some places, including the Taj Mahal of Nepal. Still little frequented by foreign tourism, it is a real pearl that retains all its authenticity.
Rani Mahal – Also known as the Taj Mahal of Nepal, it is the most famous monument in the area It is a large baroque building, built-in 1893 by an exiled aristocrat, Khadga Samsher Rana, in honor of his missing wife. The position of the Rani Mahal dominating the meeting point of two rivers immersed in the forest makes it undoubtedly very fascinating. In the early 1900s, his ambitious builder made another unsuccessful attempt to come to power and this time he was exiled to India, abandoning his much-loved palace.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in 540 BC, and one of the most important and sacred pilgrimage sites in the world. In 1978 Lumbini Development Zone was created and nowadays it is possible to visit over 25 Buddhist monasteries built by different countries, study Buddhism and meditate. Mayadevi Temple is the most sacred place in the Lumbini Gardens where the archaeologists have identified the exact spot where Lord Buddha was born
Tilaurakot Complex When the Buddha was born, his father King Suddhondhan had his capital, Tilaurakot, 27 kilometers west of Lumbini. Although the stupas, monasteries, and palaces that Chinese travelers wrote about over two millennia ago no longer exist, the location has been preserved as a heritage site. Excavations have revealed a walled fortress approximately 300 meters long and 200 meters wide containing exposed foundations of several building complexes. Prince Siddhartha grew up and spent his early life inside Tilaurakot till the age of 29, oblivious of the outside world and its miseries. He was married and had a son. Upon confronting miseries such as disease, aging, and death, outside his palace, he escaped Tilaurakot palace one night from its eastern gate and rode towards the jungle in search of enlightenment.
Chitwan National Park It is the oldest national park in Nepal and is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. The park was established in 1973 and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. Wildlife includes wild elephants, Bengal tigers, the endangered single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros, leopards, deer, wild boars, etc….and there are over 450 species of birds in the park.
Namobuddha Monastery This tranquil monastery, located 40 kilometers from Kathmandu, is one of Nepal’s holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites. It is known by Tibetans as Takmo Lu Jin, which means “Tigress Body Generosity” since according to legend Namo Buddha stupa is the site where Buddha encountered a tigress close to starvation and unable to feed her own cubs. Buddha allowed the tigress to consume him and thereby feed her cubs.
Discover Nepal Tour presents A perfect experience around the best spots of Nepal with world heritage sites, refreshing tropical & subtropical forests in the lap of the Himalayas. Discover Nepal Tour represents both the cultural and natural heritage of the country. It includes a wide variety of rich cultural heritage historical monuments, holy pilgrimage sites, and UNESCO world heritage sites. The Discover Nepal Tours is extraordinary for the one hoping to investigate the country’s rich culture and natural beauty.