Nepal Cultural Tour

Perfect Vacationing in Nepal

Tour Information

Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia, with an area of 147,181 Square Kilometer. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India.

On arrival, one can already experience the beauty of diverse culture, landscapes, and authentic hospitality of Nepal, which not only makes Nepal a unique travel destination, but it is a majestic theater to enjoy inevitable - local and natural - beauties. The greetings, signature smiles of locals, and hospitality offered here, welcomes and follows you wherever you decide to visit.

This tour offers opportunities to visit world heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is, also, the founding pillars of this country. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is also known as the city of Temples and Festivals. In the Kathmandu Valley, Hinduism and Buddhism have lived next to each other’s patios since the foundation of
Buddhism. Not to forget, Lord Buddha was born in Nepal, therefore, pious temples, like Swyambhunath are included in the tour.

Within an hour drive away from the capital city, guest can witness varieties in diverse culture and landscapes. For instance, driving from Kathmandu to Chitwan for authentic wildlife safari, and Pokhara - the city that nestles in the lap of royal mountains like Annapurna - 8091 m and Mt. Fishtail - 6997m, and floats above the beautiful lake, Fewa Lake.

Itinerary Overview

DaysActivity
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Neydo Monastery
Day 4 Drive Neydo to Kurintar
Day 5 Drive Kurintar to Pokhara
Day 6 Sightseeing of The Pokhara City
Day 7 Drive Pokhara to Tansen, Palpa.
Day 8 Drive from Tansen, Palpa to Chitwan
Day 9 Full day jungle activities
Day 10 Drive from Chitwan to Bharatpur
Day 11 Departure transfer to airport

Information

What's Included?
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary with Professional English Speaking guide
  • Temples and Monumental entrance fees
  • Accommodation as per requirement
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Kurintar to Pokhara to Palpa to Chitwan
What's Excluded?
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Bar bills, Internet facilities, hot water showers while on trek, expenses of charging electronic devices while on trek
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of RMT such as landslides, strikes, delays, flight delays etc.

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Meals:

Please allow USD 10.00 – 20.00 (approx) per meals for additional meals which are not included in the package. 

Tour leader:

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More of Tour Information:

Meals:

Please allow USD 10.00 – 20.00 (approx) per meals for additional meals which are not included in the package. 

Tour leader:

Sightseeing will be accompanied by a Professional / Local English or other language speaking guide.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in deluxe and comfortable hotels with private bath. Rooms will be either twin bedded or double bed as per your requirement with all modern amenities.

Transportation:

Depending upon the group size, the trip will run on a private vehicle as below.

01-02 Pax: Jeep

03-10 Pax: Jumbo Hiace

11-19 Pax: Coaster

20 – 30 Pax: Sutlej

Insurance

It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your travel. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for upto-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. We recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Climate

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Winter (December-February) – It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) – Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) – The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green, and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) – The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

Important Notes

Travelers need to be prepared for all weather conditions.

Optional Excursions

The guide will help you budget for your trip. Prices for vehicle-based excursions on number of participants and the actual price may vary depending on group size.

 Visas

Please note it is your responsibilities to arrange visas before you travel to Nepal. Very recently the Government of Nepal has started the online visa application process. You have to fill the online visa form, though the website, please visit: www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np

You will get a unique code after submitting your online visa application. Based on this code, upon arrival in Nepal, the immigration office will grant you visa with required Visa Amount which as below:

 Please note the visa fee as below: (US dollars cash only) (Subject to change without prior notice)

Visa valid for 15 days – US $25

Visa valid for 30 days – US $40

Multiple entry Visa valid for 90 days – US $100

US dollars cash only

Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25

Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40

Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100

 Money exchange:

Cash, ATM cards are mostly used in Nepal. Both Visa card and Master card are accepted by ATM machines. Currency exchange rates may fluctuate often so we ask that you follow different websites which provide you information about different currency rates.

Packing for your Trip

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Water bottle – minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene is best.
  • Walking boots – lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.
  • Socks: thick wool (winter season) /blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure the boots fit such combinations.
  • Running shoes or sandals for the evening
  • Lightweight wool sweater
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts – 2 or 3
  • Shirt – long-sleeved
  • Pants: lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Hats – beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day.
  • Gloves – wool or fleece
  • Scarf
  • Underwear
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Sarong – a multitude of uses
  • Sunglasses
  • Bag liners – large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.
  • Sewing kit
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Torch / flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Lighter – for burning toilet paper and rubbish
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Purification Tablets

 

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About Us

Royal Mountain Travel is a Nepal-based sustainable tourism operator. We specialize in curating once-in-a-lifetime experiences to showcase indigenous and community based tourism projects. We work with travel agents and tourism companies to help plan travel experiences that highlight authentic, local lifestyles throughout some of the most unique landscapes on earth.

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Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu by flight at the capital city of Nepal, at Nepal’s only International Airport, Tribhuvan Airport. On arrival, after the custom clearance at the arrival lounge you will be met by our company’s representative. On the way to the Hotel, our representative will brief you about our country and general Do’s & Don’ts, and at the Hotel’s lobby you will be briefed about the program. Welcome drinks will be served at the Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya

 

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Day 2

Full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley

AM: The Kathmandu Durbar Square, listed as one of the eight World Heritage sites by Unesco, is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city. Our visit to Durbar Square includes the following temples – KumariChowk, (the Courtyard of the living Goddess “Kumari”), Ganesh Temple and KalBhairav shrine.  You will also visit AakashBhairav Temple, the Temple of Lord Machhendranath and the Itumbahal courtyard. Itumbahal is an old Newari settlement set in a large courtyard and famous for its traders in herbal spices and medicines. From Durbar Square we continue to Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu’s most colorful local markets. We finish our tour with a walk to Ason Chowk and its Annapurna temple which is dedicated to the goddess of Grains.

Later you will visit Swayambunath, one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched atop a conical hill, its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire with the all-seeing-eyes are a not only a major landmark of the valley, but equally, a symbol of Nepal. The Stupa has been an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century. Buddha Jayanti (Buddha’s Birthday), Gunla (a month-long festival) and Lhosar (Tibetan New Year) are celebrated with gusto here. You can reach the shrine by climbing 365 steps up the hill, or by a winding road on the other side. You will see numerous Chaityas and temples in the complex, but watch out, especially in the mysterious Shantipur Temple, inside of which is said to live in the 8th century Tantric Shantikar Acharya whose meditation has kept him alive for many centuries! To the west one of the latest additions; a giant 57-foot statue of the Buddha within a park area.

PM: Bhaktapur is the essential Newari City with some of the finest, and authentic architectures of Nepal. Among the three cities, of the Kathmandu Valley, it was the largest city of Newari Kingdom and capital of Nepal during the Malla’s period. It is one of the fascinating places to explore the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art, and the finest woodwork hand skills of Nepalese artists. As time goes by, this place has become an energetic atmosphere, a modern melting pot – to be precise, where one can encounter the old street and temples, whose existence dates back to centuries, and to another hand, modernization has brought the sense of responsibilities to preserve the culture and to catch up the rest of the world. You may find any kind of cuisines, for instance, Chinese, or Italian, or Indian, in the Bhaktapur Durbar square.

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Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu to Neydo Monastery

Drive to Pharping approx. 22km southwest of Kathmandu valley. Tucked away in the Himalayas of Nepal’s Kingdom, amidst the most scenic area, there lies a Buddhist Monastery Guest-house in the most peaceful location alongside Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery.

It is an ideal place to simply relax and unwind all hustle and tussle of mundane life and an easy get-away for a short break, as you may also indulge in meditation, or even study Buddhism or follow the lifestyle of the monastics.

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Day 4

Drive Neydo to Kurintar

Leaving Kathmandu on one of the country’s busiest highways – Prithivi Highway can be slow, but once out of the city the views are impressive – the Trisuli River and the massive Marsyangdi Hydroelectric Project powerhouse as well as ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terraces and the mountains beyond. Drive for approx. 3 hours, 106 km and you will reach Kurintar.

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Day 5

Drive Kurintar to Pokhara

After breakfast at the hotel you will be received and then drive to Pokhara on a highway alongside  Trishuli river until you cross Mugling bridge. Crossing the Madi River, climbing again (with view of deep rocky gorges crossed by suspension bridges) before descending to the broad Seti Valley and Pokhara. Drive for approximately 3 hours, 101 km to reach Pokhara.

Pokhara – city of lakes is the third largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu and Biratnagar.  Located 200 km from the capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu, Pokhara has the dramatic changes in its geography from North to South. The altitude varies from 780m in the southern part to 1350m on the north. Three out of the world’s 10 highest mountains above eight thousand meters – Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna I (8091 m) and Manaslu (8163 m) can be seen from the city including the unique Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) with an elevation of 6997 m, which is also the closest to the city. Whereas, due to the proximity to the mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking Annapurna circuit.

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Day 6

Sightseeing of The Pokhara City

AM: Half day sightseeing of POKHARA CITY. We proceed for city sightseeing followed by visit to David falls, Bindebasisni Temple, Seti gorge and also visit to Tibetan settlement camp.

Boat trip in the lovely Phewa Lake is the foremost attraction of Pokhara. Paddling out into the middle of the lake is a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon. Phewa lake is the largest lake in Pokhara valley and the second largest lake in Nepal. Encircled by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills, the lake holds a pagoda-style temple, the Barahi Temple is the most important religious monument in resort town Pokhara. Erected in the Center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to Barahi, the Hindu god Vishnu’s third incarnation in the form of a wild boar.

Later: World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist Stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and the Pokhara

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Day 7

Drive Pokhara to Tansen, Palpa.

EVE: Short Hike to Srinagar hill view tower

135 kms south of Pokhara, Tansen are reached via the Siddhartha Highway. The route is a dramatic one – twisting and turning through landslide-sacred valleys and offers spectacular Himalayan views. Climbing to over 1000 m the road also descends to the deep, steamy gorge floor of the mighty Kali Gandaki.

Tansen city rests at the base of Srinagar hill. Srinagar Hill sets an added flavor to the picturesque Tansen city standing in the background with its lust green hills. Hike on top of the hill to the view tower for the beautiful panoramic view of Palpa and its surroundings, with breath taking sunset (weather permitting)

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Day 8

Drive from Tansen, Palpa to Chitwan

Climb down from Tansen and drive for Chitwan for 4 hrs 152 km. Chitwan National (formerly Royal Chitwan National Park) is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 m (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills.

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Day 9

Full day jungle activities

Jungle activities depend upon local conditions, the activities are brief upon guests arrival at the Resort but the manager. Activities include Jungle walk, jeep safari (depending upon Resorts), canoe ride, elephant safari, Tharu dance, Village visit, Slide presentation, etc.

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Day 10

Drive from Chitwan to Bharatpur

Flight to Kathmandu 

Drive from Hotel to Bharaptur airport and fly to Kathmandu which would take approximately 20 mins. 

Day at leisure

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Day 11

Departure transfer to airport

You will be received at your hotel and transferred to international airport to connect onward flight.

Notes:

Reporting time: International- 03 hours prior to flight time

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