Heritage Tour – 11 days

22
Oct

This tour will take you to the different heritage sites that are listed in UNESCO World heritage sites. You will get an ample of opportunity to observe the traditions, values and customs, arts, sculptures, handicraft which were crafted in the ancient period and are of 100 years old. During this tour, you will also get an opportunity to explore the wildlife of Chitwan national park.

Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. Nepal’s cultural heritage is also still alive and dynamic. UNESCO has declared 10 World Heritage Sites in Nepal among which 7 sites are inside Kathmandu Valley & 3 outside; Lumbini including Kathmandu Valley are Cultural Heritage, Chitwan National Park & Sagarmatha National Park as Natural Nepal Heritage Tour Sites. These seven World Heritage Sites are all amazing man-made wonders still standing majestically. Some of them are as old as 2500 years and are devastated by an earthquake which occurred in 24th April 2015 causing great loss in heritage sites and human properties. The sites which were damaged during earthquake are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath & Patan Durbar Square.

This tour offers you some of the spectacular serene hillside areas of Nepal, close to the snow capped mountains, making it all the more easier to absorb the cultural and natural beauty of the surrounding area. The relaxing hymns at the cultural sites and the sheer tranquility of the lush green forests and towering mountains is energizing and soothing at the same time. During this tour, you will take a walk through the old pathways of the Durbar Squares, all three of them, and witness how time has stood still in these areas. Hike to the Swoyambhunath temple and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas, with the alleviating Tibetan hymn playing through. Spend an evening on the Boudhanath stupa, the sheer magnanimity of the monument, and the sense of calm in the air around it is actually rejuvenating. Travel to the national parks, and enjoy the Nature just being itself, undisturbed. This tour is especially designed to introduce all the cultural World Heritage sites of Nepal with the additional feature of spending two nights in the Natural World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park.

Outlined Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour including: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square
Day 03: Full day sightseeing tour including: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Day 04: Early morning transfer to airport for Mountain flight and half day sightseeing tour of Budanilkantha
Day 05: Drive Kathmandu / Lumbini (205 km) – approx 7 hrs drive
Day 06: Full Day sightseeing tour in Lumbini
Day 07: Drive Lumbini / Chitwan (160 km) – approx 4 hrs drive. Upon arrival, get refreshed and proceed for Tharu cultural dance show and slide show presentation
Day 08: Full day wildlife activities in Chitwan including: Elephant briefing, Elephant Safari, Dugout Canoe Ride, Visit to Elephant Breeding Center, Tharu village tour, Nature walk, etc
Day 09: Early morning wake up and then drive Chitwan / Kathmandu – approx 6 hrs drive
Day 10: Leisure day or optional sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. After the clearance of customs and luggage’s, exist from the Airport Departure lounge and as soon as you exist you can see number of peoples outside holding a placard. Among them one of the representative of Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Trekking & Expedition will be holing a placard with your name in it. So, closely look at them. He will then transfer you to your respective hotels. Or else, you can visit our office and after full description about your trip, you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour including: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square
After breakfast at your hotel, we will introduce you to your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. After briefing, make a start for your today’s sightseeing tour. You will be transferred in a private vehicle along with a guide and a driver. After completion of today’s sightseeing tour, you will be transferred back to your respective hotel. Overnight at hotel.
The sightseeing places we will visit today include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square
It is one of the important historic and tourist destinations in Nepal. Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square also know as Hanuman Dhoka Square. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building. Hanuman Dhoka Palace complex consists of a huge Royal Square exposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindus gods and goddess.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple
It is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Stupa, and is said to be 2000 years old. Visitors often call it “Monkey Temple” as you can see countless monkeys wondering around the premises. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. The main structure brick and clay which supports a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. There are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha on the four sides of spire. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises. Being situated seventy meter above the level of valley, this stupa watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The hill of Swoyambhunath is a mosaic of small stupa and pagoda temples. Being located in the top level of valley, this place is famous for visitors for sightseeing.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is situated in the center of Patan city this historical site boasts the varied range of unique architecture. Also known as Lalitpur this durbar square consists of ancient palaces, temples and shrines with exquisite carving. The major attractions of this site are Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacle, Tushaty royal bath, Biswonath temple and temple of Bhimsen with a striking golden terrace overlooking the square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars.

Day 03: Full day sightseeing tour including: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur
As in previous day, today also you will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. After breakfast, get on with today’s sightseeing tour. After sightseeing, return back to the hotel and then take some rest. Overnight at hotel.
The sightseeing places we visit today will include:

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. It is one of the most sacred Hindu Lord Shiva shrines in the world and is situated 5 kilometer east of Kathmandu heart, on the banks of sacred Bagmati River. Pashupatinath temple also being the temple of Lord Shiva possessed its two-storied golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb architecture. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple. Only Hindu pilgrims can enter the premises of the temple. Non-Hindus can admire the beauty of the temple from the other side of the Bagmati River, on the banks of which Pashupatinath Temple stands.

Boudhanath
Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet which is said to be 2500 years old. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels. After 1959, many Tibetans arrived and settled in Boudhanath area. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar square is listed at World Heritage Site. It is one of the most charming Architectural showpieces of the valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. As you walk in, you will feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The Square contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, the palaces of 55 windows, the Batsala temple and the bell of barking dog etc.

Day 04: Early morning transfer to airport for Mountain flight and half day sightseeing tour of Budanilkantha
Today, early in the morning you will be transferred to airport for the scenic Mount Everest flight. For those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour. You will be able to admire the Himalayas at its best up close. You can have the world’s highest mountain view i.e. Mount Everest (8848 m) along with other mountains. These are the highest points of Earth so make sure you take plenty of pictures
After an hour of Mountain flight, transfer to hotel have your breakfast and then proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Budanilkantha.

Budanilkantha
Budanilkantha Temple is located at the base of the Shivapuri hill, at the northern side of the Kathmandu valley. The temple is also known as mystical Budanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple. ‘Budanilkantha’ literally means ‘Old Blue Throat’. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu has many incarnations. One of them is the Narayan, the creator of all life and the god who rests on cosmic sea. The main statue is a black stone structure carved from a single block of black basalt. The statue stands 5 meters tall (around 16.4 feet) and is positioned in the middle of a recessed pool of water, which is 13 meters (42.65 feet) long. It depicts the deity reclining on the coils of the cosmic serpent Shesh. The Deity is over 1,000 years old. This image is impressive and the shrine is one of the most important Vishnu shrine in the country.

Day 05: Drive Kathmandu / Lumbini (205 km) – approx 7 hrs drive
After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which has been reserved as the place of holy pilgrimage. You could also fly from Kathmandu to Lumbini which will take only 45 minutes to reach there. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This pilgrimage site in southwest Nepal attracts devout Buddhists from around the world, who arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden where the ‘Enlightened One’ was born. A famous landmark is the Ashoka Pillar raised by the great Emperor who converted to Buddhism. Today Lumbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities. Overnight at Hotel in Lumbini.

Day 06: Full Day sightseeing tour in Lumbini
Today we will be spending whole day sightseeing around Lumbini. Lumbini being the birth place of Buddha is also an important architectural and historical site of the world civilization. We also walk through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stand up on a lotus pedestal. There’s a museum nearby, The Kapilvastu Museum; the pottery, jewelry and ornaments are gathered in-house. End up the remarkable tour in Tilaurakot by visiting the shrines, monasteries and stupa near the sacred garden. Tilaurakot is the ancient palace of King Suddodhan (Siddhartha Gautama’s father), where the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. The remains of many ancient stupas and monasteries can be found in the surroundings of Lumbini. The Ashoka pillar is said to have been erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC and bears an inscription confirming this as the birth place of the Buddha. A stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch is seen in the Maya Devi temple.

Day 07: Drive Lumbini / Chitwan (160 km) – approx 4 hrs drive. Upon arrival, get refreshed and proceed for Tharu cultural dance show and slide show presentation
After breakfast, we travel overland from Lumbini to Royal Chitwan National Park. You will enjoy the views of enormous plains of the Terai region while driving towards Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is declared as World Heritage Site under the category of Natural Sites by UNESCO. 8% of the world bird species, rare mammals including one horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger makes it exclusive. Once reaching your destination, you will be briefed about the Jungle Safari itinerary for the next day. You can later enjoy the sunset in Rapti River and stroll around the Tharu villages. Once the night falls down, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before getting in bed. Overnight in resort in Chitwan.

Day 08: Full day wildlife activities in Chitwan including: Elephant briefing, Elephant Safari, Dugout Canoe Ride, Visit to Elephant Breeding Center, Tharu village tour, Nature walk, etc
With a wakeup call along with tea or coffee, we have the great time to witness the wildlife at its best in Royal National Park. This includes elephant safari, jungle walk, bird watching and so forth. We will then head to the grasslands and forests near the Narayani River. If you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for; rhinoceroses, Chitwan’s royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear – preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots. In later afternoon, a traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the crocodile along the river banks. Elephant briefing: to learn more about the life of these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. We will also go to the observation tower, then later in the evening head back to the resort for dinner.

Day 09: Early morning wake up and then drive Chitwan / Kathmandu – approx 6 hrs drive
Wake up early in the morning today for bird watching. You can various species of birds during your nature walk. Some of them are migratory birds and are only found during spring season. A walk inside the jungle at early morning will make you fresh whole day. After bird watching, return back to the hotel and then take your breakfast and get ready for your return journey to Kathmandu. A drive for about 6 to 7 hours will take you to Kathmandu. After arrival, rest and spend overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Leisure day or optional sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Leisure activities like souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city can be done today. You may also wish to extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting and so forth. Upon your request, we could add some optional sightseeing tour on this day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Final Departure
As this is the last day of Heritage Tour, you will prepare for your departure on this day. Make sure you have got all your souvenirs in your luggage and have all the necessary documents to make it easy for the immigration officials at the International airport. You will be transferred to the airport by private vehicle depending upon your departure flight schedule. The tours around Kathmandu ends but the memories will be eternal.

Jungle safari. (3 Days/2 Nights)
Birthplace of Buddha (3 Days/2 Nights)
Trishuli River: 2 days
Seti River: 2 days
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Nepal Heritage Tour is designed with visits of these heritage sites. With intricate architectural significance and their historical background, amongst other qualities, 8 of Nepal’s cultural sites are registered as World heritage sites, with 7 of them being inside the Kathmandu valley itself. Along with that, Chitwan and Sagarmatha National Parks have been enlisted on the list of Natural Heritage sites for their specialties. With so many heritage sites, all worth a visit, the Nepal heritage tour is worth a try. Nepal’s cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are the major attractions, with their evocative city squares and ancient architecture. Nepal’s three ancient cities of the Valley represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. These cities pack a concentration of religious monuments unequalled in the world. You have numbers of opportunity and option to explore this beautiful country Nepal. It would be a serious oversight for any travelers to Nepal to neglect visiting at least some of the fascinating and beautiful places of interest. The best way to explore Everest (Sagarmatha) national park is by short cultural trek. The trekking route goes into the heartland of Sherpas to Tyangboche monastery hosting great view of Everest and other peaks. Chitwan national park is another of Nepal’s world heritage sites. This is where last numbers of Royal Bengal Tiger and Asian single horned Rhinos are preserved. About 150 km southwest of Chitwan lies Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. With great archaeological findings, Lumbini is now center of pilgrims. While we are in transit from the trek and tour, we will go around heritage sites of Kathmandu.

Shamanism, animism and witch craft are still practiced in remote regions. Temples, shrines, monuments and monasteries are extremely active with devotees burning butter-lamps, singing hymns, chiming temple bells and playing drums. With religion and colture still playing a major role in people’s lives till date; Nepalese have maintained their culture well for centuries, and their cultural monuments. Cultural heritage tour will give you opportunity to visit popular heritage site Kathmandu durbar square, Patan, Changunarayan and Bhaktapur in Kathmandu valley. These packages include sightseeing in heritage site the trip is very suitable for those who wants to enjoy with cultural and historic site with popular view of Mountains. This tour is especially designed to introduce all the cultural World Heritage sites of Nepal with the additional feature of spending two nights in the Natural World Heritage Site,
Chitwan National Park.

Mountain Flight
Mountain Flight is done mostly by the passenger in order to observe the World’s highest Mountain i.e. Mount Everest (8848 m) closely but within this flight you can also observe many of the other highest peaks in Nepal. As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait too long to find out what is in store for them. There they are – the mountains, as they always have been. First to their far left visitors see Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.

As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spiritually – Gauri-Shankar. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.

As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya a succession of glorious mountains follows. Menlungtse, a Plateau – like mountain stretches up to 7,023 m, Chug imago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956 m, Numbur Mountain resembles a breast, maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solu Khumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.

Next on the menu is Gyanchungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m, considered an extremely difficult climb? To the right of Gyanchungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest. There’s Nuptse (7,855 m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there’s Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains and enigma, this highest spot on earth

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Mini 2 – Max – 12 pax
  • Best Season:Sept – Dec, March – May
  • Trip Code:NT-N202
  • Duration:11 Days Tour
  • Maximum Altitude:…
  • Region:Annapurna National Park
  • Start:Kathmandu/Pokhra
  • End:Kathmandu/Pokhra
  • Trekking Type:Tea House/Camping
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