Sightseeing & Cultural Photography Tour
Nepal is best known for Everest and the incomparable Himalaya Range. It also has rugged valleys that connect the snow-capped giants from the north with the tropical jungles in the south. As it slowly shuffles into the modern era, this small, deeply spiritual enclave, still grabs on tightly to its’ colorful, ancient history while showing off its natural grandeur with a tremendous variety of eco-systems and native languages that are found everywhere you look. Nepal is a photographer’s dream come true. It has the natural beauty, it has ancient traditions, and it has friendly people who are not camera-shy, nor camera-weary like other places. Our experience has been nothing short of ecstasy as we walk anywhere making photos of anything we like, and no one really cares as they go about their business. Most Nepalis are as interested in you as you may be in them and they are not bothered if you want to take their photo, as long as you politely ask first. We are limiting this tour to 10 people, so everyone has ample time to learn and get personal tips and instruction from Sergio as we go from one exotic location to another. We highly suggest you book immediately so you have a spot for an upcoming unforgettable photo journey into the heart of Nepal.
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
After being transferred to your hotel, you will go for a sightseeing tour to Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple. “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the belief that the hill emerged spontaneously from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next stop is Kathmandu or Basantapur Durbar Square. Listed as a cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that dates back to the 12th and 18th centuries. At the square you will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself. A final destination to explore will be Patan Durbar Square, where Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other places of Patan, will unveil before you as an open museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in pagoda style with sensual carvings and repose metalwork facades and many other exquisite facets.
In the morning you explore around Patan and drive to Bhaktapur, where you will witness unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatendra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace which are the living pride of Bhaktapur. The tour concludes as your driver and guide escort you back to your hotel in Bhaktapur.
In the morning you explore around Patan and you will go for a photography tour to Bungmati, Khokana and Kirtipur. Khokana and Bungamati are typical farming villages, and Kirtipur is much more of an old town. All three have a range of stunning temples which your knowledgeable local guide will help you explore. Kirtipur is an old village situated on a small hill, 5km southwest of Patan. The village boasts many ancient monuments including the famed temple of tiger-faced Bhairva. The twin villages of Bungamati and Khokana date from 16th century and are typical ancient Newar villages. They are located south of Kathmandu down a rutty road dotted with "chaityas", or shrines, very appropriate for an ancient procession route. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Early morning, after the breakfast in your hotel, a car will drive you along the Prithivi Highway towards Chitwan. The highway itself offers abundant opportunity to spot different species of birds at the river shores and roadside woods. Chitwan is the home of Chitwan National Park, situated 155 km from Kathmandu. The drive along the Highway brings you to Chitwan. Please note that your Jungle activities and the time schedule for each activity shall be briefed on arrival at the resort by the lodge Manager and local guide. Activities could be flexible as per your request/interest depending upon availability & weather condition. The activities or sights of animals may vary other than as described above depending on weather situation.
Early breakfast in the resort will follow your bird watching tour in the national park. The wild grasslands and a river cover more than 70% of the land in the park. The place is a home for many endangered species like one-horned rhino and royal Bengal tiger. Above 450 species of birds have been spotted within the park. The huge park covering 932 sq. km is the home of Nepal’s two third globally threatened species of birds. Apart, from the regular habitats several endangered species of birds visit the park during spring and autumn. Flocks of Common and Demoiselle Cranes appear here during March and May and October/November. Along the marshlands and small ponds you may spot Cormorants, Darter, Cinnamon Bittern, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons, Asian Openbill, Woolly-necked and Lesser Adjutant Storks, Lesser Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Balloons Ruddy-breasted and Brown Crakes, Purple Gallinule, Bronze-winged Jacana etc. After the long tiring day of attempting to spot different species of birds, you will enjoy the hospitality at the resort within the park.
You wake up early in the morning and go for a bird watching tour. After returning to resort, you will have your breakfast and will be driven to Bandipur. Bandipur is an ethnic Newari village still following their traditional ways of living. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower; indeed, one can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang from here. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newari cultural life. Overnight at Bandipur
After healthy breakfast you travel to Pokhara from Bandipur. On reaching Pokhara, you will be escorted to your hotel. Pokhara will have you mesmerized with its majestic sight of snow-capped mountain peaks and exquisite beauty. Pokhara is most popular for its lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Today you will visit World Peace Pagoda. Overnight in Pokhara
Early in the morning you will drive towards Sarangkot for sunrise view. Sarangkot is the most popular destination from where you can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot is only 5 km from Lake Side, Pokhara. Sarangkot is the highest view point for a sunrise and it is just 1592m high. After breakfast you will drive to Dhampus which takes around an hour. After reaching Dhampus, you will start to gently climb up through the rhododendron and oak forests until reaching Australian Camp which takes around 2.5 hours. You rest for a while and walk back to Dhampus. You will stay overnight in Dhampus.
You explore around Dhampus village and drive back to Pokhara. Rest for some times or you can explore around lake side of Phewa Lake. In the evening you will do 1 hour boating in Phewa Lake.
In the morning you will fly to Kathmandu. After being transferred to your hotel you will go for a sightseeing tour to Boudhanath, where you will grab an opportunity for the insightful peep into the invaluable culture attached to Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been on a spiritual journey. Boudhanath is the largest dome shaped stupa of the country where the practices of Buddhism can be observed at its best. Then it continues to Pashupatinath, the major Hindu shrine that offers countless temples dedicated to different Hindu deities within its widespread area. However, the main temple Pashupatinath is dedicated to lord Shiva. The Destroyer - Shiva dwells here as protector of animal kinds as per the myth.
Our support team will drive you to the airport for your flight home.
We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides (guides who can speak your language – major languages only). They are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed about nature, culture and history of each place in this itinerary.
We operate Nepal tours for private team of any size. So you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with other people who have different interests and attitude. Each trip is accompanied by a tour guide and driver(s). Nepal tours of four to eight days in duration are ideal for an extension trip if you have booked any longer trekking holidays in Nepal or tours/treks in Tibet.
Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan offer a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you high quality services. Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation.
Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. You will have breakfast at your hotel. In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.
In all our packaged tours, airport pick-ups and drops are included. You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. On arrival you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you at the airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you will be briefed about your further activities in detail. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.
We have a fleet of latest model luxury vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches. 4WD Land cruisers are used in off-road destinations like Jiri and Manang. Size and type of vehicle depend on size of your group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 persons, micro luxury 6-seater van for 3-5 persons, 10 seater van for 6-9 persons and tourist coach or coaster for group size above 10 persons. Our drivers are specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry. The vehicles are checked carefully before assigning them to your service.
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.
Clothing varies with the types of tours and seasons. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu, and warmer in Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. From the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Nepal.
Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.
If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: > 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) > 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost > 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost > Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost
The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4418100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.