Nepal Photography Tour

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Hotels

Meals

Breakfast

Trip Grade

Easy

Maximun Altitude

1600m

Attractions

Activity

Sightseeing, Photography

Overview

Experience different ethnic cultures & people’s lifestyle of different areas of Nepal as well as get a chance to get close up view of wildlife with exciting jungle activities!

Nepal could be one of the best places for the photographers or for those who are keen in taking photos. Nepal is a naturally gifted country with beautiful mountains, landscape, flora and fauna, lakes, rivers, forests and many more. 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. Beside the natural beauty, it also has ancient traditions, rich cultural heritage and nice and friendly people. In this tour program, you take an insightful tour of Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, stroll around ancient markets and medieval palaces; get a live spectacle of Tihar, one of the biggest Hindu festivals of Nepal; explore ancient Newari, Tharu and Gurung villages; and wildlife of the southern plains.

You also visit Chitwan, which offers lush forests and exotic fauna including the rare one horned rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, crocodiles, elephants, deer and over four-hundred species of birds. After Chitwan you drive to Bandipur, which is an ethnic Newari village and a natural viewpoint from where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang. And then you proceed towards Pokhara, an amazing Himalayan city famous for lakes and natural beauty enhanced with the views of majestic mountains. You also get an opportunity to explore the beauty of Dhampus, a neighboring village before you finally come back to Kathmandu to wrap your trip. As Nepal is truly blessed with natural beauty, rich culture and history, visiting all these places give you an enormous chance to capture the best photos of your lifetime. 

Itinerary

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 will 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. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities. In the evening, you walk around Thamel street and Ason Market. Overnight at Kathmandu

In the morning, you will be transferred to Pashupatinath, a major Hindu shrine which has countless temples dedicated to different Hindu deities within its widespread area. The main temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to lord Shiva. You will also get a chance to witness Hindu cremation ritual by the bank of Bagmati River. Next destination to explore will be Patan Durbar Square, where Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other sites 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.

You will go for a photography tour to Boudhanath, where you will grab an opportunity for an insightful peep into the invaluable culture attached to Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been to a spiritual journey. Boudhanath is the largest dome shaped stupa of the country where the practices of Buddhism can be observed at its best. Later drive will be to Changunarayan, the oldest temple in Kathmandu. Then, you will continue to Nala village, one of the Newari villages near Bhaktapur. Then, you will drive to Bhaktapur, where you can 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 are the living prides of Bhaktapur. Your tour of the day concludes as your driver and guide escort you back to your hotel in Bhaktapur. Overnight in Bhaktapur

You will start your day with an exploration tour around Bhaktapur. Later on, you will take a 20 minutes’ ride to Thimi. Thimi lies about 10 km east of Kathmandu near Bhaktapur. It is famous for pottery, masks making and vegetable fields. As it’s a vegetable growing area for Kathmandu, this place is also known as kitchen garden of Kathmandu. The main deity in the town is Goddess Balkumari. It attracts tourists by its enchanting culture of the farmer community. Overnight in Bhaktapur.

Early morning, after 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. 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. Note: Activities could be flexible as per your request/interest depending upon availability & weather condition. The activities or sights of animals may vary other than described here depending on weather situation.

Chitwan National Park houses rich wildlife, lush grasslands and rare species of bird and animals. It gives a unique and exceptional wildlife experience, being the home to several rare species, in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, bear, wild boar, deer, bison, crocodiles etc. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy, but the chances of spotting these are very high owing to the expertise and experiences of guides. You will surrender yourself to the pure pleasure of jungle activities including wildlife safari, canoeing, bird watching etc. In the majestic jungles of Chitwan National Park, you may encounter rare endangered species like one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tiger. Canoeing through the river gives you sheer pleasure to witness crocodiles and other aquatic species in their natural habitats. You can have one of the most thrilling and exciting wildlife photography experiences of your lifetime. Later, you will have an insightful tour of the local Tharu village. After the long tiring day, you will enjoy a warm hospitality at the Resort in the evening.

You will wake up early in the morning and go for a bird watching tour. The huge park is also the home of Nepal’s two third globally threatened species of birds. Above 400 species of birds have been spotted within the park. 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 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 spectacular viewpoint. Indeed, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Annapurna Range, 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 breakfast you will drive to Pokhara from Bandipur. On reaching Pokhara, you will continue to drive to Dhampus, a traditional Gurung village. The Gurungs are an ethnic community who inhabit the hills surrounding Annapurna region. From the village, you can take some stunning and spectacular shots of the snowy Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. Overnight at local lodge in Dhampus.

In the morning, you will explore around Dhampus village and grab some best opportunities to capture photographs. Later on, you will drive back to Pokhara. In the afternoon you can explore around the city which will be followed by a drive to World Peace Pagoda for sunset view. The World Peace Pagoda is a popular destination southwest of Pokhara, situated at an altitude of almost 1000 meters. Visitors can enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks, as well as Phewa Lake and Sarangkot. Overnight at Pokhara.

In the morning, you will be taken for an excursion to Sarangkot for sunrise photography. In an hour’s drive up the hill from Pokhara lies Sarangkot. Located at an altitude of 1592m, it is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. From here, you can see the whole Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchure, Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal). Afternoon is free for exploring around on your own. Overnight at Pokhara.

Today you will take a 30 minutes’ flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can rest in the hotel. In the evening, there will be a photography tour to Swayambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath, an important Buddhist shrine is also known as the “Monkey Temple” because of its numerous monkeys that guard the Stupa’s hill area. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Our support team will drive you to the airport.

General Information

TOUR GUIDE

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.

 

TOUR AVAILABILITY

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.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Kathmandu and Pokhara offers 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.

 

MEAL

Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. During the Cultural tour in Nepal, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes, in Kathmandu. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.

 

MEETING/AIRPORT TRANSFERS

In this Cultural 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 in Nepal is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

 

VEHICLE

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

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

Clothing varies with the types of tours and seasons. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. In 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. Though this is a Heli tour of 3 hours, you still need to be properly dressed as you are going in the altitude with a stopover above 3800m.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.

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • 3 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan on twin sharing
    • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Bhaktapur on BB plan on twin sharing
    • 1 night Hotel accommodation in Chitwan on AP plan with jungle activities on twin sharing
    • 1 night Hotel accommodation in Bandipur on BB plan on twin sharing
    • 2 nights’ Hotel accommodation in Pokhara on BB plan on twin sharing
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle
    • 1 night stay at Local Tea House in Dhampus and excursion tour around
    • Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to the monuments
    • Boating in Phewa Lake (1 hour)
    • Domestic Airfare: Pokhara/Kathmandu

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal Visa
    • Any other airfare and airport tax
    • All Lunch and Dinner (except during the stay in Chitwan)
    • Any expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, internet, etc.
    • Personal gratuities as tips to guide, drivers or local staff etc.
    • Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Personal Insurance and Medical expenses
    • Any other tour, transfers and services other than mentioned above

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this Cultural tour 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that trip is an adventure tour in mountains. This requires some flexibility. 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 enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

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