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Taste of Nepal Tour

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Duration

8 Days

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Group Size

15 people

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Overview

Looking for a Nepal tour packages that goes beyond trekking?  Did you know that Nepal is one of the most cultured and bio-diverse countries on earth?

No other place on earth allows you to see the world’s highest mountains,  with yaks and buffalo (and maybe a yeti sighting) to the sub-tropical jungle, with tigers, crocodiles, endangered one-horned rhinos, and elephants, with stops at ancient religious and cultural sites along the way, all in one trip.

Make a plan to experience a taste of Nepal Tour beyond the famous treks. From high snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the north to the flat plain in the south; from exotic heritage tour of Kathmandu to the relaxing natural mountain atmosphere of Nagarkot; from wildlife safari in Chitwan to nature excursion in Pokhara; all are set to give you the best taste of Nepal Tour.  Nowhere will you find such a diverse tour experience in one go.

Your visit of the heritage sites in Kathmandu valley will take you to ancient Buddhist Stupas, Medieval palace squares, a Hindu cremation center in the open on the bank of a river, to show you the diversity in culture and the amazing craftsmanship of the ancient and medieval artisans of Kathmandu. You can rest and relax by the evening on the mountaintop along the Kathmandu valley ridge.

See a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and a stunning sunrise from the hill station then get ready to explore the wildlife in Chitwan National Park safari, one of the finest national parks in South Asia. You can expect additional exceptional close-up views of the Himalayas from Pokhara and be thrilled by an optional adventure activity like paragliding, the world’s highest, longest and fastest zip flyer, bungee jumping or maybe an ultra-light flight. And take in the beautiful countryside life and culture during your bus rides.

This Nepal Tour lets you experience a true taste of everything that Nepal has to offer, by combining all of its diverse and beautiful places and activities into one trip. Give it a thought that there is more to Nepal than trekking; come experience it yourself and you’ll be overwhelmed with the extraordinary experience of traveling all of Nepal;

Once back home, you will want to share your amazing experience with your friends.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: Arrival Kathmandu

You will be welcomed and received on your arrival by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Later on, you will be transferred to your hotel; check into hotel and relax until we meet for the trip briefing at some point in the evening. You will be informed about the briefing time once you arrive to the hotel.

DAY 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and Nagarkot

After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We will tour the UNESCO World heritage sites today which includes:

Swayambhunath Stupa - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful home to lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, it\'s also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley.

Pashupatinath Temple- A holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and is a Hindu Crematorium. Watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed bodies, matted dreadlocks, the typical look of Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus.

Boudhanath Stupa - the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple.

Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century as well as the amazing Nepali Architecture. Later on, we will drive to Nagarkot for about 1.5 hrs and stay overnight there.

Nagarkot is a beautiful hill station 32 Kilometers east of Kathmandu and famous for sunrises and Mountain Views. We can enjoy the breathtaking view of Langtang range in the Himalaya along with other magnificent mountains including Sisa Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar and also a tiny glimpse of Mt. Everest on a very clear day. Sunrise from here is as fascinating as it can be. The cool weather there makes us wish for more days there but so sad, we are checking out from here tomorrow.

DAY 3: Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Chitwan

Early morning wake up for the sunrise. We will check out the hotel after breakfast and drive for about 40 minutes to Bhaktapur for a sightseeing tour of the world heritage town. After about 2 hours’ sightseeing of Bhaktapur, we start driving to Chitwan National Park.

It takes us about 6 hours to reach this beautiful National Park in the south of Nepal. Chitwan National Park was once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats.

Today, the animals - elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard and deer - are protected, not shot. The greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an elephant. This national park is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 4: Chitwan Exploration Day

Full day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like: jungle walk, elephant riding, village visit, canoeing, visit to elephant breeding center, bird-watching etc. A nature guide will lead us through all the activities giving us more insights about the wildlife, flora and fauna in the national park.

View of wild and aquatic life like rhinoceros, deer, bear, crocodile, and different birds will make your day. Don\'t miss sunset along he riverbank. In the evening we can enjoy the Tharu cultural show. Tharus are aboriginal people of the area who have their own language, culture and tradition.

DAY 5: Chitwan - Pokhara

Today we are driving for 5 hours to go to Pokhara, a very famous nature and tourist destination in Nepal. As soon as we reach Pokhara, the atmosphere starts telling us about the beauty of the place. One of the most beautiful lake cities in the world, Pokhara, is also the city for the adventure sports in Nepal. It is also a famous sightseeing place with beautiful lakes and views of Himalayan range. The close-up view of the Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail from here is more than fascinating. In the afternoon we explore the beauty of Pokhara by boating on Lake Fewa, and visiting a temple on a small island.

DAY 6: Pokhara Exploration Day

We wake up early in the morning and drive for about 35 minutes to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill near Pokhara famous for Sunrise. A closed-up look of the Annapurna and Fishtail peaks, and the unparalleled Sunrise makes a perfect start of your day.

After Sunrise, we come back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we go for a nice row boating trip on the beautiful Lake Fewa. Later we visit Davis falls, a cave, and Tibetan Refugee Camp.

P.S: We can choose to do some adventure activities like Paragliding, ultralight flight or Zip flyer as well, with an extra cost. We can also hike to Naudanda Sarangkot or World Peace Stupa or Nirmal Pokhari at an extra rate of USD 17 per person - minimum 2 participants required

DAY 7: Pokhara - Kathmandu

We are driving back to Kathmandu today after our breakfast. It takes us about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. We can fly back at an extra cost (30 minute flight). Later in the evening, we go for farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu and you can share your trip experiences.

DAY 8: Departure Day

Today is our last day of the Taste of Nepal Tour so we will transfer you to airport for the departure to home.

Included/Excluded

  • Airport pick up & drop
  • Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and pokhara in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel in Chitwan on full board basis (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner)
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Farewell dinner with cultural programs.
  • All Ground transportation (Haice/Coaster/Sutlaj as per group size)
  • Personal equipments , clothings
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city Sightseeing Entrance Fees.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and pokhara
  • Cold & alcoholic drinks, extra snacks
  • Airport tax, Int’l airfare, Visa Fees
  • Tips for Guide and Driver as per clients satisfaction.

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Sasha

04/23/2020

Nepal is a beautiful experience , one to be shared!

I was very pleased with the Earthbound guys, from the initial meet & greet to the final departure. I felt looked after by Earthbound. I thought a visit to Nepal wouldn't be complete unless I did a trek, and I had two separate treks in mind when i contacted Earthbound. The response I got was fast and detailed and very professional, with the timeframe I provided well planned. This was also my impression after meeting Rajan, Shree, and Sabin. They all made sure my trip was enjoyable, and throughout my visit, they showed great professionalism. But most of all, I enjoyed the time spent with local Nepalese and learning about their culture and very humble way of life. I don't think I would have achieved such depths without the help of Earthbound.
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QueenWM

04/23/2020

Amazing Nepal Trip by All Means!

We stayed in Nepal for one week of which all trip was booked and arranged by Earthbound Expeditions. The head of the agent Mr. Rajan was so professional and responsive to all requests and even flexible to re-schedule any changes in the plan. We stayed in Pokhara for two nights in cozy Tiger Mountain Lodge and toured most landmark places in the city including the Ultra-Flight experience. In Kathmandu, we stayed in Dwarika's Hotel for four nights and managed to visit all UNESCO World Heritage sites with private guide and driver. It is always true that one visit to Nepal is not enough! And dealing with Earthbound Expedition agent and Mr. Rajan is the best choice for any planned tour in Nepal.
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AlexK

04/22/2020

I want to go to Kathmandu : )

This year for my birthday I wanted to go to Kathmandu to help children with disabilities and without parents. It's become somewhat of a yearly tradition for me to help such children - it is my gift to myself, but not knowing anyone in Nepal I did a bit of research and eventually found Earthbound Expeditions headed up by the extremely intelligent, warm, and dynamic Rajan Simkhada. I was extremely impressed by how quickly he responded to my messages at all times of day and even more so when I found out how busy he was with civic and community projects aimed at improving life for the Nepali people and giving back. Their Ganesh Himal Charity trip was a wonderful idea but like so many people today with very little time I did not have the amount of time necessary to do take this tour. I explained to Rajan my situation and what I wanted to do and the custom made an itinerary to accommodate my wishes. I was sincerely impressed with his staff such as Shreeram Adhikari who outside of trekking up to the earth's highest point was assisting in the civic and community projects to aid Nepalese people. Rajan and Shree along with the rest of their staff did everything possible to make my trip to Nepal my favorite one to date. I accomplished all I set out to do and more. In a country with more spirit and kindness than money or infrastructure, this is a HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT! I would HIGHLY Recommend Earthbound Expeditions to ANYONE seeking to visit the beautiful country of Nepal, India, Bhutan, or any other area they service. Best Regards, Alex Kruz
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EMcKAustralia

04/22/2020

Earthbound are FANTASTIC

I can't say enough about Rajan and his team, absolutely professional, caring and fun. Our guides for a private day trip we did with them were knowledgeable and really lovely to spend time with. I could say so much, and am happy if anyone would like more information about our experience please don't hesitate to contact me. As a previous reviewer has stated, "Just not enough words to explain how great the service and experience was with Earthbound Expeditions." I would NOT hesitate to use them again, if we are ever fortunate enough to return to Nepal
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JLB1553

04/21/2020

We would use this Tour Group again without hesitation!

This is going to be long - in order to cover some facts as well as give an adequate description of the nature and spirit of the group. I hope it’s helpful. First, let me clarify some things that might be confusing: When we booked our tour it was through Bohemian Tours located in West Bengal, India, and we originally got our information about them via an excellent website of the same name. For airport pickup, however, we were told to look for a sign that said either Bohemian Tours or Earthbound Expeditions. From that point on Earthbound Expeditions was the name used. Also, the listing says Day Tours, which could be misleading. Earthbound Expeditions offers tours of various lengths, from 1 day to 16 or more. I want to add that generally, we’re not "tour" people (or we didn’t think we were.) We love exploring on our own and an organized tour like this wouldn’t usually be something we’d choose. What happened is that I came across it in a Groupon promotion with a price that was tempting, so I investigated further. Their website was so impressive that I convinced my husband and son to give it a try. Ours was the 8-day Taste of Nepal tour. Our initial communications with Tara, the International Director, were always prompt and clear. The website is extremely well done, providing useful information about flight booking, possible side excursions, vaccinations, money exchange, voltage/electrical requirements, travel insurance, visas, what to bring....and specifics regarding the food, water, weather, accommodations, etc. (with useful links where appropriate.) I highly recommend reading it thoroughly. This same level of care and attention to detail was present in all our dealings with them. Shortly before we were to leave the U.S., Tara sent a letter with additional instructions and offered to answer any last minute questions we had. He provided information about airport pickup and gave us names & numbers for contacts in Nepal in the event we ran into difficulties. One of those individuals, Rajan, was at our hotel to meet us and remained in touch during the tour, though he turned us over to Kumar, who was our guide throughout. It turned out that our group (with the exception of one day, when we were joined by 2 women from Australia) consisted only of my husband, son, 4 year-old granddaughter & me. It was clear to us that this would not be a lucrative venture for the company, yet no corners were cut. Kumar covered everything on the Itinerary and more. He also was attentive to our particular interests. On the way to Chitwan National Park, as we drove along the river, we saw suspension bridges leading to the bank on the other side. These looked intriguing and when we commented, Kumar asked if we’d like to cross one. When we got to a good stopping place he had the driver drop us off so we all could cross, take photos and explore a bit. Obviously this was an advantage of being a small group. In a larger group it might not have been possible, though I’d venture to say that in any size group Kumar would do his best to be accommodating. He’s extremely knowledgeable and provided an abundance of information about the history and culture at each site we visited. Many times this was more than we could absorb at once and he was infinitely patient with our questions – even when he had to repeat things he'd already told us. He was always helpful and professional, yet over the days we spent with him we also came to view him as our friend. He went above and beyond anything we ever could have expected - even helping to carry our tired little one at times when the rest of us were worn out. In addition to Kumar, Deepak, the driver, was with us throughout the trip. Although he didn’t speak much English, he communicated with a ready smile. He was always prompt, pleasant and helpful, handling precarious traffic and roads with skill and apparent ease. From our arrival in Kathmandu until we left, our days were filled with an amazing array of activities. It was a perfect mix of scheduled and "free" or individual time to explore (or rest!) as we chose. Seeing the ancient temples, stupas and shrines was fascinating. The beauty and history – there was so much to take in. The streets of Kathmandu were bustling, with rich colors and eye-catching architectural elements everywhere, even on the simplest structures. We loved seeing the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a World Heritage Site. There’s still much to marvel at, despite the fact that particular area suffered a tremendous amount of damage in the April 2015 earthquake. Chitwan Park was almost tropical in spots – serene and beautiful. Among many other things, we were thrilled to see a mother white rhinoceros nestled under a shrub with her calf. We booked our trip prior to the earthquake. Apparently quite a few people were put off by the quake & rumors of widespread damage and cancelled previously made plans to visit. We did give it consideration, primarily because of safety concerns but after some research we determined it was safe to proceed. Moreover, we understood that one of the things crucial to the country's recovery is the return of tourist dollars. As far as earthquake-related damage, we definitely saw some, as well as many repairs and restoration - both completed and underway. During our time there, however, we were much more aware of the economic and social impact of the new constitution Nepal ratified in September. A significant effect of this - and there are various takes on exactly why - is that the borders between Nepal and its neighbor, India, have been blocked. Nepal is dependent on India for the majority of its trade and this has caused a restriction on the transport of goods including petroleum, cooking fuel, medicines, and many other supplies and daily necessities. Almost every aspect of life in the country has been affected - many restaurants were forced to shut down or convert to restricted menus because of food & fuel shortages. Petro lines snake through the streets, with people waiting 2 to 3 days to put gas in their cars and work vehicles. These factors didn’t have a huge impact on our trip, though there was the difficulty of riding in a comfortable, spacious van, looking out at others stuffed into busses and even riding on bus roofs in order to make best use of precious petroleum. The restricted menus were a bit of a disappointment but paled with the recognition of how difficult it was for the restaurant owners simply to remain open. As foodies, we’d looked forward to some exotic meals and especially the Indian spices. The meals that were included with the tour were always ample, good and hearty. They were not highly spiced and we learned that’s probably typical of Nepalese food. Our free-time meal experiences were somewhat hit-and-miss. Because of the shortages, places that had previously received high recommendations might not be open or – if open – might only be offering salads (and not always too exciting.) We did come across one sure bet for both food and atmosphere and that was the New Orleans Café in Thamel, Kathmandu. Unlike it sounds, this restaurant has a large menu and offers an amazing variety of food - everything from hummus to Tandoori chicken to Thai curries - and everything we tried was good. In addition, it had a charming ambiance. Once we discovered It, we ate there 2 or 3 times. Another excellent place we didn’t find until one of our last days in the city was the Roadhouse Café, also in Kathmandu. They had wood-fired pizza, so were unaffected by the lack of fuel and the pizza was outstanding! Amendments to the constitution apparently are being considered even as I'm writing this and it's hoped that the situation will be resolved in the near future. For us, we were glad we didn't cancel. Both Kumar and the tour group as a whole let us know they were glad too. They did everything possible to make our trip memorable. They showed great willingness to be flexible, helping us negotiate an unexpected schedule glitch (on our part) and also arranging airport transportation for us at the end of some additional personal days we spent in the country. In summary, Earthbound Expeditions/Bohemian Tours is a first rate organization. We thank them for their kindness and proficiency and for helping to make our visit to Nepal such a great success. We’re considering a trip to India at some point in the future and will most definitely seek them out again.
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Kelli G

04/20/2020

Amazing ‘Taste of Nepal’ trip

We booked our trip and were pleased that Mr. Rajan was able to provide the exact dates we asked for. Every detail was taken care of from the moment we booked. Our guide Bharat was wonderful and so patient as we slowly made our way up each incline, encouraging us all the way to the top. Accommodation, meals, sights were all perfect. I will use this company for my next visit and highly recommend to anyone visiting Nepal.
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Timwanno

04/20/2020

9 day Taste of Nepal Tour

My wife Monica and I did a 9-day tour of Nepal with Earthbound Expeditions. From the time we were picked up at the airport until we were dropped off we were always very well looked after. Mr Rajan met us at our hotel in Thamel called the Thamel Eco Resort and explained what would happen during the tour. He is a lovely man and is a joy to meet. The guides were always on time and did an excellent job explaining the sights to us. Our guide in Kathmandu was Kumar who took us to Lotus Crafts near Patan Durban Square to buy a genuine healing bowl that my wife loves. He also took us to Buddha Thanks Treasure shop at the Swoyambhunath Buddhist Temple also known as the Monkey Temple where we purchased a genuine painted mandala by a master which we shall treasure in our home here in Canada. Our guide for the week was Bharat and our driver was Deepak. Deepak is an excellent driver and we really felt we could relax while he navigated the roads and traffic with confidence. Bharat is an excellent guide. he has great patience and a calm demeanor. After spending the week with him we hated to say goodbye. I have no complaints about the tour company and Mr. Rajan should be very proud of his employees. The weather was good but the country was covered in a haze for the week and we could not see the snow-capped Himalaya mountains. Maybe next time will be better. We highly recommend this company.
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