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Cultural Nepal: A non-trekking journey to Nepal

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Duration: 9 days
Availability : January - May and September - October
Grade: 1 - Easy
Accomodation: Hotel

Nepal has lot to offer discriminating travelers, not just adventurous trekkers seeking the heights of the Himalayas, but for others looking to experience first hand ancient cultures and stunning natural beauty.

Take an urban adventure touring the magnificent Kathmandu valley and it’s historic cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Soar high along Mt. Everest on a scenic flight seeing trip, gazing upon the world’s tallest mountain. Safari through Nepal’s tropical south at Royal Chitwan National Park and search for wild elephants and the famous one-horned rhinocerous. Stay in Nepal’s “other” major city of Pokhara and experience the magnificent beauty of the snow-capped Annapurna peaks at sunrise. Custom departures only.


  • Scenic flight around Mt. Everest
  • Observing the daily rites at Nepal’s largest Hindu temple, Pashupatinath
  • Wandering through the ancient city of Bhaktapur
  • Witness the exacting skills of Nepal’s classic artists
  • Search the jungles of Nepal for tigers, elephants and rhinos
  • Take a short hike and witness just how magnificent a sunrise can be
  • Take a boat ride around Phewa Lake in Pokhara and soak up the natural beauty of the Himalayas
  • Learn about Nepali life, history and culture
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Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu – Nagarkot Nagarkot 2,175m/7,134ft
Day 4 Nagarkot to Pokhara Pokhara 1,400m/4,592ft
Day 5 Pokhara Pokhara 1,400m/4,592ft
Day 6 Pokhara to Chitwan Chitwan 415m/1,361ft
Day 7 Chitwan jungle activities Chitwan 415m/1,361ft
Day 8 Fly to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 9 Final departure    


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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner.

Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Dinner)

Day 2Exploring Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square. Drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3Kathmandu to Nagarkot

Everest flightseeing: Early morning transfer to airport for an hour long mountain flight to view Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks of the eastern Himalaya. Return to Hotel for Breakfast. After breakfast visit the Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Continue to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the city of devotees. After lunch, drive to Nagarkot for sunset.

Overnight The Fort or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 4Nagarkot to Pokhara

Fly to Pokhara. Day free to relax by the lake-side.

Overnight Temple Tree or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 5Pokhara

Early morning drive to Sarangkot to view the Annapurna range. After Breakfast, visit the International Mountain Museum. Optional hike to the Peace Stupa (20 minutes boat ride across the Lake Phewa and 1 to 2 hours hike to the top). Afternoon free in Pokhara.

Overnight Temple Tree or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 6Pokhara to Chitwan

Drive by private vehicle to Chitwan (5 hours). Optionally fly to Bharatpur. The lodge is a further 1.5 hour drive from Chitwan in Meghauli. Evening cultural activities in Chitwan.

Overnight Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 7Chitwan jungle activities

Full day of Jungle activities: Morning ride on a dug-out canoe to see Gharial crocodiles. Elephant Back ride to view game in the park. Visit to the Elephant Breeding Center.

Overnight Barahi Jungle Lodge or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 8Fly to Kathmandu

Morning Jungle walk. Drive to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon free in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner.

Overnight Hotel Shambala or similar. (All meals)

Day 9Final departure

Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

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Detailed Cost Information

Per Person Price for 2019

  • 1 person: $3,495 USD (Includes Single Supplement)
  • 2 – 4 persons: $2,895 USD per person
  • 5 or more persons: $2,545 USD per person
  • Single Supplement: $500 USD

Price Includes

Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information | All airport transfers | Sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments | 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Shangrila (5 star) in Kathmandu | 1 night twin sharing hotel accommation at Hotel Fort (4 star) in Nagarkot | Airfare: Everest Flightseeing | Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara | Airfare: Chitwan to Kathmandu | Meals as indicated in the itinerary | 2 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Temple Tree (4 star) in Pokhara | 3 days and 2 nights twin sharing accommodation at Chitwan National Park | All Jungle activities in Chitwan

Price Excludes

Your international airfare | Nepal Visa | Meals not indicated in the itinerary | Tips and gratuities | Personal clothing | Travel insurance | Other expenses of a personal nature

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Barbara McDowell, Seattle, WA

Family Traveller

Our trip organized to Bhutan and Nepal with Grand Asian Journeys was so perfect. As my daughter and I needed someone to plan the details and create the perfect itinerary to meet both of our needs (I’m 88) it was a relief to depend wholly on Pam’s expertise. Every step of the way was carefully organized and well executed. We had a flawless journey and the trip of a lifetime!

October 30, 2015