THERE ARE MANY EXCURSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM DURING YOUR TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF NEPAL – HERE ARE SOME OPTIONS
Day trips from Kathmandu
Historic sights of Kathmandu
Spend a day with a local guide and private transport exploring the historic sights of Kathmandu. During this Nepal Excursions you will visit both the Swayambhunath and the Boudhanath Stupas and enjoy an amazing view of the city. Visit the Hindu of site of Pashupatinath; a beautiful complex of temples along the Bagmati River. The banks of the river are lined by several funeral Ghats (places where steps lead into the river) were daily cremation ceremonies take place. Wandering through the temple complex you are likely to come across some of the old Sadhus (holy men). The final stop is the historic Durbar Square in the heart of the city which consists of a collection of ancient temples and the ancient royal palace.
Swayambunath and walk through Everest Tea Garden
This day trip is perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The Temple complex of Swayambhunath, also called the “Monkey Temple”, lies on a hill top. It is an important pilgrimage place for Buddhists, and from the top you have an amazing view of Kathmandu. Enter the “Buddha Park” from the other side of the temple; famous for its three huge golden Buddha statues.
After lunch, drive to the Everest Tea Garden, located a 40 km drive from the city. Along the way you enjoy beautiful landscapes of green hills and open fields. Walk through the tea garden for an hour or two, and enjoy the greenery and the panoramic views.
Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan
A day to explore the stupas, temples and ancient cities of Nepal. The guide picks you up and together you drive across the city to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas of Asia and colorfully decorated with prayer flags. The ancient stupa is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world.
Your next stop is the Hindu site of Pashupatinath which is really a beautiful complex of temples along the Bagmati River. The banks of the river are lined by several funeral Ghats (places where steps lead into the river) were daily cremation ceremonies take place. Wandering through the temple complex you are likely to come across some of the old Sadhus (wise men).
Your last visit for the day is the Ancient City of Patan. Patan is another one of the three ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley. Many of its residents make their living by partaking in handicrafts such as stone carving and creating metallic statues. The highlight of Patan is the beautiful Durbar square which has been given status as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Bhaktapur & Thimi
Today the guide takes you to the Ancient City of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is one of the three historic cities of Kathmandu Valley. The original palace and durbar square were constructed in the 15th Century. The old buildings have a complex architecture, with wooden engraved window frames and multi-layered pagodas. Around the durbar square you wander through cozy small streets, with houses in typical Newari style. In “pottery square” you see kilns made from straw covered with ash and series of pottery drying in the sun. The craftsmen are busy making new pottery.
If you are up to it, it is possible to add a 2-hour pottery workshop to this trip and return home with your own handmade Nepali pot.
You continue your visit to the town of Thimi. It has some of the most precious and least known temples in all the valley, alongside the 1 km walk between the Balkumari Temple and the beautiful Siddhikali Temple.
Nepal Excursions – Newari villages
Expereince the traditional lifestyle of the local Newari people during a day long tour of several villages. Visit typical Newari houses, temples, and monasteries, enjoy great views of the Kathmandu valley, admire local wooden crafts and taste the local delicacies such as mustard oil.
Budhalinkantha & hike in Shivapuri National Park
Take a guided tour of Budhanilkantha, the holy site of the sleeping Hindu god Vishnu. The magnificently carved stone idol of sleeping Vishnu, the Hindu God of preservation, can be observed from the periphery of the pond, as non-Hindus are not allowed inside.
Follow up with a moderate, 15km hike through the surrounding farmlands and Kathmandu’s nearest forest reserve, Shivapuri National Park. Home to a local monastery, you can also enjoy splendid views of Kathmandu valley from the park.
Pulchowki day hike & visit to the Godavari Botanical Garden
Around Kathmandu there are several options for day hikes, Pulchowki is one of them. This “hill of flowers” lays in the southern part of Kathmandu, 14 kilometres from the city centre. With a height of 2782m, it is the highest hill surrounding the valley.
A guide will pick you up from your hotel and organize transport to the starting point of this day hike. The hike will take 4-5 hours, and from the top you have amazing views of the valley and the surrounding hills.
Explore the Godavari Botanical Garden during your descent, before making the return trip. Over 500 species of plants can be found in the gardens, as well as many butterflies.
Nepal Excursions – A hidden journey
This day tour is tailored for aspiring individuals who want a true experience with the social entrepreneurs in Nepal and get to know their journey of success and struggle. You get the chance to connect with the change makers and their causes and community, along with a chance to learn from each other.
The underbelly of Kathmandu
Kathmandu is much more than temples, the tourist hub Thamel and ancient city squares. The city is built on the backs of those that live and labor behind the scenes, away from tourism. This day is designed specifically to show you a living and breathing Kathmandu, not one that you see in brochures and pamphlets. Meet local craftsmen, visit Kupondole Bridge slum where a slum dweller, Kamala, will share her story. Travel to Thamel where you learn how to make kites and fly them. Finish the day with dinner at a local food stall that is popular with both locals and travellers.
Excursions around Pokhara
Following the invasion of Tibet in the sixties there was an influx of refugees into Nepal on their way to India. Approximately 60.000 of them settled in Nepal. Still there are refugees crossing the border either to make their way to India or to settle in Nepal. There are 4 of these refugee camps in Pokhara (Tashi Ling, Tashi Palkhiel, Jampaling and Paljorling). In the surrounding hillsides, there are several smaller settlements.
During this guided day tour, your guide picks you up at your hotel in the morning for an encounter with the Tibetan refugees and their descendents in settlements of Paljorling, Tashiling and Tashi Palkhiel.
Discover the arts and crafts of the Tibetan Plateau, meet a Tibetan doctor and learn some basics of Tibetan medicine, visit a settlement photo gallery and learn the settlers’ history, and finish off the day with a visit to the monastery and by attending their group prayer ceremony of puja.