(Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara)
Fulfill your dream & go beyond life as you know it with this mind-blowing voyage of self-discovery & Everest adventures through the forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Reveal the secrets behind this sacred land as you discover the fabled mountain-top city of Kathmandu, Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha & the alpine paradise of Pokhara with the luxury of private guide. From temples to trekking, this customizable trip has it all. Enjoy an Everest flight, blessings, village, exquisite mountain hikes, serene accommodations & much more. Namaste!
Meet your driver for a private transfer between the city center and the airport. The approximate transfer time is 20 minutes.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and stands at an elevation of approximately 1,350 meters. The city's rich history is nearly 2000 years old, as inferred from an inscription in the valley, its religious affiliations are dominantly Hindu followed by Buddhism. Kathmandu's Durbar Square is home to palaces, temples and courtyards. The word “durbar” means “palace” and Nepal’s kings used to live here and rule from the Hanuman Dhoka Palace until the construction of the Nararayanhiti Royal Palace. This important historical attraction has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Museum of Nepal, located on the way to Swayambhunath Hill was established in 1928 AD as an arsenal museum in the historical building which was constructed in early 19th century by General Bhimsen Thapa. It has become a popular attraction to locals wanting to relive their history, and to visitors who are interested in Nepals’ past. People who have interest on historical, cultural and religious aspects can look forward to the doll collection, second century BC coins, stuffed animals and relics from the devastating 1934 earthquake.
Enjoy a tour of Patan. Visit the fascinating museum and Handicrafts Centre.
This Mount Everest Scenic flight provides the best way to catch a birds-eye view of the picturesque Everest region. The highly trained and experienced pilot takes the plane a mere 200 meters away from the mountain peaks, bringing the top of the world to the lens of your camera. This flight is a once in a life time experience, and will provide memories you will never forget. This panoramic flight takes approximately one hour to complete.
Bhaktapur is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is 14 km from Kathmandu and is also variously known as the "City of Culture", the "Living Heritage" and "Nepal’s Cultural Gem". Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is the gem not only of Bhaktapur, but also of the entire nation. The most fascinating structure here are the world-renowned 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Big Bell, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Shiva Temple. Pashupatinath literally means ‘the god of all animals’ and is one of the Avatars of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath is not only the holiest Hindu pilgrimage in Nepal but also one of the holiest destinations in the entire world. Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, lies the temple of Lord Shiva Pashupati Nath, with its two tiered golden roof and silver doors. The stupa of Budhanath lies 8 KM east of Kathmandu. On this colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.
Fly today from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa (Lumbini). Approximate flight time is 30 minutes.
Meet your driver for a private transfer between Bhairahawa airport (Lumbini) and your hotel.
Lumbini is the birth place of Siddhartha Gautam, later known as Lord Gautam Buddha. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations located in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Lumbini is listed in the World Heritage Monument List by UNESCO. The Indian emperor Ashoka identified and set the Ashoka pillar in Lumbini which is the main attraction of this area. The other main attractions of this area are Maya Devi Temple, The Crane Sanctuary, Sacred Garden spread over 8 sq km and sacred pond Puskarni where Mayadevi had taken a bath before giving birth to Gautam Buddha. There are a number of monasteries in Lumbini that have been built many countries.
Rickshaws give their passengers a street-level view of the places around the cities. Rickshaw is that portion of the tour which allows you to get a taste of life in the city as your driver pedals through the old, narrow streets. Today, sit back and relax and take in all the sites Lumbini has to offer.
Tilaurakot has been identified by archaeologists as the actual capital of Kapilvastu and the home of King Suddhodhan, father of Prince Siddhartha who later went on to become the Buddha. This is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha spent the first 29 years of his princely life. Chinese travelers who visited Tilaurakot more than 2,500 years ago reported seeing numerous stupas, monasteries and palaces.
Kudan is located some 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot. It is a huge mound of structural ruins and a pond nearby appears to be the ruins of stupas and monasteries. This is where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha for the first time after he returned from enlightenment.
Gotihawa is an important religious and archaeological site for the Buddhist world community and also historically and archaeologically important. Located about 3 km southwest of Taulihawa, it is believed that Krakuchanda Buddha, who came before Shakyamuni Buddha, was born in Gotihawa and attained Nirvana here. Brick structures of stupas and monasteries can be seen in the area outside modern Gotihawa village. At the center of the main mound the remains of a broken Ashokan Pillar lie on a slab. Adjoining the Pillar on the northeast side is a huge stupa with rings of wedge-shaped ancient bricks/ identifying the Nirvana Stupa of Krakuchanda Buddha. The villagers are still using an ancient well in the center of the village.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Lumbini to Pokhara. The approximate travel time is 6 hours.
One hour transfer to our walk start point. You will stop along the way to photograph the breathtaking panoramas of the Annapurnas. Upon arrival at the village of Lumle situated at an altitude of 1610m, you will begin about one & a half hour walk to the Gurung village Majgaun. After 45 minutes, you will arrive at the village of Chandrakot situated at an altitude of 1580m. From this village, there are spectacular views of Annapurna South, the sacred & unclimbed Fishtail mountain or Machhapuchhare and the surrounding Modi valley. From Chandrakot, you will proceed through a forested area along a well-worn trail for a further 45 minute walk to the Gurung lodge, which is situated at an altitude of 1450m.
This lodge consists of 8 double rooms with attached bathrooms situated in Gurung [the local tribe] style houses. The lodge has extensive grounds with magnificent views of Annapurna South and Annapurna 1. There is a centrally located dining room with bar and fireplaces for relaxation & meals & extensive gardens with different viewpoints from which to photograph the countryside. After lunch, you will be escorted to the local village of Majhgaun, where you can visit a school and also have an opportunity to interact with locals.
The natural beauty of Pokhara's lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made it the natural choice for explorers and adventurers. Pokhara is considered as the top spot for some of the most famous trekking circuits in Nepal, ranging from an easy stroll to a challenging hike. During this tour you will visit the Barahi Temple which is the most important monument in Pokhara. Constructed almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force of Shakti. Includes airport transfers.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Enjoy your flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu today. The flight duration is approximately one hour.
Nagarkot is 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, on the northeast edge of the Valley at an altitude of 2,175m. It is best to view the mountains in the early morning because it is more likely to be clear. Among all the places for mountain viewing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. On a clear day one can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) from Nagarkot.The fresh and chilly breeze makes the visitors feel good in the resort town of Nagarkot. Nagarkot, historically, used to serve as the summer retreat for the royal family and many other aristocrats from Kathmandu.
The impressive, and stunning traditional façade of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set amongst some pleasant gardens, in the old interesting district of Bodhnath. It is within a 10 minutes walk from Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath Stupa and various souvenir shops and restaurants. The airport is an approximate 10 minutes drive away, while the city centre and Thamel is a 10 kilometers drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping and tourist areas of Bhatbhateni, Durbar Marg, Thamel and Kantipath. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has a good variety of recreational facilities such an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and a top class spa. The spacious, wooden floored guestrooms are well appointed with wooden furniture and traditional Tibetan handmade carpets.
The purpose of Lumbini Hotel Kasai is to showcase the Buddhism sacred place while offering their clients a peaceful and quiet environment. The guest rooms are delicately well-kept, clean and offer modern convenience facilities such as air-conditioning, refrigerator, Japanese washlet, bathtub and hairdryer. The rooms are set with luxury of wooden furniture made by local Nepali craftsmen. The hotel offers 28 twin rooms and 2 suites that are well appointed.
Situated on a peninsular, with Fewa Tal Lake and a forest covered hill, the Fish Tail Lodge Pokhara is just 5 kilometres away from the Pokhara Airport. The hotel offers 60 comfortable guestrooms that are tastefully decorated and come with an array of modern amenities to make your stay a pleasant one. Guests can relish delicious cuisine in an elegant setting of the on-site restaurant. The cosy bar is an ideal place to unwind with an exotic drink after a busy day. At leisure, you can have a bracing dip in the swimming pool or relax at the garden. Guests can also indulge in outdoor activities that include trekking, boating and golfing that are available in the area.
The Gurung Lodge consists of 8 double rooms with attached bathrooms, and is situated in Gurung. The lodge has an extensive grounds, which boasts magnificent views of Annapurna South and Annapurna 1. There is a centrally located dining room and bar which is equipped with a fireplaces, ideal for creating an atmosphere for relaxation. Meals in the extensive gardens provide different viewpoints from which to photograph the surrounding countryside.
India & Area
Jim Allard ,
December 09, 2014
"Sunita Singh did an outstanding job
Overall an excellent trip, well carried out.
The drivers in Delhi and overland from Agra to Udaipur made a great impression. Both were accomplished and accommodating. Access to transport in Delhi and Mumbai on our leisure days was noted and appreciated.
Guides in Delhi, Agra and Udaipur were standouts. The transfer reps all did an excellent job particularly since, on a number of occasions, they were there in the middle of the night.
All accommodations except for Mumbai were excellent. Memories of the culture of India ranks first but a close second in our minds will be the palace hotels.
The Leela Palace offers a peaceful and intimate refuge from the bustle of Delhi. Our reaction to the Nadesar was that it was the best hotel ever. Little did we realize each subsequent hotel in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur would top that, except for the last in Mumbai.
We were there at an important moment in India's development and the various viewpoints in different cities reflects the promise and challenges facing the country.
Some thought the shock of Varanasi could be better absorbed later in the itinerary, however, the geography preempts that alternative.
Always room for improvement so we would offer the following
Biggest disappointment was the Taj Tower in Mumbai. Small rooms that could be anywhere on the planet. Better choice would be the old wing which matches up better with the overall experience.
Not all of the guides were understandable. They all seemed intelligent and knowledgable but were lacking in delivery of a dialogue. Some speak in a droning monologue that is difficult to follow and includes blinding detail that is soon forgotten.
Two glitches that were remedied: The pickup of the van in Agra had an impossible seating arrangement but that was corrected overnight to our complete satisfaction. The Lake Palace Rooms in Udaipur were initially a problem. One room was lovely but the other two were substandard, although the hotel said they were in the same class. Basically, the better room had the bathroom and closet along the full wall while the substandard alternative used only half the wall resulting in a minute closet, no shower, a single sink and no window. They initially stated that there was nothing better but within an hour the duty manager had found two adjacent rooms on another floor that had the double sinks, separate claw bath and shower overlooking the lake as well as better closet space. They graciously moved us while we were at dinner on the rooftop.
Finally there is always the gouging at shops where the guides get a commission. At a couple of stops this seemed egregious but we are all seasoned travellers and work around that annoyance.
Some of the others may wish to add to these comments but those are my thoughts.
Good memories, thanks"
India & Area
December 08, 2014
"Seamless first class organization and management of our tour.
Sunita Singh did an outstanding job setting up all our accommodations, guides and internal transport."
India & Area
November 28, 2014
"My Husband and I recently traveled to India the had the most amazing experience..
India is a remarkable country. it is the oldest civilization in the world and we were constantly marveling at the continuity of the culture over the millenniums.
We highly recommend that you book your India trip with the Kensington Tours INDIA Specialist, Senior Sales Consultant Sunita Singh who has lived in India & travelled extensively within the country and neighboring countries.
The entire trip was well planned and ran without a hitch. The guides were excellent, well educated, very knowledgable and extremely solicitous of us. A special recommendation to our driver Rakesh (spelling?) who negotiated the roads and sometimes heavy and interesting traffic with skill and good humor.
This was a private tour comprising of my husband and I. We were most impressed with the way the trip was organized and with the quality and care shown by every Kensington representative along the way.
We visited all the important destinations which exceeded our expectations. A wonderful aspect of traveling in this manner was that our guides were able to take us off the beaten path and we experienced local India in this way.
Our travels took us to Delhi, Varanasi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, the temples in Ranakpur and Agra. Varanasi was the highlight of the vacation. It is such a spiritual and special place and well worth the detour. The hotels were all 5 star plus and luxurious. We especially loved The Lake Palace in Udaipur and the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. The Oberoi in Agra was also amazing.
It was a treat and a privilege to travel through Rajasthan in this way. India is such a special country to visit."
India & Area
Mike Simon ,
May 06, 2014
"Kensington planned a wonderful fascinating itinerary for us. All of the guides were so accommodating and flexible, wanting to be sure we were being cared for. India can be a difficult place in which to travel without the proper drivers and guides. Kensington's staff was all top notch."
India & Area
Jim & Gayle Stinson ,
April 21, 2014
"Our individualized, private trip to India was just fabulous. Thanks to all for a trip of a lifetime!"
India & Area
Sharleen Dickson ,
April 21, 2014
"The driver and guides were excellent!"
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