(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!
Sit back and relax for this airport transfer in a private vehicle with driver. Includes English speaking assistance.
The impressive, and stunning traditional facade 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 km 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.
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.
Transfer from Bhairahawa airport (Lumbini) to 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.
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.
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.
Drive today from Lumbini to Pokhara. Approximate drive time is 6 hrs.
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.
One hr 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 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.
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.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and representative
Enjoy your flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu today. The flight duration is approximately one hour.
A private vehicle will English speaking driver and guide will pick you up and transfer you between the City Centre and Airport. This transfer is approximately 7 km, roughly 20 minutes.
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.
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Alton J Hundley ,
March 14, 2011
"Our trip to India was a wonderful and magical event! We owe our gratitude to Kensington Tours for making the trip run so smoothly. The guides were exceptionally friendly and caring towards our four year old son and our driver was absolutely amazing!"
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Fred and Sharon Tooley ,
November 11, 2010
"We've just returned from our second "once in a lifetime" trip with Kensington Tours. A year ago we went to Kenya and Tanzania and felt that no future trips could match that incredible benchmark. We were wrong! When we had the wonderful opportunity to travel to India and Nepal this year, we once again called Kensington. What an amazing, amazing adventure we had! The fact that we have had two "once in a lifetime" trips with Kensington, tells us that we may not know where our next adventure will take us but we do know that Kensington Tours will take us there. We send huge thanks to Brad Crockett who coordinated a trip that was like no other. We thank he and Karishma Kaul both for walking us through our concerns, dealt with via email, while in country regarding a tight flight/luggage transfer and to both of them for arranging the marvelous hotels, lodges and incomparable guides and drivers for us in both India and Nepal. We want to especially thank them for Ghanshyam, our driver for our entire stay in India. Without him, and our trusty "Tempo Traveller" we simply wouldn't have survived the traffic and hours of travel--he was not only a great driver, but a terrific guide during those long drives between cities. We will never forget the thrill of seeing Machali, the magnificent tiger known as "Lady of the Lake" at Ranthambore National Park in India. We will never forget the speechless first sight of the Taj Mahal--nor, we doubt, will we ever have an experience that will ever compare with seeing a tiger in Chitwan National Park, Nepal while on a late afternoon elephant back safari in dense jungle cover--the sights, the sounds of the elephants...words may fail, but the memories will never fade. Thank you, Kensington.
Fred & Sharon Tooley 2011"
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Glenn Dorfman ,
March 10, 2010
"Our two weeks in India and Nepal doing the Golden Triangle, Varanasi and the Ganges, and Kathmandu went precisely as planned. Airport greetings and transfers, the drivers and especially the guides were all just great; highly qualified, interesting and dedicated to see that you have an interesting and safe experience. I have many examples to share of this. The itinerary was perfect. We have no complaints at all. Would be glad to share more details with prospective travelers."
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Mohmud Kassam ,
February 24, 2010
"Very helpful from the beginning and helped us change our itinerary so many times until we got it right. We really appreciate your effort. All guides were somewhat knowledgeable. We found that they were not as forthcoming as we would have liked and therefore we had to ask many questions to get more out of them. They were however very pleasant and patient. Vehicles were excellent! We chose Kensington Tours because you gave us the option of a “private guided trip” which is exactly what we were looking for. We have been on many tours and did not want a tour package where we had to go with a big group. Overall our experience was very good. The trip was exactly what we were looking for. The accommodation, cars and guides and agent reps were all very good and helpful. India was incredible!"
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Claudia Pedreira ,
February 09, 2010
"Sorry for the late response, I've been meaning to write to you since we came back to thank you so much for your assistance with coordinating our trip. India was such an amazing experience and truly a fascinating country. We appreciate the upgrades and the travel by private car as it made a difference in our trip. All three hotels were excellent and we found the local tour service to be prompt and very accommodating. I will certainly be using Kensington Tours again for any future travel. Thanks again!"
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Joan and Sam Hubball ,
February 09, 2010
I am thinking about you and your wonderful plan and our amazing trip to India. I think the flexibility within the tour, the number of rich experiences due to the private nature of the trip, the mind,body, spirit connections of the country made this a true life experience, not a trip. I will write you a long letter with more specifics this week as I believe there are so many places and people who deserve acknowledgment and recognition for some of the most gracious and experienced tourism service. For now,Bindu, everyone should stay at the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur and everyone must see Varanasi. We are so glad we chose the more aggressive approach...I cannot imagine our trip without any of the places we've seen!
Warmest regards, heartfelt thanks for the plan, and will be in touch soon, Joan Hubball
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Helmut and Helga Igel ,
December 14, 2009
"Hi Bindu. Everything worked out great. The hotels all where very good. What made the trip a real pleasure was our driver, Manohar Lal Thakur. He always went out his way to take care of any requests we had. The Indian people are the friendlest we have ever met! We will use Kensington again on one of our next trips.
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Illa Gandhi ,
January 07, 2010
"We had a great time in India. Karishma Kaul from Kensington tours did a tremendous job putting our trip together. The company did second to none job making us feel at home. It was because of them, it felt like a holiday. Thank you Karishma for a wonderful experience."
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Cheryl Smith ,
September 28, 2009
"My trip to India was incredible, and I want to thank you for organizing the tours. They took very good care of us. The hotels were nice, and we felt very safe. The guides and the driver were fantastic. The guides were very knowledgeable and patient in answering all of our questions and waiting for us when I know we extended our slotted time in some places (like shopping). For instance, I went to the airport to depart and expected only a driver. I was very surprised and grateful to have another person with the driver who helped me enter the airport, obtain my boarding pass, and showed me where to get to security. "
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Frank Walchak ,
September 28, 2009
"We just arrived this morning from Delhi. The hotels, tour and driver were all excellent. We certainly got our monies worth. Thank you again for setting up this great trip. Prior to the golden triangle, we operated on 93 children with burns, cleft lip and palate at a medical school outside of Bangalore. Frank and Carolyn Walchak
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