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Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour

Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Chitwan

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Jungle Resort

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle or Tourist Bus

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Sarangkot (1600m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour is a popular tour package for travellers visiting Nepal. It covers three major tourist destinations in the country and offers a diverse range of experiences, including cultural exploration, natural beauty, and wildlife encounters. 

Embarking on the Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour is an exquisite experience that allows travellers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural, historical, and natural wonders of Nepal. This meticulously crafted itinerary offers a comprehensive exploration of three iconic destinations, ensuring an unforgettable and rewarding journey.

Commencing in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, visitors are greeted by a captivating blend of ancient and modern attractions. The architectural marvels of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple offer a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage. The tour continues with visits to the revered Boudhanath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square, which exhibit intricate craftsmanship and historical significance.

The journey then takes a scenic twist as we make our way to Pokhara, famously known as the “City of Lakes”. Nestled amidst the majestic Annapurna mountain range, Pokhara offers breathtaking vistas that leave travellers in awe. From the shores of Phewa Lake to the serene World Peace Pagoda, this picturesque city invites visitors to immerse themselves in its serene natural beauty. For adventure-seeking enthusiasts, thrilling activities such as paragliding, zip-lining, and trekking are also available, adding an unforgettable element of excitement to the itinerary.

The final leg of the tour leads us to Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Renowned for its diverse wildlife and pristine ecosystems, this sanctuary offers an unmatched safari experience. Explorations through the park present the opportunity to witness rare species such as the one-horned rhinoceros and the elusive Bengal tiger, as well as to engage in activities such as elephant back safaris and canoe rides along the Rapti River.

Throughout this meticulously designed itinerary, travellers will be accompanied by knowledgeable guides who provide insightful commentary and ensure a seamless journey. From cosy accommodations to delectable local cuisine, every aspect of the tour is carefully curated to provide an enriching and memorable experience.

Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour promises an exquisite adventure through Nepal’s cultural, natural, and historical wonders. Whether indulging in the captivating landmarks of Kathmandu, marvelling at the majestic beauty of Pokhara, or delving into the wilderness of Chitwan National Park, this tour offers an unparalleled exploration of the country’s most popular places.

Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour Highlights:

  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, a historic city.
  • Explore Pokhara's ethereal beauty.
  • Discover Pokhara's historical and cultural landmarks.
  • Witness Himalayan range, the sunrise, and Pokhara city from Sarangkot.
  • Chitwan National Park jungle safari.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu – Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Day 4: In Pokhara – Sarangkot Sunrise Tour & Pokhara City Sightseeing
Day 5: Drive to Chitwan from Pokhara
Day 6: In Chitwan – continue Safari
Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu from Chitwan
Day 8: Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan tr

Hotel

After breakfast, you have a full day to explore the city and its cultural treasures. Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel then your city guide shall meet you at the hotel’s lobby to start up the tour. Head to Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. Located atop a hill, Swayambhunath offers panoramic views of the city and is considered one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. Explore the stupa complex, adorned with prayer flags, Buddhist shrines, and intricate carvings. Observe the monkeys that inhabit the area, giving the temple its unique nickname.

Then proceed to Patan Durbar Square, located in the city of Lalitpur, just south of Kathmandu. This ancient square is known for its well-preserved Newari architecture, palaces, temples, and courtyards. Explore the Krishna Mandir, the Patan Museum, and the various temples and sculptures within the square. 

Next, visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal and an important pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva. Observe the intricate architecture, visit the main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and witness the rituals and cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River.

Afterwards, proceed to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sacred Buddhist site is an important pilgrimage destination and a centre for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Walk around the stupa, spin the prayer wheels, and observe the faithful circumambulating the stupa while reciting prayers.  As the day comes to an end, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in the Boudhnath area and drive back to your hotel.

In the evening you can take a stroll around Thamel on your own, a bustling neighbourhood known for its shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Browse through local handicraft stores, grab a coffee or a drink, or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the city.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Early in the morning drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu by a tourist bus along the Prithvi Highway, which connects Kathmandu and Pokhara. The highway offers scenic views of the countryside, terraced fields, and hills. Enjoy the changing landscapes as you venture further away from Kathmandu. As you approach the city, you’ll start catching glimpses of the stunning Himalayas and the surrounding hills.

You will arrive in Pokhara in the afternoon or early evening depending on the traffic condition on the highway. Check in at your hotel and take some time to relax and freshen up. After checking the hotel and once you’ve settled in, you can explore the lakeside area of Pokhara, which offers a lively atmosphere with numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops. Alternatively, you can also drive by a private vehicle or fly to Pokhara (25 minutes)

Hotel
Breakfast included

On day 4 of your Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan tour, you have the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunrise from Sarangkot and explore the city of Pokhara. Wake up early in the morning, around 4:30 or 5:00 a.m., to prepare for the Sarangkot sunrise tour- a hill station located about 11 kilometres (7 miles) from Pokhara. Reach Sarangkot before sunrise to secure a good spot at the viewpoint. Sarangkot offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, and other peaks. Witness the sunrise as the first rays of light illuminate the majestic mountains, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. 

After the sunrise experience, return to Pokhara and have breakfast at your hotel. Then start your city sightseeing tour which covers places like Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Seti River Gorge, International Mountain Museum, World Peace Pagoda, Shiva Temple, Bindabasini Temple etc. Then return to the hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Chitwan, a popular destination known for its rich wildlife and national park. The distance between Pokhara and Chitwan is approximately 150 kilometres (93 miles), and the drive typically takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. Enjoy the scenic drive as you leave the hills of Pokhara and descend into the plains of the Terai region. The road winds through lush forests, terraced fields, and small towns, offering glimpses of rural life in Nepal.

Upon reaching Chitwan, check in at your hotel or resort. Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its biodiversity and is home to several endangered species, including the one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. In the afternoon after lunch, you will be taken to a nearby Tharu village and immerse yourself in the local culture. The Tharu community has a unique way of life, and interacting with them provides insights into their traditions, architecture, and daily activities. You can learn about their customs, and traditional farming practices, and even try some traditional Tharu cuisine.

In the evening, you can witness a cultural program featuring traditional dance and music performed by the local Tharu community. Experience the vibrant culture and traditions of the region.

After a day of exploration and activities, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel or resort in Chitwan. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambience of the jungle and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Alternatively, you can also drive by private vehicle or fly to Chitwan (20 minutes)

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Continue your exploration of Chitwan National Park and engage in more safari activities. Enjoy a peaceful canoe ride along the Rapti River, which borders the national park. Marvel at the serene surroundings and keep an eye out for various bird species and aquatic life. Afterwards, make your way to the Elephant Breeding Center located near Sauraha, a popular tourist area in Chitwan. The centre is dedicated to the conservation and breeding of elephants. Then return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, go for an exciting elephant-back safari, where you’ll ride on the back of an elephant and explore the jungle in search of wildlife. Your skilled mahout (elephant caretaker) will guide you through the park, giving you a unique perspective on the flora and fauna. Complete your day in Chitwan with a delicious dinner at your hotel or resort.  

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Start your day with an early breakfast and check out from your hotel or resort in Chitwan. The distance between Chitwan and Kathmandu is approximately 175 kilometres (109 miles), and the drive usually takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. You will follow the Prithvi Highway (Mahendra Highway) for most of the journey.

Enjoy the scenic drive as you leave the plains of Chitwan and ascend towards the hills surrounding Kathmandu. The road offers picturesque views of the countryside, small towns, and terraced fields. You will also catch glimpses of the Trishuli River and its valleys along the way.

As you approach the city, the traffic may increase, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley. Be prepared for some congestion and allow extra time to reach your destination. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check in at your hotel and take some time to relax and freshen up. If you have some energy left, you can explore the city, visit local markets, or indulge in some shopping for souvenirs and handicrafts.

In the evening, you can enjoy a stroll around the vibrant streets of Thamel, a popular tourist area in Kathmandu. Explore the shops, art galleries, and restaurants, or simply relax at a rooftop cafe while enjoying views of the bustling city. Alternatively, you can also drive by a private vehicle or fly to Kathmandu (20 minutes)

Hotel
Breakfast included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home! 

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu by tourist bus (Option: Private vehicle or flight)
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast
  • All applicable tourist entrance, and monumental fees.
  • Salary to an experienced city guide throughout the sightseeing period.
  • Accommodation in Chitwan on a full-board basis (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All jungle activities with a professional nature guide as per the itinerary.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (except Chitwan)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.) 
  • Tips to guide drivers

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour?
The Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour is a popular travel package that combines three of Nepal’s most famous destinations – Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. This tour provides a diverse and well-rounded experience, allowing travelers to explore the cultural heritage, natural beauty, and wildlife of Nepal.

2. How long does the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour take?
The duration of the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour is 7 nights and 8 days

3. What are the major highlights of the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour?
The major highlights of the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour include visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In Pokhara, the tour highlights include boating on Phewa Lake, visiting the World Peace Pagoda, and enjoying stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. In Chitwan, you can experience wildlife safari activities in Chitwan National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers.

4. How do I travel between Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan during the tour?
For transportation between Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, you can choose between domestic flights or tourist buses. Flights offer a quicker and more convenient option, while buses allow you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the countryside during the journey.

5. Is the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour suitable for families and groups?
Yes, the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour is suitable for families, groups, and individual travelers of all ages. It offers a mix of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and wildlife encounters, making it enjoyable for everyone.

6. What is the best time to go on the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour?
The best time for the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan Tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and excellent visibility, making sightseeing and outdoor activities more enjoyable.

Equipment

Packing for tour in Nepal will require some careful planning, as you'll be traveling through various landscapes and experiencing different activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing during summer
  • Warm jackets or sweater during winter
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to cover up during temple visits
  • Insulating layers for cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho (especially during the monsoon season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Flip-flops or sandals for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to use the hotel pools)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Socks and underwear

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, visa, and photocopies
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Money belt or hidden pouch for valuables
  • Power adapter and voltage converter (Nepal uses the Type C and Type D electrical plugs)

Health and Personal Items:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • First-aid kit with essentials like bandaids, antiseptic, pain relievers, and diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent (for Chitwan National Park)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth

Outdoor Gear 

  • Daypack or backpack for day trips
  • Water bottle with a purification system or purification tablets
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Ziplock bags (for organizing and protecting items)

Miscellaneous:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Books or travel guides
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Travel pillow and earplugs (for more comfortable rest during long bus rides)
  • Also, consider the season and specific activities you'll be doing in each location, as weather conditions can vary.
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