Christmas and new year tour package nepalBook
If you want to give beautiful ending to this boaring year than we offer you a christmas and new year tour package in unparallel natural beauty. Escape the hustle and bustle of big cities to small himalayan country of Nepal. Visit the natural paradise Pokhara and Chitwan, see the great himalayas , explore the wild life and enjoy the camping on white sand. Make this Christmas and new year special.
Day 1 / Dec 21 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 / Dec 22 : Kathmandu sightseeing
06 a.m : Breakfast
07 a.m : Pashupati Nath
Pashupati Nath is the biggest Shiva Temple in the world located in the located 5km east of Kathmandu city.The holiest Pashupatinath temple , with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. This is one of the oldest temples,situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has a jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. The Pashupatinath complex consists of around five hundred temples, more than one thousand Shiva lingams, bathing and cremation ghats.
11 a.m : Boudha Nath
Boudha Nath ,the biggest stupa of Nepal has been an central place of pilgrimage and meditations for Buddhists. Located 7 km east of Kathmandu,the stupa stands on a three-tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles. Its is best place in Kathmandu to observe the Tibetan lifestyle, Tibetan Buddhist monks & nuns.Regarded as the "Little Tibet" of Nepal.
02 p.m :Swyambhu Nath
Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex located on a lovely little hillock west of Kathmandu. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as holy monkeys belived to be guarding the hill.There are 360 steps leading all the way to the top offers the magnificent views of Kathmandu valley and the breath taking panorama of snow clad Himalaya range. The main swayambhu stupa has lofty white dome and glittering golden spire. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
02 p.m :Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathamndu Durbar Square located at the center of Kathmandu city in Basantapur never fails to impress first time visitors with its intricate wood carvings and rich history. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, is an oasis of culture, religion and history. Once the residence of Nepal's Royal family, all coronation ceremonies were held here. The palace is an amalgamation of eastern and western architecture with additions by Rana and Shah rulers over the centuries. An unbelievable 50 temples lie within the vicinity including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Some floors have been converted to museums dedicated to three generations of Shah kings. Some important monuments to see in this area are The Taleju Temple, The Jagannath Temple,The Kal Bhairav, Swet-Bhairav, Kaandasthamp and Nautalle Durbar.
Day 3 / Dec 23 : Drive to Charaudi, Raft in Trishuli & Fire Camping on beach.
Early morning,we drive to rafting put in point at Charaudi on the Trisuli river. Our expert rafting guide will give you the safety briefing and some techniques of rafting. We then head toward the river for the action, enjoy the thrills of bouncy rapids in the Himalayan Rivers. In afternoon we enjoy the picnic lunch on the beach. The Evening is going to be more fun as we will be camping on a sandy river beach and enjoying the camp fire.
Day 4 / Dec 24 : Drive to Chitwan and Jungle safari Activities
06 a.m : Breakfast
07 a.m : Drive to Chitwan
10 a.m : Elephant Safari, Canoeing & Visit elephant breeding center
Today we enjoy the jungle safari activities that will include elephant back safari, nature walks, canoe ride and bird watching. This is an excellent opportunity to see deer, rhinoceros, boar, monkey, sloth bears, leopard, sloth bear, water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker and the Royal Bengal Tiger (If you are lucky) in their natural habitat.
01 p.m : Lunch
03 p.m : Visit Tharu Village
Visit nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn about the life and lifestyle indigenous people of Terai.
06 p.m: Cultural Program with special Tharu stick dance
In the evening we will take part in the cultural program presented by the local villagers where you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance.The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display.
Day 5 / Dec 25 : Jungle Activities and Enjoying Christmas at Rapti Beach in Sauraha
Today, we visit the elephant breeding center and enjoy the Canoeing in Rapti River. The rest of the day we will celebrate the Christmas on the white beach of Rapti.
Day 6 / Dec 26 : Drive Chitwan to Lumbini
Today we drive Chitwan to Lumbini. The rest of the day we can observe the Lumbini Garden and surrounding areas. The most significient visit is Mayadevi Temple the exact place where Lord Buddha was born. We also visit the museum, peace pagoda, Ashoka's Piller and other important landmarks including Royal Thai Monastery, China temple, Japanese Monastery, Ladaka Monastery, German Monastery, Meditation center etc.
Day 7 / Dec 27 : Lumbini Circuit Tour
Today we explore the Lumbini Buddhist Circuit Tour. We drive and visit the religious and archelogical sites at Gotihawa, Kundan, Tilaurakot, Niglihawa, sagarhawa.
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 stupa and monasteries can be seen in the area outside modern Gotihawa village.
Kudan is located some of 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot. It is a huge mound of structural ruins and a pond nearby appears to be the ruins of stupa and monasteries. These are believed to the Kasya Stupa, where a Kasaya (yellow robe worn by monks) was presented to Lord Buddha. This is where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha for the first time after he returned from Enlightenment.
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 Lore Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life as prince. The Chinese pilgrims Fa-Hien and Hiuen-Tsang noted that they saw Kapilavastu in complete ruins and counted 10 deserted cities within Kapilvastu.
Niglihawa is the significant archelogical site about 7 km north of Taulihawa where the remains of broken Ashokan Piller lie close to the large pond. Emperor Ashoka built a stupa and set up a piller when he visited the site during his pilgrimage. it is belived that kanakmuni Buddha was born and enlightened here.
Sagarhawa is the forest site where the ruins of an ancient pond were excavated in 1895. Archeologist have identified this place as "Place of the Massacre of the Shakyas" .
Day 8 / Dec 28 : Explore Devadaha & Ramagrama and Drive to Pokhara
Today we drive to Devadaha and to Ramagrama making an end of to Buddhist Cultural Tour. On the same day we drive to Pokhara for the New Year Calebration.
Devadaha 54 km east of Lumbini across the Rohini River, is the ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of Queen Maya Devi, Prince Siddhartha's mother, Prajapati Gautam, his stepmother, and Princess Yasodhara, his consort. This is where Prince Siddhartha spent his childhood. Seven years after his Enlightenment, Lord Buddha visited Devdaha and ordained the followers of Jain Sadhu Nirgrantha Nathputra. There are several other sites around Devdaha such as Kumarbarti, Khayardanda, Bairimai / Kanyamai, Bhabanipur / Devidamar, Mathagadi (ancient weapons).
Ramagrama is a brick mound on the bank of the Jharahi River. It is a 7 meter high brick stupa containing one of the eight Astha Dhatu (relics) of Lord Buddha. The king of Ramagrama, the eighth king to obtain the Buddha's relics, built the stupa. History says that Emperor Ashoka wanted to open it to multiply into eight four thousand stupa. However, the Dragon King of Ramagrama stupa did not permit.
Day 9 / Dec 29 : Drive Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk
Today after our breakfast, we drive to trek start point Naya Pul. We follow the south bank of the river passing through forests and ascend steeply up the hill to our right towards Dampus which offers the fantastic views of Annapurnas, Fishtail and Manaslu . The trail leads to our final destination Ghandruk in about 5-6 hours. Ghandruk is the culturally rich village inhabited by Gurung People provide stunningly views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiuchuli mountain.
Day 10 / Dec 30 : Trek Ghandruk - Pothana
Today, we decent down to Modi Khola and start climb up to Landruk village, the trail pass thorough the paddy fields than again start climb up to Pothana via Deuarli.
Day 11 / Dec 31 : Drive to Pokhara
Pothana is situated on the ridge of hill so the spectacular vies of Annapurna ranges, Fishtail and green valley can be viewed from Pothana. Today the trail passes through the ridge into the forest which provides the mesmerizing views of Himalayas. We decent down to Phedi through the village of Dhampus than take drive to Pokhara. Enjoying the New Year Eve in Lake Side.
Day 12 / Jan 1 : Celebrating New Year
Today we enjoy the street festivals in Pokhara organized by the Restaurant Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN). We can also enjoy musical performances by national artists, concerts by popular bands, fireworks, bamboo stick dance and other cultural shows. Fun-filled sports events like Reban staff race, boat race, tug of war, waiter race and tourist race are also highlights of the festival.
Day 13 / Jan 2 : Drive Pokhara - Kathmandu
Early morning we drive to Sarankot Hill for the sunrise and the spectacular views of the Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna peaks. After breakfast, we start our drive to Kathmandu. While on the drive you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment and in evening you will pick up for the cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Day 14 / Jan 3 : Farewell
Your Nepal tour has come to an end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.
- Airport Pick up and drop.
- Delux accomodation in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara on B&B basis.
- Tea House accomodation while on trekking will all meals.
- All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu, Lumbini and Pokhara tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
- Safe and ozonated water throughout the trip.
- Registered and trained tour guide.
- Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
- Chitwan Package including all meals, jungle activities and cultural shows.
- One day rafting package with necessary equipment lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
- Attractive First Aid Kits.
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.
This package doesnot cover following cost and should be personally paid by the traveller.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Beverages and other hard drinks cost
- Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
- Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
- Personal equipments
Your safety is our paramount concern while travelling with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure we cannot guarantee it! Natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.
Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may get a single room on request by paying some extra single supplement. (generally USD 200).
Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation for comfort and safety.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort. For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator. During sightseeing we use private car or van depending upon the group size.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period. This special Christmas and new year package cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from hotel menu while on Chitwan, Lumbini , Ghandruk and on River.
The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )
Extra Pocket Money
While trekking with wild Stone adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost . You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.
Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.
When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.
Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.
You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):
- Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not buy antiques.
- Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
- Do not step over persons.
- Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
- Do not use your left hand (dirty)
- Receive and give with two hands.
- Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
- Discourage begging, pay fair price
- Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
- Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
- Avoid touching monks / lamas.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteriesand other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your ownlaundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.
While packing for “ Best of Nepal” it essential to considered weather condition and time of year you are travelling.
Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.
Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.
Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.
- Leave no Trace
- Discourage deforestation
- Keep Water Source Clean
- Plant Saplings
- Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
- Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
- Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
- Use local tea house and home stay
- Consume local food
- Reduce, Reuse and Recyle