NEPAL Tour Packages ::
Nepal the land of Himalayas is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is the perfect place for holidays as the country is blessed with enchanting tourism and attractions and magnets tourists from the entire globe. On your Nepal tour package you have wonderful opportunity to see and explore the rich culture and tradition of Nepal, fascinating heritage attractions, royal kingdoms and durbars, breathtakingly beautiful snow capped mountains, virgin beauty of the nature, marvelous art and crafts, UNESCO World Heritage Site and many other exciting places of tourist interest. Due to the unparallel beauty of Nepal tourism, tourist from the entire globe visits this country to enjoy holidays and delight in the adventure tours.
Nepal is home to the eight out of the ten highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest the highest pinnacle in the entire globe. Due to the breathtaking beautiful of these Himalayas and the gorgeous landscapes and rocky trails, Nepal adventure tour and Nepal trekking tour is very common among tourists and adventure enthusiasts. It is also the land of scenic beauty with gorgeous valleys, green meadows with blossoming flowers, deep gorge, magnetizing waterfalls, pristine lakes and rivers and many other heart grabbing attractions. Due to all these, Nepal the land of Buddha is one of the most sought after tourist destination in South Asia. Play for a tour availing the well knitted Nepal holiday package and explore some of the major highlights of the country and treasure remarkable experience.
It is the capital and largest city of Nepal. The large valley of Kathmandu is situated at 1300 meters from the sea level. The entire terrain of Kathmandu is like a steep incline, descending from the Himalayan heights to the Terai flatland within a short distance.
Kathmandu is truly the heart of the Himalayas; it has a wonderful history that goes back to about two hundred years and a very refined culture, the richest of all in Asia. Kathmandu attracts many tourists all year round, and it is not only just a tourist destination it is also an important business hub and a sacred place for pilgrims.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (ancient): This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th-century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building.
Pashupatinath temple: It is the biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple served as the seat of national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, until Nepal was secularized. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Believers in Pashupatinath (mainly Hindus) are allowed to enter the temple premises. Non-Hindu visitors are allowed to have a look at the temple from the other bank of Bagmati River. It is regarded as the most sacred among the temples of Lord Shiva (Pashupati).
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design. Also set into the riches around this huge structure are the hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha adoring the Stupa.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath, a site over 2,500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley lake. For centuries an important center of Buddhist learning, the painted eyes of the Buddha gaze out from all four sides of the monument. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the Stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind. Its' dazzling white hemispherical mound represent the ladder to nirvana, itself symbolized by the umbrella on the top. The whole is hung with multi-colored prayer flags who's every flutter releases holy prayers. The faithful circumambulate the Stupa clockwise, turning the banks of prayer wheels and even prostrating full-length in reverence
Bhaktapur City:Locally known by Khwopa-is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. For its majestic monuments, colorful festivals and the native Newars best known for their long history of craftsmanship, the ancient city is also variously known as the "City of Culture", the "Living Heritage" and "Nepal's Cultural Gem". Given such unequaled opulence in ancient art and culture, Bhaktapur is more like an open museum, and the ambiance here is such that it instantly transports visitors back by centuries the moment they step into its territory.
Bhaktapur has its gem in the Durbar Square-a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO. Strewn with unique palaces, temples and monasteries best admired for their exquisite artworks in wood, metal and stone, the palatial enclave has bewitched pilgrims and travelers for centuries. Yet, they are not all though. Adding to the mesmerizing environs is the holy Himalaya that makes the backdrop of the city. Stretching all along the township, the panoramic Himalaya levitates in the skyline as if to keep vigilance on the city's enviable beauty and splendor.
Nagarkot:It is situated 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 meters. It has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east.
Patan City: Another famous UNISCO world heritage site is Patan City. Patan is the second largest city in Kathmandu valley. It is some time referred to as Lalitpur, which means city of beauty. Patan has long Buddhist history and the four corners of the city are marked by stupas. Patan's central Durbar square is absolutely packed with temples. It has an architectural feast with a far greater concentration of temples per sq meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktipur. Numerous other temples widely diverse style as well as many Buddhist monasteries are scattered around this fascinating town. The Patan Durbar square is a concentrated mass of temples, undoubtedly the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal.
Everest Mountain flight (1 hour):
Regular flights are conducted daily from Kathmandu towards the Himalayan Range in the North and East of Kathmandu. The flight generally takes off in the morning and lasts for one full hour. This is the quickest way to get a close look at Mt. Everest, the highest mountains in the world. Other mountains that can be viewed at close range are Nuptse (7879 M), Lhotse (8501 M), Cho Oyu (8000M), Makalu (8475 M) and Kanchenjunga (8584 M). The Domestic Airlines Companies like Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air have been operating such flights by SAAB-340, Beechcraft 1900D and Dornier-228 Airlinescraft. Both Airlinescraft have large and clear windows and provide superlative sights of the Great Himalayan Range.
The Ever Experience, Mountain flight is one of the world's most exclusive tours, is a lifetime experience. A flight that takes you deep into the Himalayas, flying into valleys close to the rock face, as close as five nautical miles from the Everest itself. Now you can see the stunning beauty of nature; raw, undiluted and truly majestic.
The plane flies at an optimum altitude of between 20,000 to 25,000 ft. and shows you the Himalayan Range like never before. Each passengers get window seats for 100% mountain viewing pleasure and comfort photography.
The city of lakes, is blessed with extreme natural beauty. It is located at an altitude of 827m, 200 km west from Kathmandu City. The lakeside resort tectonic valley of Pokhara is a rare combination of the long arrays of snow clad peaks, crystal clear Fewa Lake, turbulent rivers with deep gorges and picturesque villages. Its principal attraction lies in the dramatic back-drop provided by the Fish Tail mountain, roughly 18miles away from the Pokhara city, and the Annapurna,Dhaulagiri ranges and others can be seen here. Pokhara is the popular base for the trekkers in the Annapurna region.
Phewa Lakeside: Phewa Lake is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting among the three lakes in Pokhara valley that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the water of the lake and visit the island temple in the middle of the lake, the eastern shore, popularly know as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite haunt of all travelers restaurants, handicraft shops, trekking and climbing outfit and other tourist facilities are available here.
The Old Bazaar and Bindyabasini Temple:
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the old Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu valley, Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is still evident. This area is strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.
The old Bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara's most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome- like structure dominates a spacious stone - paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhgwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park - like grounds offers a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays, and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavor.
Hiking near Pokhara:If you are in Pokhara but do not have time for longer treks to the Annapurna Mountains, then this "one day hike" to the Shanti Stupa Hill would be a nice experience. The hike lasts for 3 to 3.5 hours and can be done all through the year. After breakfast, we start the hike with a 30 minutes drive to Kalimati. The walk to the Shanti Stupa hill is through farm terraces and sparse villages. After a walk of 1.5 hr we reach atop a hill to find a Buddhist Stupa. The view of the lake, the city and the majestic mountains from the top of the hill is just superb. After resting and enjoying the view there, we walk down through a forest and cross the Phewa Lake on a boat to reach the Pokhara City.
Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan National Park is one of the finest national parks in Asia, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife and top class tourist lodges, which provide the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. Chitwan which means the 'heart of the jungle' is among the last surviving examples of the continuous band of forest and grasslands which once extended from the Indus river in Pakistan to the Burmese border. The main attraction here is the Royal Chitwan National Park, one of the largest forest regions in Asia teeming with wildlife such as the rare great one-horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Royal Chitwan National Park is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site (natural list. Visitors to Chitwan may enjoy elephant back excursions, nature walks, canoe trips and jungle treks. There are several authorized agencies to organize such safaris. Visitors may also take a river raft, first driving from Kathmandu to the river Trishuli or Seti Khola. The five-hour drive to Chitwan (165km overland) from Kathmandu is filled with thrilling views of the hills, rivers and plains with jungles on either side.
Tourist Visa Procedure:
Foreigner who intends to visit Nepal must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by the Govt. for visiting a foreign country prior to apply for visa.
No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in the Kingdom of Nepal without valid visa. Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices or immigration offices located on entry points in Nepal.
Visa Fee required to obtain Tourist Visa from Nepalese diplomatic agencies and entry points:
US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days
Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fee for 30 days.
Fee Required To Extend Duration Of Visa Or Renew Visa :
US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension.
Additional US $ 20 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee as per 2(b), if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period.
If foreign visitors that haven't renewed their visa want to renew their visa, they have to pay additional Nepalese currency equivalent to US 3$ on the regular visa extension fee.
Foreign visitors who have overstayed the visa period of 150 days without extension are required to pay visa fee as per provision in 2(c) and punishment as per Clause 10 sub-clause 4 of Immigration Act 2049.
Regardless of provision stated in 2(a), 15 days is counted as minimum extension period and visa fee is charged accordingly. For extension period more than 15 days, visa fee is charged as per the provision of 2(a).
Letest Update: 21/07/2011