Nepal Scenic and Cultural Tour which a vast area to visit at places of great interest, where the tour begins from Kathmandu and around its adjoining cities steeped with world heritage sites. Nepal Scenic and Cultural Tour take you beyond Kathmandu valley to capture the best of impressive place where exciting overland takes you around and the best way to witness Nepal rural farm life of immense interest.
Nepal Scenic and Cultural Tour of various options where visitors can drive or take a sweeping flight to a few areas of wonderful places involve short walk led and accompanied by our expert guides and tour escorts throughout the trip, offering a wide range of knowledge and information to make your time in Nepal memorable and interesting.
White Lotus Adventure Treks offers varied enjoyable and exciting destinations for your delights and interest around the scenic and cultural areas of the country with a touch of historical and religious sites. Nepal Scenic and Cultural Tour extend from Kathmandu to beautiful Pokhara, heritage villages of Bandipur and visit Far Nepal South West at Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha ‘Light of Asia’.
All the tour combination overnights in the comfort of nice lodge-hotels and resorts of few days to a week duration time as per your interest.
Where one can drive of 5-6 hrs journey staying for few days or more, options of short flight takes 30 minutes overlooking the panorama of the Himalayan mountain range. Pokhara Tour leads you to the most fascinating place in the country and probably in this world, nothing can beat the beauty of Pokhara located on the laps of massive Annapurna Himalaya range with towering Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ surrounded by tiers of green hills and valley with serene lakes of Phewa and Begnas. Pokhara located Nepal Mid-West around Kaski district of Gandaki zone at present placed as number 04 states of Nepal, a charming city and as well famous and renowned touristic place, where most of the adventure trekking and mountaineering around Annapurna-Dhaulagiri starts and ends on this lovely city at Pokhara. Pokhara at 220 k.m. distance from Kathmandu located at 860 m to 900 m altitude with sub-tropical climate yet the snow-capped mountains at a close distance makes Pokhara one of unique place on earth.Place of interest to visit in Pokhara:
Early morning short drive to scenic hill at Sarankot for stunning sunrise over chain of snow-capped peaks from world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m including range of smaller peaks with ever-present majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” standing high at 6,993 meters.
Sarankot hill with at 1, 460 m high with breathtaking views of the mountain range, including Pokhara green valley with Phewa Lake below, Sarankot is also a popular spot for paragliding which is one of the most active sports in Pokhara.
After exciting and enjoyable time return back to hotel for breakfast and refreshment, tour continues with short drive to Devi’s Water Fall with visit of Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, tour of International Mountain Museum, recently added in Pokhara is the Mountain Museum the first of its kind in Nepal, established and built by Mountaineering Association (NMA) initiated the establishment of International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara.
Morning at Phewa Lakeshore take a boat ride to the other side of the lake for short hike to the ridge top at Shanti or Peace Stupa, located south of Phewa Lake on a ridge top. Peace / Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist Pagoda on a hilltop, also known as Ananda hill, built by a Japanese monk with local supporters under the guidance of head monk.
This beautiful spot offers views of Pokhara valley and of the snow-capped peaks towards north rest of the afternoon at leisure for individual activities.
BANDIPUR HERITAGE TOWN-VILLAGE:
Drive from Pokhara or from Kathmandu to Bandipur for lunch and welcome ceremony, interact with locals with homestay family 3-4 hrs drive from Pokhara to Bandipur and stay in a family guest home or 4-5 hrs from Kathmandu. Tour and visit of Bandipur with families at home stays interact with homestay families and watch a color show, homestay in Bandipur. Morning hike to observe sunrise view, lunch with families at homes stay visit village followed by culture program, dinner with families at a homestay.
Bandipur a new emerging destination of Nepal in the form of community-based tourism which reserves a splendid variety of natural and socio-cultural diversity crammed in its small area. Bandipur hill town located in Tanahun district southern corner of Gandaki zone, surrounded in Mahabharata range close to Prithivi highway midway between Pokhara and Kathmandu, 143 km west of Kathmandu and 74 km southeast of Pokhara and 7 km of south above form Dumre Bazaar of Prithivi Highway. A new concept, called eco-tourism, has emerged as responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well being of local people. The global tourism patterns have prompted adventure tourists and eco-tourists to visit a new area and spend liberally to new destinations.SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:
Bandipur is a tourist paradise. This place offers varieties of attractions to the visitors, offers a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri in the west
Here visitors can observe the local culture of age-old heritage as it was past hundred of centuries and staying with village communities Home Stay to make your stay lively and enjoyable.
LUMBINI BIRTHPLACE OF LORD BUDDHA ‘The Light of Asia’
Options of the drive to Lumbini from Pokhara or Kathmandu, taking more than 5-6 hrs overland journeys, the shortest way taking flight from Kathmandu of 50 minutes with a short drive to reach at the hotel within ancient Birth sites of Lord Buddha. Located Far South West of the country within Terai belt the flatland of Nepal of sub-tropical temperatures and close to India border the nearest airport at Bhairawa city of less than hour drive, where one can spend for 2 days or more. Lumbini (Sanskrit for "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located at the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under a tree, the other three sites are in India: Bodh Gaya (enlightenment), Sarnath (first discourse), and Kushinagar (where he breathed last).History:
Lumbini birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, born in 7th or 6th Century B.C. According to Buddhist mother, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to Buddha in the month of May 642 BC. Where Siddharta Gautama, the future Buddha announced this is “my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed. In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Asoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar.
Asoka's Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: "King Piyadasi (Asoka), beloved of devas, in the 20 year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan ["blessed one"] having been born here. Monasteries and temples built at Lumbini until 9th century, but Buddhism declined in the area after the arrival of Islam and later Hinduism.
All that remained was a sculpture, revered by local women as a fertility symbol. The garden of the Buddha's birth was lost for a thousand years. The site was rediscovered in 1895 when a German archaeologist came upon Asoka's Pillar, identified by its inscription. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Lumbini lies in the foothills of Nepal Himalaya the birth site a large garden with a grove of Pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself. On the south side of the temple a sacred pool, where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the newborn Buddha was washed by two dragons.
- All airport/hotel/land transfers through private or public vehicle unless otherwise requested.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Welcome and farewell dinner.
- Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek with all meals included.
- Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur including a tour guide and entrance fees.
- A comprehensive medical kit for casual and Emergency Purpose.
- All government and local taxes wherever applicable.
- Nepal visa fee ($30 and two passport photographs are required).
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Lunch in Kathmandu, unless requested for.
- Extra accommodation nights other than stated in the itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.