Nepal travel that fits within two weeks
Trying to plan Nepal travel that fits within your tight Two weeks holiday?
You may think that few days trip is enough to roam and explore the tiny country called Nepal. But, no!
You can only get a small glimpse of a certain place in your short trip. Because this tiny country is overflowing with diverse nature, culture, and architectures. And, the historical richness doesn’t seem to be enough to discover every treasure of the country.
Once you reach the country, the majestic beauty will astonish you. And you will be desperate to fit in all the beautiful aspects of the country within the limited time of your trip.
Don’t feel disheartened if you are not sure what to include and what to exclude from your holiday in Nepal. We have prepared a trip package for your Nepal travel.
It includes the bests of Nepal travel destinations and activities. We have included a variety of activities for your 15-16 days stay in this majestic land.
From peaceful stay at the villages to the extreme adventures in the mountains, a wild souvenir shopping in the cities to the spiritual retreat in the birthplace of the Buddha, this package offers the bests of Nepal.
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Day 1-2 of Nepal Travel: Arrival and sightseeing
This will be your first day in the country. The first few days of Nepal travel, you can spend in the cities rich in art and culture.
If you have an early arrival you will have an entire day to travel around the capital city. You will get enough time to explore the rich history and religious, cultural sites of the valley.
The main attractions of the city are the World Heritage sites as follows:
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Once you reach the temple premise, you enter one of the holiest sites for the Hindus. At Pashupati, the main attraction is the temple of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction.
Thousands of people visit the temple every year to collect blessings from Lord Shiva. You can see many small temples and shrines of many other gods and goddesses in the temple premises.
Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath Stupa
Boudhanath (the largest stupa in the country) and Swoyambhunath (the oldest stupa) are in the world heritage sites list.
They are the main attractions because of their peaceful environment. A glimpse of Buddhist cultures, shrines, praying wheels and impressive structures entices all.
At Durbar Squares, you will see the blends of antique architecture and history. Kathmandu Durbar square is an important site where you can see the various temples, palaces, and other structures.
They hold the history of the Malla period, the Rana regime, and the Shah kings. You will also see precious sites like Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, and other various monuments.
Among many things, the existence of Living goddess, Kumari is interesting. Nepali Hindus and Buddhists worship Kumari as a reincarnation of Lord Durga. They worship her publicly in most festivals of the Newar community.
If you finish up the Kathmandu Durbar Square, you can travel further to Changu Narayan temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
In Changu Narayan you can experience the Hindu temples with traditional Newari settlements. And, you get to explore old inscriptions that date back to the 5th century A.D.
In the evening catch a bus or a flight to the beautiful city of Pokhara. And prepare for some adventure in the mountains.
Day 3-7: Trekking in Nepal
After enjoying the art and architecture of the country, it’s time to savor the natural beauty of the country. Trekking is one of the most famous and admired part of traveling in Nepal.
Nepal is arguably the best country in the world for trekking, and you don’t want to miss this while you are here.
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is quite easy, yet to one of the most exclusive vantage points of the country- Poon Hill.
The Poon hill trek is a 5 day long easy trek near Pokhara city. Among the best treks of the Annapurna region, this trek allows you to view the Annapurna Mountain range and Dhaulagiri from close. And you do not have to worry about the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You will trek through rough trails, traveling through various ethnic settlements to live the Nepali traditional lifestyle even though for a few days.
You get to interact with the locals comprising of Magars, Thakuris, and Gurungs with their unique lifestyles and Buddhist cultures.
You will be spellbound by the mesmerizing mountain vistas of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Fishtail and Himchuli throughout the trail. Another hypnotizing part of the trek is the sunrise views early in the morning in the majestic mountains.
A relatively easier hike at an average altitude, it will be an easy yet intoxicating trip that will make you feel like heaven every single moment.
On the first day, you drive to Nayapul and then trek to Tikhedhunga for an overnight stay. On the way, you can see waterfalls, bamboo forests, natural ponds and trail routes used by yak and mules beside the pastures.
The second day you start early and cross several streams through suspension bridges. And climb cultivated fields and rhododendron forests, finally ascending to Ghorepani. And, stay overnight.
The third day you take a short detour to the Poon hill early in the morning. After an hour’s ascent to the summit of the hill, you will catch the views of the Himalayas and the sunrise slowly dawning up on the mountains. The panoramic views of the mountain ranges will energize you for the rest of the trip as you hike to Tadapani.
The fourth day of the trek you start your trek from Tadapani to Ghandrung. Ghandrung is one of the famous Gurung settlements of the country, famous for the brave Gurkhas. From there you hike to Syauli bazaar passing through villages and terraced fields.
The last day of the trek you walk from Syauli Bazaar to Naya Bazaar and then drive back to Pokhara.
After the hike, you might have the evening off when you can enjoy the lakeside area around Phewa Lake.
The tourist attractions like the pubs, restaurants, and lodges host different music and cultural programs which can be a relaxing treat after the trek.
Day 8 of Nepal Travel- Paragliding
After so many days in the varied terrains of Nepal, it is now time to spread your wings and fly. Literally! How you ask?
Pokhara is famous for a lot of adventurous things but the one that tops the list is – Paragliding.
After a short drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful vantage point in Pokhara, you can enjoy the paragliding experience.
First, the glide takes off, you will hover above Sarangkot for a while and then fly over the Pokhara valley. And, perform aerobatics and then finally descending to Phewa Tal.
It is a hair-raising, blood pumping and breathtaking experience that will leave you craving for more and shaking at the same time.
You will fly so high above from the ground, looking down below at the turquoise lakes, valleys and villages, monasteries, and rivers with the majestic mountains in the backdrop.
Even just the memory will be enough to give you chills and crave for more. With the stable weather, convenient take-off and landing destinations, safe equipment and friendly pilots, paragliding in Pokhara is one of the best paragliding experiences in the world.
For a greater experience of paragliding, it is a great idea to do Parahawking.
Day 9 – Relaxing day in Pokhara
The next day, after all the adventure and adrenaline rushes, you can enjoy a nice relaxing day sightseeing around Pokhara.
Pokhara is also known as the city of lakes for it has many beautiful lakes including Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa, Maidi etc.
Apart from that, there are various natural caves with temples or shrines where you can experience the actual cave climbing experiences.
Mahindra Gufa (cave) and Bat Cave are the most famous sites for their authentic structures and experiences. And the waterfalls, streams, and ponds inside them add more beauty.
Pokhara is also home to a beautiful World Peace Pagoda balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Taal. It has a shrine of Gautam Buddha in a posture he was born.
The stupa, apart from being a great sight in itself, is a vantage point for Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail.
If you are a religious person, you will certainly enjoy the holy and peaceful ambiance of the temples like Bindabasini, Taal Barahi Temple, Sitaladevi temple, Kumari temple, Bhadrakali temple and many more.
After all the places and events, if you want to enjoy Pokhara you have to try boating around the Phewa lake. And once your legs give up, chill around the lakeside area. Relax in the various shops, restaurants, and other tourist spots.
Day 10 – 12: A royal safari – into the wild
From Pokhara, you can choose to travel to a completely different place, climate, and atmosphere – Chitwan. It is most famous for Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal and also a world heritage site.
Here you can encounter some of the rarest and unique wild animals while you enjoy the jungle safari on the elephants.
You can also enjoy bird watching as the park is house to many rare species like the parakeets, eagles, geese, flycatchers, kingfishers and many more.
The one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopards, sloth bears, badgers, hyenas and many other mammals are visible if you are lucky.
The national park is popular for the wide variety of flora and fauna that you can enjoy in their natural state. The safari gives you an authentic, natural experience.
To add icing to the cake, you can also entertain yourself with the traditional Tharu dance of the indigenous inhabitants of this region. The trip is a natural and cultural experience where you get a chance to live the authentic Nepali life in Terai region.
Day 13: Trip to Lumbini
You are welcome to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini. You will get sight of Buddha’s birthplace and his first steps imprinted in rock. With the remains as a central feature, the area is popular Buddhist pilgrimage center.
The premise includes important archaeological monuments like the inscription pillar of King Asoka, the remains of Maya Devi temple, remains of monasteries, stupas and shrines etc that are of high importance.
Many beautiful monasteries, stupas, and shrines shine in the area which adds more beauty and peaceful ambiance to the already serene holy place.
The same day you take a flight from Lumbini to Kathmandu.
Day 14-15: The adventurer’s haven
Once you experience the spirituality in the Lumbini, you will be ready to experience the thrill. And breathtaking adventures that the Nepali hills and rivers have to offer.
On the 14th day, you will take a 3 hrs drive from Kathmandu to the Last Resort where a number of options are available to feel adventurous. The best option would be to take a leap of faith and opt for the Bungee jump.
Bungee jump in Nepal is like no other. You jump from the bridge (the 3rd highest natural jump in the world) to the Bhotekoshi gorge (160m deep) to experience the 100m free fall (the longest in the world).
Not only will you be checking off an item from your bucket list but will also experience some of the extreme adventure conditions in the world.
The jump to the raging river below is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have so close to the city and with much less effort.
But don’t blame us if your adventurous side craves for more because we still have other exciting, heart-pumping activity lined up for you the very next day.
Once you are happy with the bungee, you can relax around the resort which also provides excellent services of massages and spas with saunas.
For the nature lovers, the resort is in a lush forested hill with terraced fields. A hike up around the hills could provide a serene experience with beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Plus, you get a peaceful time off just for you or with your loved ones.
The next day, early in the morning, you will be able to do rafting on the Bhote Koshi River. It runs down from the snow-capped Tibetan mountains creating the best rapids.
It is an ideal short yet exciting whitewater trip with relentless and big rapids that gets steeper arousing class IV and V rapids. And, then slowly mellows out into continuous streams with class III rapids.
The rafting trip is the best way to see the natural beauty of Nepal as you can see the beautiful mountains like Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, beautiful valleys, lush forests, and canyons and waterfalls.
Dropping from one of the highest mountains of Tibet, the river is raging with a mystifying power to create an unforgettable adventure that could be the ride of a lifetime for you.
Day 16: Shopping Spree
On the last day of your Nepal travel, you can take a small tour around the tourist areas in Kathmandu. You can allocate a few hours for souvenir shopping and buy the wide variety of handicrafts.
Along with Pashmina shawls, paintings, jewelry, Nepali garments, carpets and many other products. These items reflect the Nepali culture and lifestyle.
People take hours going through the beautiful handmade crafts from shrines, masks, sculptures to other decorative items, beaded and metallic jewelery and pashmina shawls, mufflers and many more.
The traditional Khukuri, Ankhijhyal (traditional Nepali windows), Nepali flags, singing bowls, little statues of gods and animals are a hit among the tourists.
You can also enjoy the nightlife of Thamel with Live music and a relaxing ambiance on your final day of the trip.
Nepal is a small country with its diverse culture, population, terrain, flora, and fauna. It is as vast and extreme as any other place in the world or even more.
In this specially constructed schedule, you will witness all topographies of Nepal, mixed and mingled with many ethnic groups. Along with their traditions and lifestyles and collect experiences from flying to rafting.
You will cover almost all elements and aspects of an exciting Nepali life and have an amazing, unforgettable cultural, historical and natural experience.
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