Grand Tour of Nepal | Overland Tour - 27 Days

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GRAND TOUR OF NEPAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Grand Tour of Nepal from East to West.
  • Travel through rural villages and endless rice fields.
  • Discover Nepal’s incredible landscapes and captivating natural and cultural heritage. 
  • Visit Janakpur, birthplace of Sita, and Tansen, the gem of the Palpa district.
  • Jeep and river safaris in Chitwan National Park.
  • Track Royal Bengal Tigers in Bardia National Park.
  • Find peace in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
  • Scenic drive along the world’s deepest canyon – the Kali Gandaki.
  • Visit Muktinath, a famous sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurnas.
  • Explore Pokhara, Nepal’s adventure capital, and Gorkha, the birthplace of the King Prithivi Narayan Shah who established the unification of Nepal's kingdoms. 
  • Discover the beautiful tea gardens of Ilam.
  • Escape the crowds and explore the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. 

Day 01. WELCOME TO NEPAL | PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our friendly representative will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign displaying your name. He will then drive you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will receive a short pre-departure briefing.


Depending on your time of arrival, you are free to relax or explore the city.


Overnight in Kathmandu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 02. DRIVE TO KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERV

Today, we will drive to the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, home to the endangered wild water buffalo and a bird watching paradise. 


Overnight in Koshi Tappu.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Day 03. KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
Early in the morning, you will go on a full-day birdwatching tour with an experienced bird guide inside the Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserve. Enjoy a boat excursion and be on the lookout for the Ganges River dolphins.

Overnight in Koshi Tappu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 04. DRIVE TO ILAM 

After breakfast, we will drive to IlamThe hills of Ilam are draped with lush green tea gardens. Ilam, land of tea, is also home to the endangered Red Panda and a birdwatching paradise.

Overnight in Ilam.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Day 05. ILAM - MAI POKHARI 

Today, we will visit Ilam and Mai Pokhari. Discover the beautiful tea gardens of Ilam and explore the wetland of Mai Pokhari.

Overnight in Ilam.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 06. DRIVE TO DHARAN 

Today, we will drive to Dharan, a beautiful town surrounded by hills and famous for its khukuri knives. 

Overnight in Dharan.
Meals: Breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 07. DRIVE TO JANAKPUR

We will drive to Janakpur, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus

Overnight in Janakpur.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Day 08. JANAKPUR SIGHTSEEING TOUR 

After breakfast, we will visit Janakpur

Among other places, we will visit Janaki Mandir and Ram Sita Bibaha Mandir. We will also visit Kuwa, a traditional Maithili village.


Overnight in Janakpur.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 09. DRIVE TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK 

Early in the morning, we will head to ChitwanIn Chitwan, you will get a welcome drink at the Resort. You will have time to rest and enjoy the natural scenery. In the evening, we will take you to the nearby Tharu Culture Center, where we will watch the native Tharu culture dance show. 


Overnight in Chitwan.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Day 10. CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK 
The jungle of Chitwan National Park is home to the Royal Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, sloth bears and many majestic birds. 

After a filling breakfastwe will go on a river safari. During the river safari, we will see a lot of crocodiles and different species of birds. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

After lunch, we will go on a Jeep safari inside the National Park. 

Overnight in Chitwan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 11. DRIVE TO LUMBINI

Early in the morning, we will drive to Lumbinia UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Check in to the hotel. Relax and soak up the peaceful atmosphere in Lumbini.


Overnight in Lumbini.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 12. LUMBINI SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Today, we will visit the Maya Devi Temple, where Lord Buddha was born, and the World Peace Pagoda. We will also visit many beautiful Buddhist temples and monasteries built by various countries around the world (Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, India to name but a few). 


We will explore the Wetlands and encounter the gorgeous Sarus Cranes. 


Overnight in Lumbini.
Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 13. DRIVE TO BARDIA NATIONAL PARK 

In the morning, we will drive to Bardia National Park, the "real" jungle of Nepal. The jungle of Bardia is one of the most undisturbed protected areas in the Terai region and offers a greater chance of seeing wild jungle animals. Venture into the unspoiled wilderness and be ready for a very real jungle experience!

Overnight in Bardia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 14. BARDIA NATIONAL PARK: JEEP SAFARI

Early in the morning, you will go on a full-day jeep safari inside the silent jungle. Our expert naturalist will teach you how to effectively track wildlife. 

Overnight in Bardia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Day 15. BARDIA NATIONAL PARK: WALKING JUNGLE SAFARI 
After breakfast, you will go on a full-day jungle hike inside the National Park. You will track tigers, elephants and rhinos on foot with an experienced wildlife guide. Be prepared for a real blood-pumping adventure!

Overnight in Bardia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 16. DRIVE TO BUTWAL 

Today, we will drive to Butwal, a town located in the Terai between Bardia and Chitwan. We will spend the night in Butwal before heading north to Tansen.


Overnight in Butwal.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 17. DRIVE TO TANSEN 

Today, we will drive to Tansen, an unspoiled gem in the Palpa district. The authentic town with its narrow streets is one of the most charming places in Nepal. In the evening, we will hike up to the view tower on the Shreenagar Hill to enjoy the sunset view over the Himalayas. We will spend the night at a local family's home.


Overnight in Tansen.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 18. TANSEN AND RANI MAHAL 

In the morning, we will drive to Rani Mahal (Ranighat Palace), also known as the Taj Mahal of Nepal due to its history. 


Then, we will spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful town. We will also go for some shopping, for those who want to take a taste of Nepal home with them. Tansen is famous for its Dhaka (a unique Nepali hand woven fabric) and Karuwa (a traditional ritual water vessel).


Overnight in Tansen.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 19. DRIVE TO POKHARA | VISIT TAL BARAHI TEMPLE

After breakfast, we will head to Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. We will check in to our hotel, where we will spend some time refreshing ourselves. 
 
We will visit Tal Barahi Temple, a Hindu temple located on a small island in the middle of Phewa Lake. 

Overnight in Pokhara.
Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 20. POKHARA | REST DAY

In the morning, we will visit the beautiful World Peace Pagoda (Shanti stupa).

Free time in the afternoon.

Overnight in Pokhara.
Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 21. DRIVE TO KALOPANI (2530m)

Today, we will drive to Beni. From there, we will start our off-road trip and drive up to KalopaniKalopani is well-known for its wonderful views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I. 

Overnight in Kalopani.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 22. DRIVE TO KAGBENI (2804m) VIA MUKTINATH (3710m)

Today, we will drive to Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. In Muktinath, if you have the courage to do so, you can follow Hindu devotees and take a holy bath under the 108 chilled fountains (Muktidhara).


Then, we will drive to Kagbeni, the main gate to the Last Forbidden Kingdom. In Kagbeni, you will witness the great views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks, and the Kali Gandaki (the deepest canyon in the world).


Overnight in Kagbeni.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 23. DRIVE TO TATOPANI (1190m) 

We will leave the beautiful Kagbeni and drive to Tatopani. In the afternoon, we will enjoy Tatopani's natural hot springs. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit! 


Overnight in Tatopani.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 24. DRIVE TO POKHARA 

After breakfast, we will drive back to Pokhara.

Free time in the afternoon.


Overnight in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 25. DRIVE TO GORKHA VIA BANDIPUR

After breakfast, we will drive to the picturesque Bandipur, a hilltop town located in the Tanahun district. 

Then, we will continue our trip to Gorkha, a very important historic place in Nepal. Gorkha is the birthplace of the King Prithivi Narayan Shah who established the unification of Nepal's kingdoms. The curvy roads towards Gorkha pass through many small villages and ancient towns where we will stop by for enjoying the views.


Overnight in Gorkha.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Day 26. DRIVE TO KATHMANDU | REST DAY

After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. 

Free time in the afternoon.

In the evening, in Kathmandu, we will have our farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where you will also enjoy a Nepali cultural dance show. 

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 27. DEPARTURE 

After a fun-filled trip, our journey ends. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your trip. We will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. 

Meals: Breakfast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Please note: This itinerary is intended to be a guideline; local conditions and weather may necessitate slight itinerary variations. 

This package can be customized upon request.

What’s included 

  • Pre-departure support.
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off (private vehicle).
  • Experienced and government licensed English-speaking guide.
  • All ground transportation (private comfortable vehicle with a private driver).
  • Accommodation (26 nights): 2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Koshi Tappu, 2 nights in Ilam, 1 night in Dharan, 2 nights in Janakpur, 2 nights in Lumbini, 3 nights in Bardia, 1 night in Butwal, 2 nights in Tansen, 1 night in Gorkha, 3 nights in Pokhara, 1 night in Tatopani, 1 night in Kagbeni, 1 night in Kalopani and 2 nights in Chitwan.
  • Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan).
  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees & National Park entrance fees.
  • All necessary permits (ACAP Permit & TIMS).
  • Jungle activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • First aid kit/s.
  • Travel map.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges.


What’s NOT included

  • International flights and domestic flights.
  • Tips for driver, guides & others.
  • Personal expenditures, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, nutri-bars, etc.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Anything else not specified in the ‘what’s included’ section above.

Accommodation:

  • Kathmandu (2 nights): Carefully selected 3-Star hotel.
  • Koshi Tappu (2 nights): Carefully selected Wildlife Camp.
  • Ilam (2 nights): Carefully selected Homestay.
  • Dharan (1 night): Carefully selected Hotel.
  • Janakpur (2 nights): Carefully selected Hotel.
  • Chitwan (2 nights): Carefully selected Jungle Resort.
  • Lumbini (2 nights): Carefully selected 3-Star hotel.
  • Bardia (3 nights): Carefully selected Jungle Resort.
  • Butwal (1 night): Carefully selected Hotel.
  • Tansen (2 nights): Carefully selected Homestay.
  • Pokhara (3 nights): Carefully selected 3-Star hotel.
  • Tatopani (1 night): Carefully selected lodge.
  • Kagbeni (1 night): Carefully selected lodge.
  • Kalopani (1 night): Carefully selected lodge.
  • Gorkha (1 night): Farm House.


Meals:

  • Day 1: N/A.
  • Day 2: Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 6: Breakfast.
  • Day 7: Breakfast.
  • Day 8: Breakfast.
  • Day 9: Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 10: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 11: Breakfast.
  • Day 12: Breakfast.
  • Day 13: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 14: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 15: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 16: Breakfast.
  • Day 17: Breakfast.
  • Day 18: Breakfast.
  • Day 19: Breakfast.
  • Day 20: Breakfast.
  • Day 21: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 22: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 23: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 24: Breakfast.
  • Day 25: Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Day 26: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 27: Breakfast.
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Price is based on twin sharing basis. Thus, a single room supplement will be applicable if you are a solo traveler.

You are required as a condition of booking to have an adequate travel insurance. 


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