Replies: 16 - Last Post: Aug 3, 2012 9:03 AM Last Post By: caveboy18
Jul 11, 2012 2:17 AM
I'm going to Nepal in August with my sister. I'll be arriving in Kathmandu and wish to visit also Baktapur, Bodnat, Patan, Swayambhunath, Pokhara and Lumbini.
Any suggestion on how to arrange the tour? What's better first?
I'm thinking about going from Kathmandu to Lumbini by plane and than take a bus from Lumbini to Pokahara having a overnight stay somewhere interesting, is it possible? I've seen that Kathmandu is not that well connected to Lumbini, is that right?
Is it a good idea? Is my first time in Nepal...
All answers and suggestions will be more than welcomed, thanks.
Jul 11, 2012 2:31 AM
You are heartly welcome to Nepal. There are several tour/trekking company in Nepal & all of them arrange tour on your convienient time. I don,t know about your time frame but if your time permits I would recomen you below tour.
Day 01: arrival In kathmandu.
Day 02: kathmandu valley sightseeing ( boudha nath stupa,pashupatinath temple,shyambhu nath stupa & kathmandu durbure square.
Day 03: drive to Lumbini.
Day 04: Lumbini sightseeing & late afternoon drive to Chitwan national park.
Day 05:Chitwan jungle activities & over night.
Day 06: Drive to pokhara & boating in phewa lake .
Day 07: Drive to sarangkot for sunrise & pokhara valley sightseeing ( seti river gorge,tibetean refugees camp, davis fall & mt international musium).
Day 08: drive back to kathmandu.
Day 09: Mt flight & Bhaktapur/patan sightseeing then drive to nagarkot for over night.
Day 10: departures to home.
Wish you have have trip to Nepal
Jul 11, 2012 4:38 AM
Jul 11, 2012 4:52 AM
3The best would be to rent a good car and drive around these places. With what you pay for flight, you can easily rent a car with AC.This will be more convenient. So I will suggest you following itinerary :
Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival
Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03 : Drive to Chitwan (4 hrs /160 km) | Check in one of the Jungle safari camp and take an elephant ride into the forest.
Day 04 : Drive to Lumbini | Check in Hotel and visit Mayadevi temple, Monastic zone and museum
Day 05 : Drive to Tansen, Palpa (hill staion / 4 hrs)
Day 06 : Drive to Pokhara (4 hrs) | Explore Pokhara
Day 07 : Sunrise view over the Himalayas from Sarangkot | International mountain museum, Devi's Fall, Tibetan Refugee camp and World peace stupa
Day 08 : Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 09 : Kathmandu sightseeing
Jul 11, 2012 6:10 AM
It would be useful to know how much time you have. That said, going either way is possible - KTM - Pokhara - Lumbini - KTM or in reverse. One thong to avoidis travelling back to KTM on the day or maybe even the day befroe the international flight. Saving some of the sightseeing in KTM and the valley for this time is a good idea.
Tansen, between Lumbini and Pokhara is a good place for an overnight stay. There are tourist buses between KTM and Lumbini and plenty of local buses so the connections are good in that sense but roads trips can be slow. Flights to Bhairahawa are $117.
Jul 11, 2012 7:41 AM
5Some Good advice already posted – But as mentioned by scoodly, if we know a little more about you both and your interests then perhaps we could advice you better.
For instance, If you hired a private car out for the bulk of your tour then the price of this would be comparable with 2 internal flight tickets + luxury tourist bus tickets – This would then give you a lot of flexibility to see whatever you want as well as stop over in some interesting places.
You could take your hire car to Pokhara, stopping over to take the cable car up to Manakamana Temple en-route, Then spend a night at Pokhara and see the sights there before proceeding on to Tansen, overnight there before going on to Lumbini and then back to Kathmandu for your sightseeing there and around the valley.
I would also recommend an overnight at Bhaktapur as well as the Buddha Air Mountain flight.
For more details on all the above as well as lots more ideas please take a look at the things to do and transportation tips in the link in my signature.
Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels
Jul 11, 2012 8:24 PM
6Barbarakay, I'd take a hard look on whether you really want to go to Lumbini. Further, I'd query the place in the advanced search section at the top right of the page. I've never been there, but I've thought about it until I learned how much time it takes to get there. Many people that have gone have been disappointed. I'd study the comments about it and really assess why you want to go there.
I also would recommend an overnight at Bhaktapur.
Jul 11, 2012 9:50 PM
August is not the best month to be in Nepal because of the rain the way can be blocked and you are not able to behold the splendid view of mountain or sunrise/set etc. So if you can postponed your visit for 1 month i.e. in the month of September.
You are not mentioning about your duration in Nepal but as per your plan in Nepal following itinerary will work.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Half day sightseeing to Bouddha, Patan, Swayabhunath if time permits.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (tourist coach will cost 20$ including lunch, bottle water or by private car)
Day 03: Sightseeing around Pokhara including 1 hour boating at Phewa lake,
Day 04: Drive to Lumbini via Palpa, Tansen
Day 05: SIghtseeing around Lumbini and late afternoon drive to Chitwan
Day 06: Jungle activities and overnight stay there.
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 08: 1 hour Mt. Flight in the early morning then drive to Nagarkot in the afternoon.
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu en-route visit to Bhaktapur.
Day 10: Departure to your home
If you have less than 10 days you can have direct flight to Bhirahawa near Lumbini and drive back via Pokhara then to Kathmandu.
You can have better information and suggestions if you contact some of the travel agencies in Kathmandu for your tour package and more.
All the best and safe journey.
Edited by: expertnepal
Jul 12, 2012 1:07 AM
Jul 13, 2012 6:29 AM
Jul 13, 2012 6:53 AM
10#8 & 9
I think this is not site for harassing.
I live in Luxembourg, was trekking 4 times with the same agency and the same guide and will go again in September. So, if I try to give some advice about my experience and when I am looking for companions for the next trek, what does that have to do with touts??? It's easy to insult people but try to show some respect also. And by the way, even some 'touts' give good advice from what I can see here. As long as there is no cheating, what's the problem?
Anyhow, enjoy your travels!
Jul 13, 2012 7:22 AM
Aug 2, 2012 4:08 AM
My friend and I are traveling to Nepal in August from the 10th to the 20th..
Let me know if your dates match ours.
Aug 2, 2012 10:33 PM
13jep,it sounds like you are trying to find business for your Favorite trek company." looking for business for my next trek,join me"sounds like you are a tout....Of course,some touts give semi-good advice.That is how they hook you and drag you in to their rip off schemes...jep,Tout,or no tout.You are looking for business
Aug 2, 2012 11:37 PM
14#14 Sorry, where did I write "looking for business for my next trek,join me"?
I'm looking for people to join on my next trek to Tsum Valley / Manaslu in September, that's true. And that I'll go trekking for the 4th time with my favourite company is also true. I've met myself lots of trekkers having had bad experience with their agencies and also having a bad time with with guides/porters. If looking for trekking companions and giving advice about a good agency is touting, so be it.
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