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This 5 day shortbreak is the perfect trip for any traveler looking for either an add-on to any Asia trip or a vacation to Nepal with little time on their hands. This itinerary offers you spectacular views over the Himalayas, the possibility to visit Kathmandu's old bazaars, an insight into the traditions and history of Nepal - but most importantly, this trip will let you see live in Nepal off the beaten tourist tracks.
Welcome to a city too laid-back to bother being best; it’s just Kathmandu, a spicy concoction of its mixed reputations. Late afternnon walking Heritage tour of Kathmandu’s old bazaars, Hanuman Dhoka and Durbar Square. The labyrinth of backstreets and alleys leading from one bazaar or chowk to another and another are pure theatre. We thus emerge into the pulsating Durbar Square – if indeed so many-sided and so colourful a circus can be called a square – and to Hanuman Dokha, the royal palace for 200 years. We return for dinner taking the rickshaws, a.k.a. 'street helicopters'!
In the morning, take an outing to one of the holiest temples for Hindus in the world- Pashupatinath. Your guide will then take you through the spiritual journey with the engrossing explanation about the Hindu religion, the cycle of birth and death and the story behind the Sadhus- Hindu Holy Men, who renounce their hedonistic social life to devote their life to Shiva (Hindu God of Destruction) to whom the temple is dedicated. Witness one of many cremations along the banks of Bagmati river and on the sanctimonious grounds of temple.
Spiritually stimulated, you travel on for around 15 mins to reach the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal (disputably, in the world). Follow the pilgrims circumambulating the stupa spinning the prayer wheels. Offer your prayers to Lord Buddha lighting a traditional butter lamp at the main entry way to the stupa.
Early afternoon, drive northwards out of Kathmandu valley. Climbing out of the valley through numerous twists and turns, the verdant hills and terraced farmlands provide for a soothing vista. Few more of the bends of the typical Nepalese middle-hill roads, suddenly the massive hulk of the Himalayas of Langtang range take the centre-stage of your attention. If you’re fortunate enough to be on one of those clear days, pull-over and start to shoot at will! Driving down the hill, you’ll soon reach the township of Bidur, from where divert off the main road on to the serpentine narrow road up the hill through pine forest to the delightful village and former citadel of Nuwakot (2.5-3hrs approx). Stroll around the village visiting 17th c palace and fortress, bazaar area, local school and an ancient temple of divine power. Hike around the surrounding area, to the viewpoint and the villages or by simply relax for a while.
Optional activity: Everest view flight in the morning (additional cost applies): Flight takes off from Kathmandu airport (window seats for all the passengers) and flies parallel to the majestic Himalayan range, evoking a heavenly feel as some of the highest peaks in the world, in the including Everest, are sighted. Flight duration: 45mins approx.
After breakfast, drive tback to Kathmandu for your onwards journey.
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"I thoroughly enjoyed my India and Nepal trip. The guide remembered me from last India trip and had a few beers. I even did the paragliding in Pokhara in Nepal amongst the Himalayan mountains- pretty good in my 70s! The locals are so friendly and amazing culture." — Mr Bouman, Mullumbimby, November 2018
"I just wanted to thank you for helping organise my holiday, everything was great. The accommodation and guide you organised for me in Kathmandu was good, I saw and learnt a lot, the lady at GetaboutAsia even called me on the Sunday night to check if the guide and driver had done a good job. Bhutan was unbelievable, the country and the people, I made it to the Tigers Nest and did all the treks (hikes) which were part of my tour (I surprised myself in this). I even saw Mt Everest on the fly in and flying out had a great view of the Himalayan snow peaks. " — Leanne, Castlemaine, VIC, October 2018
"The trip was fantastic- thanks for your efforts, Bhutan was incredible – we enjoyed the guides and drivers across India, Nepal and Bhutan it was fantastic. It was like another world. Our guide in Bhutan was a very nice chap and very knowledgable. He went out of his way to answer questions about anything and was a source of knowledge about Buddhism and his country. I exchanged emails with Kinley(Kelly)- the guide in Bhutan, so that I could ask further questions about Buddhism as they arise and seek info about the Lama we met at the Tigers Nest. Again, Rose and I thanks you sincerely for your assistance. We will be sure to book again with your company- we will return to India and my Rotary International work will take me to Nepal again next April." — Mr and Mrs Clyne, Goondiwndi, April 2018
"Loved my India and Nepal tour with lovely people and scenery. Annapuna base camp would have to be the major highlight in Nepal see photo Thanks for organising private and group tour" — Ms Roberts, Gladstone, February 2018