Discovery Tours

Great Buddha Trail – Nepal Cultural Tour

Country: Nepal Region: Annapurna,Chitwan

Great Buddha Trail – Nepal Cultural Tour

£1350

11
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Overview

  • The “Great Buddha Trial” insight Buddhist culture
  • 10-day break with all deluxe accommodation
  • Discover all UNESCO World Heritage sites around Kathmandu
  • Relaxing jungle safari at Chitwan

When you visit Nepal, be sure to check out our new exclusive discovery style holiday which will take you to visit some of our major cultural icons. During 11 days holiday, our experienced trail guides will take you on the Great Buddha trail where you will be able to experience, in person, some of the most scared Buddhist and Hindu religion sites in the world. You will even get a chance to explore Buddha’s birthplace; a breathtakingly beautiful pilgrimage site in Lumbini.

On this holiday, you will find that both Hinduism and Buddhism coexist harmoniously. In fact, they share many of the same sacred pilgrimage sites. Couple this experience with the exquisite natural beauty of this Himalayas, and the friendliness of the Sherpa people, you are guaranteed a breath-taking cultural experience that you will cherish for the rest of your days.

The tour starts in the Kathmandu Valley where you will get a chance to explore some of its holy sites, even those who are off the beaten path and are not regularly frequented by tourists. From there we will travel by air conditioned vehicle to our next site where you get a chance to stay in handpicked comfortable hotels, which provide unsurpassed views of the Himalayan panorama. In addition, this vacation package includes a 2-day wildlife safari in Chitwan Nation Park as well as a chance to relax in Nepal’s second city on Lake Phewa, Pokhara. If you are someone who is interested in Nepalese culture and its amazing landscape scenes, then this holiday is definitely the one for you!

This tour has been designed with anybody in mind. There is no element of trekking or camping, any walks involved in the tours are short and entirely optional. The tour takes place at relatively low elevation and no special equipment is required.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY

2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast we start exploring the city including the 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath known as “Monkey Temple” because there’s a ton of monkeys around there; the colourful Durbar Square; Patan city – which is the most iconic place in the Buddhist history.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY

3

Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan

On your arrival at Chitwan Park you will be offered refreshment & be given a briefing at the camp and its facilities. After lunch, village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu Village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. In the evening, Tharu cultural dance presentation – in which you will also be invited to participate – by the local ethnic villagers.

Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas is Chitwan National Park; a World Heritage-listed reserve and one of the premiere destinations in Nepal. This beautiful park is particularly rich in both fauna and flora and was created in 1973 to protect over 900 sq. km of marshland, forest, and grassland, and the large wildlife populations that live within.

The name Chitwan means ‘Heart of the Jungle’ and with a reputation as one of the best wildlife viewing national parks in all of Asia, it is easy to see why. It’s common to see monkeys, deer, rhinos, and over 500 species of birds. But that’s not all—if you are lucky, you’ll also get a chance to see sloth bears, wild elephants, leopards, and (if you’re REALLY lucky) Bengal tigers.

Chitwan is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystem of the area and covers subtropical lowland that is situated between two river valleys at the base of the Outer Himalayas. Its spectacular landscape, filled with lush vegetation and the Himalayan backdrop, makes this park an area of exceptional natural beauty. In fact, it is one of the most attractive parts of the lowlands of Nepal. It is for these reasons that Chitwan is a must-see on any family holiday in the region.

Accommodation: Jungle resort/lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

4

All day jungle activities

Canoe ride along the Rapti River; a great opportunity for bird watching and for seeing crocodiles. Jungle walk to the Elephant Birth Centre; chances also to explore the jungle fauna and flora.

After lunch elephant ride; looking for monkeys, wild boar, rhinoceros, leopard and – if you are fortunate you will see the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Accommodation: Jungle resort/lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

5

Drive from Chitwan to Lumbini

Lumbini provides insight into the life of Lord Buddha and the development of Buddhism. There are 62 archaeological sites scattered outside the Lumbini Garden. The tour goes through Tilaurakot, Kudan, Gotihawa, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Aurorakot, Devadaha and Ramagrama all bearing significance to the life, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

6

Drive to Palpa

 

Visit Tansen the headquarters of Palpa district, a fascinating center form historical, cultural, religious, geographical natural and tourist’s viewpoints. The charming natural setting combines with its rich cultural heritage to give visitors a wholesome holiday. Explore cultural sites the area.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

7

Drive to Pokhara

Millions of people travel thousands of miles in the search of heaven or paradise on earth fully unaware of the existence of a corner of real paradise. This is one of the picturesque spots of Nepal. Its lovely lakes and mountains enhance the beauty of the valley. Rest of the day free for your personal activities.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

8

Full Day Sightseeing in Pokhara

Early morning sunrise view at Sarangkot. All day sightseeing to various places at Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

9

Drive to Bandipur

Bandipur, a pleasant and charming hill town is situated on a hill-crest that offers a magnificent view of the central Nepal Himalayas. We experience the real Nepalese country side life while we stay at Bandipur.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

10

Drive Back to Kathmandu

After arriving back to the hotel, the rest of the day is at leiusre.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY

11

Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a lifetime

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Chitwan National Park, Pokhara or Nagarkot at the end of your journey.

Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Hotel accommodation at standard hotels with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Jungle lodge in Chitwan with full board
  • Guided jungle activities
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All transfers using private vehicle as per group size
  • Airport transport by private vehicle as per group size
  • All sightseeing tours accompanied by local guide
  • Necessary entrance fees

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature
  • Any optional sightseeing and extension tours
  • Tips to guide, porters, drivers
  • Personal insurance

Meals

All breakfast included / Safari full board / Welcome and Farwell Dinner in Kathmandu

Accommodation

8 nights in 4* hotels / 2 nights in jungle lodge

One of the most essential components of a great holiday is accommodation. At FrozenGround, we make it a top priority to use quality and character accommodation whenever it is possible. Accommodation can vary by destination and the types of holidays.

Hotel

No matter what areas we travel in, we always do our best to ensure accommodation that best reflects those specific areas. When hotels are involved, we always aim for requirements such as cleanliness, safety, location, and, of course, comfort. We have a wide range of hotels in Kathmandu from 2 stars to 5 stars. For hotel upgrade and holiday extension please contact us.

Jungle lodge

Our resort lies on the edge of the Community Forest Reserve, overlooking the tall green mansions of the jungle’s tropical trees. Constructed on the lines of a tribal village, it blends in and ‘disappears’ into the natural backdrop of Nepal’s southern Terai Belt.

Single supplement

Our holidays are operated on a twin-share basis. That means that cost is based on either sharing the accommodation with other member of the group of same sex or people who book together. However single supplement and private trip are available. Please note that in some remote areas single supplement is not available. Please contact us for further details.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

If these dates don’t suit you get in touch and we arrange your own departure.

General Info

What to Wear

Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than a few thick ones. Warm clothing is recommended; and except for summer months, down jackets and woollen sweaters and socks, raincoat are suggested. In summer, heavy cottons and lightweight woollens will be acceptable.

While visiting temples and other religious institutions shoulders must be covered. Longer length skirts are more appropriate for women and slacks are more appropriate for men. Shoes must be removed when entering temples.

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Visa and Vaccination

You can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph at the customs. Nepal entry Visa fee US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. However, our recommended vaccinations are the following: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria is a risk factor in Nepal. There is yearlong risk in the Terrai region bordering India, including the Royal Chitwan National Park. No risk exists in Kathmandu or typical highland treks. Malaria prevention options should be discussed with a travel medicine specialist prior to departure.

Weather

In Nepal, the monsoon rains begin to dissipate in early September so our trekking season lasts from the middle of September to May. The weather, from mid-October to December, is usually stable with clear views, mild to warm days, and cold nights. In October, and in low altitudes, daytime temperatures have been known to reach 30 degrees Celsius. Nights, on the other hand, may drop to less than 0 degrees Celsius at the higher altitudes.

When you go trekking in Nepal, from December to February, you can expect cool to mild days with clear skies, and very cold nights. At low altitudes, daytime temperatures are typically mild i.e. about 20 degrees Celsius. At nights this temperature can fall to -10 degrees Celsius, especially at the higher altitudes. Also, it is important to note that, sometimes winter storms can bring snow to depths as low as 2500 meters.

The dry winter season starts to transition into spring time conditions in March. During this time, you can expect clear mornings with afternoon showers every now and again. The daytime temperature increase in March happens quickly, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius. You can expect mild nights at the lower altitudes. The increased rainfall on the hills is outshined by the amazing displays of a wild variety of wildflowers during this time of year.

In May, conditions are typically hot at the low elevations and rainstorms during the afternoon are common. This period generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is the perfect time for mountaineering expeditions to begin their ascents.

The rainy season in Nepal lasts from the middle of June to the middle of September. Thus, it’s not suitable to go trekking in the Nepal Himalaya during this time. But, there are a few remote valleys that are exempt from this rule.

If you go on a lower altitude trek in Nepal, it’s important to note that the weather patterns aren’t always predictable. In other words, there’s no guarantee that conditions will be optimal for a trek. But, there are well established patterns that make it highly likely that you will experience great weather. In this way, you can fully experience the village culture, forests, and excellent mountain views on your journey. You are expected to experience mild weather conditions through the trek season.

If you go on a moderate altitude trek in Nepal, similarly, to lower altitude treks, the weather patterns here are not always predictable. Generally, you can expect to experience mostly mild weather but the high camps may face harsh weather and snowfalls, especially in the winter.

Our climbing expeditions are held during the pre and post monsoon periods. This is because the snow conditions, temperatures, and weather during these times are more stable. This stability promises optimal conditions for a safe and successful trek.

After the Monsoon

The rains of the monsoon begin to dissipate during the first weeks of September. From mid-October to mid-December the weather is generally stable with mild to warm days, clear views, and cold nights. You can expect daytime temperatures to reach anywhere from 30 degrees Celsius at the lower altitudes but this will decrease as you move into the higher areas.

When you reach heights over 3000 meters, the daytime temperatures can reach 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature is dependent on whether the days are windy, sunny, etc. During the night, the temperatures don’t typically dip that much in the lower altitudes. But, as you approach November, the days get shorter and colder. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures can dip sharply at night, even as cold as 15 degrees when you camp on the snow or ice.

Before the Monsoon

In March, the dry winter begins to make way for wetter and warmer conditions. You can expect to wake up to clear mornings but there will also be the occasional cloud build up that signals the coming of an afternoon rainstorm. Also, sometimes in the middle of the day and the afternoon, it can be hard to see the mountains clearly.

Daytime temperatures increase rapidly in March and you can expect to see temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At the higher altitudes, the conditions are similar to those during the post-monsoon period, with the exception of there being more snow. You can also expect to see beautiful displays of wildflowers during this time of the year. During the months of April and May, temperatures are usually hot at the lower altitudes, but daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

Tour Leaders

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken trekking guides who are certified by Tourism Council of Nepal.

Group size

This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons. The maximum group size is restricted to just 8 travellers which means clients not only get personalised service and support but also the opportunity to make some great new friends. Smaller group size also mean we minimise the impact on the environment we are exploring.

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Chitwan National Park, Pokhara or Nagarkot at the end of your journey.