Nuwakot: A Farmhouse Experience – 10 Days

Nepal is an amazingly diverse country that offers everything for everyone. Kathmandu is a living museum of Nepali civilization and culture. Its towering pagodas with fascinating architecture and artistic workmanship along with former King’s palaces can easily win the heart of culture loving visitors.

This program gives you an insight into the well-preserved rural heritage and nature of Nepal; from the religious temples of Kathmandu to the pristine Pokhara Valley that boasts stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas, the feel of wildlife in the lush jungles of Chitwan and unwinding in the rural freshness and rustic ambience of a farmhouse in Nuwakot.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,600 ft.

You will be met by one of our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Evening can be spent at leisure. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is a mixture of rich culture, ancient traditions and hustling bazaars. Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the city boasts of natural beauty, vibrant culture, unique cuisine, and an intense religious devout that are apparent by the variety of festivals celebrated throughout the year. Despite suffering from a massive earthquake in 2015 that caused immense devastation, Kathmandu retains its hustle and bustle and its people are still as jovial as ever.

Overnight at Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 2: In Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, set out to explore different sites in Kathmandu, Swayambunath and Patan
The word durbar means palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is an old royal palace from the Malla Dynasty. Consisting of small courtyards and shrines, the main highlight is the temple of the living goddess, Kumari. The Kumari Devi is the most important of several living goddesses in Nepal and can be seen on the temple’s balcony during the many ceremonial processions and festivals. You will also come across vendors selling snacks, priests performing their daily rituals, and young couples strolling along the narrow alleyways.

A short walk through a vibrant alley takes you to an old part of Kathmandu which now bustles as a vegetable and spice market.

Continue to Swayambhunath that literally means “self created”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath is accessible by a car road leading to the southwest entrance, while the more adventurous ones take the 365 long steep stairways leading to the main platform of the temple. This ancient stupa adorned with Buddha’s eyes, is surrounded by many other smaller chaityas and temples and is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. This is the most ancient and perhaps the most enigmatic of all holy shrines in Kathmandu.

Swayambhunath overlooks the Kathmandu valley and the views are exceptional.

Stop for lunch.

Patan is the city of artisans and a paradise of fine arts. The city retains much of its old charm with its narrow streets, brick houses and multitude of courtyards, or bahals, Hindu temples and Buddhists monasteries.

The narrow streets subsequently bring you to the heart of the city, the Patan Durbar Square, one of the great architectural vistas. Having suffered heavy damage from the April 2015 earthquake, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to ancient palaces, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, engravings and bronze cravings. One of the main attractions is the Royal Palace where the Malla Kings resided. The Patan Museum, also located here, is a popular place of interest.

Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 3: Drive to Nuwakot

Distance: 75kms/ 47 miles
Drive Time: 3 hours approx.
Altitude: 850 m/ 2,790 ft.

After breakfast, begin your drive to Nuwakot that takes a pleasant turn once you veer off the arterial highway from Kathmandu at Galchi. Rural scenes, meandering Trisuli River and rather low traffic makes for an enjoyable drive, just over an hour. Heading up the forested hill from a town in a valley basin (just past a army camp) on a winding narrow road, the first glimpse of an imposing fortress will have you journey back into the unsung history of Nepal.

Your first few steps into The Famous Farm will certainly have you look forth to your stay eagerly than anticipated! A leisurely lunch and an orientation around The Farm, you’ll be up for a stroll to the Nuwakot Bazaar – a centre-piece of the Nepalese story, embellished by the rich history behind the 17th century fortress and Royal palace; of the shaping of far-flung tribes and of trans-Himalayan races into a unified kingdom. With your cultural and historical awareness heightened, you return to The Famous Farm.

Also pay a visit to a local school for the hearing and speech impaired students – play with them, bring a smile on their face and make their day.

Overnight at The Famous Farm [B/L/D]

Day 4: In Nuwakot

Day can be whiled away with a hike around the surrounding area, to the viewpoint and the villages or by simply lapping up the luxury of R ‘n R amidst the rural setting and ambience infused with the tradition of the farm.
* Hiking option 1: Start the hike from The Famous  Farm towards the viewpoint (10mins approx). Continue further up through the sporadic settlements and terraced farms going uphill all along to another viewpoint atop the hill (45mins approx) – good views of Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal, subject to weather conditions. Stop by local settlements en route for interaction and insight into the typical lifestyle of the middle hill inhabitants. Total duration: 3hrs approx

* Hiking option 2: Take the dirt track via a local school to Turkechaur, which allows you a great view of the Tadi valley below. Picturesque villages, gentle rolling chains of verdant farms and the locals going about their daily chores and their indulgence in the age-old farming methods makes for an interesting walk. Total duration: 5hrs approx

Overnight at The Famous Farm [B/L/D]

Day 5: Drive to Chitwan

Distance: 190kms/118 miles
Drive Time: 5 hours approx.
Altitude: 415 m/ 1,362 ft.

After a ‘farmhouse breakfast’ at the sunny terraces, embark on your return journey to Chitwan that will take approximately 5 hours. The Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal, located in the lush valley of the Chitwan District, 75 miles south west of Kathmandu, in the foothills of the Churia Ranges.

Upon arrival at the hotel, check into your rooms. During lunch, you will be briefed about the evening activities.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel [B/L/D]

Day 6: In Chitwan

Jungle activities – such as Elephant safari, Canoeing, Tharu Village visit, Jungle Walk etc.

Overnight at Hotel [B/L/D]

Day 7: Drive to Pokhara

Distance: 134kms/ 83 miles
Drive Time: 2.5 hours approx.
Altitude: 827 m / 2,713 ft – 1,740 m / 5,710 ft.

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pokhara.

Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty.
Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into the hotel and relax for a while.

In the evening, enjoy boating at the Phewa Taal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The lake is stream fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, it is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. Visit Barahi Temple – the island temple situated in a small island in the Phewa Lake surrounded by marvelous views.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 8: In Pokhara

Early in the morning drive to Sarankot, a beautiful village located on a mountainside ridge at an altitude of 1600m with panoramic Himalayan views. Visit the Bindabasini Temple on the way towards the hotel, one of the oldest temples in Pokhara.

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
After breakfast,we head out for sightseeing the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Visit World Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa built by the Buddhist monks of the Japanese Nipponzan Fujii organization at a narrow ridge above the Phewa Taal.

Also visit the International Mountain Museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Davis Fall and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, across the Davis Fall, which is one of the longest caves in Nepal. Also visit Pokhara’s traditional Old Bazaar.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 9: Fly back to Kathmandu

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 25 minutes approx.

Early morning drive to the domestic airport and fly back to Kathmandu.
After freshening up at the hotel, visit the following places in Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stupa is built on a massive three level mandala and is one of the largest in the world. A popular tourist attraction, there are many shops around the stupa selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and a variety of exclusive Tibetan specialties and delicacies.

Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Lord Shiva, in 1696, the temple with its astonishing architecture of gilded roof and richly carved silver doors, is thronged with devotees and pilgrims from all over the world. Access to the shrine is strictly limited to Hindus; however, others are permitted to view the temple from the east banks of the River Bagmati.

Stop for lunch at a selected local restaurant and transfer to Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally the ‘City of Devotees’ is a major tourist destination that takes visitors back in time. Bhaktapur lies on the Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu to the Chinese border. Bhaktapur is still untouched by rapid urbanization and has managed to retain its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times. This ancient city is also famous for pottery and woodcarving amply displayed on the squares and windows respectively.
The extraordinary Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its monuments reflect the glory days of the Malla Dynasty when art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the valley.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 10: Final Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 5 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals Full Board basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season September – April
Activity Tour
Grade     N/A
Includes •    All necessary arrival/ departure transfers.
•    4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis.
•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Bandipur in a single/ twin sharing room on full board basis.
•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Pokhara in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis.
•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Chitwan in a single/ twin sharing room on full board basis.
•    All the sightseeing tours with English speaking guide, entrance fees and transfers as per above.
•    Entrance fees.
Excludes •    Nepal entry visa fee.
•    Airfare Bharatpur– Kathmandu. [Will be quoted separately]
•    International airfare and airport tax.
•    Insurance and rescue of any form.
•    Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control.
•    Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, communication charges, laundry, tips etc. And any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
•    Tipping.
•    Meals and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.