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Nepal Historic Tour

Join us on the Nepal Historic Tour!

10 Day, 9 Night

Nepal’s history goes back generations, and many sites and traditions have withstood the test of time. This itinerary will take you to Lumbini, known to many as the birthplace of Buddha. You’ll marvel at the beautiful architecture in Bandipur and the stunning Himalayan views in Pokhara. You’ll leave with a better understanding of Nepal’s story, and how it became the country it is today.

Our goal is to provide authentic experiences for our travelers that benefit the local community. On this trip, you will have the unique opportunity to stay in a Nepali family home for two nights. They will show you around their town, teach you about their daily life, and prepare traditional dishes for you to try. There is no better way to absorb a place than to see it through the eyes of a local.

Our itineraries are entirely customizable to meet your travel style, needs, and interests. Come and join us for this historical journey of Nepal! You’ll return home with beautiful memories of its history, landscapes, and local people.

Day 1

Welcome to Nepal! After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by an Off Season Adventures’ team member and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will give you some important information about Nepal’s culture and details about the incredible trip that awaits you. Enjoy some welcome drinks at your hotel before taking the afternoon to relax or explore Kathmandu.

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and meet a representative of the Off Season Adventures team
  • Transfer to your accommodation
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Dinner a la carte
  • Overnight at Hotel Traditional Comfort (Boutique) or Gokarna Forest Resort (Luxury)

Day 2

This morning take a short flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa, a significant travel gateway for Buddhist pilgrims and backpackers heading on mountain treks. In the afternoon, head to Lumbini and enjoy some sightseeing along the way. Sites you’ll see include the Mayadevi temple, the Ashoka Pillar, the Dharmaswami Maharaja Buddha Vihara, and a complex of monasteries constructed in the national styles of Myanmar, China, France, Austria, Germany, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa
  • Sightseeing in the Lumbini region
  • Lunch & dinner a la carte
  • Overnight at Hokke Hotel (Boutique) or Buddha Maya Garden Hotel (Luxury)

Day 3

Today travel to Palpa, an ancient hill town of Nepal. This place is famous for its ancient culture, mountain views, amicable people, and Dhaka – the most popular hand-woven cloth of Nepal. Here you will have the opportunity to stay with a local family who will show you around this fascinating little town, with its many temples and interesting history. In the evening, enjoy dinner with your hosts, head to Tansen city, and visit the small factory where local people weave Dhaka fabric.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Transfer to Palpa
  • Lunch a la carte
  • Visit Palpa and Tansen city
  • Overnight and dinner at Palpa Community Homestay

Day 4

After breakfast, depart on a hike to Rani Mahal and experience the beautiful hills surrounding Tansen. The trek begins with a three-hour downhill climb to the Kali Gandaki River. Along the way, pass by rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful thickets of trees. Eventually, you’ll reach Rani Mahal, known to be the Taj Mahal of Nepal. Khadka Samsher Rana built the palace in the late 1800s in memory of his beloved queen Tek Kumari. As one walks through its empty halls, one cannot help but be in awe of what it must have taken to build such a tower more than a hundred years ago.

Day 5

Start today before dawn and take a short walk from Tansen Bazaar to Srinagar Hill for sunrise, where you can admire the views of Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Langtang Himal from a view tower. After breakfast, drive to the beautiful city of Bandipur, one of the most visited places in the country. Sitting at an altitude of 1,030 meters, Bandipur is home to the Magar and Newar communities. While there, experience the perfect blend of history, architecture, and daily lives of the local people.

  • Breakfast at the homestay
  • Sunrise walk to Srinagar Hill
  • Lunch a la carte
  • Transfer to Bandipur
  • Overnight and dinner at Old Inn Bandipur

Day 6

Today you’ll hike to Ramkot Village, a traditional community barely touched by modern development. On your way, you’ll observe typical village life, traditional homes, and impressive temples. Some highlights of your day include Purano Kot, a former fort, a temple where people pray to the god Mahadev, Chabdi Barahj, a pilgrimage site, and the Muchuk and Mukundeswari villages.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Hike to Ramkot Village
  • Packed lunch
  • Overnight and dinner at Old Inn Bandipur

Day 7

After breakfast, you’ll head to Pokhara. Upon arrival, join the Thupten’s program at the Tibetan Settlement Camp. You’ll meet a family that has settled here, discover the arts and crafts of the Tibetan Plateau, and have the chance to barter for handmade jewelry, wood carvings, rugs, and other unique souvenirs. You’ll then head to the Tashi Palkhiel handicraft center to learn about local arts and the importance of symbols and images in daily life. You’ll also visit the Pema Tsal Sakya Buddhist School and Monastery, where you’ll take part in a pooja – a religious ritual performed by the monks. Your evening comes to an end as you join a local family for a simple meal of Tibetan specialties.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Transfer to Pokhara
  • Lunch a la carte
  • Visit with locals at Tashi Palkhiel handicraft center
  • Visit Perma Tsal Sakya Buddhist School and Monastery
  • Traditional dinner at Thupten Center
  • Overnight at your Pokhara Batika Classic Hotel (Boutique) or Temple Tree Resort & Spa (Luxury)

Day 8

This morning wake up before sunrise and journey to Sarangkot. You’ll travel nearly to the top to witness scenic views of the Machhapulchhare peak with its unique fishtail shape, the Annapurna range, and other mountains reaching heights of 8,091 meters. These views have been described as an almost religious experience and are the most stunning at dawn. This afternoon take a tour of Pokhara, visiting sites like David Falls, a world peace stupa, a Tibetan Settlement Camp, and Bindebasisni Temple. Finish your day with a boat ride on the tranquil Phewa Lake.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this bustling city.

Day 10

Today marks the end of your Nepal adventure. Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your international flight home after breakfast. If you aren’t finished with your Nepal journey, ask us how to extend your trip!

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) for your trip home

We are happy to customize additional day excursions before or after this tour if you want to get more out of your journey. Possible additions include yoga and wellness retreats, Bardia National Park, Chitwan National Park, biking excursions, and so much more!

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What’s Included?

  • Your local, experienced driver with many years of guiding tours in Nepal
  • Lodging in Nepal
  • Flights as indicated on the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • All cultural activities and excursions on the itinerary
  • Contribution to the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide
  • Waters while in transit, excluding while in the airports
  • Driver transfers to and from the airports
  • Wire Transfer and other banking fees

What’s Not Included?

  • International flights to & from Nepal
  • Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Traveler’s insurance, highly encouraged
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Baggage weight overages, if applicable
  • Any incidental expenses
  • Anything from room service or the hotel minibar
  • Any visas required for entry into Nepal
  • Any Covid-19 tests required for entry into Nepal

Boutique Accommodations

Hotel Traditional Comfort- 2 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Hokke Hotel- 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Palpa Community Home Stay- 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Old Inn Bandipur- 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Pokhara Batika Classic Hotel- 2 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Luxury Accommodations

Gokarna Forest Resort- 2 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Buddha Maya Garden Hotel- 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Palpa Community Home Stay- 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Old Inn Bandipur- 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Temple Tree Resort & Spa-  2 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Next Steps

Contact us to customize this itinerary and start planning your Nepal journey!