List out The Cultural Tour in Nepal
Each part of Nepal has its own ethnic setting. Customs, traditions, religions, ancient beliefs, language, and people are some of the important aspects of culture in Nepal. Sacred monuments, pilgrimage sites, and sites with deep cultural traits reflect Nepal’s cultural richness.
With seven of the cultural heritages listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO, Nepal is a treasure land for the cultural and natural endowment. All these ancient monuments date back to the 13th century and carry distinct historical importance. The cultural tour package available in Nepal features all these world heritages within a single tour package.
The cultural tour in Nepal is designed for every bit of Nepal one wants to visit. This tour is filled with a heart-throbbing adventure along with Nepal’s colorful culture and tradition. With a professional multilingual guide to take you on cultural tours, you are sure to gain some invaluable insight that rejuvenates you internally.
Established as one of the most beautiful and peaceful countries with multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural importance, Nepal has maintained a religious harmony against such diversity which has made things possible for Nepal to be acknowledged internationally.
With every beauty of cultural characteristic of Nepal being counted, here are a few popular cultural tour packages for you to try.
Nepal heritage tour
The Nepal heritage tour offers a complete guided tour to the prehistoric sites that have chalked up to the title of UNESCO heritage sites.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying over majestic snowcapped mountains is an experience you would never want to miss. Upon your arrival, you can stroll around the Thamel area, which is a famous tourist hub of the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu and drive to Nagarkot
We will start off early to visit everything we could in this magical city of Kathmandu. . Starting at the heart of the valley, the Kathmandu Durbar Square will be the foremost destination of the day. We will visit Hanuman Dhoka, Kastamandap Temple and the temple of Kumari Goddess situated in the durbar square premises.
After that, we will drive towards the west of the city to reach our next destination in the form of Swayambhunath Stupa offering a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley. We will then visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred places for Hindu Pilgrims. Then we will drive towards the northeast reaching Boudhanath Stupa also known as the “Little Tibet” of Nepal. After this fascinating tour of lovely historical and cultural influence, we will drive towards Nagarkot.
Just 32km from the capital city, Nagarkot holds a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views. Nagarkot at an elevation of 2,186 m is the site of an ancient fort built to monitor the outermost activities of the Kingdom. Today, rather than a fort for watching invading troops, Nagarkot can be summoned as a summer retreat that provides you with the mountain’s breathtaking views.
Day 3: Drive to Telkot and to Changunayaran and drive to Bhaktapur for sightseeing and then to Namo Buddha
Leaving the place of beautiful landscape, Nagarkot we will move our journey to visit the Changunarayan Temple which is believed to be the oldest Hindu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. The statue inside the temple shows Vishnu (Hindu god) as Narayan, the creator of Life. Like many Hindu temples, the decorated metal doors are only opened for rituals.
From Changunarayan, we will move towards the ancient town of Bhaktapur. The major diversion of Bhaktapur is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. Being influenced by the traditional Newari architecture, this durbar square vividly displays the skills of the Newari artists and artisans.
The major attraction of Bhaktapur durbar square includes the 55 windows palace, Nyatapola temple, Golden gate, and the Bhairav Nath Temple. The durbar squares houses the 55-window palace, which was home to the Royalty until 1769. The royal palace was originally situated at the Dattatreya square and was later moved to the current Durbar Square Location.
Continuing the tour, we will travel to the Southeast reaching Namobuddha, a pilgrimage highly esteemed by people from all over the world. Located on the slightly elevated land, it is pleasant and an outlying place. The quietness of the surroundings and the clean and fresh environment makes this place ideal for meditation.
Day4: Visit Patan
Once a fiercely independent city-state, Patan is currently a suburb of Kathmandu separated by the Bagmati River. Patan is merely 5 km away from Kathmandu but its preserved ancestral uniqueness distinguished Patan as a different environment. Confusingly, it is also known as Lalitpur “city of beauty”.
Patan also boasts a Durbar Square all-encompassing temples, statues, palaces, and museums. Patan is a city of 55 temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, fine metal works, and uncountable festivals.
Situated at the center of the wonderful city Lalitpur, Patan Durbar square is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. The Durbar square holds Krishna Mandir in its premises, which were built by Sidhhi Narsingh Malla. Take some time to visit the Patan Museum to view over 1000 artifacts about Buddhist and Hindu divinities.
Day 5: Drive or fly to Chitwan and witness Tharu cultural program
It shall take no more than 20 minutes to reach Chitwan by flight. However, if you are opting to go by bus or car, it will take about 6 hours to reach Chitwan through the winding roads. Upon our arrival, we will take a short walk to the nearest Tharu village and observe the colorful and primeval Tharu culture.
Day 6: Jungle safari at chiwan
Today is going to be an amusing day. We will start off with Elephant Back safari which is the most appreciated attraction in Chitwan. As we travel through the jungle sitting on the back of an elephant, we will explore plenty of wildlife such as one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, deer, leopards, birds, etc. The next in our list is the canoe ride. The canoe ride in the Rapti river offers a thrilling exploration of the national park. We can also enjoy the sights of Marsh Mugger and Gharial crocodiles basking on the bank of Rapti River. Around the evening, we will visit the elephant breeding center where we can discern the nature and habits of the elephant. We can saunter around the beautiful village of Sauraha observing daub huts and houses of the Tharu community.
Day 7: Drive to Lumbini
We will leave for Lumbini today. , we will explore the garden of Lumbini- the place where Lord Buddha was born and took seven steps right after his birth, Maya Devi temple, Ashoka Pillar and the Monastic zone. Ashoka Pillar marks the arrival of Emperor Ashoka. Leaving the excitement for the next day as well, we will stroll around this city of ancient historical importance.
Day 8: Lumbini sightseeing
Today we will visit the world heritage site of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. We will start our Tour from the world peace pagoda and museum. Buddhist monasteries are spread across the cannon and we will try and visit all of them. FinallyThere are different ancient as well as new monasteries inside Lumbini which depict architectural masterclass. We will then drive and visit religious and archaeological sites of Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, and Sagarhawa
Day 9: Drive to Tansen
After an early breakfast, we will move to tansen via Bhairahawa and Butwal.
Day 10: explore a day around Tansen
Palpa is famous for its landscape, natural beauty, and lush green hills. Moreover, the major attraction of Palpa is a Ranighat, a marvelous building built on the bank of the Kaligandaki River in the memory of Queen Tej Kumari. Presenting a very wonderful view, this grand masterpiece of architecture is such a remote area that makes you believe as if it is a creation of supernatural powers.
We will try a few Palpali cuisines and wander around this beautiful city.
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara
Today, We will head off to Pokhara. You will enjoy the ride alongside the Trisuli and Marsyangdi river, the green hills and the winding roads. The evening time in Pokhara can be utilized by wandering around the local market and lakeside area.
Day 12: Full day sightseeing at Pokhara
Today's day is featured with an early morning drive to Sarangkot, which offers a praiseworthy sunrise view over snowcapped Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan Range along with Mt. Machhapuchhre. We will then visit Bindabasini Temple, Seti gorge, Mahendra cave, David falls followed by Gupteshwor cave. You will relish boating in Phewa lake in the afternoon and visit Talbarahi temple which is located on a small island in the southeast section of Phewa lake. Around the evening we will offer you a scenic drive to the world’s peace pagoda that offers a long panoramic view of High Himalayas and lakes. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
Even though the Nepal heritage tour offers every route and destination to complete a cultural tour in Nepal. Here are a few tours you could opt for :
1. Historic city tour (5 days)
The historic city tour includes a tour around Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Kathmandu city. This tour will take you through landmarks of the oldest cities of Nepal plunged deeply into the richness of Nepal’s history.
Day 1: arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing at Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot
Day 3: Visit Patan Durbar square
Day 4: Visiting temples and gumbas in Kathmandu
Day 5: Departure
2. Kathmandu Valley Tour
The Kathmandu valley tour offers a religious tour that you could be a part of when you are in the Valley of temples, Kathmandu. The following itinerary could come handy to commence the Kathmandu valley cultural tour.
Day 1: Visit to swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square
Day 2: Visit Patan and Bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot
Day 3: Explore Nagarkot and drive to Namo Buddha
Day 4: Drive back to Kathmandu
A few other options for a cultural tour would be to choose and exclude places from the Nepal heritage tour package. Since traveling in Nepal is flexible, you can plan the travel that best suits you. We hope that you enjoy your time here in Nepal and dive deep into the colorful culture of Nepal.