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14 Days
Availability : All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

Nepal is a country located in South Asia known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and adventure activities. A Nepal highlights tour with Bardiya National Park typically includes a visit to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you can explore its many temples, shrines, and markets. You will visit Bandipur. The Newari-cultured town of Bandipur is one of central Nepal’s hidden gems. You will also visit Lumbini, which is the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Bardiya National Park, which is located in the Terai region of Nepal. The park is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, and various species of birds. Visitors can go on safari tours, nature walks, and birdwatching expeditions to see the park’s wildlife up close. After visiting Bardiya National Park, we will head toward Palpa.

Highlights of the Nepal Highlights Tour with Bardiya National Park are:
  • Cultural exploration.
  • Breathtaking natural beauty.
  • Wildlife sightings.
  • Adventure activities.
  • Local cuisine.
  • Hospitable people.


Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national park entrance fees.
  • 5-night stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.
  • 2-night stay at the Hotel Crystal Palace or a similar one in Pokhara on breakfast basis.
  • 1-night stay at The Old Inn Bandipur or a similar hotel in Bandipur on breakfast basis.
  • 1-night stay at Sakya Guest House or a similar hotel in Lumbini on breakfast basis.
  • 3-night stay at Rhino Lodge or a similar lodge in Bardiya on a full-board basis.
  • As mentioned, the hotel accommodations are basic twin-sharing.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed tour guide.
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.

Price Excludes

  • Beverage bills for all places.
  • Food everywhere except Bardiya.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tipping (tips for a guide, drivers and supporters).
  • International flights.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Donations at temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Travel insurance of any kind.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation insurance.
  • Any other services that are not mentioned in the package.

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

Greetings and welcome to Nepal! When you arrive at the airport, an Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will greet you. From there, the driver will transfer you to your hotel in Nepal. During your journey, you will pass by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Pashupatinath Temple, the Royal Palace Museum (also known as Narayanhity Palace), and the Garden of Dreams, before arriving at Thamel, the tourist hub of Nepal. Your accommodation will be located in the heart of downtown Thamel, giving you ample time to explore and wander around the lively Thamel Street.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2SIghtseeing in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

On this tour, we will take you to some of the most iconic and significant sites in Kathmandu. Starting with Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will explore the typical wood-carved temples and structures that depict the city’s rich cultural history. Then, you will head to Swyambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, where you can witness the religious harmony and coexistence between Buddhism and Hinduism while taking in stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley.

Next, we will visit the area surrounding the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus in Southeast Asia. Here, we will witness a ritual body cremation ceremony on the banks of the revered Bagmati River and then move on to Guweyswori Temple, another important pilgrimage site nearby. Take time to explore the neighborhood and its unique culture.

Finally, we will visit the Boudhanath Stupa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest stupas in the world. Built in 600 AD, it is the only stupa in the world to reflect Buddhism. Explore the area around Boudhanath Stupa before returning to your hotel to rest after an eventful day of sightseeing. This will be done with a private vehicle and an experienced tour guide to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the journey.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.       


Day 3Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur (1,401m/4,596ft)

Today’s tour will take you to two ancient cities near Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur.

In Patan, we will visit other UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Krishna Temple and Patan Durbar Square. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Patan Museum, where you can learn about the history of Patan and the reign of the kings who ruled here. Later, we will visit the Golden Temple, a significant attraction for both Hindus and Buddhists, as well as the Banglamukhi Temple.

In Bhaktapur, you will be amazed by the well-preserved architecture that has remained intact for centuries. You can admire the old wood-carved buildings throughout the city, and then we will head to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time to explore the surroundings, and then visit the Nyatapole Temple, one of the tallest temples in Nepal.

We will also visit the ancient Hindu temple, Changunarayan Temple, which is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and it is specially reserved for Hindus. After completing your sightseeing, we will return to Kathmandu, where you can relax and rest. This tour will provide you with an insight into the rich cultural heritage and unique architectural style of Nepal’s ancient cities.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.

Nyatapola Bhaktapur

Day 4Drive to Bandipur (1,030m/3,379), (4-5 hours)

The drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur is a winding and scenic journey through lush green hills and terraced fields, taking approximately 4–5 hours. Along the way, you’ll see stunning views of the Himalayan range and traditional Newari-style buildings and temples in Bandipur.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at the Old Inn Bandipur or a similar one.

Day 5Bandipur to Lumbini (150m/492ft), (5-6-hour drive)

The journey from Bandipur to Lumbini takes you through the scenic countryside of Nepal. You will drive through lush green hills, winding roads, and traditional villages. The road to Lumbini is well-paved, making for a comfortable journey that takes approximately 5–6 hours. Once you reach Lumbini, you will check in at the hotel and take a rest.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Sakya Guest House or a similar one.

Day 6Visit Lumbini and Drive to Bardiya (1441m/4,728ft), (6-7-hour drive)

You will explore the sacred site where Lord Buddha was born and visit the many monasteries and temples in the area. Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.

After exploring Lumbini, we will drive to Bardiya National Park, which takes approximately 6-7 hours, depending on the road conditions. Along the way, you will pass through the beautiful countryside of Nepal, seeing traditional villages and scenic landscapes. Once you arrive in Bardiya, you will check in at the hotel and have a rest.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Rhino Lodge or a similar one.

Bardiya National Park

Day 7Activities in Bardiya I

The Bardiya National Park, also known as Bardia, is a protected area in Nepal established in 1988 as the Royal Bardia National Park. This park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including at least 53 mammal species such as rhinoceros, wild elephants, Bengal tigers, swamp deer, and Gangetic dolphins.

During our visit to the park, we will explore the crocodile breeding center and take a Tharu village tour to learn about the Tharu people’s life and culture. We will also enjoy a jungle walk to observe the park’s flora and fauna. A visit to the Forest Hideaway wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the colorful dances performed by local Tharu people, showcasing their traditional costumes and music, which are a highlight of the cultural tour.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Rhino Lodge or a similar one.

Tharu Cultural Dance

Day 8Activities in Bardiya II

Prepare yourself for another opportunity to catch a glimpse of various wild animals such as the one-horned rhino, Asian elephant, spotted deer (Chital), barking deer, hog deer, samber, swamp deer, barasingha, blackbuck, bull, wild boar, blue cow (Nilgai), Royal Bengal tiger, wild dog, leopard, striped hyena, golden jackal, and many others during the jungle safari.

After the safari, we will visit the visitor center in the National Park and then explore the park’s other attractions. Next, we will head to the Karnali River for a canoe trip, where you can enjoy the stunning view of the sunset from the riverbank. If you’re lucky, you may even spot various species of birds and dolphins in the Karnali River.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Rhino Lodge or a similar one.

Bardiya National Park in Autumn

Day 9Drive to Palpa (1,343m/4,406ft), (6-7 hours)

The drive from Bardiya to Palpa takes you through the scenic countryside of Nepal, passing through small villages and towns along the way. The journey takes approximately 6–7 hours, depending on the road conditions. You will see traditional Nepali architecture, lush green hills, and terraced fields as you make your way to Palpa. Once you arrive, you can explore the historic town and its many temples, including the famous Rani Mahal Palace.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Hotel Srinagar or a similar one.

Day 10Palpa to Pokhara (822m/2,697ft), (3-4-hour drive)

The distance between Palpa and Pokhara is approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles). The driving time can vary depending on traffic and road conditions, but it usually takes around 3–4 hours to complete the journey.

As you leave Palpa, you’ll pass through several small towns and villages, including Butwal and Tansen. Along the way, you’ll also see beautiful scenery, including lush green forests and mountains. When you reach Pokhara, you’ll have the chance to explore its many attractions, including the stunning Phewa Lake, the World Peace Pagoda, and the Annapurna Mountain Range.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at the Hotel Crystal Palace or a similar one.

Day 11Activities in Pokhara

Today’s activities will begin with an early drive to Sarangkot, where you can capture the serene and stunning views of the city at daybreak and witness the first sunbeams touching the distant mountains. From Sarangkot, you will enjoy expansive vistas of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and other ranges.

After breakfast, you will head towards the highlights of Pokhara, such as Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, the International Mountain Museum, and Seti George. Afterward, you’ll head to the World Peace Stupa atop a hill about an hour’s drive from Pokhara to witness the breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains to your north and west. From this vantage point, you can see the Annapurna, Nilgiri, Glacier Dome, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Then you will be back at your hotel.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at the Hotel Crystal Palace or a similar one.

Pokhara Peace Pagoda highlights of Nepal

Day 12Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

On this day, your itinerary involves driving back to Kathmandu, where you will have the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery of hills, farms, small settlements, and rivers during the journey. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transported to your hotel.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.

Day 13Free day in Kathmandu

Today is a free day for you in Kathmandu. You can spend your day doing your activities. You can have enough rest, or if you’re interested, you can go strolling around the streets of Thamel, or you can go shopping for souvenirs for your friends and family. This marks the end of the Nepal Highlights Tour with Bardiya National Park.

Optional activities you can do in your free day:

  1. Mountain flight (everest flight) (approx. 1 hour)
  2. Nepali food cooking workshop (approx. 3 hours)
  3. Momo cooking workshop (approx. 3 hours)
  4. Handicraft tour (approx. 6 hours)

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.

Thamel Kathmandu

Day 14Departure

Your trip will come to an end today. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up with a private van and drop you off at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight back to your home or other destination.

Have a safe journey onward, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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