Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan City Tour -8 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Group Size +2
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Cultural And Historical Excursion, Wildlife Safari
  • Best Season March to May/Sept to Nov


  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Explore the serene Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Devi’s Fall, Pumdikot, Bindabasini Temple and Peace Stupa.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view and panoramic Annapurna range from Sarangkot viewpoint.
  • Embark on a thrilling jungle safari in Chitwan National Park to spot wildlife like Royal Bengal Tigers, one-horned Rhinoceros, Elephants and various bird species.
  • Get insights into the lifestyle of Tharu community while immersing in cultural programs including music and dances while savoring Tharu cuisines.
  • Take an optional detour to Manakamana temple and enjoy river rafting in Trishuli River on route from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Explore the historic Newari town of Bandipur and its architecture and panoramic views.

Trip Introduction: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan Tour

Welcome to city tour of Nepal with the destination of visiting three of the most prominent cities for travel and exploration: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.  Kathmandu being the capital city of Nepal is the hub for tourism and it is the most visited destination by tourists. Similarly, the Lakeside city of Pokhara is another inspiration for many travelers with snow peaked mountains and remarkable natural beauty. On the other hand, Chitwan district, which dominates the western region, enables visitors to experience exciting jungle activities and safaris while immersing with the local community.

The Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan tour provides visitors with an inevitable cultural and religious experience of Nepal followed by adventure activities that lets individuals have an exciting experience to spend their holiday.

Kathmandu is home to seven of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Among the seven sites exploration of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa are included.

Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu temple of Nepal which is devoted to lord Shiva. The Hindu temple is famous for its pagoda-style architecture, sculptures and cremation ghats. It is said that individuals visiting Pashupatinath temple understand the meaning of life. Similarly, Swayambhunath stupa located in hill top location in central Kathmandu is also known as monkey temple due to the availability of holy monkeys that roam in and around the premise. The stupa is decorated with prayer flags, prayer wheels, paintings and stupas which resemble the rich Buddhist culture that prevail in Nepal.

Kathmandu Durbar Square on the other hand is also known as Museum of Temples where the meticulously carved Newari architecture is present. Similarly, Boudhanath Stupa is another marvel of architecture in Nepal that symbolizes the Buddhist religion of Nepal. Hence Kathmandu is a must visit destination in Nepal.

Likewise, Pokhara is the second most popular travel-oriented destination after Kathmandu which is located in the Kaski district of Nepal. Pokhara is also known as Lakeside city due to the presence of Phewa Lake.  The city is also the gateway to Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna base camp which is a popular trekking route in Nepal. Besides this there are many other attractions in Pokhara including the Tal Barahi Temple, Sarangkot, Mahendra Cave, Davi’s Fall, International Mountain Museum and Pumdikot.

Finally, Chitwan which literally means “Heart of the Jungle” is another popular tourist destination in Nepal. Due to the presence of Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, Chitwan has a wide range of activities to offer to tourists, travelers and visitors. The national park is home to exotic flora and fauna including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, One Horned Rhinoceros, Gharials and Marsh Mugger Crocodiles. Various activities like jungle safari, elephant back ride, butterfly watching, and wildlife sighting are popular in the national park.

Thus, the Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour is one of comprehensive and meticulously designed tour package established by Nepal Trekking Planner. The popularity of the package is rated five star and widely recommended for international travelers. The best season to go on the Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour Package is in Spring and Autumn. While Kathmandu to Pokhara can be travelled in Kathmandu Pokhara flight. Chitwan to Pokhara can be done in Chitwan Pokhara Tourist Bus and it is suitable for solo travelers, groups or individuals with family including children and elderly.

What to expect in Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour?

As this travel package includes three of the most favored travel destinations in Nepal, there are many attractions in all these three places. Whether it is exploring Kathmandu or Pokhara and even Chitwan these places have their own importance and specialty. We have gathered information about the top attraction in these places which are described below:

At Kathmandu

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square: The durbar square is also known as Hanumandhoka Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Square and is located in central Kathmandu. The main attractions in the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square are: 
    • Hanuman Dhoka Palace:A standing statue of Hanuman is present at the main entryway of the durbar square.
    • Kala Bhairab: A 12-foot-tall stone sculpture is present in the durbar square which is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva and is considered the god of justice.
    • Shiva Parvati Temple: The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati which consists of two wooden figures of Shiva and Parvati.
    • Nasal Chowk: Located in the center of the durbar square, it was used for coronation in ancient time.
    • Mohan Kali Chowk: A statue of Mohan Kali is located in the durbar square which appeals as a cultural hub.
    • Sundari Chowk: It is an example of ancient Newari architecture with Sunken bath and ornate windows.
  • Swoyambhunath Temple: The main attraction of the monkey temple are as follows:
    • Swoyambhunath stupa: the central grand stupa consists of variety of shrines and temples with Buddha’s eyes and painted eyebrows.
    • Dewa Dharma Monastery: bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings.
    • Vajra: A huge gold-plated thunderbolt is located in the east side of the stupa.
    • Buddha statue: Three forms of Buddha is located in the west side of Swoyambhu.
  • Pashupatinath temple: The attractions of the temple are as follows:
    • Main temple of Pashupatinath: the structure consists of bunk roof and golden spire which is dedicated to the Hindu god shiva (God of destruction).
    • Statue of Nandi: Nandi is the sacred bull which is considered to be the devoted companion of lord Shiva.
    • Gorakhnath Temple: The temple is dedicated to Guru Gorakhnath as a symbol of spiritual inheritance of the Nath Yogi.
    • Guhyeshwari Temple: A prominent Hindu shrine was Hindu goddess Sati’s yoni emblem.
    • Mukhalinga: It is a sacred stone that represents the face of Lord shiva.
    • Western cremation Ghat: It is located along the holy Bagmati river where cremation or Hindu death procedures are carried out.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: The attractions of the stupa are as follows:
    • Ajima Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Mamo Pusaki who is considered as the protector of the stupa.
    • Historical Ponda and Ghyoilisang Peace Park: Oldest Nyingma monastery in the area with beautiful statues of Guru Padma Sanbhava, Amitabha Buddha and Arya Avalokiteshwara.
    • Jhamchen Lhakhang Monastery: 32-foot statue of Maitreya Buddha which is preserving Sakya tradition and ritual practice.
    • Samtenling Monastery: Oldest Tibetan monastery that is built in Boudhanath located on the east side.
    • Dilyak Yebam Monastery: It is also is known as Dhapsang Monastery of the Thousand Buddhas.

Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Baudhanath & kathmandu durbar square. Major attraction of kathmandu

While traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, an optional activity to visit Manakamana and rafting in Trishuli river is included.

  • Manakamana Temple: The Hindu temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati which is considered as the incarnation of Parvati according to Hindu mythology. The main attraction initiates with a ropeway transport system which is known as the Manakamana Cable Car that joins Mugling (Kurintar)and Manakamana.
  • Rafting in Trishuli: it is one of the most popular adventure sports in Nepal. The ideal rapids provide a suitable scenario for river rafting.

At Pokhara

  • Lakeside Pokhara and Phewa Lake: It is the second biggest lake of Nepal and the primary attraction of Pokhara.
  • Devi’s Fall: The waterfall creates a 500 feet long underground tunnel and leaves no trace.
  • Sarangkot: This is a viewpoint where visitors can see mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset followed by the view of snow-capped Annapurna range.
  • Mahendra cave: It is a large limestone cave with a statue of Hindu lord Shiva.
  • Pumdikot: The location consists of 51 feet tall shiva statue which is of religious importance.
  • Peace Stupa/Shanti Stupa: Pagoda styled hill top stupa painted in white which symbolizes purity because of its taintless nature. Provides magnificent views of Annapurna range.
  • Bindabasini Temple: The oldest temple in the city of Pokhara which is devoted to the goddess Bindhyabasini who is regarded as the incarnation of Hindu goddess Kali.

major attraction in pokhara

While travelling from Pokhara to Chitwan optional destination of tour of Bandipur can also be included upon request.

  • Bandipur: Get a chance to explore the Newari architectural settlement at your desired pace. Various temples, coffee shops, lodges, restaurants and hotel make this a subtle destination for exploration and savoring delicious authentic Nepalese cuisines. Similarly, the hilltop viewpoint of Tani Mai temple provides splendid view of Himalayan peaks and Marsyangdi Valley situated below. On the other hand, stroll to Martyr’s Memorial Park and Tudikhel (former parade ground now football field) also a destination for spending quality time.

At Chitwan and Chitwan National Park

  • Elephant Back Safari
  • Elephant Bathing
  • Jeep Jungle Safari
  • Jungle Walk
  • Elephant Breeding Center
  • Bird and Butterfly Watching 
  • Tharu Cultural Program
  • Sunset view from Bank of the River

elephant at Chitwan national park

How does the Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan tour start and end?

The Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan tour starts from the bustling city of Kathmandu. Visitors initially spend day exploring the capital city Kathmandu. The exploration begins from Soyambhunath stupa which is carried out by walking the 365 stone steps that represent 365 days of the year. On reaching the hill top location visitors can see sculptures, stupas and carvings that represent the blend of Buddhist and Hindu religion. Similarly, we can see holy monks and nun dressed in plain red and yellow carrying out the necessary rituals in and around the stupa.

After spending quality time in Swayambhunath stupa the trip continues towards Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square where individuals get a chance to see the historical past of the valley with gaining insights about the lifestyle of royal former Kings of Nepal.

The exploration of the city moves forward towards Pashupatinath with exploration of the temple premise including the main temple, cremation ghats and many more. The gurus, sadhus and Aghori babas with ash and colorful makeup is a sight to see. International tourists need to pay a certain fee to enter the temple and sometimes to receive blessings from these gurus. As the trip to Pashupatinath completes the tour guide takes visitors towards Boudhanath stupa which is another remarkable destination.

Boudhanath stupa is a white dome shaped stupa which is surrounded by colorful prayer flags and chants encrypted prayer wheels. Boudha, the sacred pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist enables visitors to explore the Buddhist culture of Nepal while giving chance to visit gompas, monastery and Thanka painting shops to understand more about the culture.

Now, the Kathmandu tour comes to end and exploration of Pokhara begins. Visitor can take either an airplane or a private or shared vehicle to reach Pokhara depending upon the budget. While, Trekking Planner Nepal carries out the travel through roadway enabling visitors to visit Manakamana Temple and rafting in Trishuli river located along the way it’s up to personal choice what one intends to choose the travel option.

Upon reaching Pokhara individuals will start the tour by exploring the Lakeside of Pokhara where boating is a wonderful option. The tour continues by exploring other significant destination of Pokhara including Devi’s fall, Pumdikot, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Peace Stupa, and a mesmerizing sunrise or sunset view from Sarangkot.

After spending wonderful time in Pokhara, it’s time to leave the lakeside city and travel towards Chitwan. The travel can be done in shared or private vehicle with a stop at Bandipur. Bandipur is a Newari heritage town which is located near Pokhara and it is a famous for the Newari style settlement and epic Himalayan view.

After detour to Bandipur, arriving at Chitwan initiates the tour to Chitwan National Park where visitors can take a jeep or elephant back ride for jungle safari. Sighting wild and exotic animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, Deer, Antelope, Pangolin, Crocodile, Gharials and One Horned Rhinoceros is the main priority. After the exploration of the forest, the tour takes individuals to immerse in the cultural and lifestyle aspects of Tharu community which are the inhabitants of Chitwan. Visitors get a chance to see Tharu dances and cultural programs while savoring local Tharu cuisines and dishes.

When all these activities complete, visitors on the Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour Packages return to Kathmandu via flight or vehicle. Arriving at Kathmandu from Chitwan marks the end of 8-Days Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Tour with Trekking Planner Nepal.

What is the best time to go on a Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan trip?

Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan Trip is conducted in Nepal all year round. This means there is no seasonal barrier to stop visitors to undertake the tour. However, for the best experience it is advised to carry out the travel plan to Kathmandu Pokhara and Chitwan in spring and autumn.

Spring which lasts from March to May in Nepal is one of the best seasons to travel in Nepal according to weather condition and easiness. During spring the rhododendron flowers that are available in the hilly to Himalayan region of Nepal come to full bloom. This adds vibrant colors to the landscape while vegetation and greenery is abundant during the season. Spring months also enables for comfortable walking experience due to the persisting moderate temperature conditions without much drastic change in climatic condition.

On the other hand, autumn which lasts from September to November is another best season to travel to Nepal. Autumn season is marked with clear skies and moderate temperature which assists in comfortable walking condition. Autumn season in Nepal is a little humid with mostly warm and sunny days. The clear skies provide unobstructed view of the mountain peaks and festivals of Nepal including Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath fall in autumn giving visitors to immerse in the cultural practice of Nepalese.

However, travel option in Winter and Monsoon (Summer) is also possible but not recommended due to the prevailing harsh climatic conditions during these seasons. Winter is marked by chilling temperature which needs extra packing. Snowfall and occasional rainfall can also be seen in higher altitude which can cause difficulty while walking or travelling. Similarly, the views of the mountain peaks are also obstructed causing inconvenience for viewers.

On a similar context, three city tour in Summer is marked by heavy rainfall which causes further inconsistency in the travel experience. Summer months in Nepal is characterized by foggy morning which obstruct the mountain views while heavy rainfall can cause the walking trail to be slippery. Thus, due to this reason it is difficult to travel in summer and winter and so not recommended.

Outline itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2:Kathmandu city tour with visit to UNESCO heritage site
Day 3:Drive to Pokhara with optional visit to Manakamana and Trishuli River rafting
Day 4:Sarangkot sunrise view, Cave, Devi’s Fall, Pumdikot, Peace Stupa, Bindabasini Temple and exploration of Lakeside
Day 5:Drive to Chitwan and optional visit to Bandipur
Day 6:Exploration of Chitwan national Park: Jungle safari and Tharu Cultural Program
Day 7:Return to Kathmandu
Day 8:Final Departure
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    Upon your arrival a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will be waiting for you in the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport. As you meet, the representative will greet you and transfer your luggage in a private vehicle. Afterwards you will be taken to your hotel with a scenic drive in a private vehicle.     When you arrive at the hotel, the company representative will help you with the check in and all the required logistics will be handled. Then, you can rest for a while and later in the afternoon you will meet the company owner for detail description about the tour. In the evening you will be treated with welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with dance and music. After dinner you can head back to the hotel and stay overnight in Kathmandu.

      As you wake up in your hotel in Kathmandu a fulfilling breakfast will be waiting for you. After breakfast you will wait in the hotel lobby where a guide from Trekking Planner Nepal will pick you up for a tour around the capital city. Today you will visit various UNESCO world heritage sites that include Soyambhunath stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.

      During your tour of Soyambhunath stupa be sure to look out for items on display by the local vendors along the 365 steps. Similarly, visit the painting and Thanka shops and explore the area to gain insights about how beautifully the stupa blends the Hindu and Buddhist religion.

      Likewise on your visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, see the Newari architectural marvels located in the premise. Click photographs of the Bhairab statue and three chowks situated inside the durbar square. As the exploration of the square completes head onto the oldest Hindu temple known as the Pashupatinath temple. Practice prayers and give offerings on the temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Similarly, spend time by exploring the cremation ghats and have conversation with the sadhus and gurus. Do not miss the top attractions of the temple.

      Afterwards head onto Boudha to explore the Boudhanath stupa which is decorated by colorful prayer flags and spinning prayer wheels. Get insights of the prevailing Buddhist culture of the area and savor local dishes in Boudha for lunch. As the exploration of the heritage sites completes return to Thamel where you can explore the tourist hub on your own. You can have dinner at your choice of interest or at the hotel where you will stay for the night. Spend the night in Kathmandu.

        Today you will wake up early in the morning and have breakfast or get a packed lunch from the hotel. Afterwards our guide will escort you to the near by bus station for a drive to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu lasts from seven to ten hours depending upon the traffic. However, it may be longer due to ongoing construction along different sections of the road. The road condition is often good while some sections can be bumpy due to the construction works.

        You will travel from Thankot after leaving Kathmandu alongside the river road and come across various waterfalls, prominent villages like Naubise, Thakre, Gajuri and Benighat to reach Mugling. You can have a detour at Kurintar, Mugling where the famous Manakamana temple is located. You can take the ropeway or cable car to reach the hill top temple and seek for blessings. Similarly, you can also do river rafting in Trishuli River which is considered one of the renowned adventure sports in Nepal. As the detour completes you can head on the road to Pokhara. Lunch can be done at any favorable place of interest. One you reach Pokhara, you will be transferred to a hotel where you will have dinner and stay the night.

          As you wake up, you will have breakfast and get on to the tour of Pokhara. In the morning you will hike towards the Sarangkot view point to see the mesmerizing sunrise view and the views of the Annapurna range.     Afterwards you will return and explore the top attractions of Pokhara including Devi’s fall, Cave, Pumdikot, Peace Stupa, Bindabasini Temple and many more.

          You can explore Shree Bindabasini temple after a quality time in Sarangkot Sunrise Pokhara which provides views of the Himalayas from the North and view of Pokhara city from the south. Afterwards you can visit the lakeside area that surrounds the Phewa Lake where boating can be done. You can visit the divine Tal Barahi Temple that is located in the middle of the Lake which is dedicated to the Goddess Durga.

          Later you can explore Devi’s fall which was dedicated to a Swiss female who lost her life while swimming there. Similarly, you can explore the lime stone cave along the route to Peace Stupa. The peace stupa is also known as Shanti Stupa which represents the Buddhist culture which symbolizes peace and is located at 1100 meters on Anadu Hill.

          From Peace Stupa you can head onto Pumdikot which is a hill station where the second tallest statue of Shiva in Nepal is located. After exploration of the prominent places in Pokhara, later in the evening you can explore the vibrant city. You can visit various restaurants, clubs and shops for shopping, drinking, tasting local cuisines and many more. You can have dinner at your own place of interest. As the dawn comes around head back to the hotel and rest. Stay overnight at Pokhara hotel.

            Today after breakfast you will continue on the road from Pokhara to Chitwan. The distance from Pokhara to Chitwan takes about six to seven hours while covering 171 kilometers/106.254 miles. From Pokhara you will come across various prominent villages like Shukla Gandaki, Byas, and Bandipur to reach Chitwan.

            Similarly, you can also take a detour at Bandipur before heading towards Chitwan which is a not to miss destination located at Tanahun District of Nepal. You can eat traditional Dal Bhat in Bandipur and other local cuisines. On the other hand, you can explore the local area including the Tani mai temple, Marty’s Memorial Park and Tudikhel. After a quick stop in Bandipur you can continue towards Chitwan. Upon reaching Chitwan settle in an accommodation place and enjoy dinner. After dinner you can rest and stay overnight in Chitwan.

              After you wake up have a delicious breakfast in Chitwan. After breakfast get ready because you are going to explore the Chitwan National Park today. You will need to pay certain amount of money for the entry fee to the national park. As you enter the national park you can begin the exploration through a jeep jungle safari or on an elephant back. The choice is yours to make. During the jungle safari you can see various wild animals and birds like Royal Bengal Tiger, one horned Rhino, Asian Openbill, Grey headed fish eagle and many more. You can get involved in other activities like jungle walk, canoeing, elephant bath any many according to your wish. Later in the evening you can visit the Tharu village for a memorable cultural program. You can savor Tharu cuisines and enjoy music and dances in the program where you will be the center of attraction. Be sure eat, drink and enjoy as much as possible.

              After the program you can settle in the accommodation place and rest. Stay overnight in Chitwan.

                As you wake up, get yourself a fulfilling breakfast and prepare to leave Chitwan and return to Kathmandu. The return trip will take about four to five hours depending upon the road condition and traffic. You will connect to Prithivi highway at Mugling and head back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu you will meet the company owner and give feedback about the experience of the trip. Afterwards you will have a farewell dinner at one of the restaurants in Thamel. Then after you can rest and stay overnight at Kathmandu.

                  A representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will transfer you towards Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. You will have to reach at the airport one hour before your departure time. Once you board the plane your Kathmandu Chitwan and Pokhara city tour with Nepal Trekking Planner will come to an end. Best wishes for your future endeavours.

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