The ‘Kathmandu Valley and Tea Garden Tour’ begins with visits to different UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu Valley which are a mix of graceful temples and stupas; elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Next, we visit Ilam, a hilly district of tea gardens and estates in eastern Nepal's High Himalayan region. While here, we not only enjoy the town’s mesmerizing landscape but we also quaint ourselves with the famous tea-gardens in the area. Our 7-day tour ends with a visit to Nagarkot, a beautiful town located in the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley famous for its excellent views of the Himalayas.
Autumn (Sept. to Dec.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trip when the weather is clear and pleasant.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required
Included in your experience:
Domestic flights to Bhadrapur and back (Kathmandu- Bhadrapur-Kathmandu)
Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
4-star hotel in Kathmandu and guest house in Ilam
Breakfast (only) in Kathmandu and Ilam
Welcome and farewell dinners
Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
English speaking, trained and experienced local tour guide
T-shirt and city map
Heritage sites and national park entrance fees
All government and local taxes
Ground Transportation, Gift bag, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide
Not included in your experience:
Nepalese visa fee
Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Extra night accommodation if required
Excess baggage charges
Services not mentioned in the ‘What Is Included’ section
Day1 - 2
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier will arrange to pick us up from the airport. We will then be transferred to our hotel. During the late afternoon, we can take a rest at our hotel room or visit Himalayan Glacier's office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day2 - 3
Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.
Day3 - 4
Fly to Jhapa then Drive to Ilam: 45 minutes flight, 3 hours drive
We fly to the Bhadrapur Airport in Jhapa in the morning. From there, we drive to Ilam, a beautiful hill town famous for its tea gardens. Owing to its temperate climate, low green hills and fertile lands, Ilam is also known as the queen of hills in Nepal. Overnight in Ilam.
Day4 - 5
Ilam and Kanyam Tea Gardens tour
We begin the day by watching the sunrise over the eastern Himalayas. Then, we visit the Kanyam Estates which has been used for tea production for over hundred years. The Kanyam Estates produces a dark, smoky-flavored black tea similar to the Darjeeling variety in India. The area is also a great place to picnic, sightsee and sample fine teas. Today, we also enjoy strolling in the streets of Ilam Bazaar and Maipokhari. Overnight in Ilam.
Day5 - 6
Drive to Bhadrapur then fly back to Kathmandu
We retrace our route back to Bhadrapur, Jhapa then fly back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we can spend the rest of the day resting or souvenir shopping in Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Himalayan Glacier also likes to mention that if we wish to extend our trip to Darjeeling from Bhadrapur then the trip can be arranged.
Nepal's border with India lies about 15 kilometers east of Bhadrapur and Bhadrapur is only one and a half hour drive from the Bagdogra airport and Siliguri in India. Siliguri is also the gateway to Darjeeling, Sikkim, and the north-eastern Indian states. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day6 - 7
Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and Sunrise or Sunset views from Nagarkot
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Patan Durbar Square is rich in ancient arts and architecture. We also visit Bhakatpur, an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, we get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur.
Today we also visit Nagarkot, a village in Bhaktapur which sits at 7,200 ft and boasts stunning Himalayan vistas. It is also renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. Depending on your choice, we will visit Nagarkot either for sunrise or for sunset.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.