Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in the capital
Welcome to Nepal! On arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Parallels and Meridians will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Kathmandu is a wonderful city packed with temples, rickshaws, palaces and wonderfully warm people. The kids will be certainly agog, and we’re sure you’ll be entranced too!Overnight in Kathmandu.
A fusion of history and religion
Kathmandu is nestled at over 4500 ft in the foothills of the Himalayas and, although the country is now predominantly Hindu, the Kathmandu Valley was an important birthplace of the Buddhist religion; this legacy remains strong to this day. After a stroll through the narrow streets and bazaars of the city, we will go to the Durbar Square where the most beautiful temples and palaces of the city are gathered. We will focus on discovering the temples of Hanuman Dokha, Shiva-Parvati and Taleju. Then we will proceed to see the Kumari Bahal, where a living goddess known as the Kumari resides until she reaches puberty. Many people wait outside the Kumari Bahal for some time just to get a glimpse of her during the day, such is the sanctity of the Kumari, and photography is strictly prohibited. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Nepal’s beating heart
In the morning we will go to the Swayambhunath Stupa in the outskirts of Kathmandu, which is on a sacred hilltop, and invariably well-attended by gracefully-attired Buddhist pilgrims lighting butter lamps. If you listen carefully you can even hear the prayers amidst a backdrop of mountain peaks. In the afternoon, we head to Patan, a locale of Kathmandu, and a cradle of arts and architecture rightly admired for its Durbar Square, known for being one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. It is will be an exhilarating experience for the children as it is home to many sadhus (holy men), who can be seen everywhere in their very distinctive white and orange dresses, dreadlocks and painted bodies. Towards the end of the day we will go to the Bodhanath stupa, which is one of the largest stupas in the world, and a site of great veneration for Buddhists. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal Mandala design. Hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around this huge structure make it even more mesmerizing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu – Dhulikhel
In the morning we drive to the small town of Dhulikhel, nestled in the heart of the hills with terraced rice paddies and fields of flowers all around. We will visit the monastery of Namo Buddha and listen to the songs and prayers of the Buddhist monks. A true moment of spirituality! A visit to this small town is also an opportunity to absorb the Nepalese local life. Overnight in Dhulikhel.
Dhulikhel – Pokhara
From mountains to lakes
We get up early to admire the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayan Mountains in Dhulikhel, before taking the road to Pokhara. Pokhara is a lovely city, situated on the banks of Phewa Lake, with a magnificent backdrop of the Annapurna. After a stroll through the picturesque and peaceful areas by the lake side, we will go to the Mahendra cave. Throughout your time in Pokhara, you will stay in a modern, comfortable hotel in the heart of the city, right near the bazaars. There are lovely cafes and restaurants here, with wonderful mountain views, so it is the perfect place to indulge the children with an ice-cream or anything that suits their needs. Overnight in Pokhara.
In the morning, we hit the road to visit the Bindhya Basini temple. From there, we can admire the peaks of Annapurna, Dhauligiri on the Machhapuchhare Valley and Lake Phewa. We will board a boat in the afternoon for a cruise on Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country. This serene voyage will take us to the Peace Pagoda, which offers a fun learning experience for the children and calm for all who come here. We return to Pokhara late afternoon. Overnight in Pokhara.
Pokhara – Chitwan
Delights of discovery
This morning we travel to the Chitwan National Park (152kms/4hrs 15mins), which is famous for its rich flora and fauna. More than 68 species of mammals, 500 species of tropical birds and 120 species of fish are listed as living here. Chitwan is best known for being the refuge of the last one-horned rhinos in Asia, Bengal tigers and crocodiles – a wonderful opportunity for your children to see some exquisite and rare species. You will be able to stop as many times you like along the way, to stretch your legs, take the children for a run-around, take pictures or just for an invigorating cup of chai! In the evening we will watch a traditional dance of the Tharu tribe. Overnight in Chitwan.
Safari in Chitwan
On our second day here, we will explore this 90,000 hectare sanctuary in more depth. We have the choice to discover this natural, untouched area by canoe, jeep or even elephant. This is an opportunity to make take your best photos. The kids will love the adventure, let alone the wildlife: we can offer a canoe trip deep into the jungle, elephant back rides to look for tigers, a visit to an elephant breeding centre, a bird watching trip, and heading out on a jeep safari. Overnight in Chitwan.
Chitwan – Nagarkot
Terraces overlooking the Himalayas
We drive early in the morning towards Nagarkot, the highest point of Kathmandu Valley, which is located at an altitude of 7,200 ft and is the only place in the country where one can see the highest peaks of the Himalayas, including the chain of Everest, at one time. The very traditional village looms around hills, on which are cut rice fields. We will also visit the monasteries that dot the village. This is a fully free day to relax and explore your surroundings. You can wander down into town to visit the palace and perhaps stop for a cup of traditional chai (tea) in a local chai house. By late afternoon, we will take the road to Kathmandu. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Nagarkot – Bhaktapur
Today we will take a gentle walk downhill to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur. This is ideal for families; the views are stunning, there is plenty to look at and the downward slope means that most children won’t hesitate to get stuck in to the adventure. Bhaktapur is one of Nepal’s three royal cities and is a beautiful collection of palaces, temples and religious shrines set against the magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas. On the way back into town, we will stop to explore two traditional villages, quite an eye-opener for the children. They will surely take interest in the beautiful books and photo albums made from hand-made paper. Overnight in Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur – Kathmandu – Departure
See you soon
During the day, we will go to Kathmandu International airport for your flight home. With this we come to the end of our journey. We hope you had a wonderful time with your family. Have a safe journey home and we hope to see you again soon!
HIGH SEASON 2016 – 2017
(Till March 31, 2017)
|02 pers||$ 930||$ 1,060||$ 1,290|
|04 pers||$ 845||$ 970||$ 1,205|
|06 pers||$ 745||$ 875||$ 1,110|
* price per person
LOW SEASON 2017
(From April 01, 2017 – September 30, 2017)
|02 pers||$ 920||$ 1,045||$ 1,280|
|04 pers||$ 830||$ 960||$ 1,195|
|06 pers||$ 735||$ 860||$ 1,095|
* price per person
YOUR HOTELS (or similar):
Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we chose the most beautiful destinations, we also hand-picked the most suitable hotels for your comfort.
In addition, we offer you options to choose from depending on your budget and travel style that suits you.
You will stay in comfortable/deluxe/luxury hotels depending on your preference.
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- Accommodation in hotels listed in a double room with breakfast. In Chitwan all meals will be provided.
- Ground transfers by Air-conditioned private car with an English speaking driver.
- Entrance fees at sites, museums and shows mentioned in the program.
- English Speaking Guide
- English Speaking Naturalist for Chitwan tour
- All applicable taxes
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International Flight & Airport taxes (International)
- Domestic Flights
- Insurance and visa costs
- Expenses of Personal nature such as Drinks, Camera and Video charges
- Tips to guides and drivers
- Any other Expenses that are not mentioned above
- Visa and Travel Formalities
- Accommodation and transportation
- Flights & Land Package
- Our guides
- Insurance and Unforeseen Circumstances
With a population of 28.5 million inhabitants, Nepal is surrounded by two emerging giants, India and China to the north east and west. It has a natural resources and cultural diversity remains witness to a rich civilization. Seven sites are also listed as World Heritage by Unesco. This long isolated mysterious territory opened to tourism to the delight of adventurers in search of thrills and particular emotions. Known for its trek to the Himalayas and majestic Hindu and Buddhist temples near the country of Tibet is also incredibly rider. The undeniable strength of Nepal is surely its people have a gift for the kindness and empathy, people know how to welcome and give the best of themselves for the welfare of travelers, a touching quality that defines the Nepal as one of the most hospitable countries in the world.
What would the Nepal without these momos! Tibetan recipe borrowed from the famous ravioli steamed, boiled, fried stuffed with meat or vegetables and seasoned with spices of all kinds became the star of the appointment friendly. A share without moderation momo emblem of a country with strong traditions is exported beyond the boundaries and gives us a taste of the journey into the unknown.
Perhaps Nepal is regarded as a home to more yearly festivals and holidays than any other nation on earth. We recommend some of the most vibrant and beautiful festivals you should not miss while traveling to Nepal. Please plan your trip around these festivals and get an added flavor of this culturally rich country.
Losar Festival: Losar is celebrated for three days as a Tibetan New Year. Many Buddhist monasteries participate in this colorful celebration and ritual. The best place to enjoy this festival is to visit monasteries in Kathmandu Valley. It is usually celebrated around February.
Maha Shivaratri: This is an auspicious festival for the Hindus, celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. You can experience the deep dedication and ritual ceremonies at Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. This is usually celebrated in the month of March.
Holi: The festival of colors has created a wave in Nepal. Although is it celebrated nationwide, you experience the best of it in Bhaktapur. This festival is celebrated in March.
Gai Jatra: Every year in the month of August, people dress in colorful outfits for this festival, the “Festival of Cows” Gai jatra is a very colorful festival. Costumes and colorful processions mark the event in Kathmandu along with comedy and laughter. This tradition comes from an eighteen-century king who gathered his people together to cheer up the queen after the death of their son.
Teej: A festival for married women, where they fast and pay respects to the Lord Shiva and to grant their husbands a long happy life. The unmarried women alos take part in the traditional rituals and dances whiled dressed in bridal costumes hoping for a good husband. This s celebrated across the Hindu community in September.
Tihar: This Hindu festival is also known as the “Festival of Light” or Deepawali. Candles, lanterns and colored tinsel are used to decorate homes over a three-day period.
For most trips, your passport will be enough. It must be valid for up to six months after your return trip. Passports can be easily obtained from your municipality, although there may be delays during holiday periods and holidays. Note that the passport is also required for children. For some destinations, it will be mandatory to send us a copy of your passport immediately after booking a trip.
Entry to Nepal requires obtaining a visa. You must be in possession of a passport with a validity of 6 months minimum. For more information please visit this site: http://www.immigration.gov.np/
The initial visa is for 90 days. If you require a visa to enter multiple times, you must specify at the time of application:
– 15 days, multiple entries: USD 25
– 30 days, multiple entries: USD 40
– 90 days, multiple entries: USD 100
We recommend you to get your visa 4 to 6 weeks before your arrival.
Minors traveling with an adult: Parents
When a minor is traveling with a parent, the officials at the airport might ask for proof of documents to confirm your relationship. Some countries require certificates such as a birth certificate. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of destination regarding the requirements.
Minors traveling with an adult: Others
When a minor is traveling with someone other than the parents or a family member, some countries require a declaration by the relatives to give permission for this trip. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of destination regarding the requirements.
Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we chose the most beautiful destinations, we also handpicked the most suitable hotels for your comfort. In addition, we offer options to choose according to your budget and travel style that suits you.
We offer three options in MOST of our programs:
Simple and comfortable – These are clean and comfortable hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 2-3 star categorization.
Deluxe – In this option, we offer a mix of charming and deluxe hotels. Some of them are heritage palaces, which are now famous contemporary hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 4-5 star categorization.
Luxury – For the ultimate luxury holiday, we have a collection of rustic, chic and stylish hotels combined with laid back indulgence and unmatched amenities. These international favorites are the best in the destinations.
Typically, road condition in Nepal is good. The presence of highways allows communication to all parts of Nepal without many problems, however, we must recognize that some roads are in poor condition, it must account on average 5 hours of road to cover a distance of 200 km.
Transport is a very significant part of your trip to Nepal. We ensure the quality of the vehicles and the drivers are trained to show you the best landscapes, rural life, by the side of highways, and be attentive to all your requirements. The drive in the Himalayan area can be tough, but you will certainly enjoy the journeys with our expert and hospitable drivers. All our trips are inclusive of transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary contracted and we will not surprise you by asking any additional fees for your small wishes.
The airline and the flight schedules are subject to change. P&M will keep you informed about the latest changes in the schedule, if any.
The price in the website are indicative and may change as per the latest amendment given by the hotels or suppliers. However, P&M will honor the rates once they are offered to you and you have made the payment for the package, even partially. In the case of international or domestic flights, the additional airport taxes that are imposed by local authorities shall be passed to you.
It is also possible to book international flights with P&M. Since we have good connections with several airlines, we will be happy to assist you for your requirements.
These people are our most amazing assets, taking you on beautiful trips with P&M. Who can explain a city or town better than the locals? This is why we always work with the locals carrying a passion for their culture. Their knowledge of destinations is immaculate; eagerly indulging you to experience the journey of the moment. All destinations, most of the cities and towns have English-speaking local guides. These guides are employed by our local agents and get regular training’s pertaining to our requirements. We evaluate their performance after each trip based on your feedback’s.
The services of local guides are included in the program (if opted by you in the package). They not only show you around the city but also purchase the tickets at the monuments. They are available to answer any of your travel related queries.
Although P&M pays them with the standard rates of travel-based companies, they expect a tip at the end of the trip. We recommend a tip of 5 €/ day/ person.
Although our travels are organized with detailed planning, the climate and other factors may change due to some unforeseen events. These however, should not spoil your travel or ruin your fun. In case such circumstances arise, be assured that you have 24/7 P&M support staff ready to offer the most suited solutions to your problems. We do our best to provide the quickest resolutions; nevertheless, we are not responsible for any factor beyond our control.
Nepal’s climate allows stays throughout the year in the country, but this is typical of countries with a monsoon season. The dry season (October to May) is followed by a wet season (June to September) — it can get very hot in the summer in the capital. The best months are October and November, when the sky is particularly clear and the temperatures are still mild and the pastures are green. December to February is winter and it can get very cold, some mountain passes will be closed, as most lodges in altitude. All climates are present in Nepal and change with altitude: tropical in the jungles of the Terai, temperate in the valleys and mountains are cold.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travellers going to Nepal (as well as being up to date with measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations):
- Viral hepatitis A and B
- Typhoid fever
It’s a good idea to consult your government’s travel-health website before departure.
Credit cards & ATMs
In all cities and you can withdraw cash with a bankcard with VISA, Master Card and American Express. Cash can be exchanged at a bank or the hotel where you are staying. Credit cards are accepted in most of the hotels, restaurants and shopping places except the very remote village areas. The banks at the international airports are open day and night.
Mobile in Nepal
In most areas of Nepal, you will get a wide network coverage, however you will get better connection on international roaming.
Nepal is not a strict vegetarian country and you will find a good variety of food. They have adapted cousins from neighboring countries such as India, China and Tibet, while adding more flavors to the original recipe.
To respect the Nepalese culture, the dress code is something that the traveler should know. In religious places, people are expected to wear clothes that go beyond the knees. Women are expected to cover their heads in some religious sites.
There is no reason for you not to take your electrical items due to electrical outlet; the Nepalese market most of adapter.
There aren’t many cafes in Thamel (Kathmandu) and Lakeside (Pokhara). It will be available in most hotels or guest house in Thamel but know they are more expensive than elsewhere: about 200 Rps / h against 100 Rps/h than the rest of the country. Good connections, in general, are available especially in the most modern cafes, where you can also usually communicate by Skype.
What makes Parallels and Meridians different?
We believe that holidays should be planned thoughtfully. Hence, we spend a good amount of time planning and offering you products considering your requirements. Amazing journeys begin the moment you contact us for a personalized trip. We design programs exactly as you wish; you will always remain a partner in making it a dream holiday.
What can I expect in a holiday with Parallels and Meridians?
Our trips bring you closer to the local community and culture as you will be taken to some of the places where no tourists have gone before. Our travel experts are always in search of something new, inspirational and entertaining. These ideas are intricately designed around your style of travel, creating a perfect trip for you.
How do you create a style of travel?
People are different, and so are their ways of traveling. We speak to several people from different walks of life, locals, travelers, families, and even bloggers, to get a better idea on the ways they prefer to travel. The styles of travel are created through their contributions and the expertise of our travel designers. It is our success formula in making exceptional trips for you.
Why do you make the trips participative?
In our small endeavor to support the local community, we found this as the most encouraging and heartfelt experience for both our guests and ourselves. We don’t indulge into activities with big charitable organizations, but quietly do our bit with the help of our guests. Our projects are humble and mostly recommended by our guests. For example, teaching basic French to the drivers (while traveling with him) actually came from one of our guest.
What are the different hotel combinations you offer?
Each destination has a unique character and history, so do their hotels. We have selected the best hotels as per your style and budget. We offer 3 options in most of our programs:
Simple and comfortable – These are clean and comfortable hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 2-3 star categorization.
– In this option, we offer a mix of charming and deluxe hotels. Some of them are heritage palaces, which are now famous contemporary hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 4-5 star categorization.
– For the ultimate luxury holiday, we have a collection of rustic, chic and stylish hotels combined with laid back indulgence and unmatched amenities. These international favorites are the best in the destinations.
How many beds can we have in a room?
A room will usually have a double bed. Most hotels will be able to add one extra bed.
If we’re traveling as a family, can we have interconnected rooms?
Some hotels offer interconnected rooms. If they don’t have, we ask them to provide two rooms next to each other or on the same floor.
Can I choose my own set of hotels?
Yes, you can. Just send us your wish list and we will do our best to fulfill your requirements.
What is the category of hotels included in the itinerary on the website?
You will have the option to choose the categories of the hotels you want to stay in. There are a few exceptions, however, some places like villages in Rajasthan or hiking tents in Bhutan will not offer you luxury. We will clearly advice you on this.
How does Parallels and Meridians choose the hotels?
We choose hotels based on our personal experiences. We will not recommend a hotel unless we have stayed there ourselves or have it recommended by our contributors.
What kind of vehicle do you provide?
Generally, this depends on the number of people. We provide cars for two people and micro van for three and more people. All our vehicles have air-conditioning.
Can we choose our own type of vehicle?
Yes, you can. Just let us know while sending us the information for your trip.
Are we sharing the car with someone else?
No. The car is for private use and you will share it only the people you are travelling with.
Does the car stay at my disposal every day?
Yes, it does. Our drivers are flexible and will remain at your disposal.
Do we have a guide in every city?
Yes, a guide will be provided to you in each city unless there is no visit scheduled.
How do you select your guides?
We select guides who understand your interests and requirements. They carry a flair for their culture and tradition, offering the best experiences to our clients. All our tour guides are locals, have professional licenses and are known for their passion and knowledge of the destination. We only hire highly rated guides with years of experience.
How do I plan my trip with you?
Once a program is picked from the website and the query form is filled, our travel experts will start working on the program. They will carefully prepare a tailor-made itinerary for you and will present it in details. Your itinerary will be refined and polished until you are satisfied and happy to book with us. As it is very important for us to understand your requirements, please do not hesitate to ask questions and voice your concerns or desires.
I like one of your family programs. Can it be tailor-made for a couple?
Yes, it can. All our programs can be further tailored for your specific requirements. You will be amazed to see the countless possibilities in our programs as per your style.
Can I make my own itinerary?
Yes, you can. Simply fill the form or send us e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you decide your pricing?
The itineraries in the website have indicative pricing which may change as per your personalized travel request. We choose the most important sightseeing, destinations, guides and hotels, which makes a great holiday experience for our guests. As we do not want to surprise you with hidden costs, we always include essential costs in the program. Although we are not necessarily the cheapest, we do aim to offer exceptional overall value for money and rely on our clients for repeat business and recommendations for your future dream holidays.
Can I adjust my budget?
Of course, our experts can share plenty ideas with you, fitting your budget. However, we make sure that quality is never compromised. We immediately inform you with our inability to offer you something that is below standard or of low quality. It is always better to say no than to regret a bad holiday experience.
What is included in the cost of your packages?
Our services start the moment you arrive at your destination, where a representative will be awaiting your arrival. All accommodations, transfers, local flights as well as arranged activities, unless otherwise specified will be included. Our trips are on breakfast-only basis except some special meals like welcome lunch or a special farewell dinner.
Why don’t you offer trips on full board?
We could; however, you will agree with us that everybody has different tastes. Moreover, the local cuisine is also an important aspect of your trip. Why should we charge you extra for some meals in hotels and expensive restaurants, when you can enjoy the spontaneity of discovering restaurants on your own? This is why we intentionally refuse to include all meals in our itineraries. If you are on a safari or a trekking trip, all meals are included as these are remote areas without restaurant alternatives. In lieu of this, you will receive a list of recommended restaurants, where you can have a taste of authentic cuisines.
How do I get the assurance of my travel safety?
Having our headquarter in France, P&M provides all necessary financial and legal guarantees to our travelers. You not only get the best travel programs from us but also experience a memorable and safe travel arranged by our local correspondents with 24/24 assistance. To ensure that all our local agents offer best services, quality travel and assurance, we have an office in India supervising all the activities in Asia. In addition, for your peace of mind, we support you with a range of insurances to meet your needs.
Who will be taking care of my trip when I am on the go?
You will have a dedicated travel expert from the first moment of contact. The travel expert will work with you before and during the trip.
What are the different modes of payment you accept?
The different modes of payment we accept are bank transfer and online payment by credit or debit card. You can pay either 30 or 50% at the time of the booking and the remaining, one month prior to your travel.
How secure is my credit card for online payment?
As your trusted partner P&M guarantees secure payment via secure payment platform enabling you to make transactions by credit card or debit card. The credit or debit card details are never reserved with us for your complete peace of mind.
Where can I see the reviews on P&M?
All reviews given by our travellers are regularly uploaded to our website. Furthermore, many of our guests have shared their experiences with P&M at the sites of Trip Advisor and Trust Pilot. We are proud to share with you that; – 98% of our travelers rated our services excellent or very good – 97% of our travelers recommend our agency to their friends – 98% of our travelers would be willing to repeat the experience with P&M.
Traveling with us is the best way to come closer to the daily life of the locals. Impart your knowledge, skills and art with them. If you are an artist, a photographer, a cook or whichever skills you have that can be shared with the local community, please feel free to tell us about them, and we will organize a special activity for you at a right place to support them. In our very first communication with you, we will ask your interest and if you are willing to participate in an activity for even just one hour.
In 2016, our participants have already taught over 400 hours, the equivalent of 17 days!
Our conscious tourism does not end there; we constantly propose new participatory activities:
There are many young kids who aspire to take the job of ‘guide’. We are helping them to speak better English, or teaching them skills and techniques of travel guiding.
Post the earthquake, life is still struggling in Nepal. We are helping some small shops and businesses to get into the mainstream; not by giving money, but improvising some ideas to run their business more effectively.
“In your route, though you choose to take part in any one of these options, your trip will be the same number of days and the price will not change under any circumstances.”
How much do you donate?
Nothing Actually. We just need little bit of your time and involvement.
A glimpse of the Himalayas with a helicopter tour in Nepal
- Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days