Nepal driving tour w/ Bardia National park 12 days

Kathmandu - Daman - Lumbini - Bardia - Tansen - Pokhara - Gorkha
  • Royal Bengal Tiger seen while Jeep safari

    Royal Bengal Tiger in Bardia National Park.

  • Pokhara valley with Himalayan background.

    Himalayan range seen across Pokhara valley.

  • The fort temple or Kalika, Gorkha

    The Fort temple Kalika of Gorkha

Duration : 12 days' Nepal driving tour w/ Bardia national park
Season : Mid September - May
Best time is from Mid September - December but the tour could be done throughout winter as the touring places are in lower valleys.
Accommodation : Hotel (Deluxe & Standard)
Transport : Private Sedan / SUV / 4WD.

Nepal driving tour allows you to explore pristine hill towns with great Himalayan views and deeper insight into Nepalese culture. The tour offers alternates to most visited tourist destinations in Nepal with Bardia national park as highlight. Drive comfortable distances and spend leisure time watching day to day life of local people, enjoy the sunset and sunrise over the majestic snow peak or go on a short easy walks in hill stations of Daman, Gorkha, Tansen and Nuwakot. Drive down to southern plains of Terai and visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. A day’s archaeological, historical and spiritual sightseeing gives you visual aid of Buddha’s life with great positive vibration. Drive to Bardia national park for safari activities focused on Tiger tracking. Bardia national park is less visited but most thrilling safari park in Nepal for its high chances of Tiger sighting. Nepal driving tour provides you an opportunity to visit Bardia national park, exploring scenic countryside and hill stations. The Nepal tour package also gives options for second time visitors to Nepal. The tour could be custom made with popular sightseeing or optional sites for both first and second time visitors.

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Nepal Driving Tour Highlights

  • Scenic overland tour of Nepal with comfortable driving each day.
  • Diving tour with friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and driver.
  • Stay in handpicked boutique resorts at surreal places.
  • Make plenty of stops along the way for side trips, Himalayan views, wildlife activities and cultural experiences.
  • Drive through popular hill station towns of Bandipur, Nagarkot, Sarangkot, Tansen and more.
  • Explore the less visited Bardia national park renowned for Royal Bengal Tigers.
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Nepal Driving Tour Review

Everest, Bardia National Park and Pokhara - Booked a 14 trip in Nepal through Nepal Tours. Rabindra was easy to deal with and very prompt in replying to emails.
The tour itself was excellent and went very smoothly, even when we added a heli tour at Everest to our itinerary. Our guides and drivers were very capable and went out of their way to ensure we were happy with their service (which we were}.
Would have no hesitation in recommending Rabindra and his company to anyone contemplating a trip to Nepal.
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Nepal Driving Tour Itinerary

Our represent will meet you at the Kathmandu airport and together you will drive to the hotel. There is an option of familiarization walk to old Kathmandu and tourist center of Thamel in the evening.

After breakfast, an expert guide will take you for Kathmandu sightseeing. You will be guided through the Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. We have alternate activities / sightseeing options for second time visitors. Sightseeing points will be chosen as per your interest.

DAY 03: DRIVE TO DAMAN (overnight)
Daman at 2,320 m is the highest hill station in the central Nepal. The place offers the widest view of Himalayas from Daulagiri in the west to Mt Everest in the east. Daman is along the old highway linking Kathmandu with Terai. Even though the road is narrow and winding, the traffic is less and the drive is scenic.

DAY 04: DRIVE TO LUMBINI - birth place of Buddha
Drive down to Hetaunda and further to Chitwan along the east west highway. It takes about 8 hrs to get to Lumbini. Lumbini is now developed in the area of 3 sq miles under the master plan. The pilgrimage starts from 'New Tourist Village' which is being developed into Buddhist resource center with logistics for tourists. Monastic zone is where monasteries from different Buddhist communities around the world are established. Finally the Sacred Garden preserves 'Marker Stone', ruins of ancient Mayadevi temple and stupas and the Ashokan pillar.

From Lumbini, we will drive west on the east-west highway (Mahendra Highway) to Bardia National Park. It is about 230 km and takes about 6 hrs. Mahendra highway is the longest highway in Nepal (1,024 km) spanning the length of Nepal along the Terai planes.

Bardia is more pristine than Chitwan National park. It is said that ‘Tiger Sighting’ probability is higher in Bardia than Chitwan. Bardia give the feel of Chitwan from about 3 decade back. We will carry on various activities like Elephant safari, Jungle walk, Jeep safari, cultural tour, Jungle walk etc to enjoy the wildlife of Bardia National park.

DAY 08: DRIVE TO TANSEN, PALPA (230 km / 8 hrs)
After another beautiful morning in Bardia National park, we will drive back to Butwal on east west highway. From Butwal, winding road of Siddhartha highway, climbs up to Srinagar hill of Tansen. Srinagar hill of Tansen is the most scenic hill station in western Nepal. Often canopies of snow peaks are seen floating above the foggy valleys.

The view from Srinagar hill, Tansen appears as giant staircase with deep valleys and rolling hills with world's highest mountains in the backdrop. Tansen was a trading hub along the trans-Himalayan trade route. One can still see reminiscence of medieval Newari town. The town is popular for ‘Dhaka’, Nepalese garment and brass and copper casting. Drive 4 hrs to Pokhara. Later walk along the Phewa lakeside market.

Pokhara has got several day hikes and comfortable hotels / resorts in its outskirt these days. If it is your second time in Pokhara, plan a easy to moderate day hike with overnight stay at surreal places like Himalayan Deurali (Naudanda), Raniban Retreat, Begnas Resort, Tiger Top Pokhara Lodge or go on a easy hike.

DAY 11: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU | Visit Gorkha on the way.
The center of legendary Gorkha is about 30 km northeast of Kathmandu - Pokhara highway. The ridge top fort temple offers magnificent view of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. This is from where unification of Nepal begins some 260 years back. The Gorkha tour gives insight of real Nepal.


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Customize Nepal Driving Tour

Nepal driving tour could be customized with one way flight to Bardia and drive the other way. The tour could also be organized for two weeks or more with short treks and hikes from Pokhara, Bandipur, Nagarkot.

Extra Day's Option:
The historic Gorkha kingdom at present is bustling district capital. 300 m stone staircase leads to the palace temple with elegant woodcarving from where unification of Nepal began some 260 years back. The ridge top offers beautiful sunset view over Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Nuwakot Durbar is another important historical palace some 120 km east of Gorkha. Nuwakot was capital of Nepal until Kathmandu valley was conquered in mid 18th century.

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