20 days in Nepal Itinerary

20 days in Nepal Itinerary

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Kathmandu
— 4 nights
Drive to Kathmandu, Fly to Pokhara
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Pokhara
— 4 nights
Fly
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Panauti
— 1 night
Drive
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Dhulikhel
— 1 night
Drive
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Janakpur Zone
— 1 night
Drive
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Patan (Lalitpur)
— 2 nights
Drive to Kathmandu, Fly to Sauraha
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Sauraha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chitwan National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Kathmandu, Drive to Bhaktapur
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Bhaktapur
— 2 nights
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Kathmandu — 4 nights

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, spas, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take a stroll through Thamel, take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Dreams, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu visit planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Kathmandu is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Nepal Time, which is usually a 0.2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May, with highs in Kathmandu at 84°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Pokhara.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Pokhara — 4 nights

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Pokhara is known for nature, adventure, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peace Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pokhara online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Pokhara when traveling from Kathmandu in May, with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Panauti.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Panauti — 1 night

Panauti, a small town located 32 km Southeast of Kathmandu, found in the central regions of Nepal.OriginPanauti is a historical city found in Nepal, as it was originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister. To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Panauti online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Pokhara to Panauti in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Pokhara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Panauti, with lows of 61°F. You'll set off for Dhulikhel on the 17th (Tue).
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Historic Sites · Museums

Dhulikhel — 1 night

Dhulikhel is the administrative centre of Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thrangu Tashi Monastery.

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Dhulikhel is just a short distance from Panauti. In May in Dhulikhel, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Janakpur Zone.
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Janakpur Zone — 1 night

Janakpur is one of the fourteen zones of Nepal, reaching from the Indian border in the south to the Tibetan border in the north and Sagarmatha Zone in the east and Bagmati and Naryani Zones in the west.The headquarters of Janakpur Zone and its main city is Janakpur. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram-Janaki Marriage Hall, don't miss a visit to Janakpur Dham Rail Station, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janaki Mandir.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Janakpur Zone online holiday maker.

You can drive from Dhulikhel to Janakpur Zone in 2.5 hours. In May in Janakpur Zone, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Patan (Lalitpur).
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Patan (Lalitpur) — 2 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Patan (Lalitpur) boasts a collection of ancient temples and palaces.
On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Kathmandu Durbar Square, then steep yourself in history at Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval), then admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Patan Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rudra Varna Mahavihar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahaboudha Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhimsen Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Khumbeshwar Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Patan (Lalitpur) attractions planning app.

You can drive from Janakpur Zone to Patan (Lalitpur) in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Patan (Lalitpur) are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sauraha.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Sauraha — 2 nights

The tourist town of Sauraha stands on the edge of the Chitwan National Park and acts as the eastern gateway to a World Heritage-protected area.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Chitwan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Tharu Cultural Museum & Research Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Breeding Centre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sauraha journey planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Patan (Lalitpur) to Sauraha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In May, Sauraha is somewhat warmer than Patan (Lalitpur) - with highs of 95°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chitwan National Park.
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Chitwan National Park — 2 nights

The diverse ecosystems of Chitwan National Park house a large range of plants and animals, with the park listed as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Narayani River and then stroll through Tiger Residency Resort.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chitwan National Park attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sauraha to Chitwan National Park. In May, daytime highs in Chitwan National Park are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bhaktapur.
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Bhaktapur — 2 nights

On a tour of Bhaktapur, an ancient city in the World Heritage-listed Kathmandu Valley, discover a rich tapestry of Nepalese culture and history.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Changu Narayan, don't miss a visit to Taumadhi Square, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhaktapur Durbar Square - www.nepaltourpackage.com. Keep things going the next day: stop by Peacock Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dattatreya Temple, don't miss a visit to Vatsala Durga Temple, steep yourself in history at 55 Window Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyatapola Temple, and finally take a stroll through Pottery Square.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bhaktapur road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Chitwan National Park to Bhaktapur in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In May, Bhaktapur is a bit cooler than Chitwan National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Nepal travel guide

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With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.
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