“We have 5 days for our trip to Nepal (heading to India before). Places we'd like to see: Kathmandu Valley (Pasupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath), Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, and Pokhara (day trek + paragliding, Phewa Lake boat ride), Sarangkot Hill sunrise.”
Amanda Delecca, a local specialist from Nepal, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary.
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Summary of the trip planning conversation
I can certainly put something together to include the above destinations. Thanks for your flight details, that's helpful in knowing how to best maximise your time.
I'll get a trip plan organised and post it here when it's ready, you'll get a notification email to let you know it's here, it will take me a day or so :)
In the mean time, do let me know what questions you have!
Hi Amanda, that is great - thank you very much! I know we have quite the limited amount of time so we want to do as much as we can within reason :)
Do you also recommend that we get our own private driver? I've read that traffic in Nepal can be crazy!
yes I will include a car and driver. Hiring a car and driving yourself isn't really a thing here, parking is also a big problem. So having a car scheduled to drop you to where you need to go is best.
Also as a FYI, we will be coming from India and I read somewhere that we are not allowed to bring in Indian currency into Nepal. Is this true? And can you recommend what the best currency to use in Nepal is? (e.g. Nepalese rupee or USD?)
Hi, yes the larger Indian notes cannot be used here at all (500, 1000 and 2000). INR100 notes can be used but it is a bit of a pain carrying around big wads of cash as INR100 is equivalent to around US$1.50.
I recommend you use Nepali Rupees while you're here. These can be purchased with foreign currency or you can draw local currency directly from the ATMs, just check with your bank that your cards has that facility. ATMs are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
would also like to say we would definitely like to do paragliding on the trip, so if you could include that cost that would be great. In terms of adding in a short trek, is that the hiking we will be doing before the boat ride on Phewa Lake? How long is this hike and where will be hiking?
that's great that you've got some more time, I'll include some sightseeing that first day too!
Single supplement is the extra fee for anyone who wants a single room. So far I've included 2 x twin share rooms in all your hotels. B is breakfast :)
Yes the hike is on the day you arrive in Pokhara and it goes up to the Peace Stupa, you'll see the full details on day 2.
Once I've made those couple of changes I'll re-post your trip plan here.
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