Cultural Photography Tour in Nepal

Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal

 

 

Highlights

  • Get to learn about Nepali culture, traditions, art, architecture, and history closely
  • Capture bustling markets, historical sites, stunning snow-capped mountains, gorgeous landscapes, and nature
  • Visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Explore palaces, temples, shrines, monasteries, courtyards, museums, and galleries
  • Taste authentic Nepali dishes and see the lifestyle of Nepali people
  • Visit one of the oldest temples in Nepal, Changu Narayan Temple and Dakshin Kali Temple 
  • Explore Khokana Bungmati village and enjoy a scenic drive to Pokhara
  • Boat on tranquil Phewa Lake and explore the bustling Lakeside market in Pokhara
  • Drive alongside the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world to/from Jomsom
  • Unwind while exploring the beautiful arid landscapes and snow-capped mountains views on the way to Lo Manthang
  • Visit ancient monasteries, caves, be part of the Tiji Festival (if on time), and live mountain lifestyle

Overview

"If you love capturing moments, bustling markets, historical sites, stunning snow-capped mountains, gorgeous landscapes, and nature, then our 16 days Cultural photography tour in Nepal is the best package for you. You'll explore some of the oldest temples, palaces, courtyards, and a restricted area of the country during the tour." 

Cultural photography tour in Nepal is a special tour package precisely designed to give a close understanding of Nepali culture and traditions to travelers. It's an easy tour with no strenuous walking and perfect for people of all age groups. The photography tour in Nepal combines a visit to historical sites in Kathmandu valley and an adventurous overland tour to Upper Mustang

If you love Nepal and Nepali culture, then we highly recommend this package. The tour also lets you get close to the remote mountain villages and see the authentic mountain lifestyle & practices of the mountain people. If you choose the date wisely, you can be part of the huge Tiji Festival celebration in Lo Manthang. It's a three-day celebration of the locals of Upper Mustang. 

During the festivals, several rituals and mask dances are performed. The vibrant attires, delicacies, chants, and overall aura is phenomenal, unlike any other festival. Likewise, you get to see breathtaking landscapes and striking views of the Himalayan mountains like Annapurna (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc on your tour to Upper Mustang. 

Cultural photography tour in Nepal itinerary

The tour begins in Kathmandu. You get to explore the Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Ashan Market, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changu Narayan Temple. Visiting Dakshin Kali Temple and Khokana Bungmati village, you drive to Pokhara, the second biggest city in Nepal.  

You'll spend your arrival day exploring the Lakeside Market and tranquil Phewa Lake. The next day early in the morning, leave Pokhara and drive to Kagbeni via Dana, Ghasa, Leta, Kalopani, Marpha, and Jomsom. It's a long drive, offering beautiful scenery. The next day, you enter the Upper Mustang, a restricted area. The route crosses Kali Gandaki river near Chhusang village and continues to Ghami village.

From Ghami, the route leads to Lo Manthang. On the way, you cross many passes and drive past mani walls. In Lo Manthang, you spend a couple of nights and explore ancient Ghar Gompa, Charang monastery, Jampa Gompa, Thuchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Namgyal Gompa. Likewise, you'll visit the King's palace and sky caves. The caves around the Chhoser are used for burial, meditation, and living back in the day. Most of them are still left to discover. 

Leaving Lo Manthang, you drive to Jomsom, passing by the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge. The next day, drive to Kalopani and continue to Pokhara. You have one full day in Pokhara to explore tourist sites like the International Mountain Museum, Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and Mahendra Cave. 

From Pokhara, you drive back to Kathmandu. This part of the route is a drive, so you can expect a comfortable drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying excellent landscapes. We end the tour with a scrumptious farewell dinner and strolling on the bustling streets of Thamel.

Photography Opportunities

Cultural photography tour in Nepal is the best way to capture rich culture and heritage sites. You'll be visiting many historical sites during the tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Of course, most of the museums, galleries, temples, palaces, etc do not allow you to take photos inside the premises. Still, you'll get ample opportunities to click on some great pictures. 

Your guide will inform you where you can take pictures and where not. It's best to keep following the rule. Likewise, during the tour to Upper Mustang, you can freely capture all the mountains, landscapes, caves, monasteries, etc. 

Booking 

Nepal photography tours do not demand any previous high-altitude experience. You can do this tour throughout the year, but spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) is the best time of the year. You can join the Cultural photography tour in Nepal 2022/2023 with us anytime. Also, tailor-made cultural photography tour in Nepal itinerary if you wish to adjust the journey to your requirements. 

We have the best cultural photography tour in Nepal package at a reasonable cost. During the tour, you'll be accompanied by a professional and experienced English-speaking tour guide who will introduce you to the Nepali culture and mountains.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

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Our team will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day. We escort you to the hotel and help you with check-in. The remaining day is leisure. We suggest you look around the streets of Thamel and explore the souvenir shops. In the late evening, there is a welcome dinner with team members. 

  • Meals: Wellcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 2000m

For the next two days, we take our time and explore the historical sites around Kathmandu city. Today, we'll be visiting the famous Monkey Temple, which is called Swayambhunath in the Nepali language. Monkey temple is situated on top of a hill and offers a fantastic aerial view of Kathmandu. From here, we'll walk through the busy alleys of old Ashan Market and Indra Chowk.

It's a very crowded and happening place. You'll see locals shopping and selling lots of goods and spices. Following your tour guide, you walk through narrow gullies to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be the royal residence and is now open as a museum. Locals love this place. There are many small eateries and shops located around the premises. Evening time is best if you want to see locals chilling.

Here, you'll visit palaces, courtyards, shrines, and temples. One of the temples is for the living goddess, Kumari. Fascinating, right? Yes, we have a living goddess in Nepal. You'll learn a lot about Nepali art, architecture, history, culture, and lifestyle on this tour. The tour guide will let you know where you cannot take photographs, so be attentive to that. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 2000m

After a delicious breakfast, we drive to Boudhnath Stupa in the morning. The ambiance around the stupa is immaculate in the morning & evening time. You'll feel a soothing sense around you. It is the largest stupa in Nepal and has monasteries and shops around the premises. From Boudhnath Stupa, we head to Pashupatinath Temple.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the sacred temples in Nepal with huge significance to Hindus. It is a pilgrimage site. The holy Bagmati Lake flows behind the temple. The temple premises is huge and has numerous short temples. Our last stop for the day is Patan Durbar Square. It is situated on the Lalitpur side of the Kathmandu valley.

Patan Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares in the valley and used to be the royal residence of Malla Kings. Here, you'll get to see intricate Newar architecture and visit museums, galleries & temples. The tour guide will explain all about the temples, palaces, and major royal events to you. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 2000m

Located in the eastern part of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a well-preserved open museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The durbar square has pagoda and Shikhar styles temples. You'll explore medieval art, woodcarvings, sculpture, colossal temples, etc. Some of the major highlights are the 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Lion's Gate, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, etc.

This place is also famous for its local delicacies and pottery. Do not forget to eat the local curd called Juju Dhau, chatamari, etc. You can also make pottery if you wish. From here, we drive to a brick factory, where you can see how bricks are made traditionally with hands. You are free to take pictures and see the process.

Then we drive to Changunarayan Temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Nepal located on the hilltop. The temple showcases ancient Nepali architecture with rich embossed works. This temple has a lot of stories and myths. At the main entrance, you can see stone pillars erected by Licchavi (kingdom) King Manadeva in 464 AD. The stone pillars have inscriptions in Sanskrit. These inscriptions are considered the oldest in Nepal. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 2000m

Today, after a warm breakfast, we’ll drive to Dakshin Kali Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. On some major occasions, locals sacrifice cockerels and uncastrated male goats in the temple. The hiking trail attracts lots of travelers here. For locals, Kali is the benevolent mother who protects her devotees and children from mishaps & misfortunes.

The next part of the day takes us to Khokana Bungmati village. This village has Rato Machindranath Temple and Karya Binayak Temple. The village is not easily accessible, so the old lifestyle and culture of the locals are well protected. It is a Newari village and has beautiful rice fields. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 2000m

Without driving back to Kathmandu, we'll drive to the city of Lakes, Pokhara, on this day. The Cultural Photography Tour will now lead you to Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang. It's an overland tour. But first, we reach Pokhara. It takes around 6 hours to drive to Pokhara. Along the way, you get to see gorgeous scenery. In Pokhara, you'll have the evening free to explore the Lakeside Market and the serenity of Phewa Lake. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three star Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 700m

We'll wake up early and get ready to drive to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is located 159 km (98 miles) north of Pokhara, across the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. The drive is around eight hours long and follows a dirt road. We may come across landslides on the way. The drive is not on the comfortable side, but the route is surrounded by stunning Himalayan mountains. We'll drive through beautiful villages like Dana, Ghasa, Leta, Kalopani, Marpha, and Jomsom. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea-House
  • Place: Kagbeni
  • Altitude: 2804
  • Time: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: 159km

Leaving Kagbeni, we’ll drive to Ghami. Before that, we visit a monastery and a Buddhist school. The guide will register the permits, and we'll enter one of the restricted areas in Nepal, Upper Mustang. Crossing Kali Gandaki river near Chhusang village, we pass by Bhina & Ghiling. The route ascends to Syangboche pass (4,200 m) and continues to Ghami village. The views are phenomenal from this pass. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea-House
  • Place: Ghami
  • Altitude: 3520m
  • Time: 3
  • Distance: 32km

From Ghami, we drive to Lo-Manthang, the lost forbidden kingdom of Nepal. On the way, we'll visit the ancient Ghar Gompa and Charang monastery. Driving along rocky foothills, we cross many passes and drive past mani walls before we reach Lo Manthang. The drive is short, so we'll have time to explore Jampa Gompa, believed to be built in the 15th century and known as the God House. We also visit Thuchen Gompa (built in the late 15th century), Chodey Gompa, the king's palace, the Monastic museum, and a Buddhist School.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea-House
  • Place: Lo-Manthang
  • Altitude: 3840m
  • Time: 2 and half
  • Distance: 17km

Today is our acclimatization day in Lo Manthang. We spend the day exploring Namgyal Gompa, Sky Caves of Chhoser, and Shija Jhong Cave. The caves around the Chhoser are used for burial, meditation, and living back in the day. Many of these sky caves are still undiscovered and have huge archaeological importance. You can do this tour around Tiji Festival and see the locals celebrating the festival for three days doing several rituals and mask dances.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea-House
  • Place: Lo-Manthang
  • Altitude: 3840m

After breakfast, drive to Jomsom. The drive is bumpy and crosses many remote mountain villages. You will drive along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and head to Jomsom, enjoying breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tukuche, etc. Explore the beautiful town of Jomsom later in the day. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea-House
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2743m
  • Time: 5-6
  • Distance: 50km

The drive from Jomsom to Kalopani is short. After breakfast, we leave and pass by Beni. The drive then continues to Kalopani, offering superb views of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and many other mountains. We'll visit Titi Lake and explore the old village. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea-House
  • Place: Kalopani
  • Altitude: 2430m
  • Time: 45m
  • Distance: 13km

Leaving Kalopani, we’ll drive to a dirt road and soon join Pokhara Baglung Highway. The landscapes along the way are stunning. It's a short drive to Pokhara. You'll have the rest of the day to relax and spend time at Phewa Lake. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 700m
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 124km

We have a full day in Pokhara to visit tourist sites. In the morning, drive to Sarangkot to witness an aerial view of Pokhara city. You can also do paragliding here. Later, we visit the International Mountain Museum and Peace Pagoda. The tour then takes us to Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and Mahendra Cave. There are many gorgeous lakes like Begnas and others around the city, where we can go too. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 700m

After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu today. The drive is comfortable and scenic. In Kathmandu, you have the remaining day free. Do shopping and explore nearby areas. The tour has ended. We meet you in the late evening over farewell dinner. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandy
  • Altitude: 2000m
  • Time: 6 and half hour
  • Distance: 200km

Our adventure has come to an end. You'll check out of the hotel today. Our airport team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home. 

  • Meals: Breakfast

Cost Details

  • International airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 6 nights 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 3 nights 3-star hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu, Pokhara, Mustang cultural photography Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • 4WD Jeep Pokhara to Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom by 4WD Land Cruiser/Mahindra Scorpio.
  • 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Mineral water and hot tea, coffe 
  • Hot shower during the tour sometime if hot shower is not working then hot bucket shower is provided. 
  • Accommodation while Mustang in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Upper Mustang Restricted area permit fee.
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the tour guide and driver.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the tour. (Refundable after finish the trip)
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, boiled water during the tour.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.