Overview

Experience one of the best natural tours to Eastern Nepal on the Antu Danda Sunrise Tea State Visit Tour. On the tour, you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the pristine Himalayas, namely: the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Kanchenjunga (8586m). Also known as the ‘the land of sunrise,’ Antu Danda lies amidst the lush, green tea estates of Kanyam Tea-garden. On the tour, one can also relish the serene acreages of lush tea farms known to produce the largest amount of tea in the country.

The 10-day Antu Danda Sunrise Tour begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu. Before heading to the eastern Nepal, you’ll indulge in a complete sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu city and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It begins with a visit to Swayambhunath stupa located atop the hill and ends at the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square. You’ll also visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square. Afterward, you’ll embark on a short flight to Bhadrapur Town in the Eastern Nepal that may take 35-40min and then drive to the tea estates of Ilam. You’ll visit the popular tea-factory at Ilam, make a short drive to Pashupatinagar located close to Indian Border in the east, and drive back to Phikkal Bazaar. A few hours of trek will take you to Antu Danda. You will spend the night at Antu Danda that facilitates the opportunity to catch the beautiful sunrise from the local watch-tower. You can spend the day exploring the surroundings at Antu Danda and visit Antu Pond before heading back to Phikkal. You’ll drive back to Bhadrapur Town before flying back to Kathmandu. The tour concedes upon your return in Kathmandu. You can purchase quality packets of tea to take back home on this tour. Antu Danda tour can be undertaken anytime in a year, however, spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) remains the two best seasons to explore the place.

Highlights

  • Indulge in a complete sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu valley
  • Explore the rich tea-estates of Kanyam and visit the local Tea Factory
  • Hike to Antu Danda and enjoy the beautiful panorama of the nearby mountains

Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m), Airport pick up, Drive to Hotel

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our company representative will warmly receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and bring you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will meet your tour guide and discuss the itinerary in detail. Afterward, you can take a stroll around the market to purchase needed gear or accessories.

  • Maximum Altitude1300m

Today, you’ll indulge in a sightseeing tour of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. After breakfast, you’ll drive 4 km west to the historical Buddhist site of Swayambhunath. Also known as ‘Monkey Temple,’ Swayambhunath attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year. Afterward, you’ll head to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The historical site includes an age-old palace, numerous temples dedicated to various deities, Kumari Ghar, and a large statue of Kal Bhairav.

    After early breakfast, you’ll drive east to Pashupatinath. A holy Hindu site, Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva that attracts thousands of pilgrims. Next stop is Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in the country. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, and houses, you can observe the rich Tibetan lifestyle and culture before driving down to Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur District. Patan Durbar Square was a former royal state ruled by the Malla Kings (12-18 Century).

      Today, you’ll drive to the airport and embark on a brief flight to the easternmost part of Nepal to Bhadrapur. Bhadrapur lies in Jhapa District on the bank of Mechi River. The scenic flight will offer an aerial tour of the colorful towns, massive rivers, and forests. From Bhadrapur, you’ll drive north to the rich tea estates of Ilam. You’ll drive through the lushly forested trail of eastern Nepal to reach Ilam.

        You’ll wake up early and drive to the Kanyam Tea Garden to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. You can choose to walk through the lush tea-garden and enjoy the scenery before driving to the nearest tea factory to observe the tea manufacturing process. Afterward, you’ll drive to Pashupatinagar to visit the local cheese factory. After lunch, you can visit the local market before driving down to Phikkal Bazaar. It is the business hub of Ilam.

        • Maximum Altitude2000m

        After breakfast, you can explore the Phikkal Bazaar. You can find almost every local products in this market. Afterward, you’ll indulge in a hike from Phikkal to Antu Danda. Spanning just 11 km in length, you’ll hike along the narrow road leading through lushly forested trail to Antu Danda. Antu Danda is a small hill-station in the Ilam district famous for the beautiful sight of sunrise and sunset. Overnight in Antu Danda.

          You’ll wake up before dawn and head to the nearest watch tower at Antu Danda. The vantage point of local watchtower offers a complete panorama of the nearby mountains namely Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8463m), and the Mt. Everest (8848m). You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful sight of sunrise to the east. If the weather remains clear, you can spot the scenic hill-station of Darjeeling in the distance. After breakfast, you’ll retrace your path and hike down to Phikkal Bazaar.

            After an early breakfast, you’ll drive through the lush tea-estate of Kanyam and head south to the Terai town of Bhadrapur. You’ll drive along the lush tea-estates, forests, and colorful settlements of Limbu and Magar tribes. Once at Bhadrapur, you’ll embark on the earliest flight back to Kathmandu city. Once again, you can catch the beautiful aerial sight of eastern Nepal and the nearby mountains en route to Kathmandu.

              Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can choose to relax in the hotel or choose to go out and explore the neighborhood. Thamel is one of the most popular destinations inside Kathmandu. You can visit Thamel to shop for souvenirs as well. In the evening, our representative will take your for a lavish farewell dinner at one of the finest diners in Kathmandu.

                Today is the last day in Kathmandu. You’ll bid adieu to the city and your tour guide. Our representative will drive you to the airport. We’ll take you approximately 2hrs early to avoid any traffic congestion on the way. We hope to see you again on your next visit in Nepal.

                  Cost Details

                  • 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
                  • All accommodation in tour as per itinerary
                  • Flight ticket Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu
                  • All the food during the tour
                  • All entrance ticket during the entire tour in Nepal.
                  • A tour guide
                  • All transport by a private vehicles
                  • All pick-up and drop to airport
                  • Personal Equipment & Insurance
                  • Nepal Visa fee
                  • Any personal nature expenses.
                  • Emergency Evacuation if required
                  • Tips for Staffs

                  Useful Info

                  Eternal Himalaya has been specializing in overland tours around Nepal for many years. We conduct private, couple and groups tour to Antu Danda, Ilam. We offer a full-board tour which covers the transportation inside the country, an experienced guide, private vehicle, and permits.