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Ilam Mai Pokhari Tour

The Ilam Tour takes you to one of the most exciting places in eastern Nepal, Ilam. Popular for its lushly grown tea-garden and picturesque mountain scenery, Ilam offers a delightful time to the visitors. The tour also explores the holy lake of Mai Pokhari –a revered site to both Buddhist and Hindu adherents. Indulge in this 8-day tour to truly understand the lifestyle of the Limbu community.


Ilam Mai Pokhari Tour Highlights

  • Tour around the touristic Kanyam Tea Garden and taste its tea
  • Scenic visit to Antu Danda and Phikkal Bazar
  • Experience the authentic Limbu culture and lifestyle
  • Marvel at the religious site of Mai Pokhari


Ilam Mai Pokhari Tour Overview

The 8-day Ilam Mai Pokhari tour begins with your arrival at the historical Kathmandu city. You’ll embark on a scenic drive 526.7 km east of Kathmandu to the Kanyam Tea Garden of Ilam. A 17-22hr ride will take you all the way to Ilam via cities like Damak and Birtamod. Once at Ilam, you’ll indulge in a fun-filled tour of the neighboring Antu Danda followed by a visit to the religious site of Mai Pokhari. The Antu Danda has a watchtower from where the morning sunrise and evening sunset can be easily observed.

From here, we head towards the Mai Pokhari. Mai Pokhari sits at an elevation of 2100 meters above sea level and receives thousands of pilgrims every year. The pristine pond and the surrounding botanical garden are the highlights of this tour. Afterward, you’ll drive back to Kanyam and visit the nearby Phikkal Bazaar. Chhintapu, Antu Danda, Kanyam ta-garden, Phikkal, Sadakpur, and Mai Pokhari are some of the most visited destinations in Ilam.

You’ll also get to witness the rich lifestyle and culture of the ethnic Limbu tribe who are the major inhabitants of the region. After exploring the picturesque Ilam and buying tea products, you’ll make your way back to Kathmandu where the trip shall end. Ilam Mai Pokhari Tour can be undertaken anytime, however, spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) seasons offer perfect weather, visibility, and complete accessibility.

Nepal Treks is a reputed company that organizes trips across Nepal. We are known to have different variations in the travel options including treks, tours, peak climbing, and expeditions. All throughout the trips, our experienced guides will keep you company. Similarly, we also have excellent services for transportation, accommodation, and logistics.

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Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu
Our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll meet your guide at the hotel and discuss the tour. In the evening, you can explore Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Ilam Bazar. Overnight in Hotel.
After early breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to the east of Kathmandu. You’ll drive through the narrow hill roads of eastern Nepal and arrive at Biratamod via Damak. A few hours of a drive north of Birtamod will bring you to the lush Kanyam Tea Garden of Ilam. Ilam lies 526.7 km east of Kathmandu. You will pass through numerous towns and villages that offer an insightful and cultural journey into the lifestyle of eastern Nepal. Overnight in Ilam Bazaar.
Day 3
Antu Danda day tour, overnight hotel.
Antu Danda or Sri Antu is a popular tourist destination located in Ilam. The local watch-tower at 2328m offers a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset along with the scenic sight of the hill-station of Darjeeling in the distance. Antu Danda is also known as the ‘the land of sunrise’. There is a beautiful pond called Shree Antu in the vicinity of the hill station. You’ll spend the day exploring the vast expanse of the tea garden and lushly decorate forests at Antu Danda. Overnight in Antu Danda.
Day 4
Mai Pokhari day tour, overnight hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll head east to the pristine site of Mai Pokhari. It is also the major highlight of this trek. Located 19km from Kanyam Tea Garden, Mai Pokhari is a scenic pond revered as a pilgrimage by both Hindu and Buddhist adherents. The pond is also home to numerous species of birds and animals. You can also choose to visit the nearby botanical garden at Mai Pokhari before heading back to your hotel. Overnight in Mai Pokhari.
Day 5
Drive from Kanyam and Phikkal day tour, overnight hotel.
Today, you’ll drive back to the Kanyam Tea Garden and explore this vast tea estate. A horse ride will facilitate a complete tour of the estate. You can indulge in drinking the local tea and shopping items such as tea packets, hard cheese, and extra-hot chilies to take back home. Afterward, you’ll drive to the nearby Phikkal Bazaar which is a crowded market place popular among the local inhabitants. Overnight in Phikkal.
Day 6
Drive to Kathmandu use night bus arrive Kathmandu transfer to hotel.
Today is your last day in Ilam and you will drive back to Kathmandu. The journey begins from the narrow roads and goes all the way back to Birtamod from where the road becomes wider. A lengthy 17-hour drive will bring you back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you can choose to rest at the hotel or go for some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 7
Today you’ll bid adieu to Kathmandu. Our representative will drive you to the Tribhuvan International airport. You can share your experiences and future holiday plans with us on the way.

  • Airport pickup and drop off by our private vehicle
  • Kathmandu/ Ilam Hotel room on twin sharing bed with Breakfast (B) basis
  • Fluent English speaking license holder sightseeing tour guide
  • Sightseeing tour guide and his fee
  • Sightseeing entrance fee
  • Domestic Flight from Kathmandu - Bhadrapur – Kathmandu with Airport departure tax
  • All land transfer as per above itinerary
Not Included
Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 3 passports Size photos. Kathmandu/Ilam hotel Lunch and Dinner (L.D)   Personal spending money & all bar bill, i.e. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc.  
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