Duration : 12 days.
Best time : March to May & Mid September to November
Focus : Temples, peoples & culture, whitewater rafting, boat ride, cart ride, wildlife activities etc.
Routing : Kathmandu/Chitwan/Pokhara/ Bhaktapur/ Nagarkot/Kathmandu.
A GLIMPSE OF NEPAL
A fine combinations of Wildlife, Rafting and breathtaking mountain flight to view Everest
Duration : 12 days.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel. After check into hotel, our guide will brief you on the itinerary. Evening free. Overnight in hotel.
Kathmandu, the capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, has the air of a medieval city, a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces. In the background there is often the gentle sound of jangling cymbals and the markets are a rich blend of colours and aromas. Only in the 1950s was Nepal opened up to visitors and today the contrast between 21st century technology and traditional lifestyles help to make Kathmandu one of the World’s most fascinating cities.
Day 02: Kathmandu, a full day guided sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple, Baudhanath stupa & Kathmandu Darbar square.
Pashupatinath temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It is situated 5km east from city center. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate its existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple also a World Heritage Sites.
Baudhanth Stupa: Baudhanath lies about 6km to the east of down town Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36m high and presents one of the most fascinating specimen of stupa design. Boudhnath, a World Heritage site, is also known as “Little Tibet”. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area.
Kathmandu Durbar square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries used to be the seat of Malla kings of Kathmandu. The Durbar square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also several Museums inside the palace building
Day 03: Mountain Flight – Sightseeing tour of Swayamphunath (Monkey temple) and Patan Durbar Square
Early morning fast, transfer to the airport for one hour mountain flight that will take you to view the Mountain Everest and the Himalayan range. This is a breath taking flight and an experience of a life time.
Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): This is considered as oldest Buddhist stupa. Watches over the valley from the top of hillock on its western side. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites of Nepal. It’ establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of primordial lake. It’s listed in World Heritage site.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square like its counter part in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace building, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal place complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna built entirely of stone. It is listed on World Heritage site.
Day 4: A two day river raft (04 to 06 pax in one raft)
After breakfast, drive to the rafting put in point: Charaudi, approximately 3hours scenic drive from Kathmandu. On arrival at the river point, you will be received by our raft crew and you will be briefed on the trip and commence rafting. Overnight camp by the river side.
Day 5: Rafting – Chitwan national park.
After breakfast, continue river raft, after lunch drive to Chitwan national park. Late afternoon visit to elephant breeding centre Evening free. O/n Jungle Resort.
Royal Chitwan National Park: It is synonymous with some of the most rewarding and stimulating wildlife activities in Nepal. The Park is approximately 1,000 sq. km. of sub-tropical lowland area, heavily forested hills bordering India on the south. It is a wildlife and cultural haven, with a unique flora and fauna, a home to a multitude of wild animals such as Royal Bengal Tiger. Deer, Rhino, Bear, Elephant, Wild boar, leopard and more than 420 species of birds recorded inside the Park, as well as the fascinating Tharu tribe whose lifestyle has remained unchanged for several hundred of years. Several safari resorts and camps are there inside and outside the Park to offer the tourist comfortable accommodation, Elephant back safaris for wildlife viewing, canoeing and nature walks/bird watching with highly trained resident naturalist.
Day 6 : Chitwan National Park.
Morning cross the Rapti river by boat to view the Magar and gharial crocodiles along with the waterbirds and after that walk to the jungle to view The rhiniceros, wild boar, leopard etc…
Afternoon elephant safaries deep in the jungle for the close acquaintance with the nature and the wild life. Evening visit the villages. O/n Jungle Resort.
Day 7 : Chitwan National Park.
Morning bird watching excursions into the jungle. Return back to Resort for breakfast.
Afternoon visit the Tharu village on CART ride. Tharu tribes are one of the largest ethnic group in Nepal. Many tharu are heavily exploited by newly arrived hill people. Large numbers have fallen into debt and have , as a result entered into a form of bonded labour , little different to slavery. They are generally Mongoloid in appearance, and have an animist religion that is increasingly influenced by Hinduism. Evening free. O/n Jungel resort.
Day 8: Chitwan – Pokhara
After breakfast drive to Pokhara (about 5 hours drive). Rest of the day at leisure OR boat around Phew Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Pokhara: Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 125,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. The climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees in summer.
Day 9: Pokhra sightseeing
A full day Sightseeing tour including of the David’s Fall, Mahendra Cave, Bindubasisini Temple, Museum and local market. O/n Hotel with breakfast.
Day 10: Pokhara – Kathmandu – Bhaktapur – Nagarkot
After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be received at the airport and go for sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan, the world heritage sites. Later, drive further to the popular hill station of Nagarkot for overnight stay. Bhaktapur: As you walk in, you can’t but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The 15th-century Palace of 55 Windows, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also housed inside. The Palace entrance, the Golden Gate, is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the Palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. There are more things to see in Bhaktapur, they are Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, Potters’ Square etc.
Changu Narayan temple: This temple is situated on a ridge over looking the valley about 12km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the God Bishnu. This temple is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture and also listed in World Heritage Sites.
Nagarkot – is situated at an elevation of 2175m and provides a grandstand panorama of the Himalaya. You can see five of the world’s 10 tallest mountains: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8561m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m) and Manaslu (8163m) and many other lesser summits. The snow peaks look so gorgeous during the sunset and sunrise. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Nagarkot-Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure for personal activities or shopping.
Evening transfer to Kathmandu international airport board flight to home country.
Day 12: Departure Kathmandu.