Highlights of Nepal
08 Nights – 09 Days
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Meeting at airport on arrival by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan Range. Its art and architecture are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences.
Day 02: In Kathmandu
Proceed for the sightseeing to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Tour of Kathmandu city and temples will include visits to the Temple of the Living Goddess, Durbar Square (central square of the city), National Museum and Swayambunath, a 2000 year-old Buddhist shrine overlooking the city.
Then it is off to Patan, which is the oldest of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It is called the City of the Arts, and is justly famous for its intricately carved wooden temples and skilled craftsmen.
Day 03: Kathmandu / Nagarkot (32 km – 1.5 hours drive)
In the morning we will visit the holiest shrine of the Hindu culture in Nepal, Pashupatinath. This is the place where holy saddhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. While you are not allowed into the temple if you are not a Hindu, the grounds surrounding the temple usually have a fascinating crowd of the faithful.
We then continue to the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal, Bouddhanath, with its large stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. It is not unusual to see very old devotees circumnavigate the shrine hundreds of times falling to their knees and rising again for a few steps only to go back down again to their knees.
Afternoon visit Bhaktapur, perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with a distinct medieval feel. Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders abound, including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate and the magnificent five storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.
Continue drive to Nagarkot for panoramic view of eastern mountains& overnight stay.
Day 04: Kathmandu / Chitwan(180 km – 5 hours drive)
Upon arrival, welcome drink is served and there will be a short briefing on the program and facilities, rooms will be assigned. Chitwan National Park is one of Asia’s riches and the most spectacular National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s remaining jungles. Here, you will discover a lost world of towering trees and twisting vines, of pre-historic rhinos and lumbering elephants, of crocodiles, pythons and deer, of brilliantly colored birds and if you are fortunate – the superb Royal Bengal Tiger.
After lunch, Elephant back safari to explore the jungle and wildlife.
Evening slide show presentation. One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.
Day 05: In Chitwan
Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee then proceed for Bird watching/Nature walk. After breakfast Elephant briefing/Bathing program to Learn more about these fascinating animals.
After lunch proceed for the Jeep Safari crossing the Rapti River which begins from the open grassland area followed by the mix (riverrine) forest.After drive start boating on traditional patela boat for about 45 minutes which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles, Gharials and the animals of the river banks.
(Note: Jeep Safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities from June-September and in some season it can prolong till October.)
Evening the farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.
Day 06: Chitwan / Pokhara(170 km – 5 hours drive)
Pokhara town (2,352 feet) the 25,000+ peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges rise a scant 20 miles away with no intervening ridges to spoil the view. The mountains are reflected in Phewa Lake, where you can rent a boat to visit its small island temples. Pokhara offers the best mountain scenery in Nepal without undertaking a trek.
Day 07: In Pokhara
Early morning after breakfast transfer to World Peace Stupa from where one gets bird eyes view of Lake Phewa and Annapurna mountains from this point in a clear day.
Afternoon at leisure for relaxation or optional activities.
Day 08: Pokhara / Kathmandu (210 km & 6 hours drive)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 09: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.