- Holiday Inspirations
- Fixed Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Arrive Kathmandu by international flight. After clearing immigration and custom, meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon visit Swayambhunath Stupa the 2000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath Stupa situated on a hillock about 260 ft. above the valley floor. Revered by both Hindus and Buddhist, the monument is a glittering golden spire on a large white lofty dome. There are numerous shrines and monasteries around. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: IN KATHMANDU
Breakfast at hotel. This day your city tour will start from Pashupatinath Temple-one of the holiest Hindu Temples in entire South Asia. The temple is situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which is a tributary of sacred Ganges. Admission to the temple is reserved for Hindus only, yet we can have closeup view of the temple from other side of the river. The temple and the surroundings are vibrant with rites and rituals performed by Hindu devotees. We will also have opportunity to watch the Hindu cremation services in the bank of the river. The next stop would be the giant Boudnath Stupa-Asia’s one of the largest Buddhist shrine. The stupa with 100m (328 ft.) diameter and 40 m (130 ft) height can be spotted from many view point in Kathmandu. There are a number of Buddhist monasteries around and the area is dominantly Tibetan in character and reminds very much of Barkhor area of Lhasa.
Bhaktapur is one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu valley and the best preserved one. Bhaktapur, with its Durbar Square with beautiful palaces and temples with intricate wood carving and fabulous stone sculptures and brick paved streets looks like an open-air museum! The major attractions in Bhaktapur are the Palace of 55 windows, the giant Taleju Bell in front of the palace, the golden gilded gate with beautiful metal works in its semi-circular pediment, the royal bath tank inside the palace, 5 storied Naytapola temple that survived the earth quake of 1934, Duttratraya Temple, and Pujarimath complex with Peacock window-the masterpiece woodcarving in Nepal. We walk through the narrow alleys with private houses in both sides, and visitpotter’s square where we learn the traditional methods of pottery making. We will also take chance to stop by a wood carvers’ workshop near Duttratraya. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park (170 km / approx. 4-5 hrs drive). Chitwan National Park, 932 sq. miles, is Asia’s one of the most famous game parks, renowned for the preservation of Great One Horned Rhinoceros. The park is also home to about 100 Royal Bengal Tigers, leopard, sloth bear, 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys and more than 600 different species of birds. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Lunch at Hotel. In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park will be organized by our well trained senior naturalists after some rest in the lodge we visit Tharu village and you will have opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: IN CHITWAN
Early morning you will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables where a senior naturalist brief about the interesting and unbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath. Lunch at hotel. After lunch at the resort, we take a canoe ride down the Rapti River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles and varieties of water birds. Or you may also go for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Chitwan National Park. In the evening, we will be entertained by local Tharu dances. Tharu are the aboriginal inhabitant of the area and still live today with their century old lifestyle and traditions. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: CHITWAN TO POKHARA BY ROAD
After breakfast, we leave for Pokhara valley (155 km / approx. 4 hrs drive), situated in the lap of mighty Annapurnas and Fishtail. Pokhara with lakes, gorges, waterfalls, mysterious cave temples to gorgeous mountain views truly make the natural capital of Nepal. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. We begin from Davis Fall where water cascades down from the lake and disappears into the earth! Opposite to the fall lies the mysterious cave of Gupteshwara Mahadeva. You may also want to visit the Tibetan Village and its monastery. In the evening take relaxed stroll in the lakeside. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: IN POKHARA
Early morning, we will drive to Sarangkot (1,592m/5,222 ft.) for sunrise view and Himalayan Panorama. On a clear weather day, Sarangkot affords spectacular views of the western range of the Himalaya and the valleys. On the way back, we stop at Bindhebasini Temple-the most revered of the Hindu Temples in Pokhara. We will also stop at the vibrant Old Bazaar.
If you are keen on hiking, you can hike to the Peace Stupa at the ridge top towering over the Fewa Lake. Take boating trip in the Lake Fewa and visit the island temple of Goddess Barahi-probably the most visited of all temples in Pokhara. Depending on your interest, you can also visit the Mountaineering and National History Museums. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: POKHARA – KATHMANDU BY ROAD
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu (205 km / approx. 5.5 hrs drive). Upon arrival at Kathmandu, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08: DEPART KATHMANDU