Nepal boasts eight of the world's tallest mountains and the world's oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu Valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna. As for its people - From the Tharus that share their land with the splendid Asian tuskers in the plains to the brave Yak herders of Dolpo, they are as amazing as the land itself. Here in its tropical jungles the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls, higher up the legend of the Yeti lives on. Although modernization has set in, the quintessence of ancient Nepal remains amongst its people.
|Day 1||Arrive in Kathmandu||Hotel|
|Day 2||Sightseeing in Kathmandu||Hotel|
|Day 3||Fly to Pokhara and Sightseeing||Hotel|
|Day 4||In Pokhara||Hotel|
|Day 5||Drive to Chitwan (Approx 5 Hours)||Lodge|
|Day 6||In Chitwan (Jungle Activities)||Lodge|
|Day 7||Drive to Bharatpur. Fly to Kathmandu||Hotel|
|Day 8||Final Departure|
Welcome to Nepal!
It is a extensive delight to fly to Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost blissful, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Luxury DMC will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
After your leisurely breakfast at the hotel, start your day sightseeing with UNESCO Heritage sites Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan.
Swayambhunath Stupa is the white domed stupa which stands alone on a hillock in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as `The Monkey Temple’ due to the large number of rhesus primates living there. Legend has it that when Kathmandu Valley was a lake 2000 years ago, a single lotus flower grew at the centre of the lake. When Saint Manjushree, the Bodhisattva drained the lake with a single slash of his sword, the lotus settled on top of a hill and magically turned into a stupa. Thus, Swoyambhunath is also known as a Self-Created stupa.
One of the most important and the most sacred Buddhist shrines of Nepal, Swayambhunath Stupa is filled with smaller chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. There are many small shrines with statues of Tantric and shamanistic deities, prayer wheels for the Tibetan Buddhists, Shiva lingams and a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Harati, the Goddess of smallpox and other epidemics.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is also known as Kantipur is the hub of Nepal’s art and culture. The Pahari name Kathmandu comes from Kasthamandap temple which is made from the timber of a single tree. Retaining its ancient traditions, Kathmandu is blessed by a Living Goddess and is enriched by endless ceremonial processions and events that take to the streets every now and then with throngs of devotees seeking blessings. Legend has it that the valley was once a primordial lake ringed by verdantmountains. In this pristine lake lived giant serpents until one fine day, saint Manjushree, the Bodhisattva, raised a mighty sword and in one slash, cut open the side of a mountain at a place now known as Chobhar. The voluminous waters of the lake gushed out, leaving behind a fertile valley capable of supporting large urban settlements over the millennia. But the valley’s remarkable cities with their ornate palaces, superbly crafted pagodas and monumental stupas are testimony of the artistic genius of the Newar craftsmen, the original inhabitants of the valley, whose skills were championed by the Malla kings and appreciated even by the Mongol rulers of 18th century China.
Patan is one of the largest cities in Nepal and is located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. This city is also known as `City of Beauty’ in Sanskrit. The unique Durbar Squares, temples, alleys, cuisine, hospitality and religious tolerance justifying the pre-historic status of the city of Patan has become a melting pot of two influential religions Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a city of 55 major temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, fine metal works and countless festivals.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will board a short-sweet 25 minutes flight to the beautiful Pokhara.
Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Pokhara Valley is the end of the famous Annapurna Circuit and a gateway to some of the most famous long-distance treks in Nepal. It also offers plenty of rewarding short walks and day trips suitable for children and weary trekkers. It is the second largest city in Nepal and sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal.
In Pokhara visit the following places:-Gurkha Museum
GURKHA SOLDIERS joined the British Army since 1815 and later into the Indian Army after its independence in 1947. The MUSEUM concentrates on their history to current British Army and the Indian Army. The displays include hundreds of PHOTOGRAPHS of the many CAMPAIGNS they took part in and their REGIMENTAL LIFE. The 3-FLOOR GALLERIES are brought alive by SOUND and COLOURED LIGHT. Displays also include uniforms they wore, items they used and medals they won. Details of the Gurkha VICTORIA CROSS winners, the highest bravery medal with their citations can also be viewed.
Seti River Gorge
‘Seti’ means White in Nepali, this is how the famous Seti River got its name with its flowing silver white water. It silently flows in the centre part of the valley carving out a wonderful Gorge. The Seti Gorge comprises the deep rifts of the Conglomerate Mountains carved upto 40 to 50 meters deep which could mostly be witnessed from KI Singh Bridge at Bagar, Mahendra Bridge at Mahendrapool market and Chinese bridge at Lakhanchowk.
International Mountain Museum: With an objective of maintaining systematic records of the successful eight thousander, geographic flora and fauna and human activities in the range, the International mountain Museum has been established at the foot step of fishtail peak and gate way to the mountain region. The shape of the museum roof itself resembles mountain skyline to any visitor before entering the museum main gate.
Overnight at hotel
Drive to Sarangkot to view Sunrise. This place is located 9 kms to the north west of Pokhara and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Conveniently perched high on the top of a ridge at 1,592m., the serene hill resort offers the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the unspoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Viewing 700m. Down from the top of Sarangkot you can have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and many more.
Then Hike to The World Peace Pagoda which sits atop a hill overlooking the Annapurna Mountain range which reflects off Lake Phewa below. It is thusly one of the more serene peace pagodas in the world. Built just after World War 2 by Buddhist monks from Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization the World Peace Pagoda is one of over 80 world peace pagodas in the world today. They are built to inspire peace for all races & creeds.
Later, visit Davis fall and Gupteshowor Cave.
Davi's fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's fall), Devi's fall (also known as David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave:- Located close to Davis Falls on the other side of the World Peace Stupa the Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is Nepal's most famous cave. The cave is said to be have been discovered in the 16th century. The main cave contains two chambers with several shrines located throughout. The largest of these shrines is dedicated to Shiva.Luxury DMC
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival at the resort, meet and briefed by the naturalist about the daily activities.
Chitwan literally means “Heart of Jungle”. The Chitwan National Park is located in the lush valley of the Chitwan District, 75 miles south west of Kathmandu, in the foothills of the Churia Ranges. Formerly known as The Royal Chitwan National Park, Chitwan National Park was established in 1973 and is the first national park in Nepal. It was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural) in 1984.
The Chitwan National Park is rich in flora and fauna with different species of birds, mammals, butterflies etc. and is an ideal place for nature lovers. The park is renowned for its variety of wildlife like carious types of deer, monkeys, leopards, Bear, crocodiles and particularly the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Exploring the park is made easy through several jungle activities like elephant back rides, jungle walks, jeep safari, canoeing, bird watching etc. which provides great opportunity to get closer to the diverse ecosystem of the forest of Nepal.
Later participate in the jungle activities.
Overnight at hotel in Chitosan
The day will keep you busy with a close encounter with all sorts of flora and fauna that Chitwan National Park has to offer in its lap- facilitated by a number of below activities spread over the entire day. We will try to include all of the activities depending upon the availability of time- primes like elephant ride, canoe ride, jungle drive will not be missed.
How about a ride on an elephant’s back in the dense forest viewing the wildest of wildlife activities?
Floating down to the Rapti River in a canoe is the best way to discover the habitat of crocodiles in the river. It is also a relaxing and better way to watch the different kind of birds and wildlife species, while they are drinking water in the bank of river Rapti.
Later in the evening, there will be an entertainment through Tharu Stick Dance. You are more than welcome to join the village girls and boys as they move their hips in a local rhythm.
Overnight at hotel in Chitwan
After breakfast, transfer to the Bharatpur airport and fly to Kathmandu. then proceed for the sightseeing tour of Boudhanath & Pashupatinath temple.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is built on a massive three level mandala style platform and is 36 meters (118 feet) in height. The base of the stupa is adorned with 108 small images of the Dhyani Amitabha Buddha and inset with prayer wheels. Thousands of pilgrims circle the stupa in a clockwise direction each day spinning the prayer wheels. It is said that each spin of a prayer wheel is the equivalent of reciting the mantra. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The ancient stupa is one of the largest in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.
INCLUDED IN THE COSTS
• Meet and assist at the airport by our office representative
• Arrival and Departure transfers by private vehicle.
• 3 Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu as specified above sharing twin / double room on bed and breakfast basis.
• 3 Night accommodation in Pokhara as specified above sharing twin / double room on bed and breakfast basis.
• 4 Night accommodation in Chitwan as specified above sharing twin / double room on Jungle plan basis with all taxes, national park fees & jungle activities offered by the lodge as per their 2 nights /3 days program.
• All sightseeing transfers in Kathmandu.
• Services of an English-speaking local Nepali guide throughout.
• Surface transfers from Pokhara to Chitwan on Private vehicle.
• Domestic Flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara & Bharatpur – Kathmandu including airport tax
• Monument fees during sightseeing.
• Bottled water in Vehicle (2 bottles per day).
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COSTS:
• International airfares
• Nepal visa fees & Immigration assistance (visa fee subject to change, if revised)
• Any beverages, including mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc during meals.
• Meals not mentioned in the above itinerary.
• Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls etc.
• The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
• Rescue, Evacuation & Insurance
• Tips for the staffs
• Any other items not mentioned in the cost inclusion