Best of Nepal - Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara tour - 9 days

Best of Nepal - Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara tour - 9 days

Fixed departure cost: US$ 1045 per person - Departure: Every Friday

In Kathmandu we spend next two days on a guided tour of Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupath and Boudhanath. In Patan we take you to visit Patan Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, and Mahaboudha, which are very close to the old palace, believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many famous and beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha. It is built in 13th century.  Swayambhunath is 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), known as monkey temple. Boudhanath is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage center. The legend has it that Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. The stupa represents the mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Pasupatinath is the holiest Hindu shrine in the world dedicated to Hindu god ‘Shiva.’ The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati-river. Every year on the day of Shivaratri, (Night dedicated to Shiva) in February, Hindu sadhus (pious men) and pilgrims from all over the world comes to pay respect to Pasupatinath.

After Kathmandu travel to Chitwan National Park. You will drive there to see and enjoy ecology and wild life activities in natural setting. You will spend two full day watching wild lives on elephant back, in the Jungle walk, or when you ride the dug out canoe. You will be also taken on a jeep ride deep inside the jungle. In the evening the camp staff show you local Tharu cultural programme.

Pokhara is your first stop before you head to the mountain. It is a small city situated by a lake. From Pokhara travel up the winding road to the mountain that has crispy cool air. After a short drive you walk to Chandrakot; you are in the middle of the mountain villages. You could see himalayan peaks real close. It is simply great to see the wonderful view of the mountain and the snow caped Himalayan range. The walking trail to these villages and camp are wide and easy for your legs – age is not a barrier. If you enjoy walking it is simply nice. The trek staffs in the camp welcome you and make you comfortable. Even if this is your first time in tent, you will enjoy it thoroughly. If kids are around they love to enjoy camping, especially when it is just below the lofty peak. The magnetic attraction of the mountain is enigmatic.

At the end of the tour fly back to Kathmandu; stay overnight in Kathmandu before flying back home.    

Day 01. Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB):

Upon arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport our representative will meet and welcome you. You will be transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar square: You walk through Asan to Hanuman Dhoka. The narrow lane is crowded with pedestrian. It gives you chance to meet Nepalese in most traditional manner. Asan is one of the oldest market place for shopping; it used to be the center of business in those days.

Walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar square: Includes Asan tol, Durbar square, Hanuman Dhoka, temple of living Goddess, and Kastha Mandap. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. The city itself is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people. One can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons, traders from India and Sadhus - Hindu holy men, who are perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the countless shrines and temples spread in the valley. As you wander, your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Day 02. In Kathmandu (BB):

Full day city tour – Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupatinath and Boudhanath. In the morning visit Swayambhunath and Patan: Swambhunath is well known 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), used to be known as monkey temple, is located on the summit of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Beside Boudhanath this is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The legend has it that once upon a time Kathmandu valley was a lake and the Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. Swambhunath is one of the most important temples and pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist alike. Its vantage point provides panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous white stupa shrines, it has truly memorable sights.

Travel on ward to Patan: This is another city adjacent to Kathmandu; it is located across Bagmati river. Sightseeing places includes Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha are very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha built in 13th century. At the Tibetan Handicraft Center in Jawalekhel you can see carpet weaving by Tibetans.

Afternoon - after lunch visit Baudhanath and Pasupatinath: Pasupatinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River, it is a holy place for Hindus. In this scared place the great and fearful god Shiva is revered in his incarnation of the Lord of Beasts since ages. It has thus attained a mystical importance all of its own. The three-tiered golden roof of the main temple stands sentinel over the various shrines and their throngs of devotees. From this point the ghats (step on which many Nepali wish to be cremated and carried into the next life) lead the way down to the water’s edge. Traveling here means that you must remains unobtrusive and respectful, allowing the pilgrims to continue their worship uninterrupted as you quickly absorb the atmosphere of this special place. Travel onward to Boudhanath. It is about 10 minute drives to the main stupa. It is known as the Mecca of Buddhist. Boudanath has different layout and built in the shape of a Mandela (a Buddhist representation of the heavens). It is a must visit place for pilgrims from Tibet and people ho comes from high Himalayas. They often make the long journey entirely on foot. Situated in the ancient town of Bouddha, six kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, Bauddanath Stupa is the biggest stupa in the country. It is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage. The stupa represents the Mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Most of the monasteries in the vicinity of Boudanath offer meditation and retreats to visitors. To get an insight into Buddhist monastic life it is worth visiting some of the monasteries in Boudha.

Note: You can do Everest flight in the morning before sightseeing tour. Cost is not included and can be arranged upon your request.  

Day 03: Travel to Chitwan National Park for Jungle Safari. In Chitwan (Full Board)

After breakfast travel to Narayanghat and continue to drive to the Chitwan National Park, it is about 2 hour drive from Kuringtar. You will arrive at the camp around 10am. After refreshment visit local Tharu village and return back to camp for lunch. After lunch take a jeep ride deep inside the national park to see birds and wildlife. Return back to the camp in the evening.

After short rest the camp staffs will acquaint you with briefing about the jungle, your activities for next day and sometime a documentary film about jungle safari and animals in Chitwan national park are shown.

Note: Chitwan is situated in Rapti valley in subtropical land of Terai (plain). It covers an area of 932 sq.km. The rugged Churia hills, sal forests, grassland and reverine forest, swamps and lakes provide excellent habitats for unusually rich variety of large mammals. It is one of the few remaining habitats of Royal Bengal tiger and great one horned rhinoceros. Small herds of wild elephants are occasionally seen. About 309 species of birds including gangetic dolphin, waterfowl - both migratory and residential, and two species of crocodile are in the park. There are scientific research projects funded by WWF (World Wild Life Fund) and international organization to understand ecology, behavior to preserve species like rhino, tiger and deer. There is a breeding center for nearly extinct ghariel crocodile and elephant.

Day 04: In Chitwan Jungle. – Participate in jungle activities.(Full Board)

Early in the morning take elephant back Jungle safari to see birds and wild animals like rhinoceros. Return to camp for breakfast. After breakfast take dug-out-canoe ride in Rapti River with river guide to see aquatic birds and animals on the river banks. The slow pace of the float boat gives you ample opportunity to observe local and migrating birds, and rare species of crocodile in their natural habitats. A waiting land rover or bullock card will return you back to the camp through the deep jungle providing more opportunity and time to see wild life and sometime pug mark of Royal Bengal Tiger (a nocturnal animal). You will return back to the camp before dusk. In the evening the camp staffs sets up local folk dance for the visitors.

Day 05: Travel to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara (BB).

You will be waken up quite early in the morning for jungle a walk to see wild birds as early morning is the best time for observation.  After breakfast leave camp for Pokhara. The road to Pokhara is about 100km; it takes about 4 hours. Pokhara is a major tourist destination and a center for all the travel and trekking in Annapurna region.  Afternoon: Leisure

Day 06: Travel to Chandrakot - Overnight camp (Dinner and Breakfast).

Morning: Half day tour of important sightseeing places around Pokhara. After Lunch the waiting transport will take you to Lumle. In about 45 minutes you will reach Lumle high on the ridge almost overlooking Pokhara valley. Our camp staff will escort you to the camp at Chandrakot. The walk is about 35 minute easy walk to the camp. Stay overnight at Chandrakot. You get to see close up view of Machhapuchare and Annapurna Himalaya range.

Day 07: Travel to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara (BB).

Breakfast is laid out on the table. The view of Machhapuchare is just infront of you. In the morning the air is cool and the sky is blue. You are amidst the nature. The camp staff serve you sumptious breakfast. Retrace the trail back to Lumle village and take the waiting transport to your hotel in Pokhara. If you feel like walking our trek guide will take you to Dhampus and to Phedi. Dhumpus is another village very close to Pokhara. There are several trails leading to Pokhara. The guide will choose the best that suits all the members of the group. 

Afternoon: Take a leisure boat ride in Phewa Lake. It is nice and pleasant ride in the boat with the view of Machhapuchare peak and other high peaks in the Annapurna range.

Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB).

Transfer to airport for flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you are transferred to the hotel. Afternoon is free. In the evening the guide will take you Nepali cultural programme, this will be followed by Nepali dinner. Return back to hotel.

Day 09: Depart Kathmandu

Transfer to airport. Fly home.

Cost includes:

01. Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Pokhara

02. City sightseeing tour according to the programme with English speaking tour guide.

03. Accommodation on bed and breakfast based on double occupancy using 2 star category hotel with attached bath room –hot and cold running water and wall to wall carpet with amenities and facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

03. Accommodation in lodge in the mountain village includes meals – dinner and breakfast on double occupancy.

04. Jungle activities in safari includes full board accommodation in the lodge with attached bathroom with hot and cold water, jungle activities, park fees, taxes and all permit charges.

05. Nepali cultural programme includes Nepali dinner

06. Tourist bus from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu

 

Cost does not include:

01. Personal accident and health insurance. alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.

02. Meals and any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned.

03. Monument entrance fees during sightseeing tour, flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

04. Everest Flight

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  • Price : USD 1045
  • Destinations : Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara with Chandrakot hike
  • Max Elevation : 1700
  • Weather : Spring and Autumn are good time to visit this area
  • Trip Duration : 9 days
  • Trip Grade : Easy
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