The highlights of this tour are visits to ancient Mithila city of Janakpur and historical place in Koshi Tappu National park. These places are visited en-route to Dhankutta and Basantapur in eastrn Nepal. Koshi Tappu National Park is located on the east and West Bank of the Sapta Koshi-river. Area of this park is 175 sq. km. It is famous for near extinct wild buffalo (Bubalus arnee or Arna in Nepali). The park has degraded grassland, riverine forest, and wetland that has provided sanctuary for 280 species of birds, two species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and endangered swamp partridge and bangal florican. The barrage on Koshi-river has been extremely valuable as resting-place for migratory bird. Its record shows many species of birds that are not sighted in other part of Nepal are found here. Koshi Tappu is best known for bird watching in Nepal. Gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin have been sighted in the river.
Janakpur is a historical city. It was the capital of an ancient state of Mithila. The name is derived from its king Janak who was father of Sita; it is one of the revered names in Hindu mythology. As the story goes she was married to Ram. Ram is revered as God in Hindu mythology and religion. Therefore the Janaki temple in Janakpur is the central attraction for all Hindus, especially devotees of Ram. The city remains in festive mood during the festival of Bibah (marriage) Panchami; it is celebrated annually to commemorate the marriage ceremony of Ram and Sita. Besides being a religious center it is well known for Mithili culture that extends far south in India.
Dhankutta-Basantapur-Hille: The highway to the eastern border ?Kakarbhitta turns north at Itahari ?a small cross road town - to Dharan and Dhankutta. Dharan lies at the foothill where Terai (plain) starts. The road from this bustling city gradually climbs to Dhankutta. As you leave the hot plain the drive to this hill station is pleasant. The distance from Itahari to Dhankutta is 75 km. There are good view of the eastern Himalayan range on the ridge at Hille and lots of rhododendron flower in spring on Milke danda (hill) on way to Basantapur. Hille is 13 km from Dhankutta and Basantapur is 25km. The area is well known for recruiting of Gorkha soldiers from Rai and Limbu ethnic people. This area used to be important place east of Arun river known is Limbuan or Pallo (other side) Kirat, originally carved out as an autonomous kingdom within Nepal. They established Kirateshor dynasty in 7th century BC in Kathmandu and ruled for 1000 years. Their language is Tibeto-Burman; they worship ancestors. They have Mongoloid features.
Tharu Village in Morang-Tarai: Tharus are first ethnic group to inhabit Terai when the entire plain was well known for Malaria spread by mosquito bite. Dhimal, Satar and Rajbanshi are other groups who have been living in this belt. Tharu and all other ethnic group in Terai have their own unique religion; like Kiratis they practice animism. Their physical features is Mongoloid.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Tour cost: 2 pax US$ 1555 p/pax 3-5 paxUS$ 1315 p/pax 6-9 paxUS$ 1225 p/pax Departures: Any time upon request Cost includes: 01. 3 star Hotel accommodation in the cities on BB 02. Sightseeing tour according to the programme 03. private ground transportation - car/bus according to group size 04. Jungle safari on full board and camp activities Cost does not include: 01. Personal accident and health insurance. 02. Emergency evacuation and medical-box. 03. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips 04. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
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- Price : USD 1225
- Destinations : East Nepal
- Max Elevation : 2800 m
- Weather : Spring and Autumn are good to visit this area
- Trip Duration : 14 days
- Trip Grade : Pleasure
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