East Nepal cultural tour- 14 days

East Nepal cultural tour- 14 days

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

Day 02: In Kathmandu. Half day city tour.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan (overnight)Acctivities at Royal Chitwan National Park
Day 04: Overnight at Janakpur.
Day 05: Travel from Janakpur to Koshi Tappu national park
Day 06: Overnight in the National Park - Koshi Tappu
Day 07: Travel from Kishi Tappu park to Dhankutta 
Day 08: In and around Dhankuta
Day 09: in and around Dhankutta
Day 10: Travel from Dhankutta to Ilam
Day 11: Visit Tharu and Dhimal villages.
Day 12: Travel to Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 13: In Kathmandu. Half day city tour
Day 14: Depart 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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