Our country Nepal, being a landlocked country has all needs to make your holiday a memorable one. Nepal’s 20 protected areas cover 23.23 percent of its land. Its 10 national parks, three wildlife reserves, six conservations areas and one hunting reserve cover various geographical locations from the sub-tropical Terai jungles to the arctic Himalayan region. Nepal possesses a disproportionately rich biodiversity.
The Himalaya, including Mt. Everest, the highest of them all, 10 World heritage sites, some as old as 2500 years, fascinating History and Mysterious Culture are all waiting for you.
Activities: Cultural Tour
Duration: 8 Days
Highlight: UNESCO World Heritage Site
Transportation: Car/Van/Hiace/ Domestic flights
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
After you arrive Kathmandu Airport, you will be received by our representative with a very smiling face, you will be kindly greeted and transfer to hotel by air conditioned vehicle. Our tour officer will help you to check-in hotel. The rest of day is for your leisure where you will be free to explore the hotel amenities or restaurant outlets or can walk to near by shops.
Day 02: Kathmandu- Pokhara
After breakfast we will fly to Pokhara which is only 30 minutes and we will visit Phewa Lake, Davi’s fall and Tibetan village.
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serene of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.
The ultimate lake for boating where an island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Another attraction is the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the crystal clear water of the lake. While boating in Phewa Lake, you can see several verities of fish. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavour to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of reflected mountains. Boat trip in the lovely Phewa Lake is the foremost attraction of Pokhara. Paddling out into the middle of the lake is a nice way to spend a quite afternoon. Phewa Lake is the largest lake in Pokhara valley and the second largest lake in Nepal. Encircled by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills, the lake holds a pagoda-style temple.
Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or 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.
Tibetan Village: Tibetan Village Tashiling in the south and Tashil Palkhel in the north of Pokhara Valley are the two Tibetan villages, which is inhabited by the Tibetan people who keeps themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicrafts.Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara to Lumbhini
Drive to Lumbini via Tansen from Pokhara is approx. 200 kms. South-west and takes about 6-7 hours drive under normal road condition. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a world heritage site passes through a beautiful hill station and historical town, Tansen. The road to Lumbini, is a mountainous road with innumerable bends and is a roller coaster ride as it is too exhilarating.
Lumbhini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, approx. 300 kms. south of Kathmandu. It is one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under trees. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple and others under construction. Also here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond - where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath - as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Lumbini is the perfect place to go to if you are into cultural, archaeological and religious treasures. With the number of stupas, meditation grounds, temples, courtyards and more, a walk in Lumbini is a walk with Buddha. Enter the birthplace of one of the greatest man of world religions - Siddharta Gautama, founder of Buddhism - and be captivated by its serene environment and meditate and reflect with its outmost tranquility and peaceful atmosphere. Overnight at hotel in Lumbini.
Day 04: Lumbhini to Chitwan
Drive to Chitwan from Lumbini is approximately. 150km east of Lumbini and the journey takes 4 hours under normal road condition. The Chitwan National Park is the lush valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of Churia ranges which houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Overnight at hotel in Chitwan with traditional Tharu dance.
Tharu dance: A melodious tribal dance performed by men and women with rhyme or drums and the clashing of sticks embodies and projects how to keep away the rhino and other wild animals from the human habitat and their farming land.
Day 05: Explore Chitwan
Elephant ride: A ride on an elephant’s back in the dense forest viewing the wildest of wildlife is one of the interesting activities in Chitwan National Park.
Bird watching: The Chitwan National Park is the realm of more than 450 species of birds, in other words, some people have commented the park as a heaven of the bird world. Take a guided tour through the forest to hear the colorful birds’ early morning chirps and hand in hand goes the beauty of the dawn.
Nature walk or jungle walks.
Jungle Walks allows one to explore several different habitat areas, from the flood-plain grassland to the dense Sal forests, where one gets an opportunity to encounter different animals right in front. Since it disturbs the animals less to walk through the forest, it is usually a better chance for discovering wildlife. One can learn about different kind of plants and herbs in the National park that might be useful sometime.
Dugout canoe ride: Floating down to Rapti River on a dugout 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. O/N Chitwan.
Day 06: Chitwan to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and have breakfast at hotel of Kathmandu and we will have half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: 6kms/4miles from Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March.
Bouddhanath Stupa: One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal, Furthermore it is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Bouddhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters. The Stupa stands on the massive three level mandala style Platforms surrounded by colorful private family houses. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list this site is considered very much like Mecca for the Buddhists and every year tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region visit the stupa.
Day 07: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Kathmandu City & Swoyambhunath Temple
Kathmandu City: Known as Kantipur, is the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. A 218 square miles of land, situated above 4400 ft above sea level, Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. This is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Kashtamandap the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and the Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka, Seto Machendranath and the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty.
Swoyambhunath Temple: Located approximately 4km /2.5 miles, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Day 08: Final Departure
Breakfast at the Hotel, free till departure. Transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight for onward journey.a
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