Nepal Highlights Tour covers Kathmandu valley, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, and famous hill station Nagarkot. In reality this is almost everything in Nepal for a short holiday to understand the whole of Nepal. The tour is a good combination of culture, nature, adventure and leisure.
Kathmandu Valley – once used to be the centre of business and trade between India and China is in the crossroads of ancient civilization. There are hundreds of shrines and monuments in this tiny valley ( 636 Sq km ) of Hinduism and Buddhism and 7 of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically, the people who lived outside the valley refer this valley as Nepal. Kathmandu valley could have been inhabited as early as 300 BCE. Kathmandu Valley was ruled by various dynasties and Kirant Dynasty is taken the earliest one then Licchavi Dynasty, Malla Dynasty and finally Shah Dynasty till 2008. The King Prithvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha Kingdom conquered Kathmandu valley which was divided into three independent Malla Kingdoms in 1768 and transferred his capital from Gorkha to Kathmandu.
Chitwan National Park located in the mid – southern plain of Nepal is the first National Park of Nepal established in 1973 and later in 1984 granted status of World Heritage site by the UNESCO. It is about 172 kms from Kathmandu and well connected with Kathmandu ( by air and road ), Pokhara ( road only ) , Lumbini ( road ) and other parts of the country. The National park covers an area of 932 sq km. and expands from 100 m. to 815 m. from the sea level. Chitwan National Park is a part of Tiger Conservation Unit ( TCU ) Chitwan – Parsa – Valmiki. It comprises of the part of Valmiki National Park ( India ), Parsa Wildlife Reserve ( adjacent to the east of CNP) and Chitwan National Park and covers an area of 3549 sq km.
Chitwan National Park is popular for its rich flora and fauna. Sal tree, Chir pine, Rosewood, Elephant Apple, Axlewood, Rhino Apple Tree, Elephant grass are some of the plants / trees of the park. It is home to more than 700 species of wildlife including at least 43 mammals. Some of the animals are “King of Jungle “ – Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Sloth bears, golden jackals, bengal foxes, wild dogs, Rhinoceros, Gaurs, Deers etc. Bird watching is also a great option in the park.
Pokhara, located some 200 km west of Kathmandu is the most beautiful city of Nepal. Pokhara hosts the most stunning view of the Himalayan peaks including Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre or fishtail, Manasalu range etc. Pokhara is also known as lake city because of lakes located in the city. Fewa and Begnas lake among them are very popular for the boating and touring around. The most popular activity in Pokhara is to drive hike to Sarangkot for the sunrise view of the Himalayan peaks, boating in these lakes, visit Tibetan refugee centres ( since 1959 some 25000 Tibetan people are residing in Nepal as refugee ), International mountain museum to know about the life in the Himalayas. Pokhara is the gateway to Annapurna region trek as well. Annapurna Base camp trek, Mardi Himal trek, Ghorepani trek, Ghandruk trek with various peak climbing are started from Pokhara.
Day 01 & 02: Arrive Kathmandu ( 1, 350 m. / 4429 ft ) – Transfer to your Hotel
Depart your sweet home for lifetime adventure in the Himalayas and Nepal.
Arrive to Kathmandu international airport – the only international airport in Nepal. You may proceed for visa if you have not obtained in your home country.
Requirements for Visa: Two passport sized photographs and USD 40 for one month visa.
Upon completion of immigration formality, you will proceed to claim your baggage and then to arrival terminal. There is only one arrival terminal at the airport.
Once you reach the meeting and reception area, meet with our representative and then drive to your hotel.
It is about 20 -30 minutes drive to your Hotel. You will be amazed with hustle and bustle of the city management at first !
Based on your arrival time either participate in short tour of the Kathmandu City and Basantapur Durbar Square ( 18th century palace complex square) or stroll around the Hotel, do final shopping and relax before your great trek begins . Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park ( Drive or Fly to Bharatpur )
6.30 am : Breakfast in the hotel and then drive to Chitwan National park.
It is about 5 hours drive in a beautiful winding highway along the Trishuli river which is very popular for the rafting.
For the platinum service plan, we fly from Kathmandu to Bharatpur and then drive to our Hotel. We can fly in the afternoon, at about 11 – 12 hrs.
At 2.00 – 3.00 pm Arrive the lodge, upon arrival check in to your Lodge / Resort. You may participate in briefing about the itinerary and programs available in the National Park for the next day or at leisure.
Enjoy delicious dinner mostly buffet style and O/N stay in the Lodge / Resort.
Day 04: Enjoy full day in Chitwan National Park doing various itinerary
Your day start in the park with early wake up call.
You then join various programs such as Elephant Back Safari in the jungle for about 2 hours to see various games including One horn Rhinos, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Monkeys, Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger ( if you are lucky enough).
You enjoy the Canoe ride along the Rapti river to see two rare species of crocodile ( Marsh Mugger and fish eating Gharial) . Bird Watching is good option during this trip.
You visit the Tharu village and walk around Elephant breeding centre to play with young elephants.
Breakfast in the morning, Tea / Coffee, Lunch and Dinner are provided in a schedule managed by the Hotel. Overnight stay in the resort / lodge.
Day 05: Drive Chitwan to Pokhara
6-9 am : Some left itinerary in the park. The activity can be any out of Canoe ride, Bird watching or tharu village exploration that was not covered the previous day.
Breakfast in the Lodge, and the drive to Pokhara.
The drive is about 4 hours and the distance of drive is comparatively shorter and the road is more comfortable. Arrive Pokhara and transfer to your hotel in the later afternoon.
Pokhara, situated 200 Km west of Kathmandu is one of the most popular tourist destination in Nepal. Three mountain peaks ( over 8,000 m) Mt. Dhaulagiri ( 8,168 m. / 26.794 ft.) , Mt. Manasalu ( 8,156 m. / 26,758 ft.) and Mt. Annapurna I ( 8,091 m. / 26,545 ft.) out of the ten highest mountain peaks of the world are situated in this region ( 30 miles linear distance from Pokhara). Pokhara offers a beautiful view of the Himalayan peaks as the elevation rises sharply from 1,000 m to 7,500 m. within 30 Km distance. The city is equipped with many attractions such as Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Chamere Cave, Devi’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, International Mountain Museum, Sarangkot and World Peace Stupa etc.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Lakeside.
Day 06: Sarangkot Tour for Sunrise – Tour of Pokhara City
Early morning in a predawn we drive about 20 minutes to the base of Sarangkot and walk another 20 to 30 minutes uphill to this amazing hill station of Sarangkot. During your walking uphill when it is visible you can enjoy beautiful view of Fewa Lake and world peace stupa. Upon arrival in the top of Sarangkot top witness and enjoy sunrise view over the Himalayas. The major peaks you will see from here are Machhapuchhre ( 6,993 m./ 22,943 ft ), Annapurna I ( 8,091 m./ 26,545 ft.), Annapurna South ( 7,219 m./ 23, 684 ), Hiunchuli ( 6434 m./ 21,108 ft.), Dhaulagiri – The world’s 7th highest mountain ( 8,168 m / 26,798 ft), Tukuche Peak ( 6,012 m / 19,724 ft) with other smaller peaks.
Return back to Hotel, have breakfast and tour around the city in Pokhara.
In the afternoon visit various places of Pokhara including Caves, Various temples, Museums and others.
The tour in Pokhara includes Devi’s fall, Gupteshwar cave, International Mountain Museum, Tibetan refugee camp etc.
The highlight of the tour will be International Mountain museum which collects vast information on the Himalayan life, culture, early climbing history and more about all mountains.
Overnight stay in the hotel in Pokhara
Day 07: Pokhara – Kathmandu ( Drive or Fly ) – Nagarkot
6.30 am: Drive to Kathmandu in the morning. It is about 6-7 hours drive by a tourist luxury coach or car / van.
For Platinum Service plan you will fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which is scenic half an hour flight. ( the service of flight is included for Platinum Service Package, Gold option pay extra to fly back ).
Arrive Kathmandu in the afternoon and drive to Nagarkot or Dhulikhel.
Nagarkot situated at an elevation of 2,170 m / 7,119 ft is the most scenic place around Kathmandu for the sunrise and Himalayan peaks. Langtang range and other eastern Himalayan peaks are so impressive from Nagarkot. It offers beautiful view of Kathmandu valley as well.
Day 08:Drive back to Kathmandu – Tour of Kathmandu City and Shopping
Enjoy the breakfast of Sunrise and Himalayan Peaks with Egg !
After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu and enjoy the tour of the Kathmandu city that includes Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple is our next destination, which is the most prominent Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva ( God of destruction according to Hindu philosophy) . It is taken as one of the holy abode of Shiva among 275 on the continent. The present temple was erected in 17th century, though the history of site goes back to many centuries. Cremation in the bank of river Bagmati amazes you along with various shrines, temples, stories related to Hinduism.
We then visit Boudhanath Stupa, the most famous and the holiest stupa in Nepal and biggest in terms of its expansion and height. Present sky high stupa was erected and renovated in 18th century. It is located in ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. With influx of Tibetan refugees in 1959, the area is home to many Gompas ( monasteries ) which follows tibetan Buddhism.
At last, we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square is our first destination which used to be a royal palace complex square of Nepal’s Malla and Shah King’s. They rule in Kathmandu from the palace from 14th Century till 18th Century. The palace complex is completely decorated with artistic temples, shrines , statues etc. Whole palace square reflects the opulence of Malla era and little from Shah dynasty. Most popular in the square is 9 storey royal palace complex built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in mid 18th century. King Prithvi Narayan Shah was the king of Gorkha and triumphed over Kathmandu kingdom after many attempts in 1768 A.D. Living Goddess “ KUMARI “ and beautifully crafted and decorated palace where she lives during her tenure is another attraction. Kumari is young girl ( prepubescent ) worshipped in Kathmandu valley as manifestation of goddess Durga ( a divine female energy) . You can have a glance of Goddess Kumari while she appears in the window of her palace upon request. Huge black Bhairab statue of 6th century, mask of white Bhairava, Shiva temple, Vishnu temple, Taleju temple, various courtyards are others to see and explore in the square.
During the day tour, you can enjoy shopping of Nepalese handicrafts together with sightseeing . You find Silk Carpets, Tibetan rugs/ Carpets, Pashmina Shawls, Thanka Paintings, Statues, Handicrafts, Jewellery, Gurkha Knife, Garments and other various items either in a narrow street of Thamel or other shopping areas.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy farewell Nepali dinner with cultural dance.
Day 09 & 10: Departure to your Home country – Arrive Sweet Home
Sadly, your holiday in Nepal come to an end. We transfer you to the International Airport or other point of departure for onward journey back to your home. You will have now fond memories of the Himalayas, happy and smiling people from Nepal and lifetime holiday experience with you to bring back your home back to share with your families and friends.
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