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Trip Type:
Hotel

Grade:
Easy

Altitude:
1,400 m

Transportation:
Flight / Land

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
Spring
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  • Outline Itinerary

Brief description of the places:

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations as enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Clustered around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An exquisitive exploration in Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and architecture of Nepal.

Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest 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 jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to non Hindu. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa

This Stupa, situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, is one of the biggest stupa in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Joiner. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and 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.

Brief description of the places:

Patan Durbar Square

Patan 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. One remarkable monument here is the 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.

 The main attractions in Patan:

Besides the above mentioned places to visit, there are other significant sites to be explored:

  • Golden Temple
  • Kumbheshwar
  • Krishna Mandir
  • Jagat Narayan
  • Mahaboudha
  • Ashokan Stupa
  • Machchhendranath Temple
  • Tibetan Refugee Camp

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City.

Day 03: Full day city tour of Patan and Bhaktapur

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. 

Day 05: Sunrise view from Sarangkot followed by Pokhara Sightseeing

Day 06: Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan

Day 07: Full Day Jungle Safari Activities in Chitwan National Park

Day 08: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu. 

Day 09: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure. 

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our airport representative with flower garlands and then transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops in Thamel. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City.

Today you will visit Sowaybhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Budanilkantha and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Brief description of the places: 

Swoyambhunath 

Located approximately 4 kilometers west of tourist-hub Thamel, this Buddhist Stupa, also popularly called ‘Monkey Temple’ is said to be over 2000 years old. The dome shaped white washed Stupa is composed of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. The all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha rest on all four sides of the conical base. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda and is the most important Buddhist site in Nepal. Enjoy the views of sprawling Kathmandu from the top of this world heritage site monument.

Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples of Hindus, 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 a gilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of the annual pilgrimage of thousands of Sadhus and pilgrims from Nepal and India on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. The temple has been inscribed in the World heritage list. 

Boudhanath Stupa

This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest Buddhist stupas. Similar in structure to Swoyambhunath Stupa, it is highly revered by Buddhists in Nepal and Tibet. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests. 

Budanilkantha Stupa

Budhanilkantha literally means “old blue throat’ features a sleeping statue of the Hindu god Vishnu on a pond of water.  Located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu near Shivapuri hill, the statue is 5 meters in length carved out from a single block of black basalt stone. Vishnu’s legs are crossed and the eleven heads of Shesha cradle his head. Vishnu’s four hands hold objects that are symbols of his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (representing the mind), a conch-shell (the four elements), a lotus flower (the moving universe) and the club (primeval knowledge). During the festival of Haribondhini Ekadashi that falls in October/ November, pilgrims in large numbers visit the temple to worship and offer their respect to Lord Vishnu.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the major attractions in the Kathmandu Valley. A world cultural heritage site, the Durbar Square carries a rich history in its exquisite art and architecture engraved in the struts, sculptures, palaces, courtyards and temples. Some of the major monuments within Kathmandu Durbar Square are:

Kumari (The Living Goddess) Ghar

At the west end of the square is a beautiful house full of woodcarvings of different Gods and Goddesses. This house, called Kumari Ghar, is three storied high and is home to Kumari, the famous living Goddess of Nepal. Both Buddhists and Hindus equally venerate her. Kumari is a young pre-pubescent girl regarded as the manifestation of the goddess Taleju. She is chosen from a Buddhist family, especially from Shakya and Bajracharya clan of Newari community. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the head of the country visit the Kumari Ghar for blessings.

Kastha Mandap

One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kasthamandap, locally known as Maru Sattal, built in 12th century. It is believed the city of Kathmandu was named after Kasthamandap temple, which is one of the largest and well-known pagodas. Kastha means wood and Mandap means pavilion. And it is said that the whole temple was built from just a single Sal (shorea robusta) tree. A statue of Gorakhnath stands in the center of this temple while the statues of God Ganesh guard the four corners. 

Kal Bhairav

Kal Bhairav is one of the largest stone idols in Kathmandu located in Hanuman Dhoka. The statue, which is 3.7m high, depicts the terrifying manifestation of Shiva. It is believed that people will die if they speak lie in front of this statue. The statute is believed to be sculpted in 5th or 6th century. 

Day 03: Full day city tour of Patan and Bhaktapur

After breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel as you will head towards Patan, one of the three medieval cities of Kathmandu Valley. You will enjoy and revel at the many architectural wonders of Patan Durbar Square including Krishna Mandir, statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Golden Temple, Namo Buddha and so on. The experience of walking through the narrow cobbled alleyways and discovering the age-old culture and tradition of local people will take you back in time. 

Later you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another world heritage site. Bhaktapur has much to offer to the tourists from medieval temples and statues to pottery square and museum. Nyatapola Temple, 55-windows palaces are examples of the unique Himalayan architecture that places it among the best destinations within Kathmandu Valley. After sightseeing in and around Bhaktapur, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. 

After early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the tourist bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. The drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warm glimpse of Pokhara Valley and its beauty. If you choose to fly, you can reach Pokhara in 25 minutes. There are several flights from morning to afternoon available from Kathmandu to Pokhara. 

Pokhara

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other mountain peaks. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 05: Sunrise view from Sarangkot followed by Pokhara Sightseeing

Early morning drive to Sarangkot (1600m) for sunrise and mountain views. In the afternoon you will go sightseeing to International Mountain Museum, Mahendra Cave, Davi's Fall, Barahi Mandir, Chamera (Bat) Cave and enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 06: Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan

After breakfast drive from Pokhara to Chitwan takes about 4 and half hours. After lunch you can enjoy jungle activities in Chitwan National Park. In the evening enjoy cultural program performed by Tharu, one of the indigenous communities of Terai. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Full Day Jungle Safari Activities in Chitwan National Park

Today you enjoy a full day of junlge activities that will include elephant back safari, nature walks, canoe or boat ride, elephant bathing, bird watching, etc. as time permits. All outings will be guided by trained local naturalists and guides. Animals and birds that can be viewed include rhinoceros, crocodiles, bear, monkeys, several species of deer, pythons, peacocks, hornbills, woodpeckers (amongst more than 400 species of birds recorded in the park). Stay overnight at hotel.

Jungle Activities

Canoe Trip: You can enjoy canoe trip on either Rapti River or Budhi Rapti River which border the National Park. You can see two types of crocodiles, the Gharial and Mugger basking on the river bank. 

Bird Watching: For the bird watchers, the park is a paradise island with over 450 species of exotic birds both domestic and migratory birds. Many are threatened, e.g. the Great pied hornbill, Bengal Florican, Peregrine falcon, lesser adjutant storks, etc. A bird watching trip will be a memorable experience. 

Jungle Drive: A tour by four wheel drive in the less distributed areas of the park to track the rarer species. You will visit Ox-bow Lake and museum of historic interest relating to the park. 

Nature Walk: Our experienced naturalists will accompany you to the more specialized habitats. This is the ideal opportunity to explore and experience at closer quarters and beauty of the flora and fauna. The authority of the naturalist must be closely observed to obviate any risks from wildlife attacks. 

Elephant Breeding Centre: This is the first Elephant breeding centre in Asia. You can see baby elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. This centre is government owned and its purpose is to raise the young elephants, and to train them to convey tourist around the region. 

Village tour: Excursion in Tharu village will grant you an exhilarating experience. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitant of the Terai. We offer guided cultural tours to meet the people and experience their traditional self-sufficient way of life. 

Cultural Program: In the evening you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance. The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display. Such cultural shows performed by Tharus will be an unforgettable experience. The Tharus in traditional colorful costumes are sure to captivate you. 

Elephant safari: Take an elephant ride to view the wild life of the area in their natural habitat. 

Elephant Bathing: If you enjoy watching elephant bathing or want to get involve then this is definitely for you. 

Crocodile Walk: One more option is to go for crocodile walk. The trail passes into grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani river.

Day 08: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu. 

After morning breakfast, go for one last activity in Chitwan and then drive to Kathmandu takes about 5 hrs. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure. 

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure to your home. 

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