Nepal is undeniably one of the best countries to travel that suits people of all age groups no matter whether they are child or old. Though it is especially popular for trekking and mountaineering, it is also suitable for tour, recreation and retreat activities. Here, we have designed a 7 days Kathmandu-Chitwan tour package that includes city sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) and jungle safari in Chitwan. This trip can be arranged in all seasons and available for all age group people.
Both Kathmandu Valley and Chitwan are UNESCO listed cultural and natural heritage sites in Nepal. It includes sightseeing of 6 different cultural sites from Kathmandu valley and Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s first National Park, home of endangered one horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, crocodile and several other floras and faunas. This tour is just not only for holiday but also suitable for study and research on culture, history and wildlife.
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.
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.
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest Buddhist stupas. Similar in structure to SwoyambhunathStupa, it is highly revered by Buddhists in Nepal and Tibet. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.
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 KumariGhar, 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 IndraJatra, the head of the country visits the KumariGhar for blessings.
One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kasthamandap, locally known as MaruSattal, built in the 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 (shorearobusta) tree. A statue of Gorakhnath stands in the center of this temple while the statues of God Ganesh guard the four corners.
KalBhairav 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 the 5th or 6th century.
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 BhupatindraMalla, Golden Temple, Mahaboudha, Kumbheshwar, Jagat Narayan, AshokaStupa, Machhendranath Temple 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.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another world heritage site. Bhaktapur has much to offer to the tourists from medieval temples and statues to pottery squares and museums. Nyatapola Temple, 55-windows palaces are examples of the unique Himalayan architecture that places it among the best destinations within Kathmandu Valley.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands and then transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
On this day, following breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from hotel and take you for city sightseeing. You will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. By late afternoon you will arrive back in your hotel. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
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 BhupatindraMalla, 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. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan takes about 4 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.
Today you enjoy a full day of junle 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.
Note: Some of the major activities you will enjoy in Chitwan National park are as follows:
Canoe Trip: You can enjoy canoe trip on either Rapti River or BudhiRapti 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.
Jeep safari / Elephant safari: Take an elephant ride to view the wild life of the area in their natural habitat. If you prefer jeep instead of elephant, then jeep safari is available for you.
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 / NarayaniRiver.
After breakfast go for one of the jungle activities. In the afternoon, you will take a drive back to Kathmandu that takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After early morning breakfast, you will drive to Kathmandu International Airport for final departure.
P.S: Between Kathmandu and Chitwan, regular flights are available. So, if you wish to avoid land transfer, we are happy to arrange flight for you.
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