Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will meet outside the arrival terminal building and transfer to hotel.
KATHMANDU CITY Kathmandu Durbar Square (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) is one of the popular places liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. The complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D. with hundreds of erotic carvings used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people.
SWAYAMBHUNATH (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandnu, stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath. This is a site that is over 2500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
Day 2: Pashupatinath / Bouddha / Bhaktapur
PASHUPATINATH Pashupatinath Temple (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 km east of the city on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year during Shivaratri, the birthday of Lord Shiva. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The Large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D. though 300 years earlier these was a structure on this site.
BOUDHANATH (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley. It was built by the Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhnath as one of the most flourishing centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 metres high.
BHAKTAPUR A former capital of the valley, it was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. It has preserved its traditional character better than the other two cities, due to its more isolated location. It is regarded today as a classic showcase of medieval Nepalese town life. It is situated in the east of Kathmandu valley about 14 km away. It today retains much of its beauty in ornate woodcarvings and in the famed Golden Gate.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (approx. 7 hrs) | 1 hour boating at Phewa Lake
POKHARA If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its centre of adventure. An enchanting city nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna Massif in a tranquil valley, 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu and takes approximately 06 hours by surface, it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6.977m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.
Day 4: Pokhara
Full day Pokhara city that includes the visits to Davis FAll, Seti Gorge, Mahendra, Shiva cave and the Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Day 5: Drive to Chitwan
CHITWAN The most easy of the national parks organizing jungle safaris to reach, the Royal Chitwan National Park is considered one of the richest wildlife areas in Asia and boasts the last and largest remaining areas of tall grassland habitat. Located 190 kilometres from Kathmandu, it takes approximately 5 ½ hours to reach. This is also the safest way to view the Royal Bengal Tiger, gaur (the largest of the world’s wild cattle) and sloth bear and definitely the most exciting! One can also view animals by travelling in a four-wheel drive vehicle. The best way to view the crocodiles and water birds are by canoe trips down the river and the best way to view the wide variety of other birds are on foot accompanied by the expert guide of the lodge.
There are over 50 species of mammals found inside the park. Some of these are the Royal Bengal Tigers, rhinos, gaurs, leopards, bears, wild boars, deer etc. Reptiles such as the rare fish-eating crocodile known as the gharial, the marsh mugger – the other species of crocodiles that eats anything it catches, python and the very rare fresh water gangetic dolphin are also found here. Over 450 species of birds have been counted in Chitwan, which is 38 percent of all those found in the subcontinent. Two of the many spectacularand endangered species found in the park are the rare Bengal florican abd the giant hornbill.
Day 6: At Chitwan
Full day jungle activieties as per following routine.
05.30 hrs: Wake up call
06.00 hrs: Tea / Coffee followed by Nature walk for Bird watching
07.30 hrs: Breakfast
08.30 hrs: Canoe ride along with Elephant breeding center
13.00 hrs: Lunch
15.00 hrs: Visit to National Park visitor center (Information about the Park)
1600 hrs. Elephant safari (Approx. 2 hours)
19.00 hrs: Slides presentation about the flora & fauna of the National Park
20.00 hrs: Dinner
Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu | Patan
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) : The Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town from early times (said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists).
Day 8: Departure transfer to airport to connect onward flight