NEPAL & THE GREAT HIMALAYAS

Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan

Overview

TOUR CODE: KTMHIM

The magical Himalayan nation of Nepal will bring you the experience of a lifetime with the striking aspect of the culture of the Kathmandu Valley. Spend a day at the cultural heritage town of Bhaktapur, once the trade route between China-Tibet and India. As you travel to the paradise of the earth to Pokhara, where mountains rise as you witness sunrise and sunset panoramic view of the Himalayas. Continue to Chitwan National Park, an oasis to the world’s most endangered species, here you will have a unique experience of wildlife safari while riding an elephant and enjoying the sights in the deep forest and rich grasslands.

What’s Included

One-way economy class airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara
04 nights in a Heritage Room at the Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu
02 nights in a Garden Terrace Room at the Fish Tail Lodge in Pokhara
02 nights in Deluxe Room at Jungle Villa Resort in Chitwan

Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Transfers, sightseeing tours and activities as specified in itinerary
Hotel tax and service charge

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE KATHMANDU

Our local representative will welcome you at the airport after customs and immigration procedures. Drive through the bustling streets of Kathmandu, this is somewhere for the daring and spirited souls, a place still ripe for discovery. Our featured hotel is made up of several wonderfully restored traditional Newari houses.

DAY 02

KATHMANDU (B)

After a warm breakfast, your exploration begins in Kathmandu Durbar Square, a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Abode of the Living Goddes, Taleju Temple where the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu seated. Continue to Patan, a place famous for its Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines, customary arts and crafts and Newari Cultural. A visit to the holiest shrines of all Hindus is not to be missed. Pashupatinath is full with hundreds of ancient lingam, shrines, icons and statues of different Hindu God and Goddesses. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as the master of all Living beings. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist monuments of Nepal. The Boudhanath Stupa, surrounded by many private colorful houses and Buddhist monasteries, is considered as Mecca for Tibetan Buddhists. There is no written proof that who and when did construct the stupa. According to a legend it is said that the Boudhanath Stupa was built by a poor lady with the help of her four sons around in fifth century AD.

DAY 03

KATHMANDU/BHAKTAPUR/KATHMANDU (B)

Admire the view from Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines, also known as Monkey Temple because of the many holy monkeys residing here. Visit the wonderful Bhaktapur, the entire town is a cultural heritage site which is the house of many ancient temples and palaces. From time immemorial, Bhaktapur was the trade route between China-Tibet and India. Tibetan caravans used to come to Bhaktapur with their sheep, sheep woolen products and other herbal medicines from north and Indian caravans used to come with sugar, grains, species etc and Bhaktapur which itself is and was famous for handicrafts and Buddhist scripture so it was like the trade hub of that time. This position on the main caravan route made it rich and prosperous. Then explore magical Durbar Square in Bhaktapur – a complex of royal palaces and temples, and the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Also visit an open museum of ancient stone, metal and wood crafts the Changu Narayan.

DAY 04

KATHMANDU/POKHARA (B)

After breakfast, board your flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, which consists of five mountains over 22,965 feet including the Machhapuchare, which although falling short of 23,622 feet, is one of the most extraordinary mountains due to its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. The local people believe it is sacred to the God Shiva and therefore is off limits to climbing. Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 05

POKHARA (B)

An early start as we drive to Sarangkot enjoying the views of the landscapes and mountains and observing local people, villages and farms. On a clear day, a panoramic view of the Himalaya could be seen from here. After a drive from lake side you will reach to Hengja. This place is known as the area of Tibetan Refugees. You can see life style of refugees & Buddhist monastery. Phewa Lake lies in the middle of Pokhara city. Early morning shade of Mt. Fish Tail could be seen on the lake. The Natural History Museum is devoted to the natural history of the Pokhara region. Local wildlife is represented by preserved specimens and some kooky-looking concrete models and visit David Falls.

DAY 06

POKHARA/CHITWAN (B/L/D)

Travel to Chitwan, hailed as one of Asia’s finest parks and contains many animals including one-horned rhinoceros, gaur, royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, four horned antelope, pangolin, gangetic dolphin, gharial crocodile, golden monitor lizard and python. Similarly, the endangered bird species of the park include Bengal florican, lesser florican, giant hornbill, black stork and white stork.

DAY 07

CHITWAN (B/L/D)

Enjoy a full day in the park. During the day, you will be treated to a whole roster of exciting activities. You can have unique experience of wildlife safari on elephant back enjoying the sights of wild lives in the natural habitats – natural water, deep forest and rich grasslands with the guidance of experienced naturalists.

DAY 08

CHITWAN/KATHMANDU (B)

Drive to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.

DAY 09

KATHMANDU DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L=Lunch   D= Dinner

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2019Land OnlySingle Supplement
    Feb 01 - May 31$2,499$1,650
    Jun 01 - Aug 31$2,299$1,500
    Sep 01 - Dec 31$2,499$1,650
    2020
    Jan 01 - Mar 22$2,499$1,650
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. This is a land only package without international airfare. (AI/010819/C-10)

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