TOUR CODE: KTMHIM
Trip Type: Independent Journey
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 panoramic sunset view of the Himalayas. Continue to Chitwan National Park, an oasis of the world’s most endangered species. Here, enjoy a unique wildlife safari experience while riding an elephant and enjoying the sights of the deep forest and rich grasslands.
ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Our local representative will welcome you at the airport after customs and immigration procedures for your transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, your exploration begins in Kathmandu Durbar Square, a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Abode of the Living Goddes, and Taleju Temple, where the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu were seated. Venture to Patan, famous for its Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines, traditional arts and crafts, and Newari Cultural. Explore the magnificent temple of Pashupatinath, a renowned and sacred Hindu temple complex located on the banks of the Bagmati River. The main pagoda-style temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the master of all living begins. It has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver, and exquisite wood carvings. Continue to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of Nepal’s oldest and most significant Buddhist monuments. The structure of the building consists of a giant dome, on the top, which sits a Buddhist pyramid tower.
Admire the view from Swayambhunath Stupa, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines, also known as Monkey Temple because of the many sacred monkeys residing here. Visit the wonderful Bhaktapur. The entire town is a cultural heritage site that houses many ancient temples and palaces. Bhaktapur itself is and was famous for handicrafts and Buddhist scripture. 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 the north, and Indian caravans used to come with sugar, grains, species, etc. Hence, it was like the trade hub of that time. This position on the main caravan route made it prosperous. Then explore magical Durbar Square in Bhaktapur – a complex of royal palaces, temples, and the city’s social, religious, and urban focal point. Finally, visit an open museum of ancient stone, metal, and woodcrafts and the Changu Narayan.
After breakfast, board your flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the magnificent Annapurna Range, consisting of five mountains over 22,965 feet, including the Machhapuchare, one of the most impressive mountains due to its unique ‘fishtail’ peak. 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.
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, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks from here. After a drive from the lakeside, we arrive at Hengja, the area of Tibetan Refugees Settlement. We will have a unique opportunity to explore local Tibetan communities to learn and understand more about Tibet and the Tibetan people living in Nepal. Continue to Phewa, a semi-natural freshwater lake in the middle of Pokhara, known for its surface reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Visit the Natural History Museum devoted to the natural history of the Pokhara region and tour the David Falls before returning to our hotel.
Travel to Chitwan, 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 the Bengal florican, lesser florican, giant hornbill, black stork, and white stork.
Spend the early morning on a jungle safari, penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then head out to an elephant stable, where a senior naturalist briefs you about the elephant’s interesting and unbelievable habits.
* Note: Jeep Safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities from June – September, and in some seasons, it can prolong till October)
Drive back to the capital to enjoy some free time before the journey home.
KATHMANDU DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.
Meals: B= Breakfast L=Lunch D= Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
|Land Only||Standard Hotels||Upgrade Hotels|
|Jul 01 - Dec 31||$1,499||$1,999|
|Solo Traveler Supplement||$899||$1,099|
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