September 01, 2017 - March 31, 2018
High Season: Add $250
December 10, 2017 - January 10, 2018
|Departure City||Double Occupancy||Single Traveler||Single Suppl.|
|SFO // LAX||$2195||$3020||$345|
|JFK // HOU||call for price|
*Price per person based on double occupancy
For departure on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday - add $100.00 weekend surcharge per person.
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU, OVERNIGHT IN KATHMANDU (D)
You can apply Nepali visa on arrival. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for 15 days and $40 for 30 days. After clearing immigration and custom, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Take rest to recover travel fatigue. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: IN KATHMANDU: VISIT PASHUPATINATH, BOUDDHANATH AND
We begin our day tour from Pashupatinath Temple-one of the holiest Hindu Temples in entire South Asia. The temple is situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which is a tributary of sacred Ganges. Admission to the temple is reserved for Hindus only, yet we can have close up view of the temple from other side of the river. The temple and the surroundings are vibrant with rites and rituals performed by Hindu devotees. We will also have opportunity to watch the Hindu cremation services in the bank of the river. The next stop would be the giant Boudnath Stupa-Asia’s one of the largest Buddhist shrine. The stupa with 100m (328 ft) diameter and 40 m (130 ft) height can be spotted from many view points in Kathmandu. There are a number of Buddhist monasteries around and the area is dominantly Tibetan in character and reminds very much of Barkhor area of Lhasa. Bhaktapur is one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu valley and the best preserved one. Bhaktapur, with its Durbar Square with beautiful palaces and temples with intricate wood carving and fabulousstone sculptures and brick paved streets looks like an open air museum! Themajor attractions in Bhaktapur are the Palace of 55 windows, the giant Taleju Bell in front of the palace, the golden gilded gate with beautiful metal works in its semi circular pediment, the royal bath tank inside the palace, 5 storied Naytapola temple that survived the earth quake of 1934, Duttratraya Temple, and Pujarimath complex with Peacock window-the masterpiece woodcarving in Nepal. We walk through the narrow alleys with private houses in both sides, and visitpotter’s square where we learn the traditional methods of pottery making. We will also take chance to stop by a wood carvers’ workshop near Duttratraya. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03: DRIVE TO CHITWAN (B/L/D) – (170 KMS 4-5 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park, 932 sq miles, is Asia's one of the most famous game parks, renowned for the preservation of Great One Horned Rhinoceros. The park is also home to about 100 Royal Bengal Tigers, leopard, sloth bear, 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys and more than 600 different species of birds. In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park will be organized by ourwell trained senior naturalists after some rest in the lodge we visit Tharuvillage and you will have opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 04: IN CHITWAN-JUNGLE SAFARI ACTIVITIES. OVERNIGHT IN LODGE.
Early morning you will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables where a senior naturalist briefs about the interesting andunbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of theelephants at bath. After lunch at the resort, we take a canoe ride down the Rapti River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles and varieties of water birds. Or you may also go for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Chitwan National Park. In the evening, we will be entertained by local Tharu dances. Tharu are the aboriginal inhabitant of the area and still live today with their century old lifestyle and traditions.
Day 05: DRIVE TO BANDIPUR BY CAR (130KM, 3-4 HOURS): AFTERNOON
EXPLORE VILLAGE. OVERNIGHT IN BANDIPUR. (B)
If you are a morning riser, we recommend a guided bird watching trip before breakfast. Chitwan National Park is paradise for bird watchers. More than 600 different specifies of residential and migratory birds are found in Chitwan National Park. If you missed the safari on day 01 at Chitwan due to late arrival, you can go for elephant safari this morning. After breakfast, you bid farewell to the staff and head to Bandipur. It's a little more than 3 hours scenic drive. The road follows the rivers, goes through the terraced farmland and villages and ultimately brings us to the medieval looking Bandipur village. Bandipur once was a vibrant town on the Nepal-India trade route but after construction of modern road in the 70s, it lost its attention. But because of its hilltop location, preserved, old time cultural atmosphere and mild weather and great mountain vistas, its drawing attention of the travelers. This town is still very less visited by foreign tourists and worth visiting. We check in our boutique heritage style accommodation and after wash and change, we set out to explore the wonders of the area. On a clear weather day, Bandipur affords magnificent views of the central Himalayas and the Marshyangdi Valley. We begin with a visit to the Khadga Devi Temple, the most sacred and auspicious temple in Bandipur. Then we head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honors seven Bandipur men who were killed during the anti-Rana insurrection of 1951. Then we head down to the shrine of Paarpani Mahadev (Shiva), who receives appeals for rain from Bandipure villagers during dry spells. We return to the bazaar along the main trail, and visit the two other important temples of Bandipur: Bindebashini and Mahalaxmi. The rich wooden carving and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu valley. If you want a bit more active walking, then we recommend visit to the Silk Farm, which is less than half an hour’s walk towards the west. The staff there will give you an interesting tour-and-talk on the history and method of silk-harvesting in the Nepali hills. A quick descent to the bazaar will bring you to a unique and typical Newari town. The compact houses are built with bricks having tin or slate roofs. This is an impressive town with beautiful temples and palaces. Stroll the narrow lanes beneath traditional Newari wooden houses or sit in one of the many pati- pauwas (platform) and become part of an authentic Nepali experience. Overnight in Bandipur
Day 06: BANDIPUR TO POKHARA BY CAR (64 KM, 2 HR) (B)
Following breakfast, we leave for Pokhara valley, situated in the lap of mighty Annapurnas and Fishtail. Pokhara with lakes, gorges, waterfalls, mysterious cave temples to gorgeous mountain views truly make the natural capital of Nepal! We check our resort in the lakeside and set out to explore the wonders of the areas. We begin from Davis Fall where water cascades down from the lake and disappears into the earth! Opposite to the fall lies the mysterious cave of Gupteshwara Mahadeva. You may also want to visit the Tibetan Village and its monastery. In the evening take relaxed stroll in the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 07: EXPLORE MORE OF POKHARA (B)
Early morning, we will drive to Sarangkot (1,592m/5,222 ft.) for sunrise view and Himalayan Panorama.On a clear weather day, Sarangkot affords spectacular views of the western range of the Himalaya and the valleys. On the way back, we stop at Bindhebasini Temple-the most revered of the Hindu Temples in Pokhara. We will also stop at the vibrant Old Bazaar.
If you are keen on hiking, you can hike to the Peace Stupa at the ridge top towering over the Fewa Lake. Take boating trip in the Lake Fewa and visit the island temple of Goddess Barahi-probably the most visited of all temples in Pokhara. Depending on your interest, you can also visit the Mountaineering and National History Museums. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 08: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU. (B)
After breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu, In Kathmandu we visit the 2000 years old
Swayambhunath Stupa –nick named as monkey temple. Then we proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square and the KumariGhar-the temple of Living Goddess of Nepal. Finally we walk along the busy streets of Indrachok and Assan, the main commercial centers, which are vibrant with trading activities. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 09: DEPARTURE. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight back home.
|CITY||NO. OF NIGHTS||Var. A|
|Kathmandu||3||Hotel Tibet or Similar|
|Pokhara||2||River View Jungle Camp|
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