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A TASTE OF NEPAL TOUR

14 Nights/15 Days

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Overview

An excellent introduction to the joys of Nepal, exploring the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys and enjoying the immense beauty of the Himalaya. 3 nights are spent in the Chitwan National Park and we allow time for low altitude walks around Pokhara.

First we wander around the bustling bazaars of Kathmandu and visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s holiest Hindu temple and Boudhanath Stupa – from which four pairs of eyes which looks at the four corners of earth with wisdom and compassion.

We continue to the verdant Pokhara valley, to enjoy the lakeside tranquility and breathtaking views of Machapuchare, the ‘fishtail peak’ (6997m). Various walks are possible, perhaps along a ridge between the pretty lakes of Begnas and Rupa, where we can enjoy mountain views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to Annapurna II in the east.

From Pokhara we drive down to the sub tropical Terai and Chitwan valley. We spend 2 nights at the Chitwan National Park, which supports a variety of game. Known for it’s great one horned rhino and Royal Bengal tigers, there are also leopard, sloth bear, four kinds of deer and over 300 species of birds.

Tour Duration: 15 days
Destination(s): Nepal(Kathmandu-Changu Narayan-Dhulikhel-Rafting-Ghandruk Trek-Chitwan-Pokhara)
Specialty Categories: Art/Architecture, History Tours, Museum Tours, Safari Tours, Mountain views, Sunrise and Sunset View, Village Tour, Hiking & Trekking
Season: Round the Year (Best season Oct-Dec & Feb-May)
Tour Starts at:  Kathmandu.
End at:  Kathmandu.

Places to see:

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE:
It is one of the major attractions in the valley. The word Durbar Square translates in English as palace complex and this durbar square is listed as a World Heritage Site. Clustered around Durbar Square is the old palace, which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal or the House of the living Goddess, Kastamandap (a house build from the wood of a single tree) and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is 9 stories high and anyone can climb up to the top and experience panoramic views of the city.

SWYAMBHUNATH:
It is one of the oldest Stupas in the Kathmandu valley. Sitting on top of the hill to the west of the valley, its unique architecture is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Nepal. From here one enjoys sweeping and expansive views ofKathmanduCity. Legend has it that once upon a time the valley was a lake known as the serpent’s lake. Saint Manjushree cut the southern part of the valley and drained the water out, making Swayambhunath the first exit and an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists

PATAN DURBAR SQUARE:
It is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen inNepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna and built entirely of stone.

PASHUPATINATH:
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is considered to be one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of river Bagmati as entrance into the temple is strictly prohibited to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of the Shivaratri festival which happens around February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

BOUDDHNATH:
This Stupa situated 11km/7 miles from Kathmandu City is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Standing with a pair of eyes in each of the four directions, it symbolizes watchfulness. It is said that this Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini. It rises from an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

BHAKTAPUR:
Bhaktapur Durbar Squareis a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are:

The Golden Gate: The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, In the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom. It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows.

The Palace of Fifty five Windows: This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.

CHANGUNARAYAN:
ThetempleofChangunarayan, located at a distance of 14 km. is universally acknowledged as the stateliest example of Pagoda style inNepal. Besides being considered one of the greatest artistic legacies of the Lichhavian era, it is also said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in the valley dating back to the 3rd century AD.

DHULIKHEL:
Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepal travel to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. Likewise, the Tibetans every year with their flocks of sheep enter into Nepal during Dashain, the greatest hindu festival. They purchased chilies and other daily necessities in Nepal and return to their homeland. In those days, a whole day walk from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel was comfortable for Tibet trippers with easily available of food and water at Dhulikhel at the evening for overnight stay. Even now, a bird’s eye view from the resorts at Dhulikhel to the landscapes; highway to Tibet and horizons far to the Tibetan borders, clearly exhibits Dhulikhel as the gateway of Tibet. After adjoining with tibet by motor able road in 1965, Dhulikhel got a face lift and developed as a tourist destination both for Tibet trippers and tourists. Dhulikhel is an ideal station to stop for overnight stay while going to Tibet and coming back to Kathmandu.

POKHARA:
It is the second major tourist destination in Nepal is 200km west of Kathmandu, standing 884m above sea level. Pokhara offering a mild climate is famous for the natural beauty of its great lakeside location, proximity to the mountains and absolutely stunning views of the Fish Tail or the Machapuchhare towering 6997m high. Some fascinating places to visit in this beautiful city  are Phewa Lake, the Varahi Temple on its island, David’s fall and Mahendra Cave to name a few . Activities such as boating, fishing and canoeing can be organized on thePhewaLake.

CHITWAN:
The Chitwan National Park is the lush valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of the Churia ranges which houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, from where you will be taken to Hotel.

Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU
After breakfast, go on an amazing sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City- Kumari Temple, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. In the afternoon visit Patan city and Tibetan Refugee Camp.

Day 03: VISIT AROUND KATHMANDU VALLEY
After breakfast, you will be taken on a morning excursion to Dakshinkali Kirtipur and then an afternoon visit to Sankhu.

Day 04: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN BHAKTAPUR AND CHANGU NARAYAN
After breakfast, visit Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur City.

Day 05: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO DHULIKHEL AND THEN DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, you will get to enjoy a full day sightseeing In Dhulikhel.

Day 06: DRIVE TO STARTING POINT FOR RAFTING AND CONTINUE ON A DRIVE TO POKHARA
Early morning sunrise viewing (if weather permits) and then after breakfast you will be taken to Rafting point (Charaudi or Fishling). After finishing 3 hours of rafting continue on a drive to Pokhara.

Day 07: HALF DAY SIGHTSEING TOUR IN POKHARA
Relax with half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara. In the evening enjoy boating at Fewa Lake.

Day 08: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO GHANDRUK (1950m)- 6 hrs walk.
Drive to Nayapul- it is one and half hour drive. From here we start walking along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. After passing a flatland, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.

Day 09: TREK FROM GHANDRUK TO TOLKA (1810m)- 5 hrs walk.
After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, you will trek slowly down hill which descends all the way to Modi Khola. After crossing Modi Khola stream on a suspension bridge with a view of wild honey bee hives on the rocky cliff, the trail leads all the way up to Tolka.

Day 10: TREK FROM TOLKA TO DHAMPUS (1750m)- 5 hrs walk.
ON this day we will follow the trail with pavel stones through rhododendron forest before arriving in Dhampus- it is inhabited by a mix of people including Gurung, Brahman and Magar communities.

Day 11: TREK FROM DHAMPUS TO PHEDI AND A DRIVE BACK TO POKHARA FROM PHEDI (2hrs walk).
From here it is mostly downhill through fields to forest to Phedi. From Phedi it is a 30 minutes drive to Pokhara.

Day 12: DRIVE TO CHITWAN FROM POKHARA (3-4 hrs drive).

Day 13: Full day jungle activities in Chitwan.

Day 14: Morning jungle walk, then transfer to Kathmandu by road or by flight.

Day 15: Departure

Inclusions / Exclusions

COST INCLUSIONS:
ACCOMMODATION:
6 Nights hotel in Kathmandu
3 Nights hotel in Pokhara
2 Nights in Chitwan
3 Nights in trekking

TRANSPORTATION:
Airports pick up and drop
3 full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
1 full day sightseeing tour in Dhulikhel
Half day sightseeing tour in Pokhara
Rafting and Pokhara
Pokhara drive to Trekking starting point
Back from trekking ending point to Pokhara
Pokhara to Chitwan
Chitwan to Kathmandu

SIGHTSEEING TOUR:
3 full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
1 full day guided sightseeing tour in Dhulikhel
Half day guided sightseeing tour in Pokhara
All entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley

TRISHULI RIVER RAFTING:
1 Day Trishuli river rafting
Lunch

CHITWAN SAFARI TOUR:
2 night/3 days jungle safari program in Chitwan
Pick up from Arrival Point.
Cultural Tour ( To Visit Tharu Village)
Riverside Sunset view
Tharu stick dance
Canoeing Ride and Elephant Breeding Centre Visit.
Elephant Back safari
Bird Watching
Drop to bus starting point

MEAL:
14 BREAKFAST, 7 LUNCH, 8 DINNER ( including welcome and farewell dinner)

COST EXCLUSIONS:
Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.
Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks.
Travel Insurance (Essential).
Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
Tips for field staff and driver.
Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Aaradhana control.

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