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NEPAL HERITAGE TOUR

10 Nights/11 Days

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Overview

UNESCO has declared 10 World Heritage Sites in Nepal- 7 inside Kathmandu Valley & 3 outside. Lumbini along with the sites in Kathmandu Valley are Cultural Heritage Sites & Chitwan National Park & Sagarmatha National Park are Natural Heritage Sites. These World Heritage Sites are all amazing man-made wonders still standing majestically. Some of them are as old as 2500 years.

PLACES TO SEE:

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE:
Kathmandu Durbar Squares one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The two-hectare (five-acre) palace complex is divided into two main chowks, or courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah (Gurkha) dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuvan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. It is also possible to visit the State Rooms inside the palace. At the southern end of Durbar Square is one of the most curious attractions in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. This gilded cage contains the Raj Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards.

SWYAMBHUNATH:
Swayambhunath, the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the valley mythical beginning. Legend has it that the history of the Valley began with the draining of an ancient lake by an Enlightened Being to reveal the Valley and a lotus flower was transformed into the hill and the shining light became the stupa itself. Swarms of pilgrims and red-clad monks circle the complex, spinning the prayer wheels, while scores of monkeys that give the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple, prance about in irreverent groups. Interestingly the temple complex is scattered with shrines and statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities and the assortment of pilgrims from both faiths characterizes the country unique religious harmony.

PATAN CITY:
Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: It is an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur.

Krishna Mandir which is one of the grandeurs of the square was built in 1637 by the king Siddhi Narsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. Golden Temple which is the unique Buddhist Monastery was founded in the 12th century which is a large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper gilded facade with the images of Buddha and Avalokitesvara. There are Buddha images and illustrations on the walls. The square has been unrestrainedly adorned by the Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, Vishwanath Temple, Jagat Narayan Temple, Golden Temple and numerous others. Take the pleasure of discovering this Patan Durbar Square which has been enlisted in the World Heritage Site.

PASHUPATINATH:
Not only is Pashupatinath the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, it is one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India each year. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupatinath is an ancient plinth. By the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath – Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures. The old buildings on the site were destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images. The flowing Bagmati is a holy river and the ghats (crematorium) at its bank are the earnest Hindu truest cremation center.

BOUDDHANATH:
Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Boudhanath  They established many gompas, and the “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born. This “Little Tibet” is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord.

BHAKTAPUR:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 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
The temple of Changunarayan, located at a distance of 14 km. is universally acknowledged as the stateliest example of Pagoda style in Nepal. Besides being considered one of the greatest artistic legacies of the Lichhavi An era, it is also said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in the valley dating back to the 3rd century AD.

LUMBINI
232 kms/145 miles away fromKathmandu, Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. The broken Ashoka Pillar, remnants of an old monastery, images of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi are still preserved here. Lumbini can be reached by road from Kathmandu via Pokhara or theChitwanNational Parkor by air till Bhairahawa and then by road.

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
You will meet an assistant at the airport and be taken to the hotel.

Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU
After breakfast, there will be a full day guided sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa (The largest stupa in Nepal) and Bhaktapur city.

Day 03: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU
After breakfast, there will be a full day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey Temple) and Patan city.

Day 04: VISIT CHANGU NARAYAN TEMPLE (OPTIONAL MORNING MOUNTAIN FLIGHT TO EVEREST)
Early morning transfer to airport for Mountain flight to have the magnificent view of highest mountains on earth including Mt. Everest. After the flight you will be taken back to hotel to rest. In the afternoon you will be given a guided sightseeing tour of Changu Narayan.

Day 05: KATHMANDU DRIVE TO LUMBINI WITH PRIVATE TOUR
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lumbini.

Day 06: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN LUMBINI
I Sightseeing tour of Lumbini.

Day 07: DRIVE FROM LUMBINI TO CHITWAN
After breakfast, you will be driven to Chitwan. Upon arrival in Chitwan your tour manager will give you some information about the tour.

Day 08: FULL DAY JUNGLE ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Full day wildlife activities.

Day 09: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU FROM CHITWAN
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu (5 hours drive).

Day 10: FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU
Free day for personal activities.

Day 11: DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Transfer to the International airport to connect onward flight.

Inclusions / Exclusions

PRICE INCLUSIONS:

ACCOMMODATION:
6 Nights hotel in Kathmandu
2 Nights hotel in Lumbini
2 Nights in Chitwan

TRANSPORTATION:
Airports pick up and drop
3 full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Changu Narayan temple
Kathmandu drive to Lumbini
1 full day sightseeing tour in Lumbini
Lumbini drive to Chitwan
Chitwan drive back to Kathmandu

SIGHTSEEING TOUR:
3 full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
1 full day guided sightseeing tour in Lumbini
All entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lumbini

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:
10 BREAKFAST, 2 LUNCH, 4 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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