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Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and the country's largest metropolis.
Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized.
By some measures, Hinduism is practiced by a larger majority of people in Nepal than in any other nation. Buddhism, though a minority faith in the country, is linked historically with Nepal. Many Nepali do not distinguish between Hinduism and Buddhism and follow both religious traditions. There are 3 different buddhist traditions: Himalayan Buddhism, Buddhism of Kathmandu Valley (mostly Mahayana and Vajrayana), and also the Theravada Buddhism.
Day 01:Arrival .The Tour executive and English speaking professional guide from Pink Mountain Travels & Excursion's will meet group at the airport and escort to the Hotel Dwarika's.
Day 02:Drive to Bhaktapur:
Day 03:Bhaktapur – Namobuddha – Kathmandu
Day 05:Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Changu – Patan - Kathmandu:
Day 06:After having breakfast, drive to Chitwan.
Day 07:Early morning guests will be mount elephants and are taken for a jungle safari for 2-3 hours
Day 08:Chitwan - Pokhara
Day 09:Pokhara :
Day 10:Pokhara – Kathmandu:
Day 11:Departure: Shopping at Kathmandu.Customize Trip
Day 1Arrival .The Tour executive and English speaking professional guide from Pink Mountain Travels & Excursion's will meet group at the airport and escort to the Hotel Dwarika's.
Day 2Drive to Bhaktapur:sighseeing tour to heritage city of bhaktapur and drive to Nagarkot for sunset view and sun-rise view from the top of the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot at Hotel Club Himalayan.
Day 3Bhaktapur – Namobuddha – KathmanduAM: After having early breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Bhaktapur city.
Bhaktapur city: also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. It is located in Bhaktapur District of the Bagmati Zone and situated about 14 Kms to the east of Kathmandu. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century.Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork.
PM: Proceed for Namo Buddha sightseeing.
Namo Buddha is one of the three main stupas of the Kathmandu valley and lies about 35 km north east of the Kathmandu valley. It stands on top of the Gandha Malla hill, a stupa built on the bones and hair of Mahasattva. According to mythology and several sutras, Mahasattva was one of Buddha Shakyamuni's former rebirths. He was the youngest of the three sons of king Maharatha. One day as they were walking through the forest, they saw a tigress with the five cubs she had given birth to. She was so hungry she could hardly move. The three princes went away, but Mahasattva decided to go back and started to cut his flesh to give it to the tigress to eat. When his brothers went to look for him they found only his bones and hair. The stupa was built on top of these remains.
Walking up the hill from the stupa we reach a place where the scene of the Buddha giving his body to the tigress is engraved in stone. According to the oral tradition, this is the actual place where the Buddha gave his body. Further up, there is also a small stupa which is said to mark the den of the tigress.
After the visit to Namo Buddha, drive towards Kathmandu to check-in at the hotel Dwarika’s.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 4Kathmandu: AM: After having breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath. Kathmandu city: The seat of royalty till the last century, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. Kumari, the living Goddess, the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, erotic carvings glorifying the art works in the temples, the giant temple of the Goddess Taleju and image of Shiva and Parvati peering outside through the window are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions in the area. One can't help but admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues and buildings that is cluster in the area.
Swoyambhunath stupa: A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Katmandu valley.
Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.
PM: Drive towards Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple for sightseeing tour.
Boudhnath stupa: Also known as Khasti Chaitya, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the world's largest stupas. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal Mandala design. Hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around this huge structure make it even more mesmerizing. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century and is said to entomb the remains of Kasyap Rishi, a sage respected by both Buddhists and Hindus. Another notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four dozen monasteries around it. It lies some eight km to the east of the city center.
Pashupatinath temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies in the bank of river Bagmati. The two-storied pagoda houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors. Sadhus and sages, who follow the lifestyle of Lord Shiva, are seen covered with ashes and loincloths. The banks of the river Bagmati, is also considered one of the most holiest places in which to get cremated and cremations can be witnessed here. All tourists are requested that certain respect is shown for the grieving.
Overnight at The Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 5Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Changu – Patan - Kathmandu: AM: After having an early breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour to Nagarkot & Changunarayen Temple:
Nagarkot is a village located 32 km east of Kathmandu . At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is renowned for its sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal.
Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley and is a popular destination for tourists with spectacular views of the Langtang range, sunrise on the mountains and sunset views. Afterwards visit to Changunarayan temple.
Changu Narayan is the name of the deity enshrined in the Changu Narayan Temple, located near the Changunarayan village in Kathmandu Valley. The temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples of the valley, and is believed to have been constructed in the 4th century.
Changu Narayan is the name of lord Vishnu, and the temple is dedicated to him. A stone slab discovered in the vicinity of the temple dates to the 5th century, and is the oldest such stone inscription discovered in Nepal. The Changu Narayan Temple is one of seven structures cited by UNESCO as demonstrating the historic and artistic achievements that make the Kathmandu Valley a World Heritage Site.
Known as the biggest among the Narayans, Changu Narayan has greater importance than the others. It is situated at the top of the hill. One can view the beautiful white Himalayas and hills in the north and the whole panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. The steep green hill of pine trees adds to its beauty. Later, Drive towards Patan city.
PM: Visit to Patan city.
Patan city: Nowhere else can be seen such a compression of marvelous monuments within a limited space like in the Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace, which dominates all others in grace and grandeur, here is the 17th-century Krishna Mandir. Entirely made of stone, this shikhara-style structure with 21 pinnacles is dedicated to Lord Krishna, a saviour deity in Hindu pantheon, and is equally noted for rare stone carvings on its walls, which depict various episodes of the epic wars of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Other landmarks within the Square are Tusha-hity (water spout), Sundari Chowk, Taleju Temple and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden temple), Rudravarna Mahavihar and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha are other highlights in the vicinity.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 6After having breakfast, drive to Chitwan. Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the first national park in Nepal. Formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km2 and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan district. In altitude it ranges from about 100 metres (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 metres (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills.
In the north and west of the protected area the Narayani-Rapti river system forms a natural boundary to human settlements. Adjacent to the east of Chitwan National Park is Parsa Wildlife Reserve, contiguous in the south is the Indian Tiger Reserve Valmiki National Park. The coherent protected area of 2,075 km2 represents the Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) Chitwan-Parsa-Valmiki, which covers a 3,549 km2 huge block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.
Fly From Kathmandu to Chitwan
Drive from airport to Amaltarighat near Narayani River. After crossing the wide river by row boats, guests are met by our naturalist and welcomeed in the traditional way with welcome drinks, Red Tika and later, transferred by jeep or elephants to the Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge the guests will be met by the Lodge Manager and then briefed by the Guest Relation officer regarding the Chitwan National Park and the programs available at the jungle lodge. It is advisable to carry sunglasses, shorts, Hat, comfortable shoes and full sleeve clothing. It is always advisable to wear light colored clothing during your stay in the Jungle.
After a late lunch, guests will be taken for a jungle safari on elephant back so that they can penetrate deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife or taken on a jungle walk to experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the park.
Evening will be followed by a slide show presentation or talk program on flora and fauna of the Chitwan National Park.
Dinner will be served at the dining hall.
Overnight at Hotel in Chitwan.
Day 7Early morning guests will be mount elephants and are taken for a jungle safari for 2-3 hours Early morning guests will be mount elephants and are taken for a jungle safari for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18-20 ft. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals.
After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables where a senior naturalist briefs about the interesting and unbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath.
Lunch will be served at dining hall.
In the afternoon you may choose to relax around the camp or take a drive through the jungles in Jeep followed by a boat ride down the Narayani River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds.
OR, You may also feel like going for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Royal Chitwan National Park. Those on boat ride are taken back to the resort by jeep from the end-point.
Evening will be followed by the talk program on flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park, carried out by one of the senior naturalist.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8Chitwan - Pokhara After breakfast, elephants or Jeeps and boats transfers the group to waiting vehicles on the other shore from where drive towards Pokhara:
Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal and is a city of about 450,000 inhabitants. It is also known as the Tourist capital of Nepal, noted for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Two out of the ten highest mountains in the world namely Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and can be viewed very closely from Pokhara. It is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit. Pokhara is considered the only place in the world where from a height of 853 meters above sea level and within a distance of 40 kms as the crow flies reach heights of 6000 meters.
Due to this sharp rise in altitude the area of Pokhara has one of the highest precipitation rates of the country (over 4,000 mm/year). Even within the city there is a noticeable difference in the amount of rain between the south of the city by the lake and the north at the foot of the mountains. The climate is sub-tropical but due to the elevation the temperatures are moderate: the summer temperatures average between 25–35 °C, in winter around -2–15 °C.
After arrival in Pokhara, check-in at the hotel and later, proceed to Fewa Lake for Boating.
Overnight at the Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 9Pokhara : After having breakfast, proceed towards famous vantage point Naudanda. From Naudanda take a soft hike to Sarangkot where one can savor the breath taking views of Annapurna massif, beautiful landscapes etc. Afterwards, drive back to the Lake side for sightseeing tour to Bindebashini temple, Davis’ Fall, Gupteshor Magadev cave, local market place, K I Singh bridge etc.
Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 10Pokhara – Kathmandu: After having leisurely breakfast, Fly to Kathmandu.
After arrival in Kathmandu, Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11Departure: Shopping at Kathmandu.Free till departure and later, transfer to the International airport for onward journey.
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