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City tour in Nepal is a perfect combination of history, culture and adventure that Nepal is so renowned for. The tour specially features the rich culture and history of Kathmandu Valley, a tour of World Cultural Heritage Sites, jungle safari in the tropical forest to see rhinos and tigers, a spiritual visit to Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini, river rafting and a spectacular mountain flight for stunning Himalayan views. All this in just 14 days, which is neither too short nor long, meeting your expectation for an exciting journey in Nepal. This tour has been designed to suit all kinds of travelers, regardless of their age or physical ability.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu City.
Day 03: Morning and day sightseeing in & around Patan City.
Day 04: Watch the sunrise views and breakfast afterwards.
Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Charaudi. Start rafting on Trishuli River.
Day 06: We will take part in various activities in Chitwan.
Day 07: Breakfast. Remaining activities in Chitwan.
Day 08: Full day sightseeing around Lumbini.
Day 09: After breakfast we will drive to Palpa.
Day 10: Morning Sightseeing in and around Palpa.
Day 11: Sightseeing in and around Pokhara including sunrise trip to Sarangkot.
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Early morning scenic Mountain Flight.
Day 14: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.
ITINENARY FOR THE TOUR
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. We’ll pick you up from the airport and get you settled into your Hotel. If your jet landing okay, we’ll head out for some shooting before our welcome dinner.
Day 2: Watch the sunrise from Swayambunath Stupa overlooking Kathmandu before exploring UNESCO word heritage sites aroung the Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath, Buddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square)
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to non Hindu. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March.
This Stupa, situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, is one of the biggest stupa in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Joiner. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations as enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Clustered around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An exquisitive exploration in Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and architecture of Nepal.
Day 3: Early morning Himalayan mountain flight to get a bird’s eye view of the world’s tallest peaks( all window seats). afternoon visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square and eveving sightseeing in Asan Market near the Thamel
Mountain flight is the easiest way to see the Himalayas up-close from the cockpit of your airplane without trekking. Visitors of any age can take part in this scenic flight. The flight is usually organized on a daily basis Kathmandu international airport and takes up to an hour to complete the ride. The one-hour mountain flight from Kathmandu takes one close to the highest peaks, including Mt. Everest (8850m),Cho-Oyu (8,201m), Shishapangma (8,013 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi-Ghyachu, Choba-Bhamare (5,933m), Gauri-Shankar, Melungtse (7,023m), Chugimago (6,297m), Numbur (6,956m), Karyolung (6,511m) among others.
Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a 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 the 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.
The main attractions in Patan:
Besides the above mentioned places to visit, there are other significant sites to be explored:
1,401m covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur which means the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rule continues to be reflected at Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are the traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural wonders such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple, etc.
A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Palace of 55 Windows:
Being built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century, the intricately carved balcony and windows are a masterpiece of wood carving.
This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. It is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in Kathmandu.
Day 4: Early Morning flight to Pokhara,nestled at the base of the Annapurna ranges of the Himalaya . Visit to local attraction including the peace stupa,caves,waterfall and Mountaineering Museum)
World Peace Pagoda:
The World Peace Pagoda rests on a ridge top on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. It offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and the Phewa. The Pagoda is dedicated to Buddha, whose statue facing in the four directions
International Mountain Museum:
The museum, the one of its kind, is the storehouse of knowledge on Himalayan mountaineering. On display are photographs, equipments, historical documents, records and chronicles related to mountaineering since its advent in tourism. It has three main exhibition halls: Hall of the Great Himalaya, Hall of Fame and the Hall of World Mountains. There is also a library, a prayer room and an audio-visual room. The museum, is managed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Day 5: Early morning we will drive to Sarangkot(1600m), It is world famous for paragliding and hang gliding. It is the nearest and most popular hilltop of Pokhara which offers unparalleled, glorious sunrise over the snow – capped mountain, panoramic views of the Himalayas including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. A few minutes’ walk will take you to ancient, ruined fort called Kaskikot at (1788m) from views of the Pokhara city and Phewa lake are even more splendid
Phewa Lake is a major attraction of Pokhara and is at the center of all the activities in Pokhara. People come here to appreciate the beauty of the lake nestled on the laps of hills, go for a boating ride or swimming, cross the lake to visit the temple at the center of the lake, and jump off the paragliding on its bank. Most of the hotels, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops are concentrated around the lake. The reflection of Mt. Fishtail on the lake makes for the most captivating sights of the trip.
Day 6: Another chance to sunrise at Fewa lake before we drive to Palpa for a visit local villages tucked into the lush, rolling hillside of central Nepal. It’ll be a good night for some astrophotography is the weather cooperates. Stay in Hotel Sirinagar.
Palpa District is located in the southwestern part of Nepal. Tansen, the capital of Palpa, is a small ancient hill town situated 1310m above sea level. Palpa is famous for handicraft, textile and coffee. The fabric called Dhaka, which is used to make the national cap of Nepal, originated in Palpa. The hill top of Tansen offers splendid views of Himalayan ranges including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Gauri Shankar. Tansen Durbar is one of the highlight of Palpa tour but unfortunately it was destroyed during Maoist insurgency. Currently the durbar is under reconstruction.
Day 7: A short drive out of the 4000’ mountains down is Lumbini the birth place of Buddha when he was still know as Siddhartha Gautam. History and Religion are our subjects today.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha, the apostle of peace and the founder of the religion Buddhism. Today it is a World Heritage Site and remains a most pious pilgrimage site among Buddhists around the world. A trip to Lumbini is a spiritual journey to the place where Buddha spent 29 years of life before he embarked on a quest for peace. Inside Maya Devi Temple you will find the exact spot where Buddha was born. The famous sacred pool of ‘Puskarani’ infront of the temple is believed to be where queen Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to Buddha. Ashoka Pillar is another interesting site to visit. Other archeological sites of importance around Lumbini include Gotihawa, Tilaurakot, Kudan, Devdaha, Ramgram and Kapilvastu.
Day 8: Our Full day in Lumbini include Temples , pagodas, monuments and monastery. The city is a confluence of the varies Buddhist practices and it shows in the variety of architecture and Culture you’ll experience
Day 9: We’ll skirt the base of the Nepalese mountains crossing many wide and scenic rivers on our drive to Chitwan National Park today, there are ample opportunities to stop along the way and stretch our legs on a short walk experience Nepal off the beaten path.
Day 10: Game drives are the plan for today to catch a glimpse of the regal Rhinoceroses that call the park home. Open top jeeps make the photography straightforward and fun, with hundreds of birds, the ornithologists among us will be in the heaven;
Chitwan National Park:
Recognized as the world heritage site, it is the oldest national park in Nepal with a total area of 932 sq.km. Situated in the southern Terai of Nepal, the park contains tropical and subtropical forests, which is home to 68 species of mammals, 56 species of fauna and 126 species of fish and 544 species of birds. The park is well known for its protection of endangered One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, wild Asiatic elephant and Gharial Crocodile. A total of 22 globally threatened species live in the park.
Four wheel drive is the quick and easy way to view wildlife in Chitwan from the comfort of a jeep. We will visit all the best spots within the park including Ox-bow Lake and Tharu museum.
A nature walk will allow you a rare glimpse of the wildlife in the national park at a leisurely pace. To increase your knowledge and excitement, our experienced nature guides will accompany you and will acquaint with the varied flora and fauna.
Elephant Breeding Centre:
Opened in 1984, the Elephant Breeding Centre in Chitwan is the only breeding center in Nepal. A total of 22 elephants are currently stationed in the breeding center which includes both babies and adults.
Chitwan is home to the indigenous Tharu people. A tour of Tharu Village is the best way to know about their unique lifestyle and culture. Our guides will take you on a cultural tour of Tharu village in and around the park.
The experience of Chitwan is not complete without Tharu culture. Especially the folk dance performed by Tharus is part of the tourism program of Chitwan. We will spend the evening by watching them dance to their folk tunes and melodies and singing along.
Elephant safari is the most popular wildlife activity in Chitwan. Let the elephant guide you through the jungles of Chitwan and bring you face to face with such rare animals as tigers and rhinos. Elephant ride is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Watching elephant bathe could be an exciting event. Or you can also take part in elephant bathing with the help of mahouts.
Crocodile walking offers you a rare chance to see crocodile up close and personal. We will walk through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani river and catch them basking in the sun. Stay overnight in a hotel in Chitwan.
Day 11: Another game drive in the morning increases our odds of capturing memorable wildlife images before we fly back to Kathmandu and head to Nagarkot a mile high in the foodhill of the Himalayas. The panoramas from here are spellbinding with eight mountain ranges visible.
Nagarkot at an altitude of 2195m is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu and is a famous place to see Himalayan ranges and sunrise. A wide panoramic view of eight Himalaya ranges including Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range( Everest range) and Numbur range can be seen clearly. The view of sunrise and the surrounding valleys and forests is also enchanting.
Day 12: After a sunrise shoot from 6000’ we’ll head back to our last full day in Kathmandu. This will be a free day to get in last minute shopping or to explore new areas of the sprawling capital with your camera.
Day 13: It’s time to Head home or possibly on one of our tour extension. International Departure
Cost for the trip is 1450$ per person
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