Trip overview :
This trip is the combination of Nepal’s Golden “Three” Destinations popularly known as GOLDEN TRAINGLE. Kathmandu is the political as well as heritage capital of Nepal with hundreds of temples and old palaces. Also known as the city of Temples. Where as Pokhara is the enormous sunlit playground of green hills, lakes, forests,rivers , waterfalls , terraced fields and magnificent mountains. Pokhara is also known as the Tourism capital of Nepal and the gateway to the Annapurna region . Similarly Chitwan National park is among Asia’s finest National parks situated in 175 kms south of Kathmandu in Terai Plain . Chitwan is famous Natural habitat for rare 01 horn rhinoceros, elephants, several species of deer,leopard,dolphin,Crocodiles, wild boars, peacocks , Tigers and over 450 species of birds and butterflies . Enroute to Chitwan travellers can also experience the short trek in the ethnic Chepang heritage trails. While you are here you will experience an amazing jungle safari which includes Elephant ride, Jeep ride, canoe ride, village walk, jungle walk etc.
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4260 ft ) .
Day 2 : Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 3 : Kathmandu- Chitwan drive
Day 4 : In Chitwan
Day 5 : Chitwan – Pokhara drive
Day 6 : In Pokhara
Day 7: Pokhara- Kathmandu flight . PM Halfday sightseeing
Day 8 : Departure
Detailed Itinerary :
On Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport ( TIA ) in Kathmandu you will be met and greeted by Global Asia Tours & Travel’s represenatative and transferred to your centrally located hotel . After brief rest you will be taken for a quick city tours covering Swayambhunath /Monkey temple ( 2000 years) Buddhist stupa . After this we visit (time permiting ) Kathmandu Durbar Square, the cultural center of Kathmandu valley where the world’s only living goddess KUMARI is housed. Evening Typical Nepalese dinner with dance . Overnight at the hotel .
After breakfast at the hotel you will be met by our guide for the full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley covering PASHUPATINATH, BOUHDANATH & PATAN .
First in the morning we visit to Pashupatinath , the holiest hindu temple situated at the bank of Bagmati river . This is one of the most sacred Hindu temple in the world dedicated to lordg Shiva. This temple exist to 200 years BC . Near the temple we can see the crematoriums in the bank of Bagmati river where local hindus observe the death rituals. From here we continue to tour to Boudhanath which is the largest stupa in the world . It looms 36 m high with 4 paits of eyes facing th four cardinal driections . It was built in 5th Century in an octagonal foundation representing Mandala ( Lotus ) . Thousands of people from Tibetan origin live in this area and there dozens of massive Tibetan Monasteries. From here we visit to Patan , the city of arts and architecture . Enchanting rows of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples makes this city more beautiful. The interesting things to see here are Local Bazaar, Palace square, Krishna temple, Patan museum, stone fountains, Golden temple , Kumbheswar temple, Mahaboudha temple (temple of 9000 Buddhas) . Evening free and overnight at the hotel .
Morning after breakfast we drive to Chitwan (175 kms. 6 hrs). Enroute you can do optioinal white water Rafting in Trishuli river or cable car ride to Manakamana temple . On arrival in Chitwna check in at the hotel and activity briefing by the camp manager . Lunch will be served . PM : Elephant briefing . Late afternoon village walk /bullock cart ride to the surrounding farmland/viallge . Evening overnight at the resort .
Early morning wake up call and tea , coffee/cookies will be served . Later elephant back safari in the jungle . During this safari there are plenty of opportunity to see one horn rhino, deer, monkeys, wild boar, bears,peacocks , various species of birds and perhaps even a tiger . On return you will have your breakfast at the resort .
In the afternoon depending on the season : Afternoon: depending upon the season, elephant bathing will be held on the Rapti River, and you are welcome to join in giving the elephants a scrub.
PM: After Lunch you will be taken for a traditional dug-out canoe on the Rapti river. On this silent river ride you will get an opportunity to view aquatic birds and see animals on the river banks. And at the end we will visit Gharial (Crocodile) Breeding Centre. From this place nature walk in the jungle and back to the resort . Evening dinner followed by Tharu Cultural Dance . Overnight at the resort .
Time permiting , we go for bird watching to the nearby community forest. Chitwan is the home to over 450 species of birds . Later Drive to Pokhara (165 km) the lake city of Nepal . Tony Hagen, a known Swiss Geologist who has walked over 14000 kilometers in Nepal called it “ one of the most extraoridinary and beautiful places in the whole world”
On arrival in Pokahra check in at the hotel . PM : We will take a boat ride to visit Talbarahi Temple which is situated in the middle of the Phewa Lake . Evening free to explore lakeside on your own . Lakeside’s main road is a seemingly endless strip of hotels , lodges, restaurants, pubs, bars, shops . Overnight at the hotel .
After breakfast sightseeing of Pokhara, visiting Devi’s fall from where water from Phewa lake goes underground creating a beautiful water fall . Later we visit Gupteswar cave which is situated right accoross the Devi’s fall . We continue our city tours by visiting the the old bazaar and visit Bindebasini temple, which is considered the most sacred Hindu temple in Pokhara dedicated to Hindu goddess Durga. PM : We take a boat ride to visit the famous Tal Barahi temple which is situated in the middle of the lake . Overnight at the hotel .
Time permiting : Typical walk uphill to Peace monastery or visit to the mountain mueseums are some of the options available !
Early morning excurison to Sarangkot for sunrise over th Himalayas . In the clear day this place offfers the magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri(8,167m/26,794ft),Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft),Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft) the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Later aftter breakfast , you will be transfer to Pokhara airport in time to connect your flight to Kathmandu . During the flight sit back & relax enjoying the magnificient views of the Himalayas !
On arrival you will be taken for the sightseeing tour of Bhaktpur (Bhadgaon )the most impressive UNESCO city of Kathmandu valley .
Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon), the literal meaning is the “City of Devotees”. This lovely town retains its beauty by its unique layout of brick paved streets, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, national art gallery, the golden gate, big bell, Mahadev temple, Batsala Temple, Bishnu Temple, Royal pond etc .Apart from the above we will also visit tall Nyatapola Temple, beautiful courtyard, (you can have tea /coffee at the historical Restaurant situated in the middle of the square). We will also visit Potters square,Dattareya Square,the national woodcarving and bronze museums, peacock window. Walking through its peaceful yet busy streets gives you the feelings of medieval atmoshphere of bygone days . EvenigOvernight at the hotel .
NB: If you wish to stay overnight in Bhaktapur to spend more time in this lovely city you are more than welcome and nice and cozy heritage hotels are available .
Morning free for individual activities and later you will be transferred to the airport in time to connect your international flight . Reporting 3 hours before the flight is the standard practice in Nepal. Warm Farewell with Farewell scarf !
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast
- Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner in Chitwan .
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- National park fee, permits
- All the jungle activities (canoe ride, elephant ride,vilage walk, nature walk etc )
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- Excursion to Sarangko
- 01 hour boat ride at Phewa Lake
- Kathmandu-Chitwan – Pokhara surface transfers
- Pokhara – Kathmandu by flight
- All the government taxes
Fresh flower garland on arrilval, welcome drinks, service of tour officer , farewell dinner , 01 bottle of mineral water every day during sightseeing ) , farewell scarf on departure
Services exclude :
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees
- International flight cost
- Emergency rescue
- Optional tours like Mountain flight , Cable car, rafting .
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks/barbills , internet, laundry, telephone, postage, tipping.
- Expenses arising from from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather , road blockade,landslides, riots,political reasons ,natural calamities, incidents beyond our control.
- Rooms/hotels upgrading
- Services other than included.