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Nepal Wildlife & Culture Tour

Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Chitwan National Park - Pokhara
Duration: 6 nights and 7 days
Best Time: November to April
Tour Code: HIM03

Day 01: Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Bhaktapur
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park
Day 04: Chitwan National Park
Day 05: Chitwan to Pokhara
Day 06: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 07: Departure

Highlights

Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Pokhra
Visit Hindu temples, Buddhist Stupas and elaborate royal Palaces.
Enviable wildlife and birding experience at Chitwan National Park
Glimpse of unique Nepali cultural experiences
Sample traditional Nepali cuisine
Excellent Himalayan views
Drives, walks and treks through amazing landscape and flora

Description
The quaint tiny Himalayan country of Nepal is the only Hindu country in the world and has the unique distinction of having the only triangular flag in the world too. The uniqueness doesn't just end there, home to the Mt Everest, this country boasts of stunning natural beauty with an enviable wildlife and cultural experiences making it a very attractive destination for tourists with varied interests. It contains the highest mountains in the world, thundering rivers, magical forests and dense lowland jungles.
The bustling capital city, Kathmandu combines modern and medieval and is dotted with fascinatingly beautiful pagoda-style Hindu temples, Buddhist Stupas and elaborate royal palaces. The Kathmandu Valley once the bed of a large and ancient lake is now a colourful mosaic of rice paddies and quaint farm houses surrounded by high-forested hills.
Starting the tour at Kathmandu, we visit the old area with its stone-paved lanes, ancient temples and the colourful bazaars with curio shops and shops selling shawls, carpet, trekking equipment. Thammel, known as the hang out for backpacking foreign tourists has nice pubs and places to eat too. Strolling through these areas one can feel the pulse of this quaint bustling town.
Nepal is also a religious and spiritual hub. Blessed by the living Goddess Kumari, travellers to Nepal can have the opportunity to get blessed by Her at the Temple of the Living Goddess – Kumari.
Other tourist attractions include Swayambhunath Stupa which is a 2500 years old Buddhist Stupa located at a top of a green hillock with the eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle overlooking righteous behaviour of the valley inhabitants. The old Durbar Square consisting of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture styles is also an area worth visiting.
One cannot leave Kathmandu without an authentic Nepali dinner with cultural show at one the many restaurants in the city. Even the stay at Hotel Dwarikas is an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage as it blends the rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and some of the country's most exquisite architectural traditions.
Enjoy a day trip to the Royal city of Bhaktapur, known as 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas. It is filled with monuments, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines.
Away from the hustle bustle of city, we drive to the Chitwan National Park next. A six-hour drive through mountain roads, tiny villages, hamlets and naturally scenic vistas make the drive very interesting. Driving along the Trisuli and Narayani Rivers, we may catch roadside views of Brown Dipper and Himalayan Pied Kingfisher.
The Royal Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage Site that protects 932 square kilometres of dry deciduous forest, tropical evergreen forest and riverine grasslands. A larger number of bird species (over 480) has been recorded here than in any other part of Nepal due to Chitwan's diverse habitats and tropical lowland situation. We can expect to see a third of these during our two-night stay. The park holds a similar wealth of mammals, including the endangered Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac, Spotted and Hog Deer, and Rhesus and Common Langur Monkeys. Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, and Gaur (the Asiatic bison) may also occasionally be seen, as well as the Marsh Mugger and fish-eating Gharial Crocodiles. We will explore the park on foot, on elephant back, in canoes and by jeep.
At Chitwan, we can also spend time indulging in various other activities including village walks, cultural programs and the most popular visit to elephant breeding centre. We can arrange for you visit Tharu villages and have a glimpse of Tharu culture too.
Pokhara is a popular hill station of Nepal, which we shall explore next. The sightseeing tour in Pokhara city covers Fewa Lake, Gupteswar Cave, David's Falls, Seti Gorge, Bindhyabasini Temple and the old city. We leave the evening at leisure for you to enjoy the views, get a feel of this lovely town and indulge in tasting Nepalese cuisine in the many eateries around. Pokhara is an ideal place to trek through oak forests, rhododendrons and over high ridges. Pheasants, Tits, Minivets, Warblers, Sunbirds, Rosefinches and Laughing-Thrushes will be among the special Himalayan bird life we may encounter as we walk.
Before driving back to Kathmandu, you could go for an early morning hike up to Peace Stupa in Pokhara, from where you can see a beautiful view of Fewa Lake and the entire Pokhara valley.
Spending a night in Kathmandu again, you can choose to revisit your favourite site or place, one last time before we leave for the airport next morning where the tour ends.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Kathmandu
Meals: Dinner
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon-Visit the old Kathmandu city with its stone-paved lanes, colorful bazaars, the Temple of the Living Goddess - Kumari who is considered to be the incarnation of the 'Virgin Goddess'. Visit the old Durbar Square consists of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture. Continue to Swoyambhunath stupa, situated west of Kathmandu. Evening- Transfer to the Nepali restaurant for a typical Nepali dinner with cultural show. Overnight stay in Hotel Dwarikas. Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country's most exquisite architectural traditions, the Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu is an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage.

Day 02: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur Tour
Meals: Breakfast
Drive from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur for sightseeing tour of culturally rich town of Bhaktapur. Hotel Dwarika.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park (190 km)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan (approx. 190 kms / 6 hour drive) retracing a scenic mountain highway. Check in to a Jungle Lodge such as Temple Tiger Lodge or similar. Jungle safari and/or other activities. Meals and overnight at the lodge

Day 04: Chitwan National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Full day of jungle activities including elephant safari, village walk, cultural program, visit to elephant breeding center, canoeing, jungle walk, bird watching etc. Overnight at Temple Tiger Lodge or similar.

Day 05: Chitwan - Pokhara
Meals: Breakfast
Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara (approx. 165 kms/5 hours). Upon reaching Pokhara, proceed for sightseeing tour in Pokhara city (approximate 2 hours) covering Fewa Lake, Gupteswar Cave, David's falls, Seti Gorge, Bindhyabasini Temple and the old city. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Fishtail Lodge or similar.

Day 06: Pokhara - Kathmandu (200 km)
Meals: Breakfast
Early morning, hike up to Peace Stupa from where you can see a beautiful view of Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. Then, transfer to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu (approx. 200 kms/5 hrs drive) retracing the same highway. Upon reaching Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu Guesthouse or similar property in Thamel area.

Day 07: Departure
Meals: Breakfast
Transfer to the airport or for your next destination. Tour ends.

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided tours and jungle visits
-Short Treks
-All surface transfers by a private vehicle (air-conditioning will not work while driving uphill)

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.

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