Off course a week is rarely enough to explore this mountainous country with rich culture and customs of Nepal’s myriad people and their unswerving good humour as big a draw as the peaks themselves. Nepal’s culture is greatly influenced by its music, architecture, religion and literature. First sight of Nepal might leave you speechless with its great quantities of temples, churches, monasteries and other religious buildings, the hurly-burly in the streets and the number of people. Join our one week tour to Nepal to explore and understand it’s culture, the heritage, the monuments and the natural wonders and rare species of flora and fauna that make Nepal such a beautiful place and the popular destination.
Package Cost: USD 989 per person
Duration: 7 Days
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 KATHMANDU
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swayambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Fly to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)
After morning breakfast in the hotel, we head for a 25 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. In Pokhara we go to see the deep, narrow gorge of roaring Seti River from where we drive to Davi’s Falls and further to Gupteswar Cave and the Bat Cave. In the evening we go lazing by the Phewa Lake for the leisurely row on its sparkling waters. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Drive to LUMBINI
Early at dawn we hike up to Sarangkot viewpoint to witness nature’s ethereal light show as the sun rises over the Annapurna range turning its peaks from white to gold. After breakfast we drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. In Lumbini we go for a half day sightseeing tour. The spiritual heart of Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple where the Buddha was born under a Bodhi tree. Other sights in Lumbini are Ashoka Pillar, Buddhist Monasteries, World Peace Pagoda and Lumbini Crane Sanctuary. Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Drive to CHITWAN
After breakfast we drive ahead for Chitwan National Park, a famous wildlife viewing national park in Asia enlisted by the World Heritage where we will have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, leopards, wild elephants, Royal Bengal Tiger and 450 species of birds. Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 CHITWAN
For watching wildlife, birds and the rare species of flora and fauna we can either go for Jungle Safari deep into the park in a four wheel jeep or on walk or choose an altogether relaxing way on a canoeing trip on the Rapti or Narayani Rivers or by elephant riding which is much thrilling rather than comfortable. Moreover, we can head for exploring surrounding Tharu villages. Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Drive back to KATHMANDU
We drive back to Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full cooperation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
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