A Grand Nepal Tour
This trip comprise Gorkha-the ancestral home of Shah Kings of Nepal and famous Gurkha soldiers among other highlights of Nepal. (Kathmandu Valley-Gorkha-Pokhara-Tansen-Lumbini-Chitwan-Daman-Dhulikhel)
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu.
Meet our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02. Kathmandu.
AM After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for sightseeing tours of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! and Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa also nick-named as monkey temple.
Day 03 Kathmandu-Gorkha ( 136km, 5 hrs)
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Gorkha-the ancestral seat of the Shah Dynasty Kings and home of the original Gurkha soldiers. After refreshment in the resort, visit the 17th century built Gorkha Palace complex which comprise a temple, palace and fort. The view of Manaslu range from here is just superb.
Day 04 Ghorka-Pokhara ( 110km, 4 hrs)
After breakfast in the resort, retrace 23 km to join the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. The drive offers excellent views of the Himalayas and passes through several roadside bazaars and villages. Check in hotel and after refreshment boating trip to Barahi Temple situated in the middle of the lake.
Day 05 Pokhara
AM After breakfast, take a hike to Sarangkot (1592m, 2 and half hours hiking) that offers the excellent views of Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri on a clear weather day. After some rest atop, drive back to Pokhara.Sightseeing of Davis Falls, Gupteswar Cave, Seti Gorge etc.
Day 06 Pokhara-Tansen ( 118km, 4 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Tansen renowned as the Queen of Hills of Nepal.The town sprawls over a ridge with pretty Newar houses lining its cobbled streets. Srinagar, the popular vantage point over Tansen offers the splendid views of the
Day 07 Tansen-Lumbini/Bhairahawa ( 65km, 3 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Lumbini-the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The road winds and switches back, making the trip thrilling. After refreshment in the hotel, visit the Lumbini Garden. You will visit the temple of Queen Mayadevi Temple and Ashokan pillar that marks the birthplace of Buddha. Overnight hotel.
Day 08 Lumbini-Chitwan ( 158km, 4 hrs)
Drive to Chitwan National Park- One of the Asia's best preserved natural habitat of Great one horned rhinoceros, Royal Benagal Tiger and many other endangered species of mammals, birds and aquatic lives. After refreshment, take a short walk tour to the village of Tharu aboriginal people whose life style remains unchanged over the century.
Day 09 Chitwan
After breakfast, you will set out on a dog out canoe in Rapti River to watch the aquatic birds. If luck favors you, you will get to see the one of the endangered species of crocodiles-Gharial. The boat ride lasts for 30 minutes and you will visit the Elephant breeding camp, where you will have chance to play with the young elephant babies and learn how the elephants are captured in the wild, how they are tamed and trained to work for human beings.
Option: After the canoe trip, interestrd people with prior arrangement can take jungle walk tour that lasts 3 hours. It's a complete jungle walk trek on foot, guided by experienced jungle guides and sikaris. Return to hotel in the afternoon.
After lunch, you will again go to explore the flora and fauna of the park on the elephant back! Great experience! Great One Horned Rhinoceros is the unmistakable sight. Other animals commonly seen are Sambar, Spotted deer and wild boars.
Day 10 Chitwan
AM: Early morning, you will take a bird watching trip guided by our experienced and qualified birdwatcher guides. Chitwan National Park, habitat to more than 500 different species of resident and migratory birds, is a haven for bird watchers. Return to hotel for breakfast and free stay till afternoon.
PM: After lunch, you will go for jeep safari. You will drive through different vegetations like wetlands, grasslands, Sal forest etc. Sometime the park authority do not allow jeep safari in the park and in option, we will offer you trip to the lake of "20 thousands lake" in the buffer zone forest of the park where chance of animal sightseeing is not less compared.
Day 11 Chitwan-Daman ( 140km, 5 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Daman along the winding and snaking road carved out of the hills densely forested with Rhododendron flowers. In Spring, the forest reddens with Rhododendron flowers and gives the impression that the whole forest is in fire. Daman, situated in an altitude of 2400m, claims to have the sight of Mount Everest on a clear weather day. Overnight bungalow.
Day 12 Daman-Kathmandu ( 96 km, 3 hrs)
Get up early morning for the most beautiful sunrise view of the world! Go to the observatory for the Himalayan Panorama view and after breakfast, continue your journey to Kathmandu.
Day 13 Kathmandu
Sightseeing of the ancient township of Bhaktapur-the original capital of Malla Kings of Nepal. The town is the best testimony of preservation of ancient and mediaeval arts and architecture. Visit Thimi-the typical Newari town adjacent to Bhaktapur. Sightseeing of Patan and Bungamati. Patan has the fame as the " City of Arts and Crafts" and in fact you will agree it when you visit the town. After Patan, you will visit Bungamati, another Newari Village where you will have chance to meet the local people and witness their life style.
Day 14 Excursion to Nagarkot or Dhulikhel or Kakani.
Today, you can take an excursion to your choice of hill resorts situated in the surrounding hills of Kathmandu. Early morning trip rewards you with excellent Sunrise view over the Himalayan Panorama.
Day 15 Departure
Transfer to airport for departure