- Luxury Experiences
- Beyond India
Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Destination: Katmandu-Royal Chitawan National Park-Pokhara-Katmandu
On time transfer to the International airport to board the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be met by our representative. You will then board a waiting vehicle to be transferred to your Hotel. On the way to your hotel, our representative will brief you on Nepal, general do’s and don’ts and also explain your program in brief. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be offered a welcome drink, and shown to your room. Overnight hotel.
Day 02 – Kathmandu
Experience 1: Everest Mountain Flight
Take-off from Kathmandu airport in the early morning for an hour’s worth of spectacular mountains scenery. Mountain flight is suitable for all categories of traveler. For those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour.
As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait too long to find out what is in store for them.
First to their far left visitors see Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, Standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spiritually – Gauri-Shankar. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.
As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya a succession of glorious mountains follow. Melungtse, a Plateau – like mountain stretches up to 7,023 m, Chugimago at 6,297 m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956 m, Numbur mountain resembles a breast, maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Shepas of the Solu Khumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201 m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.
Next on the menu is Gyanchungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952 m, considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyanchungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest. there’s Nuptse (7,855 m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there’s Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms therein front of the eyes, it remains and enigma, this highest spot on earth
Experience 2: In the evening transfer to an excellent Nepalese Restaurant Bhanchaghar for a Traditional Nepali Welcome reception and dinner. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a live Nepalese Cultural programme performed by beautiful young girls dressed in ethnic traditional Nepalese costumes and jewelry representing various parts of Nepal. Dinner will follow this programme.
BHANCHHA GHAR – which means Nepali Kitchen, is situated within two minutes walk of Durbar Marg. It is established in a restored aristocratic house. The walls are built from mud bricks, and most of the floors are earthen. The décor, music, and crockery used are all typical of Nepal. The food is most distinctive with an exotic selection of spiced meat, robust vegetarian dishes prepared with local Newari sauces and accompanied by house blends of Rakshi (Local Nepali Schnapps). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 03 – Kathmandu
After Breakfast Sightseeing tour of the KATHMANDU CITY – The Hanumandhoka – Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Also visit the Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav – the God of destruction and the temple of Kumari (Vestal Virgin) or the Living Goddess – represents a very ancient Hindu deity of Nepal locally known as Taleju is Buddhist by birth. The Kumari acknowledges greetings from her balcony window. Once a year during Indra Jatra festival, the King of Nepal seeks the Kumari’s blessing. Kasthamandap – Located near the Kumari Temple is said to be built from the wood of a single tree from the city. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple. The Kathmandu Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Next to SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA- the oldest Buddhist shrine. It is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all – seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu City and is situated on a hillock about 77 m above the level of Kathmandu Valley and commands an excellent view of the Valley. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. It was also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
After lunch proceed to BOUDDHANATH STUPA: The stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Next to PASUPATINATH TEMPLE: This important Hindu temple is the temple of Lord Shiva, The temple with a two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can witness the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. The temple was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 04 – Kathmandu – Royal Chitwan National Park
After Breakfast you will depart for Chitwan. The drive descends all the way down to the Terai (low land of Nepal) and will finally bring you to Amaltarighat (bank of Narayani River). Upon arrival you will be met by our naturalists and as you cross the river by boat you enter a totally new world.
After crossing the Narayani River, you will be given hot towels to refresh yourselves and welcome Tika and Drinks will be provided at the bank. You will be transferred to the Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge by elephants / jeeps.
TEMPLE TIGER is situated in the heart of the Royal Chitwan National Park, which is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodiles, leopard, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds.
At the Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge, the Manager will brief you about the activities at the lodge and then you will be shown to your room.
Experience 3: In the afternoon you can choose to go either for a jungle safari on elephant back so that you can penetrate into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife or for a jungle walk to experience the abundant bird-life and the flora and fauna of the Park. If you are lucky, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger either on a nature walk or on elephant safari.
Afterwards tea will be available or our well stocked bar will cater to the needs of the thirsty. A hearty meal of continental or Nepalese cuisine will be served in the evening.
Overnight at Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge in Chitwan.
Day 05 – Royal Chitwan National Park
Early morning offers another opportunity for an elephant safari, lasting about two hours. Much of the wetlands are covered in ‘elephant grass’, which is dense and grows to a height of 5-6 meters. It is the favorite habitat of the rhinoceros and other mammals.
After a leisurely breakfast, you can visit our elephant stables where the senior naturalists will give a talk about the habits of the elephants. And there is a possibility of seeing the elephants’ bath.
Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon relax around the lodge, take a drive through the jungles in land rovers followed by a boat ride down the Narayani river where there are excellent chances of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds, or go on a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists.
Those who opt for the boat ride can return to the lodge by jeep.
In the evening there is a slide presentation and a talk programme when one of our senior naturalists will give an introduction on The Royal Chitwan National Park, animals and their habitats and other social structure of the Park and the villages in the vicinity.
Dinner and Overnight at Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge in Chitwan.
Day 06 – Royal Chitwan National Park – Pokhara
After Breakfast drive to Pokhara city. A very pretty drive on an everwinding road. En-route cross the Kali Gandaki River on its way from Tibet to the Ganges. Upon arrival at Pokhara check in to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Day 07 – Pokhara
After breakfast Sightseeing of Pokhara City and one hour boating on Phewa Lake. POKHARA – one of the most picturesque valleys in Nepal. Pokhara lies 200 kms west of Kathmandu, under the shadows of the Annapurna Range. A rare combination of snow-clad mountains, crystal clear lakes, streams, villages inhabited by friendly ethnic tribes. The tour includes visit of Tibetan camp, Seti River Gorge, Devis Falls (July- Nov are best months), Binde Basini Temple and local markets.
The tour including a visit to one of the Tibetan refugee camps followed by an enchanting session in a rowing boat on Lake Fewa, and the chance for some local shopping. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Day 08 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Drive past local villages, towns, paddy fields and hills. It is an interesting drive of some 200 Kms. Through villages, farmland, and then following the Marsyangdi River as far as Mugling, the halfway point. Here is the confluence with the Trishuli river which flows down from Tibet. This we follow on the second part of the drive before starting the long climb up to the Kathmandu valley.
En-route lunch at River Side Springs Resort; A delightful stopping point just after Mugling
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 09 – Kathmandu
After breakfast sightseeing tour of BHAKTAPUR CITY – Valley’s most medieval city also known as Bhadgaon. It is situated about 14 kilometers east of Kathmandu and was one of the three kingdoms of the Mallas. Situated at an altitude of 1,401m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. The City of Devotees as it is known still retains its medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to a feast of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected in the Durbar Square. Pottery and Woodcarving are its traditional craft industries. Places to see here include the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. Here the ancient temples and palaces show the Newari craftsmanship of carved wooden windows and latticework.
In the evening transfer to a local restaurant for your Farewell Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 10 – Kathmandu – Departure
Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure flight. On leaving you will be presented with a “Khada” (Tibetan Prayer Scarf) as a mark of respect, goodwill and farewell.