Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing Tour.
Day 03: Half-day Sightseeing tour, Fly to Pokhara.
Day 04: Sun rise tour, Sightseeing tour in Pokhara.
Day 05: Drive to Chitwan, Afternoon jungle activities.
Day 06: Jungle Activities.
Day 07: Fly back to Kathmandu, Half-day Sightseeing Tour.
Day 08: Departure.
Day 01 ARRIVE KATHMANDU
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Yeti Holidays will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Check In and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 OPTIONAL MOUNTAIN FLIGHT/ SIGHTSEEING TOUR
One of the must-see landmarks of Nepal is, of course, the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest. An awe-stricken silence comes close to matching the experience of a mountain flight. For one hour, you’ll fly over the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal where some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest lie for a surreal feeling as you come face to face with the world’s tallest and most enigmatic of Mountains. Even those visitors who like the rigors of a trek won’t miss the opportunity to “conquer” the mountains in one stunning swoop.
After breakfast at the hotel commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
The durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ‘Kasthamandap’, a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree. The name of the capital ‘Kathmandu’ is said to be actually derived from ‘Kasthamandap’.
Note: The recent earthquake completely destroyed Kasthamandap and some temples in the durbar square premise. Hanumandhoka palace complex and Kumari Ghar also fall amongst the affected ones.
After sightseeing tour of Durbar Square get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to the tourist hub of Thamel.
Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which make it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching.
Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hillock 02 kilometres west of Kathmandu overlooking the valley. The oldest written reference to the stupa dates from the 5th century, but it could have existed much earlier. Moreover, a legend has it that the stupa evolved spontaneously at the time of the Kathmandu valley’s creation.
Swayambhunath is famously known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to the presence of a large number of monkeys around the area.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Located 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, the Patan city popularly known as ‘the city of artisans’ accommodates a magnificent square housing the palace buildings of the then royals, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples – a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings. It is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.
Note: The recent earthquake has destroyed few temples in the durbar square premise; several structures have sustained minor damages.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 FLY TO POKHARA
Morning visit Boudhanath & Pashupatinath before connecting a short & sweet flight to Pokhara.
Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu mythology. Situated 05 kilometres east of Kathmandu amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is built in a two storey Pagoda design with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. It houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.
Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of ‘Maha Shivaratri’ that falls in the month of February/March. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. You will also be able to see the cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.
One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style platforms. Located 08 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity.
Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since.
Fly to Pokhara (approx 25 minutes).
Once you reach Pokhara, check-in at the hotel.
POKHARA is a remarkable place of natural beauty. At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city with a population above 250000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of the Himalayan peaks. The valleys surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the views of world famous Himalayas. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.
BOATRIDE AT FEWA LAKE
Spend a quiet time boating in the ultimate lake where the reflections of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range falls. You will also see a variety of fishes while boating. An island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavour to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of the reflected mountains.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 SIGHTSEEING TOUR
EARLY MORNING SUNRISE TOUR TO SARANGKOT
Commence around 05 AM (or guide suggesting) for the sunrise tour to Sarangkot. This place is located 9 kms to the north west of Pokhara and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Conveniently perched high on the top of a ridge at 1,592m., the serene hill resort offers the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the unspoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Viewing 700mts down from the top of Sarangkot you can have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and many more.
Drive back to the hotels for breakfast, then after commence the sightseeing tour of Pokhara city.
POKHARA OLD BAZAAR
Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is bright and colorful, as are its ethnically diverse traders. Located around 4km from Lakeside, it is a pleasant, shady spot, strewn with shops selling everything from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold!
Bindabasini Mandir is of great religious importance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is a vital hub of religious fervor. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokhara’s chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Durga appears in the form of a Saligram. A Saligram, according to Hindu mythology is a propitious stone. It is said that the temple was created after the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. The Bindabasini temple was then founded in BS 1845. Since its establishment, Bhagwati has been an object of worship here on a daily basis. Animal sacrifices are typically presented at the temple on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The Hindu festival of Dashain sees large numbers of believers coming to offer sacrifices at Bindyabasini Mandir. Indeed, there is little space for tourist during the festival of Dashain.
SETI RIVER GORGE
‘Seti’ means White in Nepali and that’s how the famous Seti River got its name with its flowing silver white water. It silently flows in the centre part of the valley carving out a wonderful Gorge. The Seti Gorge comprises the deep rifts of the Conglomerate Mountains carved upto 40 to 50 meters deep which could mostly be witnessed from KI Singh Bridge at Bagar, Mahendra Bridge at Mahendrapool market and Chinese bridge at Lakhan chowk.
Locally known as Patale Chhango (or Hell’s fall), Devi’s fall is an amazing waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. It was named after Devi, a Swiss lady who was swept away when the floodgates were accidently opened, never to be seen again.
The cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in south Asia which is located at a pristine location northwestern part of Pokhara district. Ancestors called this place as desolate Khatri Tara. At that time water steam used to come out from this place and some courageous youngsters used to go inside and catch fishes. In 1970, 1980 and 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas of the Great Caves of the World. This cave is now a religious as well as touristic destination. Hindus visit this cave to worship lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu Mythology.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 POKHARA-CHITWAN
After breakfast at the hotel we drive around 05 hours to Chitwan for our next adventure.
For a country known for its beautiful mountains, the gigantic flat lands of Terai that stretches throughout the southern part of Nepal provide a wholly different experience. A visit to Nepal remains incomplete without seeing the beauty of the Terai.
The Royal Chitwan National Park, established in 1973, provides a great wildlife experience with its rich flora and fauna. The wildlife and the landscape are not as breathtaking as those found in Africa but still, the experience will stand out.
Chitwan is only 150m above the sea level. The place gets steamy from March-June, with peak temperatures reaching 43°C in the shade. Short grass makes Feb-May the best game-viewing season, but the autumn months are gorgeous, with Himalayan views, and in winter (December-January). Chitwan is pleasantly warmer compared to Kathmandu. The monsoon season (July-August) is intense, with pounding rain, swollen rivers, and luxuriant vegetation. While the rain isn’t constant, the humidity is all pervasive.
After lunch indulge in some wildlife activities for the day (from amongst listed below) as guided by the naturalist.
Check In and Overnight at Lodge.
Day 06 JUNGLE ACTIVITIES.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
The day will keep busy with varieties of wildlife activities spread over the day.
Seated high on the back of an elephant, you will gain a unique viewpoint of the Chitwan jungle as an experienced mahout tracks animals through the dense jungle. As you sit back on a howdah, you can imagine yourself being a Rajah or Rani going on a shooting trip (with cameras of course!) in the days of yore. An elephant safari allows you to go places that would be impossible to get to by foot or Jeep and get up close to the wild animals of the jungle that are normally wary, but at home with a fellow creature of the jungle. Nowadays elephant safari is conducted only in the community forests.
A jeep safari is the fastest way to explore wide area of the national park. Around 03-hours’ drive inside the park will pass through the grasslands, riverine forests and Sal forests making it a wholesome adventure trip.
Learn more about this gentle giant during our daily elephant briefing. Our expert naturalists will inform you of various facts about the life and habits of the wild and domestic pachyderms, enlighten you as to the differences between the African and Asian elephants, and other interesting titbits. You can also request to learn how to ride one of these magnificent beasts during the briefing.
ELEPHANT BREEDING CENTER VISIT (ONLY FOR LODGES IN SAURAHA VICINITY)
Chitwan National Park has a renowned elephant breeding camp. It is among the very few elephant-breeding center around the world. You can enjoy seeing the newly born baby elephant and knowing about their fertility technique.
GHRIAL BREEDING CENTER VISIT (ONLY FOR LODGES IN KASARA VICINITY)
Gharial Hatchery Farm where you will learn about how they collect crocodile’s eggs and hatch them and send them to river. So there are chances to see many animals. We also can organize whole day jeep drive with packed lunch as per your interest, which you can explore most part of the park.
Chitwan is an ornithologist’s delight as more than 450 species of exotic birds such as the Oriental Pied Hornbill, Paradise Flycatcher and Lesser Adjutant Stork congregate at this biological hotspot of Asia. Our experienced guides will take you to the selected spots ideal for birding, where you can observe a breathtaking diversity of these beautiful feathered creatures.
DUG-OUT CANOE RIDE
Let your mind wander and relax as you float on a serene trip down the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe. You will be able to spot crocodiles and other reptiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks, or admire the graceful lines of Ibises and other waterfowl as you travel silently and peacefully down the river. This activity is available October to mid-March only, when the water level in the Rapti is neither too low nor too high.
Take an exciting and invigorating walk through the lush sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan. Our trained naturalists take you to prime spots to view deer, rhinos, sloth bears and other wildlife. They will also give you interesting information about the various plants and animals of the jungle throughout your walk.
Chitwan is the settlement chiefly of the Tharus, and we will get a chance to view their lifestyle closely on an ox-driven wagon.
Later in the evening, there will be an entertainment through Tharu Stick Dance. You are more than welcome to join the village girls and boys as they move their hips in a local rhythm.
SLIDESHOW presentation on flora and fauna
Overnight at Lodge.
Day 07 FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU / SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
After breakfast at the lodge, transfer to airport in Bharatpur for a flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu commence the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Located 12 km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon literally meaning ‘the City of Devotees’ is the smallest city in the Kathmandu valley. Its Main Square or ‘Layaku’ is famous for the 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows with the Golden Gate as a royal entrance. In front of the palace building are innumerable temples and architectural showpieces including the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla mounted on a giant stone pillar and the stone temple of Vatsala Devi; another beautiful example of Shikhara-style architecture. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple, which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. This was erected in 1737 by King Ranjit Malla; its sounding announced the beginning and end of a daily curfew.
Note: The recent earthquake has destroyed few temples in the durbar square premise including Vatsala temple; several structures have sustained minor damages.
Check in and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 FINAL DEPARTURE.
We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative from Yeti Holidays will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.
END OF THE TOUR
Follow the footsteps of Yeti into unraveling the mystery of the mystic traditions and cultural heritage of the Kathmandu valley. It will not stop then and there as you will also be led to witness the nature’s beauty in Pokhara. Then after, how about some jungle adventure in the Terai Plains?