Nepal is a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. It is the land where Lord Buddha was born over 2,500 years ago. The country covers an area of 147,181 square kilometers, and stretches 145-241 kilometers north to south and 850 kilometers west to east and is located between India in the South and China in the North. Nepal is dominated by the towering Himalayas – a majestic range of snowy giants standing guard over the stunning beauty of our country. Thanks to these huge mountains, Nepal enjoys the widest range of altitude of any country in the world. Altitudes vary from as little as 70m on the Terai plains to Mount Everest’s colossal peak at 8848m. As a result, our vegetation zones include tropical, subtropical, temperate and alpine areas.
In these diverse natural environments, an incredible range of flora and fauna flourish, attracting nature lovers all year round. Nepal is an ornithologist’s paradise, with over 800 species of birds, including storks, pheasants, cuckoos and enormous birds of prey.
Arrive Kathmandu in the afternoon and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It has a rich history and Culture. The Major religion here is Hinduism and rest of the people are followers of Buddhism.
Today early in the morning you opt for scenic Mountain Flight. The most enchanting flight experience to Mount Everest with other outstanding mountains is something for the mountain lovers to touch their dreams. The flight is about one-hour duration early in the morning and one can witness the beauty of Himalayas 8 highest mountain peaks from very close range. Later enjoy the sightseeing tour of City. Kathmandu city is a complex of palaces, temples, and courtyards constructed between 12th to 18th Centuries and were used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. Here the Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. The Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture is simply awesome. There are also three museums inside the palace buildings. Then proceed to Swayambhunath. The four eyes of Swayambhunath Stupa watches over the valley from the height of 77m hillock. This is one of the most glorious Stupa in the word and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. It is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. The Museum of Natural History and The National museum are situated at the foothills of this hillock. The Swayambhunath Stupa is surrounded by many small monasteries and Hindu temples. Patan will be the final point during your sightseeing. Patan Durbar Square is nice combination of artistic courtyards, Palace buildings and graceful pagoda temples. It has 136 courtyards and 55 major temples. It is also listed as a world heritage site. The former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s social and religious life. It houses a museum. 17th century Hindu temple dedicated to the God Krishna is a remarkable monument here and is built entirely of stone. The old name of Patan is Lalitpur, which means city of beauty. It is indeed a city of grace and beauty and is planned on a circular layout with Buddhist stupas at each of the four points of the compass. The city located on the southern bank of the river Bagmati.
After breakfast today we will visit Pashupatinath temple. Only Hindus are allowed in the main temple but it’s an interesting place to devotees performing pujas and see the pilgrims hustle-bustle along with shops selling flowers, incense sticks and colourful souveniers. Pashupatinath temple is situated 5 km east on the bank of sacred Bagmati River. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with two-tiered golden roof with silver doors is popular for its outstanding architecture. Chronicles indicate that the temple existed before 400 AD Then we will visit Boudhanath stupa. I lies 6-km downtown Kathmandu and is one of the biggest in the world. This colossal and ancient Stupa has the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built in the 5th century AD. It has prayer wheels all around an octagonal bas. The devotees can be seen chanting religious hymns & playing with prayer wheels. Later you will visit Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur. It is home to medieval art and architecture. The 15th century Palace of 55 windows on the left side of the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also situated inside. The Golden gate at the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows is masterpiece of artwork. There is medley of temples of various designs in front of the palace building. The temples like Batsala Temple and Shiva temple are awe inspiring. Nyatapola Temple with five storeys was built in 1702 AD. This temple is one of the tallest pagodas & famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. Raja Ananda Malla created Bhaktapur in 889 AD and designed it in the shape of Shiva’s conch shell. Drive back to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
Today we will drive to Chitwan National Park. After arriving we check in to the hotel. Chitwan National park is located in the southern plains of Nepal. We will organize afternoon safari to go into deep jungle on elephant back or four-wheel drive vehicle to view wild animals in their natural habitat. Other options are canoe rides in the jungle rivers, bird watching excursions, nature walks, and village tours. Among the 14 national parks and wildlife reserves in Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park (932 sq km) is the most popular wildlife safari destination. More than 450 species of colourful birds and 43 species of animals are found in Chitwan. The endangered one-homed rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, Gangetic dolphin, four-horned antelope, Leopards, Himalayan black bear, Gharial crocodile and striped hyena, and the are the main attractions here. The best thing is its close proximity to Kathmandu and easily accessible.
Enjoy morning and afternoon jungle safaris today.
Today you drive from Chitwan to Pokhara. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. If Kathmandu is the cultural hub then Pokhara is the center of adventure in Nepal. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. Its beautiful lakes with stunning backdrop of snowy Himalayan peaks, nice markets and pristine crisp air make it a wonderful place for tourists. It is base for trekkers due to its close proximity to Annapurna mountain range.This is a land of Gurungs and Magars, the entrepreneur ethnic group of Thakalis and hardworking farmers and renowned brave Gurkha soldiers. On arrival in Pokhara checkin at your hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure or stretch your legs with a walk in the market area.
Today you can enjoy brief sightseeing tour of Pokhara.We will show you Phewa Lake, which is second largest in the entire kingdom. It is central attraction in Pokhara and brightly painted wooden boats and sail boats can be rented to explore more on the lake. Then you will visit Devi’s Fall, which is an interesting waterfall. Enroute you will drive past the royal residence to see it from outside. Bindhyabasini temple is located in the old Bazar and is center of religious activity. It is dedicated to goddess Shakti. Worshippers flock here for to perform sacrifices. Rest of the day will be at leisure. You can explore more of the market area with plenty of shopping and eating options. If you want we can organise a short hike in the nearby area.
After breakfast today drive back to Kathmandu. After check in rest of the day is at your leisure. Evening a farewell dinner will be organized at a local restaurant over the folk dance performances.
Today after breakfast you will be transferred in time to the airport for your flight to onward destination.