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Day 1: Kathmandu                                                   Hotel
 

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet, greet and welcome at the airport and transfer to Hotel.

                                                            

Afternoon – depart for a private tour of Pashupatinath & Boudhanath with English speaking guide.

 

Pashupatinath – One of the holiest shrines of the Hindus, the centuries-old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Lord of the animals. Situated at the banks of holy river Bagmati, the temple has two-tiered golden roofs and silver doors and contains a giant Shiva Lingam (phallus). In the temple courtyard a huge golden statue of a bull, known as Basah, sits facing the temple.

 

People from all walks of life throng the temple daily to pray or enjoy its exceptional beauty. Entry to the temple is, however, restricted to the Hindus only. Tourists can view the temple from outside the main gate or the wooded hill across the river. There are many cremation platforms at the bank of the river where dead Hindus are cremated.

 

Mahashivaratri, a great Hindu festival, is held here annually in February / March. Thousands of pilgrims including Sadhus or holy ascetics from India congregate to celebrate the “night of Shiva,” as Mahashivaratri is known in Nepali. The sadhus can be seen in different yoga postures, high with marijuana, which they are permitted to freely enjoy.

 

Boudhanath – is the biggest stupa in Nepal with its massive whitewashed dome looming thirty-six metres high. There are one hundred and eight seats around the stupa in which images of different Bodhisattvas and goddesses can be seen in meditation. At the base of the dome hundreds of prayer wheels are set on a low wall, which the Tibetan pilgrims can be seen spinning. Boudhanath is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

 

There are several monasteries near the stupa and the most beautiful of them all is the Dilgo Kyentse’s Gompa, a gold-roofed building, which is endowed with beautiful Buddha statues, murals, painted pillars and roof beams. Traditional mask dances are held in its garden during the Buddhist New Year festivities in February.

 

It is a fascinating place to spend a morning or an evening ambling around the bustling bazaars. Shops abound, replete with Tibetan brick-bracs and jewelry.  

 

Welcome dinner with Nepali cultural program. Overnight at Hotel 

 
 

Day 2: Fly Kathmandu Pokhara                                             Pokhara Hotel

 

Breakfast at the Hotel.Transfer to the domestic terminal for flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to Pokhara.

 

Day 3   Pokhara                                                                      Pokhara Hotel

 

Full day in Pokhara.

 

Day 4  Pokhara / Chitwan                                                      Chitwan National Park

 

After breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park with an English-speaking guide. Upon arrival at the Lodge, a resident Guest Relation Officer will brief you on Royal Chitwan National Park and its wildlife and various activities available. Royal Chitwan National Park, 150 metres (497 ft) above sea level, is 932 square kilometers (360 square miles) area of tall grassland and magnificent forest, one of Asia’s richest and most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.

 

For your kind information, the wildlife in Royal Chitwan National Park includes, among others, one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, hog deer, sambar deer, barking deer, leopard, sloth bear, Royal Bengal tiger, gharial, marsh mugger etc as well as a wide variety of birds. With luck, there is always a good chance of sighting a leopard, a sloth bear or a magnificent Royal Bengal tiger.

 

Activities at the Lodge include elephant safaris, a combination of canoe trips and land rover drives, photography and wildlife viewing from the machans (camouflaged watch towers), nature walks etc. Experienced naturalists escort all activities.

 
Dinner & Overnight at the Lodge.
 

Day 5 CNP

 

After breakfast, transfer by a combination of bullock cart, dugout canoe, land rover and a short walk to Tented Camp.

 
Lunch, Dinner & Overnight at the Tented Camp
 

Day 6 CNP KATHMANDU                                                Hotel.

 

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Kathmandu.   

 

Upon arrival, meet & transfer to Hotel.

 

Afternoon: Tour of Kathmandu city and Swoyambhunath.

 

Kathmandu City - Although the fertile Kathmandu Valley has been inhabited for thousands of years, its rich and varied cultural legacy began during the 14th century under the Malla Dynasty. Patronized by the nobility, the Newar artisans constructed temples, monasteries and elaborate courtyards that constitute a fascinating architectural history.

 

Visit Durbar Square; the old Royal Palace, whose main entrance is guarded by a statue of Hanuman, the mythological money god; Taleju temple with its beautiful gilded roofs; the house of the Living Goddess, Kumari or the virgin goddess; Kasthamandap, a 12th century wooden temple supposedly constructed from the wood of a single tree, that gave Kathmandu its name.

 

Walk through the bazaar and labyrinthine back streets of the old city.

 

Swayambhunath - known as the "Monkey Temple", is one of the oldest shrines in the world. Situated on top of a hill, Swayambhunath commands a superb view of the valley below. The four sides of this ancient structure are painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha. Between the eyes is a mystical third eye symbolizing true wisdom & hidden power. The nose, appearing as an incomplete question mark, is the Nepalese number of one, a symbol of unity. Its worshippers are diverse from Newar Hindus and Buddhists to Tibetan monks and Brahmin priests. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Other monasteries here have huge prayer wheels, fine Buddhist paintings, and special butter lamps.

 
Overnight at Hotel.
 
Day 7: Kathmandu
 
After breakfast, tour of Bhaktapur city.
 

Bhaktapur – Situated 14 kms east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, meaning the city of devotees, is shaped like a conch and was founded in the 12th century and was brought to its present shape in the 18th century.

 

Take a tour through ancient history in this home of medieval art and architecture treading the centuries-old cobbled pavements, marveling at the Lion Gate, the Picture Galley, the Golden Gate, the Palace of the 55-windows, the peacock window and many temples notably the imposing 5-tiered Nyatapola as well as Bhirab and Dattatreya.

 

PM: Free for optional activities.

 
Overnight at the Hotel.
 
Day 8 Departure
 

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free until departure.

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