From the high Himalaya to the tropical lowland jungles, with terraced foothills in between, Nepal is a spectacular land of contrasts.
This tour to Nepal takes in the best of the culture, ancient cities, temples & shrines, breath taking mountains, valleys, lakes, wild life combined with soft treks .
Day 01: Arrive Delhi, meet & transfer to hotel
Day 02: Guided tour through Old & New Delhi
Day 03: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 04: Kathmandu sightseeing, temples & monuments
DAY 05: Visit temples, stupas & towns (Boudhanath,Pashupathinath,Bhaktapur & Patan)
DAY 06: Fly or drive to Chitwan (Wildlife Reserve)
DAY 07: Safari on elephant back & nature treks
Day 08: Safari, birding & nature treks
DAY 09: Depart for Pokhara (Valley of the Lakes)
DAY 10: Light trekking, view spectacular sunrise & mountain ranges
DAY 11: Time to explore the spectacular flora, lakes and mountains
Drive back to Kathandu
DAY 13: At leisure before connecting flight back to Delhi
DAY 14: Time at leisure & International flight back to UK / Europe
Capital city, the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal, is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. Nepal consists of three fabled cities, each an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Visit the Durbar Square, complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries; Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati temples, Machhender Bahl - holy place for Buddhists and Hindus, Temple House of Kumari - the vestal virgin or the living goddess, Taleju temple with its 3 tiered golden pagoda & walk around the local bazaars. Also visit Swayambhunath, the splendid Buddhist Stupa, set high on a hill overlooking the valley and is said to be 2500 years old. From every face of its distinctive gilded spire, the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, gazes out onto the world.
This temple complex, east of Kathmandu is the holiest Hindu site in Nepal & is at the heart of Nepali Hinduism & situated right on the banks of the Bagmati river.
Also known as Bhadgoan second of the three medieval cities in the Kathmandu valley, city of devotees, dominated by medieval art and architecture, is built in the shape of a conch shell, the emblem of the Hindu God Vishnu. It has some of the finest medieval architecture and its allure lies not only in its magnificient pagodas but in the way it presents its treasures in a living, changing context.
Also known as Lalitpur is the oldest of the medieval cities in the valley and is famous for its Buddhist monuments & Hindu temples. Durbar Square, the central square of this city of the fine arts; is the Mahaboudha Temple, in whose terra-cotta face are carved 9000 images of Lord Buddha, windows and carved balconies of wood, curio shops and bazaars are well worth a visit.
Royal Chitwan National Park
Less than 60 miles south of the Great Himalayan Range, Chitwan is one of Asia`s premier wildlife reserves. Its 360 square miles of trail grasslands and forests are home to a wide variety of mammals and birds, including several endangered species. The park is most famous for the Bengal Tiger, rare Gharial, the marsh mugger crocodile and a large population of Asian rhinoceros.
The valley of the lakes, linked by the Prithvi-Rajmarg, is situated 200 kms south west of Kathmandu and is a trekkers paradise. The scenic valley of Pokhara is an enormous sunlit playground surrounded by green forested hills, flowers, waterfalls and terraced fields. The beauty of the valley is further enhanced by its three lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Pokhara also offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, the five peaks of Annapurna and Machapuchare.