DAY 01 : ARRIVE/KATHMANDU
Board the flight to Kathmandu. Arrive by international flight. On arrival transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 02 : KATHMANDU
Morning half day guided tour of Patan city, known as "The City of Fine Arts" and Tibetan Refugee Camp. Afternoon free.
Patan is a world heritage site.Patan is the second largest city in the valley.It is some time referred to as Lalitpur,which means city of beauty. Patan has long Buddhist history and the four corners of the city are marked by stupas.Patan's central Durbar square is absolutely packed with temples.It an architectural feast with a far greater concentration of temples per sq metre than in Kathmandu or Bhaktipur.Numerous othre temples widely diverse style as well as many Buddhist monasteries are sacttered around this fascinating town.
Refugee Camp: This camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation, and then known as Swiss Association for Technical Assistance, in cooperation with His Majesty's Government of Nepal. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan refugees to do something productive and support themselves. I bought a nice carpet (200 USD) for a good price, and for a little support...
DAY 03 : KATHMANDU
Morning half day guided tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath Stupa.
Swayambhunath: The four seeing eyes of Swayambhunath Stupa, watches over the valley from the top of 77m high hillock on western side. This most glorious Stupa in the world is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of a primordial lake. The surroundings of the Swaoyambhunath are covered with small Chaityas & monasteries as well as some Hindu temples. The National Museum and the Museum of Natural History are situated at the foot of the hill.
Boudhanath: This Stupa lies 6-km downtown Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of the biggest in the world, has the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It was built in the fifth century AD. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. One can observe devotees chanting religious hymns & playing with prayer wheels.
Pashupatinath Temple: Situated 5 km east on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, the temple of Lord Shiva with two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River
DAY 04 : KATHMANDU/ DHULIKHEL
Morning free. Afternoon drive to Dhulikhel to see sunset.
Dhulikhel, at 1550m, is a popular, interesting small town to view the Himalayan. There are some beautiful old buildings in this town. The main place to view the mountains is the parade ground on the ridge a little east of the center of town. There are some good day walks in the area. Many people come here to get warmed up before doing a longer trek. The people in the village are Newars. In the main square there is the Harisiddhi Temple and Narayan Temple, both Vishnu temples. The most popular place to watch the sunrise over the mountains is at the Kali Temple on top of the hill in the southeast. You walk to the Panorama View Lodge and keep walking another half-hour. Ridi Bazaar.
DAY 05 : DHULIKHEL/POKHARA
Early morning after sunrise transfer to the airport for flight to Pokhara.
You will me met at the Pokhara Airport and transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06 : POKHARA
Half day sightseeing tour of the Pokhara city.
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, roughly measuring 1.5 km by 4 km, is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be rented on reasonable cost around lakeside. The lake is neither deep (roughly 47 meters at most) nor particularly clean, but the water is warm and swimming is pleasant if you don't think about the probable pollution. Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny-dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again. Bindhyabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. Worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the Parklike grounds take on a festive fair.
Evening boat ride on the Fewa Lake.
DAY 07 : POKHARA/ RIVERSIDE CAMP
Early morning leave by surface to raft starting point and commence rafting on the Trishuli River. Overnight at the riverside camp.
DAY 08 : RIVERSIDE CAMP/ CHITWAN
Commence half day raft trip and after lunch in the riverside, pickup and transfer to the Royal Chitwan National Park.
Check in at Jungle Resort for two nights
The resort provides accommodation in tented camp as well as lodges. Lighting in the resort is done by kerosene lanterns to keep with the environment. Electric bulbs are used only in the dining area and the power is supplied from a generator. The lodges are in simple styled jungle huts with the facility of hot / cold running showers. The tents are designed to accommodate two camp beds each with extra space for luggage and changing. Separate bathrooms are provided close to the tents with hot and cold running showers. The resort offers Chinese, Continental and Nepalese cuisine and has a well-stocked bar with a selection of imported and local liqueurs, beers and soft drinks..
DAY 9: CHITWAN
Early morning optional game drive by jeep/elephant
After lunch visit to the Royal Chitwan National Park to view jungle activities
Evening enjoy slide show/Tharu Dance
The Royal Chitwan National Park is one of the finest wildlife parks in Asia. It has a rich and varied wildlife. Over 50 species of mammals are known here and with over 500 species of bird, it is a bird watcher's paradise. Chitwan lies in the lowland of Nepal and was formerly a hunting preserve for Nepal's aristocracy. Its forest, grasslands and rivers are home to the one-horned rhinoceros, four species of deer, otter and river dolphin, sloth bear, gharial crocodile leopard and the Royal Bengal Tiger.
DAY 10 : CHITWAN/ KATHMANDU
Morning excursion to the jungle. Later transfer to the Bharatpur airport for flight to Kathmandu.
You are met a the airport and transferred to your hotel for Overnight.
DAY 11 : KATHMANDU
Morning Half day guided tour of the Bhaktapur City known as the "The City of Devotees" and famous for its intricate wood carvings.
Bhaktapur, situated at an altitude of 1401 meters, is a home of medieval art and architecture. The urban city covers an area of 4 square miles. Shaped like a conch shell, Bhaktapur means "the city of devotees". Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city lies about 14 kilometers east of Kathmandu and can be reached by public transport and by trolley buses. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur include:
DURBAR SQUARE: The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like: the Lion Gate, a Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, a Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows, the Batsala Temple, the Bell of Barking Dogs, and a replica of Pashupatinath Temple. The Lion Gate which was built during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla is adorned with stone figures of Hanuman, Ghairav, and Narasingh Narayan. A statue of the Malla King in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. Of the many statues in Nepal, this is considered to be the most magnificent. The Picture Gallery contains ancient paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist schools of Tantrism of various periods and descriptions.
The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main courtyard and the Palace of 55 Windows. It was built by King Ranjit Malla and is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind showing the Goddess Kali and Garuda, the winged carrier of Lord Vishnu. This gate is embellished with monsters of marvelous intricacy.
The Palace of 55 Windows was built in the seventeenth century by King Bhupatindra Malla. Among the brick walls, with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windows. This balcony is a masterpiece of wood carving.
The stone temple of Batsala Devi, which is also located in the Durbar Square, is full of intricate carvings. This temple also shows a beautiful example of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple which is also known as the "bell of barking dogs." When it peals, the local dogs start barking. This bell, placed in 1737 A.D. by King Ranjit Malla, was used to sound curfew during his reign. The bell is rung every morning while worshipping the Goddess Taleju.
Return to hotel for Overnight.
DAY 12 : KATHMANDU/DELHI
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.