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11 Nights Nepal

Destinations Covered
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Tansen-Lumbini-Chitwan-Nagarkot-Kathmandu

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you.

Transfer and check-in at selected hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Kathmandu is the largest city of Nepal. Sitting at an altitude of 1300 metres on the shores of Bagmati River, it is the political and cultural capital of the country. Named after the Kasthamandap Temple, constructed in 1569 AD, it is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. It's a lively, bustling place, where the ancient collides with the modern to create an exhilarating melting pot of sights, sounds, and smells. Today's modern jumble of concrete buildings and busy streets has built up around the medieval old town; wandering through its winding alleyways is like taking a step back in time. Kathmandu is Nepal’s most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups. It was once one of the most important points on the caravan routes between Tibet and India.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 In Kathmandu

After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visiting Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was established in the 5th Century on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is a masterpiece of Hindu architecture. It is of cubic construction, with four main doors covered in silver sheets. This richly decorated temple has many wooden sculptures, and praying here is believed to make one’s wishes come true. One of the temple’s most astonishing decorations is the huge golden statue of Nandi, Shiva’s bull.

Boudhanath Stupa is a world heritage site that has been a sacred place on the Kathmandu – Tibet trade route for centuries. The core of the stupa is dated as early as the fifth Century AD, and it almost certainly contains holy relics: perhaps parts of the Buddha’s body (bones, hair, and teeth), objects touched or used by him, sacred texts, and other ritual objects. Simple, massive and powerful, this stupa rises above the buildings surrounding it, its painted eyes gazing solemnly over the countryside. With a diametre exceeding 100 metres and a wall-to-wall length roughly equalling a football field, Boudhanath is among the largest stupas in the world, and is certainly the largest in Nepal. The monument rises 36 metres above the street. The form, with alternating squares and circles, represents a three-dimensional mandala comprising religious concepts. Every portion has symbolic significance: the base, dome, square harmika, spire, and pinnacle represent the five elements; the thirteen tiers of the spire stand for the stages to enlightenment; while the umbrella atop it is the symbol of royalty. The painted, bow-shaped eyes of Boudhanath are variously described as mysterious, indifferent, compassionate and knowing.

Swayambhunath Stupa, perched atop a hill, is one of the crowning glories of Kathmandu. It was founded 2000 years ago. The perfectly proportioned monument rises through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire, where four faces of the Buddha stare across the valley in the cardinal directions. The nose-like squiggle below the piercing eyes is actually the Nepali number ek (one), signifying unity; above this is a third eye, signifying the all-seeing insight of the Buddha. The entire structure of the stupa is symbolic: the white dome represents the earth, while the 13-tiered, beehive-like structure at the top symbolizes the thirteen stages that humans must pass through to achieve nirvana. The base of the central stupa is ringed by prayer wheels embossed with the sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Fluttering above the stupa are thousands of prayer flags, with similar mantras that are said to be carried to heaven by the wind blowing the flags. Set in ornate plinths around the base of the stupa are statues representing the Dhyani Buddhas – Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, Amitabh, Amocha Siddhi (Amoghasiddhi) and Aksobhya – and their Shaktis (consorts), who represent the five qualities of Buddhist wisdom.

Durbar Square is an excellent example of Nepali architecture and culture, located in the heart of Kathmandu. It is divided into two courtyards. The outer courtyard includes Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple; while the inner consists of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The buildings here are the great achievement of the Malla dynasty, and resulted from a rivalry between three different palaces: in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhakatpur.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Kathmandu – Pokhara (25min flight)

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the Airport for a flight to Pokhara.

Meet and assist on arrival at Pokhara Airport, then transfer to the hotel.

Pokhara valley, at an altitude of 827 metres, is also known as the “city of seven lakes”. The backdrop of Pokhara is the stunning Annapurna Range, and it also offers serene views of three major lakes: Phewa, Rupa and Begnas. Pokhara is a wonderful destination for relaxation. The mesmerizing Machhapuchhre, also called Mt. Fishtail, is so near that it can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara Valley. Stretching from East to West, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV, as well as Annapurna South. Farther away, two giants can also be seen: Dhaulagiri (8,167 metres), and Manaslu (8,163 metres).

After check-in, afternoon at leisure to relax.

Later in the evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Phewa, and visit Barahi Temple.

Phewa is the second largest lake in Nepal, and the most beautiful. It is surrounded by a combination of forests–alive with monkeys and birdlife–and high white peaks. Phewa Lake is highly famed for the stunning reflections of Mount Machapuchare–along with other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges–which show on its crystal-clear waters. Boating on Phewa Lake is an unforgettable experience, and the foremost attraction in exploring these scenic surroundings of Pokhara. In the midst of the lake stands the ancient Barahi Temple. An important monument, this two-storey pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force (Shakti). The lake’s Eastern shore is the base for visitors. Widely known as Baidam, this base provides various facilities for travellers, such as restaurants and handicraft shops.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 4 In Pokhara

After breakfast, morning at leisure to relax.

Afternoon half-day sightseeing tour to Pokhara, visiting David’s Fall, Bindybasini Temple, and the World Peace Pagoda.

Davis Falls is a charming little waterfall. After reaching the fall’s base, the water forms an underground tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, it passes through a mysterious cave that holds special value for Hindus, since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is perfectly preserved here, in the same condition it was discovered. The locals know this symbol as Gupteswar Mahadev.

Bindhybasini is an ancient 16th Century temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga. Located on top of the hill, this temple offers panoramic views of the valley and the Annapurna Mountain Ranges. The wooden structure, the brass bells, and the shrine images at the temple, are all of great interest.

The World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa) was built in 1999 by Morioka Sonin and local supporters, under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk. Situated at an altitude of 1100 metres on the Ananda Hill, this stupa offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara Town, and the Phewa Lake. It is the first stupa in Nepal. This white stupa is 115 feet tall, and 344 feet in diametre. It has two tiers, for tourists and religious people to circumambulate it. The second tier displays four statues of Buddha, which were presented as gifts from several countries. They are: ‘Dharmacakra Mudra’ from Japan, ‘Bodh Gaya’ from Sri Lanka, ‘Kushinagar’ from Thailand, and 'Lumbini’ from Nepal. Each statue represents an important event related to Buddha, and they are named according to where each event took place. Dharmachakra is placed below the gajur (pinnacle), and signifies the wheel of life, dharma and Buddha’s teachings. The top of the golden pinnacle holds a crystal stone from Sri Lanka symbolizing intellect and grace. Dhamma Hall, located nearby, also contains a Buddha statue. Buddhist rituals take place there daily, and larger ceremonies are regularly performed. This stupa is also famous for its splendid sunrise and sunset views.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 Pokhara – Tansen (130km/4hrs)

In early morning, a visit to the mountain view point Sarangkot.

Sarangkot is a small village at an altitude of 1592 metres. It is a wonderful site for nature lovers; seeing the unimpeded view of the Annapurna Range is almost a religious experience. This vista is particularly glorious during sunrise and sunset, when the sun’s faint glow subtly illuminates the peaks with a medley of colours. There is a simple village nearby, which was built atop an ancient fort.

Return to the hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, visit the International Mountain Museum.

The International Mountain Museum, located at Rato Pairo, boasts historical documents, records and chronicles about mountaineering. Opened in 2004, this museum has three main exhibition halls: the Hall of the Great Himalaya, the Hall of Fame, and the Hall of World Mountains. It also houses a library, a prayer room called Lakhang, and an audio-visual room. Other attractions include models of magnificent peaks, mannequins of famous mountaineers, and exhibitions on the culture and lifestyle of the mountain people. A dream-project of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), it is a place where you witness a confluence of “man, mountain and mountaineering”.

Important Note

  • Museum is closed on Saturday.

Afternoon check-out, depart for Tansen via Siddhartha Highway, and enjoy excellent scenery along the highway.

On arrival in Tansen, check-in at the hotel.

Tansen, at an altitude of 1310 metres,holds a rich legacy of traditional art and architecture. Perched on the spectacular Srinagar Hill, Tansen commands a gorgeous view of the Himalayas, as well as the Plains of Terai.It is famous for various kinds of handicrafts, textiles, and organic coffee.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 In Tansen

After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Tansen, visiting: Amarnarayan Temple, Tansen Durbar, Shitalpati, Bhagawati Temple, and Palpa Ranighat Palace.

Amar Narayan temple, built in 1807 AD by  Amar Singh Thapa, is an important landmark of Tansen. Built in typical Nepali pagoda style, it holds historical and architectural significance; the intricate wood carvings are simply marvellous. The temple is surrounded by a one metre wide stone wall – known locally as the ‘Great wall of Palpa’. In the area surrounding the temple you will find a temple of Lord Shiva, ponds, parks, rest houses, and a natural water spring.

Tansen Durbar was built in 1927 AD by Pratap Shamsher Jung Bhadur Rana. The durbar is a grand imposing palace in the heart of town. Probably the most striking building in Tansen, it has the look of an administrative building. Once the seat of the Rana governors, the Durbar is now the District Secretariat of Palpa District.

Sital Pati (Shady Rest Place), near Ason tole, is the most popular square in Tansen. The square is named after the white, octagonal-shaped building in the middle of the square. Built under Khadga Shamsher, the Palpa Governor from 1891-1902, it is a popular hangout for locals.

Bhagawati temple, built by Ujir Singh Thapa in 1814 AD to mark the victory over colonial British-India forces, is a small structure with immense religious importance. Located near the Tansen Durbar, it is an important pilgrimage place. It’s said that the original structure was remarkably bigger and more beautiful; it has undergone many renovations, the most recent being after the great earthquake of 1934. Every august, a chariot procession of deities is taken throughout the town, with military honour, to observe the historic battle.

Rani Ghat is a fantastically derelict palace, set atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the turquoise Kali Gandaki River. It was built in the late nineteenth Century by a Rana commander, Khadga Shamsher, in memory of his beloved Queen, Tej Kumari. The complex includes a huge main building with 25 rooms and 52 artistic windows, which is surrounded by layered gardens, stone walls, and a small, rocky shrine. It's a wonderful masterpiece of architecture in such a remote area.s

Afternoon at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7 Tansen (Palpa) – Lumbini (76Km/2hrs)

After breakfast, check-out and depart for Lumbini.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is in the Terai Plains of Nepal. Due to its immense archaeological and religious importance, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site provides insight into the life of Lord Buddha, and the development of Buddhism. In Buddha's time, this was a beautiful garden, full of green and shady sal trees (shorea). Lumbini’s beauty was described in Pali and Sanskrit literature, where it’s said that Lord Buddha’s mother, Maya Devi, was spellbound to see its natural grandeur. The main attraction of the city is the Sacred Garden, spread over 8 sq. km, which possesses many of the treasures of this historic area. In the gardens that surround the ruins, there is a bo tree, where Siddhartha Gautama gained enlightenment and became Buddha. Around this holy site, there are remnants of monasteries and chaityas built over the centuries, following Buddha's birth in 632 BC. In 1998, Lumbini was declared as the Fountain of World Peace, and a pilgrimage site for all the world's peace loving people. Lumbini is indeed a fountain of world peace.

Afternoon: half a day sightseeing tour in Lumbini garden, visiting Maya Devi Temple, Birth Marker Stone, Idol of Maya Devi, Ashok Pillar, Pushkirini Pond, World Peace Stupa, World Peace Flame, and Lumbini museum.

The Maya Devi Temple holds an ancient idol of Maya Devi, the Birth Marker Stone, and ruins from the 3rd to the 7th Century BC. The interior of the temple has a peaceful, even heavenly atmosphere. Unearthed in 1996, the Marker Stone, which is enclosed in a glass box, precisely marks the birth place of Lord Buddha. The three feet tall idol of Maya Devi, carved on a stone tablet, is located in the temple’s sanctum. The carved figure over the stone tablet has eroded and been obscured. The idol depicts Maya Devi leaning onto a tree while giving birth; two heavenly messengers are waiting to receive Buddha. The figure of the infant Buddha is at the centre of the idol.

The Ashoka Pillar, standing proudly near Maya Devi temple, is an important heritage site. The Indian emperor Ashok ordered the pillar to be erected in 249 BC, along with a stone tablet bearing the inscription: "Shakyamuni Buddha was born here".

Pushkarini Pond, located South of the Ashoka Pillar, is where Queen Maya Devi is believed to have taken bath before giving birth to Lord Buddha.

The World Peace Stupa was constructed to spread the message of peace, friendship and goodwill throughout the world, and to raise awareness to keep the earth pure and clear. The 42.5 metres tall stupa was constructed as part of Japanese Buddhist preacher Fujing’s campaign to construct World Peace Stupas throughout the world. The heavenly, serene atmosphere around the stupa, and the attractive piecesadorning it, entice visitors.

The World Peace Flame was liton 1st November 1986, by then-Prince Gyandra Sha.The flame has been kept burning ever since, 24 hours a day. It represents peace and fraternity in the world, and was brought from the United States of America as part of the celebrations for the International Peace Year.

Lumbini Museum was established to preserve historical artefacts like clothes, coins, idols, and other items that were unearthed during excavations carried out around Lumbini in different times. The museum is frequently visited by those seeking information about Buddha.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8 Lumbini – Chitawan (160km/4hrs)

After breakfast, check-out and depart for Chitwan.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first national park and is situated in the Inner Terai Lowlands of Chitwan. Covering an area of 932 sq. km, the park includes some hilly areas of the Shivalik Range covered by deciduous trees. Parts of the park are floodplains for the Rivers Narayani, Rapti, and Reu, and are covered by dense, tall elephant grasses, forests of silk cotton, and by acacia and Sisam trees. Chitwan National Park was officially established in 1973, and was included as a World Heritage Site in 1984. The park is shelter to endangered Asian species like the one-horned rhinoceros and the royal Bengal tiger. Also found here are leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, rhesus monkeys, grey langur monkeys, wild dogs, small wild cats, bison, four species of deer, and other small animals. Chitwan is also home to 450 species of birds,making it ideal for bird watching. In summer, the forest is alive with nesting migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian pitta, and various species of parakeets.

Later in the afternoon, visit Elephant Breeding centre with a naturalist.

The Elephant Breeding Centre, established in 1985, is the first elephant breeding centre in Asia. The dramatic decline of wild elephants has made the need for such a breeding center urgent. The centre includes an impressive exposition room displaying elephants' skulls and parts of skeletons. It also displays plenty of relevant educational information about the origins of elephants, the history of keeping elephants in Nepal, the nature of captive and wild elephants, information about training elephant calves, and the history of the Chitwan Elephant Breeding Centre. This center, on top of conserving the genetic resources of Indian (Asian) elephants, helps preserve traditional training and handling skills. The training of calves begins when they are 2 to 4 years old. Training includes walks on the roads and visits to villages to become accustomed to the presence of vehicles, people and domestic animals. In reality, the training is a life-long process, as elephants learn many verbal commands from their mahouts during their working days.

The captive elephants from the breeding centre play an important role in the park. They are used for patrolling the park to prevent poaching, for transporting the park's staff to difficult-to-access areas, for monitoring wildlife, for promoting eco-tourism, for chasing rhinos away from villages etc.

Evening dance performance by Tharu Social Group, followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9 Chitwan

After breakfast, enjoy half a day canoeing and a jungle walk.

A canoe ride along the Rapt River is an excellent opportunity for Bird Watching, and for seeing rare species of crocodiles such as the marsh mugger and the fish-eating gharial.

Next comes an exciting and invigorating walk through the lush sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan, with our experienced naturalists. We view deer, rhinos, sloth bears and other wildlife. Interesting information about the various plants and animals of the jungle are shared throughout the walk.

Next is an afternoon jungle safari on elephant-back.

Seated high on the back of a trained elephant, exploring the grasslands and core area of the park, is an amazing experience..

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 Chitawan – Kathmandu – Nagarkot (20mins flight + 32km/1hr drive)

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Bharatpur Airport for a flight to Kathmandu.

A short flight will bring you back to the domestic wing of the Tribhuwan Airport. From here, we'll transfer to Nagarkot, a picturesque hill station cum favoured summer camp of the former Royals of Nepal. Nagarkot is well known for its wondrous mountain views, which include Mount Everest and other peaks of the Himalayan range of Eastern Nepal. It also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot’s scenic beauty makes it a special place to witness sunrise and sunset views. From the famous "Nagarkot Tower" one can take in an awesome view of the surroundings.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 Nagarkot – Kathmandu (32km/1hr)

Early morning, relish the splendid sunrise view over the Himalayas.

After breakfast, check-out and drive back to Kathmandu along the curvy roads.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12 Departure from Kathmandu

Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, 3 hrs prior to your flight.

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