Nepal Special Trip
Kathmandu, being the capital, historical and cultural hub of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers, adventurers and pilgrimage seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. The ancient cities Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are the major attractions, with their evocative city squares which also represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. Holy Hindu Temple Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage sites Swyambhunath and Buddhanath stupa, Kathmandu durbar square, Patan durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square, living goddess and museum are the major attractions in Kathmandu. And it would be a serious oversight for any travellers to Nepal to neglect visiting the lake city Pokhara and its beauty. Pokhara itself offers excellent views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Fishtail, other sightseeing opportunities and outstanding Himalayan sunrise view from Sarangkot.
Chitwan National Park offers dense habitat, wildlife & natural beauty and one can spot many wild animals as Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, one horned Rhinoceros, wild Elephant, marsh Crocodile, wild Boar, sloth bear, and several species of deer including spotted, barking Samber and hog deer. Also,m one can find more than 450 species of birds with good flora. Besides wildlife a local tribe of Tharu people, who have own unique culture and traditions can be observed.
Places to see:
• Kathmandu durbar square
• Patan durbar square
• Bhaktapur Durbar square
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK:
• Bird watching,
• Elephant riding,
• Elephan breading center,
• Canoe ride,
• Jungle walking tour
• Cultural program (Tharu cultural dance)
• Fewa lake
• David falls,
• Barahi temple,
• Bindebasini temple,
• Mountain Museums,
• Begnas lake
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU AIRPORT
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, from where you will be taken to Hotel.
DAY 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU VALLEY
AM: Patan durbar square.
PM: Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
It is one of the major attractions in the valley. The word Durbar Square translates in English as palace complex and this durbar square is listed as a World Heritage Site. Clustered around Durbar Square is the old palace, which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal or the House of the living Goddess, Kastamandap (a house build from the wood of a single tree) and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is 9 stories high and anyone can climb up to the top and experience panoramic views of the city.
It is one of the oldest Stupas in the Kathmandu valley. Sitting on top of the hill to the west of the valley, its unique architecture is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Nepal. From here one enjoys sweeping and expansive views of Kathmandu City. Legend has it that once upon a time the valley was a lake known as the serpent's lake. Saint Manjushree cut the southern part of the valley and drained the water out, making Swayambhunath the first exit and an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
It is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna and built entirely of stone.
DAY 03: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU VALLEY
AM: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath
PM: Bhaktapur durbar square
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is considered to be one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of river Bagmati as entrance into the temple is strictly prohibited to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of the Shivaratri festival which happens around February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
This Stupa situated 11km/7 miles from Kathmandu City is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Standing with a pair of eyes in each of the four directions, it symbolizes watchfulness. It is said that this Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini. It rises from an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are:
The Golden Gate: The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, In the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom: It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows.
The Palace of Fifty five Windows: This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.
DAY 04: EARLY MORNING DRIVE TO CHITWAN. (6-7 HRS)
Chitwan National Park is one of the best in Nepal where you can observe various species of birds, plants and animals. Chitwan is situated only 150m above the sea level. The short grass of Feb-May provide the best game-viewing season, whereas the autumn months and winter months (December - January) provide gorgeous Himalayan views. A visit to Nepal is incomplete without seeing the beauty of this Terai belt and no doubt Chitwan is the best place to do so.
DAY 05: FULL DAY JUNGLE ACITIVITIES IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK.
Totally fearless of any animals, the Chitwan elephant are much talked about and are the traditional means of the exploring the wildlife. Elephant rides to the park, is best way to watch the Wild animal like: tiger, rhino, deer, sloth bear and others.
Tharu Stick Dance:
A melodious dance performed by the local farmers to the rhymes or drums and the clashing of sticks embodies some of their traditional skills and dances.
This encounter on foot with the environment will introduce the main feature of eastern Chitwan Sal forest, open grassland and river in jungle. Our guides will help you to identify some of the species of birds, plants and other wildlife that you may encounter.
Elephant Breeding Center:
To learn more about the life of these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephant.)
Canoe Ride: Canoe ride is also a best way to explore the wild nature along the riverside with the scenic view over different spices of birds and gharial “Crocodile”
After early morning tea/coffee. Out of 519 species of the birds we have recorded 276 species in our area. Our guides will help to identify some of the species of these birds.
DAY 06: CHITWAN DRIVE TO POKHARA
The rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210kms/131 miles from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the country lying virtually in the geographical center of Nepal. Located on the main road between Kathmandu and Bhairawa, perhaps there is no other place in the world from where Great Himalayan peaks can be admired from such close quarters. The Bindhyavasani Temple on its well-kept platform overlooks a modest amusement park. Phewa Lake, skirted by large numbers of unpretentious lodges and simple restaurants, is a great beauty spot for visitors to relax in nature's rich ambiance.
DAY 07: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN POKHARA.
Phewa Tal (Lake):
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. The enchanting lake is an idyllic playground. 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.
The eastern shoreline of the lake, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, consists of seemingly endless strip of lodges, restaurants, bookshops and souvenir shops. One of the fascinating parts of lakeside is the splendid view of the mountains, especially when the still water reflects the peaks, creating a double image.
Begnas lake and Rupa lake:
The lakes are located about 15km from Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from the highway to Kathmandu. Divided by the forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, the lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Splendid boating and fishing can be done here.
This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination - over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
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 skinnydipping 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.
Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. An entrance fee of Rs. 5 is charged and taking pictures inside the cave is prohibited.
Mahendra Gufa, locally called Chamero Odhaar ("House of Bats"), is the large limestone cave. Shepherd boys are said to have discovered it around 1950. A two hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, although most of them have been carved out by souvenir hunters.
The Old Bazaar:
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well.
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 park like grounds take on a festive fair.
located between the airport and Mahendra Pul, reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and the Tharu are attractively displayed. Open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance fee is Rs. 5 and there is an extra Rs. 10 for cameras (Tel: 0612041 3).
Sitting on an escarpment 1,592 meters high, the quaint village of Sarangkot is a "pilgrimage" destination for the nature devotees who endeavor to make the arduous journey uphill and witness an unimpeded view of the Annapurna Range and Himalayan Mountains. The sight is particularly glorious during sunrise and sunset in Sarangkot, when the faint glow of the sun ever so slightly illuminates the peaks in a medley of colors.
DAY 08: DRIVE OR FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU.
DAY 09: RELAX IN KATHMANDU
DAY 10: FINAL DEPARTURE.
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