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Nepal – Once is Not Enough! - 10 Days

For many, stepping off a plane into Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload. Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place. This endlessly fascinating, sometimes infuriating city has enough sights to keep you busy for a week, but be sure to leave its backpacker comforts and explore the ‘real Nepal’ before your time runs out.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swayambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple 
This spectacular monument watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living at the premises.

Bindhyabasini Temple
It lies in the center of the old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis Fall
Located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, Davis Fall is locally known as ‘Patale Chhango’. Here  the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This site is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Enjoy boating on the beautiful Phewa Lake. Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in Nepal. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake, it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storeyed pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Seti River Gorge
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camp
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhiel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

Day 1
Arrived in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by a representative from Arihant Holidays. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Arihant Holidays display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, you can rest or hang around in the city.

Day 2
Swayambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

We start a guided tour to 3 of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We begin with swayambhunath. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Enjoy capturing the images of swayambhunath. In the afternoon, we will drive to Bouddhanath to capture the images of one of the oldest monastery of the world. In the evening at around 6, we will drive to Pashupatinath temple which is one of the most religious temples of the Hindus. Enjoy capturing the evening arati (puja/ worship). The arati creates an amazing atmosphere. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to two of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Meet the Living Goddess “the Kumari”. Patan, also nicknamed as "The City of Fine Arts" is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. Capture the images of the carvings, the cultural monuments and palaces.

Day 4
Khokana, Bungamati and Bhaktapur Durbar square

Khokana village dates back from the medieval age, and the village has been nominated to be listed as a World Heritage Site, with its mustard-oil seed industrial heritage. Bungmati is another medieval sleepy little village with a beautiful temple in the village square and medieval houses hanging onions and red chilies from their windows. Enjoy capturing the ancient Newari culture and lifestyle which is still preserved by this village for centuries. The medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets.

Day 5
Drive to Pokhara

Today we drive to Pokhara. In the evening, explore the surrounding lakeside areas. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 6
City tour of Pokhara

Pokhara, also known as the Lake City, is not only Nepal's but also one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. We begin our sightseeing with a boat ride to the ‘TaalBarahi temple’ which is located right in the middle of the the Fewa lake. After the joy of boating, we will drive to the ‘Davids fall’ and then proceed to the Gupteshwor Mahadev. After visiting these places, you’ll be guided to the ‘world peace monastery’, which is located on the top of the hill. From here you can capture the mesmerizing views of the Fewa Lake, pokhara city and the entire Annapurna Range. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 7
Transfer to Chitwan after breakfast/ Evening: Elephant ride & cultural show

Today after breakfast we drive to Chitwan. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by our nature guide. Then after lunch, we head on for activities. There will be an elephant safari. Walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, enjoy the dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. Overnight at Chitwan.

Day 8
Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle activities

At around 5:30 AM there’ll be a wake-up call followed by tea or coffee and proceed for bird watching. More than 519 species of the birds are found in Chitwan. Hence, Chitwan is considered as real Paradise for bird watchers. Enjoy framing the rare species in your lenses. The guide will help you to identify some of the species of these birds.

Then, after breakfast, learn more about the elephants. Visit the elephant breeding center. Enjoy bathing with elephants (but only in summers as they can’t be forced to bath in winters) which will be a memory of your life time. Then after lunch, you’ll be escorted for a canoeing program. The narrow boat takes you to the inner part of the Jungle. You can enjoy a short jungle walk and experience the thrill of wilderness. Get your cameras charged to capture the pictures of rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles. Get ready for the thrill and adventure!

Day 9
Village walk/ Transfer to Kathmandu, Evening free

At around 5:30 AM, there’ll be a wake-up call followed by tea or coffee, and then start a Walk to village, the guide will brief you about the social and cultural aspect of the villagers and will show you their lifestyle. After breakfast, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely; perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 10
Final departure

Good things never last forever. Similarly, your tour ends today. You’ll be transferred to the airport at your scheduled flight time for your flight back to home.

Inclusive

  • All necessary transfers and S/S as per itinerary in AC coach
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu in Manaslu or similar category hotel in twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Pokhara in Barahi or similar category hotel in twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • 2 nights accommodation in Maruni Sanctuary lodge in Full board basis
  • All jungle activities in Chitwan as mentioned in the itinerary
  • An experienced mandarin speaking guide including their salary, insurance and allowances throughout the trip
  • All entrance fees

Exclusive

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Any kind of drinks i.e. aerated, non-aerated, mineral, beverage, liquor etc.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides

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