National Park Tour

Tour Duration:           7 days
Destination(s):             Nepal (Kathmandu- Chitwan-Kathmandu)
Specialty Categories:     Art/Architecture, Culture, Safari Tours                       
Season:              Round the Year. Best season Oct. to Dec. and Feb. to May
Trip start:             Kathmandu
Trip end:             Kathmandu.
 
Nepal is rich in wild life. The tropical jungles of the Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitats in Asia. Out of the total geographical area of Nepal 16% is occupied by national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas. Jungle safari on elephant back is one of the most thrilling experiences. Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Royal Chitwan National Park offer jungle safari on elephant back or jeep rides. The Terai region can get rather hot during summer months and is temperate during winters. Among the National Parks and reserves in Nepal, Chitwan National Park, provide excellent views of Asian wildlife. These National Parks offer some of the most exciting safari destinations in the world. Comfortable lodges and resorts with modern facilities are available at these parks.

Chitwan Safari Tour:
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.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, where you will be given a warm welcome and then taken to your hotel. Our guide will briefly explain the program upon your arrival at the hotel.

Day 2: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU VALLEY
After a breakfast, we will take you for a full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu durbar square, Patan durbar square & Swyambhunath. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visit to Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visit to Swyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can see the scenery of entire 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.

SWYAMBHUNATH
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 3: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU VALLEY.
Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Bodhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterwards, taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustration-style temples and temple complex. Then you will be driven to Nagarkot where you stay overnight in a hotel.

AM:  PASHUPATINATH & BOUDDHANATH
PM:  BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE

PASHUPATINATH

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.

BOUDDHANATH
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
Bhaktapur Durbar Squareis 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 ofNepal. 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.

Day 4: DRIVE TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK. (5-6 HOURS)
After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Royal Chitwan National Park. We let you experience of Safari activities; jungle walks, canoeing. Once the night sets in, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before going to bed.

Day 5:  FULL DAY JUNGLE ACTIVITIES IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK.
After having breakfast, you get to languish in the delights of a day filled with safari activities in Royal Chitwan national Park - if you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures rhinoceroses, elephant, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear - preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shot. Stay overnight at the resort.

Elephant Safari:
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.

Bird Watching:  
After early morning tea/coffee. Out of 519 species of the birds we have recorded 276 species in our area. Hence, Machan is considered as the paradise for bird watchers Our guides will help to identify some of the species of these birds.  

Tharu village Visit:
Experience the culture and traditions of the Tharu people, those Terai people have been living close to the jungle and wildlife for centuries. Their dances, culture and livehood subtly encompass how the best to combat the wild animals, habitat altogether.

Day 6:  DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU.
After breakfast, we leave chitwan by road to Kathamdnu (5-6 hours), the bus will drop you to the near Thamel. Check-in at hotel, rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 7:  FINAL DEPARTURE TO OWNWARD JOURNEY
After breakfast, rest of day is at leisure until we pick you up at the hotel and then take to airport for your next stop.
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