Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park – Pokhara- Kathmandu

DRAPED ALONG THE GREATEST HEIGHTS OF THE HIMALAYAS, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. It’s a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya mountain range runs across Nepal’s northern and western parts, and eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest, are within its territory. It is a land of cultural diversity, being at the religious crossroads of Hinduism and Buddhism, and is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and Goddess Sita. The Himalaya’s most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage. Tour Extension available to Chitwan National Park, one of the finest national parks in Asia and Pokhara, home to thick forests, clear lakes and panoramic views of the Himalayas.

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world's oldest cities. The old part of the city, with narrow medieval streets and lovely little shrines, centers on the Durbar Square. The three cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur are of historical importance and retain monuments of immense artistic and cultural value. Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Morning tour of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa and the city. The Durbar Square served as the main city square of ancient Kathmandu with the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, built by Pratap Malla, one the greatest lovers of art to have ruled Kathmandu. About 2000 years old, Swayambhunath is perched on a hillock on the south-western edge of Kathmandu. The stupa, is a dome 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters high and is made of brick and earth mounted by a conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Afternoon tour of Patan, located on the southern banks of the Bagmati River, is one of the three main cities in Kathmandu Valley. Patan is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings. Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Morning visit the Boudhanath Stupa. With a base of 82 meters in diameter, Boudhanath is claimed to be the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Also visit Bhaktapur, a medieval city where the Newars, the main inhabitants still follow age old traditions and customs. It houses some of the best examples of Nepali craftsmanship on wood and stone such as the Palace of 55 Windows built in 1697, the five storied Nyatapola Temple, the Kashi Biswanath Temple, and the Dattatreya Temple among many others. Late afternoon, return to Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Chitwan National Park. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Chitwan National Park is one of the largest forests regions in Asia teaming with wildlife such as the rare one-horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water, dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Bengal tiger. Chitwan National Park is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site (natural) list. After lunch, enjoy elephant back excursions, nature walks, canoe trips and jungle treks. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Morning and Afternoon enjoy elephant back excursions, nature walks, canoe trips and jungle treks. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Morning drive to Pokhara valley. one of Nepal’s most idyllic cities. Its natural beauty and charm continues to inspire poets and songwriters for many years now. The mountains, caves, gorges, rivers, and lakes have been poetically linked to wide range of state of human emotions. It is Nepal’s largest city from where three of the over 8000 meters high mountains can be viewed at a close proximity for almost eight months a year. Rising from an elevation of 700-1100 meters the nature gifted caves, lakes, gorges, and canyons fascinates any nature lover. Afternoon tour of Pokhara and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Phewa. Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Enjoy a short trek to Sarangkot (1500 meters) with packed lunch. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the Pokhara valley on your own. Overnight at the Hotel.

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Stay in transit for a connecting flight back home.

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