Northern India’s kinder, gentler cousin, Nepal is a true Himalayan kingdom. Sharing Mount Everest, the Earth’s highest mountain, on its northern border, and with seven more 8,000m peaks sprinkled around the country, Nepal has the best trekking in the world. Sitting in a bowl of Himalayan mountain peaks, the capital Kathmandu is surely one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For decades it has served as a hub for a multicoloured mix of travellers, trekkers and hippies from around the world, and in its famous Durbar Square, every day a theatre of Hindu and Buddhist traditions plays out. The warm Nepali people themselves are a study in Buddhism: often dirt poor, yet sure to beat you to a smile.
Kathmandu, the largest metropolitan city in Nepal which enchants tourists with its rich culture and cuisines, shop for unique and uncommon things on the streets of Kathamandu and savor on the delectable cuisines. Nepal is a hotspot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and people seeking adventures. The Hindu and Buddhist heritage of Nepal, and its cold weather are also strong attractions.
Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction the village overlooks the city of Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city.
Chitwan National Park was established covering 932 sq km area is now listed in the World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Park consists of a diversity of ecosystems-including the Churia hills, Ox-bow lakes, and the flood plains of the Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. The Churia hills rise slowly towards the East from 150 m. to more than 800 m. The western portion of the Park is comprised of the lower but more rugged, Someshwor hill. The Park shares its eastern boundary with the Parsa Wildlife Reserve.
Proceed for a full-day tour of Kathmandu. Visit the Durbar Square with its old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, and the Kasthamandap. Next visit Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine. A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Also visit the Pashupatinath Temple, regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world. Later, visit Bouddhanath temple, a Tibetan buddhist monument.
Pokhara is known for its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, which have their source in the glacial Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. Visit the Phewa Lake. Later, take a cable car ride up to Manakamana Temple. Manakamana is the “wish fulfillment goddess”. Many Hindu and Buddhist devotees visit this temple to make a dream come true.
From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Machhapuchhare and the rounded peak of Annapurna II in the east. Drive through Pokhara valley and view the beautiful lakes here. Proceed to the World Peace Pagoda, situated on the top of a hill. It has four images of Buddha facing in four directions. In the evening, stroll around the charming Old Bazaar, which also houses the Bindyabasini Temple.
Drive to Royal Chitwan National Park (160 kms / 4 hrs approx).
Proceed for your first elephant safari, an exciting part of the tour, which provides an opportunity to get a close view of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. You may also get a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. Later, hop into a wooden canoe for a tour of the Rapti River, where the Gahrial crocodiles sunbathe on the shores.
Kathmandu (185 kms / 5 hrs approx). Arrive Kathmandu and check in to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for casino and shopping activities.
Proceed to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.