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Incredible Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan)

Incredible Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan) 7 nights 8 days
A close encounter with mysticism, culture, history and the wildlife
A trip that gives you an opportunity to explore temples and shrines of historical and archaeological interests in the medieval towns of Kathmandu valley, Nepal’s exotic wildlife at the Chitwan National park and further you will drive to Pokhara, a beautiful scenic lake town where nature is amplified with the views of majestic peaks almost at touching distance, clean water lakes with boating and canoeing thrills at your service.

Trip Facts:
•    Trip length: 7 nights / 8 Days
•    Activity: Cultural, Historical & Wildlife Exploration
•    Starts in: Kathmandu
•    Ends in: Kathmandu

Detailed day to day itinerary:
Day 01: Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, located after passing out of the customs area. Look out for the Raj Bala Treks and Expedition Company signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will organize a short meeting with you. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour in and around Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath & Patan Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

Boudhanath Stupa
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhis Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a 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 Krishna, built entirely of stone.
The main attractions in Patan
Beside above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites to be visited:

  1. Golden Temple
  2. Kumbheshwar
  3. Krishna Mandir
  4. Jagat Narayan
  5. Mahaboudha
  6. Ashokan Stupa
  7. Machchhendranath Temple
  8. The Tibetan Camp

Day 03: Drive to Kurintar, rafting at Trishuli river and further transfer to Chitwan. You will be driven to Kurintar early in the morning.  After 4-hours drive, you arrive in Kurintar. Under the guidance of a river guide, you venture into a river trip up to Kurintar. Rafting along the exciting rapids of Trisuli River like Twin Rock, Ladies Delight and Scout Upset can be a mind-blowing experience. During this meticulously organized river trip, you journey through breath-taking alpine scenery and amazing rapids cutting through some of the most varied geology. After the day's activity you will be driven to Chitwan.

Day 04: In Chitwan – Jungle Safari in Royal Chitwan National Park
Chitwan prides itself in its rich wildlife and lush vegetation.  Rare species of birds and animals, including the one-horned rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger, inhabit the deep jungle of Chitwan National Park is one of the most interesting tourist destination. You will be taken on a jungle safari to explore its wildlife. Your safari excursion includes elephant safari, jeep safari, canoeing and bird watching. In the evening you get to enjoy the local Tharu stick dance, a slide show demonstrating the culture of Nepal and a special meal.

Day 05: Drive to Pokhara
You drive through Prithvi Highway approx 200km to Pokhara. On your way, you will pass by the banks of Trishuli river, villages, cultivated fields, picturesque landscape and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. You also get excellent views of Himalchuli, Dhaulagiri, the five peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. After reaching Pokhara, you can either go for boating on Phewa Tal or spend your time as you wish.

Day 06: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Pokhara, a charming city and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal, offers fabulous scenic views. You will definitely enjoy the sightseeing tour. Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchere, the must visit sites of Pokhara includes the Phewa Lake, Davis fall, Mahendra cave, the famous Seti Gorge, the beautiful temple of Bindabasini and Pokhara Mountain Museum.

Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu
In the morning you will be taken for an excursion to Sarangkot. On a 3 hour walk (up the mountain) from Pokhara, lies Sarangkot. Located at an altitude of 1592 m, it is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim .From here you can see the whole Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South, Annapurna I,  Machhapuchure , Annapurna III , Annapurna II , Annapurna IV and  Lamjung Himal).
Afterwards you will take a 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu .After reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the remaining hours as you wish.

Day 08: We will take you to the airport for your flight home.
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