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West Nepal Pilgrimage Panorama

An extraordinary trip to pilgrimage and panoramic sites of Nepal.
A sacred visit to the birth place of Lord Buddha at Lumbini located in the western border to India, coupled with a panoramic walk around scenic Tansen and wildlife observation in Nepal's biggest game park, Royal Chitwan National park after a through exploration of cultural & historical heart of Kathmandu valley and natural heritage of Pokhara valley are the major highlights of this trip.

Trip Facts:

  • Trip length: 9 nights / 10 days
  • Activity: Cultural, Historical, Wildlife & Pilgrimage Trip
  • 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 Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath & Patan Durbar Square. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destination is enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Clustered around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An inquisitive exploration in the Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and architecture of Nepal which has proved to be a masterpiece to everyone accepting its genuineness.
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:

  • Golden Temple
  • Kumbheshwar
  • Krishna Mandir
  • Jagat Narayan
  • Mahaboudha
  • Ashokan Stupa
  • Machchhendranath Temple
  • The Tibetan Camp

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Sightseeing in and around Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Tansen. Sightseeing in and around Tansen.  Stay overnight at hotel in Tansen.
Day 05: After early breakfast drive to Lumbini. Sightseeing in and around Lumbini. Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini.
Day 06: After breakfast proceed to Chitwan National Park. Enjoy jungle activities at Chitwan National Park. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 07: Enjoy jungle activities at Chitwan. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 08: After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 09: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

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.

Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Darbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Darbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.

A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.

Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.

Day 10: We will take you to the airport for your flight home.
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