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Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan Tour - 11 Days

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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to Hotel.

Stop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Pashupati Nath Road, Kathmandu 44600 Nepal
Situated 5 kilometres 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.
Duration: 2 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu.

Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu 44600 Nepal
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The word “Durbar Square” is translated in English as Palace Complex. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bouddhanath Stupa - Khaasti Chaitya, गुना कामदेव मार्ग, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
This Stupa, 8 kilometres east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world for its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist 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.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Swayambhu Maha Chaitya, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometres west of Kathmandu, 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.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing Tour around Patan.

Stop At: Patan Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) 44700 Nepal
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:
a) Golden Temple
b) Kumbheshwar
c) Krishna Mandir
d) Jagat Narayan
e) Mahaboudha
f) Ashokan Stupa
g) Machchhendranath Temple
h) The Tibetan Camp

Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 4: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It takes around Seven hours by tourist bus.

Stop At: Pokhara Museum, Pokhara Nepal
Pokhara will have you mesmerized with its majestic sight of snow-capped mountain peaks and exquisite beauty. Pokhara is most popular for its lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 5: Sightseeing Tour around Pokhara

Stop At: Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), Pokhara Nepal
Your trip includes visits to all these exotic places. You can go for boating on these famous lakes. Phewa Lake is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the water of the lake or visit the island temple in the middle of the lake, the eastern shore, popularly know as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite haunt of all travelers’ restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Begnas Lake, 11 Lekhnath, Pokhara 33411 Nepal
Begnas Lake is situated in the eastern part of Pokhara valley, at a distance of 15 km from Pokhara. Tourist can relax in the lodges and resorts situated alongside the lake.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Rupa Lake, Pokhara 33700 Nepal
Yet another popular lake of Pokhara is the Rupa Lake. It is separated from Begnas Lake by a bridge known as Pachabhaiya. The lakes offer the prefect nature retreat because of their relative’s seclusion and opportunities for boating and fishing.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star hotel.

Day 6: Sightseeing continues around Pokhara.

Stop At: Mahendra Cave, Pokhara Nepal
Exploring the deep-seated mysteries of intriguing caves like Mahendra Gupha will further heighten your adventure spirit. Another of nature’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Gupha. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats an apt name for it. A two- hour’s walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.

The Devil's Fall, the gorge of the Seti River and Tibetan refugee camp are the other dotted places you will be sightseeing.

Duration: 6 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Tea House.

Day 7: Drive from Pokhara to Lumbini and Sightseeing tour of Lumbini. Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini.

Stop At: Lumbini Monastic Site, Taulihawa Road, Lumbini 32914 Nepal
The main attraction is the Sacred Garden spread over 8 square kilometers and possessing all the treasure of the historic area. The Sacred Garden where Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, which carries an inscription identifying the spot as the birthplace of Buddha. Maya Devi, mother of Buddha, was on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha. While taking rest in Lumbini under a Sal tree and admiring the beauty of the region, she felt labor pains. She gave birth to the child while holding a drooping branch of a Sal tree.

The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims. The temple of Maya Devi contains a stone relief depicting the birth scene of Lord Buddha. The bas-relief shows Maya Devi supporting herself by holding on to a branch of a sal tree, and the newborn infant Buddha standing upright on a lotus pedestal. Two celestial figures are engaged in the act of pouring water and lotuses from the heaven, indicated in the sculpture by a delineation of clouds. The Maya Devi shrine has been worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists since the beginning of the Christian era and is believed to have been built over the foundation of at least one earlier temple or stupa.

Lumbini is so important that the world community, particularly the United Nations and the Government of Nepal, has launched a master plan for the maintenance and preservation of Lumbini.

Ramagrama is a brick mound on the bank of the Jharahi River. It is a 7 meter high brick stupa containing one of the eight Astha Dhatu (relics) of Lord Buddha. The king of Ramagrama, the eighth king to obtain the Buddha's relics, built the stupa. History says that Emperor Ashoka wanted to open it to multiply into eight four thousand stupa. However, the Dragon King of Ramagrama stupa did not permit.

Devadaha, 54 kilometers east of Lumbini across the Rohini River, is the ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of Queen Maya Devi, Prince Siddhartha's mother, Prajapati Gautam, his stepmother, and Princess Yasodhara, his consort. This is where Prince Siddhartha spent his childhood. Seven years after his Enlightenment, Lord Buddha visited Devdaha and ordained the followers of Jain Sadhu Nirgrantha Nathputra. There are several other sites around Devdaha such as Kumarbarti, Khayardanda, Bairimai / Kanyamai, Bhabanipur / Devidamar, Mathagadi (ancient weapons).


Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 8: Drive from Lumbini to Chitwan

Stop At: Chitwan National Park, Main street Hatti Chwok, Sauraha 44200 Nepal
The National Chitwan Park is widely acknowledged as one of the best national parks in Asia, it lies in the Terai region of southern Nepal. Diverse combination of nature is found here in Royal National Chitwan Park providing a perfect habitat of wildlife. It harbors many globally threatened species including the Royal Bengal Tiger, great one-horned Rhino, Gharial crocodile, Asian Elephant, Sloth bear, Leopard etc.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 9: Enjoy jungle activities in Chitwan. Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Stop At: Chitwan National Park, Main street Hatti Chwok, Sauraha 44200 Nepal
During your stay in National Chitwan Park you are going to come through various nature and cultural program such as:
Canoe Trip: You can enjoy canoe trip on either The Rapti River or The Budhi Rapti River which border the National Park. You can see two types of crocodiles, the Gharial and Mugger basking on the river bank.

Bird Watching: For the bird watchers, it is Paradise Island with over 450 species of exotic birds of domestic as well as migratory birds. Many are threatened, e.g. the Great pied hornbill, Bengal Florican, Peregrine falcon, lesser adjutant storks, etc. A bird watching trip will be a memorable experience.

Jungle Drive: A tour by four wheel drive in the less distributed areas of the park to track the rarer species. You will visit Ox-bow Lake and museum of historic interest relating to the park. However during this period we will visit 20,000 areas which afford a varied experience of birds and mammals.

Nature Walk: Our experienced naturalists will accompany you to the more specialized habitats. This is the ideal opportunity to explore and experience at closer quarters and beauty of the flora and fauna. The authority of the naturalist must be closely observed to obviate any risks from wildlife attacks.

Elephant Breeding Centre: This is the first Elephant breeding centre in Asia. You can see baby elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. This centre is government owned and its purpose is to raise the young elephants, and to train them to convey tourist around the region.

Village tour: Excursion in Tharu village will grant you an exhilarating experience. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitant of the Terai. We offer guided cultural tours to meet the people and experience their traditional self-sufficient way of life.

Cultural Program: In the evening you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance. The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display. Such cultural shows performed by Tharus will be an unforgettable experience. The Tharus in traditional colorful costumes, unique in their disparity with the common mode of dress all over Nepal, are sure to captivate you.

Elephant safari: On elephant back you can view the wild life of the area in their natural habitat.

Elephant Bathing: Your guide will take you to the specific place where you can observe elephant bathing.

Crocodile Walk: One more option is to go for crocodile walk. It goes through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani river.


Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 10: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at 2 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Stop At: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur 00977-1-4701148 Nepal
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.


Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.

Day 11: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Stop At: Nyatapola Temple, Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur 44800 Nepal
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.


Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel.
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