Temples & Tigers

Kathmandu Valley and Chitwan National Park Tour 4 nights, 5 days

A visit to Chitwan reveals an unexpected side to Nepal yet an attractive proposition for nature lovers. Located at the terai fringe of the Indian plains, the national park boasts diverse forest with magnificent wildlife experiences. The Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Rhinoceros, Gharial, Langur, Rhesus, Macaque Monkey are some of them.
 

     

    Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

    Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel.

    Day 02 Fly to Bharatpur

    Enjoy a Tharu Village Tour and the sunset view from the Rapti River.
     
    ***(Optional Everest Experience Mountain Flight - Fly with us to the top of the world, and indulge in the majestic views of Himalayas of Nepal, including Mt. Everest.)***
     
    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart for Tribhuvan International Airport (Domestic terminal) for an early morning flight with Buddha Air to Bharatpur - the gateway to Chitwan.
     
    Once you land at Bharatpur, you’ll transfer to the hotel for check-in and have lunch at the hotel.
     
    You can rest and have some time to yourselves. Later in the afternoon, you’ll get a guided tour of an authentic Tharu Village. The Tharus are an ethnic indigenous to the southern foothills of the Himalayas. They pride themselves as people of the forest,  and build their communities around the forest. Tharus believe in animism and celebrate Hindu festivals. While in the village, you get to observe the lives of the Tharus, how their homes are built, what they cook and wear, etc. Then you’ll make your way to the Rapti River to view the sun illuminating the waters orange as it sets.
     
    Make your way back to the hotel for a Tharu cultural dance presentation. This cultural show involves traditional Tharu songs and dances, including the stick dance. Try to learn the steps of the dances and move along with the beat. After the fantastic presentation, enjoy your dinner and rest for the night.

    Day 03 Canoe ride on the Rapti River, Bird watching, Elephant bathing, jungle walk and elephant safari

    Rise up early for a good breakfast and get ready for a canoe ride on the Rapti River.
     
    A canoe ride at Chitwan’s Rapti River is the best way to view the aquatic wildlife of the river. Wisps of mist rise from the water surface, creating a dramatic effect, as your canoe glides deeper into the wilderness. A log on the river bank moves. You peek through your binoculars and realize it’s a mugger crocodile or a gharial, warming its body in the sun.
     
    In Chitwan, a bird watching tour guide moves his hands as if he were shooting at a circle of enemies. Eyes and hands need to move fast in a place that has 450 species of birds. Aerial duels between birds of prey, serpent eagles with a snake in its talons, Ruddy Shelducks gliding on the water surface like two ice skaters in love, kingfishers plunging into the water and emerging with a glistening fish in its beak.
     
    Cool off the summer heat by taking a dip in the river with an elephant. Usually done in the morning, mahouts lead their elephants in the river to bathe them - and you are welcome to join the fun. Play with the elephants and take a dive in the river while on the back of the elephant. The elephant also splashes you with water from its trunk. Listen to the instructions of the mahout when bathing the elephants.
     
    Talk a walk on the wild side and go deep in the jungles of Chitwan National Park. The guide will warm you to walk silently to not scare the animals away. Fingers point frantically, eyes widen and necks crane to get a better view of the animals. The presence of over 50 mammal species in the park make the jungle walks an exciting and exhilarating experience.
     
    Take a well deserved rest and enjoy lunch at the hotel, and get ready for an elephant safari.
     
    Riding an elephant provides a lofty perch from which to cover the rivers, grasslands and Sal forests of Chitwan. With the help of an experienced mahout, the elephant is carefully guided through the dense forest. You’ll get to see mammals like the endangered one horned rhinoceros, hear birds chirping in the distance and if you’re lucky enough, even Royal Bengal Tigers.
     
    Rest at the hotel and enjoy dinner. 
     

    Day 04 Fly to Kathmandu and enjoy sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa.

    Have an early morning breakfast at the hotel and you’ll be transferred to Bharatpur Airport to take a flight back to Kathmandu. After you land, check in at the hotel for lunch.
     
    Get ready for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa.
     
    A living goddess, known as a Kumari resides at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, you’ll experience wonders, eccentricities and diversity of Nepali temples. Take a trip back in time when you enter Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Inside, there are residential quarters of kings of the Malla Dynasty (1200 - 1769 A.D). When Nepal was a kingdom, kings were crowned at Hanuman Dhoka.
     
    In the evening, you’ll visit Swayambhunath. The white domed stupa with its all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha beckons you. From the top of Swayambhunath Stupa, you get to see panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit Swayambhunath and are one of the best places to observe religious harmony.
     
    Enjoy an authentic and organic dinner at Bhojan Griha. Along with dinner, there’ll be Nepali folk music and dances.

    Day 05 Pashupatinath and Guheshwori Darshan

    Breakfast at Hotel, and visit Guheshwori and Pashupatinath for Darshan.
     
    Regarded as a Shakti Peetha, Guheshwori Temple was built by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva). It is considered an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. After Guheshwori Temple, you will make your way to Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s important Hindu Temple. The present pagoda style temple was constructed in 1696 A.D. The Pashupatinath Temple complex resembles a life-size collage of life: faith, generosity, poverty, life, death mingle here in an unceasing flow.
     
    Enjoy a light lunch at the hotel and get ready for departure.

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    The best time to visit?

    February – March and then September to early November are the best times to visit.
     

    Attire

    Kathmandu is hot from March to May. September is cool with chances of rain, so carrying umbrellas is wise. Avoid dresses that reveal too much of your body. October onwards, warm clothes are needed for Chitwan’s chilly mornings and evenings.
     

    Visa

    The minimum duration of a tourist visa to Nepal is fifteen days and costs $25.
     

    What to do when inside temples and monasteries?

    When inside or near temples and monasteries do not act in any way – excessive photography, talking loudly, wearing shoes into prayer rooms – that impinges on the activities of the priests or devotees.
     

    Are Jungle Walks Safe?

    Yes, provided you follow the safety measures.  Explain to your guide that you would be happy to spot animals, but do not want to flout safety rules to do so. It’s good to carry a span stick for protection against animals.
     

    Necessary Items

    Sunscreen, insect repellent, hats and sunglasses, binoculars, Swiss army knife, a book on Nepal’s birds.

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    Package Includes

    • Airport pick-up and drop
    • Sight-seeing
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel with B&B Basis)
    • Chitwan (Hotel with Full Board Basis)
    • All activities in Chitwan
    • Entrance fee for: Kathmandu, Swayambhunath, Patan, and Chitwan National Park

    Package Excludes

    • Transportation (Arrangement of transportation via air or road can be done as per client’s request)
    • Visa fee at the International Airport
    • Laundry
    • Personal expenses
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