Triple Temptations

Triple Temptations Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara Valley and Chitwan National Park Tour (7 nights, 8 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. Dinner at hotel. 

    Day 02 Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Stupa

    ***(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 enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll visit Patan Durbar Square
    Patan Durbar Square is a medieval palace that serves as a museum, livings are made by fashioning Gods, festivals are held in the same courtyards where at other times, children play football. Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the low, anonymous doorways.
     
    After which, you’ll be going to Kathmandu Durbar Square. A living goddess, known as a Kumari resides at this durbar square. At Kathmandu Durbar Square, 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.
     
    Take a break and enjoy lunch and shopping at Kathmandu Durbar Square.
     
    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 03 Fly to Bharatpur, Chitwan. Sightseeing of Tharu Village, sunset view and enjoy Tharu cultural dance

    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 04 Choose your own adventure of: Canoe ride, bird watching, elephant bathing, jungle walk or complete 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 makes 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 05 Fly from Bharatpur to Pokhara. Visit Phewa Lake, boating on lake and Tal Barahi Temple Darshan

    Take a direct flight from Bharatpur to Pokhara. Once you land at Pokhara, you’ll be transferred to the hotel. 

    What better way to start a visit to a place referred to as the Lake City than to go boating? Boating is almost an unwritten law in Pokhara. From the expanse of the lake most of the nearby places are visible, so you can pick and plan visits. Boating becomes a pilgrimage if you go to the Pokhara’s most famous Hindu temple, the Barahi Mandir. It is the 18th  century Vishnu temple, the god residing here in his boar avatar.
     
    After a boat ride, walk around the lakeside. There are also shops that sell cultural trinkets, souvenirs, and apparels that are authentic and unique to Nepal.

    Day 06 Drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view. Visit Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, and Bindhyabasini Temple

    You’ll enjoy breakfast along the early morning drive to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is like taking a step nearer to the mountains visible from Pokhara. Stretched out on the horizon are Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156 m), the iconic Machhapuchhare (6,997m), and numerous peaks of the Annapurna range.
     
    After enjoying lunch at the hotel, you’ll visit Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev  Cave, and   Bindhyabasini Temple.
     
    Local legend has it that this waterfall got its name from a Swiss tourist called David and his girlfriend, who unfortunately fell into the waters and drowned. Perhaps Devi was easier on the locals’ tongues than David; hence Devi’s Falls. Patale Chhango as it is called in Nepali is a spectacular waterfall marking the point where the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. Hearing the water plunging through makes it a more sensory experience.
     
    The Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is a subterranean spiritual center. There is a large stalagmite in the cave, revered as a natural  Shiva Linga.  There is also something for the atheist and agnostic. You can enter a tunnel behind the linga and reach a moist chamber near the roaring Davis Falls.
     
    Sitting on a small hill in Old Pokhara is the legendary Bindhyabasini Temple. This temple is where Goddess Durga has resided in the form of a   Saligram   (fossil) since the 17th century. There are many ceremonies that occur daily at Bindhyabasini, the most common one being wedding ceremonies. As the temple is located 3,000 feet above sea level, you’ll also photograph breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges.

    Day 07 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple

    Dating back to over 3000 years, Changu Narayan Temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples of Nepal. Steeped in religious and architectural history, you’ll be received by Hindu idols that are over 1000 years old.
     
    After admiring the skilled craft of the metal, wood, and stones of Changu Narayan Temple, you’ll head over to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur truly lives up to its name of ‘City of Devotees’. Its square is filled with religious temples and medieval ponds like Nyatapola Temple, 55 Window Palace, Gold Gate Temple Siddha Pokhari, etc. Walking through the cobbled alleys of Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a nostalgic trip back to simpler times.

    Day 08 Visit Pashupatinath and Guheshwori Temples for 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 and Pokhara’s chilly mornings and evenings.
     

    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.
     

    Is swimming permitted on the Phewa Lake?

    Yes, although the water tends to be polluted near the shores. Best to swim further away from the edges.
     

    Is it risky to enter the caves?

    Entry without a guide is not allowed in Pokhara’s caves. Areas with low oxygen levels are out of bounds, so you are safe. If you experience any difficulties while inside, ask your guide for help.
     

    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 in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara (Hotel with B&B Basis) & Chitwan (Hotel with Full Board Basis)
    • Entrance fee for: Kathmandu, Swayambhunath, Patan, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur and Chitwan National Park

    Package Excludes

    • Boating Fee
    • Visa fee at the International Airport
    • Laundry
    • Personal expenses
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