Kathmandu, Pokhara & Wildlife Safari
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
The Chitwan National Park is a protected jungle area in Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. Its dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare species of mammals and birds including the giant hornbill. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. You may also see leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears. Luxury safari lodges are located on the edge of the park.
Take a comprehensive tour of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Visit Patan, one of 3 royal cities in the valley. Transfer to Chitwan National Park and take an elephant-back safari. In addition to Tiger and Rhinoceros, you will see several species of mongoose, honey badgers and yellow-throated martens.
Transfer to Pokhra, known for panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Also visit Nagarkot, considered to be one of the most scenic spots. Return to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu, Pokhara & Wildlife Safari This private tour is perfect for first timers who like to see the beauty of the Himalaya and get the real feel for the place.
Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Pokhra
(10 Days. Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
The origin of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has seen an interesting past. From a wooden rest house on the Indo-Tibet trade route it became a hippy destination and the next two decades, a starting point for trekkers and mountaineers. In recent times, it has become a destination for the rich who also wish to have a glimpse of the Himalayas. They travel by helicopter, car and foot but with one ultimate aim; to see the unrivalled beauty of the Himalayas.
Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Begin your private tour with a visit of Kathmandu city and the surrounding areas. There are shrines to both Buddhism and Hinduism at almost every corner but the one to see is Swayambhunath, holy for the Hindus and frequented by freely roaming holy monkeys. If time permits you can chose to visit Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River, the famous Shiva temple of Hindus and the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu.
In the afternoon, visit Patan, one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. It is good to see these places but if you really want to get a feeling for the place, then take your time and walk through Thamel Street and observe everyday life. It provides a better understanding of the local people and their culture.
Optional: Mountain flight to Mt. Everest and adjoining peaks. This is the closest you can get to the peaks without having to trek. The aircraft used is BEECH (USA) 18-seater and SAAB 32-seater, but only 16 seats are allocated so that everyone gets a window seat. Duration of the flight will be around 45 minutes to an hour and the operation of the flight is strictly subject to weather condition. Please note that the flights do not land anywhere but you get grand aerial views.
Day 03 – Transfer & Safari
Chitwan NP After a leisurely breakfast, take a private transfer to Chitwan National Park. Enroute stop at a view point in Nagdhunga for great vistas of the western Himalayan range; from Mt Langtang, Ganesh, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna to Dhaulagiri, the view is unlimited.
After lunch, you will have a chance to settle into your room before gathering for tea prior to setting off on your afternoon elephant-back safari that generally takes around two and half hours. Transfer to the Lodge followed by refreshments and a briefing about the afternoon programme and the facilities.
Tiger Tops Resort (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Safari
Chitwan NP Early this morning you will be woken up for your morning safari. After a hot mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, you will mount your elephants and swing gently off through the undergrowth, watching as the jungle come alive with the sunrise, tracking the events of the previous night.
A hearty breakfast is served back at the Lodge, after which you’ll set off on foot to explore the jungle with one the expert naturalists from the lodge. Walking allows one the opportunity to learn all about the smaller animals and insects, each of which contributes in its own small way to the overall eco-system.
At lunch, you’ll stop for a delicious picnic and a snooze beneath a shady tree. And afterwards, you’ll make your way back to the Lodge in time for tea, keeping your eyes peeled for rhino, deer and the elusive tiger.
Tiger Tops Resort (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Transfer
Pokhra After breakfast, drive to Pokhra. The city lies west of Kathmandu and due to its proximity to some of the highest mountains have become a tourist paradise. More than a dozen treks start here, including to Jomosom and the famous Annapurna basecamp. The beauty of Pokhara however lies in its panoramic views with its northern skyline offering views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. The most dramatic view being the perfect pyramid of Mt Machhapuchhare that looms high above Pokhara, reflected in the placid waters of Phewa Tal.
Day 6 – Tour
Pokhra After breakfast, with your private guide explore the city and finish the tour with a one hour boat ride on the Phewa lake offering incredible views of Mt Machapuchhre.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 07 – Transfer
Nagarkot Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival take a private transfer to Nagarkot, considered to be one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. The villages outside Kathmandu often enjoy some amazing views of the Himalayas but the village of Nagarkot has gained a reputation of being the best where locals can see Mt Everest from their front door. Guaranteed views are between October and March but for exceptional pictures, photographers may have to wait patiently during the monsoon between June to September.
It is renowned for its sunrise views of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. The best sightseeing months are from October through March.
Located just 32 km east of Kathmandu, this little Tamang village is a simple farming town by Nepalese standards, but when sunrise comes, it just might be the most beautiful place on Earth. The scenery is stunning and for the local villagers living above the clouds is just another normal day.
Day 08 – Trek
Kathmandu After breakfast take a trek to an ancient 4th century Changu Narayan temple, considered to the oldest in Kathmandu valley. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu and is adorned with magnificent art works in metal and wood. See the beautiful repoussé doors, the front facade and the stone statues, bas-relief carvings, and inscriptions that are scattered around the temple courtyard. The temple is a Unesco World Heritage site. Later, drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 9 – Tour
Kathmandu Transfer to Kathmandu and check in your hotel.
Later you can chose to visit Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River, the famous Shiva temple of Hindus and the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu.
Rest of the day for last minute shopping or exploring Thamel.
Day 10 – Depart
Kathmandu After breakfast final departure to the International airport for onward journey.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival, you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.
When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold but beginning February, the weather gets warmer and trekkers find forests full of rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom. The heat wave runs through May until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. But in September, when the rains stop, the weather is balmy, the air is crisp and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.