Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Lumbini Tour
Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Lumbini Tour Overview
Imagine relaxing on the shores of a mountain lake as you see the reflection of the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas in its beautiful blue waters. Then imagine yourself on an elephant deep in the jungle looking for the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. And then start to dream about roaming about mystical temples, through ancient narrow streets as you mingle with holy men. Can this be done all in one holiday ? Yes it can, if that holiday is Nepal.
The Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Lumbini Tour offers the very best Nepal has to offer in a convenient package. For such a small country, Nepal offers plenty to see and do. There are the high snow-capped mountains, jungles in the Terai region where tigers and rhinos still roam along with wild elephant herds. There are holy sites, including the birthplace of Lord Buddha himself. There is so much to see and do.
GA Travels is proud to offer this exciting tour of the most popular places to visit in all of Nepal. This trip combines travel, adventure, spirituality as well as relaxation in the most remarkable place on the planet.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival: Your trip begins with arrival at Tribhuven International Airport in Kathmandu where you will be greeted by a representative of GA Travels. You will be taken to your hotel in Thamel, the heart of the tourist center of the city to spend the night or to enjoy some of the evening activities that Kathmandu has to offer.
Day 2 – Tour of Kathmandu Buddhist Sites: Today will focus on two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley dedicated to Buddhism. The first stop is Swayambhu, or the famed "monkey temple". We will spend a half day exploring the grounds which surround a hillock in the city. The stupa and temple site offers an incredible view of the valley. There are many stupas and gompas on the site, including one that contains a bone of Lord Buddha himself! From here, travel next to Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest stupas in the world! This is a site of Tibetan Buddhism, as there are many book stores and gompas surrounding the stupa. Return to your hotel to rest for the night.
Day 3 – Walking Tour of Kathmandu: This day will explore Kathmandu's famous Durbar Square. Home of the kings, this UNESCO World Heritage Site contains nearly 60 ancient temples as well as a Royal Palace and the home of the Kumari, the living goddess! This day will offer you an opportunity to visit a number of interesting temples, stupas and shrines as you walk from Thamel to Durbar Square and back.
Day 4 – Travel to Pokhara: Pokhara is known as the city by the lake, and when you see the snowcapped mountains reflecting on the beautiful blue waters, you will feel an incredible sense of awe and wonder. The journey today is by a/c vehicle which will take you across the pass out of Kathmandu and then westward along the mighty Trisuli River which cuts a gorge between the mountains. At the village of Mugling, cross a suspension bridge over the Trisuli and follow the Seti River until arriving at Pokhara. Enjoy some time exploring along lakeside or resting in your hotel.
Day 5 – Pokhara: This day will feature a boating excursion on Lake Fewa where you will visit a sacred Hindu Temple on the only island in the lake. From here, take a ride over to the Buddhist Peace Pagoda which offers an incredible view of Pokhara, Lake Fewa and the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. From here, we travel to Davi Falls, where the waters of Fewa Lake rush into a deep gorge where the waters disappear underground. The final destination will be Sarankot where you will watch a sunset over the Annapurna Mountains before returning to your hotel for the night.
Day 6 – Travel to Chitwan: Chitwan is the heart of the jungle region of Nepal. This is in the Terai region, where the land is flat but still within the shadow of the foothills of the Himalayas. We travel here by a/c car where we will check into a hotel for the night and enjoy a cultural program presented by the Tharu people. Don't miss the famous "stick dance" of the Tharu warriors as well as the peacock dance.
Day 7 – Jungle Safari: Today's activities will include travel deep into the jungle on the back of an elephant looking for the rare One-horned Rhinoceros and the ever elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. The rhinos are usually pretty easy to spot, but the tiger can hide right in plain sight. The elephant is the safest way to look for tigers and rhinos. You can be sure that if you don't see a tiger, he probably saw you! The afternoon will include a boat ride in a dugout canoe down the Rapti River where you can look for crocodiles as well as rare birds. The endangered gharial crocodile can be found in Chitwan National Park. He looks mean with his long narrow snout that displays plenty of teeth. Don't be afraid – he only eats fish.
Day 8 – Travel to Lumbini: Today's journey moves westward through the Terai region on our way to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Terai region features jungles, quaint villages, colorful rickshaws and friendly people. We will spend most of the day traveling by car until we reach our hotel at Lumbini.
Day 9 – Lumbini: Visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha; experience the beauty of the 50 monasteries from countries around the world. It is a peaceful as well as a deeply spiritual place. You will come away from this experience in awe and wonder as your spirit is lifted by this incredible place. Spend the night in Lumbini
Day 10 – Return to Kathmandu: This will be a long day of travel as you say goodbye to the quiet tranquility of Lumbini. We retrace our steps through the Terai and then into the foothills of the Himalayas until we now travel deeper in the mountains on our return trip to Kathmandu.
Day 11 – Free Day: Today, rest, read a book on the roof garden of your hotel, or explore some of the world heritage sites that you didn't see earlier. There is so much to see and do while in Kathmandu. Also, be sure to take advantage of the time to do some shopping as there are many good bargains to be found in the various markets of the city.
Day 12 – Departure: All good things have to come to an end, and sadly, that is also true of your Nepal adventure. As you prepare to be taken by your representative of GA Travels to the airport, be sure to discuss a return trip to this incredible country. It is said a lifetime is not enough to see all that Nepal has to offer. It's true. Many visitors come again and again to this fabled land nestled in the Himalayas.