7 nights 8 days
Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Chitwan
The Kathmandu Valley is home to the country's most spectacular artistic & architectural. achievements, complemented by the backdrop of the verdant hills and the awe-inspiring peaks of the Himalaya. Clusters of temples and palaces stand as reminders of the region's rich cultural history. Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, each boast a Durbar Square filled with brick-and wooden temples and unrivalled metal works crafted by the valley's indigenous Newari people, who are among South Asia's foremost artisans. Our tour offers the perfect blend to experience Nepal for you - one that is sure to provide a lifetime of wonderful memories. You'll stroll the bustling streets of Kathmandu, Asia 's hippie capital, visit temples, go on elephant back in search of Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, rhinos and other wild game in their natural habitat, stay at some of the best hotels and lodges in Nepal
DAY 01 (TUESDAY ) ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport .
Welcome and receive by the staff of Adventure Silk Road Inc.
Check in at the hotel.
Welcome Dinner with Nepali Cultural Program
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02 (WEDNESDAY) KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
Breakfast in the hotel.
Sight seeing of Boudhanath*
Sight seeing of Swayambhunath**
Sight seeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square ***
Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.
Boudhnath* - The Great Stupa is five km. to the north-east of Kathmandu . It is surrounded by many gompas and an arcade of shops. Since the hippie influx, tourism has brought new opportunities to the area and there are Tibetan, Tamang, and Sherpa and Newari people living there.
This stupa is the largest Buddhist structure in Nepal , and has been a power place and an important site of pilgrimage since its construction. On their way north out of the Valley, caravans of salt traders, monks, lamas and others made an obligatory stop here to perform protection and prosperity rituals. Nepalese historians trace the construction of the Stupa to the early reign of Manadeva who ruled Nepal in the fifth century CE.
Swayambhunath** - At the top of a knoll on the west of Kathmandu, they're one of the famous temples in Nepal. Swayambhunath Stupa. Because of there are many wild monkeys in the area, it is also very well known as Monkey temple. This is one of the important places for study of the Buddhism; it has a history of up to 2500 years.
The Stupa has the eyes of the Buddha painted on the four sides; it represented the invisible power of the Buddha. In between the eyes, there is a sign that look like a question mark (?) at the position of the nose; it is actually the number 1 in Nepalese language.
It represents the unity of the universal. TheStupa has classic structure. At the white half globe base, first level is round which represents the Earth; second level is square which represents the Air; third level is triangle which represents Water; forth level is an umbrella which represents Fire; fifth level is spiral shape which represents Live.
Kathmandu Durbar Square *** - The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square also surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. The square is presently known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, near the entrance of the palace. The oldest temples in the square are those built by Mahendra Malla (1560-1574).
They are the temples of Jagannath, Kotilingeswara Mahadev, Mahendreswara, and the Taleju Temple.Jayaprakash Malla, the last Malla king to rule Kathmandu, built a temple for Kumari, Durga in her virginal state. The temple was named Kumari Bahal and was structured like a typical Newari vihara.
In his house resides the Kumari, an immature girl who is revered as the living goddess. He also made a chariot for Kumari and in the courtyard had detailed terra cotta tiles of that time laid down. One can also buy the things of interest such as curious, arts and crafts and jewelleries.
DAY 03 (THURSDAY) KATHMANDU CITY TOUR - NAGARKOT
Breakfast in the hotel
Sight seeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square *.
Drive to Nagarkot** check-in at the resort and see the sunset. (25 KM - around 45 mins drive)
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Bhaktapur *-locally known by Khwopa-is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. For its majestic monuments, colorful festivals and the native Newars best known for their long history of craftsmanship, the ancient city is also variously known as the "City of Culture ", the "Living Heritage" and " Nepal 's Cultural Gem". Given such unequaled opulence in ancient art and culture, Bhaktapur is more like an open museum, and the ambiance here is such that it instantly transports visitors back by centuries the moment they step into its territory. Bhaktapur has its gem in the Durbar Square -a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO. Strewn with unique palaces, temples and monasteries best admired for their exquisite artworks in wood, metal and stone, the palatial enclave has bewitched pilgrims and travelers for centuries. Yet, they are not all though. Adding to the mesmerizing environs is the holy Himalaya that makes the backdrop of the city. Stretching all along the township, the panoramic Himalaya levitates in the skyline as if to keep vigilance on the city's enviable beauty and splendor. Bhaktapur, at 1,401 meters above sea level, spreads over an area of 6.88 square kilometers. It grows from a collection of villages strung along the old trade route between India and Tibet . The capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom till the 15th century AD, Bhaktapur was founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla, but it was only in the early 18th century that this city took its present shape. It was at that time that many of Bhaktapur's greatest monuments were built by the then Malla rulers.
Nagarkot ** is also a popular tourist destination of Nepal . It is situated 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 meters. The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest can be seen from here in a crystal clear day. This place is also famous for viewing sunrise and sunset.
DAY 04 (FRIDAY) NAGARKOT - KTM CITY TOUR - KATHMANDU
Early morning wake up call for the view of sunrise.
Breakfast at the resort.
Drive down to Kathmandu and sight seeing of Patan Durbar Square *.
Check-in at the hotel.
Free time of shopping.
Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Patan* - The ancient city is situated on the southern bank of the river Bagmati and is about five kms southeast of Kathmandu. The city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of artists. Patan is the oldest of the three ancient city-kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley which once ruled by the mallas. Patan is still populated mostly by Newars, two-thirds of them being Buddhist. As in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, a fusion prevails between Hinduism and Buddhism. Also, as in those cities, Patan has a Durbar Square and a labyrinth of winding lanes. The square boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture.
Krishna Mandir in the Patan Durbar Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna fought by the side of the Pandavs in the Mahabharat war to assure that truth would prevail. This temple is the best example of stone architecture in Nepal. Scenes from the Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, are carved on the temple's wall. The Bhimsen Temple which honors Bhim - great wrestler, brother of the Pandavs, and a deity to Nepalese businessmen - contains fine samples of metal craft. The best place, however, to see metal sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabihar, the "Golden Temple". It is a Newar monastery which contains wall painting, fourteenth century statues, and scriptures. Other sites including the Mahabouddha Temple and Uku Bahal are only a few minutes walk away from the square. The streets in this area are home to metal sculptors of the present day. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are situated in the Patan Durbar Square.
DAY 05 (SATURDAY) KATHMANDU - ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Early morning breakfast in the hotel.
Drive to Chitwan via scenic view of the mountains and river. (184 Kms - around 6-7 hours drive)
Rafting for three hours (OPTIONAL)
Lunch on the way in Highway resort.
Arrive Chitwan* and check in at the resort.
Dinner with Tharu Cultural dance.
The Royal Chitwan National Park, one of Asia's richest and most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries, is situated 75 air miles southwest of 'Kathmandu'. In this panoramic jungle setting we operate a unique vacation facility.
Of all the world's remaining jungles, one of the most enchanting is Royal Chitwan National Park in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
Here, at Chitwan Jungle Lodge, you will discover a lost world of towering trees and twisting vines, of pre-historic rhino & lumbering elephants, of crocodile, python and deer; of brilliantly colored birds & if you are fortunate - the superb Royal Bengal Tiger.
DAY 06 (SUNDAY) WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES AT NATIONAL PARK
Bird watching & Nature walk.
Breakfast at the resort.
Lunch at the resort.
Canoeing and visit to elephant breeding centre.
Dinner and overnight at the resort
DAY 07 (MONDAY) ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK - KATHMANDU
Breakfast at the resort.
Drive back to Kathmandu and lunch on the way in Highway resort.
Arrive Kathmandu & check-in at the hotel.
Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 (TUESDAY) DEPARTURE ON YOUR OWN DESTINATION
Breakfast in the hotel.
Lunch and drive to airport for the departure.
Deluxe 5-star Hotels & Resort Accommodation
Hotel Yak & Yeti, Hyatt Regencey Kathmandu, Radisson Kathmandu, Soaltee Crowne Plaza or similar accommodation in Kathmandu, Club Himalaya, The Fort in Nagarkot or similar accommodation in Nagarkot and Tiger Tops - Tiger Mountain Tharu Lodge, Temple Tiger Wildlife Resort or similar wildlife resort in Royal Chitwan National Park
Deluxe 4-star Hotels & Resort Accommodation
Hotel Shanker, Hotel Vaishali or or similar accommodation in Kathmandu, Hotel Country Villa, Hillside Village Resort Nagarkot or similar accommodation in Nagarkot Resort and Safari Adventure, The Rhino Residency Resort, Bagmara Wildlife Resort or similar wildlife Resort in Royal Chitwan National.
EQUIPMENT & CLOTHING: When we receive your booking we send you a full dossier, which contains a suggested gear and clothing list. If you do have queries at this initial stage do ring us and we will be pleased to offer advice. Hire of certain key items can also be arranged in advance.
HOTELS: KATHMANDU: We use the top class YAK & YETI HOTEL, which is filled with fascinating original carvings and artifacts of Rana Dynasty.
CHITWAN: TIGER MOUNTAIN THARU SAFARI LODGE. Set in a tranquil jungle setting on the edge of the Royal Chitwan National Park . The lodge which has its own swimming pool, is built in the traditional architectural style of the Tharu villagers and offers a host of activities.
NAGARKOT : CLUB HIMALAYA HOTEL. Comfortable Contemporary Style accommodation on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley.
MEAL PLAN : Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu & Nagarkot. All meals in Chitwan. Welcome dinner in the Nepali Bhanchha Ghar - a traditional Nepali cusine restaurant with cultural program is included.
AIRLINES: We use Qatar Airways, who are a modern Middle East airline with a daily service to Kathmandu. They fly to and from Nepal with a short stop in Doha. For Business Class or Economy Class options, please contact us at our office.
IMPORTANT NOTE : Whilst every effort is made to keep to the above itinerary, clients will hopefully appreciate that this is Adventure Travel. Weather conditions, road conditions and vehicle breakdowns off the beaten track can contribute to the need for changes. The Tour Leader will do everything in his power to see that you are inconvenienced as little as possible in such circumstances. Timings given are approximate.