11 Days Nepal
Arrival in Katmandu, transfer to Hotel. Afternoon free. Nepalese Culture show in the evening.
Day 2: 9:00 AM City tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Katmandu Durbar Square
Boudhanath: This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world. The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolizing earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolizing water): then comes the spire (symbolizing fire): the umbrella (symbolizing air); and the pinnacle (symbolizing ether). The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana.Pashupatinath: The most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It’s one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over Nepal and India, including many colorful sadhus- wandering ascetic Hindu holy men. Shiva is the destroyer and creator of the Hindu pantheon and appears in many forms.Katmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali means ‘palace’ and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Katmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer resides in the old Royal Palace in Katmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka) are numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood). It’s easy to spend hours wandering around Durbar square and the adjoining Basantapur Square.
Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal
Sundarijal means â??beautiful waterâ? and you will see numerous waterfalls along the way. Hike uphill to Chisopani. The views of Himalayas are stunning from this area. About 6 hours walking.
Day 4: Walk northeast in the Shivapuri Nature reserve
Walk northeast in the Shivapuri Nature reserve. Look for some of the many birds that are common here – the plaintive Himalayan babbler, a flock of bright mini vets or perhaps spy a crested serpent eagle patrolling the treetops. It is an easy walk over ridges and through villages with excellent mountain views and valley. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Day 5: An early morning rise for those who wish to see the Sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur for sightseeing.
Changu Narayan: The Changunarayan temple is protected as a UNESCO world Heritage site This is the most ancient temple of Kathmandu valley.The temple built third century is decorated by some of the best samples of stones,,wood and metal crafts in the valley.A fifth century stone inscription, the oldest to be discovered in Nepal, is located in the temple compound and it tells of the victorious King Mandev. Bhaktapur: The third of the valley’s ancient cities is another century-long rival of Katmandu. It has an impressive number of artistic treasures; it is rightly called “a living museum”. The oldest part of the town is around Tachupal Tole (Dattatraya Square), to the east. Bhaktapur was the capital of the whole valley during the 14th to 16the centuries and during that time the focus of the town shifted west, to the Durbar Square area. Much of the town’s great architecture dates from the end of the 17th century during the rule of King Bhupatendra Malla. Back to Kathmandu. Overnight in ViaVia.
Day 6: Rafting at Charaudi
Early morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the village of Charaudi. We will learn some of the techniques of White water Rafting. After being briefed and outfitted with paddles, helmets and life jackets, you will set off mid-morning and stop for a riverside picnic lunch along the way. After lunch, we have about 4 hours of rafting.
Day 7: Drive to Chitwan
After breakfast, we are back on the river. Stretches of white water are met at regular intervals throughout the morning. Mid morning, we reach our end destination where we will be met by our jungle safari guides for the drive to Chitwan National ParkReceive and welcome briefing by the lodge manager.
1:00P.M. Lunch 3:30 Elephant ride/nature walk/visit to observation tower. 6:30 Slide show/Tharu stick dance. 8:00 Dinner
Day 8: At Chitwan
5:30 AM Wake up call 5:45 Tea/Coffee 6:00 Elephant ride/bird watching 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Canoe ride/Elephant briefing/swimming and bath. 1:00P.M. Lunch 3:00 Nature walk/Elephant ride/Canoe ride 6:30 Tharu Stick Dance/slide show 8:00 Dinner.
Day 9: Chitwan
5:30A.M. Wake up call 5:45 Tea/Coffee 6:00 Bird watching/Elephant ride 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Departure from the lodge back to Kathmandu
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