Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Enjoy the welcome dinner in the evening where you will take the taste of authentic Nepali dishes.
Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu's highlights
Full Day Kathmandu Tour will be organized on this day during which you will be exploring different UNESCO sites in Kathmandu. There are altogether 10 UNESCO sites in Nepal and you will find it amazing that seven UNESCO sites exist in Kathmandu Valley alone at mere radius of 20km distance. We will begin our tour with visit to Pashupatinath which is the most sacred Hindu temple of Nepal. We will witness Hindu cremation ceremony on the Aryaghat that is located at the edge of Bagmati River. We will visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa of Bouddhanath. We can see rich Tibetan culture in Bouddhanath. We will conclude the day tour with visit to Kathmandu Durbar square which is the old Royal Residence of Nepal. Kumari Ghar- the home of Living Goddess, Kasthamandap Temple, Kal Bhairav Statue and Hanuman Dhoka Museum are places of interest in Kathmandu Durbar Square. We will take leisure walk in the tourist hub and ultimate shopping destination of thamel before returning to hotel.
Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara and explore
We will take an 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Prithivi highway. Check in at hotel and afterwards we will visit Lakeside and Phewa Lake in the evening.
Day 04 - Watch sunrise early in the morning and exploration of Pokhara's highlights
After wake up call, we will take 45 minutes of ride at dawn to reach the base of Sarangkot hill. After following the moderately steep route uphill, we will reach to the top. Sarangkot hill is popular for its best sunrise view over Annapurna from Pokhara. We can also get panoramic views of Pokhara valley, its lakes and surrounding mountains including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu from Sarangkot. Return to hotel for breakfast and we will participate in exciting Full Day Pokhara Tour. We will begin the tour with visit to Davis Fall. Locally called Patale Chhago (meaning waterfall reaching to the abyss), this is the point where water from Pardi River drops down into the tunnel and vanishes underground. Next, we will visit Mahendra Cave which is famous for the residing bats. Mahendra Cave is located in Batulechaur and it is popular among tourists as Bat Cave. Torches are provided to explore to the pit of the cave. We will view the tapered exit tunnel by traveling 125m distance. From Mahendra Cave, we will conclude the day tour with visit to International Mountain Museum.
Day 05 - Drive to Chitwan National Park
Our next destination is Chitwan, home of the jungle. We will leave Pokhara and take 3hrs of ride from Pokhara to Chitwan. We will leave East West Highway at Narayanghat and take another 30minutes of drive to reach Chitwan National Park. We will be staying tonight in a comfortable jungle lodge inside park. In the evening, we will visit Tharu village where we can witness their traditional stick dance.
Day 06 - Full day Jungle activities
This is going to be a very exciting day. There are various options available to explore the dense forest of park. We can walk and chase tiger’s trail. If you choose to walk, we recommend you never to walk alone without guide as several ferocious beasts walk unleash in this jungle. Next alternative is an elephant back riding. Feel the adrenaline of having close encounter with Bengal tiger and one horned rhinoceros from the safe height. We can also participate in cannoning in Rapti River. This park is rich in floras and faunas. The park provides shelter to 43 species of mammals, 45 species of amphibians and 500 species of birds. Gangetic dolphins can be found in Rapti River. We will also visit elephant breeding center.
Day 07 - Drive to Nagarkot
Kathmandu is located 158km far from Chitwan. It takes 4-5 hrs in a private vehicle to reach Kathmandu. We can see Cable Car moving to and from Mankamana Temple- the abode of wish fulfilling goddess while on our way. We will enter Kathmandu from Thankot Check post and head towards Bhaktapur city. Following Araniko Highway for about an hour and half, we will reach Nagarkot which is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu. We will climb up to the top of view tower. If the weather is clear, we can have panoramic views of mountains as far as Annapurna in west to Everest in the east. Nagarkot also offers spectacular view of Kathmandu valley. Many hotels and lodges have been opened in Nagarkot. We will spend the night in comfortable hotel in Nagarkot.
Day 08 - Visit Bhaktapur Durbar square and drive back to Kathmandu
We will wake up early in the morning and move to view tower once again as Nagarkot is popular for its sunrise view. Villages in Nagarkot are inhabited mostly by Tamang people and we can witness rustic life in Nagarkot. The atmosphere is quaint disturbed only by rustling of leaves from the forest whenever gentle wind whistles. This has long been the perfect escape from mundane daily life for Kathmandu dwellers. We will take our breakfast and leave for the medieval Newar town of Bhaktapur where we can observe life in its primitive forms. Women can be seen weaving Haku Patasi (a black saree with red border) while a string of onions can be seen hanging from the roof. Chillies are left to be dried up on the road. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has been enlisted as UNESCO Heritage site. We will explore the courtyards of the ancient Royal Residence. The earthquake of 2015 has left its traces in this heritage site as well. Much of the temples have been partially or completely destroyed.
Day 09 - International departure
You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Safe Journey!! We hope to see you again.