Nepal, a Himalayan country, is situated on the slopes of the central Himalayas and represents about one third of its whole length. Nepal lies between China on the north and India on the east, south and west. It is located between the latitudes 26 ° 22' and 30 ° 27' N and longitudes 80 ° 40' and 88 ° 12' E. It is roughly rectangular in shape and occupies a total are of 147,181 sq. km. Width is in between from 145km to 241 km with a mean width 193 km. About 83 per cent of its total land area is occupies by the high mountain and wavy hills and remaining 17 per cent by flat lands of the Terai. The altitude varies from some 60 m above sea level in the Terai to 8,848 m the Mt. Everest, which is the highest peak of the world. There are eight out of 14 highest mountains above 8,000m above sea level in Nepal.
The largest city of Nepal is the political as well as cultural capital of the country. Kathmandu is a city where ancient traditions rub shoulders with the latest technological advances. However, it is the grandeur of the past that enchants the visitor whose gaze may linger on an exquisitely carved wooden window frame, an 18th century bronze sculpture or the spiritually uplifting stupas. Like any big city, Kathmandu has seen rapid expansion in the last decade, but despite the hustle and bustle so typical of metropolitan cities, its people remain as refreshingly friendly as ever. Retaining its ancient traditions, Kathmandu is blessed by a Living Goddess and is enriched by endless ceremonial processions and events that take to the streets every now and then with throngs of devotees seeking blessings. These religious festivals are steeped in legend and are quite a spectacle with chariot processions and masked dancers often possessed by the spirits of deities.
Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City is the second largest city of Nepal with 264,991 inhabitants and is situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu. Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation.Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Many tourists come to Sarangkot for sunrise view. From Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side.
Sarangkot is Village Development Committee in Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot is only 5 km from Lake Side, Pokhara. Sarangkot is the highest view point for a sunrise and it is just 1592m high. Sarangkot is 5 degrees cooler than Pokhara. Sarangkot can be reached easily by 45 minutes by a car ride to the top from Pokhara and then 45 minutes hike up to the main view point. Many tourists come to Sarangkot for sunrise view and go back after few hours but it will be good if tourist stay there for one night and enjoy the view and city light of Pokhara from Sarangkot. Paragliding can also be done from Sarangkot. From Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction, the village overlooks the city of Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city.
If you are a wildlife lover there are many conservation areas and national parks in Nepal. Among them, Royal Chitwan National Park (a world natural site declared by UNESCO) is the most popular safari destination covering an area of 932 sq. km. The major attractions of the park are one-horned rhinoceroses, royal Bengal tiger, Leopard, spotted deer, sloth bear, four horned antelope, dolphin and crocodile. The diverse ecology is home to around 600 plant species, 50 mammal species, 526 bird species and 49 species of amphibian and reptile. Sal trees (shorea robusta) and 1.1m tall elephant grass dominate the jungle. One can explore the wild world by foot, by jeep and dugout canoe or on the back of an elephant.
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Tour Code: IH/LP/13
Trip Duration: 7 Nights/ 8 Days
Activities: Nature and Cultural Tour
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport
Day 2 : Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Transfer to Pokhara, 6 – 7 hours smooth drive from Kathmandu
Day 4 : Early in the morning, Sunrise view from Sarangkot and Sightseeing Pokhara
Day 5 : Transfer to Chitwan and enjoy Tharu cultural Dance in the evening
Day 6 : Jungle Safari (Elephant back safari), Tharu Village tour, transfer to Kathmandu
Day 7 : Half day sightseeing and rest of day explore Thamel Market & shopping
Day 8 : Final Departure
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport
Our office representative will be at the airport awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to your designated hotel. After refreshing yourself, our tour executive will give you an orientation on your program. After this you are free to get familiar with your surroundings, this will help you to localize and then get set for your first overnight in the valley of temples.
Day 2: Full Day Exciting Tour Around Kathmandu Valley
A.M: Transfer to the heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square (the house of living goddess KUMARI, Basantapur and the medieval royal palace of the Malla kings – 15TH century AD). Narayanhiti Palace Museum – Narayanhiti Palace Museum is the former royal palace in the centre of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, It is the palace which long served as a primary residence for the country's monarchs. Narayanhiti, in Narayanhiti Palace, is made up of two words ‘Narayan’ and ‘hiti’. 'Narayan' is a form of Hindu god "Lord Vishnu” whose temple is located opposite to the palace and ‘hiti’ means “water spout” which is also located to the east of main entrance in the precincts of the palace, and which has a legend associated with it.
P.M: Continue your excursion to the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath Temple (the famous Shiva Shrine with the holy cremation river bank, 1st century BC.)Transfer to Bouddhanath Stupa (UNESCO Heritage)
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara 6hrs drive
After a hearty breakfast; we board our private vehicle in the morning and proceed towards Pokhara 6-7 hour’s journey, which is 200 km away from Kathmandu. On reaching Pokhara, we check in to our designated hotel, refresh, and get familiar with our surroundings. Free to explore Lake side tourist market. Overnight in the city of lakes.
Day 4: Full day Sightseeing of Pokhara city including Sarangkot sunrise view
After a couple of cuppers, we get set for an early morning trip to the popular vantage point of Sarangkot for a stunning sunrise view of the Annapurna range and the much revered Machhapuchhre [Fishtail] peak; it’s an astounding experience to see the red maroon glows that falls on the mountain ranges and the gleaming rays of the sun slashing through the gaps of the mountains with birds flying across the early morning skies; we softly whisper our praises to God and thank him for this beauty and his blessings.
We then return to our hotel for breakfast and drive to visit the lovely Begnas Lake that’s in a league of its own. We also do some boating on the charming Begnas Lake after it we set for a guided tour where we will then be guided to other sightseeing places in Pokhara like David’s fall, the deep gorge of the Seti River, Gupteswor Cave and the interesting International Mountain Museum. After this, we return back to our hotel, refresh and go for a stroll down the lakeside. Overnight down by the lakeside.
Day 5: Drive From Pokhara To Chitwan
After breakfast, we drive down to the steamy Terai lowlands of Chitwan. We reach Chitwan, refresh and proceed for a brief orientation on necessary information related to the park by the Park’s manager; we then have supper. Overnight at Chitwan in our wild jungle lodges
Day 6: Morning Jungle Activity And Transfer To Kathmandu
The Terai lowland of Chitwan is rich with wildlife, lush grasslands and is a spectacular sight of rare bird species and animals which unfolds before us. Chitwan national park is our target destination. It gives us a unique and exceptional wildlife experience, being the home to several protected species, in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros and leopard and also bears wild boar, deer, bison and crocodiles etc. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy, but the chancing of sighting these are very high owing to the expertise and experience of guides.
We then board our vehicle for a drive to Kathmandu (flight option also available). On reaching Kathmandu, we refresh and the rest of the time is yours to do as you would like. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s famous restaurants for local delicacies accompanied with a Nepalese cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary dinner on behalf of our company ‘Incentive Holidays for the good relations developed over the week. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 7: Half Day Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square and half day free in Kathmandu for Shopping
A.M: Patan Durbar Square (the medieval palace, the famous shikhara style Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles, the (Hiranyavarna Mahavihar) golden temple, the Shikhara Style). The day is available for shopping at Thamel one of the best shopping center for tourist product. Kathmandu is an exciting place that you never run out of things to see.
Day 8: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Breakfast at Hotel free till transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure 3 hours prior to flight time. Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know. We have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets. ‘Incentive Holidays’ has taken much pleasure in organizing your holidays and knowing you has been a great honour for us. Thank you for visiting our amazing country Nepal. We do hope we will meet sometime again!
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.
Note: If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holidays will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.