Kathmandu: The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is the political, commercial, and cultural hub of Nepal. Kathmandu is an exotic and fascinating showcase of very rich culture, art, and tradition. Kathmandu valley is roughly an oval bowl surrounded by forested hills with terraced agriculture farming. The Mystical Kathmandu valley as a remarkable legend says that the valley was once a big lake until the Bodhisattva Manjushree raised his wisdom sword to slice a passage through the valley walls, draining the water and creating the first settlements.
Newahs, the multi-ethnic people who settled in this remote Himalayan valley over the past two millennia are the indigenous inhabitants and the creators of the valley’s splendid civilization with a distinct language and cultural practice. Over the years Kathmandu once was the center of ancient trade route connections between the Indian subcontinent and Tibetan autonomous region and China. People from all around the region and country passed through the Kathmandu valley. With its splendid beauty, and natural environment, Kathmandu soon became home to most of Nepal’s ethnic groups blending with the Newahs language and culture. These represent the highly developed combination of the Kathmandu Valley’s religious, political, and cultural life, with a concentration of monuments exceptional and unparalleled in the world. Over the years Newahs developed a unique urban society with the craftsmanship of brick, stone, timber, and bronze in the world. The coexistence and union of Hinduism and Buddhism with animist rituals and Tantrism are very unique and different.
There is a saying that in Kathmandu there are more temples than homes. A unique cultural heritage with ancient temples dating back to the first century, built over the years through local knowledge and resources, had stood firm with time and different natural disasters. The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and beliefs which show diversity and cultural tolerance and respect displaying historical and artistic masterpieces for which the Kathmandu Valley is world-famous. The seven world heritage sites of cultural importance include the Durbar (Palace) Squares of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, (these are also known as City of Joy, City of craft, and City of the devotee) built by then kings, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu ('Self-Existent One') and Kasti Chaitya -Baudha (largest) and the Hindu temples of Pashupatinath (Lord Shiva -Lord of all) and Changu Narayan (Double roofed Vishnu temple).
Besides these world heritage sites, Kathmandu Valley is composed of several Tangible and intangible monuments, buildings, and structures showcasing an exceptional testimony to the traditional civilization of the Kathmandu Valley. These tangible and intangible heritages, knowledge craft, art, and architecture are now a source of inspiration, knowledge center, and wonder that attracts tourists, researchers, and wanderers from around the world to witness and learn.
Pokhara “Mystical Pokhara”: is a magical city and the perfect place for adventure where one can enjoy the amazing mountain view of Fishtail, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri range; fly like an eagle by paragliding, boat at Phewa Lake with mountains all around, explore amazing Seti River, hike around the Pokhara valley, enjoy Gurung and Magar culture, witness splendid sunrise view. and much more.
Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal for all tourists. Being a part of the gateway to the Annapurna region, Pokhara offers many adventurous packages. There are a lot of destinations in Pokhara that will blow your mind because of its natural scenic beauty. Pokhara has pristine lakes that have both natural importance as well as religion. Pokhara has a lot of history and culture behind it. Filled with different ethnic groups makes Pokhara very rich in cultures and traditions. Pokhara used to be the passage of trade between India and Tibet which has a historical link. Our package will let you experience a very adventurous part of Pokhara. There are also many activities you can do to get your adrenaline pumpings like Paragliding, Hot air balloons, Ultralight, Hiking, Boating, and many more.
The places you can visit in Pokhara:
- Phewa Lake
- Begnas Lake
- Mahendra Cave
- Sarangkot Hill
- Pokhara Peace Stupa
- Devi’s Fall
- Bat Cave
- International Mountain Museum
- Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple
Harmony of nature and community: Tharu culture in biodiversity
Chitwan National Park was the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 with an area of 932 km2.
In 1984 UNESCO declared Chitwan National Park a World Heritage Site of natural importance.
The world heritage site of natural importance Chitwan at the foot of the Himalayas is the heart of jungle undisturbed vestiges of the 'Tarai' region, which extends over the foothills of India. The spectacular landscape, covered with lush vegetation and the Himalayas as the backdrop makes Chitwan exceptional natural beauty. The forested hills and changing river landscapes wedged between two east-west river valleys at the base of the Siwalik range of the outer Himalayas make Chitwan one of the most stunning and attractive parts of Nepal’s lowlands.
Chitwan National Park is a unique ecosystem consisting of a diversity of ecosystems including the Churia hills, Ox-bow lakes, and the flood plains of the Rapti, Reu, and Narayani Rivers. The Churia hills rise slowly towards the east from 150 m. to more than 800 m. The western part of the park comprises the lower but more rugged Someshwar hill. The Chitwan valley consists of tropical and subtropical forests. Sal forests cover 70 percent of the park. Grasslands cover 20 percent of the park. More than 50 different types of grasses, including the elephant grass, are renowned for their immense height, which grows up to 8m in height. The park is home to more than 50 mammal species, over 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered fauna found in the park is the One-horned rhinoceros, Gaur. Royal Bengal tiger, Wild elephant, Four-horned antelope, Pangolin, Golden monitor lizard, Python, etc. Bengal florican. Lesser florican, Giant hornbill, Black stork, While stork, etc.
Chitwan offers unique biodiversity and natural and cultural experience to each visitor. Canyoning in misty Rapti sighting Ghoral and different varieties of birds, flora and fauna, jeep safari and nature walk in the tropical jungle for sighting of the exclusive Royal Bengal Tiger and one-horned Asiatic rhinoceros to chirping birds to other different wildlife. The nature walk /jeep safari will bring you close to nature and your surroundings. The early morning cannoning at Rapti River will bring joy along with bathing with elephants. The excursion around Bishajahari (20,000) Lake, a Ramsar site will bring you close to a bird’s paradise.
Another major highlight of the Chitwan Safari is the indigenous ethnic Tharu Community. Tharu has a distinct language, culture, rituals, and lifestyle. The hard-working farming and fishing community, Tharu are rich in folklore, literature, and language, and Tharu are known for their living in harmony with nature. Their innocence and simplicity, costume, cuisine, and way of life, are very integrative and inviting to join foot-tapping music, music beats will inspire you to dance together under moonlight till the wee hour. Maghi, in mid-January, is celebrated with fanfare as the festival of the new year. The day is also celebrated as liberation day (Mukti Diwas) as previously they used to be bonded laborers (Kamaiyas and Kamlaris) in different masters’ homes.
Day One: Kathmandu
Day Two: Kathmandu
The first day you arrive in Kathmandu, our staff will be there to welcome and pick you up at the airport and check you into the hotel. Depending on when you arrive, if there is time you will be able to explore the surroundings on the first day if you wish or you can rest in your hotel room too.
On the second day, you will visit the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the morning you will visit the Syambhu Stupa, in the afternoon you will visit Patan Durbar Square and in the evening you will visit the Basantapur Durbar Square.
Day Three: Pokhara
Day four: Pokhara
The second part of the trip will be in Pokhara. On the third day after breakfast, you will head towards Pokhara. You will reach Pokhara in the afternoon and after checking into the hotel, you will get to explore the city.
On the second day, we will first wake up early for sunrise at Sarangkot. Afterward, you will come back to the hotel for breakfast. Then the next destination will be Peace Stupa and along the way, you will also visit Devi’s fall. After that will be lunch and rest for a few hours before another adventure begins.
Day five: Chitwan
Day six: Chitwan
The destination for the fifth day will be Chitwan, which is about 5 hour drive from Pokhara. We will have breakfast at Pokhara and leave for Chitwan. In Chitwan, you will get to experience culture and wildlife. On the first day, you will get to explore Chitwan, rent a bicycle, and go cycling. In the evening you will get a real experience of cultural Tharu Dance.
On the second day, early morning you will go for a jungle safari where you will go inside the Chitwan National Park, the first-ever National Park of Nepal. Some of the rare and endangered wildlife reside there such as the one-horned rhino, royal Bengal tiger, deers, foxes, etc. You will get to see the wildlife in their natural habitat which truly is once in a lifetime experience.
Day Seven: Kathmandu
Day eight: Kathmandu
Once back to Kathmandu, you will visit other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will first visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple. And the next day you will visit Bouddha Stupa and Pasupati Nath Temple.
day Nine: Onwards
This tour package is a seven days tour of the major three cities of Nepal. Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara are rich in culture, nature, and heritage which is why these cities are trendy among tourists. Your journey begins as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu where you will be picked up