Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. He will brief you about the program and provide assistance throughout your stay in Nepal. Later in the afternoon we take a leisure walking tour through Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. As you walk through narrow lane you come across daily lives of the people. Depending upon season you may see various cultural activities. It is a heritage walk to the temple of living Goddess. In the evening you may explore the streets of Thamel. It is the hub of tourist in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
A full day sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Baudhanath and Patan. In the morning we visit Pasupatinath temple and Baudhanath stupa. After lunch we drive to Patan and take a walking tour of the city with its labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people.
Pasupatinath temple is dedicated to Shiva who is known as a fierce and benevolent God in Hindu mythology. In the vicinity of the temple you will come across Sadhus – Hindu holy men who are on pilgrimage from India and local people offering prayers. It is also an important place for cremation for Hindus and non Hindus alike. As you go around you will find many shrines and temples spread in and around the heritage sites. As you wander along these sites your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Baudhanath is known as 'Little Tibet', an important place for Tibetan pilgrims and Buddhist monks. It is one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and the center of Buddhist pilgrimage. The site was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Here you can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons and Buddhists doing their pilgrimage round the stupa.
Patan was and still is known as Lalitpur. This ancient city adjacent to Kathmandu is located across Bagmati River. Sightseeing places include Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha, very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha and built in the 13th century. At the Tibetan Handicraft Center in Jawalekhel you can see carpet weaving by Tibetans.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan National Park (200 km/5 hr) | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board
It's an interesting drive to the southern plains, along Trishuli and later Narayan River, making your way through the lush green valley passing rivers before arriving at the plains. Upon arrival at the camp you are welcomed by the camp staff who will give you short briefing about the camp and their planned activities. After lunch we take a village tour to a nearby Tharu village where you will learn about the lifestyle of the Tharus. They are well known for their resistance to malaria when the whole Terai region were forbidden to outsiders due to the insects. Before dinner normally there is a slide presentation about wildlife in the park, an ntroduction to the history and wildlife found in the National Park. Dinner is served in a central dining hall.
Day 04: Chitwan National Park | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board
On the second day you are woken up early in the morning at 5am to go on a jungle walk. Early morning is an excellent time to watch birds. After an hour's walk return back to camp for breakfast which is served at 7am. After breakfast you are taken on a canoe ride on the Rapti River. You get to see varieties of bird and rare species of crocodiles basking in the early morning sun. The crocodiles are marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial. Return back to camp for a rest and lunch at 1pm.
After lunch, you experience a safari on elephant back. The elephant is driven by a mahout (driver) and you are seated in a box called howdah, so all riders can get a good view of the surroundings. As you enter deeper into the jungle you may see four different kinds of deer, antelopes, rhinoceros, wild boar and monkeys. If you are lucky a sighting of a Royal Bengal tiger is possible. There are leopard, black bear, sloth bear and wild elephant. It is possible to see many species of birds and other smaller mammals. Return back to the camp by 5pm. After a short rest you are invited to attend a Tharu cultural dance program at 7pm. Dinner is served at 8pm.
Day 05: Afternoon drive to Lumbini (150km/4 hour) | Hotel, Full Board
After breakfast you are taken to an Elephant Breeding Centre run by the national park. The park officials will explain about this mighty animal; its history, breeding and life. You may participate in bathing an elephant in a nearby river which is a really fun experience. Return back to camp for lunch which is served at 1pm. After lunch drive to Lumbini.
Day 06: Lumbini | Hotel, Full Board
Full day tour of Lumbini, birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Visit the temple of Maya Devi, mother of Gautam Buddha and sacred pool known as Puskarni where Maya Devi gave a purification bath to Gautam Buddha. The focal point of Lumbini is the sanctum sanctorum where a stone slab is located to mark exact birth place of Gautam Buddha. There are many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas. Visit the archaeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early childhood. Archaeologists have discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in this area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC.
Day 07: Drive to Bardia National Park (260 km/5 hour) | Wildlife Camp, Full Board
After breakfast drive to Nepalgunj where we have a short break then continue further west (90 km) to Thakurdwara, located at the southern edge of Bardia National Park, a 2 hour drive. Upon arrival you are welcome by camp staff who will give you short briefing about the camp and their activities and show you your room. After lunch one of the camp nature guides will take you on a short jungle walk. In the evening you will be briefed about next day activities.
Day 08: Bardia National Park | Wildlife Camp, Full Board & Activities
After breakfast we drive to the bank of the river to take a dug-out canoe ride along the Karnali River. This is an excellent opportunity to watch birds, rare species of crocodiles - marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial - and perhaps see dolphin. Return back to camp for lunch and a break. Afterwards we take a jeep safari deep inside the jungle. The jungle guide will search around for sightings of tiger and leopard. Evening is good time to see these elusive wild cats when the temperature drops. As you travel in the forest, the naturalist guide will explain about the wildlife and birds in the park. By dusk we return back to the camp. After freshening up and a brief rest you may visit central cottage to meet members of your group and other guests to exchange your day's experiences. Dinner is served at 8 pm.
Day 09: Bardia National Park | Wildlife Camp, Full Board & Activities
After breakfast we take a long jeep ride and jungle walk to find many of the wildlife and birds that are recorded in the park. During this wildlife search the jungle guides are alert to any animal noises and signs that indicates wildlife is present. They will alert you whenever they spot animals. Chances of seeing tiger in Bardia National Park are better than in other parks although the numbers are less than Chitwan National Park.
Day 10: Drive to Nepaljung (80 km/1 hour) | Fly to Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Normally the flight to Kathmandu is in the afternoon. After breakfast you may take a walk to the Tharu villages. These are the original inhabitants of Terai plain in Nepal that stretches from east to west. During the time when malaria infested the region they were the only inhabitants who survived the deadly insects. After malaria was eradicated people from hills descended to this forbidden land. You will find their lifestyle very interesting.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you are transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is free. NB the flight can be subject to delays due to weather conditions especially in winter.
Day 11: Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Full day sightseeing tour of Changunarayan and Bhaktapur. On the way to Bhaktapur visit Changunarayan Temple, about 20 minutes drive up the hill from Bhaktapur. The temple was built on the edge of the ridge at the elevation of 125 m above the valley floor around 323 AD. It is believed to be the oldest Pagoda-style temple in the valley richly decorated with sculptures and woodcarving. On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan temple there are images of ten incarnations of Narayan. This sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu. The life-sized statue of Garuda, half man and half bird, well known as the vehicle (steed) of Vishnu kneels before the temple. This temple is considered as the first of the original temples that were established around Kathmandu valley.
After lunch visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur was a medieval city, known as Bhadgaon. The walking tour includes Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple and Dattaraya Temple. Bhaktapur is 16 km from Kathmandu, one of the three main cities in Kathmandu valley, lying on the old trade route to Tibet. The city is famous for its Museum of Medieval Arts and Architecture with many fine examples of sculptures and woodcarving. Pottery, mask making and weaving are its major traditional industries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has many temples built in pagoda style. Most impressive is a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1702 AD and Dattatrya temple built in 1427 AD. The intricately carved peacock wooden window and numerous fountains inside the palace are other attractions as well as its architecture from Malla dynasty. In the old city many old people cannot speak Nepali; they continue to use their Newari tongue. In the evening attend a group dinner. In festive season the city square is live with traditional music and cultural performances. - See more at: https://safarideal.com/safari-tours/bird-watching-in-koshi-tappu-chitwan-national-park/#sthash.t7ayxI0O.dpuf
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The above schedule and itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control and logistics and technical reasons.