Essence of Nepal
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Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini & others
nights / 15 days, October
in the grandeur of the mighty Himalaya, the youngest yet highest
mountain range in the world, is considered the abode of the Gods.
is a landlocked country in a South Asia, bordered by China in the
North and India in the South, East and West. This birthplace of
the messenger of peace Siddhartha Gautam Buddha, it is also home
of bravest of the brave Gorkha warriors and hosts the world’s highest
peak Mt. Everest among many others.
is embellished with the gleaming Himalayan range in the north and
adorned with tropical low land greenery in the south. Captivating
art, culture, cryptic monasteries and temples, numerous massive
places and monuments, unique festivals and lifestyles, sublime exquisite
scenery and some of the best waling trials on the earth combined
with stirring adventurous bustles are the prominent attributes of
the breathtaking land which as positioned it as a distinctive travel
destination in the world.
to fly and view Mt Everest, the highest mountain the world.
will see the great Stupas, and in our walks, see the magestic Himalayas.
tour will be led by Adrianna Castelazo
& Deepak Singh.
We will have both Spanish and English
speaking guides with us.
this area (https://goo.gl/maps/8RYteLa9UTRqrTfY7). This shows
where we will be going. Shown routing is by road, but longer distances
by air. Zoom in and out to get more details. (Note Chitwan is not
shown as Google Maps does not recognise Chitwan(!))
1: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, meet
and assist by SJI representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight:
2: KATHMANDU – BHAKTAPUR - NAGARKOT
Spend 4-5 hours sightseeing at Bhaktapur Durbar Square (12 km from
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur is a brilliant illustration
of Newari architectural skills, a city of pagoda roofs and a harmonious
blend of wood, mudbrick and copper – especially notable is the Nyatapola
Temple (Palace of 55 Windows). Many locals continue to practice
traditional crafts and you will join a pottery class to try your
hand at replicating some of these marvels. From the 13th century,
Bhaktapur’s kings of the Malla Dynasty were so fond of wrestling
that Malla (wrestler/wrestling) became the hereditary title of the
heir to Bhaktapur’s throne. The Durbar Square is wide and open to
entertain wrestling bouts and beefy carved wrestlers are the city’s
trademark – also worshipped as guardians of holy temples. Drive
to Nagarkot (1 hr.) and transfer to hotel. Nagarkot is a popular
hike tour and hill destination, offering views of five of the world’s
10 tallest mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Manaslu.
3: NAGARKOT- KATHAMNDU
Enjoy majestic views of the Mountains, green hills, cool weather
and beautiful landscape from your hotel. As an option, go on a short
hike (about 30-40 mins) up to the view tower for the best views
of Sunrise and snow-capped mountains. After lunch, drive back to
the evening, explore Kathmandu Durbar Square (another UNESCO Heritage
Site) on Rickshaw.
Start with a drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Basantapur,
which is the heart of Kathmandu. This vibrant public square was
once the Kathmandu Kingdom’s royal residence and has one of the
world’s highest concentrations of well-preserved ancient buildings,
making for a stunning open-air museum. Of the more than 50 monuments,
the most famous is the Kumari Bahal, the richly decorated home to
the Royal Kumari, Living Goddess and the manifestation of the great
goddess Durga. The 14th century Jagannath Mandir is the oldest temple
in the area and nearby the Telaju Mandir is dedicated to the patron
deity of the royal family, a wrathful form of Durga who once demanded
human sacrifices. Although the square was damaged during the 2015
earthquakes, there is still a great array of architectural gems
to see. It is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly
showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several
centuries. After exploring Durbar Square, you will take a ride on
a rickshaw towards Thamel. The way passes through Ason Market, where
you will observe local shops with varieties of goods and products
necessary for life in a Newar community. After enjoying your rickshaw
ride up to Thamel, return to your hotel. Overnight: Kathmandu.
4: FLY KATHMANDU- POKHARA
In the morning after breakfast, fly to Pokhara.
Leisure afternoon: Relax and explore the beautiful lakeside city
and you may just relax by boating out to the island shrine in the
lake, cycling around the lakeside, shopping, and many other outdoor
activities. Enjoy your dinner by witnessing Cultural Performances
at lakeside restaurants. Overnight: Pokhara.
Full-day sightseeing of Pokhara and surrounding including boating
in Phewa Taal. Visit Devi’s Fall, marvel at Shanti Stupa (World
Peace Pagoda), seek blessings at Bindhyabasini Temple, visit the
International Mountain Museum, pray at Barahi Temple, explore Gupteshwor
Mahadev Cave, and much more. Overnight: Pokhara.
6: POKHARA- KANDE- AUSTRALIAN CAMP- POKHARA
This morning we drive to Kande, (1 hour). There is a nice gentle
walking trail from Kande to Australian Camp. It takes about 1.5
hours to the beautiful village known as Australian Camp (originally
“Thulo Kharka” meaning big pasture, it used to be a seasonal herding
place of buffalo and cow herders). On a clear day you have unobstructed
views of the Himalayan Mountains of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre,
Manaslu range and also beautiful green hills. Have lunch here, and
then drive back to Pokhara.
stay at Pokhara. Witness the mesmerizing sunrise at Sarangkot and
indulge in local shopping at the Tibetan market. One can indulge
in paragliding or an ultralight flight. Ultralight flights from
Pokhara are a unique way to discover the majestic Himalayas and
for the aerial views of the Pokhara valley and lakes. Be it boating
in the midst of serenity or just chilling at some local cafes, you
will be loaded with a plethora of activity options here.
7: POKHARA – PALPA- LUMBINI
Driving from Pokhara to Lumbini via Palpa (7 hr.). There are plenty
of opportunities to admire magnificent mountain views as well as
the small towns and villages along the way. Lumbini is the place
where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha of this era, was born in 623
BCE. This sacred place is marked by a stone pillar erected by Emperor
Ashoka of India in 249 BCE and is listed as a World Heritage Site.
It is a place of pilgrimage and a symbol of world peace. Many countries
have built shrines and monasteries here reflecting the architectural
traditions of their respective cultures. Overnight: Lumbini.
Day of sightseeing in Lumbini, and Meditation at Maya Devi temple.
9: LUMBINI – TILAURAKOT- CHITWAN
Drive to Tilaurakot (2 hrs.), the ancient city of Kapilavastu that
Prince Siddhartha was raised from his birth until the age of 29.
This was the capital of the ancient Sakya Kingdom, where the prince
was treated to a lavish life of luxury – a way of life that he would
ultimately reject to begin his spiritual journey. After lunch, drive
to Chitwan (3.5 hrs.) & transfer to the Jungle Resort at the
buffer zone of Chitwan National Park. Enjoy Tharu Cultural Performance
at your hotel in the evening. Overnight: Chitwan.
Jungle Activities include: Jeep Safari, Nature Jungle Walk, Visit
to Elephant Breeding Center
Jeep Safari: Scheduled morning and afternoon safaris are organized
in the core area of the National Park on 4X4 vehicles. These vehicles
are one of the best ways to experience the dense flora and diverse
wildlife of Chitwan as we pass through various habitats.
Nature Jungle Walk: Nature walks are a unique highlight of Chitwan.
Exploring on foot helps you to be in the shoes of naturalists who
explore, study and unravel the hidden secrets of the park. The jungle
walk offers a great chance of spotting wildlife and is quite adventurous.
There are well-defined circuits based on animal movements in different
habitats of the park and the length and difficulty of the walks
will be adjusted to suit you. Spend a little time at an Elephant
Breeding Center. Located in Sauraha the center was set up to protect
endangered elephants in the region. Visit and meet, with caution,
baby elephants there and a small museum. See how elephant’s meals
are prepared and how they eat, learn about their nature and habits.
This center was established in 1985 for the captive breeding of
vehicle and walking safaris are led by experienced naturalists and
nature guides – routes will be based on current wildlife activity
and weather conditions. In the late afternoon sail along the Rapti
River looking out for crocodiles and other wetland species – maybe
even a rhino wallowing. Enjoy sunset at the confluence of the Rapti
and Narayani Rivers before returning. Overnight: Chitwan.
11: CHITWAN – KURINTAR
Drive and spend the morning on a village tour to Tharu Village visiting
various settlements seeing how they comfortably combine modernity
and tradition. Tharus are one of the largest indigenous ethnic groups
living in the Terai (Lowland). They usually live beside rivers close
to the heavily forested regions along the southern base of the Siwalik
mountain range. Many still live in the earthen, thatched-roof huts
and cottages that are the traditional village architecture of the
Tharu people, surrounded by gardens, domesticated animals and farmland.
OCT 12: KURINTAR - KATHMANDU
Early morning, visit Manakamana Temple via Cable Car. In the afternoon,
drive back to Kathmandu (4-5 hrs). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check
into the hotel. The rest of the time is free for rest and refreshment.
OCT 13: KATHMANDU
Pend the day sightseeing UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
Bouddhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas
in the world. Before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the
site was visited by every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal.
For centuries they rested here and offered prayers to Lord Buddha.
Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples
in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Originally built in AD400.
Inside the temple is the statue of a four-faced six-foot lingam,
a phallic object as a symbol of Shiva, resting in the middle of
a rimmed, disc-shaped structure, phallic symbol of Shakti – a concept
or personification of divine feminine creative power. These are
symbols of creation and the blessings of Shiva can be found in all
Patan was once an independent kingdom. Its Durbar
Square is surrounded by a fascinating array of temples built in
various architectural styles representing different eras as well
as the residence of the former royal family. The numerous temples
display gods and humans together as in Nepal they have co-existed
for millennia. In Patan, you also see a mixture of both Hinduism
and Buddhism, with people worshipping both at the same time. Renowned
for the “Birth to Death” shops, these are where to shop for every
little item that Nepalese rituals require from birth to death. Many
interesting festivals and traditions are observed here, Newari history
and culture is apparent everywhere and the city is a source of great
Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, is
among the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched
atop a conical hill, its lofty white dome and glittering golden
spire with the all-seeing eyes is not only a major landmark of the
valley but equally, a symbol of Nepal. The stupa has been an important
Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century.
Thamel, the major tourist hub of Kathmandu where you can shop for
souvenirs, visit cafes, restaurants and bars. Overnight: Kathmandu.
14: KATHMANDU – EVEREST FLIGHT or FREE DAY
Whole day at leisure, on your own. As an option, in the early morning,
transfer to the airport to enjoy the best
mountain flight, usually one hour and offers an unrivalled experience
and panoramic views of the Himalayas! (This flight is not included
in your package as it is only offered when weather and views permit.
Availability of flight (and cost) will be made known this morning,
payable directly to operator). Farewell Dinner, Special Nepali Cuisine
with Cultural Performances. Overnight: Kathmandu.
After breakfast at hotel of stay in Kathmandu, transfer to Tribhuwan
International Airport for departure.
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5 & 6
Jungle Lodge, Deluxe
Spring Resort, Deluxe
For group all arriving, traveling and departing together, 2-people
sharing one twin share room, US$ 5,160.00, per person. Single supplement,
an additional US$ 1,850.00 per person, minimum 15 people in the
Full payment is to be made by Friday 3 June 2022.
PAYING IN INSTALLMENTS:
You can pay by installments. The first payment needs to be $ 1,000.00
as your deposit, and final payment needs to be on or before Friday
3 June 2022. Contact Deepak
Singh. Or telephone/text/WhatsApp/Telegram Deepak Singh
at +1-857-389-0859 for details.