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Golden Triangle Nepal Tour

TRIP INTRODUCTION

Kathmandu Valley, the capital and heart of the country essentially symbolizes all that is Nepal. Having seen the rule of various dynasties, the culture and society of Kathmandu has evolved through time to give it a most unique characteristic. Kathmandu Valley, today is an urban city that has its history rooted in ancient myths yet stands testimonial to the greatness of the people who have lived here for centuries, a melting pot of all that is Nepali, a mystical magical kingdom where time passes by in a mist, a Shangri-La that took a while to get noticed by the rest of the world.

Surrounding Royal Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal is one of the best planned and most intelligently developed tourist areas in Nepal. Not only does it offer a wide variety of resorts and lodges, it is also easy to reach – by road or by air. Regular flights are scheduled by Royal Nepal Airlines and other airlines to Meghauli, Simara and Bharatpur. Many resorts provide coach service. Local buses offer a choice between a night ride and a day ride.

Royal Chitwan National Park is perhaps the best park in Nepal for seeing animals in the wild. In the earlier part of the century, when rapid deforestation was devastating Nepal’s southern Terai belt, His Majesty’s Government of Nepal intervened and proclaimed the Chitwan area a national park.

Pokhara is one of Nepal’s most idyllic cities. Its natural beauty and charm continues to inspire poets and songwriters for many years now. The mountains, caves, gorges, rivers, and lakes have been poetically linked to wide range of state of human emotions.

In the medieval times Pokhara served as an important transit on the Tibet-Indo trade. Then, caravan of mules ferrying highland salt reached the town of Pokhara on the way to the towns in the Indian plains. Similarly, the traders from South ferried grains and cooking oil destined for the arid highlands. Over time this tradition contributed significantly to the growth of Pokhara.

Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu [1300m]

Entry/Exit: By flight

Altitude: 1300m

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: None

 

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, having cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you.  Amongst them will be our Parikrama Treks representative who will be waiting to greet you with a placard with your name on it. Transferred to the hotel, rest of the day is free or at leisure.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [-/-/-]

 

Day 02 – Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Kathmandu City: Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty.

 

The Kumari Goddess: Chosen at the age of four or five, the Kumari Devi is the most important of the several living goddesses in Nepal, selected using very strict criteria, she moves into the temple with her family, leaving only to attain a few festivals each year. She sits on the balcony regularly, acknowledging the greetings of devotees. Her reign however lasts only until puberty, when she becomes a normal mortal again.

 

Ason Bazar or Ason Market: It is one of the oldest and the most famous market of Kathmandu. The place has various shops where one can buy all kinds of goods, groceries, vegetables, spices and other ingredients needed for worshiping Gods, and the ingredients needed for ritual works.

 

Swayambhunath: Perched on a hilltop on the southwestern part of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Nepal and is associated with the birth of the Kathmandu Valley civilization. Approximately 2000 years old, Swayambhunathstupa, is a dome 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters high and is made of brick and earth mounted by a conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Many other smaller temples and places of religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists, a perfect example of the symbiotic co-existence of different religious beliefs only found in Nepal surround it. The hill is heavily wooded on all sides with indigenous plant species, and troops of monkeys, giving it the nickname of “Monkey Temple”. The height of Swayambhunath also makes it a good vantage point and on clear sunny days one can see the Himalayas all the way to the east.

 

Patan or Yala: Patan as it is known today is located on the southern banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the three main cities in Kathmandu Valley. The city is believed to be the first settlement in the Valley and was established by the Kirat dynasty who ruled for more than 1200 years from the 3rd century BC. Patan is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings. Patan has more than a 1000 temples and monuments dedicated to the uniquely Nepali mix of Buddhist and Hindu gods, chief among which are the mounds erected by the great Indian Emperor Asoka in the four corners of the city when he visited Nepal in 250 BC. Patan Durbar square is one of the seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [B/-/-]

 

Day 03 – Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Pashupatinath: The temple of Pashupatinath located on the western banks of the Bagmatiriver on the north eastern side of Kathmandu, is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage site in the world. Until recently Nepal was officially a Hindu Kingdom and Pashupatinath, which literally means “Lord of all Animals”, was considered the main protector deity of Nepal.  Pashupatinath is said to have been discovered by a cow herder who dug up the area after seeing one of his cow’s coming to the spot and emptying its milk there. The inner sanctum of the temple has a lingam, a stone phallus with four faces around it. As one of the many forms of Lord Shiva, one of the three main gods of the Hindu Trinity, Pashupatinath draws Hindu pilgrims from all around the world especially on MahaShivaratri, the “Night of Shiva” which falls in early spring. The temple and its surrounding complex is surrounded by a pantheon of other temples like the KiratesworeMahadev, Bhairav, Guheswori and Gorakhnath each of whom have their own tale of origin and importance. Pashupatinath is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Bouddhanath: With a base of 82 meters in diameter, Bouddhanath is claimed to be the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. There are many legends attached to Bouddhanath, chief among which is that of the 5th century Lichivi King Manadev who built it to do penance. Lost and forgotten for centuries Bouddhanath was rediscovered in the 15th century from whence it slowly started gaining reputation among Tibetan Buddhists especially after the 19th century Rana Prime Minister appointed a Tibetan monk as its chief abbot. Today there are more than 50 monasteries surrounding Bouddhanath which is also one of the seven Monument Zones which make up the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Sites.

 

Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon is an old city which was probably founded in the ninth century. This city is extraordinarily beautiful because of its ancient architecture of pagoda style copper roofs on wooden and mud-brick buildings. An authentic representation of the Nepali culture Bhaktapur is said to look like what Kathmandu was before centuries ago before the arrival of the modern era.

 

Bhaktapur is located east of Kathmandu and is mostly inhabited by Newars who still follow age old traditions and customs. It houses some of the best examples of Nepali craftsmanship on wood and stone such as the Palace of 55 windows built in 1697, the five storied Nyatapola Temple, the KashiBiswanath Temple, and the Dattatreya Temple among many others. Considered a living museum one can witness ancient traditions carried out even today as they were centuries ago in many areas of the city such as in Potters square where the local potters use age old techniques to make clay pots. Bhaktapur is also among the seven Monument Zones that make the valley World Heritage Sites.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu [B/-/-]

 

Day 04 – Fly to Chitwan [200m/approx. 25minutes].

Transfer: By flight to Bharatpur/25minutes flight and drive to lodge

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Chitwan: Chitwan is among the last surviving examples of continuous band of forests and grasslands, which once extended from the Indus River in Pakistan to the Burmese border. Chitwan National Park lies in the lush valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of Churia ranges. It is the first National Park of the Kingdom and is one of the finest national parks in Asia. The Park is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian one Horned Rhinoceros

 

Overnight at the hotel/lodge [B/L/D]

 

Day 05 – In Chitwan. Continue jungle safari

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Jungle activities as per their 02/03days package

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Continue jungle activities as per their 02/03 days package

 

Overnight at the hotel/lodge [B/L/D]

 

Day 06 – Drive to Bandipur [1030m/approx.3-4hours drive]. Free day or at leisure

Transfer: By surface

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast drive to Bandipur which is approx. 3-4hours drive under normal road condition.

 

Bandipur lies midway between the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara, another popular tourist destination. This Newari town has maintained its age-old flavor with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and later visit Bandipur area.

 

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

 

Day 07 – Drive to Pokhara [900m/approx. 3hours drive]. 01 hour boat ride at Phewa Lake

Transfer: By surface

Guided 01 hour boat ride: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Pokhara has mesmerized visitors from all over the world with the rare combinations of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers. The serenity of the Phewa Lake accompanied by the grandeur of Machhapuchhre creates an ambience of peace and magic.

 

The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake 1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours and trekking operators and hotels are located on the lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy great meal while enjoying scenery here. You will also enjoy 01 hrs boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts which match with the surrounding views.

 

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

 

Day 08 – Full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city

Transfer: By surface

Guided Full day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Sarangkot is 9kms to the north west of Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Conveniently perched high on the top of a ridge at 1,592m., the serene hill resort offers the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range stretching from east to west and the un-spoilt rural settlements just below those towering peaks. Viewing 700m down from the top of Sarangkot you can have awesome sights of the stretching Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and many more.

 

Davis fall’s: Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The water fall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the cannel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This place has many nick names like Davy’s fall, David’s fall or Davis’s fall, all mean the same thing `The Davis Water Fall’.

Gupteswor Mahadev Cave: GupteshworMahadev cave is one of the longest caves in Nepal. On the way to cave, there are shining stones seen everywhere and in the temple is big stone that looks like snake’s head and tortoise which is consider as the image of the lord Shiva. Second part is very beautiful and you see shining stones and different types of rocks like bee hives.

 

Bindebashini Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.

 

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

 

Day 09 – Fly back to Kathmandu. Evening Thamel visit

Transfer: By flight to Kathmandu/20minutes flight

Guided Half day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast drive to airport for the flight to Kathmandu and later visit Thamel.

 

Afternoon take a leisure walk around Thamel district – a heaven for tourists visiting the city including its fascinating streets.It is one of the main touristic hub in Kathmandu and bustles with activities late into the night. This place is completely different from the rest of the city.

 

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

 

Day 10 – Drive to Nagarkot [2165m/approx. 1:30minutes drive], on the way visit Changu Narayan. Rest of the day is free or at leisure

Transfer: By surface

Guided Half day sightseeing tour: Local English speaking guide

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: Breakfast

 

Nagarkot is famous for its hilltop position, which offers views of spectacular sunsets over the valley and of memorable sunrises over the Himalayas. There are panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8850 m), Mt. Manaslu (8563 m), Ganesh Himal (7111m), ChobaBhamre (6010 m) and other parts of the eastern Himalayan range. Standing between Kathmandu Valley in the west and the snow-fed Indravati River in the east, the scenery in this beautiful spot is exclusive, if weather permits.

 

Changu Narayan: Situated at the end at the long ridge which runs well into the Valley. It is said to have been build in 323 A.D. by King Hari DuttaVarma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley. It is situated about 153m above the level of the Kathmandu Valley and affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. An all-weather motor able road connects it with the Bhaktapur city.

 

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

 

Day 11 – Depart Kathmandu

Transfer: By surface

Vehicle: Private A/C vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast we will drive to airport for onwards flight back home.

The above cost includes:

  • Meet and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel by our representative
  • 04nights accommodation at Hotel Yak and Yeti/Himalaya/Tibet or similar – Kathmandu in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 02nights accommodation at Barahi Jungle Lodge/Jungle Villa Resort/Landmark forest Park or similar – Chitwan in a twin sharing room on full board plan including jungle activities as per 02nights/03days package
  • 01night accommodation at The Old Inn or similar – Bandipur in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 02nights accommodation at Fishtail Lodge/Lakeside retreat or similar – Pokhara in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 01night accommodation at Club Himalaya/Country Villa or similar – Nagarkot in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan
  • 02 full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath, Patan city, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhakatapur city with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle
  • Street walk around Thamel with local English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tour in Pokhara as per the itinerary with local English speaking guide by private A/C vehicle including 1 hour boat ride at Phewa Lake and Sarangkot visit
  • All applicable entrance fees at various monuments as indicated in the program
  • Surface transfer for the sector Chitwan/Bandipur/Pokhara by private A/C vehicle with driver only

 

The above cost does not include:

  • Nepal Visa fees. US$ 25.00 per person, subject to change if revised and valid for 15 days from the date of entry.
  • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu-Chitwan and Pokhara-Kathmandu. Quoted separately
  • International and domestic airfares and airport taxes.
  • Lunches and dinners during their stay in Nepal. [Except in Chitwan which is on full board plan]
  • Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills.
  • Insurance and rescue of any form.
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control.
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
  • Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Grade: easy Max-Altitude: 2195m
Trek Region: N/A Starts in/ Ends in: N/A
Trek Duration: 10 nights 11 days Type of trek: city tour
Best Season: throughout the year

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