Nepal in a Nutshell Tour (Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini, Rafting, Safari, Pokhara),
10 days/ 9 nights Easy Whole Year
Day 1: Receive at the airport and Transfert to the Hotel
Day 2: visit to Baudhanath is one of the largest Pashupatinath. Bhaktapur
Day 3: Trisuli river where you start on your three-hour rafting trip. The rapids are Grade III, so it's a great way for a first-timer to get into the sport. A picnic dinner follows, and a night at the camp.
Day 4: Today's four-five hours of rafting are invigorating and puncutated by splendid landscape on the banks of the meandering river. Drive to Chitwan to spend the night.
Day 5: A full day of jungle activities takes you on a wildlife-spotting elephant ride, a jungle walk to see the foliage up close, and a peaceful canoe ride on the river. The forest, which comprises elephant grass, swamp, and multilayered jungle, houses sloth bears, one-horned rhinoceros, crocodile, deer, and of course tiger. Walk through a lowland village, see a different landscape as well as people at work and rest in their fields on the edge of the national park, and settle down for some delicious Nepali food and watch a traditional dance of the Tharus, the indigeneous people of the area.
Day 6: Early morning is the best time to go birdwatching in Chitwan, where there are over 400 species of birds including kingfisher, parakeet, stork, and birds of prey. In the afternoon, drive on to Lumbini, where in 563 BCE the Buddha was born. Set in the pastoral flatlands, or Tarai, Lumbini is filled with Nepali and international monasteries, and the temple complex offers a fascinating insight into the environment from which a major world religion sprang.
Day 7: Drive up to Pokhara (880 m) in a private car, seeing more pretty landscape, with rivers and emerald and gold fields. In Pokhara are tranquil moments by the lake and the hills thta roll around it, and on most days excellent views of the massive Annapurna mountains reflected in the waters of the lake.
Day 8: A short trek through the lush hills above Phewa lake leads to the brilliant viewpoint of Sarankot (1,600 m) set on a ridge. From Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Manaslu, here are some of the best views of the large icy peaks that you will see without trekking. The afternoon is spent exploring the Tibetan Village, which came into existence in 1950 when many Tibetans fled their homeland. The carpet workshops are especially interesting here as is the monastery and the everyday life that plays out in the alleys. The nearby Davis/ Devi's Falls are remarkable - a sinkhole where the river disappears for about 200 m before reappearing to join another one. The evening is spent languidly paddling a boat on the lake.
Day 9: The deluxe bus ride back to Kathmandu is followed by a leisurely evening wandering around, shopping, and generally relaxing.
Day 10: airport transfer
Cost on request:
Cost quoted in itineraries includes:
* Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
* Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary
* Tourist class hotel accommodation in Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan with breakfast as described in itinerary.
* Sightseeing as described in itinerary with an English speaking guide, as well as city entrances fees, monuments fees etc
* Full board for Chitwan Safari includes the program activities and meals.
* Re-confirmation of flight
Cost quoted does not include:
* Your international flight into and out of Nepal
* Travel insurance
* Domestic and international airport taxes
* Lunch, dinner, drinks in Kathmandu, Pokhara (US$6-15 per day)
* Tips, souvenirs or other shopping