KATHMANDU, LUMBINI AND CHITAWAN TOUR

Nepal is a nation between India and Tibet known for its temples and Himalayan mountains, which include Mt. Everest. Kathmandu, the capital, has a mazelike old quarter filled with Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Around Kathmandu Valley are Swayambhunath, a Buddhist temple with resident monkeys; Boudhanath, a massive Buddhist stupa; Hindu temples and cremation grounds at Pashupatinath; and the medieval city of Bhaktapur.

Likewise, Lumbini has a number of older temples, including the Mayadevi Temple, and various new temples, funded by Buddhist organisations from various countries, have been completed or are still under construction. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum, and the Lumbini International Research Institute are also within the holy site. Also, there is the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, then achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms.

If you want to quench your thirst for nature, Chitwan National Park is the ideal place to go. It is in the Southern region of Nepal. Chitwan National Park await you with wildlife experiences like no other. You can also spend some quality time visiting the elephant and gharial breeding centers, a perfect way to educate your kids about these animals and their life cycle. At the end of the day add to the essence of the ultimate jungle experience by unwinding next to a large campfire, watching the mesmerizing Tharu stick dance and listening to their soothing folk songs is also most amazing part of the tour.

The Chitawan national park has a fascinating variety of mammals, reptiles and birds and preserves some of the last habitats for endangered species like the Greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger.

8 NIGHTS/9 DAYS

  • Destinantion

    Nepal

  • Region

    Nepal

  • Max Altitude

    1340 M

  • Activity

    Tour

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

  • Trip Start

    Kathmandu

  • Trip End

    Kathmandu

Tour's Info

Height: 1340 M

  1. Day 1 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

    Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International airport, our airport representative will meet you. Then you will drive to your respective hotel. It’s a free day/evening in Kathmandu.

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    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  2. Day 2 VISIT BOUDHANATH STUPA, PASHUPATINATH, SWAYAMBUNATH STUPA AND KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE

    The city tour begins today after your breakfast. After your breakfast the office representative and the city tour guide will meet you in the hotel lounge. We will have a short talk together. Then we will drive to see Boudhanath Stupa which is located about half & hour drive from the hotel. Then we will drive to explore other heritage sites, Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring to those beautiful heritage sites, we will drive back to hotel. In the evening we will sit for group dinner.

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  3. Day 3 VISIT BHAKTAPUR, PATAN AND NARAYANHITI DURBAR MUSEUM

    In another day we will drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square for sightseeing tour. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom and is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa. Next destination of our tour is to Patan Durbar Square. Patan is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. We will have lunch break in Patan Durbar Square. After our visit to Patan, drive to Kingsway to observe Narayanhity Royal Palace museum. Then we will walk to Thamel for Shopping and later we will sit for group dinner.

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    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  4. Day 4 DRIVE TO LUMBINI- THE BIRTH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA

    After breakfast we will drive to Lumbini, the birth place of lord Buddha. It is about 6/7 Hours drive. Check into the hotel

    • local_dining FoodsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  5. Day 5 EXPLORE LUMBINI- THE BIRTH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA

    After the breakfast in the hotel, visit the Birth Place of Gautam Buddha. It takes about 2 hours to explore around. Then we will go for village walk. Back to Hotel and have lunch there. After Lunch we will visit the Buddhist monasteries built by the international community.

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    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  6. Day 6 DRIVE TO CHITAWAN- VILLAGE WALK- ATTEND CULTURAL SHOW

    In the morning we will drive to Chitawan (6/7 hrs). We will check into our respective hotel and rest for some time. After rest and refreshment we will go for Village walk to know the culture and way of life of Tharu people. In the evening attend the cultural program shown by the local people of Tharu village.

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    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  7. Day 7 JUNGLE ACTIVITIES IN CHITAWAN NATIONAL PARK

    In the morning we will take an Elephant ride for Jungle Safari. The safari is about 2 Hrs. After Jungle Safari we will come back to the hotel for Lunch. After lunchcwill go the Jungle walk. Jungle walk is one the adventurous and entertaining activity of Chitwan National Park. Visiting the Elephant breeding centre is most amazing. We can also observe the different types of birds, deers found in Nepal. In the evening we will walk to river side for sun set view and go for a boat ride on the silent river to see the animals, birds and beauties around.

    • local_dining FoodsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  8. Day 8 DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU

    After breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu. Check into your respective hotel It’s a free evening.

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  9. Day 9 DEPARTURE

    Transfer to International airport for final departure to destinations. Our office representative will see you at your hotel before 3 hours to your departure time. The representative will drop you at the airport.

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What's Included?

  • International Airport transfer (Pick up and drop from Airport Terminal)
  • Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu, Chitawan and Lumbini at 3 star category Hotel
  • Healthy breakfast included in Kathmandu and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in Chitawan & Lumbini
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu 
  • All ground transportation
  • An experienced English-speaking guide for tour
  • Entry fees of the monasteries and applicable charges
  • Other government applicable charges
  • Comprehensives medical KIT

What's Not Included?

  • Meals in Kathmandu City
  • Transfer in/out hotel
  • Travel insurance, personal medical expenses and rescue evacuation
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles phones and internet.
  • Personal gear.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa's easy to acquire upon arrival).
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.

SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN KATHMANDU, LUMBINI AND CHITAWAN:

BOUDHNATH STUPA:

Boudhanath,  is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, visible as soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is the Largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley.

The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. With countless monasteries surrounding it, Boudhanath is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

Built in the shape of a mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet, the stupa was renovated by Licchhavi rulers in the 8th century. The location of the stupa is interesting as it once lay on the ancient trade route to Tibet and it was here that Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for centuries.

On each side are a pair of the all-seeing-eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness. The canopy has 13 stages. At ground level there is a brick wall with 147 niches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels.

PASHUPATIMATH TEMPLE:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Built in the 5th century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here.

The largest temple complex in Nepal, it stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River which is considered holy by Hindus.  The main pagoda style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver, and exquisite wood carvings. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the the temple of Pashupatinath.

Cremation of Hindus take place on raised platforms along the river. Only Hindus are allowed through the gates of the main temple. The inner sanctum has a Shiva lingam and facing the temple sits the largest statue of Nandi the bull, the vehicle of Shiva. There are hundreds of Shiva lingams within the compound.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the eight UNESCO cultural Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is also a cremation site where the last rites of Hindus are performed. The rituals of cremation is not for the faint hearted; still visitors are seen watching curiously from across the river from the hillside. Visit Pashupatinath Temple for an out-of-this-world experience.

SWAYAMBUNATH TEMPLE

Find peace and prayers on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath in the northwest of Kathmandu Valley. Visitors for whom the name was a tongue twister have called it "Monkey Temple" from the 1970s. Swayambhu, overlooks most parts of the valley giving visitors a panoramic view of the city. The stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities incorporated in this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. 

Resting on a hillock 3 KM west of Kathmandu Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises. 

Swayambhu literally means "self-existent one". Believed to date back to 460 A.D., it was built by King Manadeva and by the 13th century, it had become an important center of Buddhism. Legend has it that Swayambhu was born out of a lotus flower that bloomed in the middle of a lake that once spread across the Kathmandu Valley once was. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal sits on a high pedestal on the western boundary of Swayambhu beside the Ring Road. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri or Saraswati - the Goddess of learning. Chaityas, statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities fill the stupa complex. The base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by prayer wheels and deities. Devotees can be seen circumambulating the stupa at all times.

Exceedingly steep stone steps that lead up to the shrine is quite a challenge. However, there is also a motor road going up almost to the top from where it is a short walk. A large number of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhu throughout the day. This shrine is perhaps the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal. The largest crowds of people are seen here on Buddha's birthday which usually falls in May each year.

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE

Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25 April 2015.

LUMBINI

Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha and see the beautiful Buddhist monasteries built by the international community; study Buddhism or meditate in the peaceful atmosphere.

Lumbini has a number of older temples, including the Mayadevi Temple, and various new temples, funded by Buddhist organisations from various countries, have been completed or are still under construction. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum, and the Lumbini International Research Institute are also within the holy site. Also, there is the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, then achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms.

CHITAWAN

In the southern region of Nepal, the jungle of Chitwan National Park await you with wildlife experiences like no other. Go in search of the majestic Royal Bengal tiger and watch the Greater one-horned rhinoceros roam free, while the great Asiatic elephants move about the jungles in herds.  Chitwan National Park is the closest and the ideal place to go for wildlife safari. 

Witness real wilderness in the jungles of Chitwan: go for a jeep safari in the depths of the forest or ride a silent canoe and catch wildlife by surprise. Go for a jungle walk accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the jungle like the back of his hand.

Along the marshes and rivers you will find gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles basking in the sun. These reptiles spend a lot of time lying still on the sandy banks giving you plenty of time to watch them.

You can also spend some quality time visiting the elephant and gharial breeding centers, a perfect way to educate your kids about these animals and their life cycle.

Observe local tribal life by visiting a Tharu village, where you will be welcomed inside their traditional mud houses and treated as valued guests.

At the end of the day add to the essence of the ultimate jungle experience by unwinding next to a large campfire, watching the mesmerizing Tharu stick dance and listening to their soothing folk songs.

The Chitwan National Park is Nepal's first national park and lies at the foot of the Mahabharat range in the inner Tarai lowlands of Chitwan. Covering an area of 932 sq. km this is the most well preserved conservation area in all of Asia.

This national park has a fascinating variety of mammals, reptiles and birds and preserves some of the last habitats for endangered species like the Greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger.

The reserve was designated a national park in 1973 and was listed as a UNESCO world Heritage Site

GOOD TO KNOW:

HOW TO SAY HELLO AND THANK YOU IN NEPALI

Many Nepalese know Hello and Thank you, but hearing you speak in their language is still a sweet sound of respect. When saying Hello in Nepal, you say “Namaste” and fold your hands into a prayer.  Thank you is “Danyavad”.

HOW TO GET A NEPAL VISA UPON ARRIVAL

Once you arrive at the airport, please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival.

1st Step. Fill in ' Arrival Card ' ...

2nd Step. Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days) ...

3rd Step. Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts and your passport.

THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE IN NEPAL IS NEPALI AND THE SECOND LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH

Nepali is an Indo-Aryan language similar to Hindi,  is written in Devanagari script and is the first language of Nepal. Indian travelers should understand enough to get around. English is a secondary language spoken mostly in large cities like Kathmandu. Outside Kathmandu, English is spoken a little less, but getting around is still manageable. Simply smile with a Namaste and the Nepalese will help you in any way they can.

AVOID DRINKING TAP WATER

Tap water is not filtered or purified in Nepal. Thus, tap water is often boiled before consumption. It’s best to buy bottled water. It is relatively inexpensive. Avoid any fruits and veggies foods washed in tap water.

ROADS AND DUST

Roads in Nepal can occasionally be in disrepair, due in part to the earthquake. The government is said to be working on improving them. Still, you’ll find large potholes and a lot of dust, especially in the more urban areas of Kathmandu. You’ll see Nepalese wearing face masks when driving on the road. Women cover their faces with saris or scarves.

SQAT TOILETS ARE COMMON IN NEPAL

While westernized hotels and restaurants and tourist attractions have western toilets, you’ll find more local joints and public restrooms bearing squat toilets. 

AVOID STREET FOOD

Nepalese street food has been known to cause many bold adventurers a case of traveler’s stomach issues. Refrigeration is poor in Nepal so street food isn’t always refrigerated and food can be reused after a day of being out.  Stick to well-maintained and busy restaurants.

BLACK OUT IN NEPAL

In the past, Nepal had regular blackout periods, which meant most of the city would go dark and don lanterns or power generators to keep business flowing. Today, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has turned on the lights, making blackouts a thing of the past. But the newfound electricity has made Nepalese people suspect that the NEA purposely left them in the dark all these years, as a ploy to force them to invest in power generators. 

Kathmandu is fairly lit and most westernized hotels and restaurants have backup power generators for traveler’s convenience. In more remote areas and trekking trips, take a flashlight or head lamp.

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Jiten Shrestha

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

Founder/Director, Mr. Jiten Shrestha was born in a village called Salleri(2413 m) of Solukhumbu District of Nepal. Solukhumbu is famous in the world for mountain tourism. The main attraction of Solukhumbu is Mt. Everest (8848 m). Jiten Shrestha spent his childhood and studied his lower secondary level in Salleri village. Later Jiten Shrestha was selected by the Government of Nepal to study in Kathmandu at Budhanilkantha School. The school was one of the best and was running by the British Government. He compled his higher secondary school from Budhanikantha School and joined Trichandra College in Kathmandu for further education.

Mr. Durga Shrestha (Kaji)

CO- FOUNDER/ADVISER

Durga Shrestha (Kaji) was born in East of Nepal, Bamti Bhandar, Bamti Bhandar is the trail to Everest region. Durga Shrestha spent his childhood in the village studying and helping his parent to run a  Lodge which was called Buddha Lodge. While running the lodge, he met and interacted with a lot of tourists from all over the world and later moved to Kathmandu to start his trekking career.


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