CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK SAFAR
The Chitwan National Park is a subtropical low land in the Terai region of southern Nepal. It has made onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. ‘Chitwan’ or locally known as the heart of the jungle, covers 932 square kilometers and is a habitat for a number of wild species. You will find several endangered species such as the one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger. You can also explore the Tharu village to witness its unique culture and way of life. Venture the dense Sal forests on an elephant’s back along the Rapti river and walk among herds of animals. Enjoy the undisturbed and natural wilderness of Nepal.
Kathmandu is a striking city with packed markets lining the bustling streets. This exotic city is spotted with vibrant temples and pagodas and brims with rich history and culture. After being transferred to your hotel, you will have the rest of the day to stroll around this charming city.
Today you will start your journey to Chitwan National Park. You will then drive to Tharu village where you will get the opportunity to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the Tharu people, an ethnic Nepali group. Then as the day starts to end you will visit the National Parks Visitor centre and head towards Rapti River for a tantalizing view of the sunset over the banks. The Tharu community will have prepared a cultural dance for you. Overnight at hotel.
The day entails exploring the jungle and wildlife of the Chitwan National Park. After breakfast, you will commence on your canoe trip along the Rapti river and then walk among the various species of the jungle. You will make a stop for lunch and then continue on your journey through the park. You can either opt to drive through the jungle in a jeep or try the elephant safari. After you dwell amongst the animals and unique flora and fauna for almost a whole day, it will all be topped off with a peaceful dinner. Overnight stay at Chitwan.
After breakfast today you will drive back to Kathmandu. On arriving Kathmandu, you can take the rest of the day to yourself and explore the city at your own pace. Overnight at hotel.
Today we will take you for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will visit some incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath and Swqyambhunath stupa. The Boudhanath is a massive Buddhist Tibetan stupa situated at the heart of Kathmandu. You will find monks, and laymen circumambulating this temple. This practice is known as “Kora”. The Pashupatinath temple is an aesthetically marvelous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It hosts Hindu crematorium rituals on the banks of the river. The Swayambhunath Stupa is another Buddhist stupa commonly known as the monkey temple because of an abundance of monkeys found there. In the afternoon you can explore the Durbar Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur on foot, on cycles or a trishaw. These squares represent the epitome of art, architecture and culture in Nepal. You will see in Durbar square, intricately carved buildings and monuments and ancient royal palaces showcasing the Newari architecture. Enjoy this beautiful and enchanting city which is chaotic but also harmonious. There are excellent bookshops, markets and handicraft shops to do some last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel.
Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.