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adventure travel trip to Nepal
You'll find the diverse culture of Nepal everywhere you look
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  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $2,600
    Single Supplement $450
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Nepal Namaste!

    Kathmandu, villages of the Kathmandu Valley, and Chitwan

    Day 1      Kathmandu / Dhulikhel

    Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer directly to the village of Dhulikhel on a ridgetop to the north of Kathmandu Valley. You will stay at a lodge with panoramic view of the Himalayas. You have only a 20-minute walk to the village with its winding streets and narrow alleys. This an excellent place to relax and observe typical rhythms of life in Nepal.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Himalayan Horizons or similar

    Settle in at your comfortable Dhulikhel lodge
    Day 2      Explore Dhulikhel

    Dhulikhel offers a wealth of opportunities for exploration. Roam the shops in the village, enjoy guided hikes of various lengths and difficulty, or just relax on the patio and enjoy the splendid view. There are sacred Hindu temples, an active Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, a venerated holy location where the Buddha offered his flesh to a starving tiger, and many scenic view points within a morning's walk of your lodging. Local people are very friendly and likely to invite you in to see their homes, school, or shops.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Himalayan Horizons or similar

    orn drying on the street is one of many small and delightful surprises that await in Dhulikhel
    Day 3      Bhaktapur / Kathmandu

    Return to Kathmandu via the ancient city of Bhaktapur, once a separate kingdom where the city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time as you stroll through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brass-makers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests, and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. This is the best place in all of Nepal to shop for souvenirs. Back in Kathmandu, you will probably find a more diverse range of cuisine and a larger variety of restaurants within a mile of your hotel than exists anywhere else in Asia. You are also within walking distance of many major architectural and religious sites of the city. The rest of the day is yours free to explore on your own. Your guide will offer suggestions for restaurants and guidance in navigating the enticing chaos of commerce around you.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse or similar (upgrade available)

    Climb the steps of one of Bhaktapur's ancient temples
    Day 4      Chitwan National Park

    After breakfast, you will drive to Chitwan National Park. You will pass interesting villages and scenery along the way. Our goal is to get you there in time for an afternoon elephant safari. Chitwan is one of the world's best habitats for the rare Bengal tiger and the one-horned rhinoceros. Almost 2,600 square kilometers of lush riverine grasslands and subtropical forests provide the last sanctuary for hundreds of species of birds and other animals.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Chitwan Village Resort or similar (upgrade to Tiger Tops optional)

    Explore Chitwan on elephant back
    Day 5      Chitwan National Park

    On elephant back, you will explore the jungle, looking for birds, wild boar, deer, rhinoceros, and the elusive Bengal tiger, although they are rarely seen. Enjoy nature walks and canoe trips to find crocodiles. Usually activities begin before dawn as the jungle wakes up. Around midday, you will have a break, then in mid-afternoon, you will again head out in search of with your naturalist. There is usually a sumptuous evening meal and a campfire program with the night sounds of the jungle all around you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Chitwan Village Resort or similar (upgrade to Tiger Tops optional)

    Enjoy a marvel Chitwan sunset
    Day 6      Chitwan / Kathmandu

    Return to Kathmandu where you have the rest of the day free to explore on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse or similar (upgrade available)

    Explore Kathmandu's many offerings
    Day 7      Kathmandu Sightseeing

    Today you will have a morning guided tour of Boddhanath and Pasupatinath. Boddhanath is a great white half dome with the Eyes of Buddha painted on it and is one of the most famous cultural icons of Nepal. It is a site of very active worship, and nowhere on earth will you encounter such a concentration of varied Buddhist activity.  Not far away, you will visit one of the most holy and venerated of all Hindu temples, Pasupatinath. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the golden-roofed pagoda-style temple, but you can glimpse the great golden bull through the doorway. A great pilgrimage occurs here in February, attracting Hindu ascetics and devout worshippers from all areas of the Hindu world. Rhesus monkeys are everywhere around the grounds, riverside cremations are often taking place, and there is always a colorful group of ascetic pilgrim visitors encamped in the general area. If time permits, you will visit the Tibetan refugee center and Patan, another of the old Kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: International Guesthouse or similar (upgrade available)

    Visit Boddhanath, one of Nepal's most famous icons
    Day 8      Kathmandu / Onward

    You may have time for some final shopping or exploring Kathmandu. You will realize there is much more to do in Nepal, so if you have specific requests to see things not included, wish to contact professional peers in an informal setting, or pursue other ventures, let us know and we can easily add extra days to this itinerary to meet your needs. Late morning or early afternoon transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None

    Explore Kathmandu in depth, at your leisure


     
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