|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 3760m / 12335.81ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu, Nepal||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals||: Breakfasts at all places and full board in Chitwan|
|Accommodation||: Standard hotels in all places and good lodges in Jomsom and Muktinath|
A heady mix of spiritual, traditional, adventure and wildlife, discover Nepal through the ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Adventurous’ trail and unfold a diverse line-up of spell-binding experiences. Many wonders and mysteries await you in this trip! Begin your adventure in the fascinating Kathmandu city and marvel at the surrounding exotica. With close to 3,200 temples, stupas, and shrines of various shapes and sizes scattered throughout the squares and the fascinating backstreets in and outside the old city, there’s something about Kathmandu that just lures you back, time and again. Gear up for some adrenaline rush as you paddle through the turbulent waters while rafting in Trishuli.
Your next stop is Pokhara- The famous Lake City. From the pristine Phewa to the mesmerizing Himalayas, the natural grandeur of Pokhara will arrest you. Whereas impressive landscape, rugged sometimes stark terrain, fascinating people and Trans-Himalayan culture from Jomsom and Kagbeni will intrigue you. Explore the spiritual side in you as you pay homage to the divine Goddess in the Muktinath Temple. Discover the universal truths and retrace the footsteps of Lord Buddha in Lumbini and Kapilvastu like a true Buddhist pilgrim. A meditation on the road, visit to this sanctified Buddhist site might just be the soul-cleansing experience you have been looking for! Finish off with a ‘Jungle Adventure’ in Chitwan amidst the wild while surrounded by the hoots and roars of the forest. But before you call it off, make a stop at Manakamana Temple to pay your respect and make a wish for it might just come true!
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Welcome to the land of Himalayas! As soon as you arrive, we will be there to receive you and escort you to your hotel room. Once rested and settled down, you can take a lazy stroll around your hotel and take in as much of Kathmandu as you can without getting any culture shock. We make sure that your first acquaintance with the capital city is a memorable one! Join us for some Nepali delicacy in the evening to leave your taste buds tingling followed by a pre-departure meeting. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is a big day for you as you finally get to kick-start your adventure! We have a lot of sightseeing in store for you starting with Kathmandu, the nerve-center of Nepal. It flaunts rich history and vibrant culture in every possible nook and cranny. Kathmandu Durbar Square is rich with ancient palaces with spectacular art and architecture whereas Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus. You then make your way to the largest stupa in the world: Boudhanath Stupa followed by Swayambhunath Temple. Swayambhunath meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among foreigners owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. No wonder it’s also called “Monkey Temple”. Make sure you keep an eye out for one of these notorious creatures otherwise they can be an amusing lot. Overnight in Kathmandu.
There’s a surprise for you on the way to Pokhara located 200 km from Kathmandu. Gear up for an adventure to raft the swirling waters of the Trishuli River. It is a tremendous experience as you have with fun with the rapids and paddle through the turbulent waters accompanied with beautiful scenery. You then continue your drive to Pokhara – The Scenic Lake City. Feel free to take a stroll through the city in the evening. Overnight in Pokhara.
You jumpstart right after breakfast for a scenic mountain flight to Jomsom. This 30 minutes flight takes you right through the gorge of the two mighty mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri making it one of the most awe-inspiring moments from this trip. Once in Jomsom, you take a jeep ride to Kagbeni. 45 minutes of bumpy ride through the arid winding road takes you to Kagbeni. A green oasis at the junction of the Jhong khola and Kali Gandaki river. Kagbeni looks like a town out of the medieval past, with closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleyways, imposing chorten and a large, ochre-colored Gompa perched above the town. Kagbeni will intrigue you in many ways. As soon as you are done exploring Kagbeni, continue your drive to Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.Accomodation: Step-In Lodge
A prominent pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists alike, the holy shrine at Muktinath is in a grove of trees and includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Mandir. You will see Tibetan traders here as well as sadhus from as far away as the south of India. Around the temple is a wall from which 108 waterspouts, cast in the shape of cows' heads, pour fourth-sacred water. Even more sacred is the water that issues from rock inside the ancient Tibetan style Jwala Mai (Goddess of Fire) Temple, a short distance below the pagoda. Inside this Gompa, behind a tattered curtain, are small natural gas jest that produce a perpetual holy flame alongside a spring that is the source of the religious importance of Muktinath. It is often possible to see Tibetan woman with elaborate turquoise embedded headdresses, engrossed in prayers and worship at these shrines. From Muktinath, you continue back to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.Accomodation: Marco Polo Lodge
Early morning flight from Jomsom will take you to Pokhara in 35 minutes. As your scenic flight comes to an end, Pokhara welcomes you with all its warmth and natural grandeur. Take a boat ride in the pristine Phewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal. Enjoy the dawn views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna, which mirrored in the calm waters of Phewa Tal or seen from the town’s hilltop viewpoints, are simply surreal. Apart from its lakes and Annapurna range skyline, spend the day exploring World Peace Pagoda, Davis Fall, Mahendra Cave, Pokhara Museum, Seti Gandaki gorge and more. Grab some food and drinks by the picturesque Phewa Lake in the evening where you can find a strip of good hotels and restaurants. Overnight in Pokhara.
You start early and drive to Lumbini - which will take about 6-7 hours. As you leave the city and enter the Terai plains, you can notice the sudden surge in the temperature as it gets hot and humid (except in winters). You then reach the legendary place where one of history’s greatest and most revered figure, Siddhartha Gautam was born. If you make it to Lumbini by evening or around sunset, you can take a leisurely walk around the local market and observe the local lifestyle around here. Overnight at hotel in Lumbini.
Lumbini means love in Sanskrit and the place definitely lives up to its name. But more than that, the place provides one with a spiritually uplifting journey as it brings you closer to the origin of Lord Buddha. Ashoka Pillar (which bears the oldest inscription of Nepal), Queen Maya Devi Temple, ancient monasteries, the sacred Bodhi Tree, ancient bathing pond are the noteworthy attractions around here. Visit the museum, peace pagoda and stroll around the meditation site. Next up is the historical site of Kapilvastu, Tilaurakot where Siddhartha Gautam spent the first 29 years of his life. There’s a small museum at the final turn-off to Tilaurakot that displays some of the artefacts found at the site. Overnight in Lumbini.
Get ready to bring out the adventurer in you! As you bid farewell to Lumbini driving 5 hrs covering 180 km, you are up for some extreme wildlife adventure in Chitwan. Set right in the heart of Nepal down in the humid plains, Chitwan offers one of Asia’s best wildlife-viewing spots. These subtropical plains hide an array of wildlife worthy of The Jungle Book. You can find them all here in Chitwan National Park which is enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Once you have arrived and settled down, penetrate deep into the jungle and get closer to the wild as you comb the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of lumbering elephants. And if luck favors, you might just capture the famous one-horned rhino or the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in your camera while on one of these elephant rides. Overnight in Chitwan.
There’s plenty to keep you busy here, from joining the elephants at bath time to visiting local Tharu villages, and the brave can even take a guided walk through the jungle, surrounded by the hoots and roars of the forest. Nature buffs from around the world come here for safari to scan the treetops for exotic bird species and scour the jungles for rhinos and tigers. Canoeing on the calm waters of Rapti River is the best way to spot water birds, crocodiles and alligators. A lunch break inside the park will provide you with a sweet respite from your saunter. Before you call it a day, visit the gharial breeding project and see both gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles up close. The program has been commendable in protecting these endangered species and releasing them back into the wild. Overnight in Chitwan.
It’s time to say goodbye to Chitwan and drive 4-5 hrs on a 155 kilometres journey . Halfway through our journey to Kathmandu, we will stop at Manakamana Temple gates. Built in the tiered pagoda style, Manakamana is one of the most important temples in the middle hills. Hindus believe that the goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati, has the power to grant wishes. On Saturdays and other feast days, the temple almost vanishes under a sea of pilgrims and the paving stones run red with sacrificial blood. An Austrian-engineered cable car soars up an impossibly steep hillside to the ancient temple. Pay your respects to the divine goddess and make a wish for it might just come true. On that note, you continue your journey back to Kathmandu. Time to unwind and relax- try visiting some spas! Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is the day you bid goodbye to the land of Himalayas. They say goodbyes are not forever. Perhaps you might be back for more mountain adventure. Who knows! Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to your departure. Safe travels!
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