Nepal at its best with Pokhara & Chitwan
Annapurna Encounter with a scenic destination in the mid hills of Nepal Himalaya at beautiful Pokhara valley and the pristine lake Phewa where the high snow capped mountains reflects on its serene lake, taking a scenic drive to Pokhara where one can marvel the high mountains views from world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri, world’s 10th Annapurna and 8th highest Mt. Manaslu with majestic towering Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail peak” just mere distance from Pokhara city life, this scenic tour passes through rural farm houses and traditional villages and observing country life as it was for hundreds of years with their old rich culture and religions, an opportunity to look on the country rural life behind the present day modernization of city life.
This trip leads to beautiful Pokhara and to Sarankot the highest spot of this trip at 1,500 meters with amazing sunrise and sunset views over wide range of mountains panorama in the comfort of deluxe lodge and resorts, from here visiting another mid hills area with more captivating views of snow capped peaks and sunrise and sunset within traditional villages its rich culture, history and religions and then visiting the famous Buddhist Peace Stupa to conclude this interesting tour and then driving to Asia’s famous and the best National Park in Chitwan for Jungle Dafari on elephant backs jungle activities in this dense serene forests on the lookout for one horned Indian rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger and many species of deer’s and other wildlife with hundreds species of bird life and plants, a safari in the comfort of nice lodge and resorts.
- Trip Mode : Hotel & lodge.
- Total Trip : 06/07 days
- Trip Grade : Leisure
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to respective hotels.
On reaching Kathmandu airport received by Annapurna Encounter staff for transfer to respective hotels, our staff will inform regarding your program that you need while in Nepal.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu Tour of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar Square and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Today, after breakfast our interesting tour continues with a drive towards Pashupatinath Temple one of the holiest of all holy Hindu Temple. Situated 5-kms east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva-Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Visitors can clearly seen the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.
Apart from Hindu\\\\\\\'s no one are allowed to enter the main Temple premises, however we take a short walk by the bank of Bagmati River where one can observe the pilgrims and Hindu priests activities. This River is also a cremation site of the Hindu\\\\\\\'s. From here a short drive leads to the Bouddhanath north east from Pashupatinath area.
The Stupa of Bouddhanath lays 8-kms east of Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa is one of the biggest in the world. This area is also known as \\\\\\\'Little Tibet\\\\\\\' after a visit here observing the Tibetan Buddhist way of life, our tour continues towards Patan area, which is situated on the south of Kathmandu, and it is separated by a bridge over the River Bagmati. Patan is also known as Lalitpur meaning city of Arts. As you enter the old Palace courtyard (Durbar) the tall terracotta house looks fascinating with intricate window carvings, and the Stone Temple of Krishna with the pillar of Garuda the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and as well of Lord Krishna. After the historic visit a short drive leads towards the end of Patan area at Tibetan Refugee camp where one can observe the happy-cheerful workers weaving carpets. This place was established in the early 1970\\\\\\\'s after the Chinese invasion in Tibet where a great number of Tibetan migrated here, and the Nepal Government established this place as a permanent camp or settlement for the Tibetan Refugees, after a wonderful day with lunch at Patan area, drive back to the hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Chitwan National Park 187 k.m. 5-6 hrs journey.
From Kathmandu morning drive of nearly five hours on the main south-west central highway. The scenic drive leads past Kathmandu Valley and then following the River Trisuli most of the way towards south on reaching at Chitwan meet the staff from the Lodge and transfer by four wheel drive or by an elephant to the Jungle Lodge through the park entrance. On arrival meet and welcome by the senior naturalist or the manger for the welcome brief and Information. Nepal\\\\\\\'s tropical, dense jungles are in the low land of Terai, which runs from east to west on this fertile country. These exotic jungles, provides home and habitat for the most endangered species of wild life, the Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhinoceros, the Gangetic Ghariel and fresh water Dolphins. In one of these jungles, you will find one of the most exciting safari destinations in the world, Safari on the back of an elephants or in the four wheel drive to view the diverse wild life and many different species of exotic birds. Other thrills are canoe rides, jungle walk, and bird watch excursion in the comfort of the cosy lodge, built out of local material which blends it well with the natural surrounding, with all the homely basic facilities.
Day 04: At Chitwan. Jungle Safari & Nature Tours:
Jungle program begins early in the morning before breakfast with a Jungle walk-Bird watch or elephant safari for few hours return to the Lodge for breakfast and then with an hour break, another jungle tour till lunch time at 1 p.m. Afternoon activities starts by 3 p.m. for elephant safari or Jungle walk as per the Lodge set program.
Day 05: Drive to Pokhara 170 k.m 3-4 hrs.
After an early Jungle activity, after breakfast drive to the main road at the Park exit point, for the wonderful scenic drive to Pokhara, another tourist exotic destination with Fabulous scenery of the surrounding landscapes, lakes and the close view of Annapurna-Manaslu range of mountains including the majestic towering Mt.Machhapuchare \\\\\\\'The Fish Tail\\\\\\\' the drive last for about 5 hours on the western highway, on reaching at Pokhara, the Hotel is situated near the beautiful Phewa lake. After a refreshment afternoon walk by the lake side where there are many shops and delightful restaurants.
Day 06: In Pokhara.
Early morning visit Sarankot for sunrise with a short drive to the Sarankot, a hill top located just on the north west of Pokhara city, Sarankot at an altitude 1,592 offers breathe taking scenery of the whole Pokhara city and the valley including the serene lake Phewa in the magnificent backdrop of the snow capped mountains from world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri, worlds 10th highest Annapurna to world’s 8th highest Mt. Manaslu range including the majestic Mt.Machhapuchare (fish tail), the sunrise from here which is one of the best reflecting on the snow capped peaks.
After a wonderful time head back to the hotel, after refreshment a short walk leads you for the boat ride across the Lake Phewa in the shade of the Annapurna mountain range, with a visit to the small beautiful island which houses the Varahi Temple, head back to hotel for\"\\"\\"\" lunch, afternoon at leisure for individual activities.
Day 07: At Pokhara.
Today a visit to Peace Stupa, walk to the Pardi area, or one can take a boat to the other side of the lake. Whatever option the hill is located on the southern side of the Lake Phewa, a nice hike on the gradual uphill with little small steep section in the shade of forest. After an hour walk reaching to the top of the ridge where the beautiful Stupa stands, it is a park with marble stupa accommodating the huge statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, a wonderful spot overlooking great views of the Lake Phewa, Pokhara city and the mountains. Retrace the journey back to hotel for lunch, afternoon free at leisure or for individual activities and shopping or tour of Brindabhasini Temple premises and the Seti Gorge, visit Devi’s fall (David) or Pathele chhago, Maheswor Cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs. 220 k.m.
After a great time at Pokhara with magnificent view of the Annapurna-Manaslu-Dhaulagiri and the striking Mt. Maccahapuchare, drive continues for nearly 5 hrs, on reaching Kathmandu check into respective hotels.
Day 09: International Departure.
Depending upon the international flight time our Annapurna Encounter staff will pick you from the hotel for the drive to airport after a memorable time in Nepal with us.