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Culture, Wildlife & Trekking

 
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Culture, Wildlife & Trekking

Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - Ghadrunk - Kathmandu - Delhi - Agra - Delhi
 

Day 01 :  Arrive Delhi
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 :  Delhi
Delhi,  the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days,  many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru are on the banks of river Yamuna, behind Red Fort. Chandni Chowk, the main congested shopping hub of Old Delhi.
 
New Delhi was planned by British architect Edwin Lutyens in 1911 and was inaugurated on 13th Feb. 1931 by Viceroy Lord Irwin.  The southern Delhi which saw several rulers  had seven ancient cities.  The most  notably had been the Mughals who ruled Delhi from 1799 to 1849. The prominent  places are  Qutab Minar,  one of  the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun’s Tomb,  the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal . India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat, Govt. Building and Connaught Place, the shopping hub of New Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi-Kathmandu flight : 0730-0915 hours
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
Machhendra Nath Temple, a two tiered bronze roof pagoda, Hanuman Dhoka - the historic seat of Royalty, Durbar Square which houses Teleju temple built in 1549 AD, figure of Kal Bhairav - God of Destruction, statue of King Pratap Malla, Temple House of Kumari - the residence of living Goddess.  The buildings housing Virgin Goddess has profusely carved wooden balconies from where they acknowledge greetings of her devotees.  The National Museum houses a splendid collection of weapons, as well as an outstanding collection of artifacts from ancient, medieval and modern Nepal.

Day 04 :  Kathmandu
Full day visit of Patan, Pashupatinath and Bhadgaon (Bhaktrapur)
Patan, the ancient city (Lalittpur) stands of a raised ground, 5 km southeast of Kathmandu. The main attraction is Durbar Square which has Hiranya Varna Mahavihar - the three storied golden pagoda of Lokeshwar (Lord Buddha) built in the 13th century, Rudra Varna Mahavihar - the unique Buddhist monastery boasts a fine and amazing collection of images and statues in metal, stone and wood, Krishna Mandir built in the 16th century, Jagat Narayan Temple - an imposing temple of Lord Vishnu, Machhendra Nath Temple built in 1508 AD.  The Ashokan Stupa believed to have been built in 250 BC.  Tibetan Centre, a self help small scale industry involved in spinning, dyeing and weaving of tibetan carpets.

Swayambhunath - said to be 2000 years old and one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas.  The Chaitya or Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt.  Painted on the four sided base are the all seeing eyes of  Lord Buddha.

Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur) means the city of devotees, situated at an altitude of 4600 ft., 13 kms east of Kathmandu.  Durbar Square - the main Square of the city contains the Lion Gate with the lovely stone figures of Hanuman, Bhairav and Narsingha Narayan.  The Picture Gallery which displays ancient paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist schools of Tantricism of various periods, the Golden Gate with its palace of 55 windows is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind, statue of Bhupatindra Malla, three storied temple of Bhairavnath built in 1718 AD, the temple of Nytapole - a five storied pagoda style built in 1702, the tallest in Nepal with stable workmanship.

Day 05 :  Kathmandu-Chitwan drive, 170 km
Morning drive to Chitwan, en-route river rafting on Trishuli River with lunch.

Arrive Chitwan, check-in at JUNGLE LODGE.

Day 06 : Chitwan
Jungle activities that include elephant ride, canoeing, jungle walk and wildlife safari.
Rapti Valley (Chitwan) : Situated 170 km southwest of Kathmandu, this is one of Nepal’s largest forest regions, with a wide range of wildlife-the rare great one horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds, and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

Day 07 :  Chitwan-Pokhara drive
Morning drive to Pokhara,
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 08. : Pokhara / Pothana  1900m.
Pick up from hotel in Pokhara and drive to Suikhet  Phedi on Pokhara- Baglung  highway for 45 minutes.  We take the right hand track uphill through thin forest and farmland and scattered villages to Dhampus Village 1650m which offers the spectacular views of the snow clad mountains of the Annapurna range including the famous Mt. Machapuchre. A further walk of one hour will take us to Pothana for overnight stop. Total walking time 4 hours.  Overnight at Tea House/Guest House.

Day 09 :  : Pothana / Ghandruk 1940m
Having our breakfast in the morning we walk to Deorali on a gradual ascent an then take a steep downhill walk through thick rhododendron forest to Bhichuk. From here the trail eases until Langdrung where we take our lunch. Post lunch we walk down to Modi Khola  ( river) to take a steep uphill walk to Ghandruk, a large Gurung Village for night stop. Ghandrug offers the views of Machapuchre,  Annapurna South, and other peaks of Annapurna range. Total walking time 6 hours . Overnight at Tea House/Guest House.

Day 10 : Ghandruk / Nayapul – Pokhara
We see a gradual descent walk to Seuli Bazar for 2 hours and get on a Flat land walk through rice fields until Birethanti. We further walk on a very busy trail approximately one hour to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara.  Check-in at the hotel.

Total walking time 4 hours
Afternoon sightseeing with boating in Pokhara

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Pokhara-Kathmandu flight : 1130-1200 hours
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu.  On a clear day, you can get view of the mighty Himalayas from your flight.

On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 12 :  Kathmandu-Delhi flight, drive to Agra
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Delhi (1005-1120 hours)
On arrival, meeting at the airport and drive to Agra.
Check-in at the hotel.

Day 13 :  Agra-Delhi drive, 4 hours
Morning visit Agra.
Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.  Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzen who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.

Afternoon drive to Delhi,
On arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.

 

 

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