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Kathmandu Valley and Chitwan National Park


6 days 5 nights

Code NP-KC5

Category Nepal Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 4297 ft.
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Season This trip can be taken throughout the year
  • Destination Kathmandu Bhaktapur Chitwan Patan
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Overview

Three nights Kathmandu and two nights Chitwan National Park! Visit the UNESCO recognized world heritage sites of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan that includes the Durbar Squares, Hindu temples, and Buddhist monasteries. The palaces and temples here exhibit the most excellent examples of woodcarving, stone sculptures, and metal works!

Chitwan National Park, situated 100 miles southwest of Kathmandu, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned for one horned Rhinoceros among other endangered species. At Chitwan, we embark on elephant back safari, canoe trip, and birding tour.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Kathmandu

You can obtain a Nepal visa upon arrival. Bring one passport picture and US$ 30 cash to pay in visa fee. After clearing immigration and custom, meet your guide and driver at the arrival gate.

After introductions, your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in the city (35 minutes). After wash up and change, with your guide and driver, proceed for sightseeing. 

First, visit Swayambhunath Stupa - the 2000-year-old Buddhist monument situated atop a hillock on the western fringe of the city. It's a historic temple associated with the evolution of Kathmandu valley. The temple complex includes the stupa, an array of small shrines, temples, and monasteries. Swayambhunath is a popular pilgrimage destination for Buddhist as well as Hindu followers, and we will have an opportunity to watch the rituals performed by them.

The stupa complex also offers a panoramic view of the valley and perhaps Himalayan mountains on a clear weather day.

From here, we descend and drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the city. Several of the temples and palace complex here is devastated by the last earthquake, but we are still able to see many other structures here. We will visit the Kumari House, among other temples. The house has rich wood carving at its door, windows, and balconies but more importantly, this is the residence of Kumari - the living goddess of Nepal! We will request for a glimpse of the goddess who briefly appears in the balcony if she is available.

We will take leisurely walk through the streets of Indrachowk and Asson - the traditional business hub and end up in Thamel - the popular tourist destination for budget accommodations, restaurants, and handicraft stores.

In the evening, you are invited to a Nepali welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. The restaurant also entertains the guests by Nepali folklore dancing.

Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Kathmandu

After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby and proceed for sightseeing.

Our first stop will be at Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Buddhist monument of Nepal. This stupa is also the holiest Buddhist temple outside Tibet. There are several live monasteries associated with different Buddhist schools. The area is largely dominated by Tibetan refugees and reminds of small Barkhor Square.

Next, we proceed to Bhaktapur, about 10 miles northeast of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is the smallest of the three medieval principalities but the best preserved one. With stone paved streets, medieval looking houses and temples, the city looks like an open-air museum. We visit the durbar square with the former palace complex. Other attractions of Bhaktapur include the 5-storied Nyatapola Temple that survived two large earthquakes, Duttratray square with Duttratray Temple and Pujarimath Complex. Stroll through the narrow-cobbled lanes between the private dwellings and also visit the potter's square. We stop by the workshops of local carvers and painters and appreciate their skills of generations old arts.

Our final stop of the day will be at Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu temple of Nepal. The temple lies by the sacred Bagmati River - one of the tributaries of the holy Ganges. The main temple sanctum is reserved for the Hindu worships and non-Hindus are not allowed inside but we are able to watch the temple and rituals here from other side of the river. The river also has some pyres for Hindu cremation services. If we wait till late, we are able to watch the Hindu arati ceremony with oil lamps that wrap up the rituals of the day.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for flight to Bharatpur airport of Chitwan. It's a 25 minute long scenic flight. Upon arrival at Bharatpur airport, you are greeted by the local representative and transferred to your lodge in the park.

After lunch, embark on a game drive to the forest. Jeep safari is operated during the dry season only and may cancel due to insufficient participants. In that case, alternative elephant back safari or jungle trek will be provided. Most commonly sighted animals are one-horned rhinos, deer, wild boar and monkeys. One-horned Rhinos were once almost extinct in the early 70s!  We will be always on the lookout for less frequently seen animals such as bears, leopards and Bengal tigers. Although, the tiger population is believed to be about 100 in the park, it's a territorial animal and due to thick vegetation, chances of seeing one are very rare! 

In the evening, attend an informative slide show on Chitwan’s flora and fauna, history of the park and the conservation efforts conducted by the in-house naturalist who is usually a local with wealth of knowledge on the park. 

Overnight at the lodge.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Chitwan National Park

After breakfast at your hotel, your nature guide will take you on a boating trip down the Rapti River. We will catch sights of sunbathing crocodiles and aquatic birds such as king fisher, storks, egrets etc.

After lunch, we will go on elephant back safari in the park.

In the evening, enjoy the cultural program that features folklore singing and dancing by Tharu troupe. Tharus are the original inhabitants of Chitwan and are believed to have immune against Malaria! 

The activities order may change depending on the park regulations and availability of the safaris.

Overnight at the lodge.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Kathmandu

If you are a morning riser, you may go for a short birding tour in the park. Following breakfast, the driver will transfer you back to the airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by your guide and then taken to Patan city. Visit the durbar square with former palace and cluster of medieval temples. Stroll through the stone paved alleys with arts and craft workshops and traditional shops lined up in either side. Visit the Golden Temple-a Buddhist monastery of Newari Buddhist and 5-storied Kumbheswara Temple, among others.

You will have time for shopping before your guide transfers you to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, check out hotel. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in time for flight to your next destination.

 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • One welcome dinner and five breakfasts, two lunches, d three dinners.
  • English speaking local tour guides.
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver in Kathmandu and safari style vehicle in Chitwan National Park.
  • Sightseeing admission tickets.
  • Domestic airfare within Nepal (Kathmandu-Chitwan-Kathmandu).

Trip Does Not Include

  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Nepal visa ($25) that you can obtain upon arrival at Kathmandu airport.
  • Kathmandu-Chitwan-Kathmandu Airfare (US$ 230).
  • Travel insurance.

Passport & Visa

Make sure, remaining validity of your passport is minimum six months when you return from the trip and that you have minimum one blank visa page for Nepal visa sticker. You also need some space for arrival and departure seals.

You can obtain a Nepal visa from any Nepali embassy or consulates abroad or at Kathmandu airport. If you plan to obtain Nepal visa upon arrival, please, bring one passport picture and US$ 30 cash to pay in visa fee.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport.

This trip is a motor vehicle-based tour, and it's suitable for travelers of all ages with a reasonable condition. We do not have any risk of altitude on this trip. Sightseeing involves some walking and climbing the stairways. We provide good condition vehicles which are mid-size sedan car or SUVs or vans, depending on the group size. 

Accommodations.

We provide a choice of accommodations from 3 stars in the budget category, four stars in the first class, and five stars in the deluxe category. You will have a private bathroom with running hot and cold water.

Meals

The trip includes breakfast only while in Kathmandu and full board in Chitwan National Park. All the hotels do have onsite restaurants and also in walking distance from your hotel. Ask your guide for recommendations. Please, budget US$10-15 for a decent three-course meal.

The restaurants serve Nepali, Indian, Chinese, and western style dishes. 

Guides

Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English, and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly, they are friendly and committed to delivering the best services. Guide and driver are different persons. 

Best time for this trip

You can take this trip throughout the year, but October and November are the best months when temperatures are mild, skies are clear, and we have clear visibility. The second best period is from March through early May. Temperatures are still mild, and we have rhododendrons and other wildflowers in bloom during this season

Booking

We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed booking form and a passport scan. The balance payment is due 90 days before arrival in Kathmandu. Credit card charges, except the initial deposit, attracts an additional 3.5% fee.

Cancellation and refund

If you need to withdraw from the trip, please notify us in writing, by email or fax. The following cancellation charges will apply.

  • Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Accomodation

Kathmandu: Holy Himalaya

Chitwan: River View Jungle Camp

Kathmandu: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

Chitwan: Green Park or Jungle Villa

Kathmandu: Soaltee Crowne Plaza or Yak and Yeti
Chitwan: Jungle Villa 

Hotels are subject to availability.

Add Ons

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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