Images of Nepal
This journey brings you in a close, real live contact with the beauty of the Himalayas, the unique flora and fauna of Nepal and completes your experience of the land with the cultural visits to temples and other important sites. Be it Chitwan, Sarankot or Kathmandu, you are assured of a rich and rewarding experience that is sure to stay with you for the rest of your life.
- Experience Kathmandu's bustling markets & exotic temples
- Enjoy wonderful views of the Annapurna range at Pokhara
- Face off with Rhinos of Chitwan National Park
Best time to Visit
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu in the afternoon, you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel for check-in. You can rest for a while and then go for city sightseeing in the afternoon.
First we visit Durbar Square (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) one of the popular places liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. The complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D. with hundreds of erotic carvings used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people.
Then we visit Swayambhunath (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) located atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu. This is a site that is over 2500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 Kathmandu
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for excursion of Patan Durbar Square & Bhaktapur.
Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town as it is said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists.
Afterwards we visit Bhaktapur which is a former capital of the valley. It was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. It has preserved its traditional character better than the other two cities, due to its more isolated location. It is regarded today as a classic showcase of medieval Nepalese town life. It is situated in the east of Kathmandu valley about 14 kms away. It retains much of its beauty in ornate wood carvings and in the famed Golden Gate. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 3 Kathmandu – Pokhara
After breakfast we drive to Pokhara, and upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its centre of adventure. An enchanting city nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna Massif in a tranquil valley. It is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty.
The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.
Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 4 Pokhara
Early morning, we leave for excursion to Sarangkot (to have a close up of the Himalayas).The most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the world famous views of the Himalayas, especially with the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8,091m), it is Machhapuchhre which dominates all others in this neighbourhood.
We return to hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we visit Pokhara Davis Fall, Seti Gorge, Mahendra Cave, Shiva Cave, Tibetan Refugee Camp and boating on Phewa Lake. Afterwards return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5 Pokhara – Chitwan
After breakfast we drive to Chitwan. The Royal Chitwan National Park is considered one of the richest wildlife areas in Asia and boasts of the largest remaining areas of tall grassland habitat. Located 190 kilometres from Kathmandu, it takes approximately 5 ½ hours to reach Chitwan. There are over 50 species of mammals found inside the park. Some of these are the Royal Bengal Tigers, Rhinos, Gaurs, Leopards, Bears, Wild Boars, Deer etc. Reptiles such as the rare fish-eating crocodile known as the gharial, python and the very rare gangetic dolphin are also found here. Over 450 species of birds have been counted in Chitwan, which is 38 percent of all those found in the subcontinent. Two of the many spectacular and endangered species found in the park are the rare Bengal Florican and the giant hornbill.
Upon arrival check-in to the resort. A short briefing on jungle program will be conducted by the guide.
After lunch, we proceed for jungle activities like Elephant Ride, Bird Watching etc. In the evening enjoy Tharu stick dance etc. Return to the resort for overnight stay.
Day 6 Chitwan
After breakfast at the hotel we will explore Chitwan National Park. The entire day is devoted to jungle activities like Elephant ride, Canoe ride & Jungle Walk, Jeep Drive and Village Tour.
We will also visit an Elephant Breeding Centre home to the homeless and orphan Elephants being taken care of by the forest department.
Overnight stay is at the resort.
Day 7 Chitwan – Kathmandu
Day 8 Kathmandu
After breakfast the morning is at leisure.
In the afternoon we visit Pashupatinath Temple (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 kms east of the city on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden for non-Hindus. The large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D.
Afterwards we visit Boudhanath (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley. It was built by the Licchavi King Manna Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhanath as one of the most flourishing centers of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 metres high. Overnight stay is at the hotel.