Kathmandu – Chitwan Tour

Chitwan national park is the first national in Nepal and called royal Chitwan national park in the past.  It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a world heritage site in 1984. It is located in the subtropical Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan district. In the north and west of the protected area the Narayani-Rapti river system forms a natural boundary to human settlements. Adjacent to the east of Chitwan National Park is Parsa Wildlife Reserve; contiguous in the south is the Indian Tiger Reserve Valmiki National Park. Chitwan is now one of the finest protected forests & dense grassland regions in Asia and the home of magnificent and rare wildlife.
Among the large numbers of parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas in Nepal, Chitwan national park is the most popular safari destination and famous for its diversities in both flora and fauna. The endangered one-horned rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, Ghadiyal crocodiles, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, and the genetics dolphin, diverse spices of birds and butterflies are the main attractions here.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.  Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Patan and Bhaktapur and drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan which takes about four and half hours. Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 05: Enjoy jungle activities in Chitwan. Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 06: Fly out from Chitwan to Kathmandu.

Day 07: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.  Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

Boudhanath Stupa
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The 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 of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Patan and Bhaktapur and drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone

The main attractions in Patan
Beside above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites to be visited:
Golden Temple
Kumbheshwar
Krishna Mandir
Jagat Narayan
Mahaboudha
Ashokan Stupa
Machchhendranath Temple
The Tibetan Camp

Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Darbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Darbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.

A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.

Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan which takes about four and half hours. Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 05: Enjoy jungle activities in Chitwan. Stay overnight in Chitwan.
The National Chitwan Park is widely acknowledged as one of the best national parks in Asia, it lies in the Terai region of southern Nepal. Diverse combination of nature is found here in Royal National Chitwan Park providing a perfect habitat of wildlife. It harbors many globally threatened species including the Royal Bengal Tiger, great one-horned Rhino, Gharial crocodile, Asian Elephant, Sloth bear, Leopard etc.

During your stay in National Chitwan Park you are going to come through various nature and cultural program such as:

Canoe Trip:You can enjoy canoe trip on either The Rapti River or The Budhi Rapti River which border the National Park. You can see two types of crocodiles, the Gharial and Mugger basking on the river bank.

Bird Watching:For the bird watchers, it is Paradise Island with over 450 species of exotic birds of domestic as well as migratory birds. Many are threatened, e.g. the Great pied hornbill, Bengal Florican, Peregrine falcon, lesser adjutant storks, etc. A bird watching trip will be a memorable experience.

Jungle Drive:A tour by four wheel drive in the less distributed areas of the park to track the rarer species. You will visit Ox-bow Lake and museum of historic interest relating to the park. However during this period we will visit 20,000 areas which afford a varied experience of birds and mammals.

Nature Walk:Our experienced naturalists will accompany you to the more specialized habitats. This is the ideal opportunity to explore and experience at closer quarters and beauty of the flora and fauna. The authority of the naturalist must be closely observed to obviate any risks from wildlife attacks.

Elephant Breeding Centre:This is the first Elephant breeding centre in Asia. You can see baby elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. This centre is government owned and its purpose is to raise the young elephants, and to train them to convey tourist around the region.

Village tour: Excursion in Tharu village will grant you an exhilarating experience. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitant of the Terai. We offer guided cultural tours to meet the people and experience their traditional self-sufficient way of life.

Cultural Program: In the evening you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance. The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display. Such cultural shows performed by Tharus will be an unforgettable experience. The Tharus in traditional colorful costumes, unique in their disparity with the common mode of dress all over Nepal, are sure to captivate you.

Elephant safari: On elephant back you can view the wild life of the area in their natural habitat.

Elephant Bathing: Your guide will take you to the specific place where you can observe elephant bathing.

Crocodile Walk: One more option is to go for crocodile walk. It goes through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani river.

Day 05: Fly out from Chitwan to Kathmandu.

Day 06: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Equipment List

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes I described in this site. Depending on the area and season, I will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Many of the items on the list are available in Nepal. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal Himalayas.

Clothing

  • Lightweight walking boots.
  • If new one is being bought, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet.
  • Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially essential during winter, from December to February.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential.
  • Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
  • Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
  • Thermal underwear. Which is excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months.
  • A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
  • A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  •  A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  • 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
  • “Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipment & Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
  • Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a book etc.
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
  • 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels.
  • Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
  • An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
  • Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional) – an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
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