Glimpses of Nepal provides you with a comprehensive Nepal experience in a short period of time. This is an ideal tour package for those who are planning to stay in Nepal for a short period of time, nevertheless want to experience as much as the country has to offer. The tour will take you through the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu valley, scenic beauty of Pokhara, Jungle experience of Chiwan, pulsating rigours of rafting in Trishuli River, and idyllic retreat of Nagarkot.
Day 1: Kathmandu
In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Then briefing about your whole program by our tour leader or representative.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
In the morning, you have an option of going for a mountain flight. This is one of the best ways to see the snow capped peaks of the Himalayan range. It is also one of the closest views of the mountains that you can get without going for a trek. The flight is operated at a time period between 7:00 am to 10:00 am.
In the afternoon, you will take a guided full day tour of the city of Kathmandu. A visit to the Boudhanath Stupa is a must. The Buddhist site belongs to the Vajrayana sect of Buddhism but is revered by all. After Boudhanath, we head to the Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath. Pashupati simple means “Lord of the Beasts”. This temple is considered the holiest of all temples in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupati Nath is Shiva in good mood. Last rites are performed on the premises of this temple and from afar you can even see a Hindu last-rites being performed. Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of the Valley’s holy shrines the golden-spired stupa of Swayambhunath tops a wooded hillock. Records of its history date as far as the 5th century, but its origins are believed to be older. Then we head to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess, a manifestation of the great goddess Durga.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Trishuli River Rafting - Chitwan
Today we take the road south west of Kathmandu towards the Pokhara highway. After a two-hour drive, we reach Fisling, the starting point of our Rafting. The Trishuli River is a considered safe river despite numerous rapids. It has been graded 3+ by experts.
We stop at Munglin, which will be the end point of the rafting trip. From here we drive for another two hours to reach Chitwan. At Chitwan, you will be taken to your lodge. We shall be going for a safari the next day in the Chitwan National Park. This park was established in 1973 and is set in an area of 932 sq. km. There are more than 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles in this reserve. You can find the Chital, Sambar, Hog Deer, Barking deer, wild elephant, four horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard, python, sloth deer, common leopard, ratel, palm civet, wild dog, langur and rhesus monkeys. You can also find endangered animals like the one horned rhinoceros, the Tiger and the Gharial.
Day 4: Chitwan National Park Safari Tour
We will take an elephant safari in the morning. An elephant safari will let you travel deep in the jungle and across the marshland without any hindrance. A lot of animals (some endangered ones), can be observed closely. We will then take a dug-out canoe across the Rapti River. The river is home to Crocodiles but they do not attack humans unless provoked.
Day 5: Chitwan - Pokhara
From Chitwan, we take a six-hour drive to the lake side town of Pokhara. Pokhara is serene, quiet town with a host of places suited for creative ramblings. There are interesting places to see around the town and the massive Mt. Machhapucharre dominates the skyline of northern Pokhara. At Pokhara, you can take a boat ride across the Fewa Lake. You can also stroll around the market place which has a lot of beautiful items for sale. You could also visit the Devil's fall here.
Day 6: Pokhara Sightseeing Tour
Set in a serene location with absolutely minimal pollution Pokhara is adorned all around with colossal peaks of the Annapurna range. All tourists find safe haven here as they seem to be away from the noise of the city. Since Pokhara is the starting point of some of the most
exclusive treks in the world, tourists flock this beautiful town. You can either relax by the pool or go for boating on the Fewa Lake. Either way, Pokhara is an ideal place of relaxation.
Day 7: Pokhara - Nagarkot
We drive back to Kathmandu today. When we reach Kathmandu, we will head east towards Nagarkot. En Route we stop at Bhaktapur. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a perfect place to see the glory days of the kingdom of Bhaktapur. The entrance to the Durbar Square is through a golden gate which is decorated by carvings dedicated to various Hindu Gods. Bhaktapur has myriad medieval monuments like the Nyatapola, which is a five storied temple. After reaching Nagarkot, we will transfer you to your hotel. Nagarkot is a windy place up in the hills covered by dense pine forest. The entire mountain range including Everest can be seen from here.
Day 8: Nagarkot- Kathmandu
We will visit the Changu Narayan Temple in the morning. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is situated at a distance of about 14km from Nagarkot. Supposed to have been built in the 3rd century, it is one of the finest examples of the Pagoda style temples and dates back to the Lichavi period.
Day 9: Kathmandu Free Days
Today we will drive back to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, you will be transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to relax or for shopping.
Day 10: Departure
The tour ends here. You will be free until departure transfer to the airport for your onward destinations.