Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. After the clearance of customs and luggage’s, exist from the Airport Departure lounge and as soon as you exist you can see number of peoples outside holding a placard. Among them one of the representative of Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Trekking & Expedition will be holing a placard with your name in it. So, closely look at them. He will then transfer you to your respective hotels. Or else, you can visit our office and after full description about your trip, you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Today, you will be transferred to airport for the scenic Mount Everest flight. For those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour. You can have the world’s highest mountain view i.e. Mount Everest (8848 m) along with other mountains. After an hour of Mountain flight, transfer to hotel have your breakfast and then proceed for the full day sightseeing tour of the three World Heritage Sites recognized by the UNESCO i.e. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will explore the ancient and medieval Hindu Temples, Buddhist Stupas and monasteries, palaces, monuments and shrines. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal, situated on the bank of Sacred Bagmati River-one of the tributaries of the Ganges, the Boudhanath Stupa – the largest of this type and a must visit place in a life time for the Buddhists. Bhaktapur is an ancient Newari city located in the east corner of Kathmandu. This city is rich in culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. While visiting this place, you can also taste the “Ju Ju Dhau” which means “Kings Curd” which is one of the famous curds in entire country. It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal. You will explore Nyatapola Temple, BhairavNath Temple, Dattatraya Temple and Layaku (Durbar Square) during your sightseeing in Bhaktapur.
After sightseeing, you will be driven to Nagarkot which is about an hour drive from Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a peaceful hilly region which is just 32 km drive from Kathmandu. It has a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views and for the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer and a hectic city life. In the 60’s explorers would battle the shivering winds and sleepless nights to see the stupendous sunrise and sunsets. Today, still people from all over World, from different walks of life, travel to Nagarkot, to enjoy the picturesque rural scenery of terraced rice fields, green pastures, the sunrise and sunsets. You will accommodate in one of the luxurious hotel in Nagarkot for your overnight.
Today, you will wake up early in the morning to view the gorgeous sunrise. You can also see the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerging from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe inspiring majesty and beauty. Among all the places for mountain viewing around Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Lang tang (7,246m).
After sunrise view, we will have breakfast at hotel and then drive towards Daman via Tistung. Daman is a village in the central part of Nepal, located in the district of Makwanpur. From Daman eight of the ten world highest mountain can be seen in the in 360 Degree panoramic view. During winter season, snow falls here which welcomes more domestic as well as international tourist here. So, in this time period the hotels and lodges of the places are usually sold out. Rock climbing, cycling, horse riding, hiking etc. are few of the many activities possible here.
Early in the morning wake up and proceed for a short hike towards Risheshwor Temple. About an hour walk from Daman leads you to this temple. This temple has a faces shaped carved in a stone. People worship this stone as Lord Shiva. Unlike various Shiva Temple, this temple does not have Shiva Linga but a face of the God Shiva. People from various countries and state visit this temple in a belief that their wish comes true. There is a very small pond where people worship and throw the coins on its hole making their wish. According to the locals, during the great festival of “ThuloEkadashi”, there is a light enlightened automatically during mid-night above the Shiva’s statue. So, on this day there is a huge festival in this place and is crowded with the devotees offering their prayers. On the way to the temple, you can see many prayer flags which makes the environment a peaceful .You can also see a Tibetan Monastery where Lamas. Enroute, there is a sleeping stone where it is believed that whoever sleeps here for a moment won’t have any back pain problems. Along with religious and cultural belief, Daman is famous for its View Tower fitted with long range telescopesfrom where one can see widest panoramic views of the Himalayas.It has a great view of the mountains from Dhaulagiri to Mt Everest. For the view of the Breath taking grandeur of the world’s highest peaks extending in one glittering are from far-east of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) there is no better place than Daman.
After short sightseeing around this place, we travel overland from Daman towards Royal Chitwan National Park. You will enjoy the views of enormous plains of the Terai region while driving towards Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is declared as World Heritage Site under the category of Natural Sites by UNESCO. Chitwan is one of Asia’s best’s wildlife – viewing spots and the place to don your safari togs, clamber atop a lumbering elephant and head into the dawn mist in search of rhinos and tiger. 8% of the world bird species, rare mammals including one horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger makes it exclusive. Once reaching your destination, you will be briefed about the elephant activities and Jungle Safari. You can later enjoy the sunset in Rapti River, elephant back safari and stroll around the Tharu villages.Once the night falls down, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before getting in bed.Overnight in resort in Chitwan.
With a wakeup call along with tea or coffee, we have the great time to witness the wildlife at its best in Royal National Park. This includes Bird watching, Nature Walk, Elephant Safari, Canoeing, visit to elephant breeding center and cultural show.You can see different species of birds migrating from the different country and place. After doing bird watching activities your delicious breakfasts will be waiting for you.We will then head to the grasslands and forests near the Narayani River. If you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for; rhinoceroses, Chitwan’s royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear – preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots. In later afternoon, a traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the crocodilealong the river banks. Elephant briefing: to learn more about the life of these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. We will also go to the observation tower, then later in the evening head back to the resort for dinner.
After a short jungle walk, we drive further towards a beautiful town of Bandipur. Bandipur is one of the best Hill Stations in Nepal and is suitable for the couples. It is a small mountain town with a unique geographical formation and a unique history behind it. It is believed that, it was a center of exotic trade between lowland and highland and between British India and independent Tibet. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. Formerly a Magar village, Bandipur today is settled by a variety of Nepali ethnicities with different beliefs: the Bahuns, the Chhetris, the Newars, the Damais, Kamis, Sarkis, Kasais, the Magars and Gurungs.Excellent views of the Himalayas: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Lang tang Himal, the Marsyangdi Valley, Mount Manakamana and Gorkha with its high perching palace, relatively easy accessibility and, of course, old Newari town flair, makes Bandipur an interesting tourist site. The various Newari and Magar festivals, which until recently have been held for their own purposes several times a year, can be of interest to tourists too. Sorathi and Chutka dances are very popular. Many Magar and Gurung men serve as Gorkha soldiers. Other attractions include the Bindyabashini temple and the library in the village center, Thani Mai, Tindhara (“Three Taps” washing place at the southeastern outskirts), Raniban(Queen’s Forest), the downhill trek to the Siddha Cave and a hike to Ramkot village.
After breakfast, we stroll down the area and visit the villages. Further, drive to Pokhara, another beautiful town of Nepal full of lakes and an ideal spot for honeymooners. A drive for about 2 and half hours will lead you to Lakeside Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the respective hotel where you get refreshed and proceed for a sightseeing tour in Pokhara city.
Today, you have a lot of places for your sightseeing. Pokhara provides its visitors to enjoy its natural and cultural beauty. After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing tour of Davi’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Mahendra Cave, Bats Cave, Bindyabasini Temple, Barahi Temple and Seti George.
Davi’s fall is a waterfall. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “Davi’s falls” after her. Its Nepali name is PataleChango, which means “underworld waterfall”.
Gupteswor Cave is a city shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a world-famous pilgrim site. It is a limestone cave discovered some time ago and has a number of scenic spots around. The main attraction is the gigantic Shiva Linga which is said to be increasing in size. Gupteswor cave is special for the underground water. It is really worth seeing. It is a natural cave with Stalagmites. One has to reach the end to view the superb scene. The shrine is called “Gupteswor” which means the “Hidden God”. It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. People suffering from incurable diseases come here to worship the God and remain here for months in the hope of getting cured.
Mahendra Cave is a cave located close to the Seti River. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. A statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found inside the cave. The cave gets its name from former King, Mahendra BirBikram Shah Dev. This cave was discovered in the late 1950s by young shepherds of Pokhara. Since then it has remained one of the most visited places in Pokhara. The canal is completely dark with continuously dripping water overhead. The cave is full of limestone, which falls to the ground and continuously forms electrical sparks. Due to the darkness, artificial lighting is provided inside the cave. Another great cave called Bat Cave can also be visited by travelling in the trail path just beneath the hills within ten minutes by foot.
Bat Cave, which is also known as the natural habitat of bats, is also worth of visiting, and is, located a ten-minute walk away from Mahendra Cave. It is 150 m long and 25 ft. high. The main entrance of this cave is quite narrow but the inner part is wide enough. The main specialty of this cave is that there are more than 15 thousand bats of different species. Images of elephant tusks, gods, and goddesses can be observed in the inner walls of the cave.
Bindyabasini temple is the center of religious activity situated in the small hill-lock in between the main old bazaar andBagar area at an elevation of 3000 feet above sea level. It is one of the oldest temples in the Pokhara valley and has an immense cultural value dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati. This temple is considered as one of the main and foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal. It is heard to have been expressed that one can materialize the wishes whatever one wishes by worshiping the Devi. Built in a ShikharShailee (Shikhar style) the temple has an Idol of Bhagawati having 8 Bhujas (hands).
Seti River is also known as Seti Khola, where “Seti” means “White” and “Khola” means “River”. This is the holiest river of western Nepal, which is fed by snow of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains. It rises from the base of the Annapurna massive, and passes through the limestone gorge of beautiful Pokhara valley and Damauli to join the Trishuli River near Devghat. It makes more excitement for those who look down to the Seti George from the top of the cliff. It is also famous for rafting and has unspoiled greenish jungle scenery, excellent bird watching site, local cultural heritage and beautiful clean beaches, many small and undemanding rapids. This is one of the additional sites that makes natural environment of Nepal more beautiful.
After sightseeing of these famous places of Pokhara, transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Early in the morning, transfer to airport for the Pokhara / Jomsom flight. It is a scenic flight which passes through massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ridge. The flights from and to Jomsom usually takes off before noon since there blows a strong wind in Jomsom during noon and flying over during this period is very risky. So, a few numbers of flights only takes place in this route. Thus, we recommend you to book your flight in advance. Or else we could also drive to Jomsom via Beni which usually takes about 8 to 9 hours to reach there. Upon your arrival at Jomsom, you will meet some of our other team members who will assist you as a porter. Our trekking guide will fly with you from Pokhara. After assembling your stuff and having breakfast, we will have a short walk to the charming town of Marpha. Upon your arrival at Marpha, you will be amazed by its geographical structure. Marpha huddles behind a ridge for protection from the up-valley wind, and exhibits typical Thak Khola architecture of flat roofs and narrow paved alleys. The low rainfall in this region makes these flat roofs practical; they also serve as a drying place for grains and vegetables. There are lots of photogenic landscapes here. On this day, we could directly hike to Jomsom but as our tour’s aim is to provide you with the ample of photogenic landscape of Nepal, this town serves to be one of them.
With a beautiful sunrise view beside the mountains, we will continue our trip to Muktinath, a religious site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotee. This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is famous for its 108 spouts fashioned in the shape of bull heads. People from various countries visit this pilgrimage area in a belief that they will get salvation and get rid of miseries and sorrows once they take a holy bath in all these spouts and two holy Kunda which is located in front of the temple. There are also various places which can be visited around the surrounding areas. These sites have their own historic importance and an ideal spot to click some photographs. Then returning back to Jomsom.
You will have to make a decision for today’s journey. Either you could fly out of Pokhara or take a road transport to Kathmandu. Both of these journeys are equally adventurous. We would like to recommend you to drive from Pokhara as en route you could enjoy the rafting service in Trishuli River. The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu usually takes about 6/7 hours whereas by flight it only takes 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. The choice is yours.
This day is kept as a free day for your personal shopping. You might want to buy some token of love from Nepal to your loved and near ones. So, this day is the opportunity to do some shopping. If not then upon your request, we could add some sightseeing tour in some other important sites of Nepal. Some of which are: Sanga (World’s tallest Lord Shiva Statue), Namobuddha (Famous Stupa), Kirtipur (Ancient Newari Town), Dakshinkali (Temple of Goddess Kali), Godavari (Botanical Garden), Changunarayan (Oldest temple of Nepal), etc.
Your 12 days photography tour will end today. We hope this tour will be a life time memory and you have been able to learn some exciting things from Nepal. We will be expecting to see you back in future. We believe that you had a good time in Nepal, discovering the wonders of Nepal – a country blessed with natural beauty and rich cultural history.
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