Vintage Nepal

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    Day 1: Kathmandu

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. There will be a group briefing with your trip leader in the late afternoon.

    Day 2: Kathmandu
    In the early morning you will make an attempt (weather dependent) at the Mount Everest scenic flight.  Later in the morning you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour.  The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. (B)

    Day 3: Nagarkot
    Travel to Nagarkot in a private vehicle.  Stop at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.  Upon arrival to Nagarkot, prepare for an overnight stay at Club Himalaya, renowned for its 360 degree unrestricted view of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and the surrounding areas. (B)

    Day 4: Pokhara
    Wake up and witness an early morning 180-degree sunrise view before travelling to Kathmandu airport by chartered coach. From here, you will fly to Pokhara – if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain to the north. On arrival, take a boat ride across the lake of Phewa Tal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The visit to the Peace Pagoda afterwards grants excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas, the famous fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare and a glimpse back across to Pokhara. Next comes a visit to the International Mountain Museum, which is full of fascinating tales and exploits from climbing expeditions of the past – some ending in triumph and others in tragedy. After this, you have the day free to explore peaceful Pohkara and its surrounds. (B)

    Day 5: Pokhara
    Enjoy a free day for further exploration of the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. (B)

    Day 6: Tansen
    Travel by private vehicle to Tansen.  During your stay, visit Tansen town, the palace museum, a dhaka topi (traditional hat) and brass bottle workshop and experience an interaction with the locals. (B)

    Day 7: Lumbini
    An optional hike to the Rani Mahal is available today.  Your other option is to travel to Tansen Hill station where panoramic views of Annapurna and Tansen valley can be seen, and Tansen town lies nearby should you wish to continue exploring it. A late afternoon drive to Lumbini will take you to for an overnight stay at the Buddha Maya Garden Hotel – expect to be greeted tomorrow morning by the birdsongs stemming from the area of the magnificent Lumbini World Heritage Garden where the hotel is situated. (B)

    Day 8: Lumbini
    Awake in Lumbini, and prepare to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site where Buddha was born. Witness the serenity of the Maya Devi Temple, the statue of Little Buddha and the Bodhi Tree where Buddha obtained spiritual enlightenment.  (B)

    Day 9: Chitwan National Park
    After breakfast we drive to Chitwan National Park. After arriving and settling in, meet the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the park’s habitat conservation program. There’s some flexibility with activities in this area, which may vary depending on the time of year and known wildlife movements and locations. A late afternoon safari is an experience like none other, showing the varied and exciting flora and fauna of the park. Enjoy a dinner with your group and relax at your accommodation’s bar while discussing the day’s sightings or listening to the song of the jungle. (B)

    Day 10: Chitwan
    After breakfast, leave the lodge for an early morning trip to begin a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This exhilarating ride offers chances to spot marsh mugger crocodiles along with the various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but the magnificent creatures inhabit the park so it’s not to be ruled out. Upon your return to dry land, an organised program will help fill the rest of the day and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages. (B)

    Day 11: Kathmandu
    Drive to Chitwan Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is yours to enjoy. A farewell dinner will be held at the Utsav Restaurant, featuring an authentic night of local cultural food and dance. (B, D)

    Day 12: Kathmandu
    Your Nepalese adventure comes to a close after breakfast today. (B)

    TPE-PHNV 2020

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