Amazing Nepal | Chitwan, Kathmandu, Bandipur + Pokhara

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Amazing Nepal | Chitwan Wildlife Safari, Kathmandu, Pokhara + Bandipur
Explore historic Kathmandu and its World Heritage sites, and wander through its fascinating back alleyways, where timeless crafts exist side by side with some of Asia's best restaurants. Fly to Chitwan National Park, home to the Bengal tiger and Asian one-horned rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife. Nepal's most popular national park is populated by the Tharu ethnic group, and is a serene and beautiful get away.

Bandipur is a charming Newari village half way between Pokhara and Chitwan, a relaxing place to experience traditional Nepali village life with Himalayan views. Chitwan National Park, home to the Bengal Tiger and Asian one-horned Rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife, is one of Nepal's best National Parks, populated by the Tharu ethnic group, and a truly peaceful retreat.

Pokhara's sub-tropical, relaxed environment invites massage and spa treatments, casual strolls, boating on Phewa Lake, a hike to Shanti Stupa and of course a bit of shopping for local crafts! Or you can opt for the adventurous option and try paragliding, zip lining, trekking or bicycling.

 Nepal Adventures | Chiwan Wildlife Safari, Kathmandu + Pokhara
Head out of Kathmandu to the steamy, lush and tropical terai for some of world class wildlife spotting and a luxury experience at the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, owned and operated by the Kathmandu Guest House. Chitwan National Park is home to the Bengal tiger and Asian one-horned rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife. Nepal's most popular national park is populated by the Tharu ethnic group, and is a serene and beautiful get away.

Enjoy wildlife safaris at Chitwan National Park, If you have an extra day on hand we will adjust so that you have time to sit on the breezy deck with a book, rent bikes to explore the traditional thatched hut Tharu villages, where water buffaloes laze under tropical skies. Or to continue with the river paddles, spotting more varieties of Kingfishers.

Our Kamzang Journeys seven-day package includes a night and two days in sub-tropical Pokhara, with plenty of time to relax by the pool at the Barahi Hotel (or splurge at the amazing Himalayan Front Resort or Temple Tree Resort & Spa), take a walk along Phewa Lake, enjoy a canoe trip out to Shanti Stupa, sip on fresh juice and to do some local craft shopping.

Chitwan National Park | Maruni Sanctuary Wildlife Safari
Chitwan National Park is home to the Bengal Tiger and Asian one-horned Rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife, and a lovely national park surrounded by traditional Tharu villages. With an extra day, relax on the breezy deck with a book, rent bikes to explore the traditional thatched hut Tharu villages, where water buffaloes laze under tropical skies, or continue with the river paddles, spotting more varieties of Kingfishers!
NOTE: Kamzang Journeys doesn't encourage elephant safaris or elephant rids in Nepal National Parks.

Royal Treatment | Pokhara + Kathmandu
Treat yourself to a truly luxurious holiday, staying at  Temple Tree Resort + Spa or the Himalayan Front Resort in Pokhara, where you can spend the day at the infinity pool, having massages or indulging in various spa treatments. The Himalayan Front Resort is situated in Sarankot, and features some of the best Himalayan panoramas from the windows of your room. Temple Tree Resort + Spa is on Lakeside in town, close to shopping, paddling and restaurants, bars and cafes. Top of your trip in true style and luxury at Dwarika's heritage hotel in Kathmandu, with options to spend additional days at Dwarika's incredible Dhulikhel Resort.

Customize Your Journey
We are happy to customize your journey to include more days in Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.

The perfect journey in Nepal ....

Trips

Chitwan Wildlife Safari | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 - Fly Chitwan National Park | Afternoon Wildlife Safari
Day 3 - Chitwan | Wildlife Safaris
Day 4 - Chitwan | Morning Wildlife Safari + Fly Kathmandu
Day 5 - Trip Ends

Chitwan Wildlife Safari | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge + Pokhara Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 - Fly Pokhara
Day 3 - Pokhara
Day 4 - Drive Chitwan National Park | Afternoon Wildlife Safari
Day 5 - Chitwan | Wildlife Safari
Day 6 - Chitwan | Morning Wildlife Safari + Fly Kathmandu
Day 7 - Trip Ends

Amazing Nepal | Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur + Chitwan
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 - Kathmandu | Optional World Heritage Sites Sightseeing
Day 3 - Fly Pokhara
Day 4 - Pokhara
Day 5 - Drive Bandipur | The Old Inn
Day 6 - Drive Chitwan National Park | Afternoon Wildlife Safari
Day 7 - Chitwan | Wildlife Safari
Day 8 - Chitwan | Morning Safari + Fly Kathmandu
Day 9 - Kathmandu | Optional Bhaktapur + Patan Sightseeing
Day 10 - Trip Ends

Incredible Nepal | Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Chitwan + Annapurna Foothills Trekking
Incredible Nepal | Kathmandu, Pokhara, Trek + Chitwan

Annapurna Foothills Luxury Trek
Annapurna Foothills Luxury Trek

Add Ons | Per Person
+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Bhaktapur Heritage Sightseeing Tour (+$100)
+ Patan Heritage Sightseeing Tour (+$50)
+ Extra Day Chitwan (+$125)
+ Everest Sightseeing Flight (+$250)
+ Everest Sightseeing Helicopter Tour (+ $Inquire)
+ Shivapuri Heights Cottage (+ $Inquire)
+ Cycling Trip in Kathmandu Valley (+Trip Price)

Chitwan National Park | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
Chitwan + Tharu Villages Wildlife Safari
+ Upgrade to Tharu Lodge Chitwan (+$300 Per Room)

Nepal Modules
Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip!

We can customize either option and add more days to either Chitwan National Park or Pokhara. You can opt to drive from Pokhara after a trek with us and spend 3 or 4 night in Chitwan National Park. Ask about the 5-day Chitwan Chepang Hills Trail trek.

Highlights+Reviews

Trip Advisor Reviews

Client Comments
Thank you for everything you did to make our anniversary trip special. From the extras at our hotel rooms to the amazing quality, warmth and hospitality of every person who works with you – we were blown away by the trip you planned. We loved meeting you, Lhakpa, Doma and all the guides, drivers and porters who created such a hassle-free and seamless environment for us to explore beautiful Nepal.  Thank you so much – you created a truly life changing and unforgettable trip for us.
 - Kim + Bob (USA), Private Amazing Nepal Trek 2016 (Honeymoon Trip)

Kim and her colleages at Khumbu Adventures arranged a solo trek for me at very short notice in November 2013 - and did it even whilst most of them were leading another trek in Mustang! They made the complex easy. From a wonderful guide to helping me arrange evacuation when I got sick, I was always in knowledeable, kind, efficient hands. I recommend Kamzang Journeys without reservation and I'll be using them when I return to Nepal in September 2014!
- Nick A (UK), Private Everest Trek 2013

Tsering Sherpa is marvelous, extremely responsible, serious, devoted, very thoughtful, discreet and very pleasant to trek with. He is very helpful, well travelled, speaks good English, is well-mannered and has a good experience as a mountaineer and a climber.  He is very powerful, strong and quick, and smiles a lot! He seems to know everybody on the trail, is active in his community and is respected by other Sherpas. On trek he was a good counsellor on food, and of course respectful of tradition and of the Tibetan Buddhist faith. With him we felt very secure as he knows the trail and all the short cuts.
- Nan & Odette (France), Private Everest Base Camp Trek 2014

Viney was my private guide to trek to Everest base camp in October 2013.  I felt very secure with him the entire time.  He was always attentive to my wellbeing from the time we started in x (kim pls fill in) where we ended up slogging through rainfall and mud due to the cyclone left over from India, all the way through to the end of our trip in Lukla.  I could count on him without a doubt every day of the entire 3 weeks we spent together.  Thanks to Viney for an excellent trek!
- Lori C (USA), Private Everest High Passes Trek 2014

Last May I spent almost three weeks hiking with Mingma in the Khumbu region of Nepal and we explored the Gokyo lakes, Gokyo valley and we climbed Gokyo Ri. Mingma is an experienced mountain-guide, knows all the summits in the region, the Sherpas and routes.  He is responsive of the challenges, strong and kind, but he is very calm in case of difficult situations. While we walked together, he was attentive and he always tried to accommodate my phyisical condition and my spiritual eagerness. We spent wonderful time together and I immensely enjoyed every moment of the trek. I am planning to walk with him again in 2015!
 - Kati K (Hungary), Private Gokyo Lakes Trek 2014

Tashi was the perfect guide for me. I was going solo, and looking mostly for solitude; Tashi's temperament was the perfect match for mine. When he had something to say, it seemed eerily to come right when I was about to ask him a question about the very thing he started to speak about! He has a real passion for the natural world he lives in and for the Sherpa people and their traditions, too. I ended up falling ill with something and here again Tashi was the perfect guide - helpful but not smothering or overly-solicitous. I will be back, and with my family and I'm certain to request that Tashi accompanies us when we return.
- Nick A-H (UK), Private Everest Base Camp Trek 2013

Thanks for looking after my friends Ian & Adam so well! They were really pleased and very impressed with the arrangements made by Kamzang Journeys and particularly pleased with the guide, Karma, who did a wonderful job of looking after them on their trek. Everything went to their satisfaction and it exceeded their expectations. He's now got a taste of Nepal and thinking about doing another trek there sometime!
 - Viv D, friend of Paul & Patrick, Private Annapurna Peaks & Villages, Helambu Trek 2014

I have traveled the world and I have never been as cared for as I was in my trek in Nepal.  Karma was beyond attentive and professional. He has become family. The very best of Nepal and mankind can be found in this young man.
 - Dave M, Annapurna Peaks & Villages 2013

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Trip Highlights

  • Chitwan Wildlife Safari
  • Bird Watching Canoe Trip
  • Elephant Wildlife Ride
  • Walking Safaris
  • Top Notch Wildlife Guides + Experts
  • Tharu Villages
  • Wonderful Muruni Sanctuary Lodge
  • Pokhara + Phewa Lake
  • Kathmandu World Heritage Sites
  • Bandipur Traditional Newari Village
  • Beautiful Flights
  • Range of Amazing Hotels in Kathmandu + Pokhara
  • Options for Spa, Massage + Pampering

Kim Bannister Photo Gallery | Trip + Trek Photos
Kim Bannister Photography

Kamzang Journeys | Country + Regional Photos
Kamzang Journeys Photos

Kamzang Journeys Group Photos
Group Photos

Himalayan Photos
Himalayan Wildlife Photos

Himalayan Bird Photos

Himalayan Flower Photos

Market + Street Food Photos
Asian Markets + Street Food

Travel Reading | Enhance Your Trip!
Travel Books

Date+Price

Dates
Custom Departures

Chitwan Wildlife Safari Trip Prices
Trip Price Traditional - $880
Kathmandu Guest House (Kathmandu)
Single Supplement - $80

Trip Price Luxury Boutique - $1180
Yak & Yeti, Hyatt + Shangri-La (Kathmandu)
Dwarika's (+$)
Single Supplement - $350

Chitwan + Kathmandu + Pokhara Adventures Trip Prices
Trip Price Traditional - $1080
Kathmandu Guest House (Kathmandu)
Lakeview Resort (Pokhara)
Single Supplement - $350
Himalayan Front Resort OR Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Pokhara (+$50 Single | +$75 Double)

Trip Price Boutique - $1180
Kantipur Temple House (Kathmandu)
Hotel Barahi (Pokhara)
Single Supplement - $550

Trip Price Luxury Boutique - $1580
Yak & Yeti, Hyatt + Shangri-La (Kathmandu)
Dwarika's (+ Kathmandu Super Deluxe)
Himalayan Front Resort + Temple Tree Resort & Spa + Shangri-La (Pokhara)
Single Supplement - $650

Amazing Nepal Trip Prices
Amazing Nepal | Trip Price Traditional - $1580
Kathmandu Guest House (Kathmandu)
Lakeview Resort (Pokhara)
Single Supplement - $500

Amazing Nepal | Trip Price Boutique - $1780
Kantipur Temple House (Kathmandu)
Hotel Barahi (Pokhara)
Single Supplement - $650

Amazing Nepal | Trip Price Luxury Boutique - $2380
Yak & Yeti, Hyatt + Shangri-La (Kathmandu)
Dwarika's (+ Kathmandu Super Deluxe)
Himalayan Front Resort + Temple Tree Resort & Spa + Shangri-La (Pokhara)
Single Supplement - $850

Incredible Nepal Trip Prices
See Incredible Nepal | Kathmandu, Pokhara, Trek + Chitwan

Add Ons
Super Deluxe Dwarika's++ ($Inquire)
Extra Day Chitwan (+$125)
Everest Sightseeing Flight (+$250)
Extension Shivapuri Heights Cottage (+75 Night Depending on Room)
Cycling Trip in Kathmandu Valley (+Trip Price)

Includes

  • Boutique + Luxury Hotels in Kathmandu + Pokhara
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing World Heritage Sites
  • The Old Inn at Bandipur
  • Lower Annapurna Trek
  • Chitwan Wildlife Safari
  • Maruni Sanctuary Lodge at Chitwan
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Transport by Private Vehicles

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel & Travel Medical Insurance
  • Nepal Visa
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Bandipur
  • Rescue Services (Cost)
  • Equipment Rental
  • Alcohol & Dinks
  • Laundry
  • Tipping

Tips & Extra Cash
Allow approx $250 for meals (while not on trek), drinks (on trek) and tips. We recommend $200 per trekker thrown into the tips pool for the crew.

Contact+Details

Trekker's Comments
Travel Books

Guide
Nepali or Sherpa Guide

Kamzang Journeys Contact
Kim Bannister
kim@kamzang.com
Mobile: +(977) 9803414745
On-Trek Satellite Phone: +88216 21277980 (Nepal)
On-Trek Satellite Phone: +88216 21274092 (Tibet & India)

Kathmandu Contact
Khumbu Adventures
hiking.guide@gmail.com
Office: +(977) 01 4488352
Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa Mobile: +(977) 9841 235461, 9813 371542
Doma Sherpa Mobile: +(977) 9841 510833, 9803 675361

Arrival Hotels
Kathmandu Guest House
Kantipur Temple House
Shangri La
Yak & Yeti

Dwarika's

Kathmandu Guest House Single Upgrades | 4 Nights
Standard Single - $75
Garden Single - $150
Deluxe Single - $425

Kathmandu Guest House Extra Nights
Includes breakfast + 25% taxes
Book with Kamzang Journeys + save on season + off-season rates (season = Jan-April, Sept-Dec | off-season = May-Aug)

Kathmandu Guest House | Room Prices
Standard Single - $80
Standard Double - $100
Garden Single - $120
Garden Double - $140
Deluxe Single - $200
Deluxe Double - $220

Kamzang Journeys Prices | Season
Standard Single - $60
Standard Double - $80
Garden Single - $100
Garden Double - $120
Deluxe Single - $180
Deluxe Double - $200

Kamzang Journeys Prices | Off-Season
Standard Single - $55
Standard Double - $75
Garden Single - $70
Garden Double - $90
Deluxe Single - $120
Deluxe Double - $140

Visas
You can get your Nepal visa either at the airport (or any land border) when you arrive in Nepal, or before you leave home.
Nepal Visa

Health Information
Nepal Health Information
CDC

Kathmandu
Kathmandu Happenings

Photo Gallery | Trip + Trek Photos
Kim Bannister Photography

Arrival Kathmandu

Early Arrival
You'll be met at the airport by Lhakpa or Doma Sherpa (of Khumbu Adventures) or a car from the hotel of your choice. Transfer to your hotel where your rooms have been booked for you. Relax!

Arrival Hotels
Kathmandu Guest House
Kantipur Temple House
Shangri La
Yak & Yeti

Dwarika's

Visas
You can get your Nepal visa either at the airport (or any land border) when you arrive in Nepal, or before you leave home.
Nepal Visa

Temperatures + Clothing
Kathmandu during trekking season, in the spring and autumn, is usually warm (t-shirt, sandals, light pants or skirts) during the day, and gets chilly (light fleece or windproof top) in the afternoon. Nights can be cold enough for a sweater or light jacket, or warm enough for t-shirts. Summer is hotter and wetter; you’ll need a rain jacket and umbrella. The winter months (November – March) are chilly in the mornings and evenings, cold enough that you might start the day in a down jacket, but often warms up enough to wear a t-shirt by mid-day. Nights get cold enough for a down jacket if you’re sitting outside in the spring and autumn, and much colder in the winter when you won’t leave the hotel without your down jacket. It never snows in Kathmandu, leave your snow boots behind. Keens or lightweight sandals great for wandering around Kathmandu, and for trekking in lower altitudes.

Trekking is a mixed bag of temperatures. LAYERS are the key as hot can change quickly to freezing crossing the passes and snowfalls are common. We often have some rain below 3000 meters in the spring and early autumn, and it can rain hard in the summer. Have a wide range of layer-able trekking clothes for summer to winter temperatures. Keep a lightweight down jacket or synthetic jacket with you at all times, available inexpensively in Kathmandu. A lightweight rain poncho and umbrella for trekking recommended spring and summer. Be prepared! See our GEAR LIST for full details on gear, shoes, clothing, electronics and meds for the trek.

There are lots of real gear shops (North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Gear) and of course many fake ones in Kathmandu, so if you don't think you have the right gear starting the trip it will be easy to pick-up stuff once in Kathmandu. We have sleeping bags, duffel bags down jackets to rent.

Dress conservatively in Kathmandu and on the trail as a rule. Shorts are okay if they aren't too short, mini skirts aren’t recommended. Sleeveless t-shirts are absolutely fine, but perhaps avoid tank-tops on the trail. Super tight doesn't go over so well with the village elders. Many of the younger generation in Nepal wear modern Indian or Western-influenced clothes, but remember that you haven't signed up for a beach or surf vacation. Use your good judgment, be an ambassador for western tourists! Please ask Kim or your guide if unsure about appropriate clothing.

Duffel Bags
We have North Face style duffel bags with Kamzang Journeys logos for sale (XL, orange). They are (mostly) waterproof, mid to lightweight (lighter than North Face) and good quality. Price 4000 NRP (about $40)

Cultural Issues
Nepalis are very open and welcoming, but there are a few issues you should be aware of to make your stay in Nepal more fulfilling. Use your right hand to pass things, shake hands or do most anything. Left hands are somewhat taboo. Nepali's often place their left hand on the right forearm when passing things to others, a sign of respect. Best not to pat kids on heads, or point feet ahead of you at monasteries. Don't walk over someone's legs or feet, but put your hand down in front of you to signal them to pull their legs to the side. Take off shoes and hats when going into Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, don't use flashes inside monasteries or temples in general, be respectful of a puja (prayer ceremony) if attending one. You can talk, all religious are very tolerant, but be aware of your level of voice.

Nepalis don't anger quickly, so try not to raise your voice if exasperated or angry as it only will make a situation worse. Do bargain at shops, with taxis and rickshaws, but don't fleece them. They are poor and making a living, generally.

Give small donations on the streets if you choose, but try not to encourage begging too much. Be aware of who you are giving money to, and please only give small amounts. If you do want to donate to a cause, ask about our Kamzang Fund or other responsible organizations.

Pampering Yourself in Kathmandu
We’re happy to book your rooms before or after the trek (or upgrade during the trek) at other boutique or luxury hotels in Kathmandu. We recommend Dwarika’s, Shangri-La, Yak & Yeti or Hyatt. We can also direct you to wonderful spa & massage centers in Kathmandu.

Tips for Staff
We recommend at least $200 per person to go into the tip pool for the staff. Please bring Nepali Rupees (NRP) with you on the trek for the tips. It’s nice to buy the staff drinks on the last night. Or any other night that you feel like getting them a bottle of Kukure Rum!

Tips in General
Tips are always appreciated but they don’t need to be extravagant. 100 NRP to carry bags to/from your room is fine. The women who clean your room will be happy with 100-200 NRP when you leave, and 100 NRP is good for drivers to/from the airport. Round up taxi fares. A larger tip would be expected for a daytrip in a car, perhaps 500 NRP. 10% is included in most restaurant and hotel bills in Nepal, and if it’s not included it’s still expected. Check your bills, and still round up at restaurants. Feel free to give out small change to the beggars in the streets (5, 10, 20 NRP) but try not to give it out to the street kids who use it for glue to sniff.

Cash + ATMs
You’ll want some cash with you on the trek for drinks, snacks, beer, sodas, etc. There are often  chances to during the trek, and usually local crafts to buy en route. (You’ll want your tip money in NRP as well). There are ATMs in KTM but they don’t dispense large amounts of cash (usually 10-20,000 NRP) so you’ll be best with currency or TCs to change.

International Medical Center Kathmandu
CIWEC

Kathmandu + Kathmandu Valley Information
Our personalized 'Insider' list of things to do, places to go, what to visit, the most happening restaurants + the best hotels in Kathmandu and the beautiful Kathmandu Valley.
Happenings in Kathmandu

Chitwan

Royal Chitwan National Park

History
Royal Chitwan National Park has long been one of the country’s treasures of natural wonders. The park is situated in south central Nepal, covering 932 square kilometers in the subtropical lowlands of the inner Terai. The area comprising the Tikauli forest, from Rapti river to the foothills of the Mahabharat, extends for an area of 175 square kilometers and was declared Mahendra Mriga Kunj (Mahendra Deer Park) by the late King Mahendra in 1959. In 1963, the area south of Rapti River was demarcated as a rhinoceros sanctuary. The area was gazetted as the country’s first national park in 1973. Recognizing its unique ecosystems of international significance, UNESCO declared RCNP a World Heritage Site in 1984. In 1996, an area of 750 square kilometers surrounding the park was declared a buffer zone which consists of forests and private lands. The park and the local people jointly initiate community development activities and manage natural resources in the buffer zone. The government has made a provision of plowing back 30-50 percent of the park revenue for community development in the buffer zone.

Features
The Chitwan valley consists of tropical and subtropical forests. Sal forests cover 70 percent of the park. Sal leaves are used locally for plates in festivals and religious offerings. Grasslands cover 20 percent of the park. There are more than 50 different types of grasses, including the elephant grass (Saccharum spp.), renowned for its immense height, growing up to 8 meters in height. The shorter grasses (imperata) are used for roof thatching as well as mats, rope and paper making.

A total of 68 species of mammals, 56 species of herpeto fauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of one-horned rhinoceros, gaur, royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, pangolin, gangetic dolphin, gharial crocodile, golden monitor lizard and python. The park harbors not only the world’s largest terrestrial mammal (wild elephant) but also the world’s smallest terrestrial mammal (pygmy shrew). A total of 544 species of birds has been recorded so far including 22 globally threatened species including critically endangered Bengal florican, slender-billed vulture, white rumped vulture and red headed vulture.

The park houses a diversity of ecosystems, including the Churia hills, ox-bow lakes, and the flood plains of the Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. The Churia hills rise slowly towards the east from 150 meters to more than 800 meters. The western portion of the park is comprised of the lower but more rugged Someshwor hills. The park shares its eastern boundary with the Parsa Wildlife Reserve.

Tharus are the main indigenous ethnic groups in Chitwan. They are well known for their resistance to malaria. Traditionally they are farmers and practice their own unique tribal culture. A stroll or a ride through the Tharu village will provide an opportunity to see their traditional farming and relics. Traditional Tharu stick dance gives an insight into their culture

Climate
Conditions are subtropical with a summer monsoon from mid-June to late-September, and a relatively dry winter. Mean annual rainfall is 2400mm with about 90% falling in the monsoon from June to September. Monsoon rains cause dramatic floods and changes in the character and courses of rivers. Temperatures are highest (maximum 38°C) during this season and drop to a minimum of 6°C in the post-monsoon period (October to January), when dry northerly winds from the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau are prevalent.

Trip Photos
Chitwan National Park

Chitwan+Pokhara Itineraries

Chitwan + Kathmandu Adventures

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu 1340m/16,350' | Kathmandu Guest House | Upgrade Sangri La, Hyatt, Yak & Yeti + Dwarika's
Welcome to Nepal! You'll be met at Tribhuvan International Airport by Lhakpa or Doma of Khumbu Adventures (or a representative from your hotel) who will have a sign with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel where your rooms have been booked for you. We'll need your travel medical insurance, a copy of your passport and Nepali visa and one (or more) visa-sized photo, so please have them ready to give to Lhakpa or Doma.

The Kathmandu Guest House is one of Kathmandu's first guest houses, originally a Rana Palace. Located in the tourist hub of Thamel, it's a beautiful hotel with a large garden and a lovely outdoors cafe. Options to upgrade to one of Kathmandu's other world class hotels: Dwarika's, Kathmandu's premier hotel built and decorated with traditional Kathmandu valley architecture, is an oasis of calm located near the airport, where you can relax by the pool, visit the award-winning spa, enjoy the serene, historic surroundings and dine at one of their world-class restaurants. Yak & Yeti is one of Kathmandu's historic hotels, with a lovely pool and garden, located just off Durbar Marg, a tree-lined, upscale road of shops and hotels. Shangri La is in Lazimpat (a few kilometers outside Thamel), and features a beautifully landscaped garden with a small pool, Asian decor in the rooms and an outdoor cafe, as well as great restaurants. The Hyatt is a wonderful, world class hotel located near Boudhanath, with a large pool, a great buffet breakfast, a gym and a mix of Buddhist and Hindu decor in the lobby and rooms.

Drink plenty of water to hydrate after your flight, and enjoy your first evening in Kathmandu ...

Kathmandu | Optional World Heritage Sightseeing
Kathmandu is filled with World Heritage sites and sacred destinations, crowded with traditional neighborhoods and colorful festivals. Spend a few days exploring Nepal's exotic capital and the history-laden Kathmandu valley. We can arrange sightseeing guide, vehicles and guides as required. See Kathmandu Heritage + Happenings for more details.

We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. Hindu Pashupatinath on the sacred Bagmati river and its sacred temple complex is one of Nepal's most important sites, a powerful cremation site and Nepal's most important Hindu temple. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating, when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Local guides can explain the significance of the complicated ceremonies. Please be respectful when taking photos.

Boudhanath, in the midst of traditional monasteries (gompas) and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the iconic stupa. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

Wander through the many temples, pagodas, courtyards and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is Kathmandu's 'Palace Square', a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu and a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist palaces, temples, stupas and statues. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace. The social, religious and urban focal point of the city, Durbar Square is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies such as Teej. Some important structures are Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

In the evening (take the interesting back streets from Durbar Square) climb the many steps to the gilded Swayambhunath stupa (known as the monkey temple) which rises from the Kathmandu valley floor at 1420 meters and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. . Swayambunath, the 'self created’  stupa, was founded over 2000 years ago at a time when the Kathmandu valley was filled by a large lake, with a single lotus in the center. Mythology says that Manjusri, a bodhisvatti, drained the lake with one cut of his sword and the lotus flower was transformed into the stupa. From its commanding views of Kathmandu, circumambulate Swayambunath's white-washed stupa, painted with distinctive Buddha eyes, the complex a unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. Another interesting time to visit Swayambunath is in the mornings, when Nepalis visit the temple dedicated to the God of Smallpox to with colorful offerings for the goddess.

Stop to photograph reflections in Kathmandu's many pokhari's, or ponds, including the beautiful Rani Pokhari (queen's bath) near New Road, and the Naga Pokhari (pond of the snake gods of the underworld) just beyond the palace gates. The many bathing ghats, square enclosures with steps leading down to water spouts, often decorated with naga heads, are also interesting and colorful gathering spots.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Day 2 - Fly to Bharatpur 185m | Chitwan Afternoon Wildlife Safari
Transfer to the domestic airport for the short flight to Nepal's tropical terai, landing at the small Bharatpur airport mid-morning. Look for a sign with your name on it. A representative of the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge will be waiting to greet you, and transfer you to the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge (1/2 hr drive)

Experience the Chitwan World Heritage Site in the comfort of the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, located in a pristine natural environment on the edge of the Chitwan National Park. Maruni Sanctuary Lodge offers you an excellent opportunity to view rare and endangered species in their rich natural habitat. The park is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tigers and the narrow-snouted gharial crocodile. Maruni is located between two villages of the Rana Tharu Community, who traditionally consider themselves people of the forest. You’ll have a chance to meet with them and see how they live. Maruni wildlife guides are attentive and have good English skills, and are truly interested to share their culture, their knowledge of the wildlife and its fascinating habitat with you. Maruni’s rooms are large, clean and well furnished and bathrooms have modern plumbing and hot water to ensure you can relax comfortably after jungle and cultural explorations.

After lunch at the lodge, you will have time to visit some of the local Rana Tharu villages and the elephant dung paper factory in the nearby village, followed by an afternoon walking wildlife safari and dinner at the restaurant.

+ NOTE: Kamzang Journeys doesn't encourage elephant safaris or elephant rids in Nepal National Parks. Your Chitwan Wildlife Safari will be customized for you, and you are free to choose which activities you would like to do!

Day 3 - Chitwan | Full Day Wildlife Safari
A full day of wildlife safaris today, starting with a breakfast of fresh produce followed by a bird watching dug-out canoe trip down the river in the morning mist, with Kingfisher on every tree top. You will visit the elephant breeding sanctuary and after lunch head out on elephants for some rhino and wildlife spotting, good fun and a great way to view the wildlife up close. At sunset, tired and happy, you'll head back to your rooms for a shower and dinner at the hotel restaurant.Your wildlife experience is customized for you.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Elephant Safari
Canoe Safari
Jungle Walk
Bird Watching Safari
Elephant Breeding Center
Ox Cart Ride
Tharu Cultural Dance Program
Village Walk Museum Visit
Bicycle Tour
Elephant Bathing
Nature Walk
Jeep Safari
Gharial Conservation Trip
Tiger Tracking

Option | Extra Day in Chitwan
Continue your wildlife safaris, or relax for a day and rent a bike. (+$125 Per Person)

Day 4 - Chitwan Morning Wildlife Safari. Fly to Kathmandu
Another magical morning of birdwatching, time to visit some of the local Rana Tharu villages and the elephant dung paper factory, and finally it will be time to head to the airport for your short flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu to relax for the afternoon.

Day 5 - Depart
We transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Let us know if you would like to extend your visist and stay longer in Kathmandu or the Kathmandu valley. We're happy to customize your stay in Nepal!

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Chitwan Wildlife Safari | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge + Pokhara Tour

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu 1340m/16,350' | Kathmandu Guest House | Upgrade Sangri La, Hyatt, Yak & Yeti + Dwarika's
Welcome to Nepal! You'll be met at Tribhuvan International Airport by Lhakpa or Doma of Khumbu Adventures (or a representative from your hotel) who will have a sign with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel where your rooms have been booked for you. We'll need your travel medical insurance, a copy of your passport and Nepali visa and one (or more) visa-sized photo, so please have them ready to give to Lhakpa or Doma.

The Kathmandu Guest House is one of Kathmandu's first guest houses, originally a Rana Palace. Located in the tourist hub of Thamel, it's a beautiful hotel with a large garden and a lovely outdoors cafe. Options to upgrade to one of Kathmandu's other world class hotels: Dwarika's, Kathmandu's premier hotel built and decorated with traditional Kathmandu valley architecture, is an oasis of calm located near the airport, where you can relax by the pool, visit the award-winning spa, enjoy the serene, historic surroundings and dine at one of their world-class restaurants. Yak & Yeti is one of Kathmandu's historic hotels, with a lovely pool and garden, located just off Durbar Marg, a tree-lined, upscale road of shops and hotels. Shangri La is in Lazimpat (a few kilometers outside Thamel), and features a beautifully landscaped garden with a small pool, Asian decor in the rooms and an outdoor cafe, as well as great restaurants. The Hyatt is a wonderful, world class hotel located near Boudhanath, with a large pool, a great buffet breakfast, a gym and a mix of Buddhist and Hindu decor in the lobby and rooms.

Drink plenty of water to hydrate after your flight, and enjoy your first evening in Kathmandu ...

Day 2 - Fly Pokhara 830m
Transfer to the domestic airport for the scenic flight to semi-tropical Pokhara. Nepal's second largest 'city' is 198 kilometers west of Kathmandu; en route you will look down on rivers flowing towards the Terai from the Himalaya and Tibet, over terraced villages and green hills with the Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges in the distance, to balmy, sub-tropical Pokhara. One in Pokhara a private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel, and you have the rest of the day to enjoy beautiful Pokhara.

We stay at either Barahi Hotel, Shangri La Village or Temple Tree Resort + Spa, all lovely boutique hotels with pools, spas + charming cafes. Enjoy an afternoon of wandering the shore of Phewa Lake, drink fresh juice, do some shopping, or sit and relax at the hotel or by the lake with a book. Head to Moondance Cafe for dinner and drinks in the evening.

Royal Treatment in Pokhara!
Treat yourself to the ultimate Pokhara destination, a stay at the luxurious Himalayan Front Resort in Sarankot, high up in the hills above Pokhara and Phewa Lake. Or indulge at the stylish Temple Tree Resort & Spa, with a beautiful infinity pool, spa + massage facilities and boutique rooms at the heart of the lakeside section of Pokhara.
(Add +$50 | Single or $75 | Double)

Day 3 - Pokhara
There is endless opportunity to spend extra time in Pokhara, so at least one day in this balmy town is a must. Options including a stroll part-way around Phewa Lake, paragliding or zip-lining from Sarankot, paddling on the lake, a morning hike up to Shanti Stupa via a short canoe trip or a day of shopping for the creative locally-produced crafts along Lakeside.

Day 4 - Drive to Bharatpur 185m | Chitwan Afternoon Wildlife Safari
After breakfast you'll board your private vehicle for the four to five hour scenic drive to the lovely Maruni Sanactuary Lodge, just outside Chitwan National Park. Feel free to stop for photos as you wish as you're driving through some of the most lovely rural countryside in Nepal.

Experience the Chitwan World Heritage Site in the comfort of the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, located in a pristine natural environment on the edge of the Chitwan National Park. Maruni Sanctuary Lodge offers you an excellent opportunity to view rare and endangered species in their rich natural habitat. The park is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tigers and the narrow-snouted gharial crocodile. Maruni is located between two villages of the Rana Tharu Community, who traditionally consider themselves people of the forest. You’ll have a chance to meet with them and see how they live. Maruni wildlife guides are attentive and have good English skills, and are truly interested to share their culture, their knowledge of the wildlife and its fascinating habitat with you. Maruni’s rooms are large, clean and well furnished and bathrooms have modern plumbing and hot water to ensure you can relax comfortably after jungle and cultural explorations.

After lunch at the lodge, you will have time to visit some of the local Rana Tharu villages and the elephant dung paper factory in the nearby village, followed by an afternoon walking wildlife safari and dinner at the restaurant.

+ NOTE: Kamzang Journeys doesn't encourage elephant safaris or elephant rids in Nepal National Parks. Your Chitwan Wildlife Safari will be customized for you, and you are free to choose which activities you would like to do!

Day 5 - Chitwan | Full Day Wildlife Safari
A full day of wildlife safaris today, starting with a breakfast of fresh produce followed by a bird watching dug-out canoe trip down the river in the morning mist, with Kingfisher on every tree top. You will visit the elephant breeding sanctuary and after lunch head out on elephants for some rhino and wildlife spotting, good fun and a great way to view the wildlife up close. At sunset, tired and happy, you'll head back to your rooms for a shower and dinner at the hotel restaurant. Your wildlife experience is customized for you.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Elephant Safari
Canoe Safari
Jungle Walk
Bird Watching Safari
Elephant Breeding Center
Ox Cart Ride
Tharu Cultural Dance Program
Village Walk Museum Visit
Bicycle Tour
Elephant Bathing
Nature Walk
Jeep Safari
Gharial Conservation Trip
Tiger Tracking

Day 6 - Chitwan | Morning Wildlife Safari + Fly to Kathmandu
Another magical morning of bird watching, a walking safari or tracking a rhino followed by a transfer to the Bharatpur Airport for your flight back to the hotel in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel where your wonderful boutique-style rooms will be much appreciated, enjoy a warm shower and dinner.

Day 7 - Depart
We transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Let us know if you would like to extend your visist and stay longer in Kathmandu or the Kathmandu valley. We're happy to customize your stay in Nepal!

Extra Days in Kathmandu | Customize your Journey!
We have plenty of great suggestions for extra days, or weeks, in Nepal! See our Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip! to put together the perfect journey.

Mountain biking, rafting, vespa tours or yoga retreats around the Kathmandu valley or Pokhara, trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a visit to the Newari temple of Changu Narayan and a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for sublime Himalayan panoramas, an Everest sightseeing flight, a luxurious stay at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, paragliding, hiking or zip-lining in Pokhara, a spa & wellness getaway at Dwarikas Resort in Dhulikhel, a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari & Tharu Villages (staying at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge) or Bardia National Park, a weekend of adventure, sauna and pampering at The Last Resort or five-star treatment in historic Dwarika's in Kathmandu.

Kamzang Journeys can customize any of these excursions for you, just inquire!

Amazing Nepal Itinerary

Amazing Nepal | Chitwan Wildlife Safari, Kathmandu, Pokhara + Bandipur

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu 1340m/16,350' | Kathmandu Guest House | Upgrade Sangri La, Hyatt, Yak & Yeti + Dwarika's
Welcome to Nepal! You'll be met at Tribhuvan International Airport by Lhakpa or Doma of Khumbu Adventures (or a representative from your hotel) who will have a sign with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel where your rooms have been booked for you. We'll need your travel medical insurance, a copy of your passport and Nepali visa and one (or more) visa-sized photo, so please have them ready to give to Lhakpa or Doma.

The Kathmandu Guest House is one of Kathmandu's first guest houses, originally a Rana Palace. Located in the tourist hub of Thamel, it's a beautiful hotel with a large garden and a lovely outdoors cafe. Options to upgrade to one of Kathmandu's other world class hotels: Dwarika's, Kathmandu's premier hotel built and decorated with traditional Kathmandu valley architecture, is an oasis of calm located near the airport, where you can relax by the pool, visit the award-winning spa, enjoy the serene, historic surroundings and dine at one of their world-class restaurants. Yak & Yeti is one of Kathmandu's historic hotels, with a lovely pool and garden, located just off Durbar Marg, a tree-lined, upscale road of shops and hotels. Shangri La is in Lazimpat (a few kilometers outside Thamel), and features a beautifully landscaped garden with a small pool, Asian decor in the rooms and an outdoor cafe, as well as great restaurants. The Hyatt is a wonderful, world class hotel located near Boudhanath, with a large pool, a great buffet breakfast, a gym and a mix of Buddhist and Hindu decor in the lobby and rooms.

Drink plenty of water to hydrate after your flight, and enjoy your first evening in Kathmandu ...

Kathmandu | Optional World Heritage Sightseeing Tour
Kathmandu is filled with World Heritage sites and sacred destinations, crowded with traditional neighborhoods and colorful festivals. Spend a few days exploring Nepal's exotic capital and the history-laden Kathmandu valley. We can arrange sightseeing guide, vehicles and guides as required. See Kathmandu Heritage + Happenings for more details.

We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. Hindu Pashupatinath on the sacred Bagmati river and its sacred temple complex is one of Nepal's most important sites, a powerful cremation site and Nepal's most important Hindu temple. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating, when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Local guides can explain the significance of the complicated ceremonies. Please be respectful when taking photos.

Boudhanath, in the midst of traditional monasteries (gompas) and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the iconic stupa. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

Wander through the many temples, pagodas, courtyards and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is Kathmandu's 'Palace Square', a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu and a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist palaces, temples, stupas and statues. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace. The social, religious and urban focal point of the city, Durbar Square is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies such as Teej. Some important structures are Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

In the evening (take the interesting back streets from Durbar Square) climb the many steps to the gilded Swayambhunath stupa (known as the monkey temple) which rises from the Kathmandu valley floor at 1420 meters and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. . Swayambunath, the 'self created’  stupa, was founded over 2000 years ago at a time when the Kathmandu valley was filled by a large lake, with a single lotus in the center. Mythology says that Manjusri, a bodhisvatti, drained the lake with one cut of his sword and the lotus flower was transformed into the stupa. From its commanding views of Kathmandu, circumambulate Swayambunath's white-washed stupa, painted with distinctive Buddha eyes, the complex a unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. Another interesting time to visit Swayambunath is in the mornings, when Nepalis visit the temple dedicated to the God of Smallpox to with colorful offerings for the goddess.

Stop to photograph reflections in Kathmandu's many pokhari's, or ponds, including the beautiful Rani Pokhari (queen's bath) near New Road, and the Naga Pokhari (pond of the snake gods of the underworld) just beyond the palace gates. The many bathing ghats, square enclosures with steps leading down to water spouts, often decorated with naga heads, are also interesting and colorful gathering spots.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Entry Fees Not Included for Single Person

Day 3 - Fly Pokhara 830m
Up early for our short but scenic flight to Pokhara, 198 kilometers west of Kathmandu. You will fly high above the north-south rivers flowing down towards the Terai from the Himalaya and Tibet, over terraced villages and green hills with the Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges in the distance, to balmy, sub-tropical Pokhara. We stay at the fantastic Barahi Hotel, it's clear pool a wonderful oasis in the afternoon heat. We have the afternoon to wander the shore of Phewa Lake, drink fresh juice, do some shopping, or sit and relax at the hotel with a book. Head to Moondance Cafe for dinner and drinks in the evening, an atmospheric restaurant just near the hotel.

Royal Treatment in Pokhara!
Treat yourself to the ultimate Pokhara destination, a stay at the luxurious Himalayan Front Resort in Sarankot, high up in the hills above Pokhara and Phewa Lake. Or indulge at the stylish Temple Tree Resort & Spa, with a beautiful infinity pool, spa + massage facilities and boutique rooms at the heart of the lakeside section of Pokhara.

Day 4 - Pokhara
There is endless opportunity to spend extra time in magical Pokhara; at least one full day in this balmy town is a must. There are endless activities in Pokhara and on Phewa Lake, ranging from day hikes + bicycle trips, to a paddle on Phewa Lake + hike up to Shanti Stupa for views, to paragliding and zip lining from Sarankot, to a pampering spa + unique massage. Enjoy a wonderful day of shopping for the creative locally-produced crafts along lakeside, and don't miss a dinner at Moondance Cafe just down the road.

Day 5 - Drive Bandipur 1030m
Leaving Pokhara in a private vehicle, we set off on a lovely drive to the traditional Newari village of Bandipur, a showcase of one of Nepal’s oldest cultures, beautifully preserved high on a ridge above the road connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu. Bandipur was once ruled by Tansen (Palpa) on the main trade route with Tibet, and is now a timeless yet vibrant town with lovely guest houses and cafes. We'll arrive via the steep 8 kilometer road which winds up from the highway, far above the Marsyandi River.

We stay at The Old Inn in Bandipur, a boutique inn surrounded by old shops, houses, temples and community centers, and if the weather is clear are treated to snow-capped Himalayan panoramas. (Heritage Rooms +$25)

Day 6 - Drive Chitwan National Park World Heritage Site | Afternoon Wildlife Safari
Another few hours of scenic driving to Chitwan National Park, where you check into the wonderful Maruni Sanctuary Lodge and your wildlife safari begins.

Experience the Chitwan World Heritage Site in the comfort of the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, located in a pristine natural environment on the edge of the Chitwan National Park. Maruni Sanctuary Lodge offers you an excellent opportunity to view rare and endangered species in their rich natural habitat. The park is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tigers and the narrow-snouted gharial crocodile. Maruni is located between two villages of the Rana Tharu Community, who traditionally consider themselves people of the forest. You’ll have a chance to meet with them and see how they live. Maruni wildlife guides are attentive and have good English skills, and are truly interested to share their culture, their knowledge of the wildlife and its fascinating habitat with you. Maruni’s rooms are large, clean and well furnished and bathrooms have modern plumbing and hot water to ensure you can relax comfortably after jungle and cultural explorations.

After lunch at the lodge, you will have time to visit some of the local Rana Tharu villages and the elephant dung paper factory in the nearby village, followed by an afternoon walking wildlife safari and dinner at the restaurant.

+ NOTE: Kamzang Journeys doesn't encourage elephant safaris or elephant rids in Nepal National Parks. Your Chitwan Wildlife Safari will be customized for you, and you are free to choose which activities you would like to do!

Day 7 - Chitwan Wildlife Safari
A full day of activity today, starting with a breakfast of fresh produce followed by a bird watching dug-out canoe trip down the river in the morning mist, with Kingfisher on every tree top. You will visit the elephant breeding sanctuary and after lunch head out on elephants for some rhino and wildlife spotting, good fun and a great way to view the wildlife up close. At sunset, tired and happy, you'll head back to your rooms for a shower and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Elephant Safari (Walking with Elephants)
Canoe Safari
Jungle Walk
Bird Watching Safari
Elephant Breeding Center
Ox Cart Ride
Tharu Cultural Dance Program
Village Walk Museum Visit
Bicycle Tour
Elephant Bathing
Nature Walk
Jeep Safari
Gharial Conservation Trip
Tiger Tracking

Option | Extra Day in Chitwan
Continue your wildlife safaris, or relax for a day and rent a bike. (+$125 Per Person)

Day 8 - Chitwan Morning Wildlife Safari | Fly Kathmandu
Another magical morning of bird watching, a walking safari or tracking a rhino followed by a transfer to the Bharatpur Airport for your flight back to the hotel in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel where your wonderful boutique-style rooms will be much appreciated, enjoy a warm shower and dinner.

Day 9 - Kathmandu
Relax over breakfast at the garden of the hotel in Kathmandu, and head out after breakfast on one of our many optional Kathmandu sightseeing tours!

Option | Extra Days in Kathmandu
See our list of World Heritage sightseeing tours + more, and enjoy an extra few days in magical Kathmandu!

Day 10 - Depart
Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your flight home. Namaste!

Kathmandu Tours

Kathmandu | Bhaktapur  Sightseeing Tour
One more day in Kathmandu, with a sightseeing excursion by private vehicle to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur which translates as 'Place of Devotees’ and is also known as Bhadgaon, is an ancient Newar city approximately 15 kilometers east of the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is one of three ancient capitals of the Kathmandu valley, the capital of the Newar Kingdom and a city of artisans and craftspeople famous for its art and architecture: intricate carvings, sculptures, paintings, thankas, pottery, statues and temples, or pagodas. Bhaktapur has a well-preserved ‘durbar square’, or palace square, and has been named a World Heritage site by UNESCO because of its incredible temples, pagodas, wood carvings, stone carvings and metalwork. Bhaktapur is also famous for its yogurt, called curd in Asia, a taste which hasn’t been duplicated anywhere.

Spend a full day exploring Bhaktapur and its rich cultural heritage, where a majority of enthnic Newaris live in traditional ways, and life seems to stand still. There are many great restaurants and cafes to rejuvenate, and it's possibly the best spot in Kathmandu for purchasing a thanka after watching the technique, as well as shopping for endless other locally produced crafts. Bhaktapur is home to countless local festivals, so if you are lucky and arrive on a festival day, enjoy the timeless and colorful events unfold.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Bhaktapur (+$100)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Kathmandu | Patan Sightseeing Tour
Visit the third of Kathmandu's ancient capitals, known as 'The City of Fine Arts', best if you have an extra day in hand as Patan is also rich in cultural heritage, has many lovely roof-top cafes for lunch and world-class museums. Some of the highlights of Patan are its Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple within the palace complex of Patan (entirely made of stone, with 21 distinctive spires), and Hiranya Varna Mahavir, or the Golden Buddha Temple.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Patan (+$50)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Kathmandu | World Heritage Sightseeing Tour
Kathmandu is filled with World Heritage sites and sacred destinations, crowded with traditional neighborhoods and colorful festivals. Spend a few days exploring Nepal's exotic capital and the history-laden Kathmandu valley. We can arrange sightseeing guide, vehicles and guides as required. See Kathmandu Heritage + Happenings for more details.

We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. Hindu Pashupatinath on the sacred Bagmati river and its sacred temple complex is one of Nepal's most important sites, a powerful cremation site and Nepal's most important Hindu temple. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating, when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Local guides can explain the significance of the complicated ceremonies. Please be respectful when taking photos.

Boudhanath, in the midst of traditional monasteries (gompas) and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the iconic stupa. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

Wander through the many temples, pagodas, courtyards and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is Kathmandu's 'Palace Square', a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu and a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist palaces, temples, stupas and statues. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace. The social, religious and urban focal point of the city, Durbar Square is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies such as Teej. Some important structures are Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

In the evening (take the interesting back streets from Durbar Square) climb the many steps to the gilded Swayambhunath stupa (known as the monkey temple) which rises from the Kathmandu valley floor at 1420 meters and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambunath, the 'self created’  stupa, was founded over 2000 years ago at a time when the Kathmandu valley was filled by a large lake, with a single lotus in the center. Mythology says that Manjusri, a bodhisvatti, drained the lake with one cut of his sword and the lotus flower was transformed into the stupa. From its commanding views of Kathmandu, circumambulate Swayambunath's white-washed stupa, painted with distinctive Buddha eyes, the complex a unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. Another interesting time to visit Swayambunath is in the mornings, when Nepalis visit the temple dedicated to the God of Smallpox to with colorful offerings for the goddess.

Stop to photograph reflections in Kathmandu's many pokhari's, or ponds, including the beautiful Rani Pokhari (queen's bath) near New Road, and the Naga Pokhari (pond of the snake gods of the underworld) just beyond the palace gates. The many bathing ghats, square enclosures with steps leading down to water spouts, often decorated with naga heads, are also interesting and colorful gathering spots.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Everest Sightseeing Flight
An hour long extravaganza of the world's 8000 meter peaks, including airport transfers. (+$270)

Everest Sightseeing Helicopter Tour
Inquire for prices + options. Cost per helicopter.

Shivapuri Heights Cottages
A wonderful get away 20 km north of Kathmandu, Shivapuri Heights Cottages are stylishly designed and personal cottages built around a 'common house', where you can breakfast overlooking the stunningly beautiful Kathmandu valley. Massages available on request. (+$Inquire for Options)

Cycling Trip Kathmandu Valley
Many options for day trips, or extended trips, in the Kathmandu Valley. We can customize a cycling trip for you in partnership with one of our knowledgeable partners in Kathmandu. (+$Inquire for Option)

Extra Days in Kathmandu | Customize your Journey!
We have plenty of great suggestions for extra days, or weeks, in Nepal! See our Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip! to put together the perfect journey.

Mountain biking, rafting, vespa tours or yoga retreats around the Kathmandu valley or Pokhara, trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a visit to the Newari temple of Changu Narayan and a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for sublime Himalayan panoramas, an Everest sightseeing flight, a luxurious stay at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, paragliding, hiking or zip-lining in Pokhara, a spa & wellness getaway at Dwarikas Resort in Dhulikhel, a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari & Tharu Villages (staying at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge) or Bardia National Park, a weekend of adventure, sauna and pampering at The Last Resort or five-star treatment in historic Dwarika's in Kathmandu.

Kamzang Journeys can customize any of these excursions for you, just inquire!

 

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