Chitwan Pokhara and Lumbini Tour
Chitwan, Pokhara and Lumbini combined tour is a unique tour which offers to explore Chitwan; the animal heritage, Pokhara; “City of Lake” and Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha.
Our tour begins with observing the UNESCO World Heritage sites including, Syambhunath; The Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath; The Hindus Temple, Boudhanath; The Largest Stupa in Asia. It then head towards Chitwan National Park; an animal heritage and the home of endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Elephant safari into Chitwan National Park, Canoeing on the lazy Budhi Rapti River, visit to elephant breeding center, aI typical Tharu Cultural dance and bird watching are the highlights of Chitwan.
Then it concludes with the visiting of Lumbini; birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,334 m.): Upon arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a Visit Heaven Trek representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel by private bus. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from your jet-lag. Meet the Visit Heaven staff during a short pre-tour briefing before welcome dinner with Visit Heaven Trek team.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1,334 m): A half-day guided tour around Kathmandu city’s historical and cultural landmarks. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Catch the playful antics of the monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambunath temple. Get lost in Kathmandu’s old city bazaars, public squares, and former royal palaces at Durbar Square.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan (approx. 5.5 hours drive):We start our overland journey via Prithvi Highway to Chitwan in the early morning from Kathmandu. The drive is scenic, which includes occasional views of snow-capped mountains, green hills, rivers and river valleys. Delicious breakfast awaits us on the way before we arrive at our destination at approx. 12:30 PM.
Upon arrival, we check-in at our hotel, then have our lunch, then rest for approx. 2 hours and thereafter join in the wonderful and excitement activities that include Tharu (typical ethnic group) Village tour via Ox-cart, Tharu Stick Dance performed by local villagers and Elephant Back Safari for spotting one horned rhino including other wildlife.
Day 4: Chitwan – Lumbini (approx. 5 hours drive):This morning, we continue our remaining activity, have our breakfast and drive to Lumbini via Mahendra and Siddhartha Highway. Upon arrival in Lumbini, we check-in at a hotel, rest for a while and then visit the scared place.
Located in southern Nepal close to Nepal-India border, this sacred place spread in 12 sq. km. consists of ruins of ancient monasteries & palace, a sacred Bodhi (Fig) tree, Puskarani (an ancient bathing pond) where Maya Devi (Buddha’s mother) took the ritual dip before Buddha’s birth and where Buddha also had his first bath, the Ashoka Pillar established in 365 BC by the King Ashoka and Maya Devi’s temple where she gave birth to Buddha.
Buddha is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu by Hindu, and therefore, large number of Hindu pilgrims visit this site especially on full moon day of Baishak (first month in Nepalese calendar) to worship Maya Devi as Rupa Devi (the mother goddess of Lumbini).
The site is absolutely peaceful and spiritual and the experience that you get here is undoubtedly memorable and educational.
Day 5: Lumbini:Pokhara (approx. 6 hours drive):This morning is free for you to rest or even go for additional excursion. At approx. 11:00 PM, we leave this sacred place for Pokhara via picturesque drive on Siddhartha Highway. And once we arrive in lakeside area in Pokhara, we rest.
Day 6: In Pokhara:Today, our guided tour of Pokhara kicks off after our delicious breakfast. First, the tour takes us to the beautiful gorge namely Seit River Gorge where the mighty river Seti tapers and instantly enters this gorge by producing powerful noises. We are well able to see this by standing on the bridge built approx. 100m high above the river. From here, the tour leads us to the oldest Hindu Temple namely Bindabasani and then to Regional Museum.
We then head back to lakeside to have our lunch and rest for a while. Later, we cross the Lake via boating for approx. 25 minutes in order to hike up to World Peace Stupa. The hiking trail to stupa is narrow on some places and even consists of stone steps.
Our hiking progresses so as the views that it offers. Once we arrive on the top, we visit the stupa that offers beautiful views of Phewa Lake and entire Pokhara city, not to mention stunning snow-capped mountain range’s view at the backdrop that captivates us every second of our time while we are there.
Soon, we descend from the other side of the hill, continue descending and arrive at the Siddhartha Highway from where we continue our tour by heading to Devis Fall and Gupteshwor Cave. Once completed, we head back to the hotel and rest.
Day 7: Pokhara – Kathmandu :Today, we drive back to Kathmandu where our tour ends.