KATHMANDU – DAMAN – CHITWAN PARK – LUMBINI – PALPA – POKHARA – GORKHA – KATHMANDU-12 Days.
Travel through unspoiled nature of Daman –save one horned rhino – land of lord Buddha ---beautiful Pokhara – historical Gorkha via sen palace “ Palpa “
Daman Tower: Go to Daman, stay a night at a resort, rise early in the morning, climb up the Daman tower, and catch a 360 degree view of all the mountains in Nepal. Daman is situated at an elevation of 2,400 meter, 75 km to the southwest of the Kathmandu valley. Those who go the distance will find the extras! Palpa city - Tansen: The former capital of the Magar kingdom of Tanahun, Tansen (Palpa) is a romantic medieval hill town, perched high above the Kali Gandaki River on the road between Butwal and Pokhara. The narrow, winding streets are full of Newari shop-houses and temples and most of the centre is too steep for cars, which all adds to Tansen's charm. Few tourists make it out this way, but it's easy to fill several days exploring the town and there are some excellent walks in the hills. e Tansen Durbar compound in 2006.
Some excellent walks to viewpoints and villages around Tansen and there are great views over the bowl-shaped Madi Valley from several points around town. A sheet of mist normally hangs over the valley till mid-morning, earning it the nickname 'White Lake'. For sweeping Himalaya views, head up to Shreenagar Danda, the forested peak above Tansen.
A 25 kilometer road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu brings you to an ancient Gorkha - the untouched and captivating town of Nepal! Some 300 years ago, Nepal was divided into 50 tiny states, and Gorkha was one of them. King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the founder of `Shah Dynasty' which runs Nepal today, unified Nepal into one kingdom. His Gorkha palace resides on top of a hill at an altitude of 3281 feet (about 1000 meter) The King would watch-over his people as far as his eyes could see from the tallest palace in the very center of Nepal. Gorkha is also the home of Gurkhas - the legendary brave warriors who fought with knives against guns. To reach the durbar, you must climb an exhausting stairway of 1500 stone steps. Most pilgrims enter through the western gate , emerging on an open terrace in front of the exquisite Kalika Mandir, built in the reign of King Ram Shah ( 1606 -36), but extensively remodeled over the years, the temple is a psychedelic fantasy of carved peacocks, demons and serpents. The other major structure in the compound is Dhuni Pati , the formar palace of Prithvi Narayan Shah. Behind the palace is the mausoleum of Guru Gorakhanath, a reclusive saint who acted as a spiritual guide for the young Prithvi Narayan Shah. There are more historic monuments in the old part of Gorkha such as Ratna Mandir, Temple of Vishnu, Mahadev, Ganesh temple, Bhimsen, Tallo Durbar built in 1835 and forts.
Gorkha Palace & Temples:
Visit the Gorkha palace here to begin your sightseeing of the region. Climb the palace steps from the bottom of the hill, all the way to the top, climbing about one thousand seven hundred steps (1700), in about two hours. That's some hiking to do! If you get tired sit down on a step or think how much easier the trip down will be! You will be glad you got to the top. On a clear sky day, you can view Himalayan range including spectacular view of Manaslu and Himalchuli Mountains, and panoramic views of the valleys.
Day 01: Kathmandu (B)
A. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 02 :Kathmandu:
Half day sightseeing to Pashupatinath & Bouddhnath. PM: Tour to Bhaktapur city tour and Changunarayan Temple. Evening: Drive to Nagarkot / view wonderful sun set. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03: Nagarkot –Daman View Point(B)
Transfer to the resort. PM: A short walking to the top of the hill. Overnight at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 04: Daman - Chitwan (B, L, D)
EM: View Sunrise over the Himalayas from the tower. After Breakfast, drive to Chitwan & transfer to the resort. Briefing on Royal Chitwan National Park. Jungle activities including Elephant ride. Overnight at the hotel – Full board basis.
Day 05:Chitwan (B, L, D)
Full day jungle activities including canoeing, jungle walk, Elephant ride, Elephant Bath and view sunset from the bank of Rapti River. Evening Cultural program and welcome dinner.Overnight at the hotel – Full board basis.
Day 06: Chitwan – Lumbini (B)
AM: Bird watching. PM: Drive to Lumbini (05 hours) and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 07: Lumbini (B)
Full day Explore the Birth Place of Lord Buddha and its surroundings. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 08:Lumbini – Palpa (B)
Drive to Tansen Bazaar (4.5 hours) and transfer to hotel. PM: Explore the surroundings with visit of Ancient Royal Palace and Rani Temple. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 09 :Palpa – Pokhara (B)
EM: Village walk.After breakfast, drive to Pokhara via Kali Gandaki Valley. Transfer to the hotel.Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 10 : Drive to Sarangkot to view sunrise over the Himalayas.
Enjoy the close view of Mount Fishtail, Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri and many more… AM: Half day sightseeing of Pokhara City including Bindhyavashini temple, Davis’s fall and Gupteshwar Cave. 01 hour boating on Phewa Lake.Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 11:Pokhara – Gorkha (B)
Drive to Gorkha (03 hours) and transfer to the hotel. Explore the surroundings. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 12:Gorkha – Kathmandu (B)
Early morning, visit Ancient Royal Palace of first Shah King of Nepal and Gorakhnath Temple. PM: Drive back to Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel – BB basis.
Day 13:Kathmandu Departure (B)
Departure transfer to Airport for onward journey.