Most travellers rush the journey between Kathmandu and Pokhara, missing some of Nepal's hidden gems. The hills that flank the 206km Prithvi Hwy contain some of the most important religious sites in Nepal, but most visitors whistle through on tourist buses and see little of what the area has to offer. We strongly recommend taking at least two days for the journey between Kathmandu and Pokhara to see more of this interesting and unspoiled region.
Heading west from Kathmandu, the first of several possible places to break the journey is the Manakamana Mandir near Mugling, one of the oldest temples in central Nepal and an important destination for Hindu pilgrimages. Further west, Gorkha is the former capital of the Shah dynasty, while the nearby hill town of Bandipur is a living museum of Newari architecture and culture.
As well as these historic points of interest, the highway is lined with modern townships that have sprung up around important road junctions and river crossings. Most are fairly unappealing but there's always the chance you could end up staying overnight while changing buses. Dotted between these settlements are numerous roadhouses where buses stop for snacks and toilet breaks. Where you end up will depend on the bus company but the food is normally hygienic and cheap.
Even if you don't stop between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the scenery along the road is dramatic. The highway follows a series of deep river valleys, passing ancient stone villages, cascading rice terraces, rocky gorges and roaring rapids crossed by precarious suspension bridges. On clear days, most of the way to Pokhara there are views of Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna massif.
An ancient trading outpost of a bygone era, the town of Bandipur has only recently come into the limelight as a hill-resort after a 7 km vehicular road was constructed to connect it with the Kathmandu-Pokhara Prithivi Highway. Before the advent of vehicular transportation in western Nepal, Bandipur's location made it a significantly important trading station
Located on a 1,005 m ridge in Manahan district some 140km from Kathmandu, Bandipur’s hallmark is its beautiful scenery. At the eastern part of the town is the pagoda roofed bindabasini temple which houses goddess Durga, Bandipur’s guardian deity. The rich wooden carvings and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu Valley. The other important temple and shrines in the vicinity include the Mahalaxmi temple with its exquisite woodwork and the Khadga Devi temple which comes alive once a year during the Dashain festival.
Bandipur offers excellent Resort and Hotel accommodations to spend couple of nights. Bandipur Mountain Resort and so many other luxurious resorts offers deluxe Himalayan facing rooms with entire valley. A charming Bandipur village is its exclusivity in the area will give you an experience of local people. You can choose any types of hotels according to your interest and Budget.
ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Location: Royal Chitwan National Park, the oldest national park in Nepal, is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of South-Central Nepal. The park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO.
Features: The Park covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem of significant value to the World. It contains the Churiya hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. Approximately 70% of the park vegetation is Sal forest. The remaining vegetation types include grassland (20%), riverine forest (7%), and Sal with chirpine (3%), the latter occurring at the top of the Churiya range. The riverine forests consist mainly of khair, sisau and simal. The grassland forms a diverse and complex community with over 50 species. The Saccharun species, often called elephant grass, can reach 8 m. in height. The shorter grasses such as Imperata are useful for thatch roofs.
There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, the tiger and the gharial crocodile along with many other common species such as gaur, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard and python. Other animals found in the park include the sambar, chittal, hog deer, barking deer, sloth bear, palm civet, langur and rhesus monkey.
There are over 450 species of birds in the park. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal florican, giant hombill, lesser florican, black stork and white stork. Common birds seen in the park include the peafowl, red jungle fowl, and different species of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The best time for bird watching is March and December. More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles occur in the park, some of which are the marsh crocodile, cobra, green pit viper and various species of frogs and tortoises.
The park is actively engaged in the scientific studies of several species of wild fauna and flora.
DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
Upon arrival, you are greeted by our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink & Refreshment, then after a tour to the Kathmandu City. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities, Patan& Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU – BANDIPUR VILLAGE
Breakfast. Commence city tour to Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupas. Drive to Bandipur Village and transfer to the hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 03: BANDUPUR –POKHARA -3 hrs
Breakfast 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 04: POKHARA -CHITWAN
Breakfast Drive to Royal Chitwan National Park (4 -5 hrs) Stop at Manakaman Cable Car. Overnight Stay at Resort in Chitwan National Park.
DAY 05: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast Full day jungle activities inside the National park including elephant safari, Village Tour, Bird Watching, Canoeing etc. Overnight at resort.
DAY 06: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK – JANAKPUR
Breakfast Half day jungle activities inside the National park Drive to Janakpur Dinner & Overnight stay at the Janakpur Hotel.
DAY 07: JANAKPUR - NAGARKOT
Breakfast. Fly to Kathmandu & drive to Nagarkot for Sunset views. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 08: NAGARKOT- KATHMANDU
Early morning sunrise view in Nagarkot. Breakfast & drive to Kathmandu Half day visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square.
DAY 09: KATHMANDU DEPARTURE
Morning is free for shopping or visits close by areas. Beautiful memories of the land and an exotic holiday. In the noon check out from the hotel & proceed to Kathmandu Airport for the back home journey with sweet memories of your holiday. We will wait for you again and promise to deliver dreams to destinations.
END OF THE TRIP