People Mountain Rivers and Jungle

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Nepalese jungles in the Tarai region especially are filled with wildlife. Different types of jungle (National Park) of Nepal are preserving a unique ecosystem significantly valuable to the whole world. Formerly the Park was started at Chitwan as a hunting reserve for the Nepalese royalty & nobility. Now days however, the National Parks (jungle) in Nepal have changed into a natural attraction where visitors enjoy a wildlife safari. Among the inhabitants at Chitwan National Park are the one-horned rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger, the Gharial crocodile and the colorful peacock. Animal lovers, bird watches and sightseers now all enjoy going there. Chitwan National Park is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding wild life sanctuaries in the world.

Royal Chitwan National Park is located 166 Kms Southwest of Kathmandu, 204 Kms Southeast of Pokhara. The National Park is large area of low, heavily forested hills bordering India in the south. It covers nearly 400 square miles. This creates a heaven of wildlife, which also includes leopards, monkeys, and varieties of deer, wild boar and around 400 species of birds. It is also home to nearly 60 Bengal Tigers.
The area has two distinct seasons – the wet monsoon season (June through September) and the dry winter monsoons. The best time to visit the park is March through May and September to December. The nearest airport is Meghauly and Royal Nepal and Everest Air have regular flights to and from Kathmandu.

Royal Chitwan National Park

The Royal Chitwan National Park is one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves. Its 360 square miles of tall grasslands are home to a variety of mammals and birds including several endangered species. The park is most famous for the Bengal Tiger, and the large population of Asian one-horned rhinoceros, Sloth bear, leopard, sambar barking deer, chital, hog, gaur, gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and not to mention over 350 species of birds, making it a paradise for ornithologists.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 2: sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley.

Boudhanath: The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolizing earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolizing water): then comes the spire (symbolizing fire): the umbrella (symbolizing air); and the pinnacle (symbolizing ether). The Buddha’s watchful eyes gaze out in four directions from the square base of two normal eyes and the â??noseâ??, which is not a nose, but the Nepali number one, signifying the oneness of all life. The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana. Pashupatinath: It is one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India, including many colorful sadhus- wandering ascetic Hindu holy men. Shiva is the destroyer and creator of the Hindu pantheon and appears in many forms. His ‘temple’ forms are probably best known, particularly his appearances in Nepal as the cruel and destructive Bhairabs, but he also has peaceful incarnations including those of Mahadev and Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. As the shepherd of both animals and humans, Shiva as Pashupati shows his most pleasant and creative side. Katmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali means ‘palace’ and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Katmandu have their own durbar squares as they used to be separate kingdoms. The king no longer resides in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. At that time it was on the edge of the city, now it’s close to the popular tourist area of Thamel. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood). It’s easy to spend hours wandering around Durbar Square and the adjoining Basantapur Square. This is very much the center of old Kathmandu and watching the world go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval is a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although many of the buildings around the square are very old, the earthquake of 1934 caused a great deal of damage and many were rebuilt, not necessarily in their original form.

Day 3: Bhaktapur, Chagunarayan & Swayambunath.

Bhaktapur: The third of the valley’s ancient cities is another century-long rival of Katmandu. It has an impressive number of artistic treasures; it is rightly called “a living museum.” The oldest part of the town is around Tachupal Tole (Dattatraya Square), to the east. Bhaktapur was the capital of the whole valley during the 14th to 16th centuries and during that time the focus of the town shifted west, to the Durbar Square area. Much of the town’s great architecture dates from the end of the 17th century during the rule of King Bhupatendra Mall. Changu Narayan: The beautiful and historic temple of Changu Narayan stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the valley, about four km north of Bhaktapur. Although the temple dates from 1702, when it was rebuilt after a fire, its origins go right back to the 4th century and there are many important stone images and sculptures dating from the Licchavi period. Swayambunath: The Buddhist temple of Swayambunath, situated on the top of a hill west of the city, is one of the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is known as the ‘monkey temple’ after the large tribe of monkeys that guard the hill and amuse visitors and devotees with their tricks and antics. Geologists believe that the Katmandu Valley was once a lake and legends relate that the hill on which Swaymabhunath stands was an island in that lake. It is said that the emperor Asoka paid a visit to the site over 2000 years ago. An inscription indicates that King Manadeva ordered work done on the site in 460 CE and by the 1200s it was an important Buddhist center. In 1346 Mughal invaders from Bengal broke open the stupa to search for gold. Various improvements were made under the Malla rule and the great stairway to the stupa was constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century.

Day 4: Katmandu to Pokhara to Kalikastan: Fly Katmandu to Pokhara.

It is about 35 minutes to Pokahra, then a short drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (khola means river). A broad trail starts in rice fields, and then ascends through the village of Rakhigaun to a chautara, a resting place under a large pipal tree, planted centuries ago. The trail climbs gently along a ridge top through Brahmin and Chhetri villages towards Kalikastan at 1370m. Our campsite is only a short distance further on. This spot, known as Thulokot, is the site of an old palace of the Gorkha dynasty. From here there is an unrivalled panorama of mountain peaks: Dhaulagiri to the west, Annapurna to the north, Manaslu, Dhakura Himal, Himalchuli east and to south lies large of Begnastal.

Day 5: Kalikastan to Shaklung: The trail continues along the forested ridge top through to Mathi Thana.

Kalikastan-Shaklung: The trail continues along the forested ridge top through to Mathi Thana. There is a short climb, to Naudanda. Continue along the ridge to a school at Lipini village, then make a steep but short climb through forests to the Gurung village of Shaklung at 1730m.

Day 6: Shaklung to Chisopani Danda (danda means ridge top):

Shaklung to Chisopani Danda (danda means ridge top): The Himalayan skyline continues to change as the route comes abreast of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Himalchuli. From Shaklung/ Lipini, the trail drops steeply down the south side of the hill to a large tree, a chautara. This is a trail junction that leads from this spot west to Begnas Tal and east to the Marsyangdi Khola. The Royal trek route climbs towards Chisopani, winding around the back of the hill to the village. A short distance above Chisopani village is Chisopani Danda where there is a campsite with splendid mountain views.

Day 7: chisopani to Pokhara

From Chisopani Danda, descend along the ridge for an hour or so, then descend steeply on the stone steps, into a small valley and a stream that feeds Rupa Tal (tal means lake.) Continue for a short distance through the rice fields, and then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and RupaTal, on a wide path that you will share with many local people. From the ridge, descend into the Pokhara Valley, joining the road and drive back to Pokhara. Camp near the lake.

Day 9: Trip to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park Receive and welcome briefing by the lodge manager. 1:00pm Lunch 3:30 Elephant ride/Jungle Walk/visit observation tower. 6:30 Slide show/Tharu stick dance 8:00 Dinner

Day 10: 5:30am Wake up call

5:45 Tea/Coffee 6:00 Elephant ride/Bird watching 8:00 breakfast 9:00 Canoe ride/elephant briefing/swimming and bath. 1:00pm Lunch 3:30 Nature walk/elephant ride/Canoe ride 8:00 Dinner

Day 11: 5:30am Wake up call

5:45 Tea/Coffee 6;00 Bird watching/elephant safari/Jungle walk. 8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Departure for Kathmandu.

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