Chitwan National Park is the first National Park of Nepal. It is listed in world Heritage Site by UNESCO. The specialty of the park is that it inhabits endangered species of earth like Royal Bengal Tiger, One-Horned Rhino and spotted leopard.Around 43 species of mammals, 500 species of birds and 23 species of reptiles are found here. The elephant breeding and crocodile breeding center and THaru Museum are other attractions of this place.
The national park is located in Chitwan district and hence it gets its name Chitwan National Park. It is around 155 km away from Kathmandu and it takes around four hours to reach there from the capital.The jungle safari to Chitwan National Park begins from Kathmandu. Here you get chance to observe four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa.
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by journey, you can take short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
The real fun begins from today as you will be visiting four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu.
We visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in the beginning. Here you get chance to see century old palace called Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Lord Hanuman (Monkey God) is enshrined at the entrance of the palace and due to it the palace is named after it. The Durbar Square is stretched at an area of five acres. Entire Square is divided into two quadrangles—outer and inner.
The Hanuman Dhoka Palace is covered within inner part wehereas Kumari Ghar, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Kashtamandap, is located at outer part of the vicinity. Living Goddes (Kumari) lives in Kumari Ghar. She is worshipped as female energy and it the system of worshipping her was started many centuries ago when Malla dynasty ruled the Valley.
Before the quake of 25th April, 2015 there were 50 temples in this area and at present there are around 20 such sites including Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
From here we move towards Pashupatinath Temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Linga. It is the greatest Shrine of Hindu. The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati River.
Bouddhanath is another place of our visit today. No any exact record is found regarding the foundation date of Bouddhanath. Some believe that the stupa was built by one of the Kings of Lichhavi dynasty more than 2000 years ago.
The stupa is built in octagonal-mandala structure and is protected by wall from all side. There in the wall you can see 108 depiction of Amitabh Buddha.
From here we move towards Swoyambhunath. It is located in a hillock. It is said that the civilization of Kathmandu Valley started with Swoyambhunath. The literal meaning of Swoyambhunath is self-existing.
Legends say that Lord Buddha visited here and gave sermon to his disciples here.
Overnight at hotel.
Patan is rich in culture and art and architecture. Newari culture and tradition reached its peak here during Malla dynasty. The stone carvings here and the palaces here speak the reality.
Built in a rock, Krishna Temple is really beautifully carved where you can read scriptures of Mahabharat and Ramayan in its beam. Lord Krishna is enshrined in the temple. We also visit Patan Durbar Square today. The palace gives complete understanding of Nepal’s history.
On this very day we drive to Bhaktapur, city of art and architecture. This city reached its peak during Malla dynasty. Lion’s Gate, 55-Window Palace and other temples are the main attraction of this place.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
After breakfast we drive towards Chitwan. The Park is situated in Chitwan district and due to this reason the park derived its name as Chitwan National Park. It takes around four hours to reach here from Kathmandu as the park is 155 km away from the capital. We drive along Trishuli river following Prithvi Highway.
In Chitwan National park our staff will brief you about the upcoming activities. In the evening you will enjoy dinner watching Tharu dance and listening music.
Tharu are known as indigenous ethnic group who are local inhabitants of Chitwan and they call themselves jungle people. They have their own culture and tradition.
The fun begins from early morning. We ride on elephant back and penetrate deep inside the jungle. You can even boat at Rapti River. You will see Mugger crocodile and One-Horned Rhino. If lucky enough you can see tiger.
You will visit elephant/crocodile breeding center at noon. The visit to Tharu Museum will inform you many things about this group of Nepal.
We will spend over night in Chitwan at hotel.
We wake up early in the morning and go for bird watching inside the jungle. Here you will see more than 500 species of birds including migrant from Russia.
After lunch you get back to Kathmandu. We still have time to roam around Thamel. In the evening Adventure White Mountain will offer you dinner.
Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.