Lumbini Trip: 9 Days
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Evening dinner with cultural show and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley and World Heritage Site Sightseeing by car
After breakfast if weather permits, early morning Mt. Everest flight( Extra cost of $160 USD), visit Pashupatinath, situated 5 km east of Kathmandu. The temple of Lord Shiva, Pathupatinath with its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors is considered one of the holiest Hindu shrines. You will then visit Boudhanath, which lies 3kms east of Pashupati. This ancient colossal Buddhist stupa is one of the biggest in the world. It was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. After lunch you will proceed to Swayambhunath, one of the world's most glorious Buddhist chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire base are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Next you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see the Taleju Temple, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D.; Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction; Nautale Durbar; Nasal Chowk; Gaddi Baithak; the statue of King Pratap Malla and Jagannath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Sightseeing in UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is renowned of its myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will see the Palace of 55 windows, the stone temple of Batsala Devi full of carvings, innumerable temples and architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of king Bhupatindra Malla, the picture gallery and the Batsala temple. Next we will visit Patan Durbar Square, where you will marvel at the 16th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna, built entirely of stone. This 21-spired temple holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan and is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikara style architecture in Nepal. You are dropped at Thamel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park
After breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park by bus (185km/5 ½ hours). Enroute you will enjoy 3 hours of white water rafting on the Trisuli river and then have lunch. Upon arrival in Chitwan, you will check into the hotel and have a welcome drink and briefing about jungle activities. In the evening you can enjoy the Tharu stick dance and dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 05: Jungle safari activities in the Chitwan National Park
Wake up call with tea/coffee followed by a nature walk and bird watching tour. Have breakfast and start your jungle safari on elephant. Visit the elephant breeding centre. In the afternoon take a canoe ride or jungle hike. The Tharu stick dance will be followed by dinner. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 06: Chitwan - Lumbini (Birth place of Lord Buddha)
After breakfast, drive to Lumbini (150 km / 5 hrs). Upon arrival check into the hotel. Take an evening walk around the Buddhist shrines and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 07: Lumbini - Pokhara
After breakfast drive to Pokhara. Afternoon is free for personal activities and a 1-hour boat ride on Fewa lake. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Pokhara Valley Sightseeing
After breakfast you will start Pokhara Valley sightseeing, covering Seti Gorge, Bindabasini Temple, Davi's Falls and Mahadev Cave and then drive/fly to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09: Transfer to the airport for your final departure
After breakfast, you are free till the time of check out. Transfer to International Airport to catch your return flight or continue with other activities.