A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.
A colossal and ancient stupa; with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, it is said to have been built by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th A.D. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The area around also known as Little Tibet due to a large number of locals of Tibetan origin resides around with many shops and restaurants that make one of the interesting parts of Bouddhanath. After an interesting day around Kathmandu city magnificent cultural and historical places of religious significance. Head back to the hotel for another exciting tour beyond Kathmandu valley the next day.
Early morning before breakfast, having warm drinks depart from the hotel for a short drive to the high scenic hill at Sarangkot, a famous viewpoint for a stunning sunrise over an array of Himalayan peaks that includes Mt. Dhaulagiri- Mt. Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu with bird-eyes views of Pokhara green valley and the city with Lake Phewa, Sarangkot a popular spot for Adventure sports like Para-Gliding and Zip Flyer as well. After enjoying glorious views of the sunrise over a mountain range, drive back to the hotel for a hearty breakfast, then ready for the next tour of Pokhara around places of interest.
Short drive to Pokhara main local center to view Seti Gorge, a river that flows right into a deep a narrow gorge. From here drive south of the city to visit David / Devi or Pathle Chhago Water Falls and the Gupteshwor large cave with a shrine of Lord Shiva. After an enjoyable day head back to the hotel with afternoon for short walks around or just relax and marvel at the views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak.
Depart from the hotel for an exciting drive to reach Nepal Far South West, where Lumbini birthplace of Buddha located, around the low and sub-tropical country at Terai-belt the flatland, drive heads south on leaving Pokhara valley and mid-hills of Yanga town to Butwal city, near Tansen, Palpa, and then arriving at Lumbini. Transfer into a nice hotel and relax, afternoon visit Lord Buddha’s birthplaces with historical sites, Lumbini a traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the great founder of Buddhism, born in the 6th Century B.C. Besides the birth site of Buddha, an interesting spot of Emperor Asoka, who visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar.
Asoka’s Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: "King Piyadasi (Asoka), The holy site of Lord Buddha rediscovered in 1895 by a German archaeologist as he came upon Asoka’s Pillar, identified the inscription, as well records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. After an interesting tour back to the hotel with time to stroll around the street and market at Lumbini.
At the lodge and hotels, your jungle programs according to the time-table start early morning, before breakfast with various activities, as follows morning Bird Watch Tour, Machan (Watch Tower) Tour, Jungle walks, nature walks, elephant and jeep safari with elephant briefing and bathing elephants include more with the entertainment of local Tharu cultural programs. Chitwan is famous for more than 43 species of mammals includes the endangered and elusive "Royal Bengal Tiger". The park is home to the one-horned Indian Rhinoceros, freshwater Gharial crocodile with many other common species such as gaur (Asian bison) wild elephants, four-horned antelopes, striped hyenas, pangolins, Gangetic dolphins, monitor lizards, and pythons.
Other animals found in the park include sambars, chital (spotted deer) barking deer, sloth bear, palm civets, langurs, and rhesus monkeys. The park is also famous for over 450 species of birds. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal Florican, the Giant Hornbill, the Lesser Florican, the Black Stork, and White Stork. Common birds in the park include Peacocks, Red Jungle fowl, and different species of Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, and Woodpeckers, the best time for bird watching is in March and December. Breakfast after short morning nature activities and lunch between safaris by 1 p.m. Then rest, late afternoon safari of few hours followed with dinner by 7-8 p.m.
While in Kathmandu short drive of half-hour to visit from one place to another interesting site, drive to Gorkha for 4-5 hours, and then the same for Pokhara. The longest overland journey will be from Pokhara to Lumbini for one day, but interesting as the country and climate change from high hills to the lower foothills of the Terai belt the flatland of Nepal.
Every place on tour beyond Kathmandu has electricity with hydropower and some places with personal solar power where guest can charge their electronic gadgets like cell phones, laptops,s, etc.
Certainly around Kathmandu and beyond at Gorkha, Pokhara, Lumbini, and at Chitwan also, where you will find banks and facilities for ATM or other credit cards to draw only local currencies.
Best hotels, lodges, and resorts as per the package tour cost, from the budget, standard to deluxe 5 star comforts available. All hotels and lodges with 24 hours room services running hot/cold water for shower and bathing with all attached baths and toilets with balcony and lounge to relax. The meals are served according to the hotel/lodge set menu of the day besides Kathmandu and Pokhara. Breakfast area large selection as well for lunch and dinner to choose from continental, Chinese, Indian or Nepalese foods with buffet banquet in some of the big hotels on tour.
Depending upon group size for minimum 2-3 people on private cars or four-wheeler, land-cruiser or similar. For more than 4 to 8 people on the comfortable couch, above 8 or 32 in Bus with comfortable seating, and space for leg rooms to stretch providing safe drinking waters for the whole journey only on drives.