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If you want to see Nepal in a different way than from the top of a mountain, you should book our Cultural Circuit Tour ! It will include a Safari experience, holy places like Buddha's birthplace, a very beautiful high plateau village and Pokhara with its famous lakes.

You start in Kathmadu with our Landcruiser towards south, more precisely to Sauraha, which is in the Terrai just at the edge of the Chitwan National Park. You will have an excellent experience in the jungle, you can ride elephants or even camels, learn how to ride a horse and you are assured to eat delicious food. After a couple of days in Sauraha you go on to Lumbini which takes you one day driving and stay in a wonderful Japanese hotel, our suggestion. You can rent a bicycle and visit the birthplace of Buddha and other buddhist temples. The original vision once upon a time was to have 37 countries- those with buddhist population- to build monasteries in Lumbini. They were supposed to represent all the variations in the way the dharma was practised globally. After that go on to the Palpa district, to Tansen and stay in the Resort. Its a beautiful Highplateau and you can finally do some walking or just enjoy the fresh air and visit the villages. It will take you another day, to go to Pokhara from there and relax at the Fewa lake as long as you want. There are several possibilities to see buddhist monasteries, hindu temples, tibetan refugee camp and so on...whenever you feel like leaving, go on direction Kathmandu, which completes your circuit. On the way we suggest you to do another stop in Kurintar. Especially if you have kids, because we claim it is the nicest swimmingpool in whole Nepal and the rooms are very cosy in a japanese style as well. We can customize this trip in any way you wish and how much time you have to spend. This offer really contains all you could wish for, walking, riding, nature, wilderness, cycling, swimming, spirituality and best of all fun.

 Fact of the Tour;
Tour Destination: Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini, Tansen and Pokhara
Highest Elevation: 1560m
Best Season: Autumn (Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April)
Group Size: 02 to 20pax
Mode of Tour: Hotel
Tour Start/End: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Grade: Easy
Tour Hour: Whole Day
Transportation by: Private car and domestic flight
Types of tour: Sightseeing and Culture Tour
Culture: Majority of Mixed Culture
Himalayan Sights: Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapurchhre and other snow-capped mountain peaks
High Lights of the Trek: Vantage point for Stunning view of high Himalayan Range, unobstructed Sunrise & Sunset view, typical lifestyle and culture of mixed peoples, scenic and picturesque ancient cities, ancient Buddhist Monasteries, Lakes, Water fall and ancient temples.

Itinerary in detail
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with our airport representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about Tour and relax.

Day 02: Today after breakfast, our Tour Guide will come to pick you up at the Hotel and introduces as following places Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu Valley as per given below description by private car, evening back to Hotel.
# Bouddhanath Stupa;

Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in the center of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the holiest Buddhist sites and one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, lies about 8 km east of the capital. The Bouddhanath stupa, also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. The claims made in various religious and literacy texts regarding the erectionn of the stupa are varied and conflicting. However, the stupa is believed to have been built in the 5th century AD during the reign of the Lichhavi period. As in other Stupa architecture, this Stupa is also has Vairochana at the center followed by Aksobhya, Ratna Sambhava, Amitabha and Amogha Siddhi in east, west, south and north direction respectively. Similarly there are one hundred and eight small niches around the stupa accommodating the icons of Buddhas, Bodhisatavas and other female deities along with conjoint figures in erotic poses. Likewise, at the bottom level, it is surrounded with the praying wheels embossed with the famous mantra Om Mani Padme Hum fixed in more than hundred and forty niches. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO in 1979.  The colossal and ancient stupa of Bouddhanath is 40 meter high. It has a round path at the bottom while another path is made of three-tier plinth. The most impressive part of the stupa is the eyes of the Buddha which are painted with red, white and blue colors. At the ground level there is a brick wall with 147 inches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels. Early morning and evening are the times to visit Bouddha to join the local residents in Khora (walking the pilgrim’s circuit, sometimes with Tibetan pilgrims on their hands and knees). In Buddhanath Stupa, there are many monasteries or Gompa attractions. They are all impressively adorned and colorfully painted. Anyone can visit the monasteries and take visuals. It is advisable to give small donation if you take photographs.

# Pashupatinath Temple;
Pashupatinath Temple situated 5km east of Kathmandu city center is the most famous Hindu Temple in Nepal. Pashupati literally means “Lord of Animals” and is considered to be the patron deity of Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple, In October 1979 Pashupati area was declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. It is a pagoda style two tiered golden roof with exquisitely carved four silver doors containing in its sanctum a phallic idol with four faces facing each direction and the other fifth one is looking up towards the zenith. A temple dedicated to Shiva was constructed at the present site by Lichhavi King Supushpa Verma according to an ancient chronicles. However the present temple is claimed to have been built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697 AD. This most sacred abode of Shiva, who is the God of the gods- Mahadev-, merits a visit by all Hindus, at least once in a lifetime, to be truly blessed and cleansed. It is believed that pilgrimage to the four dhams like Dwarika, Kedar, Rameshwor and Jaganath of India becomes meaningful only after a final darshan of Pashupatinath and by taking a holy dip in the Bagmati River and conducting a proper puja. There are temples of other Hindu deities in Pashupati premises like Bhairavnath, Vasukinag, Parbati Temple, Ram Mandir, Vishworup, Gorakhnath, Kirateshwor temple and dozens of temples dedicated to different gods and goddess. Legend has it that a cow would frequently escape from its herd and offer milk on a Jyotirlinga which denotes the point where the temple stands today. It is said that certain cowherd much to his surprise found the self generated Jyotirlinga when he dug the spot where the cow would give milk. The spot immediately became the center of worship that has been continued till today. A considerable part of the temple vicinity is converted to rest and prayer areas. Behind the temple on the banks of Bagmati is a crematorium for Hindus. At the other end of Pashupatinath Temple area is the temple of Guheshwori dedicated to Shiva’s consort Parbati also known as Satidevi. There is also a deer park at the back of the temple across the Bagmati. One may also observe Sadhus smeared with ashes and dressed in lion clothes and the Hindu Brahmins offering Tika and blessing to the visitors. Pashupatinath attracts thousands of pilgrims on spring festival Maha Shivaratri (Feb-March), the day dedicated to Shiva, Hari Talika / Teej (Aug-Sept), Janai Purnima (July-Aug) and all Mondays of the month of Shrawan (July-Aug).

# Swayambhunath Stupa;

Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century A.D. i.e. before the coming of Buddhism in the valley. Swayambhunath Stupa also called ‘the monkey temple’ by the foreigners is the most famous Buddhist temple in Nepal. It is situated just across the Bishnumati River on the top of a small hillock within walking distance of Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are 360 steps leading all the way to the top commanding a magnificent view of Kathmandu valley and the breath taking panorama of the snow clad Himalayan range. The tradition in the stupa follows the Vajrayana form of Buddhist which is a tantric variation of the Mahayana Buddhism. The stupa seems to have been constructed during the Lichhavi Period. Religious and literally sources give numerous accounts of the establishment and the patronage of the Swayambhunath premises. It is also interesting to note that the stupa went a series of renovation during the Malla period in the medieval times with the donation made by merchants, monks, pilgrims and Buddhist followers. As the ancient legend goes Kathmandu valley was a lake long time ago. Right in the center of this lake was a full blown lotus with the divine light atop. When Maha Manjhushri a saint from China heard about this he came all the way from China to the valley. He cut through the southern hill of the valley with his divine sword. The cleft made by the sword immediately drained the entire lake water making the valley floor ready for habitation. Hundreds of votive shrines and other historical monuments built in an around this stupa speak a lot the significance and antiquity of this famed stupa. The stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base. The hemispherical part of the chaitya is made of brick and stone and on top of the hemispherical part lies the hermika which carries the eyes of Vairochana watching in all the direction and believed to have been painted in the Malla period. The stupa is also laden with the 13 gold plated spires which symbolize the 13 gates of salvation. The spire is crowded by a golden umbrella supported by a pole from within the center. Devotees pour lime down the chaitya to cure illness of family members. The ten niches around the stupa represent the different forms of Buddha and their consorts. Clockwise representation are Aksobhya, Vairochana, Vajradhatvesari, Mamaki Tara, Ratnasambhava, Pandara, Amithaba,Tara, Amoga Siddhi and Saptalochini. The Vairachona is represents by the eyes painted in the hermika. Amithabha is the main deity of the Chaitya. The five elements of life represented in the premise of the stupa are Vasupura (Earth), Nagapura (serpents, the lord of water), Shantipura or Akashpura (space or sky), Vayapura (air), and Agnipura (fire).

Day 03: Today after breakfast, our Tour Guide will come to pick you up at the Hotel and introduces as following places Changunarayan Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley as per given below description by private car, evening back to Hotel.

# Changunarayan Temple;
Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley came in existence in 4th century. The temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley. Located on a magnificent hill top commanding a fantastic view of Kathmandu valley, Changu Narayan- the temple of Lord Vishnu- lies 6km north of Bhaktapur. The temple is full of magnificent art work in metal and wood. In fact, it is one of the finest examples of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Lichhavi King Manadev dating back to 464 AD. History shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred site in the 3rd century AD. The present structure was probably constructed in the 17th century, though older elements have been incorporated during the restorations. The pagoda style temple has several master pieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. The myth behind the conception of the Changu Narayan Temple portrays the religious significance and importance of the place. According to a legend, Lord Vishnu beheaded a Brahmin thinking it to be a demon and only discovered it later that he had committed a heinous crime. He then wandered on earth on his mount, the ‘Garuda’ eventually descending on the hill at Changu. There he lived in anonymity surviving on milk stolen from a cow belonging to a hermit sage called Sudharsan. When Sudharsan noticed about the stolen milk, he attacked and beheaded Lord Vishnu which freed Lord Vishnu from his sins. Ever since that day, the site has been held sacred and the temple has been revered.

# Bhaktapur Durbar Square;
Bhaktapur is the one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as Bhadgaun, meaning the city of devotees and is the home of true medieval art and architecture in the Valley. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. Not only because of its famous carved peacock windows but also due to its museum, Bhaktapur is the centre of traditional Nepalese wood carving. Compared to other royal cities in Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic. We will visit the Durbar Square (palace square) with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of Fifty-five Windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. We will also visit the Taleju Temple which is the best example of Pagoda style structure in Nepal. It stands majestically on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures. As you go up from one terrace to the next, the figures gain strength of ten times that of the lower terrace: we see two strong men; two elephants; two lions; two griffins; and two goddesses.

# Patan Durbar Square;

The cities in the Kathmandu Valley are made up of 3 ancient cities and Patan is located across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. According to legend the founding of Patan dates back to Pre-Christian times. As opposed to the Malla cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur that were mainly influenced by the Hindu religion, Patan was for many years a major Buddhist city. It is believed that it was founded in the third century B.C. by the famous Buddhist emperor, Ashoka, who visited the town while on a pilgrimage from Northern India and built four stupas that enclosed the centre of the old town. This would make it the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world. We will visit the Patan Durbar Square and see the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mabavihar and the Mahadouddha Temple.

Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Upon arrival at airport, Hotel Westwood representative will come to pick up you and transfer to the hotel. In the hotel you will be offered refreshment and the operation manager will brief about the package program and facilities of the hotel. Then, your room will be allocated to you.
•    Lunch
•    Tharu village tour
•    Visit to Museum
•    River side Sunset view
•    Cultural program
•    Dinner
Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 05:
•    Wake up call
•    Breakfast
•    Canoeing on the Rapti River
•    Visit to Elephant Breeding Center
•    Lunch
•    Elephant ride
•    Dinner
Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 06:
•    Wake up call
•    Tea/Coffee
•    Breakfast
•    Departure to bus station

Drive from Chitwan to Lumbini by private car and transfer to Hotel. Our tour guide introduces following places; Stay overnight at Hotel.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. More than 400,000 Buddhists and non Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) and holds immense archeological and religious importance.

Sacred Garden: It was here in the gardens of Lumbini that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Buddha, was born in 623 BC. The nativity site is marked by a commemorative pillar erected by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka of India during his pilgrimage to the holy site in 249 BC. The inscription on the Ashoka Pillar indentifies the Sacred Garden - spread over 9 sq. km – as the spot where the Enlightened One was born. A large number of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit Lumbini to pray at the Mayadevi Temple where excavations have revealed the “marker stone” showing the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautam Buddha was born. The sacred Puskarni Pond where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath before the birth of Buddha lies to the south of the pillar. It was also in this pond that the infant Buddha was given his first bath.

Monuments: To the north of the Sacred Garden are monastic zones where different countries have built temples and monasteries depicting different sects of Buddhism. The Myanmar Temple (Lokamani Cula Pagoda) is a shiny gold and white structure that resembles the Shwe-dagon Pagoda of Yangon while the International Gautami Nuns Temple is a replica of the Swayambhu Stupa of Kathmandu. The China Temple, built by the Buddhist Association of China, is a complex of pagodas, prayer rooms and meditation cells. Across the road is the Dae Sung Suk Ga Sa Korean Temple. The Japan Peace Stupa, built by Nippon Jon Kyohoji of Japan, is a 41-m tall structure with four different Buddha statues set into the stupa’s dome facing the four cardinal directions. Other beautiful monuments and temples have been built by Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, France, Germany and Sri Lanka.

Day 07: Our tour guide introduces as following Buddhist Circuit Tour and archaeological sites by private car and stay overnight at Hotel.
Tilaurakot; Over the past few decades archaeological work has been conducted in the Terai region of the country where Nepal's first settlements were probably located. Tilaurakot, for example, used to be the capital of the shakya dynast. It is situated in KAPILBASTU DISTRICT IN WESTERN Nepal. The present archaeological site extends over the area of more than five square kilometers. The central portion, measuring approximately five thousand meters by four thousand meters, is surrounded by a citadel built at three different periods. The first and second ancient citadel walls are made of mud ad date from 600 to 200 B.C. While the third wall appears to have been constructed with kiln burnt bricks around 150 B.C. The eastern gate, the eastern stupa, the Ashita Apsidal Stupa and a defense wall were first discovered at the site. More recent excavations have brought to light the majestic western gateway complex including the watchman's room, six meter wide roads of different periods (With cart-track impressions), the moat on the east and west, three periods of defense walls and northern twin stupas made and enlarged between the fourth and second centuries B.C. The central portion of the site has also been excavated and various brick structures from the third century B.C to the second century A.D have been unearthed. Water storage tanks, big jars, brick and terra-cotta ring wells and a fire-alter have also been found. Other antiquities discovered at the site are human and animal terra-cotta figurines (dated 400 B.C to A.D 200), silver punch-marked coins, and early cast coins with symbols, Mitra coins with different symbols, Kushan coins, and pieces of Sunga and Kushan pottery. Apart from these antiquities, practical items such as terra-cotta cart wheels, iron implements, nails, arrowheads, bone and copper rods, dice and fishing hooks have also been found.

Gotihawa; Gotihawa - rich in possession of ancient ruins is situated eleven kilometers south of Tilaurakot and six kilometers south west of Taulihawa, the present district headquarters. To the north of Gotihawa village, there is an ancient brick stupa and an Ashokan Pillar. The lower portion, with its square granite base stone, is still intact but the crowning features and inscriptional portions are missing. The site can be safely identified as the Nirvan Stupa of Kakuchhanda Buddha (one of the previous Buddha), whose hometown lies within one kilometer of this stupa-pillar complex.

Sagarahawa; This site is located tow kilometers north of Tilaurakot of the bank of the Banganga River. It was excavated in 1896 and seventeen miniature Stupas were found there. In the same general region, sites of ancient civilization have been identified at Lumbini, Banjarhi, Nipaniya and Kadyatawa, to mention just a few. Several important sites have also been excavated in the eastern region of the country, the most important of which are Bhediari, Varahakshetra, Janakpur and Simaraongad.

Kudan; Kudan is located some 4.5 kms south of Tilaurkot, is mound of structural ruins. A pond nearby appears to be the Kasaya Stupa, where a Kasaya (yellow robe worm by monks) was presented to Lord Budha. This is where King Suddodhana met Lord Budha for the first time after he returned from cosmic enlightenment.

Niglihawa; Niglihawa is a significant archaeological site about 7 kms north of Taulihawa where the remains of a broken Ashokan Pillar lie close to large pond. Emperor Ashoka built a stupa and set up a pillar when he visited the site during his pilgrims. Discovered by renewed archaeologist, Dr. Alois Fuhrer in 1895, this pillar is 15 feet tall with inscriptions on its upper portion. It is believed that kanakmuni Buddha was born and enlightened here. The Ashoka enlarged the stupa enshrining the relics of the Kanakmuni Stupa and Ashokan Pillar In their travel account

Day 08: Our tour guide introduces as following Buddhist Circuit Tour and archaeological sites by private car and drive to Tansen, stay overnight at Hotel.
Devadaha; Devadaha is ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of queen Mayadevi, Prajapati Gautami and princess Yashodhara. Many archaeological sites are located here. Khayardada, Kumarvarti, Kanyamai,Bairimai, Bhawanipur are the potential  sites. Lumbini Development Trust started excavation in Kanyamai with the help of Department of Archaeology since last year 2011 A.D. During the two year excavation in Kanyamai, structure of two temples, sculptures of Buddhist sect, potsherds, iron nail and dowel, stupa like platform and  a well have been found.

Ramagrama stupa; After the death of Buddha, his relics were divided into eight parts and Koliya king had got one part. They built stupa keeping the relic. Later Ashoka opened the other seven stupas but he could not open the stupa of Ramagrama. He had mentioned Lanmo (Ramagrama) when he visited Ramagrama stupa. Fasiyan and Huien Sang had visited this stupa in 5th and 7th cen. A.D. They also mentioned Lanmo. It befits the description of two Chinese pilgrims. Dr. Hoye discovered it in 1898 A.D. Sukra Sagar Shrestha of DoA  excavated it in 1999 to 2004 A.D. Evidence showed that it is the stupa of Maurya period but did not open relic. He also discovered the Panditpur site which is 8 km. west from Ramagrama Stupa .He was the first to excavate it and found promising result contemporary to Kapilvastu. The mound is extended to 600*600 m. area. Department of Archaeology already prepared its contour map observing the artifacts.

Day 09: Our tour guide introduces as following sites to Ranighat, ancient Tansen town, Tundikhel, beautiful three storey pagoda style Amarganj Ganesh Temple, another largest and three storey pagoda style Amarnarayan Temple as well as the dry stone masonry wall which is called “the great wall of Palpa”, white octagonal shaped Sital Pati, the vantage point of Shreenagar Hill from where breathtaking Himalayan scenery from Dhaulagiri in the west to Ganesh Himal in the east, another worth visiting places Ramdi, Ridi, Bhairabsthan and Satyawati Lake by private car and stay overnight at Hotel.
Ranighat; The then Commander in chief Khadga Shamsher, the governor of Palpa, had constructed a marvelous building on the bank of river Kaligandaki in the memory of his beloved queen Tej Kumari and established a holy place for pilgrims called Rani Ghat or Queen's confluence. The construction was started in 1950 A.D. and completed in 1954 A.D. There are altogether 25 rooms and 52 artistic windows in the building. The 7-km trail from Tansen to Ranighat is a steady slope passing through a narrow gorge. On the way more than five hilly streams and brooks meet with Barangdi Khola before it joins with Kalighandaki. The songs of birds and challenging call of pheasants from the dense forest and rocky hills above the travelers' head give a charming feel. Barangdi Khola and tributaries provide good fishing spots in many places. After crossing the brooks and bridges and trekking rocky trails one can experience a great relief and relax at the sight of the beautiful palace in the lap of green hills, just above the blue water of Kaligandaki. It presents a very wonderful view. After looking at this grand masterpiece of architecture in such a remote area one may imagine it as a creation of super natural power.

Day 10: Drive from Tansen to Pokhara by private car and transfer to Hotel. Our tour guide introduces following places for sightseeing in Pokhara Valley with private car and stay overnight at Hotel.

Davi’s Fall; Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall), Devi’s fall (also known as Devin’s or David’s) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
Gupteshwar Cave; Gupteshwar Cave or Gupreswar Gupha, considered sacrosanct by the locals, is 2 km from Pokhara airport. The 3km long cave has some large hall-like rooms and some passages where one is forced to crawl. A Shivalinga, phallic symbol if Hindu Lord Shiva, is preserved in the cave.

The Phewa Lake; majestic in stretch and beauty, is the second largest lake of Nepal. Foremost attraction in the lake is the pagoda style temple which holds the shrine of Barahi or Water Goddess. Another attraction is the amazing image of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna in the clear water of the lake. One is advised to view the south-eastern side of Phewa Lake for it has the best views. Tourists can also indulge in activities like fishing and canoeing. Several varities of fish can be found in the lake. Nearby forest is the residence of numerous animals and birds.

Barahi Temple; This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector’s deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.

Day 11: Today our tour guide introduces as following places for sightseeing trip in Pokhara Valley by private car; Stay overnight at Hotel.
International Mountain Museum; The newest cultural offering in Pokhara, the International Mountain Museum is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Inside you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. Many people in the world may not know much about the small country called Nepal, but they certainly know about this peak, the tallest in the world, called Mount Everest. Not only this highest peak, but also other 8 of the 14 peaks above the height of eight thousand meters in the world stand tall in Himalayan range of Nepal. The Himalaya is the source of water resources for billions of people living in the world. Flora and fauna in the Himalayan range is the natural habitat for the thousands of known and unknown species that contribute in maintaining and restructuring the ecosystems of our world, day and night. The little surfaced cultural values of the mountain people, geological mysteries buried underneath; nature’s serene beauty- wonders on its rock- hard and melting surfaces- make the Nepalese proud and people of the world an epicenter for their explorations. Mountains and mountaineering have a history of their own. Without preserving it, it will not be long before all the records and evidences will be lost forever. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), established on 1 Nov 1973, initiated the establishment of International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara. The basic objective for its establishment was made to record, document and chronicle the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world in general and to preserve the saga of the momentous feats in the history of mountaineering in the Himalayan peaks in particular. The foundation stone of IMM was laid on 1 Dec, 1995. The soft opening of IMM took place on 29 May, 2002 where it was officially opened on 5 Feb, 2004. Nepal's eight thousand meter high peaks records names of thousands of successful summiteers until now but its history is very young. Mountaineers M. Herzog and Louis Lachenal scaled up Annapurna on 3 June, 1950 and since then the records follow. Himalayan range of Nepal is not important to the summiteers record holders only but also to the geologists, environmentalists and sociologists as it harbors innumerable mysteries and facts the scientists and geologists are striving hard to dig out. And all its values and mysteries are showcased in the one and only Mountain Museum in the world - the International Mountain Museum, right at the footsteps of the Himalayan range, in Pokhara, Nepal. With an objective of maintaining systematic records of the successful eight thousanders, geographic flora and fauna and human activities in the range, the International mountain Museum has been established at the foot step of fishtail peak and gate way to the mountain region. The shape of the museum roof itself resembles mountain skyline to any visitor before entering the museum main gate.

World Peace pagoda; The pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa and is situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. You can get there by crossing the lake by boat and then hiking up the hill.
Himalayan Views; The magnificent Annapurna panorama that’s visible on the northern skyline of Pokhara is quite incredible. The main peaks are Annapurna I to IV and the beautiful Machhapuchhare (or Fishtail Mountaian, so named after its twin peaks). Besides these, you can also see the Himchuli, Varahashikhar, Gangapurna and other peaks. The mountains will probably be hidden in the clouds between April and September. A nice evening on the banks of Fewa Lake with the mountain range as the backdrop is what Pokhara is really about!

Day 12: Today our tour guide introduces as following places for sightseeing trip in Pokhara Valley by private car; Stay overnight at Hotel.
Bindabasini Temple; this is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of shakti. Worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the park like grounds take on a festive fair.

Sarangkot;
Several routes lead to the top of Sarangkot, a summit on the long mountain ridge skirting the north side of Lake Phewa. One of the best paths starts from near the Bindya Basini Temple; a sign indicates the road. Most taxis go only half way, as far as the end of the good road. From there it is about an hour's walk to the summit which is planted with young trees. There are several small inexpensive hotels here suitable for a night's stay. The climber must make an early ascent to see the sunrise and only in the early morning is the air clear. From above here there is a magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks and of all Pokhara which is very impressive at night.

Mahendra Cave; The Mahendra Cave or Chamero Odhaar (Bat Cave) is situated a kilometer north of Batulechaur. The exact size of the cave is a matter of dispute. Local people claim a Swiss geologist explored for two days without discovering any end. The electric lighting is limited and weak so a torch is useful Most of the stalactites have been stolen by souvenir hunters. Only an eerie cavern full of bats remains.

Annapurna Region; The Annapurna region is a very popular area for hiking and treks. Included in this region is the incredibly popular Annapurna Circuit, a two to three week trek that leads through high elevations offering beautiful views and outstanding scenery. The Annapurna mountain range takes in some of Nepal's highest peaks, including Annapurna I. While hiking is popular the area is also a challenging and enticing landscape for climbers who come here to tackle the mountains. Most visitors heading into the Annapurna region depart from the city of Pokhara.

Day 13: Morning fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu with scenic mountains scenery which takes 25 minutes and our car will pick you up at the airport and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. Our Tour Guide will come to pick you up at the Hotel and introduces as following place Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley as per given below description by private car and free day for shopping in Thamel, evening back to Hotel.
# Kathmandu Durbar Square;

Situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period. The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. The capital takes its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point. AKASH BHAIRAV: Believed to have been built in the 12th century, the temple enshrines Akash Bhairav, a ferocious manifestation of Lord Shiva. The three-storey temple with tiled roofs, a hanging balcony, gilded and latticed windows and an artistic doorway lies in the main market avenue called Indra Chowk.

Day 14: Final Departure to International Airport.

Our Package Inclusive

# Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
# 11 nights accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Tansen and Pokhara.
# Sightseeing Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
# Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
# 1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking Tour guide and his food, accommodation, equipments, salary and insurance.
# Chitwan Tour package on full board basis.
# All ground transportation by private vehicle.
# Tourist Service Charge.
# Office Service Charge.
# All government tax.
# First Aid Medical Kit box.

Our Package Exclusive
# Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Tansen and Pokhara other than breakfast.
# International Airfare to and from Nepal.
# Travel Insurance.
# Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
# Items and expenses of personal nature.
# All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
# Personal Trekking Equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu).
# Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
# Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
# Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
# Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
# Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man.

Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.

N. B. This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The package itinerary can be redesigned or changed due to trekker’s fitness and time frame of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget. Please email to us at mystiquenepaltreks@yahoo.com for more details and discussions for suitably programs.

P.S. In case of Emergency Evacuation during the trip, Helicopter Rescue will be arranged by Mystique Nepal Himalayan Trekking & Expedition (P) Ltd within 1-2 hours in first call. The cost of the rescue must be paid by the clients themselves or insurance company.

TREKKING/TOUR CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:
There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation unforeseen problems shown one month prior to Trekking/Tour departure date, a cancellation fee of 50% two weeks prior to Trekking/Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
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