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SPIRIT OF NATURE AND WILDLIFE
SAFARI OF NEPAL

Oct. 14-23, 2019

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  THE VIEW OF MOUNT EVEREST, AS TAKEN BY ONE OF OUR OWN PASSENGERS ON   THE FLIGHTSEEING EXCURSION THE LAST TIME WE RAN THIS TRIP TO NEPAL
  (DO YOU NOTICE THAT THE CLOUDS ARE ACTUALLY BELOW THE MOUNTAIN?)

 

Itinerary, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner  included in the trip itinerary

Join us for a once in a lifetime trip experience.  We will spend 10 days and 9 nights exploring the most unique and dramatic scenery, culture and wildlife of Nepal.

We will enjoy our first 2 nights in the capital city of Kathmandu (4593 feet altitude, comparable to that of Denver Colorado in the US), at the 5 star Hyatt Regency hotel.  In Kathmandu we will enjoy sightseeing of several UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES.  These sites hold significance to the local history, culture and religions of Nepal

An optional one hour flight seeing excursion taking you by plane over the peaks of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world for up close views of its majestic peaks will also be offered here.

We will next enjoy one night at a first class resort in the mountains (7135 feet altitude), yet only a 45 minutes drive away from Kathamadu.  Here we will experience breathtaking mountain vistas, crisp mountain air, plus an incredible mountain sunset and sunrise. 

Our next three nights will be at a first class deluxe wildlife safari lodge along the jungles of Chitwan National Park. (maximum altitude of 2700 feet).   Here we will enjoy safari activities including 2 elephant back safaris and one jeep safari in the jungle, to witness the wildlife of the jungle in the national park, plus two boat safaris to witness the wildlife along the river in the national park.  Our safari activities will take us to witness the park’s Big Six Wildlife including
 
One Horned Indian Rhino
Asian Elephant
Royal Bengal Tiger
Crocodiles
Leopard
Sloth Bear
Plus many species of monkeys including the Rhesus Macque Monkey and the larger, more elegant Grey Langur Monkey

We will also enjoy sunset receptions along the river and a heartwarming visit to a local orphanage to interact with the young children in games.

Our last three nights will be enjoyed in the mountain village of Pokhara (4593 feet altitude), at a 1st class deluxe resort offering both breathtaking mountain and lake views.  From here we will enjoy a visit to a Buddhist monastery to witness a cultural prayer and chanting ritual, a visit to a Buddhist Peace Stupa on a hillside, a gentle walk to visit a Buddhist village, a visit to a scenic waterfalls and the entrance to one of the largest caves in Asia.  Free time will also be afforded for optional mountain activities such as zip-lining, hang gliding, hiking and more.

October is the ideal time to visit Nepal, as the weather is dry and the visibility is clear.  The average daytime temperature in Kathmandu is 68F (20C) and slightly warmer in the jungle, while slightly cooler in the mountains.

All together, our 10 days and nine nights in Nepal will provide you with memorable experiences of the beauty found in the stunning scenery, vibrant culture, wildlife and history of Nepal.

 

Day 01, Oct 14 :  Kathmandu - Arrival 
On arrival you will be welcomed and received on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by our staff member. You will then be transferred and checked into our hotel, the five star Hyatt Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax. This evening we will enjoy a welcome orientation.

 

Day 02, Oct 15 : Kathmandu Exploration Day. (B,D)
After breakfast in the morning, we will go for a Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Kathmandu is only at an altitude of 4953 feet, making it the same altitude as Denver Colorado and thus there should be no problems with adjusting to the altitude.  We are going today to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR which includes:

Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see the scenic Kathmandu valley.  Swayambhunath is an ancient t religious structure atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city.

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Swoyambhunath

 

Pashupatinath – The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the Bagmati River, approximately 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley. . The temple serves as the seat of Nepal’s national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. 

This temple complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites's list in 1979 This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river" and is included as one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO's designation of Kathmandu Valley as a cultural heritage site.  The area of Pashupatinath encompasses 264 hectares of land including 518 temples and monuments. The main pagoda style temple is located in the fortified courtyard within the complex guarded by Semi-Military Nepal Police and Military Force Nepal Army and has a police outpost along with living quarter within. In front of the western door, there is a huge statue Nandi bull, in bronze. Along with many temples and shrines of both Vaishnav and saiva tradition

It is also a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus where you will witness the Hindu tradition of outdoor cremation of their dead in the most unique way in the world;

 

Boudhanath - The biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple.

Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The Buddhist stupa of Boudha  dominates the skyline; it is one of the largest stupas in the world.

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Bouddha Stupa Panorama

Patan Durbar Square - A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.

We will have free time to have a lunch in one of the roof top restaurants here offering nice views and a fun setting to eat.  Our guide can recommend some of the best ones to go to for lunch.

At the end of our day, we will be returned to our hotel the 5 star Hyatt Kathmandu to rest and freshen up, before we are taken to enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner and dancing show, where we will witness both the local traditional cuisine as well as the local traditional song and dance performance on stage while dining on traditional cuisine.

 

Day 03, Oct 16 : Kathmandu – Nagarkot (B/D)
Optional : In the morning early around 5.30 Am you have a once in a lifetime unique optional excursion to go for an Everest experience mountain flight to see Everest close up on this morning flightseeing excursion.  The breathtaking up close view of the highest mountain in the world is sensational.  Every passenger is given a window seat and sometimes passengers are even invited for a short visit to view Everest from the cockpit of the plane. The last time we ran this trip, every passenger in the plane was given the opportunity to spend a few minutes in the cockpit viewing Everest from that unique vantage point.  This visit to the cockpit was included in the price of the flightseeing tour.  After the excursion is over, you will be brought back to the Hyatt for your breakfast buffet with the rest of the group, included at the hotel, before we all checkout together after breakfast. 

The cost of the optional Mount Everest flightseeing excursion this morning is $275 per person.

 

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THE VIEW OF MOUNT EVEREST, AS TAKEN BY ONE OF OUR OWN PASSENGERS ON THE FLIGHTSEEING EXCURSION THE LAST TIME WE RAN THIS TRIP TO NEPAL
(DO YOU NOTICE THAT THE CLOUDS ARE ACTUALLY BELOW THE MOUNTAIN?)

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, we will be driven to the village of Bhaktapur for sightseeing of this incredible and beautiful village where you can enjoy the countryside nature. The village itself gives the impression of a medieval town and the walk along the village streets is wonderful!

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1,400 metres above sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu.

 

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Durbar Area OF Bhaktapur

We will again have free time to have lunch in one of the roof top restaurants here which our local guide will recommend to us. 

Next we will be driven to the village of Nagarkot.  The drive to Nagarkot is very scenic alongside a beautiful landscape passing through many small villages and we will make one or two stops to explore a scenic village and overlook along this stunning scenic drive.. 

From Nagarkot you can see view of the Annapurna Mountain, one of the highest in the Himalayas,   Ganesh Mountain, Langtang, and Manaslu mountains, plus see Everest, the highest of them all as well as many other mountain ranges, making the panoramic view from Nagarkot simply spectacular. Enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

We will be checked into our 4 star hotel, the Hotel Club Himalaya Nagarkot.


The hotel offers a rare blend of nature and modern amenities and has become synonymous with Nagarkot. The hotel offers expansive public decks for viewing of breathtaking sunrise and sunset.  Each room also opens to a private balcony, where one can view the most splendid sunrise. The interior is traditional, stylish and elegant. Club Himalaya's comfortable accommodation, cozy ambiance, delicious food and the welcoming and gracious staff creates a true 'comfort above the clouds' experience. 

Nagarkot sits serenely nestled at an altitude of 7,135 feet in the mountains, making it ideal for up close stunning mountain scenery, as well as its ideal position to view both the sunset and sunrise over the Himalayan mountain ranges, yet still not too high to pose any altitude adjustment issues for travelers. The hotel also boasts an indoor hot tub and swimming pool, as well as a massage/spa center.  The indoor pool and Jacuzzi area provides large ceiling to floor windows offering panoramic views.

At the massage center spa, from Western modalities of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, to Eastern techniques of Nepali and Ayurvedic treatments, to fresh fruit facials and body wraps, Himalayan healers provides the most professional massage therapy treatments in Nepal. All of their staff have trained for 500 hours at their school in Nepal according to international standards. Furthermore, their training has been recognized internationally for both its quality as well as it’s spirit..

For the best Sunset views we can see from Nagarkot, we will be taken to a view point from where we can see the most awe inspiring sunset view over the expensive panorama of the Himalyan mountains of Annapurna, Everest and more.  Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.

 After checking in, anyone wishing to join us for an included nature walk in the foothills of the mountains for more spectacular views can do so.

 Each of our passengers will have the option of either relaxing at the hotel after checking in or joining us for a scenic one way walk about two and a half hours downhill through a quaint local village for the chance to see how the village life is and witness more scenic mountain views.  The walk is just one way (downhill) and those choosing to walk with us will be picked up at the end of the walk and driven back to the hotel.  Those joining us on the walk will enjoy an incredible sunset over the mountains on the walk, while those choosing to skip the walk can either relax in their room, taking in more views from their own patio, visit the hotel spa for a massage, or even choose the serenity of another pleasant experience offered by the hotel – mountain kite flying, which you can enjoy from a nearby hill.  Also, for those choosing to skip the walk, you can experience a beautiful sunset from one of the outdoor decks at the hotel too. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
 

Day 04, Oct 17 :  Nagarkot - Chitwan (B/L/D)
We will rise early this morning to see the amazing sunrise over the Himalayas from the patio of our hotel.  You can choose to view the sunrise either from the privacy of the patio of your own room, or from the expansive patio of the hotel’s large viewing deck.  The view of the sun rising over the Himalays is a mesmerizing experience of a lifetime.  Breakfast is included at the hotel after watching the sunrise, then after breakfast at the hotel, we will all check out and then we will be driven to the airport and fly to Chitwan .National Park (a short flight of only about 45 minutes) for our three day deluxe safari experience of a lifetime there.

Upon our flight arrival, we will be driven to the 1st class deluxe Barahi Jungle Lodge Chitwan with reception at a welcome hut with welcome drink followed by Lunch included at the lodge.. This afternoon is at leisure to relax and admire the peaceful surroundings .of our jungle lodge along the river. This evening we will enjoy a sunset reception along the river to watch the sun setting over the river and the jungle, followed by an included dinner at our lodge. 

Bahari Jungle Lodge is the #1 rated specialty lodging in Chitwan National Park, by the popular online rating service tripadvisor.com

 

5.0 stars rating overview on 261 reviews on tripadvisor.com by guests who stayed there.
 
Their breakdown of reviews were:

(if you wish to read the reviews of this safari lodge, as listed on tripadvisor.com, click the below listed link)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293892-d6457204-Reviews-Barahi_Jungle_Lodge-Chitwan_National_Park_Chitwan_District_Narayani_Zone_Central_Regio.html

Bahari Jungle Lodge was also rated 9.4 out of 10 on booking.com

Welcome Barahi Jungle Lodge
Barahi Jungle Lodge situated in the pacific Chitwan, reflects the serenity of the National Park. Chitwan’s tranquility and the lodge’s peace very well complement one another. Experiencing refined luxury in the panoramic jungles adorned with the Rapti River when viewed from Barahi’s vantage point is a parallel universe retreat. We take immense pride in strengthening the bond of nature and mankind through our experiences


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Barahi Jungle Lodge with its selective location on the banks of Rapti is set in a small village of Tharus. The lodge adjoining the forest from two sides offers a breathtaking view of the National Park from its river facing stand-alone cottages. The ambience and the style of interior of our wildlife resort in Chitwan gives a stunning insight into the aboriginal Tharu culture of Nepal interlaced with wilderness of Chitwan.

The lodge is river facing imbued with a sense of serenity. Moreover, the lodge has got an infinity pool for relaxation and for observing wildlife from the comforts of the lodge. The lodge also has a quality wellness spa that offers Ayurvedic therapies. Since the lodge is located near the river, it serves as a starting point for all the various activities which makes our lodge unique.

Spreading over 12 hectares, the lodge offers 34 deluxe boutique guest rooms and one family suite. The rooms are built as 28 individual and 6 interconnecting deluxe cottages. Each room opens to a private balcony and private views of the jungle. Each room features a décor with a blend of contemporary and traditional Nepali Furnishings with indigenous elements such as used wood, bamboo, elephant grass and animal arty-crafts.

In-room services and amenities 

  • Spacious bathroom with cubical shower room or bathtub
  • Private balconies with panoramic views of the river and National Park
  • Wildlife-inspired décor and artifacts
  • Daily Housekeeping service
  • Shaver outlet & adaptors
  • Laundry service
  • 32” LCD television with satellite connection
  • Individual climate controlled inverters, air-conditioning & overhead fans

Dining
All meals are included here.  Culinary experiences at Barahi are an appeasement in itself. The lodge offers authentic Nepalese Cuisine enhanced with organically grown healthy food, topped with Himalayan herbs and homemade pickle. Delectable Continental, Indian, Thai and Chinese too form a part of our menu. At some distance from the cottages, our Tiger’s Den Bar environs in such a way that the nature can be felt closely and deeply. Our bar is well-equipped to serve aperitif-spirits, wines and liqueurs.

The evenings are filled with lively performances which brings the forest alive. Colorfully dressed Tharu girls and boys exhibit their culture through dance and music performances forming a rhythm that will definitely sway you with it. We also offer juggling and fire shows on request.

There are several ways to explore Chitwan’s wilderness and its wildlife here. All of these wildlife viewing experiences are included in our trip package.  Jeep safari, Boat safaris, Jungle walk and  Elephant safaris will amaze you at the opportunity to see the wildlife up close in their natural habitat and are each included in our three night safari experience..

Village visits on foot or by oxcart are also organized and included  to provide a sneak peek into the cultural aspect of Chitwan.  Tharu cultural dance performance by a local group is organized at the lodge in the evenings

Chitwan boasts 67 different species of wildlife including rhinos, tigers, deer, monkeys, elephants, leopards, sloth bears, wild boar and hyenas.  Birdwatchers can see 544 different species of birds, while butterfly spotters have identified at least 60 species, some as large as your hand.

CHITWAN’S BIG FIVE WILDLIFE WE CAN SEE ON OUR SAFARI ACTIVITIES INCLUDED FOR US ON OUR DAYS HERE IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK:

One Horned Indian Rhino- Chitwan is one of the last refuges of the rare one horned Indian rhino and they are one of the most commonly seen of animals on safari in this national park.

Asian Elephant – the Asian Elephants are all over the park.  They are the second largest land mammal in the world.  In addition to those which we will ride on our elephant back safaris and bathe on our Elephant bathing experience, elephants are frequently spotted simply roaming the jungle lands on their own.  We may likely ride on safari on one elephant right up to other elephants strolling their natural jungle habitat on their own.  They also often come out to eat or drink along the river, especially at night, which provides a great natural viewing experience either at our sunset cocktail hours along the river, or after sunset, by just sitting alongside the river at our lodge.  The last time we did this trip, we gathered at sunset at our lodge as an elephant was spotted walking within sight and many of our passengers got priceless photos

Royal Bengal Tiger – Elusive but thrilling when spotted here, they do make there habitat in the jungles of Chitwan National Park.  The intelligence, size and power of the royal Bengal toger make it one of the most majestic and most feared animals in the jungle

Crocodiles – Chitwan has a significant population of Gharial crocodiles.  The gharial is a bizarre looking crocodile with a slender, elongated snout crammed with ill fitting teeth and a bulbous protuberance at the end of its snout.

Leopard – Leopards are always a thrill to see on any safari and that is no different here in Chitwan.  They roam the jungle here and our naturalists guides are very skilled in finding them and pointing them out on our safari activities.

Sloth Bear –Technically not part of the big five, they are just as much of a wow to spot in the jungle.  These are shaggy black bears.  They are smaller than the traditional black bear and usually look the size of a very large dog, but they have a reputation as the most feared animal in the jungle along with the tiger.  Their name comes from their long claws resembling that on a sloth in the 19th century and their excellent tree climbing ability.  

 

Day 05, Oct 18 : (B,L,D) Morning boat safari to see wildlife along the river followed by a special breakfast along the river bank at Golaghat and then we will be returned to the lodge via village by drive.

On our boat safari, you will glide along the placid water of the Rapti River looking out for Crocodiles and several Wetland Species, including rare birds, both migratory and residents and if lucky get a closer view of the Rhinos wallowing in water. Our Boat safari lets you enjoy the wildlife from the comforts of the boat. Our Boat Safari is a peaceful one hour ride that is concluded with breakfast at the merging point of Rapti and Narayani River

Midday elephant briefing followed by Elephant feeding and then Elephant bathing  in the river  and then lunch at the lodge.

 You will actually be on the back of your elephant in the river, as he splashes you with water from his trunk.  It is an exhilarating experience which our passengers were thrilled at the last time we ran this tour.

Late Afternoon elephant back safari to see wildlife in the jungle

This Riverine jungle forest is dominated by Silk Cotton trees and Grassland along with three natural watering holes, where a good population of Rhinos often return to drink and is a spot for visits of the jungle’s other natural predators, such as the leopard and if we are lucky, we can even witness the Bengal Tiger.

After our elephant back safari we will be returned to our lodge for dinner at the lodge or if you wish a special dining experience tonight, you can join the resort’s optional bush dinner in the jungle by lantern lights. B, L, D

 

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Our passengers enjoyed the ride on the backs of the elephants into the river for the ritual of” Elephant Bathing” where the elephants splashed us with water.  The ritual is done with 2 passengers plus one guide on each elephant (The man standing is one of the local guides)

 

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Crocodiles we saw on our boat safari the last time we ran this trip.

 

Day 06, Oct 19 : (B,L,D)  Morning Jeep safari with breakfast in the jungle (4-5 hours total safari with breakfast in the jungle); This is another special experience, as our experienced local naturalist guides will take us to spots in the jungle best suited to spot by jeep the animals in the natural jungle habitat.  Its another great way to experience the dense flora and vivacious wildlife of Chitwan as we pass through various habitats following their tracks in the company of an experienced naturalist.  We will then be returned to the lodge for lunch at  the lodge.

After lunch we will be taken to visit a local orphanage.  We will ride a most unique form of transport -  by oxcart and then upon arrival, we will enjoy the heartwarming experience of interacting with the local children at play on the orphanage grounds (last time, we played “ring around the rosie” with the young children outside on the orphanage grounds and the experience just melted the hearts of our passengers with the bonds they formed with the young orphaned children.) 

Upon returning to the lodge by oxcart, we will enjoy a late afternoon boat safari to again spot more wildlife along the river followed by a sunset reception along the river, followed by dinner included at the lodge. B, L, D

Tonight, enjoy an included local performance by the native Tharu cultural dancers in our lodge to show you the traditional stick dance and other dancing skills of local people

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The Serene image of Sunset over the river at Chitwan National park, as taken on our last visit there.

 

Day 07, Oct 20 (B)  Morning  elephant or jeep safari (the local naturalist will determine which safari type and safari route is best that day based on conditions that morning). We will then check out and be driven to the final destination of our tour, Pokhara, for three nights. The drive is four hours with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant at the midpoint.  Pokhara offers a wonderful mix of scenic mountain views and lively local shopping and other activities at a pleasant and very scenic 4593 feet in altitude..

Our three days here will feature a visit to a Nepalese monastery in the mountains to witness a traditional prayer ritual; a scenic boat ride and short walk to an inspiring peace pagoda; a short drive to visit a beautiful waterfall and the entrance to one of the largest caves in Asia, plus a leisurely walk along a stunning lake with more gorgeous mountain views.  One free afternoon is also provided for optional activities such as zip-lining in the mountains, hang gliding over the mountains, hiking or even bungee jumping if you have an adventurous mind.  B

We will be staying at the deluxe and beautiful 4.5 star Temple Tree Resort and Spa.  Temple Tree was rated 4.5 stars on trip advisor by guests who stayed there, as well as 4.5 stars on hotels.com, expedia.com and booking.com

Temple Tree Resort & Spa is a unique hotel combining western standards with the distinctive architecture and culture of Nepal’s Western Himalayas. Named after the fragrant temple tree plant frangipani found here, we offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere

Nestling close by Fewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, Temple Tree is framed by the foothills and majestic peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range. The air here is pure and clean, and the sub-tropical climate warm and pleasant.
Temple Tree comprises two storey individual cottages, finished in hand-cut stone and featuring beautifully-decorated timber struts and pillars. Each room has a private balcony with pergola looking on to a lush garden centered on an ancient tree formed from three interlocking trunks. This tree is believed to be inhabited by local deities and continues to be ritually offered flowers and perfumes to this day

Location

The resort is ideally located right at the centre of the Lakeside in an area called Gaurighat, the only stretch of the Lakeside enjoying a full view of the lake as well as the Himalayas.
We are a short stroll from specialty restaurants, fine handicraft and trekking equipment shops, Mountain bikes or boat rentals and convenience stores. Major banking facilities including ATMs are also within easy reach.
Our accommodation offers a private and tranquil setting. All rooms are climate controlled, feature LED television with satellite feeds as standard, and access to free Internet through our Wi-Fi network in the rooms as well as around the hotel

 

Each of our 46 rooms is housed in a two storay cottages with en-suite bathroom, a private veranda, 25 Sqm space and 32” flat LED TV with all international channels overlooking the inner courtyard and the landscaped gardens with water features. Each cottage design reflects the rustic style of the Western Himalayan architecture featuring stone niches and traditional interiors with modern comforts

 

The Spa

Traditional Asian medicine teaches that health is the product of fine balancing of the 5 elements present both in our body and in the environment. The Spa at Temple Tree offers a blend of treatments to achieve this balance by relaxing and reinvigorating the body and mind through baths, saunas, mudpacks, massages and scrubs. Our treatments use traditional perfumed oils, spices and essences of flowers and shrubs that are found only in the Himalayas. Our Receptionist will be pleased to advise you on the individual treatments best for you.

The Infinity Pool

Temple Tree has a beautifully designed infinity Swimming Pool for our guests to seek a cool and refreshing respite from the tropical heat. The design was inspired by the natural contours of Fewa Lake.

The Tree House lounge at Temple Tree provides a casual gathering place for drinks located in a prime position to embrace the views of this unique and tranquil environment

The Tree House provides an informal space with sofas and tables. It is located in a prime position to embrace the views of this unique enclave of tranquility.

The Island Bar is conveniently placed between the Swimming Pool and The Bay Leaf Restaurant. Here guests can relax during the day, sample our signature cocktails or mock tails and enjoy an array of tapas snacks.

The Bay Leaf serves world cuisine. It offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with intimate setting ideal for any occasion. Larger parties can also be hosted as the restaurant’s dining space can be extended into the gardens

We will arrive at around 3pm and check into our rooms.  Then we will enjoy a scenic guided walk along the lake offering panoramic mountain views and a stunning lakeside sunset.  The evening is at your leisure to explore the vibrant restaurants and shopping which are all just walking distance from our hotel.

 

Day 8 Oct. 21 (B) - After breakfast included at the hotel we will enjoy a scenic boat ride down the lake and then a short and not difficult walk up to the World Peace Stupa, a nice destination in Pokhara which will take about one hour to reach the top. It’s a beautiful viewpoint and a Buddhist Pilgrimage location as well. You will be picked up from the Peace Stupa and driven down to visit Davis Falls and see the entrance to an ancient cave which happens to be one of the longest caves in Asia.  We will be driven back to Pokhara and enjoy a free afternoon. This afternoon you may wish to do some adventure activities like Paragliding, ultra-light flight, bungee jump or zip lining, or just stroll the many shopping opportunities in Pokhara or enjoy relaxing at our hotel’s infinity pool, or receiving a massage at our hotel.

Day 9 – Oct. 22 (B,L)  Wake up early in the morning and we will be driven to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara famous for Sunrise, which is just a 30 minutes drive. . Here we will enjoy a real Close-up look of the sun rising over Annapurna and Fishtail mountains, and the unparalleled Sunrise from there makes a perfect start of our day. We will Enjoy the Mountain View breakfast here after the sunrise and prepare for a leisurely three hours walk to Naudanda on a very gentle and very scenic trail. You will be walking through beautiful mountain villages, immersing yourselves into the cultural and natural beauty of the area. Once you finish your walk, we will enjoy an included lunch in one of the mountain restaurants. You will be relaxed and ready move ahead by the time you finish the lunch.

We will then be driven for about 30 minutes to a spiritual center of a beautiful Buddhist monastery at Hemja. Explore the surrounding of the monastery until the prayer starts at 3:00 pm. Feel high in spirituality as you enjoy the chanting of the rituals by the Buddhist monks and immerse yourself into the meditative atmosphere for about one and half hours before the prayer ends. We will then be driven back to Pokhara, where the final evening is yours to relax at our hotel and enjoy the serenity of our hotel around the lake, the infinity pool, get a massage in the spa, or stroll once more the many restaurants walking distance from our hotel. .


 Day 10 – Oct. 23rd – (B) – After breakfast included at our hotel, our group will be transported back to the airport for the included 45 minute flight back to Kathmandu, arriving at a scheduled time of 10am, where all can make connections to their own flights back to their own home cities. 

PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR CONNECTIONS TO YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT HOME AT KATHMANDU AIRPORT AND ALLOW TIME FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A DELAY IN THE FLIGHT FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU.  WE SUGGEST BOOKING YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT FROM KATHMANDU AT ANY TIME WHICH IS 2PM OR LATER,
 
Your trip includes:

  • 2 nights at the five star Hyatt Regency hotel in Kathamandu with breakfast daily

  • 1 night at the four star Hotel Club Himalaya in the mountains of Nagarkot Nepal with breakfast
  • 3 nights at the first class deluxe Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan National Park, with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (Barahi was rated the #1 specialty lodging on trip advisor and was rated 5 stars on trip advisor by those who stayed there. (Barahi Jungle Lodge was also rated 9.4 out of 10 on booking.com)
  • 3 nights at the 4.5 star Temple Tree Resort and Spa In Pokhara Nepal with breakfast daily (Temple Tree was rated 4.5 stars on trip advisor by guests who stayed there, as well as 4.5 stars on hotels.com, expedia.com and booking.com)
  • Transport by van or minibus from Kathmandu to Nagarkot 45 minutes with site-seeing in Bhktapur enroute to Nagarkot
  • Transport by commercial airplane to Chitwan National Park
  • Transport by van or minibus from Chitwan to Pokhara Nepal (4 hours drive)
  • Transport by commercial airplane from Pokhara back to Kathmandu on the last day of the trip, with arrival by 10am to allow for your own international connections home any time after 2pm.
  • Private group sightseeing tours as listed in the trip itinerary and all entrance fees on each tour.
  • Meals in total:  9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners included
  • Non smoking Roommate of the same gender if you request one (to avoid the single room supplement)
  • Singles trip escort from singlescruisesandtours.com
  • Bilingual local trip escort from Nepal on all sightseeing tours
  • All rooms at all hotels will have 2 beds, unless you choose the optional single room supplement

 

Not Included:

The optional Mount Everest one hour flight seeing tour on day 3 ($175 for this once in a lifetime up close view of the highest mountain in the world)

Gratuities for the local Nepali guide

Travel insurance (this is available for purchase upon request)

Drinks not already mentioned in the trip itinerary

Spa services

Any items of a personal nature charged to your hotel room (such as room service, souvinirs, drinks, spa services etc.)

 

TRIP COST Only $2899 per person based on having a roommate assigned to you or traveling with a friend

Optional single room supplement: $875

 

A DEPOSIT OF $500 IS DUE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF BOOKING YOUR SPACE

Cancelations: If you have traveled with us on at least one trip before, you can cancel and receive your full $500 deposit back if you cancel this trip for any reason by March 15th 2019.  After that date, you may cancel for a refund of the full $500 deposit with a doctor’s note until April 15th.After April 15th no cancelations are allowed unless you provide a replacement passenger to take your space.

 

If you have never traveled with us before then you can cancel for any reason until March 15th and receive a future trip credit of the full $500 deposit you paid (but you will not receive any refund).  The $500 future trip credit is valid to be applied to any trip you choose from our singlescruisesandtours.com site for two years from the start date of the trip you canceled.  After March 15th, you may still cancel for the same $500 future trip credit with a doctor’s note until April 15th.. After April 15th no cancelations are allowed unless you provide a replacement passenger to take your space. 

The Balance payment for the trip is due on June 15th and you will receive an email invoice reminder approx.. 10 days before it is due.  The balance payment is non refundable unless  you provide a replacement traveler to take your place on the trip.

We always recommend purchasing travel insurance, as the insurance company will reimburse you for the entire trip cost you paid if you cancel for a medically covered reason. (it also covers reimbursement of medical expenses you incur during a trip for which you have purchased travel insurance)
Details of travel insurance cost and coverage are available upon request.
 

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