Duration: 3 Days
If you have a few extra days in Kathmandu before or after your trek to Everest, Langtang or Annapurna region, why not spend a day or more exploring the historic sights of Kathmandu or Bhaktapur or pay a visit to the UNESCO HERITAGE Chitwan National Park.
It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It is a preserved area in the Terai Lowlands of south-central Nepal, known for its biodiversity. Its dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare mammals like one-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers. The park shelters numerous bird species, including the giant hornbill. Dugout canoes traverse the northern Rapti River, home to crocodiles. Inside the park is Balmiki Ashram, a Hindu pilgrimage site.
OUR PROPOSED 8-DAY ITINERARY
Start in the morning in Kathmandu, the first medival city-state, with a visit to the UNESCO HERITAGE Swayambunath stupa ('monkey temple') on top of a hill and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the city at the same time. The next stop is Budhanilkhanta to witness the giant floating statue in water of Narayan, the creator of the Univers. The stupa itself dates back to the 5th century AD and is one of the most important religious sites in the Kathmandu. Then continue to the historic and UNESCO HERITAGE Durbar Square, featuring a collection of ancient temples (ancient royal palace) of the Malla period, which belongs to the Nepali Golden Age. The last stop takes us to Patan, the second medival city-state and UNESCO HERITAGE too.
Start in the morning with a visit to the sacrificial altars of Dakshinkali. Continue your trip with a visit to Bouddha stupa ideally before the sun sets. Finally, witness the cremation ghats and the whole celebration of life and death at Pashupatinath temple by the Bagmati River.
Day trip to the UNESCO HERITAGE town of Bakhtapur, the third of the medival city-state and the best preserved of all. The next stop is the beautiful UNESCO HERITAGE outdoors museum Changu Narayan temple presenting carvings and sculptures that belong to the Licchavi dynasty and that date back to the 4th to 9th century.
Extend your trip to the UNESCO HERITAGE Chitwan National Park for wildlife spotting.
Optional extension to the laid-back city of Pokhara for row out to the middle of the lake (phewa tal), a hike up to the World Peace Pagoda and enjoy the atmospheric bars and restaurants by the lakeside.
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