The itinerary covers extraordinary landscapes and includes a visit to important cities and monuments with entrance to the Royal National Park of Chitwan, a rich natural area that, among many species, also hosts the rhinoceros, the royal Bengal tiger and the Gharial crocodile.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, meeting with our staff for presentations. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the historic center of the city of Kathmandu, located at 1330 meters above sea level, the ancient Kantipur founded in the 10th century by King Gunakamadeva and which, in its everyday life, seems to have remained unchanged for centuries. The city is presented as a succession of buildings and courtyards, ornamental facades and fountains, open spaces crowded with divinities, pagodas and temples. Visit of the city including the Palace Square with its pagoda temples and the Kumari Ghar, the house where the "child goddess" lives, considered the incarnation of the goddess Kali. Climb to the hill of the Swayambhunath stupa, also known as the monkey temple, dating back to about 2,500 years ago, and considered one of the holiest places of Buddhism. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, visit the gigantic Buddhist stupa of Bodnath, 36 meters high and the symbol of Kathmandu, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1979. Visit of Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, dedicated to Shiva, known for its pagoda-shaped architecture and also a UNESCO heritage site. It is located along the banks of the Baghmati River where pilgrims perform purifying ablutions and funeral ceremonies. Entrance to the sacred enclosure is only possible for Hindus. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent medieval city of Badghaon also called Bhaktapur, an ancient Newari city with ancient temples and medieval streets that was the capital until the second half of the 15th century. The town is now an archaeological UNESCO heritage site, with its square (Durbar Square) where the Palace of 55 windows is located, built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD. and renovated by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century and accessed from the “Golden Gate”. The whole historical area is in Newari style with pagoda temples, among which the most famous is the one in the Taumachi square, in Nyatapola, five floors, in perfect Nepalese style, built in 1702 AD by King Malla Bhupatendra and dedicated to Siddhi Lakshmi, the mother goddess of Tantra. Visit of the Tachupa Square with the wood carving shops. Visit of the Potters' Square. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu / Pokhara ( Km. 200 - approx 7 hrs )
Breakfast and departure for Pokhara in a splendid setting of valleys and rivers that descend from the Himalayan range. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and is located on an important old trade route between China and India. Three of the ten highest mountains in the world, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu are located within 30 miles of the city. For this reason the city is also a base for hikers who undertake the Annapurnarivo circuit. Upon arrival, accommodation in the hotel. In the afternoon, a boat trip on Lake Phew in front of the Annapurna massif. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Pokhara
Breakfast. Visit of the Brindabshini temple, of the Mahendra quarries, with the "cave of the bats" and finally of the David's Falls, formed by an emissary of the lake. Free afternoon for individual initiatives such as walking along the lake or visiting the small bazaars of the town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Pokhara / Parco Nazionale di Citwan
Breakfast and departure for the Chitwan Royal National Park, a rich natural area that is home to 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. The park is particularly renowned for the protection of the rhinoceros, the royal Bengal tiger and the Gharial crocodile. In the afternoon, visit the village in the southern hills of the Himalayan area inhabited by the indigenous Tharu ethnic group, officially recognized as a nationality by the Nepalese government. Afterwards, transfer to the banks of the Napti River to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Parco Nazionale di Chitwan
Breakfast. In the morning excursion into the jungle first on the back of an elephant and then by canoe. In the afternoon continuation of the visit by jeep. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Chitwan / Nagarkot
Breakfast and departure for Nagarkot, located at about 2000 m.s.l.m., a hill station famous in the world because it is considered the best place to enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan mountains. The surrounding environment of hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests, makes it a truly characteristic rural location. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Nagarkot / Kathmandu
Wake up before dawn to be amazed at daybreak on the highest peaks in the world. Morning available for individual initiatives such as a walk to learn about the characteristic Nepalese villages and the ethnic minorities that live there. Breakfast and then transfer to Kathmandu. Along the way, stop to visit the delightful village of Changunarayan. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 09: Kathmandu – Italia
In the morning, transfer to the airport and board the flight to return home.