Trip Overview Bardia National Park 5 Nights 6 Days
Bardia National Park was declared a national reserve in 1976 and covers an area of 374 square miles. The Babai River runs along to the south of the park while the Shivalik Hills adorn its northern extremes. The park comprises of grasslands and forests. Bardia has a large number of deer species like the Chital, the Hog Deer, Barasingha, Sambar and the Swamp deer among others. Other animals include the Antelope, the Blue Bull, and Himalayan Tahr, Langur Monkey, Rhesus Macaque and the sloth bear. A good population of the wild boar also inhabits the park. Nearby in the Karnali, Girwa, and Babai Rivers, you can see the Gharial and the freshwater Dolphin. The park provides safe haven for many rare animals like the wild elephant and the rhinoceros. You can also see birds like the Bengal florican (extremely endangered), the silver-eared mesia and the Sarus (Crane).
This tour enables you to observe over 250 species of birds and 30 species of mammals in their natural habitat. An elephant-back safari is the best way to watch the animals and birds at close quarters among the deep forest and marshes.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer to your hotel. After refreshment, you will be short briefed about your tour by our guide or tour leader. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
In the morning, you will enjoy mountain flight (Everest Flight one hour). Get spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and more. This is one of the best ways to observe the snow capped peaks of the Himalayan range. You will be just 200 meters away from Mt. Everest and many other mountains. This flight leaves from the domestic airport Kathmandu & all these mountains can be seen during flight Kanchenjunga (8586M), Makalu(8462M), Chamlang(7319M), Ama Dablam(6812M), Lotse (8516M), Everest (8848M), Nuptse(7855M), Pumori (7161M), Gyachungkang (7652M), Cho-Oyo (8201M), Karyolung (6511M), Numbur (6957M), Pigferago (6620M), Chugimago (6297M), Melungtse (7181M), Gauri Shankar (7134M), Chhoba Bhamare (5970M), Phurbi Gyachu (6637M), Dorje Lakpa (6966M), Shisha Panma (8013M) and more other mountain.
After mountain flight drive back to hotel and have a breakfast then leave for Kathmandu city sightseeing tour. Our English speaking tour guide will be escorting to your entire tour and he will try to give you full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing we go to Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of lord Shiva in the world. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple is of the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. All the features of pagoda style are founded here like cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest (tundal). The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. This temple has a gold pinnacle, (Gajur), which is a symbol of religious thought. The western door has a statue of large bull or Nandi, plated in bronze. The deity is of black stone, about 6 feet in height and the same in circumference. Inside the temple it is a narrow ambulatory around the sanctum. The sanctum contains a one-meter high linga with four faces (chaturmukha) representing Pashupati, as well as images of Vishnu, Surya, Devi and Ganesh. Pashupati Temple's extensive grounds include many other old and important temples, shrines and statues. South of the temple, for instance, is Chadeshvar, an inscribed Licchavi linga from the 7th century, and north of the temple is a 9th-century temple of Brahma. On the south side of Pashupati temple is the Dharmashila, a stone where sacred oaths are taken, and pillars with statues of various Shah Kings. In the northeast corner of the temple courtyard is the small pagoda temple of Vasuki, the King of the Nagas. Vasuki has the form of a Naga (mythical snake) from the waist upwards, while the lower parts are an intricate tangle of snakes' bodies. According to local belief, Vasuki took up residence here in order to protect Pashupati. One can often see devotees circumambulating and worshipping Vasuki before entering the main sanctum.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. It is situated 6.5 kilometer west of Kathmandu. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. It is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows painted on. Between them, there is something painted which looks likes the nose - but is the Nepali symbol of 'unity', in the main Nepali language dialect. There is a large pair of eyes on each of the four sides of the main stupa which represent Wisdom and Compassion. Above each pair of eyes is another eye, the third eye. It is said that when Buddha preaches, cosmic rays emanate from the third eye which act as messages to heavenly beings, so that those interested can come down to earth to listen to the Buddha. The hellish beings and beings below the human realm cannot come to earth to listen to the Buddha's teaching; however, the cosmic rays relieve their suffering when Buddha preaches. There are carvings of the Panch Buddhas (five Buddhas) on each of the four sides of stupa. There are also statues of the Buddhas at the base of the stupas. Panch Buddhas are Buddha in metaphorical sense in Tantrayana. They are Vairochana (occupies the center and is the master of the temple), Akshobhya (faces the east and represents the cosmic element of consciousness), Ratna Sambhava (faces the south and represents the cosmic element of sensation), Amitabha (He represents cosmic element of Sanjna (name) and always faces the West) and Amoghsiddhi (He represents the cosmic element of conformation and faces the north).
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of Lalitpur city. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attractions is The Ancient Royal Palace where Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. Patan is one of the oldest know Buddhist City. It is a center of both Hinduism and Buddhism with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Most of these structures are in the vicinity of the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. There is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newa People.
Note: we can provide any language speaking guide on your request.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to Bardia National Park
Arrival at Nepalgunj Airport, Our representative will be picked you up from airport and transferred to your hotel, which takes around 2 hours (90 KM). After refreshment you can visit the crocodile breeding centre. You can also make a short excursion to the nearby village, which is inhabited by the Tharu community, to explore their culture and lifestyle. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: National Park Activities
In the morning you will go for a Jungle walk and later for an elephant back safari. Bardia National Park is by far the largest and the most pristine wild area in Nepal’s lowlands. In the evening, you can take delight in a Tharu Cultural dance program. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu. Arrival and transferred to your hotel. In evening leisure, overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Final Departure
After breakfast you have some free time until to leave the international airport for your final departure.