Nepal Culture & Wildlife
Wildlife in Nepal is classified into two main categories: common and protected. The common category includes species such as common leopard, spotted deer, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep and others. These species are commonly seen in the wild. The 26-protected species are confined to their prime habitats such as the dense Terai jungles in Chitwan National Park, home to the Asiatic elephant, one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger among others.
The western Terai jungles of Suklaphanta is home of the of swamp deer, while the endangered blackbucks are found in the Bardia region. The Himalayan region is also home to the elusive snow leopard and the red panda. Other animals that live in high altitude areas are yak, blue sheep and musk deer. The Dhorpatan hunting grounds is home of the blue sheep and Himalayan tahr. National parks like Chitwan and Bardia also harbour a wide variety of birds.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY TOUR OF NEPAL…
And, experience its historic & cultural highlights and rare wildlife.
This private luxury tour of Nepal is designed to give travellers an introduction to Nepal’s two important destinations: Pokhara and Chitwan National Park.
Experience the best historic and cultural highlights of Kathmandu, soft adventure and rare wildlife of sub-tropical Chitwan National Park, and day treks to explore the beauty of lakeside Pokhara. You will stay at Nepal’s exclusive luxury resorts, and enjoy in-depth, flexible touring with your own private guide and driver.
Fly to Kathmandu, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley – Patan and Bhaktapur.
Explore the city’s atmospheric streets, lined with boutiques selling jewellery, prayer wheels, Buddhist thangkas and more. See spectacular squares featuring traditional architecture. Visit Hindu temples, with its erotic carvings and assortment of marigold sellers, and Shiva Parvati, where a likeness of the god and his consort peer down over the square. Also enjoy excursions to the much-photographed Buddhist temples at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, with their massive white stupas and fluttering prayer flags. One day, if desired, take a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest.
Continue to Pokhara, the starting destination for the Annapurna Circuit trek. Surrounded by beautiful snow –capped mountains and a magnificent lake of crystal –clear Himalayan water, Pokhara is a serene hill town with fascinating views of the Annapurna range including the fish tail peak of Machapuchare.
Next explore Chitwan National Park. Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan National Park is one of the last refuges of the endangered one-horned Indian rhino. Formerly known as the Royal Chitwan National Park, it lies in the lowlands of south-central Nepal and covers an area of over 900 sq kms.
Apart from the one-horned rhino, there are sizeable populations of tigers, leopards and rare Gangetic dolphins. The best time to go is between the months of October and May after which the temperature begins to rise. The best time for bird watching is between December and March.
Nepal Wildlife Experience Experience historic and cultural highlights of Kathmandu, soft adventure and rare wildlife.
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park
Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu, Nepal Meet and greet assistance on arrival.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Full-day private touring with guide and driver.
Day 3 – Tour
Kathmandu Continue private touring in the valley.
Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks.
Day 4 – Transfer
Pokhara Transfer and flight to Pokhara.
Private arrival transfer to lodge for 2 nights, with touring in Pokhara and boat ride on Phewa en route.
Day 5 – Trek
Pokhara Private lodge-based trekking and village visits, as desired.
Day 6 – Transfer & Safari
Chitwan National Park Private transfer with guide and driver to Chitwan National Park for 2 nights.
Afternoon jungle tour.
Day 7 – Safari
Chitwan Lodge-based activities, such as an elephant-back or jeep safari, canoeing, nature walks.
Day 8 – Transfer
Kathmandu Morning lodge-based activities.
Transfer and flight to Kathmandu.
Private transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 9 – Depart
Kathmandu Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold and damp, when the high passes are closed and certainly not a good time to visit Nepal. But beginning February as the weather gets warmer, travellers rush to make high-altitude treks. The skies may not be very clear but the forests are full of rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom.
The heat wave runs through May and the high altitude plateau sees dust storms until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. Mountain streams become torrents, landslides take down mountain paths and the Himalayas itself get shrouded in mist and mystery. It is not a popular time to visit Nepal.
But in September, when the rains stop, the dust has settled, the weather is balmy, the air is crip and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.
Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.
Passport/Visa A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. You can apply for a visa on any entry points upon arrival. Payment should be made in US currency (exact change). Any other currency or credit cards are not accepted for visa payment. You will also need a photograph. However, to save time, tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad.