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Nepal is blessed a high concentration of World Heritage Sites. This is largely also down to the fact that the mountainous nation is also home to many an ancient civilisation. The Nepal World Heritage Quest begins at Kathmandu and covers the 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites of Nepal. Also experience the exquisite beauty of the Chitwan National Park and discover the amazing bond shared by the elephants & their care-takers. Meet & interact with many indigenous communities of artisans and craftsmen.
Land in Kathmandu, followed by a transfer to the hotel. You’ve the first day at your leisure to explore and rest as you’d prefer.
On the second morning, join us on a heritage tour of Kathmandu. Over the next couple of days, we will cover 7 living hereitage sites that dot Kathmandu; what makes each of these an incredible experience is that all of these are places people use on a daily basis. Just walking through one of these sites and watching the people go about their daily lives is a remarkable experience in itself. Visit the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and then the oldest temple in the valley – Changu Narayan before departing for the beautiful city of Bhaktapur.
The next morning, we continue the heritage tour to complete the seven world heritage site circuit. We begin at the Patan Durbar Square, followed by Boudha – the holy Buddhist stupa and then to another stupa called Soyambhunath and finally circle back to the amazing Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Early next morning, drive to the Chitwan National Park, formerly known as the Royal Chitwan National Park. The 932 sq km. national park is the oldest nationa park in Nepal.
Established in 1973, it was granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. The park is located at subtropical inner Terai lowlands of South-Central Nepal in Chitwan district. Chitwan National Park is rich in flora and fauna, including one of the last populations of single-horned Indian rhinoceros (rhinoceros unicornis) and the Bengal tiger. Upon arrival at the jungle lodge, the managers and naturalists will brief you. After lunch, you will start your jungle activities such as an elephant safari for 2 hours deep into the jungle to experience the wildlife, flora and fauna of the park at close quarters followed by a bird watching tour. Spend the night amidst wilderness at the jungle lodge.
The next day, you can go for a nature walk and canoe ride. After another sumptuous lunch at the lodge, participate in an elephant briefing at the elephant stables where naturalists will share insights and experiences on the Asian elephant. Here you will have an opportunity to witness and participate in the bathing of an elephant.
The following morning, we visit the elephant dung paper making project and other project-related activities. There are also visits to Tharu museum and culture village, which are local initiatives.
The Tharu museum houses the history of the Tharus and is a one stop snapshot of the Tharu lifestyle. It is simplistic and at the same time well done. Closeby, is the Tharu culture village - a collection of three four huts where you can walk in and experience the Tharu lifestyle. It is maintained and run by Tharus themselves and care is taken that our activities are not an intrusion but a facilitation & celebration of their livestyle. They are proud to show this to visitors.
Later we will visit the new project of the Green Society where hand made paper is made out of Elephant dung. Apparently the Elephant conducts about one third of the processes required to make paper in its stomach itself.
We drive back to Kathmandu in the evening and you have the rest of the day at your leisure.
The next morning, visit the Association for Craft Producers, an organization where individual producers are owners and they produce excellent fair trade gift items which are exported. Buying them in Nepal is excellent value. Walk through their four storied craft store which is in a street with other fair trade craft retailers.
On the last day, stroll through Kathmandu, shop in and explore the city at your own pace, before departing to the airport for onward journey.
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