Nepal – The Heart of the Himalayas

Nepal is a little country situated at the bottom of the Himalayas. Every year hundreds of climbers come here to fulfill their dreams of climbing the highest peaks in the world. However Nepal is not only the mountains, it is a great architecture of Kathmandu, crystal lakes of Pokhara, Buddhism and Hinduism, a rich history and tradition, and above all – people – smiling, helpful, with an open heart.

  • Visit the UNESCSO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu:
    1. Svayambhunath Stupa
    Svayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west, is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded and the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. One of the legends tells of a miraculous lotus, planted by a past Buddha, which blossomed from the lake that once covered Kathmandu valley. The lotus mysteriously radiated a brilliant light, and the name of the place came to be Svayambhu, meaning ‘Self-Created’.
    2. Durbar Square
    The literal meaning of Durbar Square is a place of palaces. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is located in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms: Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur. The complex has 50 temples and is distributed in two quadrangles of the Durbar Square. The outer quadrangle has the Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar and Shiva-Parvati Temple while the inner quadrangle has the Hanuman Dhoka palace.
    3. Pashupatinath Temple
    The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Pashupati). Located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu.
  • Lumbini – The Birthplace of Buddha
    Lumbini is the place where Siddhartha Gautama, the Shakya Prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlighted One was born in 623 BC. The sacred place, marked by a stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in 249 BC, is listed as one of the World Heritage Sites.
  • Pokhara
    The views of the mountain ranges in Pokhara are probably some of the most beautiful views in the world. Not only you are surrounded by mountain views, but also by three picturesque lakes, which are reflecting a stunning sight of the three out of the 14 highest peaks in the world: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu. Pokhara is also home for villagers, whose tradition has not yet been replaced by modern processes and technology.
  • Kathmandu Everest Helicopter Tour
    An exhilarating helicopter flight to Everest Region filled with towering snowy maintains (including the world’s tallest peak Mt. Everest ), icy glaciers, emerald mountain lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and picturesque Sherpa (an ethnic mountain tribe) settlements.

 

BEST OF NEPAL (7 Days / 8 Nights)

Day 1: Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, on arrival pick up & transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu – Chitwan
Proceed to Chitwan by road. Arrive in the evening.

Day 3: Chitwan – Chitwan National Park – Chitwan
Visit Chitwan National Park – well known for ‘One Horned Rhinoceros’ and a shelter to few Royal Bengal Tigers. Enjoy whole day jungle activities such as, elephant ride, Jungle walk, canoe ride, village visit etc.

Day 4: Chitwan – Pokhra
Proceed to Pokhra by road En-route view beautiful riverbanks, Annapurna Ranges and Mt. Fishtail. Arrive at Pokhra in the evening. Visit Devi’s Fall and Bindyabasini Temple.

Day 5: Pokhra
Enjoy a pleasant boat ride in Phewa lake – reflecting the panoramic views of Mt. Fishtail on its backdrop and visit Barahi Temple located on an island in Phewa lake. Later visit Pokhra Museum – that reflects an ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. Enjoy Nepali Folk dance in the evening.

Day 6: Pokhra – Kathmandu (By flight)
Fly to Kathmandu. On arrival visit Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal, Kathmandu Darbar Square, Patan Darbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7: Kathmandu
Visit some of the unique monuments of Kathmandu like Boudhanath Stupa – one of the biggest stupas in the world built during 5th century A.D. Later visit Budhanilkantha – “Sleeping Vishnu” and Swayambhunath Stupa – one of the glorious stupas in the world whose establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley. Free time for shopping in the evening.

Day 8: Departure from Kathmandu
Board the flight for your onward /return destination.

 

Bhutan – The Mystical Shangrila

Bhutan is a small country situated in the Eastern Himalayas. The monarch who is the head of the state keeps the unique culture of his homeland under very restrictive rules. You will not find here commercialized and crowded touristic areas. That is the real charm of this place. Being in Bhutan is a unique experience – the green valleys, surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges, are unusually silent, occasionally interrupted by subtle tones of a bird or a distant echo of a trumpet from a nearby monastery. The main goal of the king is not to increase the gross of the national income, but the ‘Gross of National Happiness’.

  • Thimpu
    Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan lies at an elevation of 2300 meters in a valley transversed by the Wang – Chu (Thimphu River). The Tashichho Dzong the main secretariat building houses the Throne room of the King and the summer residence of the central Monk body. The city of Thimphu is nothing like what a capital city is imagined to be. Nevertheless, for Bhutan it is a fitting and lively place. Unlike many modern cities, Thimphu has kept a strong national character in its architectural style.
  • Taksang Monastery
    Literally meaning Tiger’s nest; built around the cave in which Guru Padmasambava meditated in the eight century, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 800 meters above Paro Valley. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche landed on this spot in a miraculous manner, flying on the back of a tigress. For local people it is a place for pilgrimage but for tourist a hike up to the view point cafe opposite the monastery is breathtaking, thrilling and mystical.
  • Thongsa
    History has it that this place was the center of power as both the first and second kings ruled the country from here. It is also the ancestral home of the royal family. Here you may marvel at the impressive dzong (monastery) in Bhutan, Trongsa Dzong. As a fact of its enormous size the dzong can be seen from a great distance.
  • Bumthang
    This place is a perfect getaway for the adventure lovers. It is the largest valley in the Kingdom, lies at the altitude of 2,600 meters, where tales of Guru Padmasambava & his re – incarnations known as Lingpa dominates the holy places. The valley is home to some of the most sacred and the oldest Monasteries in the country. Jambey Lhakhang built by Tibetan King Songten Gembo, incarnation of Buddha of compassion, in the 7th century, is among 108 monasteries built by him to subdue the evil spirit in the Himalayan region.
  • Bhutanese Farmhouses
    Bhutanese farm houses are very decorative. Built & painted in traditional style. The house looks very big from outside but it is quite simple inside. The houses are normally of 3 – storey. The ground floor is always used for cattle; top floor is used for drying hay and in the middle family lives. The best room in the house is always kept as family shrine. A visit to a farm house is very interesting to see how Bhutanese people live.

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a teardrop shaped nation in the Indian Ocean situated off the coast of Southern India. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

  • Anuradhapura
    This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.
  • Adam’s Peak or Shri Pada
    Though not the highest mountain of Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam’s Peak (7, 360 ft) is certainly the most remarkable. A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been venerated as a sacred sigh from remote antiquity. This was identified by Buddhists as the Buddha’s footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Muslims as Adam’s.
  • Bentota
    It is situated 90 km from the Sri Lanka’s international airport and 60km from Colombo, the capital. Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon.
  • Beruwela
    Beruwela, is a small resort town in the south western coastal belt of Sri Lanka with beautiful beaches and sites of leisure. It marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island, established by Arab traders around the 8th century AD. A large population of Sri Lankan Moors is gem merchants, still live in the town – particularly in the “China Fort”.
  • Colombo
    Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is the largest city and main port of Sri Lanka. It is also the commercial and financial center of Sri Lanka. A bustling metropolis, the city is an attractive blend of old and new. It has the lazy charm of the bygone era combined with the verve and vivaciousness of a modern city. Colombo is an ideal location to start the Sri Lankan sojourn.
  • Ella
    Ella is a beautiful small village in Sri Lanka’s hill country with little more than a handful of shops, hotels and guesthouses, but it has an almost perfect climate and occupies a very scenic vantage point, with views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka.
  • Galle
    Galle is a living time capsule. It has a vibrant commercial district that’s also shambolic and often charmless, but passing through one of the Fort gates and you are transported back to the Dutch colonial era. Fort is an amazing collection of structures. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. UNESCO has recognized Fort as a World Heritage Site.

 
Note:
**We can arrange Buddhist Monastery tours to India, Nepal & Bhutan.
**Also contact for Mt. Everest, North & East India trekking and expedition trip.

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