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Extension: Deeper into Nepal

Program Number: 18548RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/29/2012 - 11/5/2012;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Nepal
Price starting at: $1,329.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 15; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the many facets of Nepal, from snow-capped Mount Everest and the stunning Himalayas to hidden valleys with multicolored prayer flags and secluded ancient temples. In subtropical grasslands learn about the incredible diversity of Nepali wildlife and search for the one-horned rhino. Discover the evolving urban face of Nepal and, through interaction with local residents, gain insight into the fragile balance between preserving time-honored traditions and embracing modern development.




Highlights

Explore Chitwan National Park on elephant-back, looking for single-horned rhinos and Bengal tigers.
Discover the valley city of Pokhara, surrounded by mountains that rise in elevation quicker than anywhere else on the planet.
Learn about the day-to-day life of the local people as you visit various ethnic villages.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; roads are often broken and uneven. Some stairs without railings. Elevations up to 5,000 feet.



This extension can only be taken in conjunction with Program #18546, Mystical Lands: The People and Culture of India and Nepal.




Date Specific Information

10-29-2012

2012 dates are one day longer. Arrival Bharatpur, coach to Chitwan National Park, 3 nights; coach to Pokhara, 2 nights; flight to Kathmandu, 1 night; departure.



Itinerary Summary

Flight to Bharatpur, coach to Chitwan National Park, 2 nights; coach to Pokhara, 2 nights; flight to Kathmandu, 1 night; departure.



Flight to Bharatpur (Nepal)
Coach to Chitwan National Park
2 nights

Venture to Nepals subtropical lowlands and Chitwan National Park. On safaris by elephant and by Jeep, search lush grassland and jungle for wildlife including the sloth bear and leopard. Take a boat excursion on the Narayani River, home to gharial crocodiles. Visit a traditional village of the Tharu people and learn about their culture.



Coach to Pokhara
2 nights
Flight to Kathmandu
1 night
Departure

Discover stunning Phewa Lake by boat and see the Barahi island temple. In Pokhara explore the beautiful village of Sarangkot with stunning views of the Himalaya.







Nepal

Nestled in the Himalayan mountain range, Nepal is home to eight of the worlds highest peaks including the majestic Mount Everest. Unpredictable weather patterns make climbing Everest a difficult feat for even the most seasoned mountaineers, but an average of 2,000 climbers reach its summit annually.



Accommodations
Chitwan National Park: comfortable jungle lodge hotel. Pokhara: lakeside hotel. Kathmandu: comfortable hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Temple Tiger Green Resort
  Chitwan National Park, Nepal 3 nights
   Shangri-La Village Pokhara
  Pokhara, Nepal 2 nights
   Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee
  Kathmandu, Nepal 1 night
 Temple Tiger Green Resort
Type: Lodge
  Description: The resort will feature 15 single and double villas each with its own private balcony overlooking the Chitwan National Park, surrounding Bote villages, the Narayani River and the layout of the resort has been designed to depict a typical jungle safari resort. The thatched roofs of the villas are made from the abundant Siru grass therefore they blend easily into the surroundings. The lodge is located in Amaltari of the Chitwan National Park on the banks of the Narayani river and has close proximity to the National Park a mere half hour boat ride away and to the present Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge.
  Contact info: Outside Chitwan National Park
Chitwan,   Nepal
phone: +x
  Room amenities: The tastefully decorated rooms with local artifacts have wood floors with throw carpets, a cozy living area and twin/ double bed, the spacious attached bathrooms with solar heated running hot and cold water are a beautiful blend of wood, granite and bamboo (rattan).
  Facility amenities: The Resort will feature a central dining area with a large terrace overlooking the man-made lake, a bar and lounge with library cum reading room. The lake will be a feast for bird watching of both resident as well as migratory bird species. The animal sighting will also be far more better and of greater value than other outside lodges. Jungle Activities offered at the Temple Tiger Green Resort will be as follows: Elephant safari Jeep Safari Boat ride on the Narayani river Presentation and lectures on the flora and fauna by senior naturalists Escorted nature walk & bird watching Walks and Excursions to Tharu Village
  Smoking allowed: No

 Shangri-La Village Pokhara
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Shangri-La Village Pokhara is your ideal accommodation in Pokhara... fabulous mountain views, spacious hotel rooms... stay in the very heart of all that is pokhara. Capturing the casual but stylish lifestyle of Pokhara, subtle and silent service and impeccable attention to detail awaits you on your Pokhara holiday or business trip... our exceptional Shangri-La Village Pokhara offers you a haven for relaxation where colonial charm meets tropical elegance. All rooms with private balconies and mountain views
  Contact info: P.O. Box: 333
Gharipatan
Pokhara,   Nepal
phone: +977 61 462222
web: www.hotelshangrila.com/pokhara/
  Room amenities: Mini bar, Hair dryer/Shaving mirror, TV with satellite reception, International direct dialing, Tea/Coffee maker in all rooms.
  Facility amenities: In total the shangri~La Village Resort has 61 standards rooms, all of which are more or less identical in their boarding capacity and general layout and dcor. 24 Hours Money exchange, Safe deposit boxes, 24 Hours Laundry Services, Tea/Coffee Maker facilities, Doctors on call, Shopping arcade, Handicapped Access, Major international Credit Card accepted, Car Rental, Hospitality Desk / Tour Assistance
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu,   Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1
  Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: yes Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
In the evening in Chitwan National Park on Day 1. You will be staying at Temple Tiger Green Resort that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu on Day 7. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended in Nepal.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chitwan National Park
  Nearest city or town:  Bharatpur
  Nearest airport:  Bharatpur
  Transportation to site: This program, Extension: Deeper into Nepal is designed as a post extension of your main program 18546 -101512, Mystical Lands: The People and Culture of India and Nepal. All transfers from the main program to the post-extention are included in your program cost. Therefore, transfer from hotel to airport in Kathmandu and from the airport to hotel in Chitwan are included in the program cost.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Kathmandu
  Nearest airport:  Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport
  Transportation from site: You may also want to inquire with the concierge at Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee about alternative transportation services from the hotel to the airport. Private arrival and departure transfers -at an additional cost- may be arranged in advance by the calling Road Scholar Travel Services.
Elevation Note: Kathmandu's elevation is 4,368 ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Fly to Chitwan National Park
(Monday, October 29)
   
 Depart From: Fly to Bharatpur and drive to Chitwan National Park. As you descend towards the Terai lowland of Chitwan, rich wildlife, lush grasslands and sights of rare species of bird and animals unfolds before you. Home to several rare species in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, bear, wild boar, deer, bison, crocodiles Chitwan national park is rich in wildlife.
 Afternoon: After checking into the lodge, in the late afternoon join a jungle safari on elephant back. Travel deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Temple Tiger Green Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jungle Safari
(Tuesday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Early morning, depart on elephant back for a jungle safari for 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18-20 ft. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals.
 Lunch: Lunch back at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Take a drive through the jungles in Jeeps followed by a boat ride down the Narayani River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Temple Tiger Green Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tharu Village visit
(Wednesday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: After Breakfast, your senior naturalists will take you to Tharu village outside the park and describe their lifestyle and culture .It will be an opportunity for you to learn a lot about the Tharu people, a tribe of Chitwan. Their traditional culture is still strong in Chitwan. Then continue on to visit a local school and meet the children of this village.
 Lunch: Lunch back at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to explore on own or join in a nature walk.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Temple Tiger Green Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drive to Pokhara
(Thursday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Transfer to Pokhara. En route, stop at one of the READ sponsored Community Library Resource Centers (CLRC) in Nepal. All of the CLRCs are community owned and managed and provides access to educational resources. Then continue with your drive to Pokhara as you approach majestic mountain ranges and snow capped peaks.
 Lunch: Box lunch en-route to Pokhara.
 Afternoon: Embark on a one hour boat ride at Lake Phewa. Boating is a must and there are three major boat harbors Gaurighat (East) just in front of the Royal Palace, Barahighat near the Snow land Hotel (West) near the Barahi Temple in the middle of the lake and a third one near the municipal camping ground in Kahare.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel with program orientation.
   
Accommodations: Shangri-La Village Pokhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: City Orientation / Orphanage visit
(Friday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning take a walking tour of the town stopping at the local market and the city highlights of old buidings and architecture. Also a visit to Sarangkot Village for a view of the Annapurna range.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, visit a local orphange and learn how the Nepalese are helping out these children. Then take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery of Pokhara, with free time.
 Dinner: Dinner on own with many places to explore your the cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Shangri-La Village Pokhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Transfer to Kathmandu/Free afternoon
(Saturday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Transfer to Pokhara airport for flight to Kathmandu.
 Lunch: Lunch on own.
 Afternoon: Afternoon on your own to explore Kathmandu.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Sunday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Depart for airport for flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Return home
(Monday, November 5)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival back home.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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