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Extension: Deeper into Nepal

Program Number: 18548RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2013 - 2/8/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Nepal
Price starting at: $1,279.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    

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.



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 2 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: x
  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
(Saturday, February 2)
   
 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.
 Lunch: Late lunch at the Temple Triger Jungle Lodge.
 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: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Jungle Safari
(Sunday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: After breakfast you will leave on a jeep safari. The jeep safari takes you through jungle thickest in search of game. The safari ends at the river bank where you will then continue on canoe back to the lodge. The canoe ride provides an opportunity for viewing Gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, and varieties of water birds.
 Lunch: Lunch back at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Your naturalist at the lodge will provide an interesting lecture on the Asian elephant, outlining the difference between the Asian & African elephant and their behavior. In the late afternoon, join a nature walk or go on a bird watch with on of the naturalists from the park.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Temple Tiger Green Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tharu Village/Coach to Pokhara
(Monday, February 4)

Note: The coach to Pokhara from Chitwan can take about 7 hours with rest stops.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart for Pokhara. On the way, stop by a Tharu village, where you will learn about the Tharu people, a tribe of Chitwan. Then continue to visit a local school and meet the children of this village.
 Lunch: Lunch enroute.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Pokhara in the late afternoon and check into the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Shangri-La Village Pokhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pokhara/ Sarangkot Village/ Fewa Lake
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart on a discovery of Pokhara. Explore Sarangkot Village and the Seti River Gorge. During the walking discovery, visit one of the old local markets surrounding the temple. Also visit Hemja Village where a Buddhist Monastery is located. Hemja village is located in one of the remote places of Pokhara, where 90% of the people depend on agriculture for their living.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 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 on own.
   
Accommodations: Shangri-La Village Pokhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Pokhara/Fly to Kathmandu
(Wednesday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the airport to connect with flight to Kathmandu.
 Lunch: Lunch on own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Kathmandu.
 Dinner: Dinner at a special restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Depart Kathmandu for flight home
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Depart From: Freetime in Kathmandu until time for transfer to the airport.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Arrival Home
(Friday, February 8)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to the US.
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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