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Chitwan National Park is a Natural World Heritage site with a long history of conservation and a huge number of unique flora and fauna. The national park is most probably the most important and the most visited national park in Nepal. For many years, this conserved area was a hunting ground for dignitaries and Kings of Nepal. It was established as the first national park of Nepal and gained the status of a World Heritage Site in the year 1984. It is known best for housing tigers and cheetahs.
The subtropical forests, the buffer zone of Beeshazari Tal and a rich variety of flora and fauna make the Chitwan National Park a haven for nature enthusiasts. Also, a thriving spot for activities like kayaking, jeep safari, elephant safari, bird watching and much more, the national park houses 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. Come face to face with the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Rhino. Visit Chitwan and experience the true, wild natural beauty of Nepal in its full glory. There are a huge number of activities like rafting, kayaking, jungle safari, elephant safari, bird watching to carry out. The Chitwan tour extension package packs all of these activities into one, making it a perfect experience of a lifetime.
Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the wild nature of the Everest region in Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.
You have the option to stroll around in the warm and welcoming streets of the throbbing capital. Another option is the relish the unique and the world famous Nepali cuisine. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and become strong for the adventure to follow.
While the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on 2015, has done some damage to the architecturally beautiful city of Kathmandu, it still of home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which stand proud and tall in the heart of the city.
We will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square in the morning today. An epitome of cultural and religious diversity Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with ancient Nepali architecture. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, worth exploring today is the Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the center of the Patan City. Considered a specimen of ancient Newari architecture the Patan Durbar Square comprises of three courtyards called the MulChowk, SundariChowk, and the KeshavNarayan Chowk. A huge number of temples of several shapes and sizes adorn vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The major attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, and Krishna Mandir.
Bharatpur is actually the center of Chitwan. Today, we will fly to the Bharatpur airport and carry on with exquisite activities in the evening. We will wake up early morning to take a stroll in the capital, before flying to Chitwan’sBharatpur.
The flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur takes a mere 25 minutes, the flight will obviously be included with the views of the sky high Himalayas that appear from Kathmandu. You will directly be transferred to a lodge in the Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan National Park is known to be the first national park in Nepal, and to this day is the most visited one because of its availability and ease of access. The National Park was established on 1973. While it gained the World Heritage Site status only on 1984, it was extremely popular long before that.
The climate of the park is subtropical as it is located in the Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. It has an area of 932 km square. Sal trees cover almost 70% of the park, serving as a perfect residential spot for exquisite fauna and flora. More than 50 species of grasses are found here, while there are more than 700 species of wildlife found here. The number of butterfly, moth and insect species has not been fully surveyed. There are 17 species of snakes, 113 species of mugger crocodiles and fish as well as 68 species of mammals housed in the National Park. It is one of the best tiger habitats in the world too. You might get a chance to spot one when you enter the premises of the park.Leopards co-exist with tigers and are prevalent on the peripheries of the park.
Chitwan National Park is also home to the highest population density of sloth beats in the world with 200-250 individuals. Rhinoceroses are another added attraction of the large national park. 605 individuals are currently residing in the Chitwan National Park. There are a recorded 543 species of birds in the Chitwan national park, including some globally threatened species like black chinned Yuhina, Gould’s Sunbird, Slaty-breasted rail, blossom headed parakeet etc. You can roam around the premises of the park and in the evening you will be treated to a slide presentation about the flora and fauna by a scenario naturalist, the naturalist will also answer your questions about the specials types of birds, animals, and flora found in the well-preserved park. 25-minute flight.
Exploring Chitwan is not an experience that can be carried out just in one day, but we still try our best to get access to whatever can be obtained for the duration of the day. Full day jungle activities today will keep you fully and happily occupied.
The day starts with an elephant safari through the dense grasslands. The morning time is the perfect time to get a hold of nocturnal mammals and birds. We start off early morning on top of an elephant, in order to get a glance of the majestic tiger. Tiger’s roam around in the high grasslands housed by the Chitwan National Park, and if you are lucky enough, you will most certainly get a sneak peek to the tiger live in action. We will follow the enthralling elephant safari with a visit to the elephant stables.
We will also use the rest of the day to canoe down the Rapti River. The River has multiple interesting areas and houses numerous bird and mammal species around the ends. In the evening, you can lay back and relax in the premises of the hotel, breathing in the ambiance and the wild breeze of the national park. If you are active enough, we can also include an optional bird watching or a jeep safari in the evening to uplift your soul.
After taking part in wonderful and adventurous activities in Chitwan, it is finally time to return back to Kathmandu. if interested, you can use the morning time to take a sneak peek at the birds that the national park beholds with pride. Transfer to Bharatpur Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is free in Kathmandu for exploration of the throbbing lifestyle of the capital. You can also relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine.
For those interested in taking in the architectural beauty of Kathmandu some more, an optional sightseeing tour will be managed.
Early in the morning, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world. The pagoda houses surround the sacred linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple is an aid to have been made prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy waters of Bagmati beside the temple premises.
After lunch, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath can be visited. Boudhanath is called the Little Tibet. It is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia. The focal point of Buddhism in Nepal, the white mound is thirty-six meters overhead. This Stupa is situated on the ancient trade route to China where Tibetan merchants offered prayers.
In the afternoon, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is called the open museum and is a living heritage full of architectural delights. Countless temples and showpiece adorn the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Some include the Lion Gate, the 55 Windows Palace, Batsala Temple as well as the Picture Gallery. The figures of Hanuman, Narasingh Narayan, and Bhairav adorn the entire region.
With the memories of the wonderful adventure in mind, it is finally time to bid goodbye to the culturally, architecturally and topographically diverse country of Nepal. You will surely remember the wild Chitwan and the views of all the flora and fauna you got to see for the duration of the tour. It is sure that you will come back for more whenever possible.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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