Get indulged in nature and experience the best of wildlife here in Nepal. Chitwan is located in the southwest form Kathmandu and is home to one of the most popular National Parks in Nepal. Chitwan National Park has various kinds of forests, grasslands and even some endangered and rare wildlife which makes the place so exotic. From the one-horned rhinos to the Royal Bengal tiger, you can spot all different kinds of land and water animals in this “Heart of the Jungle.”
Desire Adventures has come up with a sub-tropical experience package for all the wildlife fanatics who want to explore historical as well as the adventurous side of Nepal and experience Chitwan where the animals and the locals reside in harmony. The 6 days trip will include a cultural and historical tour of Kathmandu Valley and a marvelous trip to Chitwan to witness some unfettered wild animals. Along with 2 days Chitwan Tour, The trip also includes an insight on the monuments, shrines, temples and palaces built hundreds of years ago by the Nepalese royalties. The architecture relates to Hindu and Buddhist relics as they are the major religion being practiced in Nepal. In Chitwan, besides the World Heritage National Park, other main attraction can be the Tharu Community with a unique culture and custom of their own. Strolling around the valley to explore the Tharu community is a great way to come closer to the unearthed diversified Nepal.
- Pickup and Drop from Hotels and Airport
- Tourist Standard Hotels in Kathmandu and Chitwan
- Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu
- Full meal in Chitwan (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
- Guided city tour of Kathmandu and Chitwan in private transportation
- Welcome dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with entertainment
- One tour guide and his entire expenses
- City Map (if required) and T-Shirt
- Nepal arrival Visa (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days. You can get visa upon arrival)
- International Airfare
- Meals in Kathmandu (except Breakfast)
- All required monument and national park entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Any extending trip
Today is your arrival day in Nepal. Upon your arrival, our team representative will pick you up at the airport. You will be guided to your hotel where you can freshen up and stroll around the area. You can also come visit us in the office and let us know if you have any concerns or want to meet your guide. However, if your flight is in the evening, we will directly host a dinner for you in a local Nepali Restaurant with typical music and dance performance where you can meet your guide. This can also be an introduction for you to the Nepali custom and culture.
Meals Included: Dinner
We will have breakfast in the morning and begin our trip for the day. We will visit some of the cultural and historical sites listed under UNESCO World Heritage. Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the areas we will be visiting today. Kathmandu Durbar Square describes the art and architecture of the 18th century Nepal ruled by the Malla dynasty. Pashupatinath is nearby the International Airport and is considered the most important pilgrimage sites. The temple of Lord Shiva stands tall with other various temples in the banks of Bagmati River. Boudhanath Stupa is considered among the largest stupas in South Asia built in the trade route to Tibet. We can see the Tibetan influence in the lifestyle and food of the people living in this area. Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple (you can literally find a large population of monkeys residing in this area) is another enormous Stupa situated on top of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. If time permits, we will also visit Patan Durbar Square. Towards the end of the day, we return to our hotel and call it a day.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Our destination for today will be Chitwan. After breakfast in the morning, we will head out for a 175kms drive from Kathmandu towards Chitwan. Along the Trishuli River, the view is magnificent accompanied by the tall hills and beautiful landscape. Upon reaching Chitwan, we will check-in to our hotel and rest for the day. We can also walk along the banks of Rapti River or visit nearby areas and explore the Tharu community and their way of living.
Meals Included: Breakfast
The National Park is the first of its kind in Nepal. It is located in the sub tropical Terai region of Nepal and is usually humid here. To enjoy this exotic land, we will set off for an elephant ride amidst the jungle to witness some more birds and animals in their natural habitat. The elephant safari itself is an exciting and exotic experience. After the safari, we will also do Elephant Bathing by riding on the back of the elephant while it splashes water from its trunk. It is a truly amazing experience when the elephant swims and washes itself in the Rapti River. Later, we will go for a canoe ride in the river where we can also get a closer look at the crocodiles and the water birds. It is a thrilling activity to take a canoe to the Rapti River while the crocodiles are basking in the afternoon sun.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we will head back for Kathmandu. The scenario is beautiful along the way. We will reach Kathmandu after 4-5 hours of ride and check-in to our hotel. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you and we can also talk about the experience you had during the trip.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Today is your last day in Nepal. Nevertheless, if your flight is in the evening you can do some souvenir shopping for your family and friends. Our team representative will see you off in the airport. Namaste and have a safe flight!
Please find General Information on Nepal including:
- Things to know before coming
- Local Climate and Geography
- Communication Facilities
- Nepalese Currency and Exchange
- Visa Information
- Medical Information
- Travel Insurance
Things to know before coming:
The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Area: 1,47,181 sq kms
Elevation: 60m to 8,848m above the sea level
Natural divisions: Terai region (Plains), Elevated Flatlands and Hills and Mountain region
Population: 27 million (more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different languages)
Language: Nepali (native as well as official) and English
Neighboring countries: Republic of India (east, south, west) and Peoples’ Republic of China (north)
Popular tourist destinations: Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Janakpur, and Gorkha
Destinations listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.
Mountains: 8 out of world’s 10 tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. 240 peaks over 20,000ft
(Note: The 2015 Earthquake left Nepal devastated and damaged. A lot of historic monuments and temples came to rubbles during the earthquake. Nepal is slowly recovering from the traumatic experience. The monuments and temples are being rebuilt. Thus, we expect your cooperation while visiting the historic and religious sites. Nepal needs you now more than ever.)
Climate and Geography
The climate of Nepal varies according to the elevation. The humid, tropical Terai receives the most monsoonal rain and records the country’s highest temperature. The lower hills (900-2,700meters), including Kathmandu Valley are sub-tropical, with hot summer and moderate winters with only the occasional frost. The higher hills (2,700-4,000 meters) are temperate as the hills get plenty of rain, fog and frost. Above 4,000meters, the mountains have cooler, drier alpine climate and daily temperatures vary wildly depending on sunshine, wind and altitude.
Best travel seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be travelled any time of the year.
Postal, Freight and Cargo Services:
The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu near NTC Building in Newroad. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thursday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Stamps, aerograms and postcards can be purchased from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can enjoy the services like registration and insurance of mail and packages and IRCs exchange. Large parcels are handled by the Foreign Post Office, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.
Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Corporation located at Tripureshwor is a national service provider that provides telephone, fax, telex, STD, ISD and telegraph services. Some private sectors also provide telephone services. Network coverage is good throughout Nepal except in some rural Himalayan places. Almost all the hotels and private communication sectors provide long distance telephone and fax facilities. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card. (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM).
The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive, therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.
Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. Most of these internet cafes also provide fax, and photocopy.
Apps like Maps.me and Google Maps will navigate through a lot of landmarks and streets. Most urban areas in Nepal are mapped out good enough to find your way.
For offline navigation you can use a free Kathmandu Valley map that is available at the Tourist center of the Nepal Tourism Board and several tourist accommodations. Detailed maps are available in map and book shops in the big tourist areas of Nepal. Most Nepalese in the capital and other major cities know English so language barrier will not be a problem.
There are Taxis with black license plate for private transportation (private taxis may charge slightly higher. No tip is expected) and local transportation like public buses, micro buses and tempos ( 3-wheelers) running around the city. You could even try rides on local rickshaws, ponies or bullock-carts where they're available. Government run green buses known as Sajha Bus are comfortable and run along the north-south and east-west main roads of the valley. The bus also runs through the insides of the Airport and goes to Thamel. Let the bus conductor know your destination and you will be dropped on the alley that leads you to Thamel. You can also get navigations on your mobile map app to know where you are heading.
Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles are cheap and the best form of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen, all in Kathmandu. Mountain bikes can also be hired in Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan.
Tourist bus service provides easy transportation to prime areas like Pokhara and Chitwan. For other destinations, long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all major cities. Out-of-valley bound buses leave from New Bus Park at Gongabu at Ring Road near Balaju, Kathmandu.
Nepalese Currency and Exchange
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some of the International Banks have their own offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card, etc. are accepted in Nepal at major hotels, shops and restaurants. Most ATMs will accept Visa and Master Cards. Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 1 pm on Friday.
It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in the Kathmandu Valley. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.
For the reduction of deaths among trekkers, an association named Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) was founded in the year 1973. The head office of HRA is located in Lazimpat near the north gate of the Palace Museum. During peak season, it operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu region) and Manang (Annapurna region) managed by expatriate physicians. However, its main job is to provide free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of trekking routes.
Vaccination and Medicines
Although you will be consulting your doctor before planning the trip, we highly recommend you to get few vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria before planning your trip to Nepal.
Moreover, we also recommend you to carry few medicines like Aspirin or Panadol –for pain and fever; Antihistamine – as a decongestant for cold allergies and to prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture- for the treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray – for cuts and grazes; Calamine lotion for irritation from bites or stings; bandages, band aids, a pair of scissors, tweezers - for minor injuries; insect repellent, sun block lotion, lip balms, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, and Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).
If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio