Best of Nepal in three Tour operators in Nepal offer excellent packages to visitors for exploring the beauty of the country in a short time. But for the traveler with a tight schedule, the 2 nights/3days safari into one thrilling circuit, is an unbeatable way to experience the rich diversity of the country.
Pokhara, with its laid-back atmosphere, has a mild climate. The mountains reflect on the beautiful Phewa Lake, and an array of restaurants strewn across the lake-side serve varieties of international cuisine.
After arriving in Pokhara (30 minutes by air or six hours’ drive from Kathmandu), visitors begin with a bout of boating on Phewa Lake. The pure pleasure that comes with feeling the water underneath while watching the conspicuous Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) Mountain surrounded by the giants of the Annapurna range is out of this world.
After a few hours of boating, a sight-seeing tour of Pokhara is next on the agenda. The enigmatic Devin’s Falls is a few minute’s drive away. The Pardi Khola is the outflow from Phewa Lake, and at Devin’s Fall it disappears into a mysterious cavern in the ground, creating magnificient sprays. Another attraction is the Seti Gandaki river, which flows right through the heart of the town. The limestone in the soil gives the river its milky color. At certain spots, the Seti Gandaki runs completely underground. There are a number of Tibetan settlements around Pokhara which sell handicraft goods & Tibetan carpets.
The four-hour drive to Chitwan the next day consists of more thrilling views along the Narayani river. The lively atmosphere of the plains of Nepal becomes more and more evident as one reaches the Royal Chitwan National Park, considered among the best wildlife parks in Asia.
Many jungle resorts have cropped up inside and outside the park. They offer all the modern amenities, imaginable, but usually in a beautiful village-style house. Your tour begins with an elephant safari. Riding the back of an elephant, you penetrate the deep jungle. Visitors might catch a sight of a rhino here, a barking deer there, and, on a lucky day, even the Royal Bengal tiger. Over 50 species of mammals are found here. The park is also a heaven for bird watching with over 525 species, including the endangered Bengal florican, giant hornbill and the black-and-white stork, nesting here.
After a couple of hours of elephant ride, visitors can splash around in the swimming pools that are inside many of the resorts. Dinner is followed by a Tharu stick dance. Tharus are indigenous inhabitants of the jungles, and their rich culture manifests itself in this joyous dance they out for the guests. The rhythmic clatter of the sticks, accompanied by invigorating music, even invites the guests to join the fray, which many do with zest and relish.
The next morning, visitors can go on a jungle walk with a trained guide who shows them the myriad of flora and fauna around them. Alternatively, they can choose a jeep safari, which goes deeper into the park to encounter even more wildlife. Then visitors return to Kathmandu, which is another four-hour ride.
The three-day Pokhara-Chitwan tour is one of the best ways to experience the diverse beauty and culture of Nepal. It’s a great way to take in quite a bit of the country, ranging from the lakes and mid-hills in Pokhara to the vibrant wildlife of the Terai, in the shortest possible time.