Pokhara is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu. The rich ness of valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. Just imagine the joy of observing the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m from an elevation of below 1000m within a very close aerial, distance. The valley is equally superb giving as they do elevated close-ups to the snowy peaks. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence summits like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6977m) and the five peaks of Annapurna range rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. Pokhara is the land of the Magars and Gurungs who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. Brahmins, Chhetris and Thakalis are other major communities here.
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the lake to visit the island temple in its middle.
The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travelers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara; Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
Sarangkot is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. It is located at altitude is 1592m above sea level. This place provides the best view of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and beyond to the main spine of the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South 7195, Annapurna I 7647, Machhapuchure 6997, Annapurna III 7555, Annapurna II 7937, Annapurna IV 7525, Lamjung Himal 6986.)
Gupteshwor Cave is also known as the Gupteshwor Gupha. The Gupteshwor Cave holds a special religious importance especially to the local people. This cave is regarded holy by the Hindus. The main highlight of the site is the Shivalinga, the phallic symbol of the Lord Shiva. The linga is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. It is just across the Devi’s Fall. From the end of the cave, you can see the view of Davis Fall.
Tibetan Refugee Camp
Tibetan Handicraft center know as the Tibetan refugee camp. And it is the pioneer of Tibetan carpet industry in Pokhara, Nepal. This center provides job to Tibetans from the camp and local Nepalese. The profits of the handicraft center is used for the education, health care, sanitation, looked after old age and physically handicapped Tibetan people of this refugee camp.
Drive to Chitwan National Park (Approx: 185 km/5 hrs drive)
An enjoyable and scenic five hours drive by car or private vehicle on the Prithvi highway connecting Chitwan with Kathmandu follows the Trishuli River takes us through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan . The ethnic tribe of the Tharu’s is the local inhabitants of Chitwan and isagriculturists by profession. The drive finally brings us to the Tigerland Safari Resort.
Up on arrival at Tigerland Safari Resort the guests will be met and briefed by the Guest Relation officer regarding the park and the programs available. Lunch will be followed by a choice of activities arranged for you.
Tigerland Safari Resort
Tigerland Safari Resort lies on the edge of Nepal's premier Chitwan National Park, a world heritage site, 168 kms south of Kathmandu. Tigerland Safari Resort is spread within 20 acres of land at the elevation of 30 meters above the Rapti River, the border of Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, Gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles. All twin bedded rooms at Tigerland safari Resort are fully airconditioned and attractively furnished and each room has attached modern toilet amenities and solar heated showers. Both Nepalese and Western cuisine is served in their dining hall.
Later in the afternoon, the guests will be taken for elephant safari or nature walks or for jungle drive depending on the time of arrival at the resort. Those on elephant safari can penetrate deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife and those on a jungle walk can experience the abundant bird life and the flora and fauna of the park. The area from Kasara to Sukhebar is considered as the best area for the jungle drive, where chances of seeing bison (Gaur), sambar deer and Royal Bengal Tiger is very high compare to other area of Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky you may see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger both on nature walk as well as on elephant safari. In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan national park will be organized by our well trained senior Naturalists. This will be time when the guests can gather more information about the flora and fauna of Chitwan.