Rara is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the Nepal Himalayas. Rara Lake, being surrounded by Rara National Park, has unique floral and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species. The park was established in 1976 to preserve the beauty of the lake and protect it from sedimentation and adverse human activities. The Park flora consists of 1074 species, of which 16 are endemic to Nepal; the fauna includes 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. Rara lake has been a popular destination with a very rough route in Western Nepal for trekkers. The glimpses of culture and scenery on the way is quite different from the rest of Nepal. Situated in high altitude, you can find the lake surrounded by Rara National Park with pine, spruce and juniper forest. The view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks enhance the attraction of trekkers. The trek begins with flight to Jumla (over an hour flight from Kathmandu) or from nearer Nepalgunj. Going along the mountain path and some villages one can reach the bank of Rara lake.
The rich vegetation of the park isupports diverse species of wildlife including the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan tahr, yellow-throated martin, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and common otter. During winter the park abounds in bird varieties like coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser and gulls. Migrant water fowl and gallinaceous birds can also be seen during certain seasons. The trek leads through remote countryside toward the Tibetan border. A journey into the Jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake is probably one of the most fascinating treks in the Himalaya undisturbed by hordes of trekkers as one finds on other trek routes. In rara the sunrise can be seen with spectacular view of sun.
Its regulations fall in the Mountain National Parks Regulations (1979 AD). First of all a separate Rara National Park Regulation must be formulated and executed effectively. There is no system for taking the entry as well as boating charges for Nepalese nationals. So, the National Park must start to levy entry and boating charges.
Karnali region is a potential touristic hub. Ecotourism has been a great boon for this region as nature has provided it natural beauties and many means of adventures.
Tourism entrepreneurs and investors should be encouraged to establish hotels and lodges in the Majhaghatta (Western part of the National Park). Similarly the practice of home stay could be started like in other national parks.
Our representative from Adventure Mission Nepal treks and Expedition will welcome you in traditional Nepali style with garlands and transfer you to the Hotel at Thamel. After brief rest, we go head for the sightseeing of twin Newari villages Khokana and Bungmati. They are situated 14 KM south of Kathmandu city. Overnight at hotel.
Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age-old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.
After a warm breakfast at the hotel, we start the 7 hours/200km drive to Pokhara. We will make a few stops on the way as there are lots of places to capture photographs. We will follow the Trishuli river, one of the best rivers for amateur rafting until Mugling and then onwards go in the opposite direction of the Marshayngdi river for a while. Besides the small and simple villages, the Prithvi Highway also offers a nice view of mountains, most notably from Khairini and onwards. If the weather is clear you can see the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Annapurna as soon as you start going down from Kathmandu. In the evening stroll around the lakeside or depending on the time you reach Pokhara fo for a boating trip in the Phewa lake.
Early morning wake up and drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view. After breakfast transfer For Sightseeing of Pokhara city including the Davis fall, Gupteshwor cave, Bindabasani temple, Tibetan refugee camp and Seti river gorge. Free time in the afternoon for exploration.
You will get an early morning wakeup call from the reception as we need to drive 12 km from the city of Pokhara to see the sunrise and the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range. Your city guide will come to receive you after breakfast and drive towards the Davis fall, named after a Swiss coupled washed away by the waterfall in 1961. Then cross the road and go to the Gupteshwor cave with a self-created statue of Lord Shiva and the view of Davis fall coming down from the other side. 5 minutes walk from the Gupteshwor cave is the Tibetan refugee camp where you can see Tibetan refugees doing different kinds of work for livelihood such as making carpets, making jewelry with semi-precious stones and selling things to tourist. After spending some time to understand Tibet and its political conditions in the area we head towards the Bindabasani temple and the Seti river gorge.
Drive to Chitwan (170km/6 hours). Tharu village walks in the afternoon. Tharu cultural program in the evening before dinner.
The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan is a scenic drive of 6 hours. The change in the vegetation and lifestyle of the people is very significant. We will reach Chitwan for Lunch on this day. After a brief rest, we take a walk through the village of the Tharu people, one of the famous indigenous groups in Nepal. They are famous for their resistance against Malaria, also for the huts they live in and the unique culture they have which they brought with them from Rajasthan in India from where they migrated. After a brief walk in the village to understand better we will come back to the hotel to see the Tharu dance program, which is a collection of many different dances that are performed by Tharu in different festivals.
After breakfast, we go ahead for the canoeing and elephant breeding center visit. We go to the elephant bathing place, if you want to participate you can enjoy the shower on an elephant. After lunch Elephant safari and Nature walk.
Yes, you are in the periphery of the Chitwan national park, The best habitat for tropical animals and plants in Nepal. This is an exciting day ahead of you. After breakfast in the morning, we drive for a while from your jungle camp and go for the canoeing in the Budi Rapti river. The canoeing lasts for maximum 40 minutes and during those 40 minutes, you see at least 20 species of birds and 2 species of crocodiles basking in the sun. There are chances to see the one-horned rhino and other wild animals. After the canoeing, we go to the elephant breeding center where female elephants are kept for breeding. You might also see few small naughty ones coming to play with the visitors. We drive to the elephant bathing place in Sauraha. You can participate in the elephant bathing if you want. It cost you 2-3 dollars for a shower on top of an elephant. We head back to the hotel for lunch and rest for a while. At around 3 pm we will go for the elephant ride inside the Chitwan national park which lasts for 2 hours. There you can see many animals including one-horned rhino, 4 species of deer, monkeys and many more.
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☛ Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.
☛ Campfire, Music, Dance