Below are some great side trips if you plan on arriving early or leaving late for the tour.
Option 1 Chitwan National Park Day 1: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park Early morning drive to Royal Chitwan National Park, which is considered as one of the richest wildlife areas in Asia. Covering an area of 1040 square kilometers of tall grassland and thick forests the park has a diverse flora and fauna. The two prized animals of the park are the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros. Other wildlife includes the Leopard, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Marsh Mugger, the rare Gharial and over 400 bird species. Here the spirit of the great explorer-adventurers still lives.
Upon arrival at the Resort, you will be met and briefed by the resident Guest Relations officer regarding the Park and the programs available. Overnight: In a Resort.
Day 2: In National Park The full day activities include elephant back safari, jungle drive, nature walk, bird watching tours, elephant briefing, Tharu Tribal dances, slides show accompanied by naturalist – all included. Overnight: In a Resort.
Day 3 : Chitwan – Kathmandu After early morning activities and breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu (6 hours approx.) and check into the hotel. Overnight: Hotel. From day 4 you can join our regular tour
Cost for this 2 night 3 day excursion Decent lodge outside the National park: USD 257 per person for 2 night 3 days by tourist bus or $317 per person by car.
Cost includes: - 2 night accommodation, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, all Safari activities and roundtrip transport by tourist bus.
Cost excludes: Soft and hard drinks, Tips, clothing, airfare and any cost not mentioned above
Note: If you want to travel RT by plane the cost will be USD $204 more per person or $102 each way.
Option 2 River Rafting
Trishuli River: The classic river (1 or 2 days) – This favorite of all river trips departs almost every day.
For first time paddlers, a rafting trip on the Trishuli is an experience not to be missed (class 3 to 4+ in high water). Under the care of your expert rafting guide you’ll enjoy the exhilaration of riding the rapids through a panorama of stunning gorges. Rafting/Kayaking on Trishuli River can easily be combined with a visit to Chitwan National Park.
One Day Trishuli river in a group with roundtrip bus transport is only USD $54 a day . To camp on riverbank and do two days of rafting the price is $97.
If you prefer a private car to go and do rafting and come back the cost is USD 137 for one person or USD 87 per person if there are two of you. This is a day trip to Trishuli and back.
Option 3 UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
If you have one extra day you can visit four of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu they are: fantastic Patan Durbar Square from 14th Century, the oldest Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and the biggest stupa Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati nath where death bodies are cremated .
The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous.
The one day tour of Kathmandu Valley with a car and guide will cost USD 67 per person Minimum 2 people in a group (Monuments entry fee extra)
Option 4 A day trip to Bungamati and Khokana villages
The twin villages of Bungamati and Khokana date from the 16th century and are typical ancient Newar Villages. These villages are located south of Kathmandu down a rutty road dotted with chaityas, appropriate for an ancient procession route.
Bungamati exemplifies the true beauty of the living age old Nepali culture and civilization. Walking down the lanes of Bungamati, you will pass through local Newari people busy working intricate designs in wood or stone on their way to creating many more beautiful artifacts keeping their talents running for the future generations to enjoy. Though, small in size, at least 100 people from the village earn their living through wood carving.
Day trip to Bungamati and Khokana with professionally trained city guide and car will cost you USD 67 per person for a day. Monument entry fee will be extra though.
Minimum 2 people in the group.
Option 5 Traditional Nepali Cooking Class
Enjoy a wonderful cooking class led by an experienced Nepali cook . In the first class you will learn how to cook the traditional Daal Bhat,Tarkari (vegetable preparations), Aachar (pickle) and Chiya (spiced milk or regular tea). For those interested in going deeper into Nepali cuisine there will be a second class with a different menu.
Class duration: 2 - 2.5 hours Class Fee: USD 27 per person/ per class. Pre registration and payment is required through the make payment page. Under the Nepal payment button find the option "Cooking". Maximum of 6 persons per class Lunch class starts at 10.30 AM Dinner class starts at 16:00 (4:00PM) Many classes include a local market tour to buy vegetables and Masala ( spices)