Today starts with a nice easy ride, low traffic, winding, paved roads allowing one to enjoy the view-is it any wonder this is called the Siddhartha Highway. We will travel 117 km today. From town we have a spectacular view of Tansen Bazaar. At 1310 m we arrive in the town of Palpa for the night, home to the Newari people, the easy day leaves time to enjoy this traditional village. Tansen,an ancient hill town, was the capital of the Palpa kingdom. Rich in history, culture, religion and natural beauty, we will spend the evening wandering the cobblestone streets.
Descending from Palpa to Lumbini the road again is paved and winding until the city of Butwaal in the Buwaal valley where the terrain flattens. After traveling 76 km we reach the birthplace of Lord Buddha, internationally known as a symbol of peace. Like Buddha we will spend tonight and tomorrow resting in Lumbini.
A full day walking tour in Lumbini to the Buddhist Monastery, Maya Devi Temple (Buddha’s Mother), the Sacred Pond Garden which many countries joined together to build. Lumbini is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Starting early in the morning, after breakfast, we travel the tarai (flat lands). Today we travel 130 km. Paved roads, and open farmland begins the day until the road winds into the jungle for 5-6 km before giving way once again to tarai. We drive to Sauraha where we rest for the night.
Today we spend the day in Chitwan National Park. Action packed day with Jeep Safari, Canoe Ride and in the evening a dance performance by the local Tharu tribe.
90 km from Chitwan to Bandipur find us back on winding mountain roads but the ride is easy as they are paved. Bandipur is also home to the Newar, hilltop houses, and is located midway between Pokhara and Kathmandu. We spend the night in Bandipur.
Today we complete our ride back to Pokhara via Begnas Lake, the road is paved with beautiful scenic mountain views. Begnas Lake is smaller than Phewa Lake, more remote and tranquil. We continue our ride back to Pokhara Lakeside, ending with a group dinner in the evening with traditional Nepali food and dance performances.