With a walking tour of Kathmandu's numerous temples & stupas, an exploration of the surrounding valley, an optional taste of exciting white-water rafting, elephant & jeep safaris in Chitwan National Park, time in lakeside Pokhara beneath the Annapurna range, and visits to several remote hill villages, this combination tour shows you many of the sides of Nepal that make it such an enjoyable place to visit.
*New improved itinerary for 2015*
The tour starts in Nepal’s intriguing capital city, Kathmandu. Here we explore the centre of the city on foot with its many temples, stupas, and narrow winding streets, arriving in the central Durbar Square. Our first afternoon then features the hilltop 'monkey temple' of Swayambunath, overlooking the city.
From Kathmandu you then head to the lowland Terai region of Nepal, bordering India, where we visit Chitwan National Park, one of Asia's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, particularly noted for its population of the rare Asian one-horned rhinoceros. An option is available to try some exciting white water rafting on the Trisuli River en-route to Chitwan.
Your time in Chitwan includes several visits into the park. A canoe ride down the Rapti River is an idyllic way to view some of the rare breeds of birds that use the waterway, with ospreys often seen. A Jungle walk through the park follows the canoe ride, hopefully seeing Sloth Bear, Tiger or Rhino. The afternoon then features an elephant ride or jeep safari into the park, which includes a visit to the crocodile breeding centre.
Leaving Chitwan, you travel back into the foothills of the Himalayas to Bandipur, an ancient Newari trading hill-town where you explore the village and learn about rural Nepalese life. You have time to explore the village and also take some short hikes through the surrounding hills, farmland and villages, or walk downhill to the impressive Sidha Cave, one of the largest in Asia.
Our next top is the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara, nestling in the foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range. We include a tour to the Peace Pagoda, Tibetan Refugee Camp and Devi Falls here, and you also have a free day to relax, hire bikes, hike up to the top of Sarangkot hill for some great morning mountain views, or take a boat trip out on the lake.
The tour ends by driving back to Kathmandu and spending a night at the hilltop village of Nagarkot on the rim of the Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is famous for its mountain views, and you can even see the top of Everest from here if the weather is clear. We leave Nagarkot and explore the ancient centre of Bhaktapur, a World Heritage Site, and the important pilgrimage sites of Boudhanath (Buddhist) and Pasupatinath (Hindu) before our final night in Kathmandu.
You can join one of our small-group departures on this tour, or do it privately, or use the itinerary as a base for a tailor-made tour. Options are available to do a mountain flight to view Everest, try some white-water rafting, or visit Bardia National Park.
Note - if you like the look of this itinerary, but would like to include a trek as well, then please check our 2-week Nepal Explorer tour which runs alongside this trip for the first 7 days, but then features a 5-day trek in the Annapurnas from Pokhara.
From UK£1,299 per person
Improved new itinerary for 2015
Brief introduction to this traditional Nepalese town nestled in the foothills of the himalayas.
Chitwan is Nepal's most popular National Park and famous for it's herds of Asian rhino.
Short overview of the various ethnic groups found in Nepal.
Capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a unique and fascinating city that has been a mecca for travellers for over 60 years.
Nagarkot is a charming village situated just outside Kathmandu and offers excellent views of the Himilayas including Mount Everest.
"Ram was always on hand and available to sort out any problems or queries very efficiently and promptly."
Derek Entwistle (Everest Base Camp)
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