Images of Nepal

Raw, spiritual and extraordinary: a journey through Nepal is unparalleled. Wind through Kathmandu’s medieval old town and join the flurry of pilgrims circling its most sacred temples on this Images of Nepal tour. Drive through Chitwan National Park in search of the one-horned rhino and tiger. Journey to Himalayan villages to see mountain life. And inhale the sheer enormity of a majestic landscape that will get your heart racing.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant and ever-surprising capital of Nepal. Here, in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley, you’ll discover one of the world’s densest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Receive a warm A&K welcome on arrival and transfer privately to your exquisite hotel, a beautifully preserved Newari building tucked into the quiet fringes of the bustling city centre. Settle in and spend the rest of your day at leisure. This evening, take your place in Krishnarpan, the Nepali speciality restaurant at Dwarika’s, for a culinary journey through this incredible region

Hotel: Dwarika’s Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Kathmandu

Rise early for your first real glimpse of Nepal’s mountain magnificence on a fixed wing or helicopter mountain flight (additional charge). Soar over a majestic landscape of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys and glaciers, dominated by the world’s highest mountain, Everest.

After breakfast, climb the 400 steps to Swayambhunath, the oldest shrine in the world. Explore the fifth century temple with its beautiful Buddhist stupa and drink in sweeping views of the city and valley below. Return to the hotel for some time to relax and unwind, taking advantage of the incredible facilities. Later, head to the temple of Pashupatinath, and marvel at its astonishing architectural beauty on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Continue to the imposing 14th century Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the holiest of Nepal’s Buddhist sites. Meet a local artisan for a fascinating insight into Buddhism and the Thangka paintings. Find your spot overlooking the stupa and sip sundowners as you watch pilgrims circling the site and spinning prayer wheels.

Day 3: Kathmandu

Enjoy a morning exploring at your own pace before travelling to Patan. Treat your tastebuds to a culinary surprise in a local home, where you will learn the secret behind some favourite Nepalese dishes and savour a delicious lunch.

Continue to Patan City, also known as Lalitpur, and discover an ancient city of arts and architecture. Visit Durbar Square with its palaces, shrines and temples bustling with flower sellers, pilgrims and orange-clad sadhus.

Explore many a magnificent and historic monument, including the Royal Baths, Mahaboudha, Krishna Mandir and Hiranya Verna Mahabihar (the Golden Temple).

Afterwards. immerse yourself in Nepal’s cultural heritage and art history in the Patan Museum, housed in a beautifully restored Malla palace.

The collection spans much of Nepal’s cultural history, primarily exhibiting metalwork sculptures from Hindu and Buddhist deities, typical of Patan’s tradition in craftsmanship. Written commentary explains their significance to Nepal’s art history, spiritualism, cultural heritage and contemporary life.

Day 4: Kathmandu – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel

Leave the chaos and beauty of Kathmandu behind and journey to Dhulikhel. Pause at Bhaktapur City, an enchanting 9th century fortified town in the Kathmandu Valley, also known as the ‘City of Devotees’. Tread along the 17th century cobbled pavements surrounded by wonderfully preserved architecture. Watch bustling activity in the town square and admire the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows.

Continue to Dhulikhel, an ancient Newari town nestled in the foothills of the Pachkhal Valley. Find your luxurious sanctuary in Dwarika’s Resort and relax. Dip into the infinity pool or head to the meadow for yoga and meditation. This evening find a fireside spot in the bar to drink in the snow-kissed panoramas.

Hotel: Dwarika’s Resort, 2 nights

Day 5: Dhulikhel

Wake to spectacular sunrise views over the great Himalayan ranges. After a sumptuous breakfast, embark on a morning hike through rural hamlets, forests and rice paddies to Balthali village. Enjoy true Nepalese hospitality in a village home for lunch, before returning to Dwarika’s Resort.

This afternoon, explore your way with a choice of activities (additional charge). You can discover the charm of rural life along the walking trails, venture into the forest to seek out native birds and medicinal herbs or learn about Nepalese terrace farming at a local organic farm.

Day 6: Dhilikhel – Kathmandu – Bharatpur – Chitwan National Park

Return to Kathmandu and fly to Bharatpur and take the scenic drive to Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s most famous wildlife reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at your safari lodge, where rustic villas face the rushing Rapti river and the forest beyond.

After lunch, glide down the Rapti River by canoe taking in beautiful views and enjoy the unique eco system around the river and flood plains. Keep your camera ready for rhino, gharial and exotic birdlife while naturalists explain the world around the water. Later, enjoy sundowners on the riverbank.

Hotel: Meghauli Serai – A Taj Safari Lodge, 2 nights

Day 7: Chitwan National Park

Embark on a half-day jeep safari accompanied by an expert guide. Get up close to the likes of the endangered one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, sloth bear and over 550 varieties of birds. Later this afternoon, led by your expert guide, take a walk through the dense jungle to catch a glimpse of endemic species in their natural habitat.

Day 8: Chitwan National Park – Bharatpur – Pokhara

Leave the wildlife sanctuary behind and drive to Bharatpur for flight to Pokhara, an enchanting town in the foothills of magnificent Mt Machhapucchre. Visit the nearby Tibetan Refugee Camp for a fascinating insight into Tibetan life.

Continue to the Pavilions Himalaya Resort in a tranquil valley alongside a meandering river. Relax at your villa, inhale the clean mountain air, and enjoy one of the finest mountain panoramas in the world before a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: The Pavilions Himalayas Resort, 2 nights

Day 9: Pokhara

Rise early and drive to the hilltop village of Sarangkot, balanced on the mountainside ridge at an altitude of 1,600m, for a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna range.

Return to your resort for breakfast and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stroll through the maze of markets and stall of Pokhara, soak in the views of peaceful Lake Phewa at one of the many cafes or for the more adventurous, Pokhara is one of the best places in the world to try paragliding.

Day 10: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Leave your Himalaya resort behind and fly to Kathmandu. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. Perhaps take a cycle rickshaw through Ason Market one of the region’s oldest and most famous bazaars, meander through markets to pick up some last-minute mementos, visit Durbar Square and the gilded roofs of Teleju Temple, or simply unwind in the luxury of your hotel.

Hotel: Dwarika’s Hotel

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

Farewell Nepal as you transfer privately to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu Daily: From $8,615.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Bharatpur - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Accommodation:10 nights accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Journey Through The Himalayas

Experience a jungle stay in Chitwan and explore the impressive jungle by jeep. Discover the lively and eclectic lanes and bazaars of Kathmandu, where you can find arts, crafts and delicious food. Visit one of the holiest Hindu temples in Kathmandu dating back to the fifth century.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhulikhel

On arrival in Kathmandu be transferred to Dhulikhel.

Hotel: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort

Day 2: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu

Rise early to enjoy sunrise views in Dhulikhel before setting out on the scenic journey to Kathmandu.

Hotel: Vivanta Kathmandu, 3 nights

Day 3: Kathmandu

This morning, visit Pashupatinath which is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Day 4: Kathmandu

Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square which used to be the palace of the kings. Delve deeper into Hindu traditions as you interact with Ex-Kumari of Patan.

Day 5: Kathmandu to Chitwan

Fly to Bharatpur before continuing the drive to Chitwan. On arrival a naturalist will explain the schedule for your upcoming stay. Stay the next two nights at Jungle Villa resort.

Day 6: Chitwan

Gain a fascinating insight into Chitwan as you drive through the rugged trails of the jungle on a jeep ride. Continue on a local village walk and experience a local ethnic cultural dance.

Day 7: Chitwan to Lumbini

This morning, drive to Lumbini. Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata was born.

Hotel: Lumbini Hokke, 2 nights

Day 8: Lumbini

Venture to Lumbini Garden, this sacred garden is a small complex lying at the southern end of Lumbini. It marks the place where the Buddha is reputed to have been born.

Day 9: Lumbini to Pokhara

Travel to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place for its natural beauty as well as most dramatic sceneries in world.

Hotel: Temple Tree Resort, 2 nights

Day 10: Pokhara

Rise early to visit Sarangkot and be amazed as the sun rises over Himalayas. Later, visit Bindhyabasini temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Cruise the waters of Phewa Lake on a traditional boat.

Day 11: Pokhara to Bandipur

Rise early and drive to Bandipur. Bandipur has miraculously preserved its old time cultural atmosphere with passage of time.

Hotel: Old Inn Bandipur

Day 12: Bandipur to Kathmandu

Start your day with a drive to Kathmandu. This afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Vivanta Kathmandu

Day 13: Kathmandu

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu Daily: From $3,577.00Price on application

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Bharatpur
Accommodation:12 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English-speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Vintage Nepal

Experience the diversity of Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. This Vintage Nepal adventure encompasses much of what makes Nepal so beloved by travellers. Whether you’re exploring the exotic capital of Kathmandu, discovering Pokhara, beneath awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, or exploring the rural beauty around the hilltop village of Tansen, finding spirituality in Lumbini – the birth place of Buddha or exploring Chitwan National Park in search of big game. Undoubtedly the amazing flight to view Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) up-close will take your breath away. Nepal is incredible. You’ll be left with no doubt why so many return to the country time and time again.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met at the airport by a Peregrine representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Join an important group meeting at 6 pm, followed by an optional group dinner at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 2: Kathmandu

In the early morning, you will make an attempt at the Mount Everest scenic flight. This amazing experience will take you over Sagamartha National Park, through a crescendo of the highest peaks in the world, climaxing by getting up close to Mount Everest. Later in the morning, explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.

Hotel: Annapurna Hotel or similar

Day 3: Nagarkot

Travel to Nagarkot in a private vehicle. On the 3-hour journey, there are two stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way, starting with Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is revered as one of the world’s few well preserved ancient cities, playing host to a wondrous range of exotically designed temples and statues. Then wander to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan, erected in dedication to the Lord Vishnu and site of numerous legends. Upon arrival to Nagarkot, prepare for an overnight stay at Club Himalaya, renowned for its unrestricted view of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and the surrounding areas.

Hotel: Club Himalaya or similar

Day 4: Pokhara

Wake up and witness an early morning 180-degree sunrise view before travelling to Kathmandu airport by chartered coach. From here, you will fly to Pokhara with an estimated flight time of 30 minutes – if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain to the north. On arrival, take a boat ride across the lake of Phewa Tal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The visit to the Peace Pagoda afterwards grants excellent views of the mountains including the Annapurnas, the famous fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare and a glimpse back across to Pokhara. Next comes a visit to the International Mountain Museum, which is full of fascinating tales and exploits from climbing expeditions of the past – some ending in triumph and others in tragedy. After this, you have the day free to explore peaceful Pohkara and its surrounds.

Hotel: Shangri-La Village or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Pokhara

Enjoy a free day for further exploration of the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara. Your group leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities – maybe take a boat for a row out on the lake, explore the Hindu temple or Buddhist monastery, or simply pick up some souvenirs and relax in your hotel.

Day 6: Tansen

Travel by private vehicle to Tansen on a 5-hour drive. Formerly known as the capital of the Magar kingdom Tanahun, Tansen is now known as the home of the United Mission Hospital, a partnership between 20 Christian organisations and Nepal that sees over 100,000 patients per year. During your stay, visit Tansen town, the palace museum, a dhaka topi (traditional hat) and brass bottle workshop and experience an interaction with the locals.

Hotel: Hotel Shrinagar or similar

Day 7: Lumbini

An optional hike to the Rani Mahal is available today. Rani Mahal translates to ‘Queens Palace’, as the site was built as a monument of love to the deceased youngest wife of former general Khadga Samsher Rana, Tej Kumari Devi. Your other option is to travel to Tansen Hill station where panoramic views of Annapurna and Tansen valley can be seen, and Tansen town lies nearby should you wish to continue exploring it. Later this afternoon drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Hotel: Hotel Hokke or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Lumbini

This morning head out of Lumbini to Tilaurakot, which houses the ruins of ancient Kapilvastu – the capital of the Sakya kingdom and where Buddha spent his youth as Prince Siddhartha. Also, explore Nighlihawa and Gotihawa, which are closeby to Tilaurakot and have broken Ashoka pillars and other relics. Enjoy lunch and then return to Lumbini in the afternoon. There’s also the option to explore Lumbini’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lumbini is known as the holiest place of one of the world’s great religions and the area contains important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as third century BC. Discover the serenity of the Maya Devi Temple, the statue of Little Buddha, and the Bodhi Tree, which is very close by your accommodation.

Day 9: Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, prepare to be picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park (approximately 4 hours). After arriving and settling in, meet the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the park’s habitat conservation program. There’s some flexibility with activities in this area, which may vary depending on the time of year and known wildlife movements and locations. A late afternoon safari is an experience like none other, showing the varied and exciting flora and fauna of the park. Enjoy dinner with your group and relax at your accommodation’s bar while discussing the day’s sightings or listening to the song of the jungle.

Hotel: Kasara Resort or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Chitwan

After breakfast, leave the lodge for an early morning trip to begin a dugout canoe adventure on the Rapti River. This exhilarating ride offers chances to spot marsh mugger crocodiles along with the various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but the magnificent creatures inhabit the park so it’s not to be ruled out. Upon your return to dry land, an organised program will help fill the rest of the day and may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.

Day 11: Kathmandu

Drive to Chitwan Airport on a 1-hour drive before flying back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, so perhaps engage in some shopping or just relax at your hotel. A farewell dinner will be held at the Utsav Restaurant, featuring an authentic night of local cultural food and dance.

Hotel: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Day 12: Kathmandu

Your Nepalese adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with any onward travel arrangements.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 10$4,200.00$5,435.00
October: 31$4,085.00$5,320.00
November: 07$4,085.00$5,320.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 06$4,280.00$5,515.00
April: 17$4,280.00$5,515.00
September: 25$4,280.00$5,515.00
October: 09, 16$4,280.00$5,515.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Accommodation:9 nights Hotel accommodation & 2 nights Lodge accommodation
Guide:English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Nepal

Dive into Nepal’s eclectic culture and astounding natural beauty on this 12 day Handpicked Nepal tour. Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu with its ancient temples, shrines, Buddhist stupas and sculptures. In the Kathmandu valley, admire masterpieces of Newar architecture, explore an elegant hillside temple overrun with monkeys and stand under the towering Boudhanath Stupa. Venturing out of the city, hike the Annapurna mountains, search for rhinos and tigers on a safari in Chitwan and visit the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and take a heritage walk through its medieval alleys. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa and experience an interaction with Lama who will offer a blessing. Drive to Pashupatinath Temple and attend the evening Aarti Ceremony, the lighting of lamps in devotion.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is one of the best wildlife viewing parks in Asia and you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, monkeys and up to 544 species of birds.

Day 4: Chitwan National Park

Today is yours to discover the national park with a full day of activities available.

Day 5: Chitwan National Park – Bandipur

Bandipur is a beautifully preserved village above the main road to Kathmandu.

Day 6: Bandipur – Pokhara

Travel by road to the lakeside town of Pokhara. This afternoon visit the Old Bazaar and Kali Temple followed by an evening boat ride on Phewa Lake.

Day 7: Pokhara

Visit Ki Singh Bridge and nearby Devi Falls before moving on to a Tibetan refugee village to discover the community’s thriving textile and carpet industry.

Day 8: Pokhara – Annapurna Hike

Today morning drive to Phedi. We take the right hand track uphill through thin forest and farmland and scattered villages to Dhampus Village 1650m which offers the spectacular views of the snow clad mountains of the Annapurna range including the famous Mt. Machhapuchhre. A further walk of one hour will take us to Pothana for overnight stop. Total walking time 4 hours. Spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day 9: Annapurna Hike

Having our breakfast in the morning we walk to Deurali on a gradual ascent a then take a steep downhill walk through thick rhododendron forest to Bhichuk. From here the trail eases until Langdrung where we take our lunch. After lunch we continue to walk down to Modi Khola (river) to take a steep uphill walk to Ghandruk, a large Gurung Village for an overnight stop. Ghandruk offers the views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and other peaks of Annapurna range. Total walking time 6 hours. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 10: Annapurna Hike – Pokhara

We see a gradual descent walk to Seuli Bazar for 2 hours and get on a Flat land walk through rice fields until Birethanti. We further walk on a very busy trail approximately one hour to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara. Total walking time 4 hours.

Day 11: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Tour Kathmandu city and and see the Swayambhunath Stupa.

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu 

This morning is the best day to take the 8am Everest Mountain flight. You can book this at the time of booking. At 11am, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu daily:From $2,633.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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