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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Kathmandu with Nagarkot Trek

An itinerary which combines the main attractions of Kathmandu with a few days of easy to moderate trekking, offering the best Himalayan views around the Kathmandu Valley.

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

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, located in the Kathmandu Valley at 1,400 metres in elevation. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu

This morning tour Kathmandu’s historic Durbar Square, including the home of the Living Goddess and the former Royal Palace. Continue on to Swayambhunath, the beautiful hilltop stupa dating back to the 5th century. In the city, see the stupa of Bouddnath, one of the city’s most popular sites with its constant stream of pilgrims, and Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Dhulikhel

The trip starts with a short drive along the scenic Arniko highway. Stop at Banepa and walk to the beautiful temples and bazaars of this well-preserved Newari town. From here we trek after crossing the suspension bridge on Pungmati Khola, on a wide trail meandering along the gentle cultivated slopes of the valley. Take a steeper climb to a temple and our first Himalayan views (weather permitting) before we descend gently for about an hour through terraced hillsides to arrive at our hotel in Dhulikhel.

Day 4: Dhulikhel – Nagarkot 

Wake up before dawn to watch sunrise over the Himalaya. After a relaxing morning and breakfast in the open air, we walk along hillsides, through pine forests and into farmland. Climb gradually to Lamichhanegaon village. A gradual climb brings us to the view tower atop Nagarkot ridge, then on to our overnight stop in Nagarkot – famous for its views of the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west and Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. It is the best close range Himalayan vantage point from anywhere on the Kathmandu Valley rim.

Day 5: Nagarkot – Kathmandu

Wake for sunrise views of the Himalayas. After breakfast drive to Telekot then walk to Changunarayan and its lovely 18th century temple. Afterwards, drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 6: Kathmandu

After breakfast we drive to Muhan Pokhari and commence our walk, through forests to a nunnery. Beyond the monastery, the trail goes steeply uphill through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another three hours, finally opening to spectacular mountain views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang-Lirung. Take a leisurely downhill walk and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 7: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast your journey ends with an airport transfer.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Kathmandu Daily:From $1,162.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:6 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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