Offering striking scenery, medieval towns, dense jungles filled with rare wildlife and adventurous activities, Nepal is an enticing playground for all ages. Experience all of the above on this 11-night adventure, designed to give you the very best introduction to Nepal, one of the world’s most mountainous and welcoming countries.
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Afternoon arrival in Kathmandu and 20-minute transfer to the Hotel Himalaya (Deluxe Rooms) for 2 nights. (N)
Medieval Kathmandu is a captivating city packed with sacred cows, painted sadhus (holy men), troops of monkeys, bicycles and the heady smell of incense. Highlights include a visit to Durbar Square, a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and winding streets. Join pilgrims twirling the prayer wheels around the glittering golden Swayambhunath shrine and marvel at the big and brash Narayanhiti Royal Palace, which cannot fail to capture the imagination. Asan
market bustles with activity; barter with the friendly stallholders for spices, textiles and electronics. (B)
Drive (2 ½ hours) into rural Nepal to the hilltop village of Nuwakot. En route, visit a village school, where you can engage with the local students. The Famous Farm House, a traditional Nepalese converted farmhouse, is your home for tonight. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the local village and Nuwakot bazaar. (B)
Drive down (6 hours) to the lowlands to Chitwan National Park for 3 nights at the Barahi Jungle Lodge (Family Suite) located on the banks of the Rapti. The infinity pool is idyllic for relaxation and also for observing wildlife from the comfort of the lodge. (B, D)
Travelling by jeep, canoe or on elephant-back, look out for one-horned rhinos, wild boars, leopards, marsh crocodiles and elephants as you go on safari through the park. In the evening enjoy a traditional cultural dance performance by members of the local Tharu tribe. Other day-time activities include a morning bird-watching walk or wash and bath elephants in the buffer region of the park. (B, L, D)
Leave the lowlands of Chitwan today and head to the city of lakes: Pokhara. The journey today is long (approximately 4 hours driving) but you will be rewarded with spectacular views of rocky gorges and three of the world’s 10 highest mountains. Stop as often as you like along the way to stretch your legs, take pictures or enjoy a cup of local chai. Stay 3 nights at the Temple Tree Resort (Deluxe Rooms, interconnecting) (B)
It’s an early start this morning for the short drive to Sarankot but you may be rewarded with a view of the sunrise over a truly spectacular mountain panorama. After breakfast, visit a huge cave that is full of strangely shaped stalagmites, a lively temple and the thundering David Falls. Continue on foot to Phewa lake to enjoy the gentle boat ride back to Pokhara. This afternoon, time your visit to the Tibetan settlement camp to experience the rumbling of monks chanting and horns blowing during the daily prayer. Later, practice your bargaining skills by haggling for souvenirs with the Tibetan traders. (B)
Day at leisure to relax by the pool or take an optional 3-hour soft trek in the nearby mountains. (B)
Drive to Kurintar (approx. 3 hours) and transfer to Summit River Lodge (Cottage rooms) for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure to take in the beautiful scenery, relax by the pool or hike in the nearby hills. A winding gorge is located nearby with crystal-clear pools. (B)
Drive to Kathmandu (3 hours) and stay overnight at the Hotel Himalaya. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to London with Jet Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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