What to see
The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu
has the air of a medieval city a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces. In the background there is often the gentle sound of jangling cymbals and the markets are a rich blend of colours and aromas. Only in the 1950s was Nepal opened up to visitors and today the contrast between 21st century technology and traditional lifestyles help to make Kathmandu one of the world’s most fascinating cities.
Chitwan National Park contains a sizeable wildlife population. The park is also home to an estimated 400-plus Asian one-horned rhinos and 80 Royal Bengal tigers, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), species of deer, monkeys, crocodiles, leopard, and over 450 species of birds.
The peaceful town of Pokhara lies on the shores on Nepal’s second largest lake, Phewa Tal, and is surrounded by the majestic snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara is an ideal place to relax, take walks in the surrounding hills, or engage in the more energetic pursuits of trekking or white-water rafting which this region of Nepal is famous for.