Nepal - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour of Nepal is one of the best ways to explore this fascinating land of contrasts. Nestling between India and Tibet, Nepal’s landscapes range from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, to sub-tropical forest and picturesque towns. With an entralling history, Nepal is a land of rich cultural diversity and you will be warmly welcomed by a nation of people who are proud of their customs and traditions.
The capital Kathmandu
Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is where most people begin their explorations - hectic and chaotic it’s the country’s largest city. Here, and in the surrounding valley, you’ll find some magnificent highlights such as Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Bhadgaon, the ‘city of devotees’, which boasts many temples including the Nyatapola Temple, a towering five-storey pagoda flanked by stone figures. Boudhanath is another must-see attraction, it’s one of the largest stupas in the world and lies at the heart of a Tibetan Buddhist community.
Drive some six or so hours to the west of Kathmandu and you’ll reach picturesque Pokhara, a lakeside town set against the rugged backdrop of the Annapurna mountain range. Here you can set off on a hike, engage in an array of sports from mountain biking to paragliding, visit the intriguing Gurkha Museum or simply relax and soak up the spectacular scenery.
The mighty Himalayas
For many people, the soaring peaks and dramatic beauty of the Himalayas are the defining image of Nepal. Containing eight of the highest mountains in the world including Everest, Nepal is a destination of choice for walking enthusiasts, with trails to suit different levels of ability. For the less active, the beauty of the Himalayas can also be admired from viewpoints or on a thrilling flight to Mount Everest.
Chitwan National Park
With a long and somewhat unpleasant history of hunting and poaching, Chitwan was established as a rhino sanctuary in 1962, when it was recognised that the Asian one-horned rhino faced the very real threat of extinction. Eleven years later, the area became Nepal’s first National Park and today it’s home to a population of around 600 rhinos. Around 60 species of mammals, including tigers and gaur – Indian bison – also reside here, along with crocodiles, butterflies and more than 500 different types of birds. There are plenty of different wildlife-spotting activities on offer in the park, perhaps take a canoe trip or enjoy a thrilling safari on elephant back.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
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On top of the world
Nepal is home to eight of the highest mountains in the world, including Everest, which soars to 8,848 metres above sea level. It was declared the world’s highest mountain way back in 1856 and since that time, many people have dreamed of climbing to the top of the world.