Nepal - The Rooftop of the World

From £2,009.00
Duration 11 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
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From £2,009.00
Duration 11 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview

​Journey into the unknown on a remarkable round trip from Kathmandu as you discover the culture and traditions of this mysterious land. Rich in Buddhist symbolism, admire the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest in the world, and take a rickshaw ride around Thamel, Nepal's vibrant tourist district. Explore Patan, a city of ornate temples, then head to Chitwan, where its national park shelters a wonderful variety of wildlife, from crocodiles to rhinos. Enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayas, learn to cook Nepali specialities, visit a refugee camp and learn about monastic life and the importance of symbols in this incredible country like no other.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Etihad Airways via Doha
  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels and resort plus 2 nights in flight
  • 20 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy a typical Newari feast​
  • Boudhanath, Kathmandu City and the district of Thamel
  • Patan's temples and the 'living museum' of Khokana
  • Canoe through the jungles of Chitwan
  • Explore Chitwan National Park
  • View the Himalayas from Naudanda village
  • Bhaktapur and 55 Windows Palace
  • Nepalese dinner and cultural show

Free Private Chauffeur Transfers

Your very own private executive car will whisk you in comfort to and from the airport.

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Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Kathmandu

​Today you'll fly to Kathmandu via a connencting airport.

Day 2 Kathmandu

​On arrival in Kathmandu we'll transfer you to your hotel, your base for the next three nights.​

Meals included: D

Day 3 Kathmandu

Today you'll see the incredible UNESCO-listed Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. This is the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and is rich in Buddhist symbolism. Thought to have been built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions, there are many legends surrounding the reason for its construction, and today it remains an important place of pilgrimage. The base of the stupa is made up of three large platforms which symbolise Earth, and here you can admire mountain views and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze while you listen to the chanting of devotees. Be sure to gaze up to the square tower atop the building, which bears the Buddha eyes on all four sides. Instead of a nose, you'll see a question-mark-type symbol, representing unity, and above this, the third eye, symbolising the wisdom of Buddha.
Next we're going to head to the bustling tourist district of Thamel, where you can experience a fun rickshaw ride through its narrow streets, where shops sell everything from pastries to handicrafts.​
This evening you are invited to take part in a Nepalese cookery class, with dumplings, noodle soup and curry likely to be on the menu.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Kathmandu

A day of discovery takes you to Patan, an incredible city boasting dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples and more than 1,200 monuments. After a tour, we'll have lunch together before we visit Khokhana, a living museum that offers a glimpse of medieval life in a traditional Newari village. There's time to explore this UNESCO-listed site and admire the three-storey temple here. 
Later, we've an incredible experience lined up. We're going to take a walking tour through the fascinating alleyways of Patan and then enjoy a traditional Newari feast in a courtyard. We'll be served a wide selection of delicious dishes, watch a dance performance and indulge in a glass or two of raksi, local homemade brandy. 

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Kathmandu - Chitwan

We move on to Chitwan today, where you've an incredible highlight to look forward to - a leisurely guided river canoe ride. As we pass by lush jungle, we're likely to spot wildlife in the water, up in the sky and on the river banks, so keep your eyes peeled. Look out for crocodiles basking in the sun and exotic birds drinking at the water's edge or swooping down to catch a fish.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Chitwan

Another great day is in store for nature-lovers, as we head into Chitwan National Park. Located in the foothills of the Churia mountain range, it is famed for its variety of wildlife, with 68 species of mammal and more than 500 types of bird resident here. It's also renowned for its protection of one-horned rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger and gharial crocodile, so keep your fingers crossed for sightings as we explore with an expert guide. We're going to revisit the park this evening, when the creatures we see could include elephants, leopards, monkeys, sloth bears and deer.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Chitwan - Pokhara

We arrive in the Pokhara Valley today, a picturesque area which boasts snow-covered peaks, lakes and rivers. Located virtually in the centre of Nepal, it's also perfectly placed for fantastic close-up views of the Himalayas.

A free afternoon gives you a great opportunity to soak up your incredible surroundings.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Pokhara

Together we'll head to Naudanda, which means 'nine hills'. From here we'll take in spectacular views over the Annapurna Mountains, a section of the Himalayas. We'll also have lunch today at a boutique hotel.​ This afternoon, you might choose to join our fascinating optional excursion to meet a family that have settled in a Tibetan refugee camp. You'll meet a family that has settled here, discover the arts and crafts of the Tibetan Plateau, and have the chance to buy handmade jewellery, wood carvings, rugs and other unique souvenirs. We'll then head to the Tashi Palkhiel handicraft centre to learn about local crafts and the importance of symbols and images in daily life. We'll also attend the Pema Tsal Sakya Buddhist School and Monastery, where we'll take part in a pooja – a religious ritual performed by the monks. Our evening comes to an end as we join a local family for a simple meal of Tibetan specialities, including Tsampa – roasted barley flour – butter tea and traditional bread.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Pokhara - Kathmandu

Before flying back to bustling Kathmandu, we'll enjoy the peace of Bhadgaon (also known as Bhaktapur), where, instead of noisy traffic, we may hear the hypnotic chanting of mantras. Also known as Bhaktapur, meaning the 'city of devotees', it is celebrated for its glorious architecture. On a tour, its many pagoda-style temples and red-brick buildings will show us how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked in the medieval period. The 55 Windows Palace, built by King Bupatindra Malla and the Nyatapola Temple, which is the highest in Nepal standing on five terraces, are just two highlights. This afternoon you'll also have the chance to enjoy an optional pottery-making experience.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Kathmandu - UK

​You have time to see a little more of Kathmandu at your own pace during a morning at leisure. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flights back to the UK.​

Meals included: B

Day 11 UK

​You will arrive back in the UK today​.

Additional Information

​​Please note: During this tour you will travel to altitudes of over 5,500ft. If you suffer from heart or respiratory conditions, or if you have any other concerns, please consult your doctor.

  1. Favourite Moment

    Standing face to face with Boudhanath Stupa is something you will never forget. The eyes seem to follow your every move!

Accommodation

Hotel Himalaya

The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Tigerland Safari Resort

A Jungle Themed Lodge with 35 individual Air-Conditioned Villa Cottages situated alongside a tributary of Rapti river spread within 8 acres of land overlooks the Chitwan National Park . This lodge is located in a small village of the local community called Tharus which offers a breathtaking view of the national park forest and also the jungle wild animals and birds from the close view. The architecture and interiors of the lodge seamlessly blend with the jungle. The architecture includes use of local bamboo, sustainable wood in furnishing and decoration highlighted with elegant interiors. Tigerland Safari is proud of its Ecological Initiatives which includes natural setting and use of local materials that blends with the environment, construction and design inspired by local culture and themes, minimum footprint on the environment by building individual rooms on stilts and the use of solar power as the primary source of energy.

Hotel Barahi

Conveniently located in Pokhara, Hotel Barahi is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The excitement of the city, situated adjacent to the Phewa Lake, a mere 3 KMS away from Pokhara domestic airport. Boasts some stunning views of the Annapurna Himalayas, Phewa Lake as well as easy access to the thriving lake street of Pokhara. Hotel is situated adjacent to the Phewa Lake, a mere 3 KMS away from Pokhara domestic airport. The hotel features 85 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the boats, hiking trails, yoga room, sauna, outdoor pool.

Hotel Himalaya

The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.

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