Classic Nepal

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Best time to go: March to April, October to November

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Delve into Kathmandu’s magnificent medieval old town
  • Join the whirl of pilgrims at the country’s most sacred temples
  • See the Himalaya unfurl from the hilltop villages of Bandipur and Dhulikhel
  • Sail across Phewa Lake, in the reflection of the Annapurna range
  • Search for rhino and tiger in Chitwan National Park

Day 1 - 2 London / Doha / Kathmandu

Fly, via Doha, to Kathmandu, Nepal’s magical, chaotic, charismatic capital. Dwarikas, a cluster of exquisitely carved and decorated Nepali houses and courtyards, is your home for three nights.
Dwarika's Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Kathmandu

Kathmandu is an ancient trade hub, cultural cauldron and sacred city sitting in the shadow of the snow-capped Himalaya. There is nowhere on the planet quite like it. Start in Durbar Square, home of the gilded Taleju Temple and the House of the Living Goddess, before plunging into the medieval old city’s labyrinthine back streets. Then head west to hilltop Swayambhunath, the prayer-flag draped ‘Monkey Temple’ (established 2,500 years ago) and on to the district of Patan, once an independent kingdom and now a hub for craftsmen and artisans.
Dwarika's Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Kathmandu

Pashupatinath, 5km east of Kathmandu, is one of Nepal’s holiest Hindu sites. Stroll amid the temples and watch the smoke billowing from the funeral pyres. UNESCO-listed Bouddhanath, one of the world’s largest stupas, is sacred to Tibetan Buddhists – here, join hundreds of pilgrims making a kora (circuit) around the imposing temple. End in the ninth-century city of Bhaktapur, one of the three original cities of the Kathmandu Valley. The 2015 earthquake damaged some of the buildings, but there is still much to see.
Dwarika's Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Kathmandu / Pokhara


Tucked in the foothills of magnificent Mt Macchapuchre (known as Fish Tail), Pokhara is just a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu, but feels a world away. Enchanting, tranquil and serene, lakeside Pokhara is the place to embark on treks or rafting expeditions, or simply drink spicy chiya tea by the water’s edge, gazing up at the high Himalaya.
Tiger Mountain Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Pokhara

Get lost in Pokhara’s old bazaar, an early Newari settlement on the Trans-Himalayan trading route. Then visit the Bhadrakali Temple, dedicated to goddess Kali, and Devi’s Falls, a thundering underground cascade. Finish with a boat trip on Phewa Lake, for dreamy views of the Annapurna Range – on a calm day, the mountains are perfectly reflected in the lake’s glassy water.
Tiger Mountain Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Pokhara / Bandipur

It’s a scenic drive, via unspoiled valleys, to reach the sleepy hilltop village of Bandipur. A hub for Newari craftsmen from the 19th century, it feels little-changed since – amble amid the old bazaar and handsome architecture. Bandipur – often described as a natural lookout – also affords some of the finest views of the gargantuan Annapurnas.
The Old Inn | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Bandipur


Revel in Bandipur’s old-world feel, and head out to nearby Sidhha Cave. Discovered in 1987, it’s thought to be the largest cave on the South Asian subcontinent.
The Old Inn | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Bandipur / Chitwan

Veer south into Nepal’s tropical terai to enter Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s finest and richest wildlife sanctuaries. Chitwan is true wilderness, a lush and steamy riot of riverine grasslands and densely forested hills, serenaded by a choir of crickets and stalked by a wealth of wildlife, including myriad bird species, wild elephants, rhinos and the majestic – if elusive – Bengal tiger.
Barahi Jungle Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Chitwan National Park

Rise early, exploring Chitwan’s sal forest and grassy plains on a guided walking safari. An expert naturalist will open up the wilderness, pointing out birds, identifying scat and tracks, and raising your chances of wild animal encounters. In the afternoon, cross the river by boat to head deeper into the jungle.
Barahi Jungle Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Chitwan / Kathmandu / Dhulikel
After a quick flight to Kathmandu and a short onward drive, you’ll arrive in the ridge-perched town of Dhulikhel. Not only is it a bastion of Newari tradition and culture, crammed with temples, Dhulikhel also boasts a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas.
Dwarika’s Resort | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Dhulikhel

Soak up those matchless mountain views, then pay a visit to the Namo Buddha. This is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, adorned with fluttering prayer flags and set against a backdrop of glistening peaks.
Dwarika’s Resort | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Day 13 Dhulikhel / Kathmandu


Make a leisurely return to Kathmandu to spend one last after-noon in this dynamic city – perhaps go shopping in lively Thamel or graze on momos (dumplings) from sizzling street stalls.
Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 Kathmandu / Doha / London

Head to the airport for your return flight – being sure to secure a window seat for one final Himalayan view.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day itinerary will cost from £4,995 per person, based on two sharing including international flights.

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Best time to be there

The climate varies in Nepal from cool summers and severe winters in the north to subtropical summers and mild winters in the south. October and November are the best time to visit. The monsoon occurs between June and September.

Fly to

Kathmandu

Flying time

1 hour 45 minutes from Delhi

Time difference

GMT +5 3/4 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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