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Journey through Nepal

14 days from £3320 per person

Travelling from the central valleys of Nepal and the Himalayan foothills to the western Terai of Bardia National Park, this itinerary is quintessential Nepal. Starting in Kathmandu, time is spent in this vibrant city before a flight to Pokhara and a three night stay at the charming Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge which overlooks three of the world's 8,000 metre peaks. After an overnight stay in the charming mountain town of Bandipur, end the tour in Bardia National Park, home to the Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, gharial crocodile and numerous species of bird.

Route: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Bandipur – Kathmandu – Bardia National Park – Kathmandu

Itinerary Highlights

Over 2,000 years old, Patan is home to arguably the finest collection of temples and traditional architecture in Nepal. The highlight is Durbar Square which is a World Heritage Site.

Located between Pokhara and Kathmandu, the village of Bandipur offers a glimpse into Nepali and Newari life. The historic homes have been lovingly maintained and the setting is beautiful.

Away from the more visited areas of Nepal, Bardia is the largest and most undisturbed national park. Consisting of forest and grassland, the park contains elephant, rhinoceros and tiger.

Itinerary: Journey through Nepal

Today depart the UK on the Qatar Airways flight to Doha. (N)
Arrive into Doha and connect onto the Qatar Airways flight to Kathmandu. This afternoon take a walking tour of the old city and explore the temples and palaces of Durbar Square—an astonishing area of regal and religious architecture which is the cultural heart of Kathmandu. End the day at the 2500 year old Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest and most important sites of worship in the city. (N)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
Start the morning at the Pashupatinath temple complex, Nepal's most important Hindu pilgrimage site and location of the Royal Cremation Ghats. Continuing, visit the nearby stupa of Bodhnath, one of the world's oldest Lamaist shrines and a focus for Tibetan pilgrimage, before driving outside of Kathmandu to visit the ancient city of Patan, capital of the Malla Kings. Patan is the artistic and architectural centre of the valley and the central square houses an astonishing 55 temples and 136 monasteries. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
This morning transfer to Kathmandu Airport and fly to Pokhara. Set 300 metres above the Pokhara valley, the lodge overlooks three of the world's 8,000 metre peaks. Lying in the shadow of the Annapurna massif, Pokhara is one of Nepal's main trekking bases and has an idyllic location surrounded by magnificent natural scenery and small rural villages. (B)
Accommodation in Pokhara: Fishtail Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (or similar)
Over the next two days enjoy the lodge and the surrounding area. With its isolated location and pretty setting, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is the ideal place for a range of day hikes. Birding in the valley is also popular and special bird-watching walks with trained guides can be arranged by the lodge. Alternatively relax, enjoy the swimming pool, play a round of golf, have an Ayurvedic massage or take a yoga session. (B)
Accommodation in Pokhara: Fishtail Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (or similar)
This morning leave Pokhara and drive to the mountain town of Bandipur, a national treasure, noted for its traditional Newari houses which are characterised by carved wooden windows and overhanging slate roofs. The town was once a major crossroads on the trade route between India and Tibet and its former prosperity is explains today's faded grandeur. Stay overnight in a beautifully restored Newari home. (B)
Accommodation in Bandipur: Old Inn Bandipur 
Alternative option: Gaun Ghar
After a morning at leisure in Bandipur, leave the town and return by car through scenic rural landscapes to Kathmandu. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
This morning leave the city and visit the historic Changu Narayan temple. Standing upon a hilltop at the eastern end of the Kathmandu valley, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is over 1,500 years old and a fine example of Nepalese pagoda architecture. From here return towards Kathmandu stopping to visit charming Bhaktapur. Capital of the valley between the 14th and 16th centuries, the highlight is Durbar Square and the Nayatpola Temple, the tallest pagoda-temple in Nepal, built by Newari artists and craftsmen. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
Today transfer to Kathmandu Airport and fly to Nepalgunj, located in the little-visited western Terai. On arrival continue by road to Bardia National Park, a two hour drive from Nepalgunj. Designated a national park in the 1980s, today Bardia is one of the most undisturbed wilderness area in the Terai lowlands. Bordered by the Geruwa River and heavily forested Churia Hills, Bardia combines dense sal forest, riverine forest and pockets of open grassland. (B/D)
Accommodation in Bardia National Park: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge (or similar)
At Bardia there is an impressive variety of flora and fauna and over the next two days explore the reserve with a naturalist. Safaris in Bardia are undertaken by a combination of jeep, boat and elephant back. The reserve is home to numerous endangered species including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger and Gangetic dolphin as well as the elusive leopard, hog, sambar and spotted deer, nilgai, mongoose, striped hyena and jackal. There are also over 400 species of bird and a wide variety of reptiles. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Bardia National Park: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge (or similar)
After breakfast return by car to Nepalgunj Airport and return by air to Kathmandu. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)

Today transfer back to Kathmandu Airport to catch the Qatar Airways flight to Doha. On your arrival connect onto the onwards Qatar Airways flight to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan Holiday Review

I was lucky enough to be given a three month career break and wanted to do some extensive travelling in Asia. I emailed a number of travel companies with a request to prepare a tailor made tour across certain specific dates. Pettitts were the first to reply and from that moment on provided a superb service. Initially there were a number of changes requested to the itinerary, but they were able to accommodate all changes and flex the programme according to our needs. The countries visited were China, Mongolia, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Pettitts have clearly identified high quality international partners given that we were impressed with all travel guides in each country.

Pettitts assisted with all questions we had during the planning of the trip and were very quick to get in touch with us on the one occasion they needed to during the trip. Pettitts were excellent and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their service was first class and I would be more than happy to use their services again.

SG - China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan - July 2018

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