Day 1. To Kathmandu
Fly from London Heathrow on a non-direct flight to Kathmandu.
Day 2. Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to Hotel. Two nights Shangri-La Hotel.
Day 3. Kathmandu
At Swayambhunath see the ‘Monkey Temple’, considered one of the oldest shrines in the world. The four sides are painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha. Newar artisans in Kathmandu have created a fascinating architectural history for posterity with superb Temples and Monasteries. Visit the Durbar Square and Teleju Temple. Afternoon tour Patanthe City of Arts and Architecture renowned for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Visits include the Durbar Square, Patan Museum and Hiranya Verna Mahabihar.
Day 4. To Chitwan National Park via Bharatpur
Drive to the airport for flight to Bharatpur. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later experience a village tour and then explore the unique jungle sights and sounds accompanied by an expert Naturalist. Chitwan was granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. Sightings of over 500 species of birds and 43 species of mammals have been documented. The one horned rhino population appears to be recovering. Two nights at the Barahi Jungle Lodge.
Day 5. Full Day of Jungle Activities
Go on safari looking out for the famed onehorned rhino or maybe catch a glimpse of the majestic Royal Bengal tiger, wild boar, shy leopard, honey badgers and bison. Birders can revel in the abundance of bird species. Keep an eye out for the endangered gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles.
Day 6. To Pokhara
After an early morning safari, drive through stunning countryside to Pokhara. Evening a short boat ride on the delightful Fewa Lake. Two nights at the Temple Tree Resort & Spa.
Day 7. Pokhara
Early morning sunrise visit to Sarangkot overlooking Fewa Lake and the lovely Pokhara valley. On a clear see day the magnificent Annapurna and Dhauligiri ranges. After breakfast, hike or drive to the Peace Pagoda built by Nipponzan Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, who, inspired by meeting Mahatma Gandhi in 1931, decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. Afternoon visit Devi’s Fall – also called Hell’s Fall. See the Seti River flowing wildly through its deep gorge. Explore the Old Bazaar and visit the important shrine of Bindhyabasini Mandir, dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati.
Day 8. To Dhulikhel via Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Pokhara airport. Fly to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to Dhulikhel. The small quiet town of Dhulikhel is known for traditional Newari crafts. Later climb a little to see the mountains, from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west. Two nights at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.
Day 9. Dhulikhel
After breakfast hike to Namobuddha - a sacred site steeped in legend. The hike starting point is Tudhikhel from where a rough trail climbs steeply to Kavre, passing through forested areas and scattered villages. In clear weather see peaks including Gang Chenpo and Dorje Lhakpa. After a further two-hour gradual uphill walk, the ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha is reached. The hilltop is adorned with prayer flags, chortens (chaityas) and a Monastery. Legend has it that a Boddhisatva sacrificed himself to a starving tigress to feed her and her cubs.
Day 10. To London
Transfer to the airport for flight back to London.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,340.00
International flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Full board at Ranthambore National Park.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.