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Nepal Holidays Kathmandu Himalayas Tiger Safari Chitwan Annapurna Trek

Nepal Holidays & Tours: Kathmandu + Flights over Himalayas + Chitwan Park Safari

Nepal: Kathmandu + Himalayas Flight + Chitwan
FPA7K
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Nepal Holidays Tours Kathmandu Flights Himalayas Safari Chitwan Park

Our tailor made Nepal holidays & tours visit the wonderful Buddhist cultural sights of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, and include flights over the Himalayas as well as an exciting safari in Chitwan National Park, which is home to the one-horned rhino. Also visit Swayambhunath pilgrimage site, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. English speaking guide, all sightseeing & transfers included.

Nepal Holidays Tours Kathmandu Flights Himalayas Safari Chitwan Park
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Nepal Holidays & Tours
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Tours, Kathmandu & Flights
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Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Swayambhunath
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Boudhanath & Pashupatinath
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Patan Durbar Square
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Flights over Himalayas
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Safari: Chitwan Park
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Dhulikhel at Sunrise
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Nepal Holidays & Tours
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Tours, Kathmandu & Flights
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Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Swayambhunath
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Boudhanath & Pashupatinath
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Patan Durbar Square
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Flights over Himalayas
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Safari: Chitwan Park
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Dhulikhel at Sunrise
Day 1
You will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel in this spectacular Himalayan country that is famous for trekking and is home to the highest mountain in the world - the mighty Mount Everest.
 
Check into your hotel amidst the intoxicating sights and sounds of this capital city that was devastated by an earthquake in 2015, but is now slowly recovering.
Day 2
Today you will be introduced to the highlights of Kathmandu (known locally as Kantipur), as you explore its ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites with your guide.
 
We start with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace - the ancient place of Nepalese royalty. This is one of Nepal's seven Monument Zones, each of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although many of these structures collapsed during the devastating earthquake of 2015, not all areas were affected. Most of the people living here are Hindu, but there are also many Buddhist as Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, when Nepal was under the control of India. The true soul of this city can be found in its backstreets, where you can soak up the local cultural and artistic heritage.
 
Our next stop is the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Swayambhunath (meaning 'sublime trees'), the oldest Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley that is said to be over 2,000 years. This perfectly proportioned monument rises up through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire, from where four iconic faces of Lord Buddha stare out across the valley. The hill is a mosaic of small shrines and pagoda temples and, as many monkeys live here, it is also known as Monkey Temple. It is also a Monument Zone and World Heritage Site. From here you will have a perfect vantage point over the Kathmandu Valley.
 
After lunch (own account) we travel to Bhaktapur - an extraordinarily beautiful old city which was probably founded in the ninth century. Its ancient architecture comprises pagoda-style copper roofs set on wooden and mud-brick buildings, said to represent what Kathmandu looked like centuries ago before the arrival of the modern era. You can observe local artisans shaping pottery and tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another Monument Zone and World Heritage Site, with its Golden Gate and Palace of 55 Windows.
Day 3
Rise early this morning and transfer to the domestic airport for a thrilling flight over the majestic Himalaya Mountains. The flights last 1-hour and will take you close to Mount Everest, flying at 25,000 ft (7,600 m). Departures begin at dawn as the earlier flights usually provide the best views, with the snow peaks change colour as the sun rises and the cloud cover is still low. As the day warms ups the cloud cover rises.
 
The Himalayas are the youngest and highest mountain range in the world, extending for over 1,500 miles (2,400 km) across the top of the Indian sub-continent. The central section that runs through Nepal has 1,310 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,000 m). Eight of these peaks are over 26,000 ft (8,000 m) - Sagarmatha (popularly known as Mount Everest), Kangchanjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, ChoOyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
 
After your flight we visit Boudhanath - a Tibetan 'stupa' (dome shaped shrine) that is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built by King Man Deva on the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini, its octagonal base is inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas (priests), with four pairs of eyes looking in the four cardinal directions - keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. Here you can see Tibetan monks involved in their chanting rituals and daily life. This stupa is one of the seven Monument Zones and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  
We then drive 3-miles (5-km) south of Kathmandu to visit Patan Durbar Square. Patan (or Lalitpur) is one of the three great cities of the Kathmandu Valley, which is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal. It is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings. Patan has more than a 1,000 temples and monuments dedicated to the uniquely Nepali mix of Buddhist and Hindu gods. Patan Durbar Square is another of the seven Monument Zones and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
After lunch (own account) we travel to the Hindu pilgrimage town of Pashupatinath, another Monument Zone and World Heritage Site situated 3 miles (5 km) northeast of the Kathmandu Valley. Here you can view one of the holiest Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is built in a pagoda style, with a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds, and here you will see many Sadhus (holy men) with their matted hair and ash rubbed on their bodies. Visitors can view the temple from the eastern bank of the sacred Bagmati River, as non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple.
 
In the evening enjoy an included Nepali Cultural Show and dinner.
Day 4
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your light aircraft flight to Bharatpur, where you will be met and transferred 1-hour to your jungle lodge situated outside Chitwan National Park.
 
Chitwan National Park (meaning 'Heart of the Forest') is one of the few remaining undisturbed sections of the Terai Plains that extend along the southern foothills of the Himalayas - all the way through India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Together with the adjacent Parsa Wildlife Reserve in the east, and India's Valmiki National Park to the south, this huge protected area of grassland, marshland and subtropical forest covers an area of over 1,370 square miles (3,549 sq km) and ranges in altitude from 330 ft (100 m) in the river valleys to over 2,600 ft (800 m) in the Churia Hills.
 
In the afternoon you can participate in a local Tharu Village Walk to experience their culture and customs, and in the evening enjoy a short presentation on Chitwan National Park and its wildlife.
Day 5
Today enjoy exploring the beautiful oxbow lakes, dense sal forests and grasslands of Chitwan National Park.
 
Chitwan was the first national park established in Nepal and its river plains and jungle provide an important sanctuary for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. This park also protects one of the largest populations of rare Bengal tigers, fish-eating Gharial crocodiles, Asian elephants, leopards and sloth bears. 68 species of mammals have been recorded here - including deer, wild boar, bison and monkeys. However the dense jungle, tall grass and nocturnal hours kept by many of these animals make spotting wildlife difficult and be aware that tiger sightings are rare. Chitwan is also home to over 200 different bird species and bird watching is outstanding.
 
Activities vary by lodge, but usually include one safari per day (2 to 3 hours) - either by traditional Patela dugout canoe down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles and other wildlife that come down to the river to drink, or by jeep safari. A second activity is also offered each day, including guided jungle walks, shorter canoe rides, bird watching and a visit to a Crocodile Conservation Project.
 
One evening enjoy a Tharu cultural dance show including traditional stick dancing, done to appease the gods during religious festivals.
 
Note: Wear warm clothes, including woolly hats and gloves, to protect you from the wind chill in the early morning. Jeep safaris are prohibited during the monsoon season (June to September).
Day 6
Enjoy a short nature walk around the lodge, before your 1-hour transfer to Bharatpur Airport for your light aircraft flight to Kathmandu.
 
You will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to Dhulikhel, situated at an altitude of 5,500 ft (1,600 m) above sea level. This small town is famous for its panoramic views over the peaks of the high Himalayas, from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west.
 
Check in an relax in your spectacular surroundings.
Day 7
This morning enjoy exploring more of Pokhara with your guide.
 
We walk to the lake and take a boat across it to hike 1-hour up to the World Peace Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage site that offers beautiful views. From here you will be collected by car and driven down to Davis Falls and the longest cave in southern Asia.
 
Afterwards we return to Pokhara, with afternoon at leisure. Here there are many optional adventure activities available such as paragliding, bungee jumping and zip lining.
Day 8
Weather permitting, rise early this morning to witness an amazing sunrise over the high Himalayas, before returning to your hotel for breakfast.
 
The balance of the day is at leisure to relax and explore Dhulikhel independently.
Day 9
Transfer 1.5-hours to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.