Nepal, the second highest country in the world, home to the tallest mountain range in the world and boasting some of the most spectacular views you could ever imagine. That combined with being famed for beautiful pagodas, temples and various other buildings makes this the tour of a lifetime.
This trip is available to you on travelbird.co.uk for only £1,332 per person. This may sound like a lot, however when put into the context of how much you get for it, it becomes a bargain. Included in this trip are all of your hotels, your flights to and from Nepal, your transfers within Nepal (all of them!), an English-speaking guide, admission fees for all activities, jungle safaris & other activities as well as a dinner at a Nepalese restaurant on the second day of your stay.
Your Tour Around Nepal
Your flights out of Heathrow will be over night flights, getting you into Kathmandu the following day. It is on this day that you will be taken to a Nepalese restaurant to enjoy a traditional meal and discover what Nepalese food is really like. You’ll also go for a bit of a walk around Thamel, which is the main tourist district of Kathmandu, but definitely worth having a look; it’s touristy for a reason!
You will stay in Kathmandu for another two days, during which you will get to visit most of the sites that you could ever want to. These things range from Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (Buddhist religious site) to the Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is the most sacred Hindu shrine in Nepal, definitely worth going. Also be careful to wear respectful clothing, so ladies, no see-through tops!
After your stay in Kathmandu, you will be heading to Chitwan National Park, where you will get to see much more of the natural beauty that Nepal has to offer you. You’ll enjoy a beautiful ride through the Ganges Plain and then enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the Rapti River. All I can say is take your camera! You’ll also then be given a really nice dinner in a Jungle Lodge! The following day you and the jungle will become one, like George, and you will go on an elephant ride and look for different types of endangered animals!
You will then head to Pokhara, which is situated on Phewa Lake. You will, once again, definitely regret it if you don’t bring your camera! Pokhara is actually a really vibrant little town, it used to be a popular gathering place for hippies of the 1970’s, so there are plenty of places to go if you fancy a drink or three. The next day you’ll get to go on a boat ride to visit Davis Falls. I’m a sucker for a good waterfall, always have been and probably always will be!
For the next two days, you have a choice! You can either spend some time by yourself in Pokhara and explore the natural beauty surrounding you, or you could book a “Annapurna Experience“. This experience includes two days hiking and staying in a really cool Trekking Lodge. Doing this option gives you the opportunity to see some of the smaller mountain villages and also gives you a closer and more personal experience of the Himalayas. I would suggest the Annapurna Experience, however you would have to have a certain level of fitness, so it’s what you feel comfortable with!
After those two days you will travel back to Kathmandu through the mountains. Normally I hate travelling, but this is definitely not something to dread. The views along the way are absolutely stunning! You will have a final night in Kathmandu before your flight leaves in the morning.
Your Hotels Along the Way
There are various different hotels that you will be staying in along the way, with some varying depending on the choices you make and the dates you decide to go! So I’ll just give you a little bit of an overview of each of them!
The first hotel you could be staying in is the Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu, which has received 3.5/5 on TripAdvisor! The best thing about this hotel, I think, is the views that it has over the rest of Kathmandu, the views are really great views of the city!
The Hotel Vajra has received a TripAdvisor rating of 77%. The decor of this hotel is really beautiful, the attention to detail is brilliant. It’s set inside a traditional Nepalese pagoda-style building, which is a really nice way for you to settle into your holiday. This hotel, too, has some great views of the Pagodas in Durbar Square in the older part of Kathmandu!
The Annapurna Eco-Village has received 5/5 on TripAdvisor and a Certificate of Excellence 2014! This hotel is, again, really good for views, but this time out across the Pokhara lake! This is quite a charming place to stay, only furthered by the open fireplaces that they have going when it gets cold.
The Lakeside Retreat is the next hotel. This is a really beautiful hotel and has received 4/5 on TripAdvisor as well as a Certificate of Excellence 2014! It’s the perfect place for you to go and relax. It feels really stylish and luxurious and is really close to Lake Phewa, ideal for an evening stroll!
The Unique Wild Resort has received an excellent TripAdvisor rating of 89% and is really close to the Chitwan National Park. There are various activities that they have on site at this hotel, making it perfect for those of you wanting to make the most of your time in Nepal. The activities range from Elephant safaris to bird-watching and elephant-bathing!
The final hotel is the Hermitage Lodge, which is surrounded by water and located in Sauraha Chitwan. This is a simple hotel, offering activities similar to those of the Unique Wild Resort. Despite being simple, this hotel receives a really good TripAdvisor rating of 82%!
I’ve completely run out of reasons as to why I’m not already on this trip. This is the perfect opportunity for those of you who enjoy seeing the world, don’t mind a little bit of walking and also enjoy discovering new places. It is everything you could want in a tour!
- Nepal: 11 Nights incl. Hotels, Flights, Transfers, English-speaking Guide, Admission Feeds, Safaris and 1 Dinner only £1,332
- Travel dates: select dates from 03/11/2014 until 15/12/2015
- Travel duration: 11 Nights
- Airport of departure: London Heathrow
- Hotels + Ratings:
- Tibet Guest House, 3.5 on TripAdvisor out of 179 reviews
- Hotel Vajra, 77% on TripAdvisor out of 102 reviews
- Annapurna Eco-Village, 5/5 on TripAdvisor out of 37 reviews + Certificate of Excellence 2014
- 3* The Lakeside Retreat, 4/5 on TripAdvisor out of 65 reviews + Certificate of Excellence 2014
- 3* Unique Wild Resort, 89% on TripAdvisor out of 39 reviews
- Hotel Hermitage, 82% on TripAdvisor out of 29 reviews
- Destination: Nepal
- Meals: Breakfast every day, Lunch on 2 days, Dinner on 3 days
- All transfers in Nepal are included
- Price: only £1,332 per person based on 2 adults sharing