Experience life on top of the world amongst an intoxicating riot of sights and sounds in Kathmandu and the tranquillity of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, where elephants and tigers roam. Visit beautiful temples and traditional buildings, from small village communities to the magnificent, gold-topped Boudhanath, the centre of Kathmandu’s Tibetan community; and be mesmerised by the important Hindu Ceremony of Light, performed by sadhus along the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Then discover the most dramatic landscapes with unforgettable jungle safaris and scenes of vast lakes and peaks of the Himalayas, which rise more than 8,000 metres above the earth to kiss the heavens.
- Return flights
- 7 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service
- Tour of Bhaktapur with lunch in a family home
Day 1: London – In Flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a scheduled Jet Airways flight to Kathmandu via Delhi.
Day 2 & 3: Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will transfer to the Hotel Annapurna. The rest of your day is at leisure until you meet for a welcome dinner this evening at the hotel’s renowned Ghar-e-Kebab restaurant.
The next day, you will explore Kathmandu Valley. It consists of medieval city states, and the best preserved of these is Bhaktapur. Lunch is taken with a Nepalese family in a traditional house before you visit Boudhanath, Asia’s largest stupa, topped by a distinctive pinnacle of gold and said to contain the remains of Buddha Kasyapa. Next you will visit Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine, Pashupatinath. You will return here at dusk for an enchanting Aarti ceremony, a mesmerising, structured ritual giving thanks to Lord Shiva.
Day 4: Kathmandu – Sarangkot
Make your way by cable car to the spectacularly situated Manakamana Temple, said to be built on the spot where an incarnation of the queen of Ram Shah was found by a farmer. Take lunch in Kurintar before continuing to the Himalayan Front Hotel, in Sarangkot. On your way through the Schima-Castanopsis Forest, there are opportunities to watch birds and view beautiful Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal. The resort is an ideal place to watch the sunset over the Himalayas.
Day 5: Sarangkot – Pokhara
Rise early to watch the changing colours of the Himalayas as the sun appears then, after breakfast, take a gentle 3-4 hour walk through the village of Sarangkot to Naudada, with magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and opportunities to experience local life. You will then transfer to Fish Tail Lodge in Pokhara, a place of remarkable natural beauty with several serene lakes and stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Take this opportunity to cruise on peaceful Phewa Lake, surrounded by majestic scenes.
Day 6: Pokhara – Chitwan
After breakfast depart for Chitwan and the Jungle Villa Resort, where you will have lunch. A village walk reveals the quiet, simple lifestyle of the indigenous Tharu people. They have their own language, culture, cuisine and traditional beliefs. Although Nepalese and Western culture is starting to encroach on their traditions, most houses are still large and communal, without doors and plastered with cow dung. Today and tomorrow evening enjoy a slide-show presentation or a Tharu cultural dance, usually performed at festivals and ceremonies.
Day 7: Chitwan
With a selection of activities on offer, you can choose how to spend your day. Perhaps discover local birdlife on a pre-breakfast jungle walk, or take a jeep safari into the Chitwan National Park, one of Asia's richest and the most spectacular National Parks, to discover a lost world of towering trees and twisting vines, of endangered one-horned Asian rhinos and lumbering elephants, of crocodiles, pythons, sloth bears and deer, of brilliantly coloured birds and if you are fortunate - the superb Bengal tiger or elusive leopard. The reserve holds the Crocodile Conservation Centre, where the eggs of endangered Gangetic crocodiles, known as Gharials or Mugars, are hatched and reared before being released into rivers, which you may also have opportunities to see today, by canoe if you wish; as well as learning about elephant conservation. Enjoy beautiful sunset views before an evening presentation.
Day 8: Chitwan – Kathmandu
Another worthwhile early start today if you wish to take a nature walk through the park as its inhabitants wake and prepare for the day. Spend your time watching the different local and migratory birds (over 500 species live within the park) and learn jungle lore as you explore, before you depart for Kathmandu, where you return to the Hotel Annapurna.
Day 9: Kathmandu
This morning visit this temple worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus. You will then spend time in Kathmandu Durbar Square, decorated with over 50 monuments. Your tour then continues by rickshaw, passing bustling bazaars and market squares as you head to the colourful hub of Thamel, where you can explore the different angles of Nepalese lifestyle, shopping for handicrafts and artefacts and much more. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10:Kathmandu – London
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for a scheduled Jet Airways flight to London Heathrow via Delhi. On arrival you will be met and guided to your vehicle, for the journey home.
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