Think of Nepal and you imagine jaw-dropping mountain scenery, tiny settlements perched on the edges of soaring cliffs, Buddhist Stupas and Hindu temples and gentle smiling people. It’s all true, but Nepal may also surprise you.
Make no mistake; you will not be able to resist trekking off into the mountains, camera at the ready, to capture the awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas.
You will also feel you’ve lost five hundred years as you wander past untouched mountain villages; or through natural forests of oak and rhododendron; or alongside terraced rice fields that are still being worked with wooden ploughs.
And then there’s Kathmandu. A crazy, helter-skelter of a city with winding alleyways crammed with rickshaws, secret temples, hidden courtyards with mediaeval-looking workshops and markets selling produce of every colour, shape and smell imaginable.
But ask Ayesha Cronin for a tailor-made holiday to Nepal and you can expect a few surprises. Taking a safari, on an elephant, to track one-horned rhinos and Royal Bengal tigers, for example. Or exploring great forests and grasslands in southern Nepal. Or feeling the pure exhilaration of white water rafting, abseiling and bungee jumping.
Talk to Ayesha and she’ll reveal the true possibilities. She’ll even recommend sitting on the left of the aircraft, so you don’t miss the staggering views as you fly into Kathmandu.