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Suggested flights (not included in the cost of the tour) Oman Air WY 102 departing London Heathrow at 20.50 hrs.
Arrive in Muscat at 07.15 hrs and connect to an Oman Air flights WY 337 departing Muscat at 08.45 hrs arriving Kathmandu at 14.20 hrs.
Transfer to the luxury Hyatt Regency Kathmandu city resort hotel situated outside the city centre near the Boudhanath Stupa. Time permitting, afternoon city tour of Kathmandu including the famous UNESCO Pashupatinath Temple which is considered one of the most sacred temples of the Hindu faith, serving as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, and famous for its burning ghats. Also visit the great white stupa at Boudhanath, one of the world’s largest stupas and the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Nepali dinner at Dwarikas Hotel’s Krishnar Pan restaurant.
Visit Swayambhunath, the ‘Monkey Temple’, the oldest shrine in the world established more than 2,500 years ago, situated on top of a high hill and commanding superb views of the valley below. The four sides of this ancient structure are painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha. Continue to Patan by crossing the Bagmati River.
Lunch at Chez Caroline’s. Return to Kathmandu for an afternoon rickshaw ride around Durbar Square before continuing to the shopping district of Thamal. Afternoon to either go shopping, explore Kathmandu further or take in the atmosphere. Dinner under own arrangements in Thamal.
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for a flight to Bharatpur. On arrival transfer to Kasara Resort where three nights are spent. The resort is located on the borders of Chitwan National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the country’s most visited national park. The resort’s proximity to the national park ensures a close interaction with nature and the community forests of Chitwan. The essence of Kasara’s design is a blend of simple luxury in a lush and natural jungle environment. Resort facilities include a spa, swimming pool, lounge bar and a restaurant serving much of its own organic fruits and vegetables.
Lunch at the resort. Settle in at the resort and enjoy an elephant ride with expert naturalist guide in the National Park buffer zone. Dinner at the resort.
Day 5: Take a morning jeep safari inside the National Park with a chance to spot game such as the one horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, various species of deer, monkey and birds.
Lunch at the resort. Visit a local village. Dinner at the resort.
Day 6: Morning canoe ride on the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, made from a single tree, during which it is possible to see various birds and crocodile species and other animals alongside the banks.
Lunch at the resort. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the resort.
Take a flight from Bharatpur to Pokhara and transfer to Lakeside which is situated besides Phewa Tal Lake. Enjoy some free time for shopping and lunch under own arrangements.
Afternoon transfer to the Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge where three nights are spent. Situated on a spectacular hilltop ridge above the Pokhara Valley, the lodge has stunning mountain views. Accommodation is in hand-cut stone bungalows, set in natural gardens around the hilltop. The lodge’s spa services include massage, yoga and meditation. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 8: Ridge-top walk through the natural beauty of the Annapurna Mountains with breath taking views. Stop for a picnic lunch en route.
Return to relax or enjoy the lodge’s facilities. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 9: Enjoy a short hike through the surrounding hills. Rest of the day under own arrangements exploring the local area. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Transfer to Pokhara airport for a domestic flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to Bhaktapur for lunch in a local restaurant.
Explore Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar town which is the third largest in the Kathmandu Valley and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. Return to Kathmandu to check into Hyatt Regency Kathmandu City Resort Hotel. Dinner at the home of long-term local resident Lisa Choegyal.
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport. Suggested flight (not included in the cost of the tour) Oman Air flight WY 332 departing Kathmandu at 09.10 hrs arriving at Muscat at 11.50 hrs connect to an Oman Air flights WY 101 departing Muscat at 14.30 hrs arriving London Heathrow at 19.10 hrs.
A great trip as always - you're a fantastic company.- NC, Zambia & Botswana 2019