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INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT


Due to its compact size, Nepal can be easily explored by those with more limited time. The mountainous north has 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains, including Mount Everest.


KATHMANDU & THE VALLEY Lying at the ancient crossroads of some of the most fascinating civilisations in Asia, the Kathmandu Valley is home to some 130 monuments, including a number of important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The country’s cultural and commercial hub, the city is rich in the cultural reminders of over 2 millennia of trade and artistic achievement.


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES Nepal’s historic Kathmandu Valley enjoys the distinction of no fewer than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All man-made and dating back some 2,500 years, these remarkable sites include Kathmandu’s royal Durbar Square, the stunning medieval city of Bhaktapur and the vast white dome of Bodnath, the oldest and largest Buddhist monument ever built.


EVEREST FLIGHT A flight across the majestic mountain landscapes at the top of the world is a never to be forgotten journey. Flights operate daily in the morning from Kathmandu airport (weather permitting) from late September to mid-May and last approximately 1 hour. Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.


DWARIKA’S HIMALAYAN SHANGRI-LA, DHULIKHEL This charming resort lies on the gentle slopes above the Kavrepalanchowk Valley, with idyllic views of the Himalayas. The resort is spread over 20 acres with its own forest, cascade pools and a host of birds, butterflies and even deer. The 36 traditionally furnished thatched bungalows reflect Nepalese ethnic style.


POKHARA Situated some 200 km north west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is an unmissable blend of perfect natural scenery and laid back charm. Set before the tranquil waters of Lake Phewa Tal, with the famous ‘fishtail’ of Mount Machhapuchhare rising dramatically in the background, Pokhara is a must do on your Nepalese visit.


SHANGRI-LA VILLAGE RESORT, POKHARA Offering peace, serenity and matchless mountain views from every room, the Shangri-La Village Resort lies in the heart of Pokhara. Architecturally inspired by the village life of rural Nepal, the resort’s 61 en suite rooms are large and comfortable. Charming gardens and a swimming pool both offer the chance to relax amongst the majestic scenery.


BANDIPUR With streets and houses that seem to cling desperately to the surrounding rock, Bandipur offers an engaging insight into what was once an important stop along the India-Tibet trading routes. The small town sits conveniently between Chitwan and Pokhara.


LUMBINI Situated 300 km from the heart of Kathmandu, the birthplace of Buddha nestles amongst the Himalayan foothills to the east of Kapilavastu. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most revered places in the world, Lumbini is home to ancient ruined monasteries and site of the sacred Bodhi tree.


Special Something


Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu


DWARIKA’S HOTEL, KATHMANDU The magnificent museum hotel of Dwarika Das Shrestha is one of 2 Nepalese recipients of World Heritage Awards. A masterpiece of luxury and craftsmanship, the hotel reflects a remarkable fusion of cultural restoration and modern comfort with 74 rooms and suites, each with its own unique style.


NEPAL PANORAMA


12 DAYS from £1995 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary Bales Escorted


The Best of Nepal – culture, mountains and wildlife


DAY 1 – Fly to Kathmandu Jet Airways flight via Delhi to Kathmandu.


DAYS 2/3 – Kathmandu Arrive into the Nepalese capital for 2 nights at Shangri- La Hotel. Visit the fabulous ‘monkey temple’ of Swayanbhunath and walk through Kathmandu’s ancient heart. Optional Everest flight.


DAYS 4/5 – Pokhara Fly to Pokhara, close to the Annapurna Massif. Boat trip on Lake Phewa. 2 nights at Shangri-La Village.


DAY 6 – Bandipur Travel to Bandipur. Overnight at Gaun Ghar Resort. Visit to a Newari market.


DAYS 7/8 – Chitwan National Park Drive to Chitwan. 2 nights at the Machan Wildlife Resort. Game viewing by elephant back, jeep and boat.


DAY 9 – Kathmandu Valley Optional bird watching safari before flying to Kathmandu and travel to Dhulikhel for an overnight stay at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.


DAYS 10/11 – Kathmandu Return to Kathmandu. Visits to Pasupatinath, Bhaktapur and Bodnath. 2 nights at Shangri-La Hotel or upgrade to Dwarika’s Hotel.


DAY 12 – Fly to the UK Fly Jet Airways via Delhi to Heathrow.


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