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Mountains, tigers and temples…

Discover the magical sights of Nepal which lies in the shadow of the magnificent Himalayas. You'll see ancient temples in Kathmandu, go in search of wildlife in Chitwan National Park and stay in traditional Nepalese lodges. You'll also visit some of Nepal’s most important historic cities, stay within sight of the Himalayas, and meet local people.

Including...

7 nights in hotels, 5 in lodges and 1 in flight

25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Tour of Boudhanath Stupa and a Lama Blessing
  • City tour of Kathmandu including Durbar Square
  • City tour of Patan Durbar Square
  • Visit to the Ghurka Memorial Museum
  • Boat cruise on Phewa Lake
  • Village walk in Pokhara area
  • Cultural dance show and dinner
  • Guided nature walk
2020 departures

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Day 1 UK-Kathmandu

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly overnight to Kathmandu.


Day 2 Kathmandu

On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the the locally rated 4-star Malla Hotel for a three-night stay. D

Please note: Breakfast will be included this morning on departures arriving on an early morning flight.


Day 3 Kathmandu

See colourful prayer flags in Kathmandu

Enjoy the morning at leisure or alternatively join an optional excursion, shopping in the local market before preparing your own lunch at a cookery class. This afternoon, visit Boudhanath Stupa, the major religious centre for Nepal’s community of local and exiled Tibetan Buddhists. With its domed, white and gilt exterior, the Stupa symbolises enlightenment, each part of the construction representing aspects of Buddhist belief.

Enjoy time to admire the Stupa which is flanked by monasteries plus an opportunity to visit one of the monasteries for a blessing from a Lama. You can also look forward to a visit to Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square, the city’s ancient heart and unique atmosphere. The square contains more than 80 elaborate temples and monuments (some still in a state of ruin due to the 2015 earthquake) including the Kumari Bahal, home to the ‘living goddess’, a representative of the patron goddess Taleju. The young goddess lives here from the age of around six to puberty, leaving the house only to attend festivals. B


Day 4 Patan

Patan, Durbar Square

Today you’ll visit the ancient city of Patan and its breathtaking Durbar Square which, with other notable squares and monuments, forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kathmandu Valley. In Patan Square you will see some of the country’s finest Newari architecture with its distinctive brickwork and carving. The square is home to a variety of temples, as well as courtyards of the royal palace. You can also look forward to visiting the Patan Museum housed within a royal palace, with its exhibitions of Nepalese sacred art. Afterwards, return to Kathmandu where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure. B



Optional excursions

You have an opportunity to see some of the treasures of Bhaktapur, the medieval city known as ‘the City of Devotees’. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can see Hindu temples, pagodas, palaces and ancient monuments, some dating back to the 16th century. Some of the sights include the Palace of 55 Windows, the Golden Gate, and Nyatapola, a five-tiered pagoda.

The impressive Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur
Bharatpur Nepal Asia

Day 5 Chitwan National Park

The Royal Bengal Tiger

After an early start you'll journey by coach to Chitwan National Park, renowned throughout Asia for its wildlife and diverse flora and fauna. The most famous of its residents is the shy and solitary Royal Bengal tiger, although this is also a region frequented by leopard, deer, sloth bear and rhesus and langur monkeys. Other wildlife found here includes the Asian one-horned rhinoceros, Indian bison and gharial crocodile.

Stay for three nights on full board at the locally rated 4-star Barahi Jungle Lodge. Look forward to enjoying some jungle activities at your resort this afternoon. During your stay there’s an opportunity to join a cookery class, plus breakfast at Golaghat if you join a morning boat or jungle safari. B, L, D


Day 6 Chitwan National Park

Around 25 species of Kingfisher live in Nepal

The park is a haven for naturalists with over 525 different species of bird and 100 species of butterfly. Today choose from a range of included activities such as birdwatching, tribal dancing display or a thrilling jungle safari. B, L, D


Day 7 Chitwan National Park

Learn more about Nepalese culture

Spend the day as you choose, perhaps join an included activity – a jungle walk, a river safari, birdwatching – or simply relax by the hotel's pool. This evening enjoy a special bush dinner. B, L, D


Day 8 Chitwan-Pokhara

Pokhara

Enjoy a scenic drive to Pokhara, an area of great natural beauty and the starting point for some of the most popular treks in Nepal. From here you can enjoy views of the awe-inspiring 8,091-metre high Annapurna 1, as well as the magnificent mountains of Dhaulagiri, Manasulu and the famous Fishtail. Enjoy a two-night stay at the locally rated 3-star Fishtail Lodge. B


Day 9 Pokhara

Mighty Annapurna looms over Pokhara

Look forward to an included morning visit to the Gurkha Museum which reveals the lives of Gurkha soldiers and also the role they played in conflicts including the First World War and the Indian Mutiny at Lucknow. There will also be an opportunity to meet with a Gurkha veteran who will offer insights and information about his experiences as a Gurkha. Today you can also look forward to driving to see one of Nepal’s largest lakes, the serene Phewa Lake in Pokhara. B


Day 10 Pokhara mountainside

Explore the banks of Lake Phewa

If you have a passion for birdwatching perhaps join a pre-breakfast walk for the chance to see the local birdlife. This morning transfer to your second accommodation in Pokhara, the locally rated 4-star Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Situated approximately a half hour drive outside Pokhara, the lodge lies on a ridge offering fine views of the Himalayas. Activities available during your stay may include naturalist-guided nature and birdwatching walks. B, L, D


Day 11 Pokhara

Learn about the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest

Enjoy a day at leisure, perhaps taking in views of the Annapurna mountain range as the sun rises. Later, walk to a neighbouring village see obtain a glimpse of local life. There are a number of activities available at your hotel (some at an additional cost). Further details of these activities, and their suitability, will be available from a member of the hotel. B, L, D


Day 12 Pokhara-Kathmandu

Following breakfast you'll travel by coach to Kathmandu and stay a further two nights at the locally rated 4-star Malla Hotel. If you are extending your holiday you’ll remain in Pokhara for three extra nights. B


Day 13 Kathmandu

Colourful powders in Kathmandu

Visit the beautiful city of Bhaktapur this morning. Along with Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur is part of the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although this medieval city suffered badly during the 2015 earthquake, many of its fine buildings survived. Look for the 55 Window Palace which houses the National Art Gallery, the outstanding Golden Gate and the city’s three squares including the Durbar Square.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch prepared by a local family in their home before setting off for a light walk through the village of Gundu to see the work of the local farmers. With its peaceful setting and backdrop of forested hills, the villagers derive their livlihood mainly from agriculture from the surrounding countryside. Return to Kathmandu where you’ll enjoy a cultural dance show and farewell dinner this evening. B, L, D


Day 14 Kathmandu-UK

Travel to the airport for your return daytime flight and included UK door-to-door travel service home. B



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