If you want an unusual and diverse adventure to enjoy with your family, this superb holiday could be it!
Nepal really isn't just about trekking and temples! This trip shows just how much more there is to this fabulous country. Whether you're a couple, group of friends, or a family with children (we'd suggest from about 12-years-plus, mainly due to the rafting), you'll come away from this holiday with a huge smile on your face and incredible memories to treasure. The trip includes the 'must-see' sights in the Kathmandu Valley, such as Patan City, Durbar Square, Boudhnath and Swayambunath Stupas, and Bhaktapur. Then there is adventure - a white water rafting trip on the Trisuli River. It's mostly grade 2-3 rapids (no higher) so it feels thrilling and intrepid without being too scary for someone who's never done it before. We stop the rafting an hour or so's drive away from Chitwan. Once here you start you wildife experiences, with elephant-back safaris, canoe rides, walks, and jeep safaris (if in season). With lukc you'll spot some great birdlife, a variety of wildlife such as gharials, spotted deer, monkeys, and hopefully also the Asian one-horned rhino. Tigers are possible, but quite rarely seen, so this would be a huge bonus if that happened. Heading back north you then head for the ancient hilltop town of Bandipur before arriving in Pokhara. Walks, hikes, lake boat trips, and seeing the sunrise a lighting up the Himalayas - it's all possible from here. Nepal really does put a smile on your face!
* Guided tours in the Kathmandu Valley
* Full day tour of the lakeside city of Pokhara
* Exciting whitewater rafting through rapids
* Jungle activities and wildlife viewing in Chitwan
* Explore Chitwan on an elephant-back safari
➕ DAY 1: KATHMANDU
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, where you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Kantipur Temple House is a traditional Newari-style hotel within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the Thamel district of Kathmandu. It is also close to Durbar Square, the plaza in front of the old royal palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
➕ DAY 2: KATHMANDU
Today you will have a guided tour of some of the sites of Kathmandu, such as Swayambunath stupa. Your tour also visits Patan City, possibly the oldest of the cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Like Kathmandu it has its own Durbar Square with many palaces and temples which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight you have dinner at Bhojan Griha a restaurant offering traditional Nepali food and entertainment. Breakfast, dinner.
➕ DAY 3: TRISULI RIVER RAFTING
We will drive you from Kathmandu to Charaudi on the Trisuli River to start an exciting whitewater rafting adventure. Trisuli River is an excellent river for those looking for a short river trip, without the challenge of huge rapids, but with some really exciting whitewater, beautiful scenery and a relatively peaceful environment. Tonight you will be camping on the riverbank. Great fun!Full board.
➕ DAY 4: TRISULI RIVER TO CHITWAN
This morning you continue rafting down the Trisuli for about another 2 hours. Then your journey continues to Chitwan National Park. Nepal's first national park was established in 1973 to protect the rare Asian one-horned rhino, then on the verge of extinction. In addition to the rhinos, there are many other large mammal species here, including tigers, sloth bears, wild boars, rare antelopes and wild elephants.Full board.
➕ DAY 5: CHITWAN
A full day to explore Chitwan. Elephant-back safaris are the best way of getting through the park, lifting you above the tall grass of the Terai and through the dense undergrowth of the jungle to areas that are impossible to reach by car. It is also possible to explore the region on foot or by canoe. Full board.
➕ DAY 6: CHITWAN TO BANDIPUR
A final morning in Chitwan National Park before heading to the ancient hilltop town of Bandipur with its mediaeval houses and temples. It was once an important stop on the trade route between India and Tibet, and most of its fine architecture and temples date from this more prosperous era. Full board.
➕ DAY 7: BANDIPUR TO POKHARA
You spend the morning in Bandipur then continue on to Pokhara which is about a 3 hour drive. Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal and one of its major tourist attractions. Located in the foothills of the Annapurnas, Pokhara is picturesquely sited on the edge of Lake Phewa (Phewa Tal) with beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountains.Breakfast, lunch.
➕ DAY 8: POKHARA
Today you have a full-day guided tour of the picturesque city of Pokhara and its surroundings. After the tour return to your lakeside hotel.Breakfast.
➕ DAY 9: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
Today you fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and return to Kantipur Temple House for your final 2 nights in Nepal.Breakfast.
➕ DAY 10: KATHMANDU VALLEY
A full day of guided tours in the Kathmandu Valley. The valley contains many important temples and monuments and your tour will sites such as the famous Boudhnath stupa. The Kathmandu Valley was once dominated by the Newari people, and you can see fine Newari architecture in many of the local villages and towns like Bhaktapur, which you will visit today.Breakfast.
➕ DAY 11: KATHMANDU
Your tour ends in Kathmandu this morning. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.Breakfast.