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National Treasures of Nepal

This luxury 8-day/7-night tour of Nepal begins in Kathmandu and takes an in-depth look at Nepali history in Kathmandu Valley and Patan City. From there, you'll delve deeper into the past with a visit to the former capital of Bhaktapur with its beautifully-preserved examples of woodwork, metalwork and stone art. On this trip, you'll also visit the Royal Chitwan National Park, home to more than 700 species of animals, including elephants, Bengal tigers and rhino.

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  • A tour of the ancient city of Patan with its myriad historic landmarks
  • An elephant-top safari through national parkland
  • A guided trip to the former Nepali capital of Bhaktapur
  • A white-water rafting trip on the Trishuli River
 
Starting at
$435
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Day 1

You journey begins in Kathmandu, where you'll be greeted at Tribhuvan International Airport by a driver, and chauffeur-driven to your hotel. Kathmandu's hotels are some of the best in Nepal, offering luxurious amenities and warm hospitality; we recommend the heritage-style Dwarika's Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu and the Hotel Yak and Yeti. In the evening, you'll be briefed about your upcoming tour.

Day 2

Today you'll enjoy a full-day guided sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu Valley. You'll see many interesting historic landmarks today, including Pashupatinath Temple – a Hindu temple devoted to Shiva, the stunning Boudhanath Buddhist stupa, and the ancient Buddhist complex Swayambhunath, one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal. You'll also be taken to see various sights around Kathmandu city before making your way back to your luxury hotel.

Day 3
Patan City

Your excursions today will take you to Dakshinkali Temple, Shekha Narayan Temple, and Chovar Temple, all important religious sites. In the afternoon, you'll be guided around Patan City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history that stretches back to the third century BC. Also known as Lalitpur, this ancient city contains many beautiful monuments, including the stone temple of Lord Krishna and Tushahity, the Royal Bath. After exploring Patan, you'll visit a Tibetan Refugee camp to watch woodcarving and carpet-weaving before returning to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 4
Dhulikhel

Today you'll visit Bhaktapur, the former capital of Nepal and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bhaktapur has remarkable examples of wood, stone and metal artwork, plus ornate ancient temples and perfectly preserved traditional architecture. Sites of note here include the intricately-carved Golden Gate and the Palace with Fifty-Five Windows. On your way to Dhulikhel, 26 miles from Kathmandu, you'll pass through beautiful landscapes of terraced rice fields and tiny villages. You'll spend tonight in a comfortable hotel in Dhulikhel.

Day 5
Chitwan

Get an early start today, as you'll be heading off to Charaudi after breakfast. Here's where you'll start a thrilling half-day white water rafting trip on the Trishuli River. After stopping for lunch, you'll enjoy a scenic three-hour drive to Royal Chitwan National Park, where you'll have the chance to spot fauna - more than 700 animal species call the park home. Stay overnight at your resort in Chitwan – we recommend both the luxurious Tiger Tops Tented Camp and the cosy Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, both wilderness retreats that allow guests to settle into a laidback pace.

Day 6
Royal Chitwan National Park

Today you'll enjoy full day of jungle activities inside yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Royal Chitwan National Park. You can embark upon an elephant-top safari, where you can spot local fauna such as rhino, sambal deer and rhesus monkeys, or enjoy a spot of leisurely canoeing, or a walking wildlife safari with bird-watching. Chitwan National Park is also home to Bengal tigers, leopards, jungle cats and leopard cats, though they tend to be extremely elusive. In the evening, return to your accommodation in Chitwan and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.

Day 7

Bid adieu to Chitwan today as you enjoy the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. In the evening you'll share a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where you can sample authentic Nepali cuisine. Tonight, you'll spend your last night in Kathmandu, checking into one of the city's best hotels. The Hotel Yak and Yeti is a luxurious option, with a pool and 24-hour butler service, Dwarika's Hotel is a great example of a boutique stay with heritage charm, and the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu offers world-class amenities on 37 acres of landscaped grounds.

Day 8
Depart

After checking out of your luxury hotel in Kathmandu, you'll be drive to the airport for your onward flight.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
KATHMANDU
Dwarika's Hotel, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Dwarika's Hotel

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.

 

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds and built in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. The hotel is just 4 km from the Tribhuvan International Airport and 6 km from the city centre of Kathmandu. The Boudhanath Stupa is within five minutes walking distance from the hotel. The hotel’s 280 rooms and suites enjoy views of either the Boudhanath Stupa or the lush gardens and the surrounding mountain ranges. All rooms are well-equipped and spacious with a private bathroom, a walk-in shower, an in-room safe and a mini bar. Guests at the Regency Club rooms and suites enjoy additional privileges and facilities such as the usage of the boardroom, a dedicated concierge and evening cocktails and canapés. The four exciting restaurants and bars at the hotel ensure the perfect dining experience with an array of cuisine options, while guests can stay fit at the hotel’s fitness centre - Club Oasis, which features a well-equipped fitness centre, a health and beauty spa, two outdoor swimming pools-one for adults and one for children, indoor and outdoor whirlpool, tennis courts and 1.6 km jogging track.
 
 
KATHMANDU VALLEY
Dwarika's Dhulikhel

Dwarika's Dhulikhel


Located in Dhulikhel, just one hour’s drive from Kathmandu, Dwarikas’ Dhulikhel has 36 select elegant guest rooms and many unique 5-star facilities. The charming resort looks over unparalleled vistas of the extended Langtang range of the Himalayas. From the top of the resort there is a 360-degree view of the mighty Himalaya and the Kavrepalanchowk valley. The rustic-chic décor, hillside setting, sincere Nepali hospitality and fragrant cuisine create a warm Nepali atmosphere in the luxury property. The resort has three distinct restaurants that use fresh ingredients grown in Dwarika’s local farms. Amenities range from an infinity swimming pool, a cozy bar and a hilltop lounge to a library and a meeting room. On-site well-being and recreational activities include yoga, meditation, pottery and mandala making and Himalayan rock salt therapy. Alternatively, the resort even offers lessons on Hindu astronomy and the energy of the navagraha (planets) as well as Buddhist philosophy and Nepalese culture and geography.


 
 
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Tiger Tops Tented Camp, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Tiger Tops Tented Camp

There are few more exciting ways to experience nature than from under canvas, and the Tiger Tops Tented Camp permits visitors to Nepal to do just that. Located in the heart of Chitwan National Park, and surrounded by lush grassland and green hills, the camp consists of 12 luxury safari tents. All the tents have connected bathrooms, and are lit by traditional oil lamps. The camp itself is powered by solar energy and was built to strict environmental principles to be as low-impact as possible. The camp is built around a central area containing a well-stocked bar, while the kitchen cooks wholesome, traditional Nepalese food.
 

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Relax into the Nepalese way of life at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, in the heart of Terai. Standing amongst a gorgeous forest overlooking the serene Terai landscape, this deluxe jungle lodge is a prime base for guests to explore local Nepalese villages and the surrounding wildlife. Tharu Lodge emulates the longhouse style of indigenous Tharu dwellings and is built using local materials of timber, elephant grass, mud, cow dung and clay. The lodge offers caring hospitality, a garden side pool, tennis courts, relaxing hammocks and al-fresco dining. The internal restaurant kitchen use fresh organic produce straight from the resort’s own organic plot to create delectable Nepali and continental dishes. Expeditions in the area range from an elephant safari into the community forest and past strikingly green rice paddy fields to a boat journey and crocodile spotting down the peaceful Narayani River.
 
 
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