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Tigers & Temples: Nepal's Nature and Traditions

Nepal is one of the most interesting and exotic destinations in the world, filled with rich history, rugged mountains, and lush jungles. This exciting week-long trip will show you some of the best Nepal has to offer, from the ancient temples of cosmopolitan Kathmandu to the natural beauty of Bardia National Park and the lakeside district of Pokhara, topped off with a Nepalese dance performance and an optional champagne breakfast overlooking Mount Everest. Plus, you’ll get to see it all while staying in some of Nepal’s most luxurious accommodation. 

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  • Visit the temples and palaces of Kathmandu, the urban center of Nepal
  • Take a jeep safari or jungle walk through Bardia National Park to see rhinos, tigers, and wild elephants
  • Engage in a polo match on an elephant’s back at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge
  • Walk through several small tribal villages, meeting local people and learning about mountain life
 
Starting at
$8,200
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Your trip begins in Kathmandu, the largest city in Nepal and home to many ornate temples and palaces. After you get settled at the Dwarika’s hotel, decorated to recreate a Nepali Palace, hit the town to visit the famous sites: Kumari Temple and the Royal Palace; Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine; and Durbar Square, the central hub of the city. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant back in the comfort of the Dwarika’s.

Day 2
Bardia National Park

After a short flight to Nepalgunj, you’ll be transferred to Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge on the edge of Bardia National Park, one of the largest protected areas in all of Nepal. After lunch and a briefing from the lodge’s on-site naturalist, enjoy an elephant tour of a local Tharu village and learn about traditional tribal culture by meeting the local people.

Day 3
Bardia National Park

Today, you’ll spend the morning exploring Bardia National Park: enjoy a jeep safari or a jungle walk through the lush forest and grasslands, where you may encounter rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, and over 400 different bird species. After lunch, join in an exciting game of polo - but instead of riding a horse, you’ll be riding one of Karnali Lodge’s well-trained resident elephants!

Day 4

Depart Bardia National Park and take two short domestic flights to the lakeside city of Pokhara: known for its natural beauty, Pokhara offers incredible views of the Himalayan mountains surrounding several pristine lakes. Enjoy lunch at the water’s edge and then explore the area with a boat ride on Lake Phewa, passing by the legendary Devi’s fall, the Seti River Gorge - one of Pokhara’s natural wonders - and the island temple, located in the middle of the lake. You’ll head to your hotel, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, in the early evening - just in time to watch the sun set over the Himalayas and the Pokhara Valley. 

Day 5

Enjoy an enchanting sunrise view from the lodge before embarking on the village tour of your choice: the six or seven-hour option will take you through the village of Kalikasthan, another village populated by the mountainous Gurung people, and the scenic village of Lankathar. The alternative five-hour walk will take you through villages and farmland - and incredible panoramic views of the Pokhara Valley - to Thulakot, an ancient fort site of the Kaski Rajas, where there is a small Bhairav Temple in the ruins. After the long day, enjoy a relaxing dinner and evening at the Lodge.

Day 6
Kathmandu

After breakfast at the Lodge, you’ll have a short flight back to Kathmandu, where you’ll once again check into Dwarika’s hotel. After lunch at the hotel, visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal, located just outside of the city. The inside of the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus, but all visitors may view the incredible building from the east bank of River Bagmati. Next, visit the incredible spherical Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Stupas in the world. For your final dinner, enjoy a traditional Nepalese dance performance at Garden of Dreams (Kaiser Café).

Day 7
Kathmandu - Departure

Today you bid Nepal adieu - enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel before check-out. You’ll be driven to the airport in time for your international departure flight, either home, or to your next exciting destination. 

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
KATHMANDU
Dwarika's Hotel

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.

 
 
BARDIA NATIONAL PARK
Karnali Lodge

Karnali Lodge


Escape into lush jungle living at the Karnali Lodge in Nepal: a perfect getaway for adventurous, nature-loving souls. Located on the periphery of Bardia National Park, the largest protected wildlife area in the country, Karnali Lodge provides the comforts of home in the wilderness, with nine newly-decorated private rooms, complete with adjoining bathrooms. The lodge is a nearly fully-sustainable eco-center, with an organic vegetable farm that provides fresh fruits and vegetables for daily meals – the perfect sustenance for a jungle walk or jeep tour led by one of the lodge’s expert naturalists or for visiting with the lodge’s eight resident elephants. As guests enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife around them, they may take comfort in the fact that Karnali Lodge is committed to minimizing its impact on the park, adorning the lodge with soft colours and lighting and running nearly entirely on solar energy.


 
 
POKHARA
Tiger Mountain Lodge

Tiger Mountain Lodge

Tiger Mountain Lodge is located on a hilltop ridge a thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley and just a half hour drive from town. With spectacular views of the Annapurna Range, the lodge has also been touched by history: Sir Edmund Hilary, the first man to scale Everest, led the hotel’s opening ceremony in 1998. The 19 rooms are arranged around the hilltop in hand-cut stone bungalows that blend into their surroundings. All the bungalows have spacious verandas, adjoining bathrooms, and elegantly traditional décor that blends Tibetan hand-knotted wool carpets with British watercolor wall paintings. The lodge offers a range of in-room massage treatments, personal yoga sessions, and meditation training. There is a mountain-view swimming pool for post-hike relaxation. The hotel serves organic produce and locally supplied products, including at its authentic Nepali lunch buffet, and at the dinner with a table d’hôte menu that features European and Nepali selections. The Main Lodge has a cozy central fireplace, comfortable seating areas, and a bar, arranged around a Nepali-style courtyard. Another special feature of the lodge is Colonel Jimmy's Library, with an impressive collection of Himalayan mountaineering literature and photographs. There is no business center. The hotel is located 40 minutes from Pokhara Airport.

 
 
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