We promise you that a trip to Nepal that doesn’t include trekking can be equally exhilarating. There are hip cities, medieval towns and ancient monasteries to explore, jungles to discover and rivers to cruise. Or why not arrange your trip to take in a fantastic festival?
Explore Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, where temples and stupas (dome-shaped Buddhist shrines) can be seen from nearly every corner. Durbar Square is a must: as a UNESCO site, it is home to many temples once inhabited by Royals and the mysterious Living Goddess. Don’t miss out on Swayambhunath, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ where you will find hundreds of monkeys and many, many statues built in reverence to various gods, including the monkey god Hanuman. Boudhanath is one of the world’s largest stupas that must be seen when you are in Kathamndu. Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred Hindu site, here they perform ritual cremations in the ‘burning ghats’.
Or try something different? If you are a keen cook we can arrange Nepalese cooking lessons in the heart of Thamel and learn the secret ingredients of the infamous Dal Bhat curry.
Nepal celebrates public holidays and festivals with great excitement and energy. If you have the flexibility to schedule your trip to coincide with one of these celebrations, then you will have the trip of a lifetime!.
The Hindu festival of Tihar, Nepal’s festival of light, is an annual 5-day celebration which takes place across the Himalaya, usually falling in October. Each day celebrates something held in reverence by the Nepalese, including dogs, crows and cows, cow dung and the relationship of brothers. Houses are decorated with bright rice and petals, and villages are lit with rows of oil lamps.
For a really fun and vibrant festival, visit during the Holi celebrations. People smear coloured powders on their friends, relatives and family members, and throw coloured water and water balloons. Remember to pack a cheap t-shirt and shorts for this one!
We can advise you when is best to go.
Day 1 – Arrive in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu
Day 2 – Experience the highlights of Kathmandu with a local guide, taking you to the little known and best spots
Days 3 & 4 – Visit and stay at the peaceful and traditional Nuwakot Farm and sample rural Nepal, a complete contrast to the vibrant city and a chance to relax completely.
Days 5 & 6 – Travel to Chitwan National Park, where you will enjoy an elephant safari and a dugout canoe cruise
Day 7 – Travel back to Kathmandu – Have the afternoon free to explore further, or re-visit your favourite spots.
Day 8 – Return home.
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