Sandwiched between the Gangetic plains and Tibetan plateau, Nepal encompasses an extraordinary spectrum of landscapes, ranging from the terai grasslands and sal forests of its southern border with India to the vast wall of ice peaks marching along the Chinese frontier to the north – the legendary Himalaya, or ‘Abode of Snows’. Between these two extremes is cradled a lush, fertile valley that has been a centre of sophisticated urban civilization for more than 2,500 years, and where an unparalleled wealth of medieval palaces, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples survive intact, along with the traditional religious cultures that gave rise to them.
To walk through the Durbar Squares of the Kathmandu Valley, flanked by their distinctive skyline of tiered pagodas and golden-spired, whitewashed stupas, is to experience a world as unique as it is exotic to foreign eyes. Until the 1950s, Nepal lay resolutely off-limits to outsiders. Only a handful of honoured dignitaries and mountaineers were permitted to set eyes on its ancient treasures, ensuring this most refined of mountain societies thrived in glorious isolation.
Driven by the needs of a rapidly growing, and grindingly poor, rural population – as well as four decades of mass tourism– development has preceded apace since then. However, enough of the country’s heritage endures to make any journey through this magical former kingdom an enticing prospect. The architecture is irresistibly exotic, the many and varied cultures of its people compelling and the Himalayas, whether glimpsed from the comfort of a palace hotel window or through the flap of a tent on a week-long hill trek, are quite simply breathtaking.
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Nepal Travel Highlights
A sprawling modern city of nearly a million inhabitants, the Nepali capital can feel overwhelmingly crowded and chaotic on first impressions. But head for its ancient core, where the Shah and Malla kings erected their resplendently gilded ...
Kathmandu Valley: Patan & Bhaktapur
Separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River, Patan (also called Lalitpur or Manigal) is the Kathmandu Valley’s second largest town, boasting an even greater concentration of religious monuments than the capital. Most of them are grouped ...
Newari traders from the Kathmandu Valley established Bandipur as a hub on the Indo- Tibet road in the late 18th century, bringing with them the rich architectural heritage which endures in the town to this day. Bypassed by the main Pokhara...
Walking & Trekking in Nepal
The Annapurna region in the west and Everest region in the east are Nepal’s principal trekking areas, attracting walkers from across the world in spring and autumn, when visibility and weather conditions are optimum. The scenery in both is...
Paragliding in Nepal
In recent years, Pokhara has emerged as Nepal’s paragliding centre. Today it is reputedly one of the world’s top five tandem locations for the sport. The easy charms of Phewa Lake and generally reliable, stable thermals anchored to jaw-dro...
The Annapurna Region
The mighty Annapurna Himal, nearly 25 miles (40km) across and with nine massive peaks, virtually bisects the vast 2,945-sq-mile (7,629-sq-km) Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) which has long been home to some of the country’s most popular ...
Chitwan National Park
Elephant safaris are the big selling point of the fabulous Chitwan National Park, in the far south of Nepal near the Indian border. Sitting astride a swaying, soft-footed pachyderm, you’ll stand a much better chance of getting close to the...
Suggested tours to Nepal
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £2630 per person
This tour covers all the major sights, including the Valley of Kathmandu, home to the ancient capitals of Nepal and some stunning temples, the national park of Chitwan with its one-horned rhino, the tranquil valley of Pokhara with breathtaking views...
Group Tour 9 days from £1096 per person
A compelling mix of landscapes, exotic religious monuments and vibrant Nepali cultures are showcased on our popular, 9-day group tour through the Himalayan foothills of the Kathmandu Valley. It starts in the capital, with visits to Durbar Square and...
Treasures of Nepal
Tailor-made Tour 12 days from £2975 per person
Explore the finest monuments and historic sites of the Kathmandu Valley on this introductory tour of Nepal. You’ll visit the great stupas of Swayambhynath and Boudhanath, with their all-seeing eyes and long lines of prayer flags, and experience even...
North India and Nepal
Tailor-made Tour 17 days from £3765 per person
Exploiting a clever combination of short-haul flights and overnight trains, this tour manages to pack most of North India and Nepal’s big-hitting sights into a tour lasting a little over a fortnight. You’ll see the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jai...
Wildlife of Nepal
Tailor-made Tour 12 days from £2975 per person
Nepal’s extensive national parks are particularly rich in flora and fauna and protect one of the largest stretches of tiger habitat in the world. This tour features the two finest: Bardia and Chitwan. Both lie in the low-lying grasslands of the Tera...
Mountain Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £4995 per person
The Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal share a great deal in common – not least their astounding mountain landscapes and Tibetan-Buddhist heritage. They are also, however, distinctly different in atmosphere and on this exciting journey through t...
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