About Nepal

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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Combine Nepal with India

Situated to the north of India, many choose to combine a visit to Nepal with some of India's biggest highlights. There are currently no direct flights between the UK and Nepal so you have to fly via the Middle East or India. 

Stopping over in India allows you to get the bulk of the travel out of the way first, allowing you to relax and explore before boarding a much shorter flight to Kathmandu. 

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Nepal Best Time To Travel

Best Time to Visit Nepal

October and November are the best months to visit Nepal when the air is crisp and clear, and the country is lush and green following the monsoon. February to April is also a good time when the weather is warming up and many flowers are in bloom. Some haze does set in by April obscuring the mountain views. The weather is clear but chilly in December and January. May and early June are the warmest months, and the monsoon is prevalent from the middle of June to September. At 4000 meters, the Kathmandu Valley is relatively temperate. Chitwan in the Terai region is warm and can get quite hot by April.

Nepal's climate follows a monsoonal two-season pattern. The dry months last from October to May with the monsoons from June to September. The latter months also tend to be very hot and humid with temperatures in some parts of the country often rising above 35ºC. 

Suggested tours to Nepal

Rural Nepal

Rural Nepal

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…

Nepal Experience

Nepal Experience

9 days from £1125 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…

Treasures of Nepal

Treasures of Nepal

12 days from £3125 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…

North India and Nepal

North India and Nepal

17 days from £3955 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…

Wildlife of Nepal

Wildlife of Nepal

12 days from £3355 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…

Mountain Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

Mountain Kingdoms of Nepal & Bhutan

16 days from £5245 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…

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Nepal Places and Experiences

Everest Flights

Everest Flights

Undoubtedly the easiest and quickest route to the world’s highest mountain summits is by flying to them. At the crack of dawn each morning during the tourist season, a fleet of small, 16-seater aircraft depart Kathmandu’s airport for a scen…

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the beating heart of Nepal and the centre of its history, art, and culture. A thriving city of over a million people, it can both overwhelm and intrigue in equal measure. Known as the ‘City of Temples’ because of its vast numbe…

Kathmandu Valley: Patan & Bhaktapur

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 i…

Bandipur

Bandipur

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

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

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-drop…

The Annapurna Region

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 t…

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is found in the rich lowland Terai region adjoining India. The one-horned rhinoceros is almost emblematic of this area, which it shares with a handful of wild elephants, crocodile, buffalo and bison. Deer, such as the…

Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park Bound by the Karnali River and the Churia range of the Siwalik Hills in south-western Nepal, parts of the 374-sq-mile (968-sq-km) Bardia National Park were originally a royal hunting reserve. Today it’s the largest and…

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