Places Visited: Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Bandipur
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 evening aarthi at Pashupatinath, where the flickering butter lamps, dreadlocked sadhus and orange-robed priests provide great photo opportunities. Wildlife forms the focus of the next few days as you visit Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal, domain of the one-horned rhino, before cutting back north to Pokhara for dreamy views of the Annapurna range. More wonderful panoramas punctuate your journey back east, which is broken by a stay at the pretty Newari town of Bandipur.