Places Visited: Bhaktapur, Bardia National Park, Sauraha (Tharu), Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu
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 Terai, along the Indian border in the far west of the country, and retain viable populations of tigers and one-horned rhino, as well as gharial and mugger crocodiles. Safaris are conducted on elephant back and by Jeep, with the occasional boat ride to search for crocs and freshwater Gangetic dolphins. You’ll also get to spend time in local minority villages, and experience some of the country’s most exotic medieval architecture in and around Kathmandu.