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Nepal Tours

Nepal offers breathtaking mountains, endless trekking and walking routes, centuries old culture and friendly people whose way of life has changed little over the years. An ideal destination for all, especially families, wildlife lovers and more active.

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  • Himalayan Kingdoms - Group TourClassical and HeritageCultural and HistoryEscorted Tours

    Himalayan Kingdoms - Group Tour

    Kathmandu (2 nights), Thimphu (2 nights), Punakha (2 nights), Paro (2 nights), Kathmandu (2 nights)

    12 days £2150

    Departing: 25th January 2016

  • Images of India and Nepal – Group TourClassical and HeritageCultural and HistoryEscorted Tours

    Images of India and Nepal – Group Tour

    Delhi (1 night), Agra (2 nights), Khajuraho (1 night), Varanasi (2 nights), Kathmandu (2 nights), Pokhara (2 nights), Kathmandu (1 night)

    13 days £2395
    SAVE £260 per person

    Departing: 01st November 2014

  • Nepal Panorama  - Group TourCultural and HistoryWildlife or SafariEscorted Tours

    Nepal Panorama - Group Tour

    Kathmandu (2 nights), Pokhara (2 nights), Bandipur (1 night), Chitwan National Park (2 nights), Kathmandu (1 night)

    10 days £2140
    SAVE £520 per person

    Departing: 12nd November 2014

Things to See & Do

  • Everest

    Everest

    Mount Everest at 8848m is the world's highest mountain. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. Truly an experinece of a lifetime, a flight across the majestic mountain landscapes at the top of the world is a never to be forgotten journey. These flights operate daily in the morning from Kathmandu airport (weather permitting) from late - September to mid-May.

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  • Everest Flight

    Everest Flight

    A flight across the majestic mountain landscapes at the top of the world is a never to be forgotten journey. Flights operate daily in the morning from Kathmandu airport (weather permitting) from late September to mid-May and lasts approximately 1 hour. Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.

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  • Sunrise over Himalayas

    Sunrise over Himalayas

    Few landscapes fire the imagination as much as the mountains and valleys of the Himalayas. These rich panoramas provide access to some of the best day walks and mountain treks anywhere in the world. From the foothills of the Annapurnas, to the inspiring backdrops of the eastern Himalayas and the Seti River, this is a land of unparalleled splendour and adventure.

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  • Kathmandu

    Kathmandu

    Lying at the ancient crossroads of some of the most fascinating civilisations in Asia, the Kathmandu Valley is home to some 130 monuments, including a number of important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The country’s cultural and commercial hub, the city is rich in the cultural reminders of over two millennia of trade and artistic achievement.

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  • Durbar Square

    Durbar Square

    Basantapur Durbar Square served as the main city square of ancient Kathmandu with the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, built Pratap Malla, one the greatest lovers of art to have ruled Kathmandu, as the residence of the royal families in the past. Named after the statue of the monkey god Hanuman kneeling on a pedestal in front of the main gate, the palace today is a museum Visiting the Basantapur Durbar Square, especially during the festivals is like going back in time, as ancient traditions are carried out enthusiastically by the locals as they were done centuries ago. The Basantapur Durbar Square is one of the seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Sit.

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  • Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan lies in Nepal’s subtropical lowlands, in an area of alluvial flood plains and sal forest. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park boasts a range of flora and fauna. From elephant back you may spot the one-horned rhino and the rare Bengal Tiger. Chitwan is reached by road or air from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

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  • Bhaktapur

    Bhaktapur

    Lying to the east of Kathmandu, part of the stunning cultural legacy of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur was the capital of the Malla Kingdom of the 12th-15th centuries. A World Heritage site, its pagodas and temples represent a captivating insight into the art and architecture of Nepal’s golden age.

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  • Swayambhunath

    Swayambhunath

    Perched on a hilltop on the south western part of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath, is one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Nepal and is associated with the birth of the Kathmandu Valley civilisation. The stupa, is a dome 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters high and is made of brick and earth mounted by a conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. It is surrounded by many other smaller temples and places of religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists, a perfect example of the symbiotic co-existence of different religious beliefs only found in Nepal.

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  • Patan

    Patan

    Yala or Patan as it is known today is located on the southern banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the three main cities in Kathmandu Valley. The city is believed to be the first settlement in the Valley and was established by the Kirat dynasty who ruled for more than 1200 years from the 3rd century BC. Patan is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings.

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  • Annapurna Mountains

    Annapurna Mountains

    Few landscapes fire the imagination as much as the mountains and valleys of the Himalayas. These rich panoramas provide access to some of the best day walks and mountain treks anywhere in the world. From the foothills of the Annapurnas, to the inspiring backdrops of the eastern Himalayas and the Seti River, this is a land of unparalleled splendour and adventure.

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Highlights of Nepal

Travel Experts

  • Paul Taylor

    If you like dumplings, get your guide to take you to a restaurant to experience to different types such as deep fried!

    Paul Taylor
    Sales Centre Supervisor
  • Sue Livsey

    Visit the Garden of Dreams, a neo-classical historic garden in the centre of Kathmandu and a beautiful setting to enjoy a snack at the café.

    Sue Livsey
    India & the Subcontinent Product Manager
  • Sue Livsey

    Glimpse the world's most renowned mountain - Everest on a morning scenic flight from Kathmandu

    Sue Livsey
    India & the Subcontinent Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

The most popular time of year to visit Nepal is October to November, the start of the dry season, the countryside is green and the air is clean and visibility of the Himalayas is at its best. Temperatures are also moderate making this the ideal time to visit. From December to January conditions are still good although temperatures can get very cold especially whilst trekking. From February to March it starts to warm up again and travelling can be very pleasant with warm sunny days, the drawback being that dry weather and dust in the skies reduces visibility levels.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT +6hrs
  • Flight Time9.5 hrs
  • VisaYes for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsHepatitis A & B, Japanese encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid**
  • CurrencyNepalese rupeeNepalese
  • CapitalKathmandu
  • Area145,391 sq km
  • Population22 million
  • Dialling Code+977
  • Electricity230-240V
  • LanguageNapali

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Key Phrases
Namaste – Hello/Goodbye
Subha prabhat – Good morning
Namaskar – Good afternoon
Subha ratri – Good night
Dhanyabad – Thank you
Maapha ganus – Excuse me/Sorry
Dhanyabad – Thank you
Events
January to February – Maghe Sankranti Sacred river locations such as the holy Bagmati river become awash with bathers paying homage to the temple of Red Machhendranath and Agnimata and various other deities, in honour of The holy month of Magh January to February – Lhosar (Tibetan New Year) Colourful prayer flags are hung from Buddhist monasteries in Kathmandu and worshippers across Khumbu, Helambu and other northern regions take part in feasts and traditional dances, wearing their finest jewels March – Fagu Purnima (Holi Festival), countrywide Kathmandu and Pokhara are among areas that explode with colour and music as people cover each other with brightly coloured powdered paint in this Hindu tradition commemorating the beginning of Spring April to May – Red Machhendranath Some days after a wheeled chariot of the deity known as Bungdyo or Red Machhendranath is pulled through the city of Patan, Kathmandu then hosts the presentation of a similar holy chariot in this famous event September to October – Dashain Also known as Vijaya Dashami, the biggest festival of the year marking the end of the monsoon period sees families feasting, animal sacrifices, holy bathing and giving of fresh barley shoots in honour of the goddess Durga October to November - Dewali Festival Also known as the Tihar or Swanti, this five day ‘Festival of Lights’ sees street become illuminated as they fill with cultural processions and Deusi and Bhailo song and dance.
Food & Drink
Dal This dish made from black, red or yellow lentils and usually eaten with Bhat (rice) and Tarkari (curried vegetables) is a staple meal in Nepal Chatamari This rice flour flat bread cooked over heat resembles pizza and is often topped with minced meat, vegetables, egg or sugar Chapatis raw grain based flatbread cooked over heat and typically served with dal and vegetables curries. Sometimes this is substituted with a dry lentil Papad Masu Chicken, mutton or other meat (but not beef as it is prohibited in Nepal) cooked in a spicy curry/gravy and typically served with rice Momos Steamed dumpling filled with vegetables and spices or meat, served with a tomato-based chutney Banana lassis Yoghurt based banana drink which has a cooling effect when eaten with spicy curries Tongba Common Nepal liquor made from pouring hot water over fermented millet Beer The most common locally brewed beers here are the Everest – a good accompaniment to a spicy curry – and the slightly richer Nepal Ice
Tipping
Restaurants and hotels in tourist areas include service charge but where they don’t consider adding 10% tip or round up where you feel appropriate. For tour guides, consider leaving 3 Nepalese Rupees (Rs) per person per day and for taxi drivers, round up to the nearest 100 Rs. Chambermaids and porters generally don’t expect a tip so do not feel obliged unless your receive exceptional service.
Books to Read
Arresting God in Kathmandu Exploring psychologically rich stories of arranged marriages, and the nature of desire and spirituality, author Samrat Upadhyay tells fictional but insightful issues within a changing Nepalese society Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt Everest Disaster Journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer provides an epic account of the tragic 1996 storm on Everest which claimed five lives and left many others faced with crippling guilt Sold by Patricia McCormick tells is an evocative series of vignettes around Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl, who is forced to leave her family’s mountain hut in Nepal to find work, finding herself in the terrifying world of prostitution
Movies to Watch
Himalaya Altitude sickness is just one of the hurdles Michael Palin faces in this six month trip tackling the greatest mountain range on earth Everest Narrated by Liam Neeson, this American documentary film depicts a real account of treacherous ice walls, blizzards and avalanches which were among the many challenges faced by the group involved in the 1996 Everest disaster Raiders of the Lost Ark Spielberg’s 1981 fantasy adventure film is the second in the Indiana Jones series and sees Indy travel to Nepal as part of his journey for the US government to find the Ark of Covenant before the Nazis
Music to Listen to
Tamang The Damphu – a double sided drum – characterises the traditional music of the Tamang community. It has also been adopted by some modern remixes of this classic Nepali style Sherpa Music Traditional to Tibetan Buddhism, this music is profoundly religious and