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Colours Of Nepal

  • Route:
  • Kathmandu
  • Patan
  • Bandipur
  • Pokhara
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Kathmandu
TOUR PACE:
9 DAYS from $1795pp

Tour Highlights

  • Stunning panoramic vistas of the Himalayas
  • Ancient temples and palaces in Kathmandu
  • Bargain hunting for cashmere, jewellery and trinkets
  • Visit the serene hilltop village of Bandipur
  • Spectacular mountain scenery from Pokhara City
  • Thrilling safari of wildlife-rich Chitwan National Park

To book call us on 1300 286 155

Colours Of Nepal

Squeezed between India and Tibet, Nepal is a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, stunning mountainous landscapes and dense ancient cities brimming with pagoda-topped temples.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu & Patan

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Patan, one of three royal cities in Kathmandu Valley. After an introductory meeting at the hotel with your guide, the afternoon will be at leisure to allow you to relax and take in your new surroundings. The group will reconvene in the evening to enjoy a welcome dinner together.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Patan

Following breakfast, your group will commence its first foray into Nepal's capital city. Kathmandu is not only the country's core in terms of trading and religion but is also known for the sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes which keep watch from the stupas and temples dotted amongst the chaotic jumble of buildings that spread across the valley. Begin with Boudhanath, the largest and holiest Buddhist stupa (a hemispherical shaped monument containing Buddhist relics) outside of Tibet. Continue on to the ancient religious complex of Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple due to the families of macaques that live and roam around the grounds. After lunch your tour returns to Patan, a sprawling city which has almost merged with Kathmandu, separated only by the murky waters of the Bagmati River. Explore the enchanting melange of temples and former royal palaces of Durbar Square before concluding your day with a shopping trip in Thamel where you can barter for souvenirs or take a break to enjoy a sweet pastry from one of the local bakeries.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Patan to Bandipur

In the morning you will begin your drive to the hilltop settlement of Bandipur, arriving in time for lunch. With winding lanes, traditional Newari-style buildings and a community of farmers and traders, this beautiful town is seemingly untouched by modern life. Following a local lunch, venture into the heart of Bandipur to discover Bandipur Bazaar, an area of old shops, houses, temples and meeting places where you can appreciate the extraordinary view of the snow-clad Himalayan skyline.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Bandipur to Pokhara

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Bandipur before journeying to Pokhara, the gateway to the peaks and valleys of the Annapurna mountain range. This sleepy lakeside city enjoys a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere and is the perfect base for day walks or hikes into the spectacular surrounding mountains. Arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon there will be some time to unwind before your evening meal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Pokhara

After breakfast at your hotel, a tour to the stunning Devi's Falls follows where the group will follow a series of underground streams and small walkways before reaching the cascading waterfall that bursts through a tunnel and falls into a cave deep below. Next visit Mahendra Cave to appreciate the stalagmites and stalactites before making a stop at the Tibetan refugee camp to browse for handmade jewellery, pashminas, trinkets and local carvings. Finally your group will take a peaceful boat trip on the serene waters of the lake before enjoying a riverside lunch. Returning to your lodge in the afternoon the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Pokhara to Chitwan

Today you will depart Pokhara after breakfast for Chitwan National Park, one of the largest havens for the endangered Bengal tiger and home to a rare population of one-horned Indian Rhinoceros. A stop will be made en route at Manakamana to take a cable car ride to the summit of a spectacular viewpoint. Arrive at the hillside temple and a mountain shrine which dates back to the 17th century and is believed to be a place where the goddess Bhagwati has the power to grant wishes to those who are able to make a suitable sacrifice. Following lunch, your journey will continue into the sub-tropical lowlands of the national park where, in the evening you will experience the traditional dances of the Tharu Cultural Show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Chitwan

Your full day tour of Chitwan National Park begins in the morning with a canoe ride up the Rapti River where you may encounter the rare gharial, a fish-eating crocodile whose population is estimated at less than 235 individuals. Next visit the elephant breeding centre where you will have the chance to watch mother and baby elephants interact whilst grazing in the jungle and warding off pesky mosquitos by covering themselves in dust. After lunch the group will proceed further into the jungle for a guided safari upon the backs of the majestic elephants, led by the local mahouts (elephant riders) who will be keen to help you spot deer, rhinoceros, antelope and perhaps even a glance of the 'King of the Jungle', the Bengal tiger.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Chitwan to Kathmandu

Leaving Chitwan after breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu, stopping for lunch along the way and arriving back in the city in the late afternoon. Enjoy some free time to venture out into the bustling streets to pick out any last minute gifts before enjoying your final dinner with the rest of your group. The sounds of bicycle bells and chanting monks and the intoxicating aromas of Nepalese delicacies will leave you with a memory to cherish for years to come. Namaste - 'the spirit within me salutes the spirit in you', goodbye and farewell.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Kathmandu

Following check out from your hotel you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport for your onward journey, or continue to you chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
Your Meals
  • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
  • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

Included in the Price

  • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Included Accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Included 23 Meals including 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • Included Entry fees to all sights
  • Included Arrival Transfer
  • Included Departure Transfer

Important Information

Visas

Australian citizens are required to obtain a visa for Nepal. Tourist visas are available on arrival with the fee ranging between USD 25 and USD 100 depending on the duration of stay (15/30/90 days).
Visitors must ensure their passport has at least six months? validity from their planned date of return to Australia, with two blank facing visa pages. A recent passport photo and proof of travel arrangements, including entry and exit details into / out of the country.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Nepal for the most up to date information.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure and be able to provide evidence of your cover to our agents and ground suppliers.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate for your particular needs. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of $250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All internal travel is in air-conditioned/heated vehicles.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee or NPR, divided into 100 paisa. US dollars are also often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately $200-$400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tipping
Tipping is customary in both Nepal for your guide and drive and is at your discretion. We recommend you allow around $6 per person per day.

Tour Dates & Prices

StartEndPrice
2017 Dates
14 Nov 201722 Nov 2017$1795pp
05 Dec 201713 Dec 2017$1795pp

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