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Nepal

Our verdict:

Magical and mystical, Nepal is known for its Buddhist culture and the towering peaks of the Himalayas. But it's also a country rich in wildlife, national parks, lakes and lush valleys. You can hike in the foothills of Mount Everest, enjoy an elephant-back safari and wander the colourful backstreets of Kathmandu, getting to know the humble and warm-hearted Nepalese people.

Recommended tour operator: TransIndus

TransIndus says

The tiny Kingdom of Nepal may be most famous for Mount Everest and the majestic Himalaya but you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy a holiday here.

  • Cultural treasures
  • Private and group tours
  • Wildlife encounters

Amongst the many places to visit, you won’t want to miss time in Kathmandu itself, whose ancient quarter is home to 50 temples. Discover the beauty and wildlife of the Bardia National Park or enjoy a safari walking with elephants in the Chitwan National Park. Relax in lakefront Pokhara, from where you can see stupendous views of Mount Everest, and visit Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha.

We offer a range of private tailor-made holidays and a small group tour (from four up to 16 guests). All of our trips are carefully crafted to ensure you enjoy every seamless moment, getting under the skin of Nepal, its rich cultural heritage and natural splendour.

Our expert team can create your perfect private journey to suit your interests, available time and budget with a range of accommodation from simple lodges to modern hotels. We can also build in special experiences from a short flight around the Himalaya to mountain-biking and paragliding.

On Kathmandu Valley and Beyond, there are opportunities to enjoy some trekking from Pokhara, at a pace to suit you.

Rural Nepal covers the more popular highlights but also includes time discovering the quieter rural villages.

Animal lovers will love our luxury Wildlife of Nepal holiday which, amongst many highlights, includes the chance to see the endangered Bengal Tiger in the Bardia National Park.

Our small group tour, Nepal Experience, takes in Kathmandu, Bandipur, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. It’s the perfect introduction to Nepali culture, history and natural environment with an expert guide and the company of fellow travellers.

One final idea – why not combine two of the world’s most compelling mountain Kingdoms on our tailor-made tour of Nepal and Bhutan.

You can travel to Nepal at any time of year but the best months for weather and visibility are February, March, October and November.

Find out more about our Nepal tours.

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