Nepal Holidays: an Overview

Wedged like an appendix between China and India, the two most populous nations on earth in, Nepal packs quite a punch for a small country. If you are going on holiday to Nepal, it's definitely worth setting a side a couple of days in the capital Kathmandu before heading off to explore the dramatic landscapes for which the country is justly famous.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Trekking in the dramatic Himalayas, whitewater rafting, elephant-back tiger safaris in beautiful Chitwan National Park - all hugely memorable, and highly recommended.
  • For the less active-minded visitor the fascinating Nepali culture, infused with that of the many Tibetan refugees, is worth the journey alone.

Luxury Travel to Nepal: the Detail

With the trials and tribulations of the past few years now firmly consigned to the past, it is with great pleasure that we once again recommend Nepal as a holiday destination. So many of the team at Original Travel have year-offed, trekked, tiger-spotted and even honeymooned in this charming Himalayan country it feels like welcoming an old friend back into the fold.

The Nepalese - in our experience some of the most charming people on our planet - are eagerly awaiting the return of the tourists that are the lifeblood of the country's economy. We are delighted to be doing our bit to make sure that happens.

The country is home to an impressive eight of the ten tallest mountains on Earth, and while they are mighty impressive even from afar, nothing beats getting up and close and personal with the mighty Himalayas on a trek. We work with only the finest guides and sherpas to make the experience truly memorable.

Away from the mountains, in the - relatively - flat grasslands and forests of the Terai lies the Chitwan National Park, home to one-horned rhinoceri and the elusive Bengal tiger. Visitors can enjoy game viewing in seriously beautiful surroundings from the comfort of a 4x4 or canoe, or in slightly less comfort (but far more style) on the back of an elephant.

Even better, the best way to travel from the mountains to the Terai is by whitewater raft, a beautiful and exciting way to enjoy the surroundings, and avoiding flying from Pokhara via Kathmandu in the process.

And speaking of Kathmandu, some visitors choose to bypass the ever so slightly bonkers capital city completely, but we think it merits at least a couple of days' exploration. Highlights include sitting at a café table drinking lassi and watching the bustling world go by; and the antidote to the charming chaos - a visit to the temple at Swayambhunath, a hugely important Buddhist pilgrimage site and wonderfully tranquil place of fluttering prayer flags, venerable monks and the aroma of cinnamon, clove, kusum and juniper.

Did you know

  • Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites
  • Nepal's flag is the only that has a non- quadrilateral shape - it is five-sided
  • Mount Everest is in Nepal
  • The second largest population of one- horned Rhino is found in Nepal
  • The cow is the national animal of Nepal

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Original Highlight

Nepal boasts eight out of the ten tallest mountains in the world.

Miranda, Original Traveller

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Top picks for Nepal

Basanta Lodge

Basanta Lodge

Nepal

Basanta Lodge is located on the outskirts of Dhampus, and therefore is a good place to start or end a trek.

Where to stay

Himalaya Lodge

Himalaya Lodge

Nepal

Located at 6,560 feet, Himalaya Lodge overlooks the slate roofed village of Ghandruk, once a major recruitment centre for the Gurka soldiers.

Where to stay

Dwarika's

Dwarika's

Nepal

More museum than hotel, Dwarika's is inspired by the valley’s rich cultural heritage and is modelled upon the architectural grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. A heritage hotel, it is comprised of carved wooden door and window frames and Nepalese artefacts, some dating back to the 14th Century.

Where to stay

Sanctuary Lodge

Sanctuary Lodge

Nepal

Located on a headland just north of the scenic village of Birethanti, Sanctuary Lodge overlooks the river and has dramatic views of Machapuchare - the sacred 'Fishtail' mountain – and is set in beautifully landscaped gardens.

Where to stay

Seti River Camp

Seti River Camp

Nepal

As the name suggests, Seti River Camp is located on the river, and is only accessible by boat.

Where to stay

Gurung Lodge

Gurung Lodge

Nepal

Gurung Lodge is located on the edge of the village of Majgaun, and views of the surrounding valley and mountains, especially Annapurna South and Annapurna One, are spectacular.

Where to stay

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