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.
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.