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
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