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Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met and driven to your hotel. Stay at Dwarika’s Hotel for three nights- our favourite hotel in Kathmandu and the best place to experience traditional Nepalese living and hospitality. You can take it easy after your flight, or dive straight into the city’s hustle and bustle with a short tour with your expert local guide.
Explore the ancient Newar city of Bhaktapur this morning famed for its fine architecture. Return to Kathmandu in the afternoon and visit the famous religious sites of Pashupatinath and Boudhnath.
Today, you will have the opportunity to witness Mount Everest from close quarters on a private helicopter trip: an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience! You will be accompanied by an expert summiteer Sherpa guide who will offer an unparalleled overview of the majestic mountains and a rare glimpse into the world of mountaineering. Weather permitting, make a short stop at the Everest Base Camp or Kala Pattar before enjoying an exclusive champagne breakfast at the highest mountain lodge in the world with stunning panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas. In the afternoon, explore the ancient capital of Patan.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will be met and driven about an hour to the starting point of your trek. Trek for about 3-4 hours in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas to Ker & Downey’s Sanctuary Lodge (1,150m), where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, trek 2-3 hours to Majgaon area where you will visit a small and very rural primary school. Spend some time here to interact with the teachers and children to learn more about the local life, education system and culture. At this school, with the help of the headmaster, we have set up a scheme to fund the midday meal for the children, which has made a very positive impact on the local community. A voluntary donation of US$250 per person is included in the tour price, which we will offer to the school on your behalf towards the current scheme. Please do let us know if you’d like us to amend the donation amount or contribute in any other way. You will spend the night at Ker & Downey’s Gurung Lodge (1,408m).
After breakfast, you will trek 4-5 hours to Dhampus through beautiful villages and sub-tropical forests. You will spend the night at Ker & Downey’s Basanta Lodge (1,525m). In the afternoon, you could relax at the lodge and take in the sweeping views of the Annapurna Range or explore the old village of Dhampus. This evening, enjoy a special cultural programme by the locals.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will trek 1.5 hours to Ghattekhola where you will be met and driven (about 40 minutes) to Pokhara. Stay at the Temple Tree Resort and Spa for one night- a simple yet comfortable boutique style property located close to Phewa Lake. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a leisurely boat ride on the lake and exploring the laidback town.
After breakfast, you will be driven (4 hours) to Chitwan National Park. Stay at Barahi Jungle Lodge for three nights- a stunning eco-friendly lodge located on the banks of Rapti River. Enjoy a safari experience in the afternoon. .
Day 9 & 10:
Spend the next two days enjoying a host of jungle activities including jeep safaris, boat safaris and jungle walks. You could also explore the nearby village to learn more about the local aboriginal Tharu culture.
This morning, you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival and driven 1.5 hours to the picturesque hill-station of Dhulikhel. Stay at Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort for two nights- a traditional-style Himalayan retreat in a serene location.
Today, you can relax at the resort, practice Yoga, enjoy Ayurveda and naturopathy treatments, participate in a cooking class or explore the nearby village and an organic farm.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kathmandu Airport (1.5 hours) for your flight home
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Colonial or small characterful hotels, tea plantations, havellis
These dreamy little hotels today belong to the descendants of those who lived here in the colonial era, who are your highly affable, energetic and involved hosts.
Historic forts and opulent palaces (India)
Few structures evoke the majesty of the Indian courts as splendidly as the country’s numerous palaces and ancient forts.
Village trek houses (India)
Village walks are a great concept and an increasing number of sophisticated travellers are seeking something beyond five-star luxury – although even here it is possible!
Owner Managed Retreats (India)
Staying at establishments which are owner managed is becoming increasingly popular, allowing one to experience real India.
Tented camps and luxury safari lodges
The subcontinent has a wide range of wildlife camps – from intimate, owner-managed camps to luxury lodges. The owner-managed camps are intimate and are set in magnificent locations either overlooking a river or the forest.
Royal Tented Luxury Lodges
These small, often luxurious boutique style camps are found all over Rajasthan - from the Thar desert, to Nimaj, overlooking a lake, to outside the tiger reserves in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and occupying locations on the outskirts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur.
Houseboats and luxury cruises
A trip to South India is incomplete without a journey on a traditional house boat. Locally known as kettuvallam, these traditional rice barges are made by tying jackwood planks together with coir rope and then coating them with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells.
Design Inspired, Luxury Boutique Hotels
You will enjoy fine food and an intimate atmosphere in our specially selected luxury boutique hotels. These usually are smaller independent properties including city hotels and retreats.
Luxury trains in India
Welcome to the world of luxury train travel in India, where pampered guests can drink in scenes of daily life from a cocoon of comfort. In India, the rail network is an essential part of life. The second-largest system in the world, stretching nearly 64,000km, it could be wrapped twice around the Earth.
Private Villas and Houses
Goa and Kerala are best known for some of the country's finest beaches. The Dutch and Portuguese both left their mark on these coastal towns, which means you will find charming properties from simple, private houses right on the beach that one takes over exclusively, to sumptuous villas. Sri Lanka has a wealth of beautiful, colonial style villas on the coast and beautiful houses in the tea plantation regions.
Luxury Beach Lodges and Hotels
We have a wonderful array of luxury beach lodges and hotels in India and Sri Lanka.
Robinson Crusoe retreats – India and Sri Lanka
Away from the mainland are the Andaman and Lakshadweep Islands, where you can discover India’s best-kept secrets.
Resorts – five-star and lower – India, Bhutan, Burma and Borneo
These are larger hotels, again, either placed in a city in India such as Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Bangalore or Bhutan, such as Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang.
Bhutan Accommodation Style
Elegant hotels like the Uma Paro and the Aman group rub shoulders alongside resorts and the more basic, traditional Bhutanese hotels that have their own particular charm.
Maldives Accommodation Style
Resorts that just breathe imaginative and inspired luxury in one of the world’s most beautiful seascapes – this is sybaritic bliss at its most blissful!
Nepal Accommodation Style
Award-winning heritage hotels, atmospheric walking or trekking hotels, vibrant hubs of activity, pioneering jungle lodges, and camps and mountain lodges.
Sri Lanka Accommodation Style
Sri Lanka is a country that has effortlessly preserved its wealth of colonial houses and converted these into the most stunning and stylish boutique hotels, homestays, country retreats and seaside villas. It has also built itself some exceptional modern examples.
Borneo Accommodation Style
Borneo is one of the ultimate diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. These resorts are often wonderfully isolated and many have turtle nesting sites that you can observe in carefully controlled night watches.
Burma (Myanmar) Accommodation Style
There is an array of accommodation to choose from in Myanmar. The majority of choice is for larger hotels but as tourism develops there are an increasing number of smaller, more boutique style places and those with a difference that go that extra mile.
This country should be on everyone’s list of “must see” destinations. Nepal’s culture and gentle approach to visitors is a stand-alone reason to visit and is immediately striking and impressive. A holiday here is especially productive when visited on a truly individual itinerary.
It has a terrific variety of superb, active and engaging things to do whilst also being visually utterly dramatic and spiritually superb with the whole brought together under the umbrella of a culture that is utterly friendly and welcoming to the visitor.
Combine this with a selection of small, personally run lodges and eclectic hotels that exceed expectations and Nepal becomes irresistible.
Where should I go?
Kathmandu, the capital, is fabulous in itself with, even now after the major earthquake, so many treasures and sights at almost every turn. One could easily spend several days exploring the different districts of Kathmandu, seeing temples, collecting treasures and absorbing the culture.
Outside Kathmandu the options are almost endless. Activities can be split into the country’s three distinctly separate regions, The Terai, the Middle Hills and the Himalaya itself.
In the Terai, the low-lying fertile lands, one can try to spot the elusive tiger in Chitwan or Bardia, take an elephant safari or do some excellent birding.
The Middle Hills include Pokhara and Gorka, where some of the best trekking and hiking trails on the planet can be found. The adventurous can go parasailing (alongside raptors!) here, or try out rafting or kayaking on world-class rafting rivers. Or why not go cycling, birding, boating on beautiful lakes, ballooning, canyoning, or take a cookery course?
The Himalaya allow one to trek very much off the beaten track on a tailored itinerary to suit the individual, with some of the best guides in Nepal. Here the scenery is stunning, the small villages totally absorbing, and the spiritual ambiance is wonderful. The regions of Annapurna and Everest are ruggedly stunning and can be trekked on foot or visited by helicopter.
Often overlooked, though, and one of our absolute favourite regions of Nepal, is the starkly remote and beautiful high desert of Mustang, where riding, trekking and meditation join hands to create an other-worldly, uniquely rewarding, experience.
Finally, if you’d like a place to relax after a trek, a climb or a tiger safari, simple relaxation is catered for at a small but significant number of absolutely first class and very individual properties that cater for the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.
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- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most
- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover
- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience
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- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities
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