Overview

The mountain Kingdom of Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries on earth making it an ideal destination for a great holiday.

A land of medieval towns and villages, ancient temples and monasteries, friendly village folk and smiling children, the Kingdom of Nepal is ideal for walks and treks, wildlife safaris and bird watching, white water rafting or just relaxing, admiring the beauty of the highest mountain peaks in the world.

Kathmandu is the capital city and main point of entry into Nepal. The city shares the Kathmandu Valley with the medieval cities of Patan and Bhaktapur, full of magnificent temples and palaces, each centering round its own Durbar (Palace) Square.

Nepal boasts a number of UNESCO world heritage listed sites, seven of which lie within the Kathmandu valley. These ancient temple and palace complexes are inspiring examples of skilled craftsmanship - exquisite thankas, gold painted stupas and intricate woodcarvings can be seen at every turn, portraying Nepal's unique and complex blend of religions and beliefs.

In the hills around Kathmandu are found the scenic escapes of Dhulikhel and Nagarkot. About 6 hours' drive northwest of Kathmandu lies Pokhara, overshadowed by the Annapurna and Macchapuchre (Fishtail) mountains. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and one of the central highlights of Pokhara is the Phewa Tal (Lake). Pokhara is an ideal base for many treks and also known as adventure city of Nepal.

To the south are the flatlands of the Terai, a sub-tropical belt rich in agricultural activity. Situated in the foothills of the Terai region (the southeast of Pokhara, or southwest of Kathmandu) is The Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal's oldest and most developed national park.  The park is home to the tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, gaur, wild bear, sloth bear, sambar, hog and barking deer, civet, mongoose, otter and a variety of birds. Safaris in the park can be done on elephant back, on foot and in some resorts by jeep.

Also not be missed is the holy town of Lumbini, the reputed birthplace of Lord Buddha and a site of frequent pilgrimage.