Colours of Nepal

From £2,899
Duration 12 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Dec 2020
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From £2,899
Duration 12 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Dec 2020
Tour Overview

​On this incredible journey you will discover the real Nepal as you mix with the locals and experience daily life at first hand. Begin your adventure in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, where you'll catch your first glimpse of the remarkable Himalayan Mountains. You'll also start your discoveries of Nepal's spiritual traditions as you explore a host of fascinating temples, shrines and monasteries. Immerse yourself in Newari culture in Bandipur, learn about local handicrafts and join monks for a religious ritual in Pokhara, and then head to Chitwan. The national park is home to thrilling wildlife, which you'll spot on a day of exciting jungle activities. On arrival back in Kathmandu, visit Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, and uncover the fascinating history of Patan. Here not only will you learn about its arts and crafts culture, but also get expert help to make your own stunning souvenir.

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Excursions Included
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes


  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide ​
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Qatar Airways via Doha​
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports​
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 17 included meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners including welcome dinner & drink and a farewell get together
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights & other transportation​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walking tour to Durbar Square in Kathmandu, including a host of temples & market visits
  • Visits to the shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath stupa & the SASANE project
  • Join a guided walk to Ramkot village
  • Learn about local crafts & join a prayer ceremony in Pokhara
  • Visit Sarangkot for breaktaking views of the Himalayas 
  • Full day of activities in Chitwan including a village walk, safari & canoeing
  • Visit Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees 
  • Spend a day with local families in Patan & craft your own souvenir
  • Enjoy a traditional Newari feast of up to 15 dishes that you will eat with your hands, unlocking the sense of touch at mealtime

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Kathmandu

​Today you'll fly overnight to Kathmandu. Nepal's capital lies in the Himalayan Mountains between India and Tibet and offers some of the most striking scenery there is, including the highest point in the world, Mount Everest.

Day 2 Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu's Tribhuwan Airport where you will be met by your Tour Manager for transfer to the hotel. Once at the hotel, meet your travelling companions over a welocme dinner and drinks.​​

Meals included: D

Day 3 Kathmandu

Enjoy a full day sightseeing today as we head to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.

Our first stop is Pashupatinath, the most important Hindi shrine in Nepal. Pashupatinath (Lord of the Animals) is the protecting deity of the country, and here there is a fascinating complex of shrines and Arya-Ghats (cremation sites) on the banks of the Bagmati River. 

We'll then visit Boudhanath Stupa (once known as Boudha), essentially a kingdom within a kingdom, before moving onto Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched atop a conical hill, its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire with the all-seeing-eyes is a not only a major landmark of the valley, but equally, a symbol of Nepal. The stupa has been an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century. You can reach the shrine by climbing 365 steps up the hill, or by a winding road on the other side. You will see numerous chaityas and temples in the complex, but watch out especially for the mysterious Shantipur Temple, inside of which is said to live the 8th century Tantric Shantikar Acharya whose meditation has kept him alive for many centuries!  

​This evening we'll walk through one of the oldest lively market of Kathmandu. Itumbahal is an old Newari settlement set in a large courtyard and famous for its traders in herbal spices and medicines. From here we continue to Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu's most colorful and ancient local markets. Crossing the busiest path of Ason you’ll reach one of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites - a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city. Our visit to Durbar Square includes many temples like Kumari Chowk, the Courtyard of the living Goddess 'Kumari', Aakash Bhairav Temple, Temple of Lord Machhendranath, and Itumbahal courtyard.​ We finish our tour with a walk to Ason chowk; another market dedicated to spices and local vegetables, and Annapurna temple, which is dedicated to the goddess of grains.

We'll end the day with a visit to the SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors project. Every year, thousands of Nepalese women and girls become victims of human trafficking. SASANE is a non-profit organisation set up to support survivors, providing them with training and skills to get their lives back on track and to help others in similar situations. During our visit, we'll meet some of the women and learn from them how to prepare momos, traditional Nepali dumplings. ​​

Meals included: B

Day 4 Kathmandu - Bandipur

There's a long drive ahead of us today as we journey by road to Bandipur but once out of the city, the sights are impressive. We'll pass through ancient stone villages backed by steep rice terraces and mountains, and look out for the Trishuli River and the enormous Marshyangdi hydroelectric power plant.
Bandipur sits high on a ridge and offers amazing views of the Himalayas. Time has seemingly stood still here and this hilltop town is a living museum of Newari culture, where ancient architecture, temples, shrines and traditional ways of life can be experienced.  

Meals included: B

Day 5 Bandipur - Pokhara

On a tour of Bandipur today we'll discover traditional homes and the former fort of Purano Kot. We'll also head to a temple where the locals pray for rain during droughts. A two-hour hike, with included picnic, then takes us to Ramkot, a typical Magar village untouched by modern developments. Another couple of hours along an easy trail is the pilgrimage site of Chabdi Barahi.
Next, there's time to relax as we transfer by road to Pokhara, so sit back and enjoy views of the Madi River, deep rocky gorges crossed by suspension bridges and the Seti Valley. The city once sat on a busy trade route between India and Tibet, and even today mule trains, which bring in goods from remote regions, can still be seen camped on its outskirts. This is also the homeland of the Magar and Gurung people, who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The area is also famed for its natural beauty, surrounded by serene lakes and towering Himalayan peaks.
This evening we'll head to the Tashi Palkhiel handicraft centre to find out about the traditional arts and crafts of the Tibetan Plateau. We'll discover how local people make Tibetan carpets and learn about the importance of symbols and images in daily life. We'll also attend the Pema Tsal Sakya Buddhist School and Monastery, where we'll take part in a pooja – a prayer ceremony performed by the monks. Our evening comes to an end as we join a local family for a meal of Tibetan specialities, including Tsampa – roasted barley flour – butter tea and traditional bread.     

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Pokhara

Our day begins early as we make our way to Sarangkot to take in sweeping views of Himalayan peaks at sunrise – a truly unforgettable experience.
After time to enjoy breakfast and relax back the hotel, we'll set off on a sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Highlights include David's Falls, the Bindabasisni Temple and the Seti Gorge, a deep chasm carved by the Seti River. We'll also visit a Tibetan refugee camp, where you can barter for handmade jewellery, wood carvings, rugs and other unique souvenirs.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Pokhara - Chitwan

We'll spend today travelling along the Prithvi Highway into the central hills, where you'll see deep gorges and fast-flowing rivers. We'll continue on to Chitwan, home of Chitwan National Park, which is located in the foothills of the Churia Mountain Ranges and famed for its variety of wildlife. Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Chitwan

Chitwan is home to the Tharu people, and we'll begin our full day of outdoor activities with a walk around a traditional village to get an insight into their unique lifestyle. We'll then head off on a thrilling jungle safari in an open-top vehicle which takes us into dense forest. Keep your cameras at the ready and your eyes peeled for sightings of wild boar, elephant, striped hyena and langur, among other species. If you're really lucky you might spot the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the elusive royal Bengal tiger.
Our next exciting adventure is a guided tour by canoe to look for crocodiles on the riverbank and many species of exotic birds.
This evening we'll be treated to a performance of Tharu cultural dance.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Chitwan - Kathmandu

An early morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu today, where we'll visit Bhaktapur – or the City of Devotees. Here there are three squares filled with ornate temples and architecture dating back to the 12th century, which shows us how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked in the medieval period. You can also watch as traditional crafts, from pottery to woodwork, are created.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Patan

Patan is our destination today, a city filled with wood and stone carvings, ornate architecture including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples and more than 1,200 monuments. Also known as a centre for arts and crafts, we're going to get crafty here ourselves!
Our first stop is Patan Community Homestay, where you'll be welcomed as a special guest. You'll then attend an art or ceramics class where, with the help of a local artist, you can create your own unique souvenir to take home with you. Lunch is taken back at the homestay, and will be a Nepali speciality 'dal bhat', which is a dish of steamed rice, vegetables and lentil soup.
Patan boasts a long and colourful history, and for many years its importance eclipsed that of Kathmandu. By the 7th century, it was one of Asia's main Buddhist centres, attracting pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China. You'll see its highlights on an included tour this afternoon.
This evening, we will gather to enjoy a Newari feast – a fitting way to bid Nepal farewell. Up to 15 dishes will be served and we will eat the traditional way, using our hands rather than utensils, and sat on a handmade carpet.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Kathmandu - UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for you return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Day 12 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.

Additional Information

​Please note: Due to the nature of these holidays, other travellers will join or leave the tour at different times depending on the tour or combination of tours they have selected. 

​This tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Most walks take place on paths and tracks, but some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, tracks, hills and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot at times. There will be plenty of rest stops and sturdy walking shoes are essential.


  1. Memorable Moment

    In Sarangkot, the sweeping views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks are awe-inspiring. Watching the sunrise here is a truly breathtaking experience.

Accommodation

Hotel Himalaya

The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Bandipur Old Inn

The Old Inn is a restored traditional Bandipur house, and truly gives an authentic Nepalese experience to its guests. Its exterior features a stone staircase that leads up to the different floors of the property. On the front there is also an array of natural plant life that looks intertwined with the building itself. There is a restaurant and bar and the personable service of the staff will enhance any stay. Rooms are simplistic and charming in their style, and wooden features are prominent.

Hotel Barahi

Tigerland Safari Resort

  1. Just You Cares

    When you book this holiday you are helping us to support the SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors project. It helps women and young girls who have been victims of human trafficking, and during your tour some of the women will show you how to make Nepali dumplings.