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Private transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu
Accommodation in Kathmandu
- 83 rooms and suites
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Three restaurants: Nepali, international and Japanese
- German-style bar
Discover the history and culture of Nepal at one of Kathmandu’s finest properties, Dwarika’s Hotel. From Nepalese art adorning the walls to dark wood carvings and intricate staircases, this property takes inspiration from traditional Newari architecture to create a delightful retreat from the bustle of the city. The hotel plays an important role in the architectural conservation of the area. Its construction incorporated artefacts from the 13th century onwards and care has been taken that any new additions to the building have been undertaken in the traditional style. Dwarika’s Hotel helps to keep the classical style alive by training artisans to work on restoration projects in the Kathmandu Valley. Restored tall red-brick buildings house the 83 guestrooms which are decorated with red and black Nepalese materials and look out onto a central courtyard. Meanwhile, the outdoor pool and impressive spa offer further peaceful settings. You can then delve deeper into Nepal’s culture at Krishnarpan, one of the three on-site restaurants, to savour delicious regional dishes such as dal bhat.
Spend your days in this fascinating city exploring cultural landmarks such as the 18th century Kumari Ghar Palace and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Durbar Square. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here. If you would like us to organise your time here with a privately-guided tour, according your interests, we can do so.
Visit the magnificent temple of Pashupatinath, situated amidst lush greenery on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple is built in a pagoda style and has a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. The temple stands as a symbol of faith, region, culture and tradition. Dedicated to the Hindu God of Destruction, Lord Shiva, this temple is regarded as the most sacred temple of all the Lord Shiva temples. Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple. Non-Hindu visitors are strictly prohibited to enter the temple, however they are permitted to view the temple from the east banks of the River Bagmati.
Pashupatinath is also Nepal's most renowned Hindu cremation site. In Hindu culture, the deceased are wrapped in cloth, placed on bamboo litters and brought to the cremation site where the eldest son in the family burns the body. The ashes are collected and swept into the River Bagmati that eventually joins the Holy Ganges.
Boudhanath stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a centre of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is built on a huge three-level mandala-style platform and is 36m in height. The base of the stupa is adorned with 108 small images of the Dhyani Amitabha Buddha and inset with prayer wheels. Thousands of pilgrims circle the stupa in a clockwise direction each day spinning the prayer wheels. It is said that each spin of a prayer wheel is the equivalent of reciting the mantra.
The ancient stupa is one of the largest in the world and is on the ancient trade route from Tibet. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries and when refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 50s, many decided to live around Boudhanath. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Buddhist sage, sacred texts and other ceremonial objects.
Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It rests on a hillock 3km towards the western edge of Kathmandu and is one of the most important and the most sacred Buddhist shrines in Nepal. Legend has it that when Kathmandu Valley was a lake 2000 years ago, a single lotus flower grew at the centre of the lake. When Saint Manjushree, the Bodhisatva, drained the lake with a single slash of his sword, the lotus settled on top of a hill and magically turned into a stupa. Thus Swayambhunath is also known as a self-created stupa.
This afternoon, your expert guide will take you to a vegetable and spice market in Ason and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu's Durbar Square. The square is in fact the plaza in front of the old royal palace and is surrounded with the spectacular elaborately-carved wooden architecture of Newar artists. Explore the ancient palaces of the Malla and Shah kings, secret courtyards and holy temples, and see the decorated statute of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram. If you'e lucky, you might just get a glimpse of the Kumari or "Living Goddess", a prepubescent girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you'd prefer, speak to your travel designer about doing the tour on the back of a classic Enfield motorcycle.
Discover Patan, the city of fine arts. Also known as Lalitpur, Patan is one of the three ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley and is thought to be the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world. Here you'll get a look at stunningly preserved temples and palace complexes.
Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Private transfer to your accommodation in Pokhara
Accommodation in Pokhara
- 18 guestrooms
- Living room, bar and dining room
- Outdoor swimming pool
Perched high above Pokhara Valley with a beautiful Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain is a peaceful, Nepalese-style lodge. From individual stone bungalows to double storey cottages, the 18 spacious guestrooms are set in clusters around the property’s gardens, resembling a Nepali village. Each room is decorated with Tibetan hand-woven carpets, local artefacts and a private veranda with dramatic mountain or valley views. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails out on the candle-lit terrace or around a log fire. The kitchen uses fresh, local produce to prepare a variety of Nepali and western dishes. Aside from the tranquil setting, Tiger Mountain further inspires guests to experience Nepal’s rural way of life with local village visits and yoga sessions. What’s more, guests are asked to keep mobile phones on silent in communal areas. Though peaceful pursuits, like meditating in the bamboo garden and relaxing in the infinity pool are encouraged, plenty of adventure is also on offer. Thrill-seekers are kept entertained with exciting activities like hikes, paragliding tours and micro-light flights around the sublime Himalayan surrounds.
- 15 villas with private terraces
- Family cottage
- Swimming pool
Nestled in a tranquil valley near the banks of a meandering mountain-fed river, lay The Pavilions Himalayas. Set against the backdrop of the epic mountain range, it is the perfect place to relax while enjoying Nepal’s outstanding natural beauty. 15 spacious villas are spread across organic farmland, combining traditional charm with modern luxury. From your private terrace you can admire the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and enjoy the quiet and peaceful way of life in the countryside. For those wanting a little more independence, there is a family cottage located within the village, which comes with its own garden and kitchen. The great outdoors beckons and you can choose to spend your time trekking, birdwatching or exploring the nearby Phewa Lake. For when you want to simply sit back and relax, head to the spa or outdoor pool, and when hunger strikes, the Clubhouse serves authentic Nepali cuisine with much of the produce grown on-site on the farmland.
Spend your time in this charming lakeside town on exciting treks through stunning Himalayan scenery and lush landscape. Boat on the Phewa Lake, visit ancient monuments and try your hand at thrilling activities such as mountain biking, kayaking and paragliding across the valleys. Choose from a choice of activities including various half day excursions.
The second biggest lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal is a beautiful spot for boating. The a pagoda styled Talbarahi temple sits on an island in its middle and you can row close to this holy Hindu shrine while enjoying the refection of Machhapuchhre peak and the Annapurna Range in the water.
Enjoy some cultural sightseeing at Barahi Temple - the island temple. The two-storey pagoda of the Barahi Temple is situated on a small island in the Phewa Lake and offers beautiful views of th surroundings. This Hindu temple is dedicated to Goddess Ajima in the form of a boar called Barahi, who is said to pierce her evil enemies with her pointed tusks. Barahi is pictured with the face of a boar with a cup in one hand and fish in the other.
Visit Bindebashini temple, one of the oldest in Pokhara. Legend has it that when Pokhara was part of the Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought across from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the temple offers views of the Himalaya on a clear day.
Head out to visit the beautiful Shanti Stupa. Built as a symbol of world peace, it is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on Ananda Hill. The Sanskrit word "shanti" means peace. The foundation stone was laid in 1973, along with several relics of Buddha.
There are many interesting displays at the museum, such as the original gear from some of the first Himalayan ascents. It provides information on mountaineering, the world's mountain system, mountain cultures, environments and prominent people in mountainerring history.
Flight from Pokhara to Chitwan
Private transfer to your accommodation in Chitwan National Park
Accommodation in Chitwan
- 16 villas
- 13 rooms
- 1 suite
- Dining room
- Bar and lounge
- Spa treatments
- Fitness centre
- Children's play area
Venture into the heart of the Nepalese wilderness and make yourself at home at the tranquil Meghauli Serai in Chitwan National Park. Part of Taj Safaris, the lodge is surrounded by lush forests, with the Himalayas just beyond the treetops. Overlooking the Rapti River, the neutral colours in the spacious suite, 16 villas and 13 rooms create a peaceful refuge. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the jungle as you unwind in a private plunge pool, or enjoy views of the mountains and the Terai grasslands from your balcony. At the end of the day, catch up with your fellow guests as you enjoy sundowners under the stars, or a tuck into a bush dinner of Tharu-inspired cuisine out at the bonfire. If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, find a table in the dining room or bar, or dine in your room. A team of skilled rangers are on hand to take you on Jeep, walking and river safaris where you have the chance to spot the one-horned rhinoceros, ghariyals (a species of crocodile found on the Indian subcontinent), sloth bears and a wide variety of other wildlife. Make the trip extra special with an elephant bathing and feeding experience, and meet the inhabitants of a Tharu village and learn about their customs.
- 34 cottages
- Dining area and bar
- Outdoor pool and deck
Barahi Jungle Lodge enjoys an idyllic location on the banks of the Rapti River just outside the boundaries of Chitwan National Park. The lodge consists of 34 thatched cottages with wood, bamboo and elephant grass interiors which are filled with traditional Nepali furnishings. Each cottage opens out onto a private balcony where views of the jungle unfold. There is also a larger suite room with two bedrooms, dining room and bar, terrace, pool and campfire. Back in the communal areas, feast on organic continental and authentic Nepalese dishes and treat yourself to a massage at the picturesque spa. Guests can spend their days on nature walks and jeep safaris spotting elusive tigers and rhinos, or get a feel for the local culture with village visits. Then, return to relax on your private balcony and drink in those untouched river and savannah views.
Spend your days discovering the rich wildlife of Chitwan National Park. Delve deep into the jungle on exciting treks, canoe tours and jeep safaris. Our expert travel designers can arrange an array of tailor-made tours for your time here.
After breakfast you will leave the lodge for an excursion to Chitwan National Park which will start from the resort itself crossing the Rapti River by boat. After crossing the Rapti River begin your jeep safari starting from the open grassland followed by the riverine forest and continue the drive into the dense Sal Forest crossing the Reu River to see different wildlife around the park and view aquatic birds and the marsh Mugger.
Later you will head out on a short drive to a point from where you will canoe down the river. As you float along the tranquil water, you will get the chance to see some of the diverse aquatic animals and bird life. Enjoy a sun-downer at the bank of Rapti River. Soft drinks along with some light snacks will be served. Return to the hotel after sunset with time to freshen up before dinner.
Accommodation in Dhulikhel
- 39 suites
- Infinity swimming pool
- Salt house
- Meditation maze
- Hilltop lounge and library
- Chakra therapy chambers
Dwarika’s Resort is surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and offers unparalleled views of this mesmerising mountain range. Nestled on a hillside, this blissful retreat reflects Nepal’s ancient philosophy and natural heritage through its elegant but rustic design and impressive number of peace-inducing services. There are 39 suites inspired by nature, built using local wood and stone. Each suite features an outdoor terrace with day bed which are perfect for sunrise mountain views, scenic sundowners and sleeping under the stars. Physical and mental wellbeing is key at Dwarika’s Resort and guests are encouraged to reconnect with mind, spirit and nature during their stay. There are plenty of on-site activities, from yoga, meditiation and salt therapy to cooking and art and pottery classes. There are also numerous hiking trails that lead straight from the property and ample opportunities for birdwatching. Dining here is a real treat, with many of the ingredients grown in the resort’s very own vegetable garden.
Spend your time at Dwarika's Resort enjoying the wonderful facilities and activites on offer. You'll enjoy use of the Himalayan salt room, chakra sound therapy chamber, swimming pool and fitness centre. You can also take part in yoga and meditation sessions or choose to get creative with pottery and painting classes.
Located on a slightly elevated land, glistened with distant snowcapped mountains, adorned with fluttering prayer flags Namo Buddha is a sanctuary of peace and harmony. For centuries Namo Buddha has drawn pilgrims to the sacred spot where legend has it that the Great Being, an early incarnation of Lord Buddha while on a walk through the dense forest came across a starving tigress and her five cubs. The tigress was so weak that she was unable to feed herself or her cubs. The Great Being was tormented at the sight of a mother unable to feed her children. Hence, out of sheer generosity, the Great Being sacrificed his own flesh to feed the starving tigress and her cubs.
The ancient stupa of Namo Buddha is where the remains of the Great Being after his sacrifice are buried. Today, this site has become a special place to accumulate merit through activities of circumambulation and making offerings. People from all over the world visit the site to pay homage to the Great Being and make traditional offerings of butter lamps. A carved stone slab depicts this Buddhist tale of selfless compassion and sacrifice.
Private transfer to Kathmandu airport