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Colours Of Nepal with Mystical Bhutan

10 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

Nepal, Indian Subcontinent
Intermediate Pace

Become one of the privileged few to say they have experienced this beautiful kingdom in this relatively untouched corner of the Himalayas.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the capital Thimphu
  • See the Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Stunning panoramic vistas of the Himalayas
  • Ancient temples and palaces in Kathmandu
  • Bargain hunting for cashmere, jewellery and trinkets
  • Visit the serene hilltop village of Bandipur
  • Spectacular mountain scenery from Pokhara City
  • Thrilling safari of wildlife-rich Chitwan National Park
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Kathmandu

Depart London Heathrow on your scheduled, overnight flight to Kathmandu, via Dubai.

Day 2
Kathmandu & Patan

Dinner

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Patan, one of three royal cities in Kathmandu Valley. After an introductory meeting at the hotel with your guide, the afternoon will be at leisure to allow you to relax and take in your new surroundings. The group will reconvene in the evening to enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Day 3
Patan

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast, your group will commence its first foray into Nepal's capital city. Kathmandu is not only the country's core in terms of trading and religion but is also known for the sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes which keep watch from the stupas and temples dotted amongst the chaotic jumble of buildings that spread across the valley. Begin with Boudhanath, the largest and holiest Buddhist stupa (a hemispherical shaped monument containing Buddhist relics) outside of Tibet. Continue on to the ancient religious complex of Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple due to the families of macaques that live and roam around the grounds. After lunch your tour returns to Patan, a sprawling city which has almost merged with Kathmandu, separated only by the murky waters of the Bagmati River. Explore the enchanting melange of temples and former royal palaces of Durbar Square before concluding your day with a shopping trip in Thamel where you can barter for souvenirs or take a break to enjoy a sweet pastry from one of the local bakeries.

Day 4
Patan to Bandipur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In the morning you will begin your drive to the hilltop settlement of Bandipur, arriving in time for lunch. With winding lanes, traditional Newari-style buildings and a community of farmers and traders, this beautiful town is seemingly untouched by modern life. Following a local lunch, venture into the heart of Bandipur to discover Bandipur Bazaar, an area of old shops, houses, temples and meeting places where you can appreciate the extraordinary view of the snow-clad Himalayan skyline.

Day 5
Bandipur to Pokhara

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Bandipur before journeying to Pokhara, the gateway to the peaks and valleys of the Annapurna mountain range. This sleepy lakeside city enjoys a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere and is the perfect base for day walks or hikes into the spectacular surrounding mountains. Arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon there will be some time to unwind before your evening meal.

Day 6
Pokhara

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, a tour to the stunning Devi's Falls follows where the group will follow a series of underground streams and small walkways before reaching the cascading waterfall that bursts through a tunnel and falls into a cave deep below. Next visit Mahendra Cave to appreciate the stalagmites and stalactites before making a stop at the Tibetan refugee camp to browse for handmade jewellery, pashminas, trinkets and local carvings. Finally your group will take a peaceful boat trip on the serene waters of the lake before enjoying a riverside lunch. Returning to your lodge in the afternoon the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 7
Pokhara to Chitwan

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will depart Pokhara after breakfast for Chitwan National Park, one of the largest havens for the endangered Bengal tiger and home to a rare population of one-horned Indian Rhinoceros. A stop will be made en route at Manakamana to take a cable car ride to the summit of a spectacular viewpoint. Arrive at the hillside temple and a mountain shrine which dates back to the 17th century and is believed to be a place where the goddess Bhagwati has the power to grant wishes to those who are able to make a suitable sacrifice. Following lunch, your journey will continue into the sub-tropical lowlands of the national park where, in the evening you will experience the traditional dances of the Tharu Cultural Show.

Day 8
Chitwan

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your full day tour of Chitwan National Park begins in the morning with a canoe ride up the Rapti River where you may encounter the rare gharial, a fish-eating crocodile whose population is estimated at less than 235 individuals. Next visit the elephant breeding centre where you will have the chance to watch mother and baby elephants interact whilst grazing in the jungle and warding off pesky mosquitos by covering themselves in dust. After lunch the group will proceed further into the jungle for a guided Jeep safari, led by the locals guides, who will be keen to help you spot deer, rhinoceros, antelope and perhaps even a glance of the 'King of the Jungle', the Bengal tiger.

Day 9
Chitwan to Kathmandu

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Chitwan after breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu, stopping for lunch along the way and arriving back in the city in the late afternoon. Enjoy some free time to venture out into the bustling streets to pick out any last minute gifts before enjoying your final dinner with the rest of your group. The sounds of bicycle bells and chanting monks and the intoxicating aromas of Nepalese delicacies will leave you with a memory to cherish

Day 10
Kathmandu and Paro

Breakfast & Dinner

Depart Kathmandu in the morning for your flight to Paro in Bhutan, offering incredible views of the entire Himalayan region. Your guide will meet you on arrival and accompany you to Thimphu, stopping en-route to admire the joining of the Thimphu and Paro Rivers at Chuzom before arriving at your hotel with some time to relax. In the afternoon visit the impressive fortress of Trashichoedzong, then 'Buddha Point' where locals chant prayers to the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan. In the evening explore Thimphu's main market area and browse through paintings, hand-woven textiles and jewellery.

Day 11
Thimpu and Paro

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore the Thimphu valley with a trip to the National Library and the King's Memorial Chorten - a monument constructed to represent world peace and prosperity. Taking the scenic highway back to Paro appreciate the dramatic river valleys before arriving at your hotel late morning. Next visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower during the 1864 Duar War and now home to the National Museum focussing on royal memorabilia and Buddhist art.

Day 12
Paro

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the breath-taking Taktshang Monastery perched on the side of a cliff, a place of worship recognised as one of Bhutan's most famous monasteries. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of Drukgyel built back in 1649 as a control point along the route to Tibet.

Day 13
Paro and Kathmandu

Breakfast

Depart Paro after breakfast for your return flight to Kathmandu, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14
Kathmandu to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
November 2020
from £2,898
1 Date
30th Nov - 13th Dec
£2,898
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Gakyil Hotel
1 nights
Bhutan, Nepal
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Tashi Phuntshok Hotel
2 nights
Paro, Nepal
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Tour Reviews

Barbara Archer

21 Jan 20

Thank you so much - your talent in designing cultural holidays and ability to coordinate travel via knowledgeable guides allows us to be carefree whilst enjoying the wonders of the world!

Sonia Horton

21 Oct 19

Hotel accommodation was as expected in Bandipur but better than expected in Chitwan. Thought the staff were very friendly and helpful in both hotels and loved the meal and festivities they put on. Other hotels were fine except the last night in Delhi where they had an all night disco which kept us awake .

Margaret Coe

14 Oct 19

All hotels were fine but Fish Tail Lodge shone head and shoulders above the rest! It was superb!

Cherril Thomas

19 May 18

Excellent vegetarian food at all hotels. The occasional power cuts were not confined to the hotels and their own power generators remedied the situation in each case, save for at Chitwan, where the storm had caused damage. This did not reduce our enjoyment of the trip, and did not diminish the helpfulness nor amicability of anyone with whom we came into contact.

Jane Lennie

27 Nov 17

I was pleased with all of the hotels, the facilities were great and were good value. The drinks prices were madly expensive but I expect they have to make money somehow!

Patricia Stonier

18 Apr 17

All hotels were in good locations. Hotel Himalaya and Fishtail Lodge in Nepal, City Hotel (Thimphu) and Tashi Phumstock (Paro) were excellent, with high standards and good locations. The Hotel in Bandipur was OK, but I felt claustrophobic in the room. The bathroom at Rhino Lodge smelt, and there was no hook for the shower head which made washing awkward; the bedroom was fine, The food, was amazing except for Chitwan where the toast was like warm bread, and not a lot of selection.

Barry Hebben

17 Apr 17

All hotels excellent,rooms clean and staff friendly

Melissa Jeacock

29 Nov 16

Good overall value and well organised. We enjoyed all the hotels and the guides and drivers were brilliant. It was a good sized group and the meals were excellent.

Peter & Jennifer Lockyer

27 Oct 16

Once again, a lovely holiday - the elephant ride was a highlight for us!

Christopher Brian

19 Mar 16

All hotels were well picked by Mercury, the staff and food at all the hotels was in my opinion perfect. Everything went well.

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Important Information

British Passport Holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure, a Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival into Kathmandu. This will cost around USD $25, so please have this ready in USD cash together with three passport size photos. We recommend that you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice and requirements for entry into Nepal http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:<br /><br /> <table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr></tbody></table> For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Nepal is with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size, in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee or NPR, divided into 100 paisa. US dollars and UK sterling are both also often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Bhutan is Bhutanese Ngultrum and is officially pegged to the Indian Rupee. Also Indian Rupee is acceptable all over Bhutan. There are ATMs in Bhutan but currently they only operate with their respective Bhutanese banks. Since these ATMs currently do not function with outside banks, so ATM facility can't be used by visitors. Traveller's checks / cash are the best option so please ensure you have enough currency with you when you travel.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!