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Colours Of Nepal


Route:
  • London
  • Kathmandu
  • Patan
  • Bandipur
  • Pokhara
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Kathmandu
  • London
Tour Pace:

10 DAYS from £1249pp

Tour Highlights
  • 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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Colours Of Nepal

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Squeezed between India and Tibet, Nepal is a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, stunning mountainous landscapes and dense ancient cities brimming with pagoda-topped temples.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Kathmandu

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

2
Kathmandu & Patan

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.

  • Dinner
3
Patan

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Patan to Bandipur

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Bandipur to Pokhara

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Pokhara

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Pokhara to Chitwan

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Chitwan

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 safari upon the backs of the majestic elephants, led by the local mahouts (elephant riders) 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Chitwan to Kathmandu

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 for years to come. Namaste - 'the spirit within me salutes the spirit in you', goodbye and farewell.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kathmandu to the UK

Transfer from your hotel to Kathmandu airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

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

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 Holidays 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.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp 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.

Flight Information

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.

Health and Vaccinations

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.

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

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.

Currency Information

The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee or NPR, divided into 100 paisa. US dollars are also often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates
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Included in the Price

  • Fully escorted tour with local English speaking guides throughout
  • Scheduled flights from London Heathrow to Nepal with Jet Airways (via Delhi, India). Other regional flights are available at a supplement
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/ heated transportation
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Nepalese Rupee

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

12 °C / 25 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Kathmandu

Pokhara

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Warm clothes and thermals in winter
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
Customer Rating:
10/10
Sidney King
7th Jun 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Cherril Thomas
19th May 2018

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.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jane Lennie
27th Nov 2017

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!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Austin Grayer
23rd May 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Patricia Stonier
18th Apr 2017

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.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Barry Hebben
17th Apr 2017

All hotels excellent,rooms clean and staff friendly

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Melissa Jeacock
29th Nov 2016

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.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Sue Jones
23rd Nov 2016

Excellent!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
5/10
Peter & Jennifer Lockyer
27th Oct 2016

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

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Linda Geary
24th Apr 2016

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Christopher Brian
19th Mar 2016

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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