Nepal tailor made 8 day tour
Description of Nepal tailor made 8 day tour
This Nepal tailor made eight day tour focuses on the capital Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park – home to tigers – and the relaxed lakeside town of Pokhara, in the shadow of the Himalayas. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Buddhist culture, Nepali history, local food and wonderful wildlife.
In Kathmandu, visit the beautiful Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, where mischievous monkeys live, and the Kumari temple house, home to a girl child worshipped as a god. See the temples and stupas of Durbar Square in Patan, just across the river from Kathmandu, and meet the Tibetan refugees here, famous for their carpet weaving.
In Chitwan National Park you can explore the wild landscapes with an experienced naturalist guide and enjoy a Tharu dance performance. From here, sit back and enjoy the views as we drive you towards the Himalayas, and rise early to see the dawn sunshine lighting up the mighty mountains. Enjoy a gentle hike in the foothills, pick up souvenirs in Pokhara bazaar and stroll to the temple of Binabasini.
This holiday ends back in Kathmandu, from where you can visit the nearby city of Bhaktapur, famous for its homes and temples with ornately carved architecture. You can then follow the sacred Bagmati River to the temple at Pashupatinath, and discover the huge 36m high Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, built in the 5th century and one of the largest in the world. Along the way during this leisurely journey, you will taste local foods, from mellow dal bhat, the Nepali national dish of lentils, to raksi, a potent, traditional rice-gin drink.
1 Reviews of Nepal tailor made 8 day tour
Reviewed on 08 Mar 2018 by Barton Colmerauer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Finding wild rhinos during the jungle trek.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Make sure you do your research in advance about things to do in the areas you travel to. My itinerary often just said "Activities at Chitwan" or "Free Day at Leisure" but then very little would be suggested about things to do in the area. Leaving me to just be spending half my morning searching for things to do via TripAdvisor.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Local people: Yes, especially in Chitwan and slightly in Pokhara.
Reduced Environmental Impacts: Not really, or at least not that I was aware of.
Supported Conservation: In Chitwan, yes. However, I was a bit worried about the treatment of the elephants during the jungle trek. They were given very little
rest and seemed to have been worked quite hard.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Good. This was my fifth trip via Responsible Travel, and while I did enjoy myself, it felt like I saw/did much less this trip compared to what I've gotten on other trips of roughly the same price. I think I would have been a bit happier if more suggestions/more thorough planning had been done for Kathmandu, and at least some more ideas for cultural things to do in Pokhara on the second day. The guide for the first day in Pokhara, Saraswati/Sasha, was wonderful and I greatly appreciated her kindness and help. The guide for Chitwan was very knowledgeable and taught me a great deal about the area and it's flora/fauna, but no guide was given for Kathmandu, and I feel like I would have enjoyed the experience there a bit more if more was suggested for the days/half days in Kathmandu & Pokhara that were empty, as well as during the long periods of downtime in Chitwan. There were representatives assigned who offered to help via a call, but I think I would have preferred just a pamphlet/packet about suggestions of things to do/how best to get there/prices. I definitely enjoyed myself, and learned a lot and made a lot of great memories, but it felt like there was much more self-planning/more downtime than I would have liked.
Read the operator's response here:
Many thanks for travelling with us to Nepal
I am glad to hear that overall the holiday was good although we would have preferred a 'great holiday ' rating.
Its disturbing to hear that you felt that there was possible hardship experienced by the Elephants that you encountered in Chitwan National park - we will be asking out local team to explain the situation to make sure we use local providers who are more in tune with the Responsible Policy that we aim to adhere too.We do thank you for making us aware that standards may have dropped and we do take this very seriously.
We have taken on your points that perhaps we should have additionally offered a guide in Kathmandu and certainly some more suggestions of things to do in and around Pokhara and Kathmandu.
I do apologise and we will make it clear to the operations team in Kathmandu to offer a more comprehensive selection of suggested walks,activities and additional tours for our guests.
PlanetThis tour is one with a lower ecological footprint in general, as it includes plenty of nature, trekking and the visit of natural and cultural sites and monasteries in the humble and fragile beauty of Nepal.
We promote excursions which foster a more sustainable tourism and we commit to maintaining small-group sizes for the excursions on your trip, in order to limit negative environmental impacts in accordance to the carrying capacity of the visited site.
We have a recycling policy in our UK and local offices and re-use or recycle the information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. Moreover, we do not produce a glossy brochure, concentrating on a comprehensive website, and providing as much information to our travellers as possible electronically, reducing the use of paper and inks.
There is particular focus on this trip of maintaining the traditional way of life, the simple local food, and the traditional cultural environment based on eco-tourism concepts while generating economic benefits for rural populations in ways that are environmentally and socially responsible. Our core principle is to respect and enhance these values by encouraging our travellers and guides to keep the extra unneeded waste to a minimum in all our tours through our “bring it in, bring it out” policy for litter and rubbish such as food packaging and recycling wherever possible.
The hotels we pick subscribe to harness a healthy, green clean policy both for local communities and for their staff. The Hyatt Regency Hotel for example, is set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds, and created in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. The Hyatt group implements important corporate responsibility initiatives, such as responsible sourcing (sustainable seafood in partnership with WWF, cage-free eggs, raising bees, working with local farms, etc.), comprehensive energy and water conservation initiatives or recycling and waste reduction.
You will stay at responsible resorts ike Tiger Tops and be able to contribute to a pioneer of eco-tourism in Nepal. Its concept is built on conservation, responsible tourism and a commitment to local communities. They lead a small but very active movement that promotes conservation and sustainable tourism within Nepal’s national parks.
In addition to supporting a wide range of local programs, they have created its own community and wildlife projects throughout Nepal. These focus on conservation, education, health and welfare, and address the environmental and human needs that exist where its lodges, camps and trekking routes are located.
To reduce energy, waste and pollutants, Tiger Tops properties use solar power, vehicles are maintained to emission control standards and they use ox carts for transportation whenever possible. They serve organic and sustainable produce, ensuring the farming techniques rejuvenate the land.
You will be able to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique biological resources of outstanding universal value. It is the first protected area in Nepal, with a total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. The park and the local people jointly initiate community development activities and manage natural resources in the buffer zone.
To support the protection of wilderness areas and respect the park, our guides are actively promoting practices such us not disturbing wildlife, keeping a safe distance to wildlife, reducing production of disturbing sounds, prohibiting feeding, avoiding litter at all times, using water sparingly and not polluting with harmful detergents, avoid being intrusive when taking photographs, dressing appropriately and in subdued colours when wildlife watching, etc.
PeopleWe base the core of your travel experience not only on principles of responsible tourism, social consciousness and environmental concerns, but also on unique cultural experiences that bring diverse communities together and increase understanding.
We are committed to showing travellers a deeper meaning to what they do and how they explore the many facets of India. It is important to us to include the visit of sacred sites in our tours, which can help our travellers reflect inwards and increase their awareness about life and themselves and how things can be done differently.
By choosing to travel to Nepal, you will be able to contribute to the reconstruction of the country and its people after the earthquakes. Tourism is the lifeblood of Nepalese economy and most families are able to live through tourism.
We only work with local guides that come from the very region you are visiting, giving back to their families and communities. While many operators pay per day or per tour, our guides receive an hourly rate which allows a fair and fruitful reward for their expertise. We also make sure our guides take you to local places where locals of that very region craft there products, which helps keep the money earned in that very community.
Through discovering the monasteries, ancient holy sites and local ethnicities you will be able to contribute to the local communities by bringing value to ethical strengths and its people, allowing them to share their wisdoms with you. Through your visit you are contributing to their reconstruction and the revival of their historical importance.
By staying at Tiger Tops you encourage an organisation where purchasing, employment and outsourcing are done as locally as possible. The construction of Lodges are from local materials, carried out by local craftsmen. Their designs strive to preserve or incorporate indigenous motifs and products. In the jungle and among nature, strict safari guidelines and wildlife protocol are observed. Tiger Tops respects, supports and preserves the culture, traditions of local tribes and engages villagers in partnerships for social and economic empowerment.