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review 23 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Most memorable would be seeing the colourful flags and rolling the prayer wheels at Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, in Kathmandu. From this vantage point there is also a fabulous view of the city. The most exciting part was the drive from Kathmandu over the mountains via Daman to Sauraha in Chitwan. The views were wonderful, the small hillside stops were amazing places to visit and the road itself was...well an interesting mix of hairpin bends; part tarmac part gravel and even wide enough for two vehicles - in places. However the most wonderful thing about the holiday was the local people we met.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

In places toilet facilities were very basic so make sure you take a sufficiency of portable toilet/tissue paper. Make sure you take insect repellent if you are travelling in the Terai. We travelled in April and were only bitten four times between us but the critters are there waiting for the unprepared! On a more general note be aware that Nepalese people are very poor so don't try to beat them down on the price of everything you buy. Have fun haggling over an item but sometimes make someones day by giving them the top price - the extra could feed a family for a day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our visit to Chitwan was on a controlled basis and our entrance fees helped to preserve the animals that reside in the park and support government efforts to stop poaching. Where possible we chose to eat in local restaurants/bars rather than hotels as this helped support local businesses and people. While we used the services of a driver and guide which may not be as environmentally friendly as taking public transport , it ensured that two local people were fully employed for ten days (and well tipped for their efforts on our behalf).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A magnificent adventure for two people not in the first flush of youth. If you have been thinking about going to Nepal for years but have never made the effort then just go for it. Our trip did not involve any trekking (at our request) and we were wonderfully looked after by the tour company staff.

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