Marija Naumoska review 7 Sep 2019
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It is difficult to decide the most memorable, as there were many wonderful parts. Learning about the Nepalese culture as well as exploring the beautiful nature of Nepal were equally amazing.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If travelling in the summer months (June to August) be prepared to the humidity and monsoonal rain. Make sure to bring enough cash to exchange into Nepalese Rupee as it wasn't always easy to make card transactions, especially outside of Kathmandu.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We were frequently introduced to local people (and preferred ot that way). By eating in local restaurants we felt that we were often supporting small businesses. Being able to provide tips to our local guides helped ease our anxiety around not knowing how much they had been paid to provide their service. In terms of conservation, we were able to learn much about this throughout the trip from our various guides. Having said that, we were saddened by the ongoing practice of Elephant riding for tourists (we chose not to do it). It was nice to know that our guide at Chitwan National Park also believed that this practice should be stamped out. As an idea, it might be helpful to have a warning on your website that this practice still occurs in Nepal and provide some education around the unethical aspects of Elephant riding.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was an unforgettable holiday. It has inspired me to travel to Nepal again.
Read the operator's response here:
Glad you had a great holiday. We have hardened our stance on elephant riding and have made the decision not to promote elephant safaris in national parks anywhere. While elephant safaris have both pros and cons, we feel that on balance, this is not an activity that we can support, and we don't view it as either necessary or ethical.
Here are a few links to our stances on Elephant rides:
We hope you find these links useful.