Colours of Nepal

From $4,199
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Jan 2021 - Feb 2021
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From $4,199
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Jan 2021 - Feb 2021
Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the real Nepal and experience life here at first hand, as you discover ornate temples, towering Himalayan peaks and other incredible highlights.

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Excursions Included
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, including a welcome dinner & drink and a farewell get together
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transportation & internal flights included

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walking tour to Durbar Square in Kathmandu, including a host of temples & market visits
  • Visits to the shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath stupa & the SASANE project
  • Join a guided walk to Ramkot village
  • Learn about local crafts & join a prayer ceremony in a monastery in Pokhara
  • Visit Sarangkot for breaktaking views of the Himalayas
  • Full day of activities in Chitwan including a village walk, safari & canoeing
  • Visit Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees
  • Spend a day with local families in Patan & craft your own souvenir
  • Local Flavours - Enjoy a traditional Newari feast of up to 15 dishes that you will eat with your hands, unlocking the sense of touch at mealtime

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu

Make your own way to Kathmandu, where we'll transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner and drinks. ​
Meals included: D

Day 2 Kathmandu

We're going to head out and explore Kathmandu on foot this morning. We'll begin in the tranquil courtyard of Itumbahal and then head to Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu's most colourful and ancient local markets. Next, we'll discover the temples and courtyards of UNESCO-listed Durbar Square, where most of the buildings date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Our walk comes to an end at Ason Chowk, a bustling spice and vegetable market. 
Next, we'll visit the SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors project, a non-profit organisation set up to support female survivors of human trafficking. During our visit, we'll meet some of the women and learn from them how to prepare 'momos', traditional Nepali dumplings. 
We'll end the day with a visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, the most important Hindi shrine in Nepal. Located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, this fascinating complex of shrines and cremation sites is dedicated to Pashupatinath, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. ​

Meals included: B

Day 3 Kathmandu - Bandipur

There's a long, but scenic drive ahead of us today as we travel by road to Bandipur. 
As we leave Kathmandu, we'll make a stop at Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. Perched on top of hill, it is believed to have been an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the 5th century and boasts a glittering golden spire decorated with the all-seeing eyes of Buddha. 
Our journey then continues through ancient stone villages backed by rice terraces and mountains. Bandipur sits high on a ridge and offers amazing views of the Himalayas. Time has seemingly stood still here, and this hilltop town is a living museum of Newari culture, where ancient architecture can be seen and traditional ways of life experienced. We'll discover its charms on a walking tour this afternoon. ​

Meals included: B

Day 4 Bandipur - Pokhara

Our sightseeing today takes us to Ramkot, a typical Magar village untouched by modern developments.
If you're feeling energetic, you can don your walking shoes and hike to the village, taking in wonderful views of the landscape as you trek through the Nepalese hills. This undulating walk takes around two hours and is strenuous in parts, so if you prefer, there is an option to take the local bus to Ramkot instead. This will give you a little more time in Bandipur this morning. Whichever option you choose, we'll meet up in Ramkot and enjoy a packed lunch together, then after some free time to explore, 4x4 vehicles will take us to our coach for the onward journey to Pokhara.
The city of Pokhara once sat on a busy trade route between India and Tibet, and even today mule trains, which bring in goods from remote regions, can still be seen camped on its outskirts. This is also the homeland of the Magar and Gurung people, who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The area is famed for its natural beauty, surrounded by serene lakes and towering Himalayan peaks, and you've time to relax at leisure this evening. ​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Pokhara

Our day begins early as we make our way to Sarangkot to take in sweeping views of Himalayan peaks at sunrise – a truly unforgettable experience.
After time to enjoy breakfast and relax back at the hotel, we'll set off on a sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Highlights include David's Falls, the Bindabasisni Temple and the Seti Gorge, a deep chasm carved by the Seti River. We'll also visit a Tibetan resettlement camp, which was established around 50 years ago. Here you will have the opportunity to watch craftsmen make carpet, jewellery and other unique handicrafts that can be purchased as souvenirs if you wish. It may also be possible to visit the settlement's home for the elderly and the monastery, a residence for young monks. You will also be invited into a home for a simple meal of local dishes and will have the chance to participate in a Tibetan cultural dance before bidding your hosts farewell. ​

Meals included: B

Day 6 Pokhara - Chitwan

We'll spend today travelling along the Prithvi Highway into the central hills, where you'll see deep gorges and fast-flowing rivers. We'll continue on to Chitwan, home of Chitwan National Park, which is located in the foothills of the Churia Mountain Ranges and famed for its variety of wildlife. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Chitwan

Chitwan is home to the Tharu people, and we'll begin our full day of outdoor activities with a walk around a traditional village to get an insight into their unique lifestyle. We'll then head off on a thrilling jungle safari in an open-top vehicle which takes us into dense forest. Keep your cameras at the ready and your eyes peeled for sightings of wild boar, elephant, striped hyena and langur, among other species. If you're really lucky you might spot the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the elusive royal Bengal tiger.
Our next exciting adventure is a guided tour by canoe to look for crocodiles on the riverbank and many species of exotic birds.
This evening, we'll be treated to a performance of Tharu cultural dance.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Chitwan - Kathmandu

An early-morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu today, and on arrival we'll visit Boudhanath Stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. 
Later this afternoon, we'll discover Bhaktapur – or the City of Devotees –where three squares are filled with ornate temples and architecture dating back to the 12th century. ​

Meals included: B

Day 9 Patan

Patan is our destination today, a city filled with wood and stone carvings, ornate architecture including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples and more than 1,200 monuments. Also known as a centre for arts and crafts, we're going to get crafty here ourselves!
Our first stop is Patan Community Homestay, where you'll be welcomed as a special guest. You'll then attend an art class where, with the help of a local artist, you can create your own unique souvenir to take home with you. Lunch is taken back at the homestay and will be a Nepali speciality 'dal bhat', which is a dish of steamed rice, vegetables and lentil soup.
Patan boasts a long and colourful history, and for many years its importance eclipsed that of Kathmandu. By the 7th century, it was one of Asia's main Buddhist centres, attracting pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China. You'll see its highlights on an included tour this afternoon.
This evening, we will gather to enjoy a Newari feast – a fitting way to bid Nepal farewell. Up to 15 dishes will be served and we will eat the traditional way, using our hands rather than utensils, and sat on a handmade carpet.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Kathmandu - Departure

​Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport​, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

Please note: Due to the nature of these vacations, other travellers will join or leave the tour at different times depending on the tour or combination of tours they have selected.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​This tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Most walks take place on paths and tracks, but some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, tracks, hills and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot at times. There will be plenty of rest stops and sturdy walking shoes are essential.​

Accommodation

Hotel Himalaya

The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Bandipur Old Inn

The Old Inn is a restored traditional Bandipur house, and truly gives an authentic Nepalese experience to its guests. Its exterior features a stone staircase that leads up to the different floors of the property. On the front there is also an array of natural plant life that looks intertwined with the building itself. There is a restaurant and bar and the personable service of the staff will enhance any stay. Rooms are simplistic and charming in their style, and wooden features are prominent.

Hotel Barahi

Conveniently located in Pokhara, Hotel Barahi is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The excitement of the city, situated adjacent to the Phewa Lake, a mere 3 KMS away from Pokhara domestic airport. Boasts some stunning views of the Annapurna Himalayas, Phewa Lake as well as easy access to the thriving lake street of Pokhara. Hotel is situated adjacent to the Phewa Lake, a mere 3 KMS away from Pokhara domestic airport. The hotel features 85 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the boats, hiking trails, yoga room, sauna, outdoor pool.

Tigerland Safari Resort

A Jungle Themed Lodge with 35 individual Air-Conditioned Villa Cottages situated alongside a tributary of Rapti river spread within 8 acres of land overlooks the Chitwan National Park . This lodge is located in a small village of the local community called Tharus which offers a breathtaking view of the national park forest and also the jungle wild animals and birds from the close view. The architecture and interiors of the lodge seamlessly blend with the jungle. The architecture includes use of local bamboo, sustainable wood in furnishing and decoration highlighted with elegant interiors. Tigerland Safari is proud of its Ecological Initiatives which includes natural setting and use of local materials that blends with the environment, construction and design inspired by local culture and themes, minimum footprint on the environment by building individual rooms on stilts and the use of solar power as the primary source of energy.

Hotel Himalaya

The 4-star Hotel Himalaya is situated in Kathmandu, boasting a 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.