A holiday in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal can combine incredible treks, stunning wildlife, fascinating culture and magnificent scenery. You could take it easy in characterful hotels in Kathmandu and enjoy the architecture and life of the city, or you could head for the mountains and camp in amongst the wilderness. Nepal holidays really can be very different and depend totally on what type of experience you want.
Nepal is a remarkable country with a rich and vibrant cultural heritage. The very heart of the country's character is born of the intertwined beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism and Shamanism, with their associated temples, monasteries and evocative spiritual and religious festivals.
The Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a host of ancient architecture and traditional culture in its famous towns. On top of this cultural aspect, Nepal has some of the best trekking routes in the world ranging from gentle walks to the Everest base camp trek. There is also a choice of river routes to try out some white water rafting, suitable for the complete beginners or the more experienced rafters. Nepal has a profusion of wildlife in some excellent national parks from the popular Chitwan in the lowland Tarai, to the lesser visited Royal Bardia in the west of the country. There really is a chance of seeing tigers here as well as the huge armour-plated Asian rhinos, and the birdwatching in some of the more remote national parks is superb.
Nepal has a diverse range of ecosystems from lowland sub-tropical forests right through to the high altitude environments of the Himalayas. Some 160 species of mammals and 800 species of birds can be found. There are numerous national parks and wildlife reserves providing unique opportunities to view these exotic and rare animals.
So have a look at some of the Nepal holiday ideas or accommodation information below, and by all means call our experts to arrange your tailor made Nepal holiday.
Visit 3 of Nepal's top bird watching locations to see some of the country's 800 species of birds on this 10-day holiday.
A really varied adventure in Nepal - sightseeing, trekking, whitewater rafting and wildlife viewing.
Read about some of the inspirational experiences you could have in Nepal
Below you’ll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Nepal. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the ‘All Places to Stay’ button.
A showcase of Newari architecture, Dwarikas is Kathmandu's most luxurious heritage hotel.
Located on a hill above Dulihkel, this mountain resort offers a high quality of accommodation and service.
Pokhara's original lakeside resort hotel, Fishtail Lodge sits on a peninsular jutting out into the lake with stunning mountain views.
In the small town of Bandipur, Gaun Ghar offers a simple base to explore traditional Nepalese life.
Kantipur Temple House is a 42-room hotel in traditional Newari style in the heart of Kathmandu.
Located on the edge of Bardia National Park, Karnali Lodge provides a very comfortable base for viewing wildlife.
The only camp inside Bardia National Park, with comfortable tents on the banks of the Karnali River.
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Time: GMT +5.45 hours
Flight time: There are several airlines flying to Nepal via the Middle East with flight times of 10 to 15 hours depending on the length of the stopover.
Language: Nepali is the official language and there are many other minority languages. English is widely spoken by people involved in the travel industry.
Visas: Required for British citizens, can be obtained on arrival at the airport.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.