Nepal, sitting at the foot of Tibet and bordering India, contains diverse natural and urban landscapes. From the Himalayas on one side, to the forests of the Terai on the other, Nepal is a nature lover’s dream. And the capital of Kathmandu has some of the most captivating architecture in the country. Brightsun Travel offers spectacular cheap holidays to Nepal, from safari tours to the country’s many National Parks, to adventures into the foothills of the Himalayas, plus fantastic city breaks with a difference. Starting in Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, you could visit ancient temples like Boudhanath, which is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, and Swayambhunath, which dates back thousands of years. Heading out from Kathmandu, you could pass through Nagarkot for front row seats of the Himalayas, or head to Patan, and experience Nepal’s city of arts and culture. Our safari tours take you into Chitwan National Park, or Bardia National Park, where you can roam mesmerising forests by foot or on elephant back, and spot tiger, rhino, leopard and wild elephants in their natural habitat.
If its mountain adventures you are after, in Nepal you can trek to the foot of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in the Everest Base Camp trek, and stay in traditional teahouses on the way. Around Mount Everest is Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area, where you might be lucky enough to spot the snow leopard or the lesser panda in the wild. A shorter trek from Kathmandu is the Langtang circuit, taking just 7 days, guiding you through beautiful rhododendron forests. Or, head to Nepal’s third largest city, Pokhara, and take the Annapurna trek and experience remote mountain communities and a mountain wilderness full of hot springs and waterfalls. The best time to experience the mountains of Nepal is between September and December, after the rainy season, when the air is clear and the views are breath-taking. Contact Brightsun Travel about our luxury holidays to Nepal, and go on a city break, safari tour or mountain adventure of a lifetime this year.
Sahid Sukra Marg, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal 44700
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On landing in Kathmandu, the city grabs you with its bold energy, and exotic sounds and smells. Kathmandu is a bustling city, full of life. It has some of the oldest and biggest stupas, shrines and temples in the world, and extraordinarily beautiful architecture that has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. It is also a popular entry point to some of the most spectacular mountain treks in the world, and National Parks that provide sanctuary to some of the rarest wildlife on the planet. Brightsun Travel has cheap holidays to Kathmandu to place you at the centre of all that Nepal has to offer. Fly into Kathmandu and you could trek the Langtang trek in under a week, and experience Nepal’s mountainous landscapes. Alternatively, a few hours outside the city is the Chitwan National Park, and a popular side trip, where you can spot tigers, wild elephants and leopards in their natural habitat. And surrounding the city are medieval cities, traditional villages and art hubs that provide exciting day trips, like Bhaktapur and Nagarkot where you can enjoy incredible views of the Himalayas.
But stay in the centre and you are spoilt for choice with things to do. Away from the tourist hub of Thamel, which is great for nightlife and stocking up on trekking equipment, Kathmandu offers palaces, temples and monasteries that will take your breath away. In Kathmandu you could witness one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Boudhanath stupa, where thousands of people gather every day to circle the temple in a devotional practice. Or, at Swayambhunath temple, you could find yourself surrounded by monkeys whilst exploring the oldest shrine in the world, which offers breath-taking views of the city. Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is another sacred temple in the city, sitting on the banks of the Bagmati River. Elsewhere in the city you could marvel at Kathmandu’s Royal Palace. And last but not least, take a trip to the Kopan Monastery and Nunnery, and you could learn about Buddhist meditation en-route to Patan, a medieval city, full of ancient temples and monuments. Contact Brightsun Travel and go on a Nepalese adventure on your next holiday. We have numerous luxury holidays to Kathmandu all year round.
Currency:You’ll be spending Nepalese Rupees.
Language:Nepali is the official language of Nepal.
Local Time:5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes from London.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Nepal tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Nepal, British citizens need a valid passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test. A visa will be granted upon arrival. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Nepal.
A: Generally, the months of October through April are the most popular times to visit due to the pleasant temperatures and clear skies. This is also peak trekking season, so if you plan on trekking in the Himalayas, then this is the ideal time of year. However, if your goal is to explore Nepal’s cultural sites and take part in festivals, then you should visit during May or June as this is when most festivals occur.
A: Yes, Nepal is generally a safe place to visit. However, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary safety precautions. Tourists should avoid walking alone in isolated areas at night and keep their valuables secure while travelling.
A: Mount Everest is part of the Himalayas mountain range and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Nepal is a country filled with incredible natural beauty and culture, making it a perfect destination for holidaymakers. From trekking in the beautiful Himalayas to exploring ancient temples and monuments, there are many different experiences available in Nepal. Those seeking adventure can go white water rafting, bungee jumping, or paragliding through the stunning mountain landscapes. For those looking for something more relaxed, explore Kathmandu’s vibrant markets and purchase unique souvenirs from local artisans. Take a tour of the Chitwan National Park to see exotic wildlife in its natural habitat and enjoy bird-watching activities.
Kathmandu offers holidaymakers a wide variety of things to do and see. From sightseeing in the city’s historical sites, such as the Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa, to exploring its vibrant markets, there is something for everyone. The Hindu temples of Pashupatinath and Budhanilkantha provide insight into the culture of Nepal, and there are many options for spiritual exploration such as yoga and meditation classes or visits to monasteries.
Nepal experiences a diverse range of climates, from hot tropical weather in the lowlands to cold alpine-type temperatures in the higher elevations. The warmest months are April and May with temperatures rising to around 30°C (86°F). June through August are the monsoon months when most of Nepal's rainfall falls, often causing flooding in some areas. September and October are milder and cooler with temperatures ranging from 18°C (64°F) to 25°C (77°F). November through February are the coldest months with temperatures dropping as low as 4°C (39°F). March begins Nepal’s pre-monsoon season when temperatures start to rise again.
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