Although the wildlife enthusiast will usually only stop in the capital of the Himlayan Mountain Kingdom en route to the national parks and rural areas, the Kathmandu valley has some wonderful and unique sights.
Nearby the royal cities of Bhaktapur and Patan also have wonderful historic city centres filled with palaces and temples (also Heritage sites), as is the enormous Buddhist Stupa of Bodhanath and the temple at Pashupatinath. On the outskirts you will find the hilltop Buddhist temple complex of Swayambunath with its fine views of snow-covered mountains. .
In addition to birdwatching, the forested slopes of Phulchowki also offer some good walking and photographic opportunities of some of Nepal’s highest peaks. To do the royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley justice visitors should allow at least a day for sightseeing and for those who like to wander and browse, two days is even better.
- Where: Central Nepal, Nepal
This two-week itinerary visits a trio of national parks in the low lying Terai region, along the border with Nepal’s southern neighbour, India. This area has some of the best locations in the entire subcontinent to see wildlife such as rhino, elephant and Gangetic river dolphin, not to mention the prolific birdlife.
- When to go: Oct to May
- Duration inc. flights: 13 days
- Price inc. flights: From £3,345 pp
- Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Kathmandu’s premier hotel is a unique heritage property with an unparalleled collection of Newari art works from the Kathmandu Valley. It features 74 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, set around delightful courtyards. Facilities include a swimming pool and a spa offering traditional Buddhist treatments.