Jump on an elephant during Nepal's Nature Trail

Monday 26 May 2014

• Go in search of the elusive Royal Benjal tiger • Ride an elephant while on safari • Look for wildlife on hikes and a Narayani River boat ride

Jump on an elephant during Nepal’s Nature Trail

Set off on a thrilling Saga Active Explorer holiday in the shadow of the snow-capped Himalayas to experience the atmosphere of Kathmandu.

Travelling in a small group of up to 18, guests can join wildlife and birdwatching tours as well as visiting sacred temples and local villages on this exciting adventure.

In Kathmandu, visit Nepal's most sacred Hindu shrine, the Pashupatinath Temple, and there will also be time to see Boudhanath Stupa, the major religious centre for Nepal's community of local and exiled Tibetan Buddhists.
Join an excursion in Dhulikhel, at an altitude of 1531 metres, to visit a school supported by the Saga Charitable Trust (a donation to this project is included in the cost of the holiday). Later take an optional guided tour of the medieval city of Bhaktapur.

Fly to Chitwan National Park, the natural habitat of the Asian one-horned rhinoceros and elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
Here, in the UNESCO-protected park, guests will also have a good chance of spotting sloths, leopards, gharial crocodiles and langur monkeys during various hikes and activities - including an exciting elepahnt-back safari. 

Spend three nights at Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort, set in its own forest in Amaltari ghat and close to the banks of the Narayani River. From here join a thrilling elephant safari and a boat ride along the river to discover the diverse flora and fauna of the national park.

After a scenic drive, Pokhara Valley is the next stop, on an old trade route between India and Tibet and surrounded by mountains, lakes and traditional villages.

This area of great natural beauty is the starting point for some of the most popular treks in Nepal.

Take a city tour, see the lakeside temple and a fascinating museum charting the pioneering journeys that have been made to conquer the mountains. 

11 nights from £1,999 departing Heathrow from  October and November 2014 and January to May 2015.

Price includes VIP door-to-door service, travel insurance, return flights and transfers, all breakfasts, six lunches and eight dinners including welcome and farewell dinners, Saga tour manager, a welcome dinner.

There is an option to extend the holiday by four nights, including three nights at the Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (4Q) which overlooks the Pokhara Valley. Stay in individual stone cottages, each with a verandah and en-suite facilities. There is an infinity swimming pool and terrace mountain views of Machhapuchhare, and three of the world's 8,000m Himalayan peaks - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. Return to Kathmandu for the last night.

Details on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/nepal

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