Luxury is not necessarily a word that springs to mind when considering a holiday to Nepal. However, the country boasts a smattering of characterful properties offering top-class accommodation and exceptional personalised service: Luxe Nepal travels between four of our favourite. This well-balanced 10-day itinerary has been designed to include plenty of time to appreciate each hotel’s facilities, as well as explore their scenic surrounds.
At a glance
- Feast on 12 courses of the finest Nepali food at Dwarika’s Hotel
- Track the endangered greater one-horn rhino in Chitwan National Park
- Explore Kathmandu’s historic temples and monuments
- Soak up mountain retreat serenity at Tiger Mountain Lodge
- Admire breath-taking panoramic mountain vistas in Pokhara
- Relax with blissful Ayurvedic-inspired spa treatments
Kathmandu - 2 nights
Kathmandu, Nepal’s historic capital, is an intoxicating feast for the senses. The scent of incense mingles with heady spices and fuggy scooter exhaust, while merchants shout to make themselves heard above the beeping of motorbike horns. Cars and pedestrians share space with cows in streets lined with ancient temples and internet cafes. It’s an all-engrossing whirlwind of ancient-meets-modern, so be prepared for a sensory overload! The 2015 earthquake brought huge damage to much of Nepal, including crucial areas of Kathmandu, but the country endures and rebuilding continues at a pace in this resilient city.
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will meet you and accompany you to Dwarika’s Hotel - a welcoming oasis of calm amid the hubbub. Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.
The remainder of your day will be at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Himalayan Spa.
Day 2 - Historic tour of Kathmandu, Dwarika’s 12-course Nepali feast
Immerse yourself in Kathmandu’s history with a morning exploring several ancient sites. Start with a wander around Durbar Square - the traditional heart of the capital where the city’s kings were once crowned - through a labyrinth of lanes lined with shrines, temples, teahouses and markets, with your guide pointing out places of interest. See the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu’s Royal Palace); Itum Bahal, which boasts the largest ‘bahal’, or Buddhist monastery courtyard, in the old town; and the intricately carved Kumari Chowk, home to the young Kumari or living goddess.
Hike to one of Kathmandu’s most iconic sites: UNESCO-listed Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which offers a fascinating mix of Buddhist iconography and Hindu deities, and an extraordinary eye mural looking down over the Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon, head back to Dwarika’s Hotel for some leisure time before enjoying the evening’s legendary 12-course Nepali feast. You may want to eat lightly during the day in preparation!
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Pokhara - 3 nights
Undoubtedly one of Nepal’s most photogenic cities, laid-back, lake-side Pokhara is backed by spectacular views of the ruggedly-beautiful Annapurna mountains. It sits on a historic trade route between India and Tibet and, until the mid-1960s, was only accessible via a two-week trek from Kathmandu. Mule trains can sometimes still be seen walking the old paths, laden with trade goods from remote regions of the Himalayas. In recent years, Pokhara has become the adventure sports capital of Nepal, offering world-class paragliding and white-water rafting, as well as being a major starting point for treks into the Annapurna’s.
Day 3 - Fly to Pokhara
Once in Pokhara, your guide will take you to the Tiger Mountain Lodge: a relaxed retreat offering extraordinary views of snow-capped peaks and misty valleys from its lofty location. Take the rest of your day at leisure to relax and settle into the Lodge, where you’ll likely be tempted into the inviting infinity pool and those spectacular mountain panoramas.
Days 4 & 5 - Adventure activities in Pokhara
Take pre-breakfast tea and homemade biscuits on your veranda as you soak up the picturesque surroundings, with the distant mountains glowing in the morning sun - a pretty fantastic way to start the day!
The range of activities on offer at Tiger Mountain Lodge means you can be as adventurous or easy-going as you wish. Hike along shorter, nearby trails through farmland and local villages, or opt for a full day’s trek along a more challenging route for rewarding panoramic views. Thrill-seekers can go white-water rafting on the Upper Seti River, or paraglide on thermals above Sarangkot Hill. If all that sounds a bit too energetic, then enjoy whiling away blissful hours by the pool instead.
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Chitwan National Park - 2 nights
Covering an area of nearly 1,000 square kilometres at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is Nepal’s flagship National Park. Recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, its forest, grassland and rivers are home to over 65 species of mammal, 120 varieties of fish, and more than 500 species of bird - one of the highest concentrations of birdlife in the world. The park’s most famous residents are the elusive Bengal tigers that lurk in the deeper forests, and the endangered greater one-horned rhino, which, with an experienced tracker as your guide, you’ll have a good chance of sighting.
Day 6 - Drive to Chitwan National Park, afternoon activity
Depart Pokhara in the direction of the Indian border, to Chitwan National Park. Arrive at your lodge on the outskirts of the National Park in time for lunch, and take time to unwind before embarking upon an afternoon of personalised activities.
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge takes a unique approach to its activities, and your experience will be entirely tailored to your own preferences and wishes. You could go wildlife spotting by boat along the Narayani River, by open-top jeep, or on foot through the jungle, which is a particularly exhilarating experience. The lodge naturalists have recorded over 300 species of bird in the surrounding habitats and you can join them for a bespoke bird-watching tour. You can also visit nearby Tharu villages to learn about the region’s indiginous traditions and talk with locals about daily life in their farming communities
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Day 7 - Explore Chitwan National Park
Immerse yourself in your choice of activities in and around Chitwan National Park. Your day can be as fully-packed or relaxed as you wish. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a dawn-to-dusk itinerary - the lodge is a wonderfully serene setting, and you can easily spend a few hours just relaxing by the pool or swaying in a hammock in the gardens.
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Dhulikhel - 3 nights
Just over an hour’s drive east of Kathmandu sits the ancient Newari town of Dhulikhel, which was once a major stop on the renowned trade route to Tibet. While much of Dhulikhel’s skyline cuts a very modern silhouette, the old town remains a well preserved time capsule. Wander through its streets, discovering original examples of traditional Newari architecture with ornate wood carving and intricate brickwork. The feeling of remoteness has instant appeal for anyone looking to escape the modern rush, and a handful of relaxing resorts on Dhulikhel’s outskirts offer impressive panoramic views of the high Himalayan peaks.
Day 8 - Travel to Dhulikhel, unwind at Dwarika’s Resort
Head to Bharatpur airport for your flight to Kathmandu, and travel on to Dhulikhel. Your accommodation for the next few days will be at the sumptuous Dwarika’s Resort, with its serene atmosphere and inspiring mountain views - a perfect place to relax and reflect. Enjoy Ayurvedic-inspired treatments in the renowned Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa, consult the onsite Ayurvedic doctor, and visit experts in meditation, naturopathy, yoga and astrology. Dwarika’s has a specially-designed maze to enhance morning meditations, and a peaceful healing room constructed from Himalayan salt. Away from the spa, there are art, pottery and cooking classes to take part in, and walking trails to explore both in the resort grounds and beyond.
Days 9 & 10 - At leisure in Dhulikhel
Take the next couple of days at your own pace, unwinding in the resort or heading out to explore the town and surrounding hills. Combine the natural serenity of the resort’s idyllic location with its wellness-focused facilities and home-grown produce, and take time to discover more about Dhulikhel’s history and culture.
Day 11 - Depart from Kathmandu
After breakfasting with a last, lingering look at the snow-capped Himalayan peaks on the horizon, travel to Kathmandu for your onward flight.
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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.
Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.
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Dwarika's HotelHoused in an extraordinary building that showcases its founder’s passion for Nepali culture and craft, the Dwarika Hotel is an atmospheric sanctuary amid the temples and monuments of historic Kathmandu… See more
Tiger Mountain Pokhara LodgeHigh in the hills near Pokhara, the secluded Tiger Mountain Lodge combines superior facilities and service with stunning views over the peaks of the Himalayas’ Annapurna Massif… See more
Tiger Tops Tharu LodgeHaving relocated from its original site within Chitwan National Park to a serene location on the outskirts, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge has evolved to become one of Nepal’s top eco resorts... See more
Dwarika's ResortOn a Dhulikhel mountainside a 1.5 hour drive from Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Resort is dedicated to enriching body and mind in one of Nepal’s most beautiful locations… See more
Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.
These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).
Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
The important stuffPlease note: During high season periods hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.
- English speaking, local guide
- All accommodation listed
- Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
- All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary and relevant permits
- All meals listed
- International flight reconfirmation.
- Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights from the UK
- Entry visa
- International airport departure taxes
- Any meals not listed in the itinerary
- Drinks, other than water on activity days
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance
- All other services not listed in 'inclusive'
Please noteAll prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.
FlightsWe will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.
VisaYou will require a visa to enter Nepal. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
PassportPlease ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
InsuranceYou will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.
Vaccinations and Malaria PreventionYou will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.
Booking ProcedureOnly once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.
Travelling ResponsiblyWe care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.
Our tailor-made service costs you no extra
This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...
Your own private guides & drivers
You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.