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.
- Search out the endangered one-horn rhino in Chitwan National Park.
- Explore Kathmandu’s historic temples and monuments.
- Soak up the serenity at Tiger Mountain Lodge, a stunning mountain retreat
- Admire the breath-taking Himalayan mountain vistas.
- Relax with an Ayurvedic-inspired treatment at Dwarika's Resort in Dhulikhel
Kathmandu - 2 nights
Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by your guide and transferred to Dwarika’s Hotel. The airport is close to the city centre, but traffic can make the journey a little slow, especially in peak hours.
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is an assault on the senses: the smell of incense mingles with pungent spices and scooter exhaust; merchants shout to make themselves heard above the sound of motorbike horns; cars and cows share the streets which are lined with ancient temples alongside internet cafes. Be prepared for a sensory overload! Dwarika’s Hotel is an oasis of calm amidst the hubbub.
Whilst the 2015 earthquake brought devastation to much of Nepal and major damage to Kathmandu, the country’s spirit endures and the rebuilding is underway at a pace in the capital.
The remainder of your day is at leisure. A swim in the outdoor pool is an excellent way of beating your jetlag or you may prefer to relax with a treatment in the Himalayan Spa.Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 2 - Kathmandu, Durbar Square & Swayambhunath, Dwarika’s 12-course feast
Spend the morning exploring Kathmandu’s ancient sites, focusing initially around Durbar Square.
Durbar means palace and it is on this site that the city’s kings were crowned and from where they ruled. Many of the surrounding buildings date back to the 18th century (some even older) and it still remains the traditional heart of the capital.
The labyrinth of lanes that lead off from the square are lined with shrines and temples; teahouses and markets. Your guide will point out places of significant interest such as Hanuman Dhoka - Kathmandu’s Royal Palace; Itum Bahal, which boasts the largest ‘bahal’ (Buddhist monastery courtyard) in the old town; and the intricately carved Kumari Chowk which is home to the young Kumari (living goddess).
A stop will also be made at one of Kathmandu’s most iconic sites: Swayambhunath, a.k.a the Monkey Temple. Perched on a hilltop on the outskirts of town, the stupa’s all-seeing eyes overlook the Kathmandu Valley. This deeply symbolic UNESCO World Heritage site is a fascinating mix of Buddhist iconography and Hindu deities. Sadly, some of the shrines were damaged by the 2015 earthquake, but the vast cone of the main stupa remains.
Return to Dwarika’s Hotel where your afternoon is at leisure.
Dwarika’s is well-known for its multi-course feasts, reminiscent of the ritual feasts enjoyed by the Kathmandu Valley’s Newari community. Eat light during the day, as this evening you will experience Dwarika’s legendary 12-course dinner. Focusing on classic Nepali cuisine, the exact menu changes according to the fresh produce available from the hotel’s own farm. Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu
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Pokhara - 3 nights
Day 3 - Fly to Pokhara
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before transferring to Kathmandu Airport in time for your flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet, and even to this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. Arguably the most photogenic city in the country, laid-back Pokhara enjoys a serene lakeside setting with views towards the stunning Annapurna mountain range. It’s widely agreed to be the adventure sports capital of Nepal, offering excellent paragliding and white-water rafting opportunities as well as being the start point for treks in and around the Annapurnas.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to Tiger Mountain Lodge: a mountain retreat with enviable views from its’ remote, lofty location.
The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax and settle into the Lodge. We guarantee you will be drawn to the outdoor swimming pool and those spectacular mountain panoramas.Overnight at Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara.
Days 4 & 5 - Pokhara
Pre-breakfast bed tea and homemade biscuits will be brought to your room: take a seat on your veranda, soak up your picturesque surrounds and the morning sun glowing on the mountains. What a start to the day!
Tiger Mountain Lodge offers a variety of activities and you can be as active as you wish during your stay. There are several easy trails around the lodge’s immediate vicinity that lead through farmland and local villages, and post-breakfast you may want to start your explorations with a short, guided walk. Alternatively, if you feel ready for a full day hike with rewarding panoramic views then there are numerous, more challenging trails to follow.
The more adventurous may want to try white-water rafting through the swirling rapids on the Upper Seti River or floating on the thermals above Pokhara on a tandem paraglide from Sarangkot Hill. The Tiger Mountain team are on hand to advise and assist.
If this all sounds a little too energetic, it’s easy to while away several hours relaxing beside the pool with a good book.Overnight at Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara.
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Chitwan National Park - 2 nights
Day 6 - Pokhara, Chitwan National Park
After an early breakfast depart Pokhara, heading south in the direction of the Indian border. Your destination is Chitwan National Park.
Established in 1973, Chitwan is Nepal’s flagship National Park and covers an area of nearly 1,000 square kilometres at the foot of the Himalayas.
Recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, its’ forest, grassland and rivers are home to over 65 species of mammal, 120+ types of fish, and more than 500 species of bird, which is one of the highest concentrations of birds in the world. Stars of the show are the endangered one-horned rhino, which you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting; however, the Bengal tigers that lurk deep in the park’s jungle are considerably more elusive.
Arrive at your lodge on the outskirts of the National Park in time for lunch. There will be plenty of time to relax and settle into your lodge, before embarking on your afternoon activity.
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is unique in that there is no fixed programme. On arrival, one of the lodge team will talk you through the available activity options and personalise your programme according to your preferences. Wildlife spotting can be enjoyed by boat along the Narayani River, by open-top jeep, and 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 also join them on a bird-watching tour. The animals of Chitwan share the landscape with the indigenous Tharu tribe and there is the opportunity to visit nearby Tharu villages, learn about their age-old traditions and the simple lifestyle of this farming community.
Overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan National Park. Our Policy on Wildlife Projects and Sanctuaries To read more on our approach to elephant projects please click here
Day 7 - Chitwan National Park
Continue your personalised programme of activities in and around Chitwan National Park. It doesn’t need to be a full-packed, dawn-to-dusk itinerary: the lodge is wonderfully serene and you can easily while away a few hours relaxing beside the lodge pool or swaying in a hammock in the lodge gardens.Overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan National Park.
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Dhulikhel - 3 nights
Day 8 - Chitwan National Park, Dhulikhel
After breakfast transfer the short distance to Bharatpur airport in time for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Dhulikhel.
Located just over one hour east of Kathmandu, the ancient Newari town of Dhulikhel was once an important stop along the trade route to Tibet. Whilst some areas of Dhulikhel have succumb to modernisation, the old town is well preserved and features some fine (original) examples of traditional Newari architecture with its ornate wood carvings. Dhulikhel also enjoys impressive panoramic views of the high Himalaya peaks.
Arrive at Dwarika’s Resort in the late afternoon, where there will be plenty of time to refresh and relax before dinner is served.Overnight at Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel.
Days 9 & 10 - Dhulikhel
With its serene atmosphere and inspiring mountain views, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect place to relax and reflect on your Nepalese journey. There are plenty of activities and experiences on offer: many of which are complimentary; virtually all are focused on wellbeing.
The Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa is one of the main draws of the property, where Ayurvedic-inspired treatments use ingredients grown in the resort grounds. An onsite Ayurvedic doctor, as well as experts in meditation, naturopathy, yoga and astrology, are on hand to provide personalised advice. Dwarika’s also, rather uniquely, has a specially-designed maze to enhance morning meditations, and a healing room constructed from Himalayan salt.
Away from the spa, you can take part in art, pottery and cooking classes, and there are opportunities for walking both within the resort and outside.
Your day’s programme is totally up to you and can be as busy or as relaxed as you please.Overnight at Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel.
Day 11 - Dhulikhel, depart Kathmandu
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and transfer to Kathmandu Airport 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.