Asia + The Middle East Nepal breathtaking scenery, national parks, cultural sightseeing, trekkinG in the himalayas This tiny Himalayan kingdom packs a huge punch, both culturally and geographically. A fusion of both Hinduism and Buddhism, it’s teeming with palaces, temples and mediaeval towns; one of the most beautiful lands in Asia, it’s home to eight of the world’s ten highest mountains. Its rivers and mountains offer some of the world’s best trekking and rafting, its national parks shelter the one horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tiger and its people exude life, colour and warmth. Nevertheless, a Maoist rebellion has seen Nepal in the headlines for all of the wrong headlines in recent years and (although the conflict was never directed at tourists) it has brought tourism to a virtual standstill at some points. Now, with the situation looking much more promising, visitors are slowly returning – and we feel very optimistic that your trip will not be disrupted (although we’d like to see a more sustained period of stability before saying that we’re 100 percent confident) Meanwhile, some of the famous trekking routes are virtually deserted, so we urge you to visit before the country gets busy again. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Safari by boat in Chitwan National Park, Nepal Beneath the Himalayas and nestled in the basin of a river valley, Chitwan National Park is an area of extraordinary beauty. Find out more Nepal’s many faces The appeal of Nepal to many is its huge variety. From trekking in the Annapurnas, visiting Buddhist and Hindu temples to meeting locals in the small villages with a private guide. Sabrina covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Find out more Seeing rural life at its best Louise Huntington, Destination Expert for Asia recently took a research trip to Nepal. She was the first guest to stay at the newly renovated Karnali Lodge which is a great base for those who want to explore the Bardia National Park. Find out more Under The Skin of Nepal On her trip to Nepal, Laura Jeffrey met some of the most friendly and welcoming children she ha sever met. They filled her heart with joy and made her eager to return. Find out more Diverse Landscapes of Nepal Sabrina normally opts for beach holidays but when she visited Nepal, with its stunning landscapes and interesting culture, she vowed to make better future holiday choices. Find out more Searching for the Royal Bengal Tiger Many people do not realise the immense wildlife options available in Nepal. During her trip to Nepal, Sabrina went in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger in Chitwan National Park. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Taj Meghauli Serai Chitwan National Park is an area of extraordinary beauty with an abundance of spectacular wildlife. Until now, accommodation choices have been sparse (especially after the closure and relocation of Tiger Tops in 2012) but we are so excited to welcome the slick Taj Meghauli Serai. Located on the periphery of the park along the banks of the Rapti River, this fabulous new opening is the best place in Nepal to relax after a busy itinerary and to enjoy unspoilt nature. Find out more Karnali Lodge, Bardia National Park Karnali Lodge is ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and unwind in the peaceful countryside away from the crowds. Situated just outside Bardia National Park it is an area of extraordinary beauty and abundant wildlife. We were the first to stay at the newly renovated lodge and the ultra-personal service and expert guiding is perfect. Enjoy elephant treks and bathe and feed the lodge elephants with the help of the knowledgeable mahouts to learn just what is required for domestic keeping. Find out more The Dwarikas Hotel, Kath Mandu Dwarikas is the only luxury heritage hotel in Kathmandu making it a firm favourite for cazenove+loyd clients. The building itself beautifully recaptures Nepal’s architectural heritage and the rooms are individually designed using handmade fabrics and period furniture. We feel that its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal haven away from the busy streets of Kathmandu. We highly recommend dinner at the Krishnarpan restaurant, which is famed for its delicious Nepali dining experience with menus ranging from 6-22 courses. Find out more Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara Nepal is known for its stunning Himalayan scenery and Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is just the place to sit back and enjoy the impressive views. It is a boutique hill top lodge situated in western Nepal, close to Pokhara. It is ideal for pre- and post-trek, or for those wishing to take day walks exploring local communities, bird-watching or just to relax in a typical Nepalese rural setting. It has a home away from home feel, with delicious homemade meals and an inviting and friendly atmosphere. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Everest Mountain Flight Take the one hour light aircraft flight from Kathmandu to reach the top of Everest. This is perfect if climbing to the top is out of your comfort zone. And you’ll be joining the very few who can say they have seen the highest point on earth. Find out more Microlight in the Annapurnas Strap yourself in, breathe deep and take off to see the majesty of the Annapurna range beneath your feet. This is an adventure like you have never experienced before, and we highly recommend it. Find out more trekking in the Annapurnas The Annapurnas is a feast for the senses, from its deep valleys and snowy peaks to the remote local villages and ancient ways of life still followed by this hardy and welcoming people. Find out more Trekking in the Khumba region The Khumba Region is rarely explored mountainous region, scattered with impressive Buddhist temples. This is your own slice of the Himalayas and a different side of Nepalese culture and religion. Find out more Dinner at an old residence Enjoy a private dinner in one of the country's most beautiful residences. Mix with Nepal's elite and indulge a delicious feast with one of Nepal's oldest established families. Find out more Show All Location We know Nepal better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Nepal Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Most Himalayan states are best visited for less harsh weather and increasingly rhododendrons/camelias between February and May. And then for the clearest views of the Himalayas between September and November and before it gets too cold. Nepal combines well with the North of India and with Bhutan. Meet the Team Asia + The Middle East Venetia Chris Penny Florence Auriole We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.