Tropical Terai Tour

27th November – 6th December 2018     28th Feb – 9th March 2019  27th Nov – 6th Dec 2019

Ride the oldest highway in Nepal…see the Annapurna range of mountains reflected in the tranquil waters of Lake Phewa…visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha and ask for guidance…ride through the jungles in the flatlands of Nepal, home of the Royal Bengal tiger.

Tour Summary

Highlights

  • Trishuli River (Trident River)
  • Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • Lumbini – Buddha’s birthplace and UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Chitwan National Park, one of the best preserved jungles in the world, with a far ranging variety of wildlife. Also a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Pokhara – Lake Fewa and the International Peace Pagoda
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu an ancient city steeped in spirituality and an ex-kingdom of Nepal.

 

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Day 1

Usually flights are overnight so you should allow an extra day for the journey to Kathmandu. Once you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport we will pick you up directly from the airport transfer you to your 5* hotel. There will be the opportunity for exploration of the ancient city in your own time this day depending on your time of arrival. Once you are settled in we collect you from the hotel and introduce you to your bikes. The evenings’ briefing will be latest at 6pm, with an introduction and familiarisation with your bikes and a talk on safety and riding style in Nepal. We’ll ride out to town for dinner this evening and a taste of Kathmandu traffic.

You’ll receive duffel bags for re-packing of your bags for the following morning, whilst your own suitcases can be left at the hotel’s storage facility.

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Day 2

The official first day of our motorbike tour begins as we head out of Kathmandu onto the Prithvi Highway ‘the world’s most dangerous road’ (according to the BBC!). Today will be a great ride where you’ll experience the boisterous Kathmandu traffic. The mountain roads will afford beautiful views and the terrain will keep your attention well and truly on the road. To take in the scenery make sure you pull over and stop first!

We will arrive in the afternoon, and cross a Nepali suspension foot-bridge to get to the sub-tropical riverside resort with plenty of time to relax at the poolside.

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Day 3

Today we’ll head back out to the busy mountain highway and stay low by the Trishuli riverside. As we head further west the road becomes quieter and more and more scenic. The hilltop views may give us the chance to see some white peaks if the weather is good before we head down to the bumpy road into Pokhara.

Pokhara sits beside the Annapurna range of mountains where on good days their white and glistening peaks are reflected in the waters of Lake Fewa.

To get to our hotel tonight we catch a raft over the lake to Fishtail Lodge, situated on a peninsula on Lake Fewa, it’s the most scenic base in town.

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Day 4

Many options today as to where to go, since Pokhara has many attractions – Devi Falls – a beautiful waterfall where caves take you to a hidden passage just underneath the waterfall.

The World Peace Stupa on top of a nearby hill is also a short ride out of town where there is an amazing view of Pokhara, the lake and the mountains.

The International Mountain Museum is also worth visiting and contains a wealth of information on Nepal’s mountains.

Another beautiful viewpoint is from Sarangkot hilltop where the sunrise and sunsets are especially awe-inspiring.

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Day 5

It’ll be an early start today we have a great ride ahead of us through small villages on local quiet roads. The weather will heat up as we head south to the birthplace of Buddha, changing from a sub-tropical climate to the tropical jungles of the Terai.

Lumbini is a Buddhist place of pilgrimage and has been so from ancient times. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The archeological remains associated with the birth  of the Buddha have been preserved and around these are other temples taking inspiration from the architecture of different countries practising Buddhism. There will be enough time to look around the following day.

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Day 6

Free day to sight-see in Lumbini and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. There are many spots to sit quietly in the gardens and the beauty of the temples brings some tranquility to our trip so far. There will be time to relax at the hotel and enjoy the hot weather.

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Day 7

The roads are mostly flat and straight with traffic heading between Nepal and India. We’ll ride along the highway all the way to the jungle resort. The last section takes us off onto the sandy trails of the jungle borders villages and our resort is situated right on the border of the national park with a water body separating us from the jungle. The patient visitor can see wild animals come to drink and cool off right from the hotel.

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Day 8

Enjoy a free day, go on an elephant back safari* or jeep safari, or just chill out at the resort. If you’re lucky some of the wildlife you may spot might include the Greater One-horned rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, spotted deer, wild dogs, sloth bears and jackals. The water bodies afford the patient visitor glimpses of the prehistoric-looking Mugger crocodile as well as the long-snouted Gharial crocodile basking on the banks of the river.

*In Nepal elephants are treated well as they are people’s livelihood. If anyone does not wish to opt for an elephant tour then there are also the options of jeep safari and jungle walks.

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Day 9

This is the last day riding back to Kathmandu where we’ll head back up to the middle hills on roads that get more and more windy. We’ll pass Hetauda, one of Nepal’s larger dwelling places, and stop for lunch before continuing our journey. Enjoy the beautiful wild and rugged Nepali landscapes and the freedom of the road before you.

Tonight we’re back at the 5* hotel for a celebration and farewell meal.

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Day 10

Today we’ll take you on a rickshaw ride through lanes of the touristy Thamel and down to Kathmandu Durbar square, an amazing UNESCO world heritage site with many temples and post-earthquake restoration work. Walking back through the old market lanes we’ll try the local delicacies. We’ll drop you back to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

Included

  • Bike rental (Honda CRF250L or other bikes available, all fuel, all meals and soft drinks, all handpicked accommodation (the best available hotels or lodges & camping 1 night for Everest trips only), friendly Nepali/Japanese/British guide(s), support vehicle, permits, all transfers, third party motorcycle insurance, mechanic/follow up rider (for groups of 4+)

Not Included

  • International flights, alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, visas, any optional extra activities in Pokhara, personal insurance, rescues & repatriation etc, expenses incurred due to events beyond our control ie. weather, flight cancellations, political disruptions, natural calamities etc.