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Escorted Rail Tours to Chitwan

Discover western Nepal’s beauty and wildlife at the foot of the Himalayas

At the western edge of the tiny and landlocked Republic of Nepal, the lush landscape of the Chitwan Valley is an area of tropical lowlands and one of the regions last unspoilt natural ecosystems. The Chitwan Valley is inhabited by numerous rural farming communities as the fertile land is ideal for grain and food crops, but it is the region's non-human inhabitants that provide a compelling reason to visit the area.

Since 1973, more than nine hundred square kilometres of the Chitwan Valley have been legally protected to ensure the preservation of local ecosystems and biodiversity. As a consequence, Nepal's first national conservation area, Chitwan National Park, offers visitors one of Asia's greatest opportunities to observe and encounter wildlife in a natural environment of unparalleled beauty.

Awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 1984, approximately seventy percent of Chitwan National Park's area is covered by subtropical rainforest whilst most of the rest is lush grassland. Within this stunning landscape, backdropped by the Himalayan Mountains, some of the world's rarest and most exotic birds and mammals may be found. This is one of the last habitats of the rare Bengal Tiger, the protected One-horned Rhinoceros and the Gharial Crocodile. Many other mammals can be seen in the park, which is also a haven for birdwatchers with rare white-, red-headed and slender-billed vultures among the 544 bird species observed here.

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Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Explore the ultimate highlights of India and Nepal on this once-in-a-lifetime grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful buildings, temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful and moving ceremonies, take an elephant safari and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara.

Departs from February 2017 to December 2017.
18 days from £2,615per personView tour details
India & The Undiscovered Himalaya

Explore the ultimate highlights of North India on this once-in-a-lifetime tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful buildings, temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful and moving ceremonies, the Himalayas painted orange by the sunrise on Tiger Hill and the majesty of Darjeeling and Sikkim, enjoying a journey on the UNESCO listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Departs from October 2016 to November 2016.
Late departures available
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Footsteps of the British Raj in India

Follow in the footsteps of the British Raj in India on this 15 day fascinating tour, specially designed in conjunction with the University of York. Learn about the colonisation, and subsequent revolt, of this fabulous sub-continent through its art, architecture and distinct heritage. And with four expert lecturers, this is a unique opportunity to step out of the history books and live the past.

Departs in October 2016.
Late departures available
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More about Chitwan

Bishajari Tal
Within the National Park, Bishajari Tal is a network of connected lakes, man-made waterways and wetlands which can be followed by road and is excellent to explore by bicycle. Wildlife visible along Bishajari Tal's route includes monkeys, crocodiles, deer and innumerable species of birds.

Tharu Culture Museum
Located in the Chitwan village of Bachhauli, the Tharu Culture Museum invites vistors to explore the rich culture and history of the indigenous Tharu prople who have inhabited Chitwan for at least seven hundred years. Exhibits include traditional paintings, artefacts, instruments, handicrafts and natural medicines.

Kasara Durbar
The administrative Headquarters of the Chitwan National Park is housed in a former royal hunting lodge on the south bank of the Rapti River where there is also a small but informative natural history museum and visitor centre. Elephants at the park's nearby elephant breeding centre bathe in the river here at lunchtime each day.

The small village of Kurintar on the banks of Trisuli River in Chitwan is the site of Nepal's only cable car; an unmissable experience. Imported from Austria and boasting a 100% safety record since its inauguration in 1998, the Kurintar Cable Car transports visitors 2.8 kilometres to the sacred Manakamana temple which sits on a high ridge overlooking the river.

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