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Escorted Rail Tours to Kathmandu

Experience Nepal’s exhilarating, historic and exotic capital city

The largest city in the tiny and mountainous Democratic Republic of Nepal, the legendary Kathmandu has been enthralling visitors for decades thanks to its intoxicating blend of ancient history, an enlightened culture, countless exquisite temples, stupas and monasteries and a mountain-valley setting that provides vistas of breath-taking beauty.

Ancient tools and carvings found in the region suggest that Kathmandu's is at least two thousand years old. A city beside the Bishnumati river was first established between the fifth and eight centuries and originally named Kantipur. This city gained a royal palace and eight temple under the rule of King Gunakama Deva in the tenth century, with significant further expansion in the form of temples, pagodas, houses and public squares being undertaken under the Malla dynasty which ruled between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries.

These remarkable ancient buildings and landmarks remain some of Kathmandu's greatest treasures today; Kasthamandap, for example, from which the city takes its most recent name, is a three-storey wooden pagoda built, according to legend, from a single tree in the twelfth century. An exploration of the city's exquisite temples and pagodas is justification for a trip to Kathmandu on its own, but they are just the beginning of the many highlights and wonders that this ancient yet modern city has to offer.

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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
18 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
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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A selection of Kathmadu's highlights:

The Garden of Dreams
A haven of tranquillity at the heart of the city, The Garden of Dreams was originally the private garden of Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana. Created in 1920, the neo-classically designed garden was fully restored between 2000 and 2007 to create a green space with beautifully maintained lawns, flowers and shrubs.

Durbar Square
A thousand years old, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Durbar Square is surrounded by some of Kathmandu's most historically important temples and buildings. Abuzz with activity by lunchtime, the magical ambience of Durbar Square is perhaps best appreciated at sunrise or sunset.

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
Just ten kilometres north of Kathmandu, the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is the perfect destination in which to become immersed in the Kathmandu Valley's sublime scenery. Abundant bird species and wildlife make this a must for spotters who can choose from the many hikes and woodland trails that the park offers.

Boudhanath Stupa
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most significant Buddhist sites on earth, the stupa at Boudhanath, eleven kilometres northeast of Kathmandu, was built in the fifth century. One of the largest stupas (a dome-shaped building typically used for Buddhist meditation) in the world, the Boudhanath Stupa is steeped in history, spirituality and atmosphere and is a must-see landmark on any visit to Kathmandu.

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