4-day Nature Program in the Himalaya
Day One - arrival
At Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge we lay stress on tailoring all our wide-ranging options to our guests’ personal expectations. Therefore this itinerary is only indicative of the breadth of activities available, but has a special emphasis on Tiger Mountain’s role as a specialist in Responsible Conservation Tourism. Our guests may do as much or as little as they like, from a full day hike to relaxing by the pool and contemplating the Himalayan vistas.
On arrival at the lodge, our Guests Relations Manager, Jhalak, will introduce you to the services available while you have a refreshing drink. Our stewards will then show you to your rooms and settle you in.
Options of relaxing or taking a brief village walk will be available depending on your time of arrival.
Before dinner, Dol Raj and his colleagues will serve cocktails and canapés in the main lodge. You can meet other guests and discuss your travels. We serve a continental, three-course dinner. Special dietary needs (or just particular likes and dislikes) can easily be accommodated if we are advised prior to your arrival. Local tea or organic coffee and petits fours will conclude the meal.
After dinner the bar will remain open until the last guest retires. We serve a good selection of brandy, single malt whiskies, port and other beverages.
Day Two – the hill villages and rural life
Bed tea will be served in your room at the time of your choice or at sunrise, if you wish to see the Himalayan sunrise on the mountains.
For those keen on bird watching, a walk before breakfast with our skilled local guides will offer the chance to see many birds as they forage for food. Bulbuls, Barbets, Babblers and other species typical of the middle hills of Nepal are seen regularly around the lodge.
Breakfast is served on the lodge terrace – with a range of home made bakery, preserves, and a selection of cooked items, there is something to appeal to all tastes.
After breakfast we will head out on a day walk to explore the culture and flora of the hill villages around the lodge with a picnic lunch. Combining steady walking, rural villages, farmland and forest, the walks will be a mini-trek and typical of a day’s walking in the Himalayas. An option of a shorter walk and return to the lodge for lunch will also be available.
Lunch is a Nepali buffet featuring typical dishes of the region. Served on traditional bronze plates, spices are lively but tempered to suit international palates.
After lunch you may wish to relax by the pool or perhaps indulge in a massage or have a private yoga session (extra charge).
The day draws to a close with cocktails and dinner.
Day Three – explore Pokhara
After early morning activities and breakfast, drive to Pokhara and visit the old bazaar – an early Newari settlement of traders on the trans Himalayan trading route. Then we will drive to the Bhadrakali Temple dedicated to an avatar of the goddess Kali, a form of the wife of Shiva and also see the Manang Gomba, a Buddhist monastery opposite the temple.
Heading south again we will visit Devi’s Falls that typify the dramatic karst gullies of the Pokhara Valley. Nearby is the Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple in a cave.
After some free time in the lakeside area for lunch (own charge) and an optional visit to the Tal Barahi Temple on an island in the lake (own charge), a visit to either the Gurkha Museum or the International Mountain Museum in the afternoon will end the day before returning back to the lodge.
Evening cocktails and dinner conclude the day.
Day Four - departure
After early morning activities and breakfast, transfer to Pokhara airport for departure to Kathmandu. Picnic lunches can be provided for those travelling by road.
Included in the above itinerary:
Arrival and departure transfers from/to Pokhara
Accommodation on twin-sharing basis (single supplement, where charged 50% extra)
All main meals (BLD) except as noted, picnics, snacks and non-bar hot beverages
Services of guide for walks
Pokhara sightseeing, paragliding, golf
Lunch if taken in Pokhara restaurant
Yoga / massage / meditation sessions
The above is a sample narrative – guests are free to choose their own programmes in discussion with TMPL staff on a day-by-day basis. Items at extra charge will be billed to guests directly on a consumption basis.
Tiger Mountain Pokhara
Kandani Danda, Lekhnath, Ward-5, Kaski
- Pokhara is a 45-minute drive from the lodge and provides the main centre for sightseeing, shopping and nightlife?
- The lodge is located on the edge of a village and surrounded by farmland and forest. We offer a range of walks focussing on wildlife viewing, cultural exploration or just plain exercise – all accompanied by expert local guides.
- A range of complementary therapies – massage, yoga and meditation are available on request.
- Mountain bike tours can be arranged
- The Himalayan, 18 hole, golf course is 30 minutes away
All cottages are simply furnished with local materials and have king-size beds, duvets, woollen blankets and traditional ‘siraks’ (heavy cotton fibre quilts). Attached bathrooms feature western wc, shower and specially crafted natural toiletries. Rooms have a selection of books, board games and playing cards as well as traditional shawls, chappals, bath robes and comfortable seating. Each room has its own verandah and a mountain view.