What is your assessment of post-earthquake conditions today, and how do you expect them to be in December?
Arriving in Nepal via Kathmandu seems inevitable. How is transit from there to Pokhara and onward to Chitwan and Bardia today? What are future expectations?
We had hoped to stay in one of Kathmandu's classic properties such as Dwarika's or Yak & Yeti and see something of the city and surrounding valley, but that does not seem a good idea post-earthquake. So we would concentrate our visit further west (we're very much interested in seeing wildlife along with some spectacular scenery).
My recommendation is to visit after September - so a December visit is perfect. Dwarika's is fine - a wonderful hotel and safe. Do stay there; it is also close to the airport so very convenient. You can fly easily to Nepal via Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, etc. The airport in Kathmandu is back to normal operation. Although there is some damage in the Kathmandu Valley, there are still many wonderful cultural icons to see - The Kumari (Living Goddess) in Kathmandu Durbar Square; the Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur and the treasury of arts in Patan Durbar Square - yes all open and available.
Further west, Pokhara and westwards is absolutely fine and unscathed. Bardia National Park is a wonderful base for wildlife. Easy treks from Pokhara to Ghandruk are open for business. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha is open and a cultural must-do en route from Pokhara to Bardia by road. Equally there are flights via Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Come to Nepal, enjoy Nepal and please give generously to the reconstruction of Nepal - for cultural heritage we recommend Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust.
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