Tauck Returning to Nepal in October
PHOTO: Mount Everest. (courtesy of Tauck)
In a way, the company did not pull out of the country at all because the earthquake occurred during the March-September period, off-season, when Tauck does not operate in Nepal anyway. The company plans to resume when it had previously planned to resume for the season.
Tauck CEO Dan Mahar said the company is happy to be bringing tourism back to the ravaged region.
“Tourism is an important industry in Nepal, and beyond the human and physical toll of the earthquake, a sustained downturn in visitation would compound the tragedy by adding an economic toll.”
The go-ahead to continue with Tauck’s autumn departures as planned before the earthquake was given after a report from Sanjith Mukund, Tauck’s operations manager for the company’s Northern India and Nepal program.
Mukund is a veteran of travel to the area, having traveled many times over recent years, retraced the itinerary and all of the sites that Tauck guests are scheduled to visit on the tour. As a result of Mukund’s reconnaissance, Tauck will substitute one of the sites previously included in the itinerary, Kathmandu Durbar Square, a plaza complex near the former royal palaces of Nepal. The complex was hit badly during the earthquake.
The company will substitute Patan Durbar Square, which sustained less damage than Kathmandu Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The itinerary begins with three nights in Delhi, India before flying to Kathmandu for a three-night stay and a sightseeing flight around Mount Everest. After Kathmandu the trip returns to India and visits the city of Agra and the Khajuraho monuments, before going to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks for safari game drives in search of tigers, leopards and jackals
Departures of the tour will be Oct. 20, 26 and 29, and Nov. 2, 8 and 17. The program is priced from $9,940 per person double occupancy, not including airfare.
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