Tauck Set to Resume Nepal Visits in October, Six Months After Earthquake

17-Day “Northern India & Nepal” Itinerary Includes Three Nights in Kathmandu

NORWALK, CT (July 27, 2015)  Tauck has announced that it will be operating all scheduled fall departures of its “Northern India & Nepal” itinerary, beginning with its October 20th tour.  Tauck’s return to Nepal will come some six months after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake caused considerable destruction and garnered worldwide media attention.  The April 25th earthquake occurred during Tauck’s March through September off-season hiatus for the itinerary, and the company had been taking a wait-and-see approach with its scheduled departures for the coming fall.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Tauck guests back to Nepal,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.  “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.”  According to Mahar, Tauck decided to operate its fall dates as planned following a recent visit to Nepal by Sanjith Mukund, the Tauck Operations Manager who helps oversee the “Northern India & Nepal” itinerary. 

Mukund, who has traveled to Nepal nearly a dozen times in recent years, visited 100% of the sites Tauck features during its three-night stay in Kathmandu.  According to Mukund, most of the serious damage in the greater Kathmandu area seems to have occurred in the outskirts of the city, in suburbs and in villages, and the most visible signs of damage within Kathmandu itself are modest piles of rubble that should be cleared before Tauck’s return in October.  Dwarika’s Hotel, which accommodates Tauck’s guests during their Kathmandu stay, is fully operational and had already been deemed “safe for full operation and occupancy” by an accredited engineer.

The one heavily damaged site included in Tauck’s itinerary is Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is normally visited on Day 5.  “Durbar Square” is a generic term denoting plaza complexes found near former royal palaces in Nepal, and Tauck guests will instead visit Patan Durbar Square.  Mukund reports that of the many structures in Patan Durbar Square, only a few sustained serious damage.  The rubble from that damage has been removed, and there is little evidence of the earthquake there today.  Like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of temples, idols, open courts, water fountains and more. 

Guests traveling on Tauck’s 17-day “Northern India & Nepal” itinerary (from $9,940 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begin in Delhi with an  in-depth exploration of the city during a three-night stay at The Oberoi, Gurgaon.  Guests next fly to Nepal, where a subsequent three-night stay in Kathmandu is highlighted by a Himalayan sightseeing flight in the shadow of Mount Everest, a Q&A lecture with a local Sherpa, and visits to Kopan Monastery and the historic city of Bhaktapur.  The tour travels back to India, to Agra and Khajuraho, before visiting Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. 

Inside the parks, Tauck guests participate in safari drives in search of tigers, leopards, wild boar, jackals and more, and attend a lecture on tiger conservation efforts in the region.  The tour concludes with a two-night stay and sightseeing in Mumbai.  Upcoming departures begin on October 20, 26 and 20, and November 2, 8 and 17.  Limited space is still available on the October 20 and 29 departures, as well as the November 2 tour.

Tauck’s “Northern India & Nepal” tour is part of the company’s Earth Journeys portfolio of itineraries offered in partnership with the award-winning nature documentary filmmakers at BBC Earth.  Like other Earth Journeys trips, “Northern India & Nepal” will feature a number of original, exclusive films produced by BBC Earth that Tauck guests will view on location. These brief (approximately 10 – 20 minutes) vignettes utilize BBC Earth’s incredible resources, including the world’s largest collection of nature film footage, plus insights and voiceovers from BBC Earth experts.  The resulting films will provide Tauck guests with added context and fresh perspective on the animal life and natural wonders they’ll experience during their travels in northern India’s national parks. 

Tauck guests will also use some of the same cutting-edge technologies employed by BBC Earth filmmakers in creating their films.  These technologies will bring Tauck guests into more intimate contact with their surroundings, and may include motion-activated camera traps, infrared night-vision cameras, long-range directional microphones, and more.  In addition, Tauck has also worked directly with BBC Earth filmmakers and naturalists to add additional original content and programming to its “Northern India & Nepal” itinerary.

Those interested in more information can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825, or visit the company’s website at www.tauck.com.

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