This holiday was a brilliant taster menu of activities in Nepal. For both my husband and me the time in Kathmandu was more of interest than pleasure, but you can’t visit Nepal without at least a brief dip into the manic traffic, noise, smells, narrow streets, colourful shops and World Heritage Sites. The trekking part with its views of the mountains was wonderful. We spent much of the time on small paths rather than the main trekking highways, walking through fields and villages with a guide who knew the life from the inside and was telling us about the area with great knowledge and affection. He was also good at communicating with the animals which was useful for guiding the mule trains safely past us. We are both in our 60s and found the walking easier than fell walking in the Lake District. The rafting was good fun, exciting in parts but plenty of time to peacefully view life on the hills rising up from the river. The lodges when trekking and at the river camp were my husband’s favourite accommodation, simple but comfortable and we were very well fed and looked after. The full programme of activities at the Kasara Resort just outside the Chitwan National Park left little time to simply enjoy being in this beautifully designed place but how could you miss out on such things as spotting birds and crocodiles from a dugout canoe or rhinos from the back of an elephant? Washing the elephants in the river then getting squirted by them doesn’t happen everyday either!