Agents are lucky enough to enjoy famils to many destinations … some a little more off the beaten track than others. Nine personal travel managers recently experienced the famil of a lifetime on a ten-day trip to Nepal, hosted by TravelManagers’ partner supplier Crooked Compass and the Nepal Tourist Bureau.
Participating personal travel managers were Victoria based Di Yates and Karen Doyle; New South Wales representatives Janice Lee, Natalie Miller, Phoebe Luong and Cassandra Ross; Tracy Cosgriff from Queensland; Anna Bayley from Tasmania and Western Australia’s Hiten Shah.
Experiencing an adventure-packed itinerary, the PTMs enjoyed unforgettable and inspiring experiences of historical, cultural and geographical significance.
Yates discovered the destination offers a unique and memorable experience.
“Nepal just kept on amazing me. From our visit to Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu shrine in Nepal, to seeing the cremation ghats and the Aarti ceremony on the banks of the river made me feel very humble. My main highlight was the extremely early morning trek from Pokhara to Sarangkot to witness the most magnificent sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. We then did the ultimate experience – a tandem paraglide. Soaring like an eagle high above the mountain peaks and circling the lake was simply awe-inspiring and an experience I will never forget.”
For many people Mount Everest is the reason for visiting Nepal, however Shah said the Chitwan National Park provided a unique experience.
“We experienced an elephant safari in the jungle and witnessing the bathing of the elephants was such an incredible experience. To see these majestic animals treated with such care, love and respect was a heart-warming sight.”
Miller found the genuine hospitality of the Nepalese to be a highlight.
“The Nepalese are the most wonderfully happy people. The local tours and home stays including local meals was a great experience. The fact we were invited into their lives to experience their culture and everyday routine is very humbling. I will be certainly recommending the home stay option to clients.”
Lee said that being able to share her personal famil experiences wass proving valuable.
“I am so inspired and being able to relay my passion and my recent personal experiences of Nepal to my clients is the best-selling tool I have. It builds trust with my clients and they appreciate getting accurate and up to date information. Clients like knowing you ate the local food, caught local transport and survived to tell the tale!”