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Life Changing Vacation in Nepal (Learn, discover and engage in Nepali culture)

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DURATION15 nights / 16 Days
BEST MONTHAll around the year

ITINERARY FOR LIFE CHANGING VACATION IN NEPAL (LEARN, DISCOVER AND ENGAGE IN NEPALI CULTURE)

Day 1: Kathmandu - 1300m altitude
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assists and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival

Day 2: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square & surrounding area in Rickshaw: Visit Astrologer (B)
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:

  1.       Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square: Temple of living goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and other momuments
  2.       Rickshaw ride through Thamel, Ason Market, Indrachowk
  3.       Drinking sweet Lasssi at local market( Traditional Nepali drink)
  4.       Visit Astrologer and know your future

Experience and discover Kathmandu and its culture like a local on a Rickshaw ride. Our guide will meet you to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. We will pass through handicrafts shops like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets etc and merge onto a narrow alley full of local shop called Ason Bazaar, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, around 1000 years old and finally arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you. Walk the square on foot and our guide will take you to the house of Living Goddess, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and you will also explore or hang out in one of the hippie-era shops on Freak Street. After your time here we will ride back to hotel on Rickshaw by the way of Indrachowk where you can drink a cold and fresh Lassi
KumariRickshaw ride
We also visit astrologer who knows more about your stars and your place in the firmament. And if there is a problem somewhere, the solution is not far either. Nepalese have been doing it for centuries and many will vouch it works.

Day 3: Boudhanath: Hi Tea Ceremony and Pashupatinath: Evening Aarati (B)
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:

  1.       Visit Boudhanath Stupa
  2.       Hi Tea Ceremony at Monastery
  3.       Visit Pashupatinath Temple and surrounding
  4.       Aarati at Pashupatinath

Morning our guide will assist you to drive to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage where all devout come for pilgrimage. We will keep Hi Tea Buddhist Ceremony in one of the monastery in Boudha where monks perform their ritual, chanting Buddhist mantras and pray for our good health and prosperity. At the end of the ceremony, monks offer blessing food and Hi Tea for all
boudhaboudha
Later we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu Temple dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries. Take a tour around the temple until the evening Aarati begins.
PashupatinathAarati at Pashupatinath
Evening ‘Aarati’ at the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of the temple draws people in hordes. This evening rituals with a band singing hymns in praise of God, playing of classical instruments, chanting of Vedic mantras, a ringing of bells, burning of incense, and lighting of oil lamps, keep the people spellbound throughout

Day 4: Explore Patan city and sunset view hilltop, Swayambhunath (B)
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:

  1.       Visit Patan city: Durbar Square, alleys, shops
  2.       Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp
  3.       Visit Swayambhunath and surrounding
  4.       Sunset view from a hilltop

Morning drive to Patan, a distinct place for arts and architecture that reflect on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. We will explore its unique Durbar Squares, temple and alleys. In every corners & alleys of Patan can be seen with Thanka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess, fine metal shops that offer Buddha’s exotic, handmade brass sculpture at a very reasonable price. You can taste a local cuisine as well in Patan’s alley
Patan patan
Later we will visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, the pioneer of Tibetan Carpet Industry in Nepal. In the camp, more than 1000 Tibetans are settled and out of this, 500 Tibetans are engaged in a different process of carpet production like Wool sorting, Hand Brushing & Spinning of yarn, Dyeing, Ball Winding, Weaving, Trimming & Finishing etc. Drive to Swayambhunath - A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Walking around in the evening playing prayer wheeler will keep your mind calm and peace. The evening views of Kathmandu valley and sunset from hilltop will be memorable for you
swayambhu'swayambhunath

Day 5: Dhulikhel-Namobuddha, Buddhist Chanting at Monastery (B)
Today’s activities at Namobuddha:

  1.       Hiking from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha
  2.       Buddhist Chanting at Monastery
  3.       Stay at Monatery/Eco Organic Resort
  4.       Meditate yourself at peaceful environment

After Breakfast drive to Dhulikhel for an hour and start a hike to Namobuddha: 3-4 hours walk. The main attractions of this hike are the fantastic panoramic mountain views and the many Buddhist stupas on the hilltops. Namo Buddha is also famous for growing rice, mustard and millet so you can see beautiful hillside terraced farms throughout the walk. You’ll also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony. Visit monastery where you can meet the monks and involve in daily Buddhist Enchanting program. We can also facilitate you to stay in Monastery on your request
Namobuddha monasteryNamobuddha
Overnight at Monastery Guest House or Namobuddha Resort: An organic Eco farm resort, an oasis of peace and tranquility, offering spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range on clear days

Day 6: Historic town Panauti: Sightseeing at the City of Devotee, Bhaktapur (B)
Today’s activities at Panauti:

  1.       Hike from Namobuddha to Panauti
  2.       Lunch with host family
  3.       Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  4.       Making pots the old fashioned way in Bhaktapur’s pottery square
  5.       Visit Paper Factory
  6.       Singing and playing with local musician

After organic breakfast at resort hike down to Panauti, a beautiful historic town with an ancient atmosphere. Get close to the authentic lifestyle of the Nepali people, socialize with the villagers of Panauti and breathe the fresh air of the lush Panauti Valley. In Panauti we will have hosted lunch organized by the local community with their warm welcome
PanautiPanauti
After lunch take a short visit to Panauti and drive to Bhaktapur, the medieval town or the city of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved one of the Valley's three Durbar Squares.  One is sure to feel like traveling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Overnight at Hotel Heritage, a boutique hotel which successfully blends traditional Nepali look and feel with modern amenities.
potteryBhaktapur
Easy guided walk at Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made by hand. Traditionally spun and fired clay pots are a fine example of Bhaktapur’s thriving craft trades. It’s a fascinating process to watch and you can make a clay pot for your own. Later we will make a tour around the factory and observe Nepali papermaking process and manufacturing a variety of delightful handcrafted paper products - cards, notebooks, books, prints, and so on. In the late evening participate with a group of local musician and enjoy singing and playing a local instrument with them

Day 7: Bandipur: Newar Cultural Village (B)
Today’s activities at Bandipur:

  1.       Visit traditional Market
  2.       Short hike to Sidda cave
  3.       Awesome view of chain of mountains from Tudhikhel
  4.       Chat with friendly local people and admire their way of living
  5.       Stay at boutique hotel, The Old Inn Bandipur

Today we drive to Bandipur for around 5-6 hours. Bandipur is the Newar Cultural Village, presents with a heavy mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. You can take a view of a beautiful chain of mountains Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from Tundikhel. Evening walk around admiring the vistas, chat with the friendly local people, and admire their local way of life
Bandipurbandipur village
Overnight: The Old Inn Bandipur

Day 8: Pokhara: Cycling around Phewa Lake, Pame (B)
Today’s activities at Pokhara:

  1.       Cycling around the Phewa lake and stop at Pame
  2.       Eat local fish at Pame

After healthy organic breakfast at the resort drive to Pokhara. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks.
CyclingAstam
After some rest and refreshment in a hotel at late afternoon, we will hire a cycle in a local market and take a guided tour through the bank of Phewa Lake and stop at Pame, another side of Phewa Lake. We will have local fish at Pame and if you prefer you can have chill beer on your own

Day 9: Hike Astam Village (B)
Today’s activities at Astam village:

  1.       Short hike to Astam Village
  2.       Sunset view
  3.       360 degree panoramic view of Annapurna ranges
  4.       Traditional Nepali village experience

Spend a memorable time away from the city to disappear in the natural beauty rural village of the mountain ranges. The trek starts after driving to Hemja for an hour and walk through Himalayan villages along with landscape view in one side and forest in another side. After two hours walk, we reach top of Astam village from where you can have 360 degree panoramic view of the Annapurna range: Annapurna South (7273m.), Machhapuchhre (7059m.), Annapurna I (8090m.) and Annapurna IV (7525m.)
Annapurna Eco-VillageAnnapurna Eco Village
Overnight at Annapurna Eco Village. Spend a memorable time in the village with local peoples. At the Village, our family members can teach you amazing local skills and handicrafts that we perform in order to maintain local cultural traditions and care for the village, our farm, gardens and each other. You will enjoy sunset view over Annapurna Mountain ranges.

Day 10: Engage yourself in local activities or just relax at Resort (B, L, D)
Today’s activities at Astam village:

  1.       Sunrise view over Annapurna ranges
  2.       Yoga & meditation session
  3.       Village tour
  4.       Engage in seasonal field work or Knit local basket or grazing animals or milking cow or other daily household activities
  5.       Entertain by Ama Samuha or gang of panchebaja

Enjoy the sunrise view over Annapurna mountain ranges and take a tour to nearby villages. You can also participate in Yoga & Meditation session by an expert in a resort on your interest
interact with localyoga ta Astam
After Breakfast, we can engage in seasonal field work with family members, knit local basket, grazing animals, milking cow or goats by your own hands, learn the traditional way of flouring rice, maize by a stone grinder and many others. Ama Samuha (The community of mother) will entertain you with their local dance and music at a late afternoon

Day 11: Trek to Lwang village: Homestay (B)
Today’s activities at Lwang:

  1.       Walking down hills & uphills through a jungle
  2.       Experience the culture of a different ethnic  group of Nepal living in one village
  3.       Homestay: a small stone roof houses
  4.       Live cooking experience and have typical food

Today by walking around 4-5 hours we reach a beautiful village called Lwang village. Lwang is inhabited mainly by Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Newar people. Thus visitors will have a great opportunity to experience the culture of people of various races and castes
welcome in lwanglwang village
Overnight at a small stone roofs houses with clean lanes and surrounding served with typical Nepali food

Day 12: Visit Tea Garden: Pokhara, World Peace Pagoda (B)
Today’s activities at Pokhara:

  1.       Visit Tea Garden
  2.       Interaction program with villagers
  3.       Lunch with family
  4.       Boating and hiking to World Peace Pagoda

Early in the morning make a short hike to Tea Garden. At the same time, you will also view a beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas. Have delicious lunch with family and drive back to Pokhara
Sunrise view from lwangtea garden
Late afternoon, we will hire a boat and visit Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake and continue till hiking starting point. From here we will walk around an hour to reach World Peace Pagoda. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pokhara city and Himalayan views from Stupa
boating at phewaWorld Peace Pagoda

Day 13: Chitwan (B)
Today’s activities at Chitwan:

  1.       Village Tour on Ox cart and witness daily lifestyle and activities of Tharu community
  2.       Sunset view from the bank of Rapti River
  3.       Tharu Cultural dance show in the evening

After breakfast drive to Chitwan for around 4 hours. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by our naturalist guide. Then we head on for activities. There will be a guided village tour on ox cart, a traditional transport of the Tharu people (local people) where a cart is pulled by a pair of oxen.  You will have close and personal observation of the Tharu culture and witness the daily lifestyle and activities of the Tharu community visiting the local village houses. Later you will have a free walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. Overnight at Chitwan.
sunset viewox cart ride

Day 14: Chitwan (B, L, D)
Today’s activities at Chitwan:

  1.       Bird watching and nature walk
  2.       Visit Elephant breeding center and feed them
  3.       Canoe ride along Rapti River
  4.       Jeep safari
  5.       Cycling through typical village, farmland and Riverside

Wakeup call with a cup of hot tea/coffee. After breakfast on your choice visit to the elephant breading center to see baby elephants with bird watching in a river bank, go for Canoe ride along the Rapti River. An excellent opportunity for bird watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the only fish eating Gharial. After lunch goes for a Jeep safari, an excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, monkeys, leopard, sloth bear, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home. Evening hire a local cycle and take a tour at typical village, farmland and river bank
Jeep safariCanoe ride

Day 15: Kathmandu, Be like a Nepali and attend farewell dinner (B, D)
Today’s activities at Kathmandu:

  1.       Wear cloth like Nepali
  2.       Attend farewell dinner
  3.       Enjoy & participate in Nepali typical dance
  4.       Give your valuable feedback at the end

After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu for around 5-6 hours. Check in hotel. We will manage Nepali clothes and you will look like Nepali to attend the farewell dinner tonight at Hotel/authentic Nepali restaurant. A typical Nepali dinner/feast will be served with live cultural dance show by local people in different Nepali music
Nepali DinnerCultural show

Day 16: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight we will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.

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INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

    Includes Cost Includes of above program:
    1. All transfer and tour in private vehicle as mentioned in an itinerary (flight can be arrange wherever possible)
    2. Accommodation at boutique, eco organic, heritage and homestay as mentioned
    3. Activities you will discover and engage:
    a. Rickshaw ride through Ason Bazaar, Indrachow and Durbar Square
    b. Drink local Lassi in local market with guide
    c. Visit astrologer and know your future
    d. Hi Tea ceremony at Boudhanath
    e. Aarati at Pashupatinath
    f. Patan city tour: visit alleys, shops , market, Tibetan Refugee camp
    g. Sunset view from Swayambhunath hilltop
    h. Short hike to Namobuddha and participate in daily Buddhist enchanting program at monastery
    i. Homestay and live like local
    j. Visit city of Devotee, Bhaktapur: Pottery square/Paper factory/Local musical songs
    k. Visit typical Newar community village, Bandipur
    l. Cycling and eating fish at the bank of Phewa Lake
    m. Short hike to Astam village and learn village lifestyle
    n. Boating & Hiking to World Peace Pagoda
    o. Home hosted lunch with family
    p. Wildlife safari and visit ethic village in Chitwan on Ox cart
    q. Wear as a Nepali and participate farewell dinner
    4. Meals: All breakfast, home hosted lunch at Panauti, 2 lunches & 2 dinners at Astam village and taste local food living with family at Lwang village, farewell dinner
    5. Guide: An experienced English speaking guide throughout the trip
    6. All government taxes, all entrance fees and service charges
    Excludes Cost Excludes of above program:
    1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($25 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
    2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    3. Meals not listed in the itinerary
    4. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
    5. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
    6. Payment Transfer Charge
    7. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
    8. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue

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