Nepal - Kingdom of Himalayan Giants

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu international airport and transferred to our hotel in Patan (suburb of Kathmandu). The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own before meeting at a local restaurant for dinner and our orientation meeting.

Overnight in Patan (Kathmandu).

 

Day 2: Explore Ancient Patan, Cooking Lesson

After breakfast you will go on a walking tour, starting from Patan Dhoka. You will pass through stupas and temples on the way to the vegetable market, where you will be buying vegetables which you will be cooking later. After vegetable shopping, we will go to Yala Restaurant where you will take part in a cooking lesson and enjoy the lunch you have made.

After lunch, we will go to the the Baglamukhi Temple. Since it is a Thursday the Baglamukhi Temple, which is the 'Temple for a wish fulfilling Goddess' is very busy and you could see many different ceremonies such as the lighting of butter lamps, thread ceremonies, etc.

Next we visit the Golden Temple before walking back to our hotel. 

Overnight in Patan (Kathmandu).

 

Day 3: Everest Scenic Flight, Patan's Durbar Square

You will be met early morning to be transferred to the airport for the Everest flight (weather permitting). A flight over the Himalayan mountain range, and the highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest, is nothing short of a feast for the eyes.

We then drive to Lagankhel and walk through the bazaar. You will be visiting the Rato Machchendranath Temple and the Mahabouda Temple before arriving at Patan's Durbar Square .

Lunch in Durbar Square.

After lunch, we explore several hidden courtyards and squares with insights into Nepalese culture and history.

Overnight in Patan (Kathmandu).

 

Day 4: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudanath Stupa, to Dhuikhel

Today we drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a temple that all Hindus should visit at least once in their lifetime. This is also the place where Hindus want to be cremated.

Next we journrey to Boudanath Stupa where you could meet the High Teacher, get some tips on meditation and Buddhism, which includes a question and answer session. 

Lunch will be on a rooftop restaurant, which overlooks the stupa. After lunch we will proceed to Dhuikhel for our overnight.

Overnight in Dhuikhel.

 

Days 5 - 6: Namobudha Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Experience

The next 2 days will offer you a chance to immerse yourself into a Tibetan Bhuddist monastery where you can live/sleep in a special guesthouse for visitors, learn about Tibetan Bhuddism from senior monks and the monastery Lama. Learn about the sacred site and revered ancient stupa, the site of where Buddha Shakyamuni, in a previous life, gave his flesh to a starving tigress to feed her cubs. Experience the Puga, which can be as meaningful and significant as one wants it to be. Learn about the importance of meditation and the main principles of Bhuddism.

During our time at the monastery, we will visit the ancient stupa and hike up the long stairway through the forest to the monastery. A senior monk will take our group on a tour of the monastery, to the main temple, dining hall, viewpoints, etc. We will visit the monastery school and have time to interact with some of the young monks. We will have time for several meditation sessions with the monks, including the Puga with drums, horns and chanting. We will also experience dining with the monks while at the monastery. And finally, enjoy a talk with the monastery Lama with an opportunity to ask questions.

Unlike most monastery visits, which are little more than walking around and taking a few photos, our time at the monastery is a unique opportunity to really learn about Tibetan Buddhism, the importance of meditation and life in a monastery! The more one puts into this experience, the more one will get out of it!

Overnight at monastery.

 

Day 7: Ancient Sites of Bhaktapur

After one last breakfast with the monks, we leave the serenity of the monastery and drive to the walled city of Bhaktapur, an ancient city that has been lovingly restored to its authentic style. Bhaktapurs' 'Durbar Square' is known as a living museum of medieval art and architecture with impressive sculptures and woodcarvings. Pagodas and temples are consecrated to different gods and goddesses. We explore this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot. After our exploration, we continue to the heart of Kathmandhu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 8: Fly to Lumbini, Birthplace of Buddha

This morning we drive to the airport to fly to Bhairahawa.  From Bhairahawa we drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. Lumbini is a lovely and serene setting to learn more about the life of Buddha and the fundamentals of Buddhism. We also have time to take a rikshaw tour of the different monasteries built by different countries.

Overnight in Lumbini.

 

Day 9: Explore Lumbini, to Tansen

This morning we have more time to explore Lumbini and can witness the early prayers of the pilgrims. After breakfast, we drive to Tansen .

Overnight at Tansen, which has a beautiful hill from where you can see the Himalayas .

 

Day 10: To Pokhara, World Peace Pagoda

This morning we drive to Pokhara, where we can enjoy lunch at the lake side.

This afternoon, we explore the sites around Pokhara, including a visit to the World Peace Pagoda as well as a small boat ride on the lake.

Overnight in Pokhara.

 

Day 11: Mountain Museum & Tibetan Camp,

Today we visit the Mountain Museum and a Tibetan Camp with time for interaction with the Tibetans. 

After lunch at the lake side, we have a free afternoon for you to wander on your own . 

Overnight in Pokhara.

 

Day 12: Himalayan Sunset, Rural Village, Fishtail Mountain Views

Today we drive for about an hour and a half to Dhampus by jeep for the sunrise, while enjoying breathtaking views of Fishtail (Machapuchare) Mountain and the Annapurna Range.

We also have time for a village tour, where we are able to see the beautiful stone houses with slate roofs and get to meet and interact with the local villagers. For those who want a bit more hiking, there are hiking opportunities with impressive views.

Overnight in Dhampus.

 

Day 13: Explore Bandipur

In the morning we will wake to beautiful views so majestic that you will not want to leave! Enjoy a morning walk before our journey to Bandipur for some stunning views of the Annapurna Mountain Range while taking in the daily life in rural villages.

In the afternoon we will arrive at the quaint village of Bandipur. Beautiful by day, but magical at night. We have time for a short hike around the region through nearby villages before dinner.

Overnight at Bandipur.

 

Day 14: Chitwan National Park, Jeep Safari

After breakfast, we drive about 4 hours through beautiful scenery before arriving at Chitwan National Park. We will have our first safari by jeep after lunch.

Established in 1973 and granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1984, Chitwan is Nepal's first, as well as it's most famous, national park. Located in the alluvial floodplain habitat of the Terai, Chitwan is one of the best tiger habitats anywhere in the world and is home to 68 mammal species including leopards, sloth bears, foxes, otters, jackals, badgers, civets, mongooses, deer and the one-horned Indian or Asian rhinoceros. In 2006, Chitwan recorded an impressive 543 bird species.

Overnight at our lodge at Chitwan.

 

Day 15: Jeep Safari, Boat Safari, Tharu Village

This morning, our jungle activities include a short jeep ride to a village for the start of our peaceful canoe safari on the river. We also make a stop at a crocodile farm, visit a Tharu village and have a talk about elephants.

Relax and enjoy free time at our lodge during the heat of midday. Lunch is at the lodge.

In the late afternoon, we enjoy another jeep safari.

In the evening after dinner, we will enjoy a cultural dance performed by the local villagers.

Overnight at our lodge at Chitwan.

 

Day 16: Drive to Nuwakot, Working Farm Visit

This morning we leave Chitwan and the hot and humid Terai, to reach our destination of Nuwakot. We journey inland to a small working farm, where little baby goats roam the grounds, and we see how people live in the interior of Nepal.

Overnight in Nuwakot.

 

Day 17: Local School Visit Nuwakot

Today is a special day as we walk to a hearing impaired school, where families from all over send their children to learn sign language and more. This is a wonderful way to meet some very special children that love to try to learn how to spell and sign where your from. Afterwards we will walk to a small village, that is more like a ghost town, for tea. The rest of the day is at leisure enjoying the surroundings of the farm.

Overnight in Nuwakot.

 

Day 18: To Kathmandu, Swayambunath 'Monkey' Stupa

Today we drive to Kathmandu with a stop at Swayambunath ('Monkey Temple') Stupa on the way to the beautifully-restored Shankhe Dwarika's Hotel, a true oasis in Kathmandhu.

Today we will have our Farewell Dinner at our hotel as the ambiance is hard to beat!

Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for your final departure.

 
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