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Treasures of Nepal

  • 10 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAANEX

There's far more to Nepal than just trekking and climbing. If the thought of lacing up hiking boots isn't for you, don't fret - there are plenty of highlights to see that don't involve clambering up cliffs. Learn more about Buddhist culture and history in Kathmandu and Pokhara, then immerse yourself in the great outdoors on a safari in Chitwan National Park. Take in the stunning views of the Himalayas and Annapurna mountain ranges from a monastery guesthouse and get to know the women of the SASANE Sisterhood of Survivors, a Planeterra-supported community project.

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Day 1 Kathmandu (1D)

Arrive any time. Arrival transfer and welcome dinner included.

Arrival at any time, Arrival transfer and welcome dinner included. As you exit baggage claim/customs on arrival at Kathmandu Airport your airport representative will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Please just look for your name-sign. The airport is close to the city center, but traffic can make the journey a little slow, especially in peak hours. You may arrive at the joining-point hotel at any time on Day 1 as no group activities are planned for today except for a group meeting in the early evening followed by dinner. It is important that you arrive in time for this meeting as we will cover important aspects of the trek. Please check the entrance of the hotel for a notice from your CEO detailing the location of the meeting. Enjoy a 6 course dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant - Krishnarpan serves the finest Nepali cuisines and is a slow dining experience reminiscent of the meals relished by the Kings of yesteryear. Prepared from fresh organic vegetables straight from the Dwarika's own organic farms, a meal at Krishnarpan is a journey through the multi - ethnic nature of Nepal's culinary culture. Kathmandu is Nepal's magical capital and largest city and for many, simply the name alone is sufficient to conjure up images of temple pagodas, long-haired saddhus in clouds of hashish smoke and the ever-present Himalayas. Kathmandu is all this and more. Sitting in a bowl-like valley surrounded on all sides by some of the highest mountains on earth, Kathmandu has been a crossroads of cultures since hundreds of years before Christ, a tradition very much alive today. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where chance, fate or the city may lead you.

Day 2 Kathmandu (1B,1L)

Explore Kathmandu visiting Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines and the royal city of Bhaktapur. Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human trafficking to become certified

Explore Kathmandu visiting Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines and and the royal city of Bhaktapur. Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the program and learn about traditional Nepali food. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. Once Boudhanath was, essentially, a kingdom within a kingdom. The jewel in its crown was, and still is, Boudhanath Stupa. At the conclusion of the Sino-Gorkhali war in 1853, a Chinese resident of Boudha was invited to interpret during the peace discussions with the Chinese. This resident , Taipo Shing, was a Sichuan Nyingmapa Buddhist who had settled in Bouddha after coming here on pilgrimage. He was later awarded the abbotship of Boudhanath Stupa as a reward for his work, then married one of Jung Bahadur's concubines' daughters thus becoming more powerful. The status of the Chini (Chinese)Lama was further enhanced by being appointed the Dalai Lama's consul to the Kingdom of Nepal. From the mid-19th century until the death of the third Chini Lama in 1982 they contributed substantially towards increasing Boudhanath's religious and social significance. Since the death of Punya Vajra, the Stupa has been governed by a committee (guthi) consisting of his descendants and the families of Tamang disciples living nearby. Visit The Sisterhood of Survivors Project a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. We will be greeted by some of the beneficiaries of this program and learn about traditional Nepali food, learning how to make traditional Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the survivors, and then enjoying an authentic local lunch. Bhaktapur is an important and fascinating World Heritage Site, made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples and activity; Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architecture in Nepal. In its heyday (14th-16th centuries) Bhaktapur was the most powerful of the Kathmandu Valley kingdoms and its capital for 300 years. Despite earthquakes and frequent rebuilding, Bhaktapur today retains a medieval feel; its neighborhoods are still caste oriented and centered around the old ponds or tanks (built to store water for drinking, washing and religious ceremonies) and which continue as a social focal point. Local people here are predominantly farmers or engaged in the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork which have supported the city since its establishment in the 12th century to service the trade route between Tibet and India and remain active industries.

Day 3 Pharping (1B)

Option to take a morning Everest experience flight. Explore Patan Durbar Square then drive to Pharping, where we overnight at a Buddhist Monastery guest-house. Gain insight into a day of life in the monastery and its Monks with option to share a meal, med

Option to take a morning Everest experience flight. Explore Patan Durbar Square then drive to Pharping, where we overnight at a Buddhist Monastery guest-house. Gain insight into a day of life in the monastery and its Monks with option to share a meal, meditate alongside the Monks, or just enjoy the peace walking or cycling the grounds and trails in the surrounding forest. Durbar Square was built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. Within the square there is of course the Royal Palace and many temples built in the traditional Newari pagoda style. On the south side lies the Kumari Chowk, home to Nepal's living goddess the Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Talejn. The Kumari lives a cloistered life rarely leaving the confines of the chowk, when she does it is for important religious festivals and whilst traveling her feet must never touch the ground. Once the Kumari reaches puberty another 3-5 year old girl will take her place. Experience the serenity of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The Monastery guest house offers comfortable accommodations in a peaceful setting with balcony and private western-style bathrooms. The guest house is attached to the monastery, allowing you to participate in the life of the monks as you choose. You may eat alongside them and participate in their practice. There are approximately 200 monks in residence following the Nyingmapa tradition. This is a new monastery (2006) with its central statue of Amitabha Buddha the largest in Nepal, and income from the guest house directly supports the monastery. Free time to explore the monastery and gain insight into both Buddhism and what it means to be a monk. Nearby are a number of other sacred sites including Dakshinkali Temple, dedicated to Kali and a cave used by Padmasambhava for meditation. Set in a peaceful wooded area only 22kms from Kathmandu, walking, hiking and cycling amid the hills and small surrounding villages is popular. Optional MOUNTAIN FLIGHTS Regular flights are conducted daily from Kathmandu towards the Himalayan Range in the North and East of Kathmandu. The flight generally takes off in the morning and lasts for one full hour. This is the quickest way to get a close look at Mt. Everest, the highest mountains in the world. Other mountains that can be viewed at close range are Nuptse (7879 M), Lhotse (8501 M), Cho Oyu (8000M), Makalu (8475 M) and Kanchenjunga (8584 M). Approximate Distance: 25km Estimated Travel Time: 1 hour (By private bus)

Days 4 Kurintar (1B,1D)

Drive to Kurintar and our nature lodge on the banks of Trishuli River. Option for nature walks, Village visits or whitewater rafting.

Drive to the banks of Trishuli River, west of Kathmandu Valley. Arrive at our lodge which sits on a ridge amidst the tropical forested middle hills, sloping down to the sand beaches of the river. Forests cascade down the hillsides, enclosing tiny settlements of tribal people: Chepang, Dorai, Magar, some Brahman and Chettri, who eke a living from foraging in the forests, snaring the odd small animal or wildfowl, cultivating wheat, rice, maize and vegetables and generally embrace the rituals of animism that culminate in Hinduism. Option for nature walks, Village visits or whitewater rafting. Approximate Distance: 125km Estimated Travel Time: 2 hour (By private bus)

Day 5-6 Chitwan National Park (2B,2L,2D)

Drive to UNESCO World Heritage Chitwan National Park. Spend 2 nights enjoying a Village walking tour, boating and nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park searching for Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodil

Drive to UNESCO World Heritage Chitwan National Park. Spend 2 nights enjoying a Village walking tour, boating and nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park searching for Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. Jeep Safari: After crossing the Rapti River enjoy a Jeep safari (Jungle Drive) which begins from the open grassland area into the dense Sal Forest crossing the Reu River inside the Park to see different wildlife. Continue down to Khoria Mohan at the bank of Narayani River and view Gharials (Fresh Water Alligator) basking in the sun by the river banks. Then drive around Bhimle check post area and view the wildlife from Bhimle Machan (wooden platform) - approx. drive: 3 hours. Boating: Boating is provided in the northern boundary of The National Park at ‘The Rapti River'. We embark in traditional patela boats for about 45 minutes taking you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles, Gharials and the animals along the river banks. After Boating enjoy a short walk back to the resort. Note: For those not interested to walk, there is a provision for vehicle to drive back to the resort. **Please Note: Jeep Safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities from June-September and in some season it can prolong till October. Boating is also subject to condition of the water level in the Rapti River. Village Visit & Bullock Cart Ride: Our Village Visit is provided around ‘Jitpur village', Meghauli. Our naturalist will brief you about the social and cultural aspect of the people and their lifestyle. After the visit ride on a bullock cart and come back to the resort. The main ethnic residents of Jitpur village, Meghauli are Tharus, Danwar ‘Kumal' Darai & Bote. There are many tribes living here in the Chitwan valley but the original residents are the Tharus. Many historians have proposed theories about their migration and origin but no one knows where they originated (possibly from the North Eastern State of India known as Assam). Before the 18th century this belt of forest was mentioned as a disease-ridden barrier against invasion from the south. Hence apart from the Tharu tribe who are thought to be immune to malaria, no other tribe set foot or lived near this forest. They follow the Hindu religion and their practices are dependent on many typical Aryan practices. Danwars, Majhis and Darais are very similar to Tharus, but they speak their own languages which are of Sanskrit origin. Tharus originally worshipped Nature (known as Bandevi (Goddess of Forest). Now they are highly influenced by other religions such as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and also Christianity. Chitwan National Park The Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands form an eco-region that stretches across the middle of the Terai belt. They are a mosaic of tall grasslands, savannas and evergreen and deciduous forests; the grasslands are among the tallest in the world, fed by silt deposited by the yearly monsoon floods. It is this eco-region that is home to the endangered Indian Rhinoceros, as well as elephants, Bengal tigers, bears, leopards and other wild animals. Much of the region has been converted to farmland, although both Royal Chitwan National Park and Royal Bardia National Park preserve significant sections of habitat, and are home to some of the greatest concentrations of rhinoceros and tiger remaining in South Asia. Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP), the oldest national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it became a World Heritage Site in 1984. Within its area of 932km², the Royal Chitwan National Park is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, and langurs. Until 1950 the Chitwan Valley was a hunting reserve for big game. Happily, today visitors come only to spot wildlife and the park offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Day 5 Estimated Travel Time: 2 hour (By private bus)

Day 7-8 Pokhara (2B)

Drive across the mountains to beautiful Pokhara and immerse yourself in views of the Himalayas. On Day 8, early morning sunrise and mountain viewing from Sarangkot, then later boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda. Option for paragliding an

Drive across the mountains to beautiful Pokhara and immerse yourself in views of the Himalayas. On Day 8, early morning sunrise and mountain viewing from Sarangkot, then later boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda. Option for paragliding and rafting. Pokhara has the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare Himal) which could be said to be its greatest asset. Towering over the city, this mighty snow-covered peak glints a shiny silver at the crack of dawn, and there is nothing like sitting on the terrace of your hotel with a mug of hot coffee in hand, and watch it change color with the rising of the sun. Indeed, the nearness of the mountain is what will grab you first, it's a special thing with Pokhara; while the city has temperate weather all year-round, the mighty Machhapuchhare is clad in snow all the time, year round. Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks - creating the ambience that has made it such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m, Pokhara is a place of natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and tranquility. Day 7 Estimated Travel Time: 4-5 hour (By private bus)

Day 9 Kathmandu (1B)

Today catch our flight back to the capital, Kathmandu.

Today catch our flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. The afternoon is free for your own explorations and shopping. If you have not done so already you could visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, or the monkey temple. More than almost any city in the world, Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travelers prefer to just wander, seeing where chance, fate or the city may lead them. Estimated Travel Time: 1 hour (By flight)

Day 10 Kathmandu (1B)

Depart at any time.

You are free to depart at any time tody, though remember check out from the hotel is 12.00 midday. Your CEO can help you arrange any onward travel.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Superior
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

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Arrival transfer. Kathmandu city tour including Boudhanath Stupa. Visit with lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project. Bhaktapur guided tour. Tour in Patan Durbar Square. Experience monastic life at Neydo Monastery. Activities in Chitwan National Park including canoeing, cultural program, Village walking tour and Jeep Safari. Pokhara city tour including Sarangkot, boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda. Al ...

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