Nepal: The people and the god
Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
You might have travelled the whole world, stayed in best of the hotels and tasted the finest cuisine by some of the Michelin chefs. But have you ever stayed in a Home, eaten food prepared by the lady of the house and listened to the stories and experiences of elderly of home. Nepal offers you an opportunity of life time to leave aside the conventional tour of Nepal and enjoy staying in some homestays. Learn about the way of life of a Nepali family, how their tradition and customs keep them together, their values which they have inculcated in their daily life since generations. Visit the city of Kathmandu and discuss your experience with the family. They will definitely tell you some little known local secrets which your guide might skip to tell you. you will surely enjoy an all new perspective of a local person. Meet the living Goddess, who are worshiped as a representation of Goddess or Devi. They are little girls, who as per tradition, are considered as manifestation of Divine female energy. What a best way to discover a place living amongst the locals.
Morning: Enjoy a heritage walk of Patan, passing by the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabiar (the golden temple) and Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars. Also meet Kumari Devi, young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or Devi in Hindu religious traditions. Visit a most popular carpet weaving center.
Later visit Bungamati, a Newari village where time has stopped long back in history and you walk past a town enjoying an incredibly rich culture which extends over the fields of language, writing, art, architecture and even trans-Himalayan commerce which is passed down from many generations.
Afternoon: Visit Swoyambhuanth meaning 'Self-Existent One’ and believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago.More
Morning: Visit Boudhanath a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a centre of Tibetan culture in Nepal. Possibility to meet a monk at Monastery to receive blessings at Bouddhanath. You will be greeted upon arrival by a Lama chanting sacred hymns with Khada on his hand symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion. Enjoy Nepali local tea at a local restaurant overlooking Stupa.
Later proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square, located in the heart of old city Kathmandu and visit the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, Parvati temple, great Bell and Drum, Bhairav and Taleju Temple.
Afternoon: Visit to Nasal Chowk near the durbar square and enjoy an exhilarating rickshaw ride from Hanuman Dhoka till Thamel through narrow alley and explore Kathmandu city more where you will encounter local shops selling Nepali spices and souvenirs.
Evening: Visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. Its existence dates back to 400 A.D. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings”. The enchanting atmosphere filled with ecstatic prayers and devotees will take you far away from the material world. If you get lucky, you might also encounter a benevolent Sadhu to receive his blessings.More
Kathmandu - Bhaktapur (20 Kilometres / 30 minutes approximately)
Morning: Drive to Telkot and enjoy a Nature walk to Changunarayan A leisure walk along the forested ridge with amazing views of the mountains to reach historical Changunarayan temple. One of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepal built sometime back in 323 A.D. Drive to Bhaktapur and visit Bamboo School, built by a socialist that offers a platform for the underprivileged children to study.
Afternoon: Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square which exhibits most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley and highlights some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. Visit the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate and the statues of kings on stone monoliths.
Evening: Walk around as the place becomes lively with those people singing hymns and playing traditional instruments to pay deep reverence to their deities.More
Morning: Walk around Siddhapokhari and watch people worshipping Gods and Goddess. Later day hike to Ghampe Danda where you will walk past the farmlands and see the typical way of farming and people involved in their daily morning chores. After reaching Suryabinayak temple we follow the trail of jungle. The sighting of birds species are common and the aloofness of the place leaves you in tranquil. The uphill walk goes for 02 hours approx to reach Ghampe Danda which is a vantage point that offers spectacular view of Kathmandu valley and breathtaking view of mountain ranges on a clear day. Interact with local people who are from Gurung tribes. They offer you warm hospitality and it’s their tradition to offer a glass of homemade wine “Raksi” to the visitors.
Afternoon: Hike down to Suryabinayak.
Evening: Watch a short documentary about Nepal.More
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English speaking guide in Kathmandu.
Entrance fees to monuments (single visit only)
Assistance on arrival and departure at airport.
All currently applicable taxes
Accommodation of 05 nights in Twin / Double bed sharing room on Bed and Breakfast basis
Transportation by air-conditioned car with chauffer
Tips, porterages and items of personal nature such as telephone calls, table drinks, laundry, camera / video-camera fee etc.
International or Internal airfare
Any lunches or dinners
Visa Fees, Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance
in local houses with local families in traditional house.
Enjoy a Heritage walk in Kathmandu
Meet a monk at Monastery and receive blessings at Bouddhanath
Enjoy a rickshaw ride in old city of Kathmandu.
Have a nature walk to Changunarayan
Be a part of genuine Newari hospitality.
Explore Bhaktapur on a day hike is to Ghampe Danda
Savour the taste of a delicacy of Bhaktapur - the King of Yogurt, Ju Ju Dhau
Prices are subject to change in case of change in Government taxes.
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For Airlines bookings: Bookings are subject to full payments and attract cancellation charges. The revised check-in baggage allowance for domestic flights in India for Economy class is 15 kg only.
Irrespective of the process charged by the Chinese/Tibetan Tourism authorities the tour to Tibet are neither luxurious nor gourmets' delights.
Similarly the details on weather conditions, altitude sickness and suggestions for items to be carried by travelers provided elsewhere in this manual must be brought to the attention of travelers.
We recommend that for all those itineraries that begin from Kathmandu, travelers should plan to reach Kathmandu at least 3 nights (more if it is before a Saturday and Sunday) before the scheduled departure for Tibet in order to obtain visa for China as also for acclimatization for the tour.\
Professionalism in tourism in Tibet and China is still far below the western travelers expectations. Sometimes travelers having booked to stay on twins are given triple rooms and similarly ones having booked a single room end up sharing a room. It is natural that such travelers will complain and ask for differences to be paid back to them. Although we shall definitely take up such cases with the Tibet/China authorities, it is to be clearly understood that until and unless we get a refund from them on these accounts the claims could not be entertained by us.
Check-In Time at hotels varies between 1200 - 1500 Hours. Early check-in is subject to availability. For guaranteed early check-in, reservation needs to be made starting from the previous night.
Check-Out Time at hotels varies between 1000 - 1200 Hours. Late check-outs are available on request and subject to availability / supplement cost.