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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.
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.
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.
Day 4: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudanath Stupa, to Dhulikhel
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.
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 Buddhism.
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. Bhaktapur's 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 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.
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.
Day 10: To Pokhara, World Peace Pagoda
This morning we drive to Pokhara, where we can enjoy lunch at the lake side.
Day 11: Mountain Museum & Tibetan Camp
Today we visit the Mountain Museum and a Tibetan camp with time for interaction with the Tibetans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kathmandu.
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your final departure.
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