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Everything Nepal: Culture, Art and Festivals

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*Prices are per person in a double room. Single supplement prices are available below.

19 days of culture, ancient crafts and festivals

Visiting 1 country: Nepal

 

Nepal is known for the most spectacular treks in the world, but that not all it has to offer. This magical country will give you great opportunities to learn and explore the ancient arts and culture, paintings, woodcarving, and architecture. Along with its wonderful sundowns and sunrises over the Himalayan mountains, this tour will give you the chance to be part of all the happy traditional festivals where different animals and deities are honored with dancing, singing and colorful experiences.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

What better way to start your adventure than with a welcome ceremony and a gifted traditional Tibetan scarf? Once you are transferred to your hotel and introduced to your awesome guides, you’ll go through a short briefing about hotel facilities , health & safety.

Day 02: Bhaktapur

After Breakfast, you’ll visit heritage sites by walking through narrow allies and street. You’ll be exploring cultural and historical sites of Bhaktapur such as Darbar square, Nyatapula Temple, Palace of 55 Window (master pieces work of wood carving), Peacock window (most popular wood carving work of Nepal dated a century old), Bhaktapur Museum of Art and Craft. Your day will end with a traditional welcome dinner.

Day 03: Bhaktapur

Once you are done with Breakfast, you’ll visit the Living Goddess Kumari also called virgin Goddess representing female deity. After that, you’ll head on to see how the most fine art and traditional Pottery work is made.

Day 04: Festival of the Crow in Patan

Today, we drive to the ancient city of Patan, capital of Lalitpur meaning the City of Art. Most of Nepal’s famous artist and craftsman lives in Lalitpur area. Here, you will stay at the Heritage Hotel located inside the Patan Durbar square, a World Heritage site surrounded by many temples and ancient monuments. Today is the beginning of the most popular festival, festival of crow which are considered as the messenger Gods.

Day 05: Festival of the Dog in Patan

We head to Bugamati today, 30 mins ‟ drive to an ancient village where majority of people are wooden craftsmen. You’ll will visit one of Nepal’s foremost Artists in Wood carving Mr. Raj Bhai Shakya who lead a team of wood carving artist to build the entire set of Durbar square in World Trade Fair in China and received numerous awards. He will share his experience and talk about history of wood carving in Nepal. You can ever try your skill of wood carving. After lunch, you’ll meet the Stone carving master in Patan where you will witness stone carving technique. Most of the major temples, statues and ancient artifacts are made of stone. What better way to end the day than bu joining the festival of the Dog where locals worship dogs by offering pujas and garlands. Dogs are considered the protector Gods, or the Bhairav.

Day 06: Laxmi Puja Day, Tihar Festival in Patan

Nepal is famous around the world for its handmade metal work. Today you will witness various processes of metal workings from beginning to the fine pieces of Art. Craftsmen will be explaining everything to you explain in detail. Once the evening sets, you’ll take part in Laxmi Puja, the most important day of the Tihar Festival when people worship and welcome, “Goddess Laxmi‟ Goddess of Wealth and prosperity. The whole city looks beautiful, lively
and brightly lit with oil lamps and thresholds decorated with colorful vermilion known as Rangoli .You will also notice people visiting neighborhoods singing and dancing, giving blessing for good fortune.

Day 08: Kathmandu – Bhai Tika

After Breakfast, you’ll head to Boudnath, north of Kathmandu city,  and one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Buddhist community. Most of the monasteries belong to Buddhist Dharma are located in Boudnath area. Today you will experience Kora by making a walking circumambulation around the main Stupa, biggest in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. Your day ends with a traditional Nepali dinner.

Day 09: Kathmandu

Today you’ll visit the Thanka Art School located by the Boudha Stupa and run by a former Monk. The amazing Head Artist will inform you all about the Thanka, a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. You’ll also get the chance to paint your own mandala which is consider the center of Buddhist philosophy and path to enlighten. After lunch, you’ll be seeing more of  what Thanka Art School has to offer.

Day 10: Kathmandu

Today is all about handicrafts, you’ll see how the official documentation papers of Nepal are exclusively crafted by women from the Lokta tree. You’ll also a visit handmade pashmina factory where the pashmina shawls are woven using traditional handlooms.

Day 11: Kathmandu

On this easy day, you’ll visit two galleries in Kathmandu where we will interact with local artist about art and history. After a bit of free time, you’ll have a very special dinner in Tibetan outfit called Chuba.

Day 12: Kurintar – Brigands Bends

Time for a 3 hours drive to Kurintar where you’ll have the chance to walk through the hidden paradise of Brigand’s Bends, a beautiful Lodge nettled in nature by the River Trisuli. After, you’ll have your leisure time either by pool or relaxing enjoying the view.

Day 13: Kurintar – Brigands Bends

Get ready to hike to the nearby village of Chepang, where indigenous tribes lived a nomadic life. Once the hike is over you’ll return to the lodge for lunch and a bit of well earned rest.

Day 14: Drive to Pokhara

Today you’ll head to paradise like Pokhara via a 4 hours drive. Pit stop for lunch en-route, then you continue your drive to highest hill of Pokhara, known as Sarangkot. You’ll be staying at the amazing Himalayan Front Hotel with the view of mighty Mountain. Sarangkot hill is a very famous for the best Sun-rise and Sun-set views in Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara

It’s a charming and calm day today where you’ll visit the International Mountain museum and explore Phewa Lake by boat.

Day 17: Pokhara

It’s all up to you on your free day in Pokhara.

Day 18: Kathmandu.

Pack your bags as you’ll fly back to Kathmandu today and transfer to your hotel for a farewell dinner.

Day 19: Drive to airport for final departure.

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye, your tour concludes with transfer to the airport.

Additional information

Duration

2 Weeks +

Country

Nepal

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Highlights

  • Patan (Lalitpur), Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhu and Bhaktapur, meet Living Goddess “Kumari”.
  • Thanka Painting School: Lecture by Founder Mr. Lama Tsonamgel on topic of Mandala.
  • Visit and witness various production process of Nepalese traditional handmade metal Statue of various God Goddess and Deities: by Mr. Sunil Shakya.
  • Singing Bowl Therapy demonstration: by Mr. Abhishek (Owner).
  • Visit World famous wood carving center in Bugamati: Lecture by: Mr. Raj Bhai Shakya (Artist and owner).
  • Visit Stone carving center and participate in carving practice.
  • Visit traditional handmade Pottery.
  • Visit Art Galleries of Kathmandu and meet with local Artist.
  • Enjoy ancient opera and play at Vajra Hotel.
  • Bhai Tika: Brother and Sister worshipping ceremony.
  • Newari New Year celebration & Mha Puja (Self worshiping on a New Year).
  • Observing Tihar Festival , the Festival of light by worshiping the Goddess of property and wealth (Laxmi Puja).
  • Cooking lesson of most popular Tibetan Dish called MO:MO.
  • Enjoy traditional Food of Nepal.

Accommodation

Experience staying in a traditionally built heritage hotels inside World Heritage site surrounded by temples and local houses built in 16th to 17th century.

  • 3 Nights accommodation in hotel in Bhaktapur on twin sharing as per the itinerary.
  • 4 Nights accommodation in hotel in Patan on twin sharing as per the itinerary
  • 5 Nights accommodation in hotel in Boudha on twin sharing as per the itinerary
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Brigand’s Bend on twin sharing on AP basis as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Night accommodation in Himalayan Front Resort on twin sharing as per the itinerary.
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Fishtail Lodge on twin sharing as per the itinerary.

Meals

16 Breakfasts at Hotels.

Traditional Nepalese welcome dinner.

Traditional Tibetan farewell dinner.

Inclusions

What’s included:

  • 1 English speaking guide and 1 assistant Tour Guide throughout the tour.
  • All entrance fee during the sightseeing.
  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle.
  • All necessary transportation during sightseeing by private vehicle.
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Traditional Nepal Welcome Dinner.
  • Traditional Tibetan Farewell Dinner.
  • Airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • 18 Nights accommodations.

What’s not included

  • Insurance ( must cover all activities undertaken)
  • Meals ( Lunch & Dinner) as per the itinerary
  • Liquor beverages ( soft and Hard drinks )
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. laundry, telephone bill etc.
  • Gratuities to staff.
  • Services not mention herein.

Price Variations

Cost per person:

04 – 07 Pax 08 – 11 Pax 12 – 15 Pax

S/S

3,694 EUR 3,265 EUR 3,195 EUR

1,115 EUR