Day 1 - Sunday Nov 4
Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Transportation from the airport to a hotel in the city center. Rest and shower before dinner in the evening.
Day 2 - Monday Nov 5
Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visits to Swayambunath Temple, Thamel Tourist District, the old Bazaars of Indra Chowk and Assan Thole, Durbar Square and the Kumari Palace.
Day 3 - Tuesday Nov 6
More sightseeing, whatever was missed the previous day, as well as the Palace Museum and the nearby Golden Temple.
Day 4 - Wednesday Nov 7
Off early in our private transportation to Chitwan. Arrive in the heart of the jungle in the late afternoon. Relax and immerse yourself in the sound of nature on the hotel’s balcony.
Day 5 - Thursday Nov 8
A full day of exploration and programs organized by Nawa and I in conjunction with the Jungle Villa Resort.
Day 6 - friday Nov 9
A few more early morning activities at Jungle Villa before driving west to Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace. An evening stroll through the old bazaar before dinner.
day 7 - saturday nov 10
An early morning visit to Buddha's birthplace and surrounding temples and monasteries. After lunch we’ll drive to Thansen Palpa to learn about the Newari people and see majestic views of the Himalayas.
Day 8 - sunday Nov 11
Walk through Thansen Palpa in the morning before driving to Pokhara. Depending on energy levels, a calming evening stroll or self guided activity before settling down to an outdoor dinner.
Day 9 - MONday Nov 12
Many options for your day in Pokhara. Happy to arrange whatever you desire. I recommended a boat ride across the lake and a one-hour climb up to the Peace Stupa. There is also ample shopping, spa treatments, yoga classes, and general wanderings to be had. Lunch in a nice restaurant and an afternoon visit to a Tibetan Refugee Camp. Spend the evening exploring the main street before dinner.
Day 10 - TUESday Nov 13
Early transport up, up, up for a meditation sunrise at Sarankot, with an option to climb higher or stay put. Para-gliding (about $120usd) is also an extra option for the daring souls. After lunch, we’ll drive to Bandipur, explore the village village and admire the views.
Day 11 - WEDNESday Nov 14
Optional trek of about 9km down to the highway. Feel free to hitch a ride in the Jeep. After picking up the trekkers we will drive east across Kathmandu valley to Bhaktapur.
Day 12 - Thursday Nov 15
Another early start as we drive up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Coffee and tea with a view and then a full day of trekking (or not) to Changu Narayan and if energy is on our side all the way back down to Bhaktapur. All the trekking is optional and able to be cut short for individuals who are feelin’ the burn.
Day 13 - Friday Nov 16
Walk the 4km (or not) into Bhaktapur center. Sightseeing amongst ancient pagodas, the Potters Square, temples, shady alleyways and beautiful open plazas. After lunch, we have a one-hour drive home to Kathmandu. We’ll rest a bit before dinner at beautiful Boudha.
Day 14 - Saturday Nov 17
The last day in Kathmandu can be spent any way you wish. We can all decide as a group or split off in factions, with ample support for whatever you desire to do. Many people conquer their Christmas shopping, visit one last spiritual site, or simply sip tea and watch the world go by before it’s back to ‘regular life’ There is also the option of visiting some small-scale local projects and organizations that are helping the citizens of Nepal through the production of cultural handicrafts or educational foundations. We can talk more about this.
Day 15 - Sunday Nov 18
It’s time to head home! Transportation to the airport and farewell hugs.