Seeking to attain inner peace? Mindful travellers come blissfully close on this 13-day tour of Nepal that envelops you in local culture and Buddhist history. Your adventure inward starts in Kathmandu with a calming visit to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines. From there, dive deeper into self-reflection mode with a two-night monastery stay that includes the option of meditation sessions with long-practicing monks. Then bring your newfound zen-ness to Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini for an illuminating visit. Return to Kathmandu for one final night to reflect on everything you’ve learned about the country and yourself.
Arrive any time, arrival transfer included. Enjoy a Yog Nidra yoga class and join the CEO for an organic welcome dinner.
Arrive at the joining point hotel at any time on Day 1, we recommend arriving early afternoon to ensure you can meet the CEO for a welcome meeting and yoga class for a good stretch after your long flight.
Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where the city may lead you. We recommend arriving a day early to settle in.
Start the day with any early morning Standing Yog Asanas class. After breakfast, explore Kathmandu including Swayambhunath Stupa and the G Adventures supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project where we learn how to make momos (dumplings) and enjoy a local lunch. Continue to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines for a tour, then enjoy a meditation class.
Throughout this trip we will practice yoga in classes and with our CEO. Asanas are performed as relaxation techniques and as physical exercise where they are often referred to as "yoga postures" or "yoga positions". Some asanas are performed just for health purposes, stress relief or physical exercises, in placing the body in positions/poses that promote awareness, relaxation and concentration. Combined with breathing exercises and meditation, practicing this technique in modern, everyday life helps to maintain long term range of motion as we age, and improves longevity. From a metaphysical perspective, the practice brings lightness, calm and a blissful feeling in the body, mind and soul.
Rise early for a sitting Yog Asanas class, then enjoy some free time to explore Kathmandu. Later, transfer to Pharping and our Monastery guesthouse where we will take an orientation walk around the Monastery and surrounding area.
Upon arrival at the Azom Monastery, you will be taken by the calmness and serenity of the area. This is an active monastery and place of worship, and we ask that you refrain from speaking in loud tones, or making an excess of noise, and be sure to dress in a modest fashion.
Our rooms at Azom Monastery are simple but comfortable with attached bathroom. The main purpose of the monastery guest house is to provide accommodation for the monks visiting the school to learn the Tibetan language. Meals are served from the kitchen of the monastery and are simple and vegetarian only, alongside the resident student and teacher monks. During the first dinner at the monastery, we will have ample opportunity to mingle with the monks. But please remember that monks are not very used in talking and communicating with visitors. Hence it would take some time for us to break the ice.
Rise early to join the Monks for a prayer ceremony, then take a lying Yog asanas class. Enjoy free time to explore the area, visit the town or other monasteries. This evening, join the Monks during their evening meditations.
Opt to join the Monks for an early morning prayer session before transferring back to the Kathmandu airport for the flight, then drive to Lumbini, the Lord Buddha's Birthplace. Enjoy a tricycle tour to visit Lumbini gardens, Maya Devi Temple and other monasteries in this stunning UNESCO World Heritage area.
Rise early to practice our yoga poses with the CEO. Remainder of day is free to explore, rent a bike or visit other monasteries in Lumbini garden.
Lumbinī is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and according to Buddhist tradition (as well as many historians and archaeologists) is the birthplace of Buddha. It is believed that Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BC. and then Gautama, (who achieved Enlightenment in Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya, India around 528 BC), became The Lord Buddha and founded Buddhism.
Rise early for a yoga session with the CEO then drive to Barauli Community Homestay – a G Adventures supported program. Enjoy a warm welcome from a group of ladies from the community and have lunch. After take a walk through the village then visit a local home for a cooking demonstration with our Tharu hosts. Visit their farm land to pick vegetables and offer a hand in dinner preparation.
In 2015, Nepal was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. G Adventures immediately responded to this earthquake and launched a campaign that would raise over $200,000 CAD for long-term redevelopment of the tourism industry in Nepal. These funds helped rebuild the homes of over 150 porters, local guides, resource poor women in the tourism industry's homes, and the remaining helped purchase seven solar panels and hot water tanks to provide electricity and hot water to the community for the first time. The village has 14 individual cottages that are part of the homestay program, plus a community dining hall. The accommodations are simple but clean and comfortable.
Barauli, home to the Tharu people, is a small indigenous community near the Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The park is a popular tourism attraction that is well known for its wildlife but less known for the cultural value that it has to offer travellers. Due to its distance from the typical tourism hotspots in the park, the Tharu residents have never been able to access the economic benefits of tourism. Limited opportunities for community members have led to engagement in illegal activities like poaching and deforestation in the park as a means of income diversification. The potential for added community income through the creation of the homestay program provides positive new job opportunities into the region.
Enjoy a morning cycle down to Narayani River where we practice yoga postures learnt so far with our CEO. After lunch, travel by 4x4 to the Buffer Zone of Chitwan National Park for a jeep safari into the jungle in search of rhinos, deer, crocodiles and birds. Return to the community for dinner and a cultural program including local music and the Tharu stick dance.
This evening the community people will be show casing their cultural program during which they perform various dances including the Tharu Stick Dance. We suggest you to have your dancing shoes on as the locals will be inviting you to participate along with them.
Opt to join the CEO for morning yoga before driving to Rupakot, a stunning natural heaven just outside Pokhara. Soak in the views across the valley and marvel at the distant Annapurna Himalaya range and this evening enjoy a meditation session.
Our hotel for the next 2 nights is located on a hill near Rupakot, a stunning natural heaven just outside Pokhara. The views across the valley and of the distant Annapurna Himalaya range are outstanding. The very comfortable hotel is surrounded by unspoilt and tranquil village life, wildlife and flora. There is a pool, bar and spa which can be enjoyed as optional activities.
Rise early to witness sunrise over the Annapurna ranges and practice Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) Yoga. Later, embark on a hike in the hills to meet the local Gurung community and enjoy a picnic lunch. In the evening, relax with another meditation program.
Enjoy a morning yoga and meditation session before heading into Pokhara town for the night. Take an orientation walk with the CEO and have some free time to explore. Later enjoy a Shirodhara therapy session which invokes an immediate calmness of the body, spirit and mind.
Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m (2,713 ft), beautiful Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. It is popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Enjoy a morning yoga class before catching a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy free time to explore and opt to take a singing bowl therapy session.
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Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm.
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Duration: 13 Days
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