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Highlights and Homestays Tour

10-day Homestay tour, Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan

Tourist meeting local women in Nepal

Trip highlights

  • Experience warm Nepali hospitality as you stay with families and communities throughout
  • Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley
  • Stay at the Tibetan Refugee Camp in Pokhara
  • Spot rhinos and tigers in Chitwan National Park
  • Enjoy a peaceful final night at the Neydo Monastery

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US$988

* Per-person price guideline based on 2 people sharing services

Overview

Experience Nepal with a difference, as you travel to some of the country’s highlights and stay with local families and communities along the way.

You’ll begin in the Kathmandu Valley, and the ancient towns of Patan and Panauti, before travelling to lakeside Pokhara where you’ll stay at the Tibetan Refugee Camp – not everyone can say they’ve done that!

After a night in the historic hill town of Tansen, you’ll head south to the Chitwan National Park. Staying with the Barauli community, you’ll set off on a safari, hoping to spot rhinos, elephants and even tigers.

Your final night offers another unique experience, as you stay at a working Buddhist monastery in Pharping, where you’ll be invited to join ceremonies and enjoy the incredibly peaceful atmosphere.

You’ll return to Kathmandu with plenty of new friends, and a deeper understanding of Nepal and our people.

This tour is part of the Community Homestay Network.

Detailed Description

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Includes Homestay: Patan Community Homestay

Following your arrival in Kathmandu, you are taken to your first Community Homestay in Patan. Now more like a part of Kathmandu, Patan was an important historical city in its own right.

 

Day 2 – Sightseeing with Family

Includes Homestay: Patan Community Homestay

Today you are shown around this fascinating old city by your family. Patan is now part of Kathmandu but used to be another of the three independent kingdoms. Very different in character from the rest of the city, Patan’s Durbar Square is surrounded by the most splendid Newar architecture. It is a beautiful ensemble of temples and shrines that surround the old royal palace that now serves as a museum. In Patan you see how Hinduism and Buddhism exist side by side. There are many interesting festivals and traditions that are observed here.

 

Day 3 – Sightseeing Bhaktapur, Drive to Panauti

Includes Homestay: Panauti Community Homestay

After breakfast you are taken to Bhaktapur, a short drive outside of Kathmandu. Perhaps one of the most fascinating and important World Heritage Sites in Nepal, Bhaktapur is made up of three large squares filled with historic shrines and temples, Newar architecture and fine art. It is famous for its pottery, fine thangka painting and exquisite metal work and wood carvings. Bhaktapur retains its medieval feel. You will be shown the magnificent Golden Gate in Durbar Square (square of the palaces), the Palace of 55 Windows, the Nyata Pola Temple, Newar houses and pottery square. Although the town was damaged in the 2015 earthquake, there has been a lot of work to repair the old buildings.

In the afternoon you are driven to Panauti where you meet your Homestay host who will show you around this traditional Newari town. Originally it was a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister; it is still largely unchanged over the passage of time. You visit Indreswor temple and Durbar square in the town center. Situated at the confluence of the two rivers Rosi and Punyamati, it has been regarded as an important religious site since very early times.  Panauti is also famous for its many temples and festivals dedicated to various deities.

 

Day 4 – Drive to Pokhara

Includes Overnight : Tibetan Refugee Camp

You are driven beside the Trisuli River along a scenic road that takes you through the hills to Pokhara where you stay at the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Most Tibetans settled here after 1959 following the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet. Camps were set up with assistance from the US, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other aid organizations. You will get an insight to the everyday life of Tibetans living here.

Day 5 – Sightseeing around Pokhara

Includes Overnight : Tibetan Refugee Camp

With your Tibetan guide, you will get a chance to see an interesting side of Pokhara. You can see

how Tibetan carpets are made, maybe meet a Tibetan doctor who will introduce you to Tibetan medicine, you can visit a monastery and talk to a Buddhist monk, maybe joining them in their evening worship. If you have time, there is plenty to see and do in Pokhara. As well as museums such as the International Mountain Museum (IMM), you might like to send an hour relaxing on a boat on the lake, or just stroll around Lakeside.

Day 6 – Drive to Palpa

Includes Homestay: Palpa Community Homestay

Tansen is a fascinating historic town set in the hills a few hours’ drive from Pokhara. Former capital of the Magar kingdom, until the rise of the Shahs, this was one of the most powerful kingdoms in Nepal. Although the power of the Magars waned in the 18th century, Tansen recovered as a Newari trading post on the busy trading route between India and Tibet and in the early 19th century became part of the Kathmandu kingdom.

Tansen is a compact little town with many interesting sites to explore like the Durbar Square which you enter via the huge Baggi Dhoka (gate), Sittalpati, a curious octagonal pavilion found in the main square, and many temples that all have their interesting stories. There are many interesting places to visit it the historic town and your homestay hosts will be very happy to show you around and tell you some of the town’s history.

Day 7 – Drive to Barauli

Includes Homestay: Barauli Community Homestay

Driving down to the Terai, it is just a couple of hours or so to Barauli Community Homestay. This small Tharu village is close to Chitwan National Park.  Here each of the 14 specially built cottages made by the local villagers is named after the housewife who owns and takes care of you. On arrival, you are welcomed with a traditional Barauli program that includes song and dance by women dressed in their traditional Tharu gowns. During your stay, you can sample the local food and experiencing the local lifestyle.

Day 8 – Jungle Activities

Includes Homestay: Barauli Community Homestay

Located next to Chitwan National Park, you are taken to visit the jungle with a jeep where if you are lucky, you might see a tiger, or rhino. After the half day Jeep safari, you can explore the village on a cycle ending the day observing a beautiful sunset on the banks of Narayani River.

Day 9 – Drive to Pharping – Neydo Monastery

Includes Overnight: Monastery Guesthouse

Next morning you are driven back to the Kathmandu Valley, to Neydo Monastery in Pharping. Here you spend the night at Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery’s Guest House. This is a Tibetan monastery where up to 140 monks live, coming from Nepal and India and following the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has Nepal’s biggest statue of the Amitabha Buddha flanked by statues of Avaloketesvara (Buddha of Compassion) and Vajrapani (protector and holder of the Buddha’s sacred teachings). The monks welcome you to join them for their early morning and evening ceremonies in the main hall. Your stay at the monastery’s guest house helps the day-to-day expenses of the monastery.

If you are feeling energetic, there are several short walks in the area to visit other smaller monasteries or going to the Asura Cave where Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche meditated and achieved the highest realization.

Day 10 – Drive to Kathmandu, sightseeing Kathmandu

You are transferred back to Kathmandu to your hotel. You have the day to see the sights, visiting Kathmandu’s Durbar Square that is one of Kathmandu’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites. Built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the temples, palaces and courtyards were a social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Visiting the Kumari’s house, home to living goddess, you might be lucky enough to see looking out of the window.

You are taken to visit Swayambunath Temple, also known as the ‘Monkey Temple.’ Perched on a hill overlooking the city, this is one of the most sacred temples. You will have some free time to maybe go shopping for souvenirs in Thamel or get yourself lost in the narrow streets of Asaan where the locals shop.

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Included

  • Accommodation on Full Board basis at Community Homestays
  • Accommodation only in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Pharping
  • Transportation
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Jeep Safari, Sunset Cycling, Cultural Dance Barauli
  • Sightseeing Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara
  • MAP basis accommodation and meals on Tibetan Refugee Camp

Not included

  • Entrance Fees Sightseeing Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara
  • Meals Kathmandu, Pharping, Pokhara
  • Any Personal Expenses or tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrances on Pokhara

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