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Depart on a journey with an unusual combination of culture, adventure, and nature. Combine sightseeing tours and yoga practices in the beautiful lands of Nepal, and discover all the beauty that Nepal can offer you. Nepal is truly a magical place with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite landscape, and dramatic contrast of ancient tradition and modernity.
During the retreat, you will be provided five nights of accommodation. The first night will be spent at the Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu, and the second night will be at the Hotel Country Villa in Nagarkot. You will stay at the Balthali Village Resort in Balthali on the third night of the retreat and go back at the Hotel Shanker where you will spend your fourth and fifth nights.
You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) Airport by 12:30 p.m. and be transferred to your hotel. You will spend a half-day city tour and see the Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. After sight-seeing, you will go back to your hotel. Overnight stay will be at the Hotel Shanker. Your dinner will be provided.
You will have a morning yoga practice with a yoga teacher in the hotel and a full day city tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After sight-seeing, you will drive to Nagarkot and stay overnight in Hotel Country Villa. Your breakfast and dinner are included.
In the early morning, you will practice yoga with a yoga teacher in the hotel terrace with a beautiful sunrise view from Nagarkot. After the breakfast, you will check out of the hotel, drive to Kharipati, and start 45 minutes to one-hour hiking to Changunarayan Temple. Later, you will drive to Khopasi on the way to Panauti and start 45 minutes hike to Balthali Village Resort or drive there based on what you want before checking in to Balthali Village Resort. Your breakfast and dinner will be served.
You will practice early morning yoga with a yoga teacher in the hotel with a beautiful view from Balthali. After your breakfast, you will hike around Balthali Village. After the lunch, you will then drive back to Kathmandu and check in to Hotel Shanker. Your breakfast and dinner are included.
In the morning, you will practice yoga in the hotel with a yoga teacher. After your breakfast, you will have a full day tour of Patan Durbar Square and go shopping around the Thamel area. In the evening, you will join a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with the cultural dance program and stay overnight in Hotel Shanker. Your breakfast and dinner will be served.
After breakfast, it is your free time. You will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport at 10:00 a.m. to catch flight TG320 which will depart at 1:30 p.m. Your breakfast will be served.
This retreat will be held in various places in Nepal. You will visit the famous attractions, stupa, and temples in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, and Lalitpur.
The Kingdom of Nepal covers an area of 147,181 square kilometers and stretches 145 to 241 kilometers north to south and 850 kilometers west to east. The country is located between India in the south and China in the north. At latitudes 26 and 30 degrees north and longitudes 80 and 88 degrees east, Nepal is topographically divided into three regions: the Himalaya to the north, the hills consisting of the Mahabharat range and the Churia Hills in the middle, and the Terai to the south.
Elevations are varied in the kingdom. The highest point is Mount Everest (8,848 meters) in the north and the lowest point (70 meters above sea level) is located at Kechana Kalan of Jhapa District. Altitude increases as you travel south to north. The north temperatures are below minus 40 degrees Celsius and in the Terai, temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius in the summer. During June, July, and August, the kingdom is influenced by monsoon clouds.
Bhaktapur is the medieval town known as Bhadgaon. One of the Malla kings built this conch shell shaped town in the ninth century. You will see the unique palace with a golden gate and a single window with 55 openings at Durbar Square.
The statue of Great King Bhupatindra Malla, one of the rulers of the Bhaktapur city-state sitting on the stone lotus set on a stone pillar still prays to the Almighty Goddess Taleju in front of the Golden Gate at the Durbar Square that he created during his reign at the beginning of the 17th century. This exquisite statue of King Bhupatindra Malla is the greatest single masterpiece of the Malla dynasty in Bhaktapur.
The temple of Changunarayan is one of the Kathmandu Valley's oldest temples. The richness of Changunarayan is surpassed only by the wealth of the greatest temple of Pashupati. The temple sits on the hillock called Changu, whose name is derived from the name of the God. Around the temple, you will see the stone image of Garuda, the half-bird half-man that is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, another name of Changunarayan.
The superb image of Lord Vishnu astride the Garuda to the left of the main temple door is of such importance in Nepal's art history that it is featured on the ten-rupee note. To visit this remarkable temple, you may walk up from the Sankhu Road or bike up from Bhaktapur. However, the most interesting one would be the half-day hike along the hill ridge route from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.
Nagarkot is the place where once Manjushree Bodhisatto stood and watched the lake in the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is at the eastern periphery of the Kathmandu Valley. The hilltop called Nagarkot is at more than 2,000 meters above the sea level and is the second highest peak in the Kathmandu Valley. After an hour-long exciting and winding drive, you will be able to feel the cool breeze of air blowing endlessly into your face and see the widest range of the Himalayas including Mount Everest with your bare eyes from here. It is also one of the best spots to visit for unmatched sunrise and sunset views.
Patan is also called Lalitpur, the beautiful city or the center of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. It has more than 55 major temples and 200 courtyards. The most famous and artistic temple is the Krishna Mandir dedicated to Lord Krishna. Major events mentioned in the great Hindu epic called Mahabharat are carved in the stones.
This temple is an outstanding masterpiece of Nepalese stone craftsmen. You need to explore some of the hidden sacred shrines such as Mahaboudha, popularly known as the temple of thousand Buddha, and the golden temple beyond the Durbar Square area to familiarize with the artistic treasure of Patan. If you want to see the temple architecture, you need to visit the Bhimsen Temple and the Kumbheswor Temple, too.
The Pashupati temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples in the Hindu world. It is situated only five kilometers east of the city center. Hindus worship the deity in the inner sanctum of the temple in the names of Lord Shiva, which means the enlightened one. Pashupati means free from worldly bondage and Mahadev means “the supreme God”. The holy river called Bagmati flows nearby the temple. Cremation sites along the holy river are the most sacred place for Hindus to burn up their deceased ones. However, non-Hindus have to be satisfied with the glimpses of the periphery of the temple.
Just 20 minutes leisurely walk from the city center, you will be taken to the busy streets at Thamel, another interesting and lively commercial tourist spot. You can buy anything you need and you want, and not only buy, but also sell the things you do not need. This is the area where you might even meet with your old friends whom you have not met for years. The narrow but clean streets at Thamel are crowded with overseas visitors, street vendors, vehicles, and street hawkers throughout the year. You can enjoy the busy street just strolling or enjoy a nice meal at the restaurants or stay overnight at a lodge for a meager price.
You will be served five breakfasts and five dinners throughout the retreat. For 10 to 15 persons, all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included.
You may choose to enter the temples, stupa, and other famous attractions around Nepal. Entrance fees per person are not included in the price.
Tribhuvan International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and the airport is included. Adventure Snowman will pick you up from the airport.
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