Cultural and Wildlife Tour

Kathmandu is the kingdom of the Gods. Where Gods and Goddesses are daily celebrations of life where colorful holidays and festivals occur year round and the home to the world's greatest treasury of Hindu and Buddhist art. Students will have the opportunity to partake in the festivals in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu the biggest city in Nepal, and one if the oldest cities in the world, comprises three historical palaces known as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Dubar Square. Students will learn about the culture, religion, history and the educational system. We will visits museums, temples, shrines monasteries and Stupas.

Chitwan is the most popular destination to experience the regions wildlife. In 1984, UNESCO designated the park as a Natural World Heritage Site. We will observe the diverse and abundant wildlife atop elephants on an exhilarating safari ride. The park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one horned rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger and wild elephants. In addition, we will see many species of birds, fish, butterflies and reptiles in the park.

Students will be volunteering in a local school and have a chance to interact directly with Nepalese teachers and children.

Day 1:
Arrival and pick up- transfer to the hotel.

Day 2:
Orientation and introduction to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a harmonious blend of Hindu and Buddhist tranquility, the city retains a mystical ancient aura that leaves you feeling like you have stepped through the looking glass. Students will partake in a half day seminar on Nepal's history, religion, and architecture followed by a visit to the historic Kathmandu’s Durbar Square that offers magnificent examples of various architectural styles seen in the surrounding temples and shrines. We will also visit the nearby Kumari Temple, where a living goddess resides.

After, we will take a short bus ride to a UNESCO world heritage site, the ancient Buddhist stupa at Swyambhunath, Nepal’s definitive icon; situated on top of a hill, the stylized eyes of the Buddha look out in all directions. Guarding the lower stairs of the stupa is a band of amusing monkeys performing acrobatics.

Finally, we will visit Pashupatinath temple situated 5 km east of Kathmandu city, which is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to lord Shiva. Situated on the sacred Baghmati River, the temple was built in pagoda style with a gilded roof and ornately carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the river’s bank, as entrance into the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds where we may witness an ancient Hindu cremation ritual. We will then return to the hotel with the late afternoon and evening free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3:
We start with a seminar about Hinduism, Buddhism and education in Nepal. After, we work in a local school organizing libraries, painting, and teaching a lesson. Followed by a visit to the Patan Museum, where the Malla kings once ruled, lived and worshipped, and now offers magnificent examples of various architectural styles seen in the surrounding temples and shrines, we will see an outstanding collection of cast iron bronzes and gilt copper works mostly of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Evening free for exploring the fascinating shopping streets of Thamel.

Day 4:
In the morning, we return to work in the government school. We can have lunch in Patan Durbar Square overlooking the temples. After lunch, we will drive to Bhaktapur city, which is the third major city in the Kathmandu valley. We also will visit the Nyatapole Temple, which at 98ft is not only the highest temple in the valley, but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. In Bhaktapur, we can observe locals weaving, making pottery, farming, and see traditional brick houses with intricate carvings. We will spend time exploring this well preserve ancient city on foot. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 :
Travel from Katmandu to Chitwan National Park, and spend the next two days exploring one of the finest national parks in Asia, renowned for its diverse and abundant wildlife. We will have the opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitat. This afternoon, we will climb atop an elephant for a safari ride through the golden grasses in search of wild animals. We might be able to see The Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, crocodiles, and 450 types of bird species. This is the best way to explore the jungle without disturbing the animals. Before dinner, we will enjoy a traditional evening program by the local Tharu ethnic group. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6:
Chitwan. Early morning canoeing in the Rapti River. It is a good experience to see the birds flying to the riverside. We will return for breakfast and then leave for another exhilarating jungle safari ride in case we missed seeing some animals the day before. After lunch, we will return to Kathmandu. We will have free time to explore the fascinating streets of Thamel. We will meet for a farewell dinner at a Newari restaurant with the accompaniment of traditional dancers.

Day 7:
Departure.

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