Nepal Experience Program

About Nepal Experience

A land locked country like Nepal has so many hidden treasures to offer to its visitors. This package allows the traveller to feel nature and get mesmerised by the lofty Himalayas. Nepal Experience Program has been created to offer travellers an action packed adventure of Nepal’s many attractions as well as an in-depth cultural experience. Places like Pokhara, Chitwan and Kathmandu have their distinct charm and the option to volunteer allows the travellers to make an impact during their trip as well as get a deep experience of day to day Nepalese life and culture.

Adventures, Authentic Experiences and Volunteering in Nepal.

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Program Itinerary

Duration : 15 Days

Place : Nepal

  • Day 1 (Sunday): ARRIVE AT Kathmandu

    Welcome to Nepal! On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport,ourrepresentative Idex will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation.

    The people of Nepal can always be seen to be smiling. Nepal is a deeply religious country, as you will see in their temples, Monasteries and buildings. The fertile, mountain-sheltered Kathmandu Valley is the historic heart of Nepal, where the Himalaya’s most sophisticated kingdoms rose and fell and where Nepali art and culture were developed and refined. In many ways the Kathmandu Valley is Nepal.

    After arriving at the accommodation, you will be briefed about your Program and have the rest of the day at leisure. This is because different people who are arriving on the trip are gathering on this day.
    Overnight stay at the accommodation, Kathmandu.

    (No meals)

  • Day 2 (Monday): In Kathmandu

    Take a morning Yoga session with the Yoga instructor early this morning. Later, after breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City.

    Kathmandu City: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal’s art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, SetoMachhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation.
    Swayambhunath: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

    At the end of the day, you will do a short debrief of the day to recollect how the day went and what to look forward to, on the next day.

    Overnight stay at the accommodation, Kathmandu.

    (Meals: Breakfast)

  • Day 3 (Tuesday): Kathmandu – Chitwan

    After breakfast at the accommodation we drive you to Chitwan. It will be approximate 185 Kilometres which takes about 6 hours including a lunch break. Upon arrival a local naturalist will host reception, refreshments, briefing about the programs and the facilities at your accommodation.

    Royal Chitwan National Park: The Royal Chitwan National Park is situated in the lush valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of Churia ranges which houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. This National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

    Jeep Safari: The jeep safari is the best way to get a look deeper Chitwan National Park. For 3-4 hours you can explore a variety of habitats, and get a close look at rhinos, crocodiles, alligators, wild boar and deer. Expect to get out of the jeep and track rhino on foot during the safari.

    After dinner, we do a short debrief about the day and recount our experiences. Overnight stay at the accommodation, Chitwan.

    (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)

  • Day 4 (Wednesday): In Chitwan

    Jungle Walks allows one to explore several different wildlife habitat areas, from the flood-plain grassland to the dense Sal forests. There, one gets an opportunity to encounter a variety of animals including the endangered ones. Since walking through the forest disturbs the animals less, you’ll have a better chance for discovering wildlife. One can also learn useful information about different kinds of plants and herbs in the National park.

    Floating down Rapti River on a dugout canoe is the best way to discover the habitat of crocodiles in the river (from a safe distance). It is also a relaxing and a better way to watch the different kind of birds and wildlife species drink water on the bank of the serene river.

    Elephant Breeding Centre: The elephant breeding centre supports the wild and trained herds of Chitwan elephants by ensuring a steady supply of elephant calves. Expect to see several cow elephants and calves of ages from a few days to a few years old. Expect also to be moved – there are few things in Chitwan so endearing as a baby elephant.

    Daily debrief about the day. Overnight stay at the accommodation, Chitwan.

    (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)

  • Day 5(Thursday): Chitwan – Pokhara

    We leave Chitwan after some Bird watchingthatThe Chitwan National Park is known for because its home to more than 450 species of birds. In other words, some people have commented the park as a heaven of the bird world. Take a guided tour through the forest to hear the colourful birds’ early morning chirps and watch them fly.

    Later drive of 5-6 hours under normal road condition to Pokhara which is approx. 220 kms. Southwest of Kathmandu Valley at an altitude of 827m from the sea level.

    Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.

    The valleys surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the views of world famous Himalayas. The city is also known as the centre of Adventure.

    Phewa Lake: Spend a quiet time boating in the ultimate lake where the reflections of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre range falls. You will also see a variety of fishes while boating. An island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavour to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of the reflected mountains.

    You will be requested to share your experiences from the day and briefed on what is coming up on the next day.

    Overnight stay at the accommodation, Pokhara.

    (Meals: Breakfast)

    • Day 6 (Friday): Pokhara

      Early morning – Drive to Sarangkot for Sunrise View above the high Himalayan Range and stunning view of Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri Range, Machhapuchhre and other snow-capped mountains as well as Pokhara Valley. After the visit drive back to your accommodation and have breakfast.

      Visit the locally known as PataleChhango (Hell’s fall), Devi’s fall (also known as Devin’s or David’s) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny dipping in the PardiKhola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.

      GupteswarGupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi’s Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
      Our regular daily debrief will happen at the end of the day.

      Overnight stay at the accommodation, Pokhara

      (Meals: Breakfast)

    • Day 7 (Saturday): Pokhara – Kathmandu

      After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Late afternoon: Tour of Pashupatinath Temple + Boudhanath Stupa.
      Pashupatinath Temple:Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.

      Boudhanath Stupa: One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is one of the holiest structures imposing a height of 36 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.

      We conclude the day with the daily debrief and overnight stay at the accommodation in Kathmandu.
      (Meals: Breakfast)

    • Day 8 (Sunday): Yoga, Volunteering and Cooking Lessons in Kathmandu

      Early morning Yoga session with the Yoga instructor followed by breakfast at the accommodation. After breakfast, an orientation to your volunteering project and visit to your project for starting off the work. After the volunteering project, you come back to your accommodation. Later, take a cooking class to learn the local cuisines of Nepal with the local cook.

      After the workshop we go over the volunteering activities of the day and plan the volunteering for the next day.

      We review the day together and have overnight stay at the accommodation in Kathmandu.

      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    • Day 9 (Monday): Volunteering and visiting Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu

      You will start the day with breakfast and continue your volunteering project during most parts of the day. In the afternoon, we bring you to one of the nearest Buddhist Monastery to learn more about the Buddhistreligion and culture.
      We review the experiences of the day and also prepare for the next day of volunteering and activities.

      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    • Day 10 (Tuesday): Volunteering and visiting a local family for a meal in Kathmandu

      Continue your volunteering project during the day. Later in the afternoon, after the daily reflection time with your guide, get ready for another experience of the real culture of Nepal by visiting a local family home for dinner. Visiting a local (urban, middle income level) family and seeing their life is one of the best ways to get an up-close-and-personal view of how regular Nepalese people live through observation and

      Note about the family meal
      – Visiting a family is a partly observation and partly experience. While we choose our host families based on their English conversation level, not all members of the family may interact with you equally. Go with an open mind, see what a local home looks like and enjoy a “home like” ( mostly vegetarian) meal.
      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner))

      We go over our experiences of the day as to what was interesting, not interesting, surprising or otherwise noteworthy. Plus we review what is to be done in the volunteering activities in the next day.

    • Day 11 (Wednesday): Volunteering and getting some henna painting done yourself in Kathmandu

      After breakfast, continue your volunteering project during the day as per the activity plan.
      Today, after the daily reflection time with your guide, we get some “Henna” painting done on you. This traditional art of South Asia is very popular amongst local women, especially during weddings.

      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    • Day 12 (Thursday): Volunteering and dressing up like the locals (a cool photo op) in Kathmandu

      Do your volunteering project during the day as per the activity plan.What awaits you after the daily reflection time today, we have some fun with dressing you up in local Nepalese attires, making up for a great photo opportunity.
      The day ends with the daily debrief as all other days where we look at what is coming up.

      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    • Day 13 (Friday): Last day of volunteering and visiting a rural family and their home near Kathmandu

      After the volunteering project, we bid farewell to the project and head out for a special experience of observing daily life in rural Nepal.

      Today, we have a unique experience of visiting a rural family farm where we get a guided tour of their home, their farm, interact with them through your tour guide and conclude the day with a simple local meal that is cooked by the family as per the staple diet for rural people in this part of Nepal. What you also get to observe and notice is the difference in the attires, the living standards and daily routines of a rural family.

      We conclude the day with a slightly longer debrief about the entire trip, the various experiences and the volunteering.

      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    • Day 14 (Saturday): A free day in Kathmandu(go around like a pro, which you are by now).

      We have kept today’s day to be free for you to explore the city of Kathmandu on your own because by now, you are familiar with Nepal and Kathmandu. Feel free to take advice from our tour leader and make plans other travelers to have some flexible time on your own.

      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at guest house only)

    • Day 15 (Sunday): It’s time to say good bye to Kathmandu and Nepal

      We come to the end of this journey of Nepal. We will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home and look forward to welcoming you on another adventure with us.

      (Meals: Breakfast only)

Services and Activities

  • Total 14 Nights’ accommodation on entire trip at a guest house/ similar.
  • One Chitwan Trip –
    • > One Jeep safari at Chitwan National Park.
    • > One Canoe ride at Chitwan.
    • > One Tharu culture show.
    • > Jungle walk in Chitwan National Park.
    • > One Boat ride at Phewa Lake.
  • One Pokhara Trip –
    • > David Falls
    • > Gupteswar Cave
    • > Phewa Lake
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing.
  • Volunteering work at Kathmandu.
  • Cultural Activities (one time) –
    • > Yoga
    • > Dinner at local host family
    • > Local training dress workshop
    • > Henna Painting
    • > Visit a Rural family farm
  • Transfer by road Kathmandu-Chitwan-Pokhara-Kathmandu with driver.
  • Meals as per the program itinerary.
  • All Visits and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Services of local English-Speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Does not include any beverages including mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc. unless otherwise specified. It is more cost effective for us to bill you for all beverages based on actual consumption.
  • Entrance fee.
  • Visa fees
  • Any international& domestic airfare & airport taxes.
  • Any items of a personal nature such as beverages, tips (except for group meals and baggage handling), laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice

Arrival Transfer Procedure

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Volunteer program activities

Volunteering activities are available to all the volunteers during the program.
Below is the description of some of our projects:

Renovation and beautification projects

School and Day care centers are not attractive for children. It is said that children place and their educational centers should look like a garden of learning. We are working to make these centers attractive to create colorful stories, pictures and different other educational paintings. These activities are appreciated widely in the society.

Fun fair for Children

Little citizen of our society, the children are not given much chance to have fun activities especially in the villages. Fun Fair for children will give smile on their faces. The fun fair projects for children would be an idea activity fora cultural experience. This will help in strengthening the community feeling amongst community members and will bring attention to the needs of children in the form of creative fun activities amongst all other members of the community. It is an ideal way for volunteers to create a high impact on the lives of the children that they interact with.

Creative art workshops with Children

Local schools and societies are not giving children the space to develop her creativity. It is a common feeling that school is meant for education not for any other activities and making passive and monotonous teaching norm. Volunteer groups can do a number of creative exercises like drawing, painting, music and dance. These activities area very important way of enhancing the mind and body coordination amongst children and creating their interest in the school as a center of education. This activity can make a long lasting impact on continuing education and reducing dropout rate amongst schools in rural areas.