Cultural Heritage

Starting at

$ 900

Duration : 14 Days

Group Size : 3 - 5 pax

We fly Lukla, a remote airstrip in the mountain, and follow well traveled path to Phakding and gradually climb the trail from Jorsale to Namche Baza (3440m). Next stop  Thyangboche (3867m) to visit monastery and meet the reincarnate lama. We descend to Debouche (3770m) and Pangboche (4252m) and again climb gradually and steadily through less traveled trail to a small village at Phortse (3800m).  We take time to visit local villagers at their house and learn about their life.  En-route back we stop at Khumjung (3753m) monastery to see the display of a scalp believed to be from Yeti (abominable animal). There is a cave of Guru Rinpoche high up in the hill, and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Descend to Monjo and to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu. During the journey there are possibilities to visit and meet residing lama and participate at the puja (prayer). You can also stop by, the small nunnery; meet the residing nuns and the abbot of the monastery near Pangboche.

The culture of Nepal is influenced by has fascinating living religions like Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Bonpo, and Nature worship. All of these religions are influenced by the belief and practice of Tantrism.  And the enjoyable part of the tour is you get to see magnificent view of the mountain and the himalayan range. The culture is vibrant with the presence of thousands of temples dedicated to Gods and Goddess. The diverse ethnic peoples and their culture as diverse as rainbow colours have made deep impact on the major religions and vice versa. You may call it bon-po, animist, or tantrick all these has its own impact on the religion people of Nepal practice.  
Religion based on animist trait has its own festival dedicated to nature. Lord Shiva is manifested in different form to different religious adherent. But all consider him as benevolent and fearsome God. The Impact of Buddhism and the sage Padman Sambhaba who propogated Buddhism in remote parts of the Himalaya has tale of  spiritual and tantric power used interchangeably. The cult like impact of tantric power has also left deep impression in the lives of people in Khumbu valley like anyother far flung villages. Weather we talk about the power of Milarappa or the power of Jhakris to ward off hail storm, in true sense it is ‘tantric power’ we are talking about; it can also be called cosmic power which is beyond the comprehension of human being. Your journey to the heartland of Sherpa culture takes you to the tale of these remarkable people who
In this cultural tour we would like to show you many of the same subjects seen by general visitors but in different light. Unlike the rushing trekkers you meet, interact and expose yourself to the culture. We hope to bring back the original experience of many visitors who visited Khumbu when it was just ventured by the climbers and later trekkers. Only by spending more time with the people and land you get to know the culture that has been transforming rapidly into commercial mode. and sites you captured in your mind could express the meaning of what people would usually do not encounter in their normal visit..
The sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley would cover almost all the places in World Heritage Sites listed in Kathmandu valley. All these places are scattered within a short distance. These sacred temples and palaces are the subject of tourist attraction as well as it offer delightful subject for all visitors.  People have been living in these heritage sites for centuries. As much as the temples and palaces it is a great place to discover people in their daily life. Even in this fast changing world the thoughts of people in these historical places has remained unchanged. Many people say the valley is a “Living Museum,” specially the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. We cover most of the places while you are in Kathmandu.
The program intended to cover wider aspect culture of Sherpa community of  Khumbu (Mt. Everest region) and Tibetan Bhuddism in a nutshell.

 

Starting at

$ 1200

Duration : 08 Days

Group Size : 3-5 pax

Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. It is located in southern plain of central Nepal very close to the border of Indian State of Bihar and Utter Pradesh. We take you to the pilgrimage site of Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Emperor Ashoka of India in the height of his power to renounce his acquisitive and bloody path visited Lumbini and built a Pillar in 250 BC. While in Lumbini we visit the temple of Maya Devi, mother of Gautam Buddha, and the sacred pool known as Puskarni, where Maya Devi gave purification bath to Gautam Buddha. The focal point of Lumbini is the sanctum sanctorum where a stone slab is located to mark exact birthplace of Gautam Buddha. We take two full day tour to visit the restored garden and surrounding areas that has many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas including the archeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early years of childhood. Archaeologist has discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in the area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC. If time permit we visit other historical places associated with the life of Gautam Buddha like Aroarakot Chatradei, Gotihawa and Kudan all in the vicinity of Taulihawa. Niglihawa and Sagarhawa are other near by sites that are archeologically important. Surrounding villages and weekly market full of local merchandise and people provides interesting sightseeing tour.

After Lumbini fly back to Kathmandu and travel to Bhaktapur to see many interesting monuments and people in their traditional attire. Travel onward to a resort in Nagarkot; stay overnight at the resort to see sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest. On way back to Kathmandu we drive to the ridge of Namobuddha to have a look at the place visited by Buddha in Kathmandu before going to Varanasi (India) at the end of his life. This visit was during the reign of Kiranti king. At the end of the journey we travel to Buddhist centers like Boudhanath and Swambhunath. In recent year Boudhanath stupa known as little Tibet has become the biggest center for Tibetan Buddhist and Buddhist in South Asia for pilgrimage and meditation.  

Buddhism is an integral part of Nepali culture. The Newars and Tibetans have played an important role in keeping up the tradition of Buddhism in the country. There are about 2,000 Buddhist shrines in Kathmandu valley in the form of Stupa, Chaitya or Chorten. This monuments enshrine a relic of Buddha or contain prayers, holy scripts or mortal remains of an important and holy Buddhist master. These structure are built alone or within a Vihar or Gompa where the community of devotee live and practice ‘dharma’. Stupas and vihars are also the hallmark of Nepali art and cultural.

Starting at

$ 1160

Duration : 10 Days

Group Size : 3-5 pax

After your arrival in Kathmandu we take you places in Kathmandu valley that are related to Gautam Buddha and his teaching. There are many temples and stupas dedicated to Buddha in Patan. You will visit Swambhunath and Boudhnath.  And then travel to Lumbini, birth place of Gautam Buddha. After paying homage and prayer to Lord Gautam Buddha at the sanctum we visit the restored garden and surrounding areas that has many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas and the archeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early years of childhood. Archaeologist has discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in the area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC.

On the 5th day we cross Nepal border and enter into India. Drive to Gorakhpur and arrive at Kushinagar. En-route we visit Vaishali. Kushinagar is the last resting place of Lord Buddha located near the Hiranyavati River. He was cremated at the Ramabhar stupa. Kushinagar used to be a celebrated center during the Malla kingdom. It has many stupas and viharas date back to 230 BC-AD 413 built during its peak prosperity time. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka who later converted to Buddhist teaching built a magnificent statue of Buddha carved on a single piece of red sandstone. The famous Chinese scholars Fa Hien, Huen Tsang, and I-tsing visited Kushinagar in their journey. Vaishali is the last place where Buddha preached his last sermon. In the last leg of the tour we travel to Bodhgaya. Sidhartha Gautam attained his knowledge of Nirvana - eternal peace at Bodhgaya. 

Vaishali is a very special place to Buddhists as the Lord delivered his last sermon and announced his impending "Nirvana".  We stay at Bodhgaya for two nights to visit Rajgir, Nalanda, Sapta pari cave and Venevamas. During your stay at Bodhgaya you will come across many Buddhist sites. We visit Rajgir where Buddha spent 12 years. Buddha held his first council at Nalanda after he attained Nirvana.  Nalanda founded in the 5th century was known as center of intellectualism at that time. At the end of the tour we fly to Delhi; stay overnight and fly home next day.

 

Starting at

$ 655

Duration : 9 Days

Group Size : Min 5 pax

This tour includes three full days in the city center of Kathmandu valley that provides insight into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal that includes Nepalese culture, life style and art and architecture dates back to centuries. Beside the regular sightseeing tours of temples and Gods the tours allow you to understand and feel more about the culture of Nepal. It is indeed true this is the very reason why the valley is in the heritage list of UNESCO. Many people find Kathmandu valley as an open museum. Beside the regular places we take you to Kritipur, Bungamati and Khokana. These places where culture is very much traditional are less frequently visited by tourists.

Pokhara is next popular tourist destination after Kathmandu. The serene lakes and the close up view of the majestic Himalayan peaks are simply wonderful. The Pokhara valley lies in the Nepal Midland. In the south is Mahabharat-Lekh and to the north is high Himalayan range. It covers an area about 125 square kilometers. It lies equidistant (170 km) between the Tibet to the north and India in the south. Pokhara derived its name from the word "pokhari" meaning lake and is dominated by Machapuchere Himal (6997m) - the "Fishtail" shaped peak and the giant Annapurna Range. We stay overnight in Pokhara before the trek.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu we take you to see cultural heritages of Kathmandu valley listed by UNESCO in its World heritage list. Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, Stupas of Swambhunath and Boudhanath, and the Hindu temple of Pasupatinath and Changu Narayan are all located within Kathmandu valley in the city centers except Changu Narayan. You will find Kathmandu an open museum. Most of the buildings are made of wood engraved with meticulous design with metal doors and roofs. These monuments are center to many festivals that happens here throughout the year. It is best to visit during festival time. After the tour of Kathmandu you would be thrilled to find rich culture, life style and art and architecture that date back to centuries still thriving. After going through many temples, images of Gods, and architecture that are part of the heritage we take you to Nagarkot (2195 m) to see sunrise view over the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest. We enjoy the mountain and its cool, fresh air. Nagarkot is situated on north eastern rim high above the valley. Our next destination is Pokhara. It is famous for its serene lakes and close up view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchare himal. We spend two nights in and around Pokhara taking easy walk on the ridge near Phewa lakes and boat ride from the foot of Sarankot to your hotel. You get to see mountain villages, meet villagers and get close up view of Machapuchare peak and whole range of Annapurna Himal. We fly back to Kathmandu, stay overnight before flying home.

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