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Tour Nepal during the Rice Season


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Nepal Photographic Adventure

2019

3rd to the 11th of November

Check out the Bangladesh Medical mission trip starting Nov 9th

  • Nepal trip runs from Nov 3rd to the 9th with a group of 8 to 10

  • Nepal is touring of the rice harvest and temples

  • cost is : $2599

  • Trip starts in Katmandu, Nepal

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Bruce Byers, Professional Photographer, has worked extensively with great guides in Nepal, Gopi Chandra Bhusal to design this trip to ensure that you will be able to create once in a life time images.  

It will be the rice harvest season giving us the yellow fields at festival time. The places we will go are off the beaten path at the right time of day. The history of Nepal will inspire you to create. The friendly locals and rich culture will embrace you with its kindness, music and art. We’ll travel from the busy city, to a private farm, all while being transported to the villages of the past.  Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just want a group of like-minded people to travel with, this trip caters to all.

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NEPAL: Home to the majestic Himalayas and ancient Kingdoms, Nepal is more than just about mountains and trekking! Experience century old Hindu and Buddhist practices, colorful villages dotted with ancient architecture and temples, and luscious jungles filled with wildlife. With 131 ethnic groups, Nepal is one of the most cultural diversified countries in Asia and every corner has its own unique story to tell. Come discover this magical land of ancient traditions and several World Heritage Sites.  Your camera will create wonderful smiles of the new friends you will make.

 HIGHLIGHTS OF TRIP

Nepal part runs from Nov 3rd to the 11th with a group of 8 to 10

Price of Nepal workshop  $ 2599 . Double occupancy

$300 plus for single occupancy

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TRIP

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-       VISIT TO UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN KATHMANDU

-       PAY HOMEGE TO LIVING GODDESS KUMARI & MOST SACRED HINDU AND BUDDHIST TEMPLES

-       RICE HARVESTING AROUND KATHMANDU VALLEY

-       HOME STAY TO EXPERIENCE NEPALI CULTURE AND CUISINE

-       VISIT TO LOCAL MARKET AND MANY MORE

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1/3RD NOVEMBER: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL

Kathmandu arrival, garland welcome, assistance and transfer to hotel.

Rest for full day to overcome long flight and jet lag.

Evening, enjoy Nepali dinner with cultural program followed by tour briefing.

Overnight at Hotel Manaslu in Kathmandu.                 (Meal: Welcome Dinner)

DAY 2/4TH NOVEMBER:

KATHAMNDU SIGHTSEEING

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After breakfast at hotel, we start our day with visit to Pashupatinath Temple, a famous Hindu temple at the bank of holy Bagmati River where Hindu people cremate dead body for salvation. Afterwards, drive to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest and beautiful Stupas in the world. Spend time around Stupa over lunch. In the late afternoon, drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square also called Kasthamandap, from which the name of Kathmandu was originated, where you can see living goddess, Kumari. Walk around to the Freak Street, which used to be very famous in early 1960s to late 1970s for hippies.

This is the mostly affected Square in Kathmandu because of Great Earthquake of April 2015. Now, this is in renovation process.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight at hotel in Manaslu in Kathmandu.                                   (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 03/5th NOVEMBER:

FLY TO POKHARA AND POKHARA SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport for flight to Pokhara.

We take a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu’s domestic airport. During the flight, we get to savor the most mesmerizing views of the magnificent 8000 meter Mount Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range.                                   

Arrive Pokhara Domestic Airport and you will be transferred to the hotel.

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Pokhara is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level. The richness of valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. Just imagine the joy of observing the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m from an elevation of below 1000m within a very close aerial, distance. The valley is equally superb giving as they do elevated close-ups to the snowy peaks. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence summits like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6977m) and the five peaks of Annapurna range rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.

Check in at the hotel.

Afternoon, we have arranged Pokhara tour of Visit Devi’s fall and Gupteshwor Cave.

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Devi’s Fall, locally known as the Patale Chhango is a lovely waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker called David as washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Gupteshwor Cave is also known as the Gupteshwor Gupha. The Gupteshwor Cave holds a special religious importance especially to the local people. This cave is regarded holy by the Hindus. The main highlight of the site is the Shivalinga, the phallic symbol of the Lord Shiva.  The linga is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. It is just across the Devi’s Fall.

 One hour boat ride at Phewa Lake including visit of Barahi Temple

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Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. We organize one hour boat ride across the lake to visit the island temple (Barahi Temple) in its middle. The Barahi Temple is the most important monument in Pokhara; Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti.

Free time or walk around lakeside market.

Lakeside, the eastern shore of Phewa Lake, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travelers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.

Overnight at Lake Side Retreat in Pokhara.                                       (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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 DAY 4/6TH NOVEMBER: POKHARA

This day before breakfast, we will drive to a monastery in Hemja to see the daily puja performed by lamas. This ceremony will be around of 1 hour.  After Puja, we will drive back to hotel for breakfast. Afternoon, we will drive to villages around Pokhara to participate in rice harvesting activities.

We will have lunch at house of local people.

Evening is free to walk around lakeside area.

Overnight at Lake Side Retreat in Pokhara.                                      

(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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DAY 5/7th NOVEMBER: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU, DRIVE TO KHOPASI (1.5 HOURS), HIKE TO BALTHALI (1 HOUR)

After breakfast at hotel, we fly back to Kathmandu and drive to south east part of Kathmandu to a local village called Khopasi via Panauti, which is one of the ancient towns of Kathmandu Valley at Kavre district. Enroute, once we left Bhaktapur city, country side starts just in a drive of 30 minutes filled with golden rice terraced fields. We might see people harvesting rice. We stop and take opportunity to participate with them.

Once we reach Khopasi, we spend little time at village and hike for around 1 hour to our resort in Balthali crossing few suspension bridges over small rivers through rice fields and villages.

 Just beyond Panauti town and Khopasi (40 KM southeast from Kathmandu) lies one of the rich cultural and natural destination of Balthali, with an epic view of fields dotted with ochre painted houses and faint hue of Himalayan peaks in the north horizon.

It offers a sunrise in the east, speculating Himalayan range of Manaslu, Langtang in the north, innumerable rice terraces in the west & huge bodied green forest of Mahabharata range in the South. One of the most important factors of this spot is that it is warm in the winter & cool in the summer. The area of Balthali is cover of various flora, colorful rhododendron forest, and magnolia & Sal trees.

Deciding to come to Balthali is deciding to go really off the beaten path. Till now the resort has been a closely guarded secret kept by serious mountain bikers, hikers and of course, writers.

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After lunch at resort, we visit local villages around Balthali.

Dinner and overnight at resort in Balthali.                                         (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 6/8th NOVEMBER:

HIKE DOWN TO KHOPASI (45 MINUTES) AND DRIVE TO PANAUTI (15 MINUTES)

We wake up early in the morning to enjoy Sunrise (Weather Condition) over the Valley and Mountains.

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After breakfast, we hike down to Khopasi and drive back to Panauti. At the confluence of the Roshi and Punyamati rivers, and believed to be situated on one single rock, is a historical Newar town that is one of the oldest in the Kathmandu valley. Most of the temples, monuments, and satals (community shelters) are made of terra-cotta and beautifully carved wooden columns. The temples have gilded roofs and wide courtyards, and the remnants of the ancient durbar square are still present in the town centre. Located 32 km south east of the capital, this medieval town is an important cultural site in Nepal, perhaps the most important after Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. The town is chock-a-block with temples and other religious sites. Temples are predominant of course, with there being more than 40 temples dedicated to various deities spread around the small one-kilometer town. There are a half dozen or so stupas and three dyochhens (communal houses in which a deity idol resides in the upper room) along with one bahal (Buddhist shrine). In line with its rich cultural heritage, the small town also has plenty of patis, or public resting places, three dabalis (platform for theatrical shows), and six stone water spouts known as dhunge dharas, besides three public squares known as chowks. One of the largest temples is the three-storied temple of Indreshwar Mahadev which stands at the center of a courtyard paved with brick. Its architecture is an excellent example of Newari craftsmanship as are those of Krishna Temple, Unmata Bhairav Temple, and Ahilya Temple situated nearby in the same courtyard. Other temples of note are the 17th century temple of Brahmayani and the Krishna Narayan Temple at the Triveni Ghat.

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We spend time visiting local people, rice fields and many more. This day, we are spending a night at a local home to experience Nepalese hospitality, culture and cuisine.

Dinner and Overnight at Home stay in Panauti.                                                  (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

DAY 7/9TH NOVEMBER:

WITNESS EARLY MORNING ACTIVITIES AND DRIVE BACK TO BHAKTAPUR

In the early morning, this is very interesting to see local people’s activities of worshiping god and goddess in the temple and take some photos before Sunrise. We have breakfast at local house and drive to another beautiful city of Dhulikhel which a hill station is and equipped few old houses dated back 200 years. We spend couple of hours at local town and drive back to Bhaktapur.

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Check-in into hotel in Bhaktapur, an ancient Newari town which is also called city of living museum and city of devotees. We spend half day walking around the square to see various monuments and pottery square. Evening walk around to the Palace to capture the daily rituals of the local people and the monuments.

Overnight at hotel in Bhaktapur.(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 8/10TH NOVEMBER: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

Early morning go around to the square to capture the daily rituals of the local people of Bhaktapur. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we drive to another square in Lalitpur, Patan Durbar Square. Patan boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in this Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. One of the best examples of stone architecture in the world, scenes from Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, is carved on the temple's walls.

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Home to traditional artists and sculptors, one can find more temples dedicated to Ganesh (the elephant-headed god), Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are located at Patan Durbar Square.

After lunch, we drive to Swyombhunath Stupa also called Monkey Temple, a Stupa in a small hill of Kathmandu over viewing Kathmandu valley and the surrounding mountains. After sightseeing, drive back to Thamel. 

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Thamel is a tourist hub and famous for multi cuisine restaurants, bars, clubs and for shopping.

Eve: Enjoy farewell dinner at one of the nice restaurants.

Overnight at hotel Manaslu in Kathmandu. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 9/11TH NOVEMBER: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU

If interested, before breakfast we walk to Ason. It is a lively place for shopping for local people. We spend few time taking photos. Later, we walk to hotel for breakfast. Free time until transfer to airport for departure from Kathmandu to Dhaka.                                                                                  (Meal: Breakfast) 

END OF THE ARRANGMENTS!!!

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ABOVE COST INCLUDES:

1.     Garland welcome, arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu as per the itinerary with office representative.

2.     3 nights in Kathmandu with breakfast inclusive of taxes and service charges.

3.     2 nights in Pokhara with breakfast inclusive of taxes and service charges.

4.     1 night in Balthali Eco Hill Resort with all meals inclusive of taxes and service charges.

5.     1 night at Panauti at Home stay with all meals.

6.     1 night in Bhaktapur with breakfast inclusive of taxes and service charges.

7.     Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu flight with all necessary transfers.

8.     All Meals ie Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as indicated in the Itinerary.

9.     Kathmandu sightseeing with English Speaking Tour Guide with all applicable entrance fees.

10.  Pokhara sightseeing with English Speaking Tour Guide with all applicable entrance fees.

11.  English Speaking Tour Escort throughout the tour in Nepal.

12.  Welcome and Farewell dinners in Kathmandu.

13.  Bottle Drinking water in vehicle for sightseeing drives and transfers.

14.  All drives, sightseeing and transfers by Deluxe Vehicle.

15.  24/7 hours Assistance.

ABOVE COST EXCLUDES:

1.     International Airfare to/from Kathmandu.

2.     Nepal Visa fees on Arrival at airport (USD 30/- for 15 Days).

3. Personal nature of expenses like tips, bar bills, laundry and personal expenses.

4.     Cost may arise of natural calamities, flight cancellation, illness, hospitalization, tour cancellation, blockade etc.

5.     Other than in our include section.

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