Nepal Food and cultural trip

Nepal’s natural beauty has no comparison to any other part of the world. And, of-course it is known for the highest place on earth, Mt. Everest and many other famous trekking routes. Nepal has so many unique food items as it host more than 80 different ethnic group and they have their distinct culture, food and drinking habit. Starting at Kathmandu, we will have opportunity to taste unique food of the local ethnic groups called “The Newar”. The backbone of Kathmandu’s culture is in the hand of Newar and they have kept it well and elegant. Going up in the hill we will have a chance to taste the food made by monk, be with them and learn different aspect of Buddhist philosophy. We have Tibetan food waiting for us as our visit reaches the boon of Nature, Pokhara. In the lower land we meet and sit with local Tharus and share their food. In the hill Magar food is the focus point.

 

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. Today is a day to relax and get used to with cultural differences.

Day 2: Visit Pashupatinath and Patan

Our day starts with a spiritual visit of temple Pashupatinath on the bank of holy Bagmati. The journey of human being ends at this holy place. The open cremation would surely opens up your question banks and our expert leaders are ready to deposit the answers. Life, grief, agony, fun, renounce, Yogi, spirituality and death are the few words that define the energy of the area. You can be part of the talk with the Sadhus, the holy men’s who live near the Ghat. Let your stomach make some sound and here we come to the city of art-known as Lalitpur-Patan. Newari civilization that lived in the area for many years host us with different local cuisine.

If you are vegetarian we have Bara-made of lentil and taste like falafel. Different items of Potato to taste your level of spicy food can be done. Please let us know your preference of spice level. Mo: Mo has been a synonym of local snacks and lunch. No two places can have same taste as it depends on the hand of the maker. There are more than 80 different dishes that we can opt from and out leaders are there to assist you.

Day 3: Drive to Namobudda, on the way visit Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is known to be the only city of Newari civilization that still holds the norms and value.  Bhaktapur still has the vibration of the cultural city of Nepal. Courtyards, hidden narrow alleys, temples, palaces and carved doors and windows are the eye catcher of the area. Yogurt from Bhaktapur is the things you should not forget from Bhaktapur as it has a royal value. Also known as “JUJU DHAU”, the king of yogurt is a wish list of Bhaktapur city. We drive to Namobuddha on uphill track. The road is not always smooth but windy up-hill rewards with the fantastic view of the mountains and landscape.

Monks praying, music and chanting is the next part of our journey. Settle in the Monastery stay for tonight and wait for the end of the regular chanting. Monks here are probably the best chef ever. The, vegetarian dinner tonight will make you relax and change the taste.

Day 4: Drive to Ramkot and overnight in the home stay, eat local

Drive down to the first highway of Nepal on the way to Pokhara and drive uphill to the hidden area called Ramkot. If, nature wants you to see its beauty, Himalayan range of Annapurna and Manaslu is visible from the small village of Ramkot. This Magar village has a very unique identity of being isolated from the development but yet one of the happiest people of the area lives here. Mongoloid faces, piercing on the nose with big volume of god ornaments, authentic village lifestyle are the prime factor that makes you stay for more.

If available, local mother’s group will organize a cultural program. Dancing, singing and merrymaking can take you to the next level of cultural interaction. The locally made food of Magar should surely help your appetite.

Day 5: Hike to Bandipur and drive to Pokhara

From Ramkot, Bandipur is 2 hours away and it takes you to different part of Nepal. Famous for its diverse beauty, sunrise and sunset point, hiking destinations and picnic points, Bandipur is becoming more and more famous.  Our hike today will be easy walk through the village and jungle. Please, watch out for the wild lives. Make sure you have enough battery life as mountains at the time of sunset would be a best picture of your travel.

Our vehicle with our entire luggage is right there waiting for us. We drive back down to the main highway, only 8 km away. Passing through the Sal forest one might still enjoy the beauty of Nature.  Our drive to Pokhara still continues passing beautiful landscapes and rivers. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Visit of Sarangkot, boat ride in Phewa lake and Momo Making in Tibetan Refugee camp (Thakali Meal)

Sarangkot is the nearest viewpoint of Pokhara to see the mountains. Waking early in the morning we drive uphill to reach Sarangkot for the sunrise and Annapurna range of mountains. Phewa Lake can be seen from the top as we head down for a boat ride in the same. Phewa is the biggest lake of the Pokhara Valley. Before, boating we mix our hand with flour and water to make the most famous meal of the country called Mo: Mo. We visit a local Tibetan house in the refugee camp of Pokhara to learn to make Mo: Mo. What you make will come to your place, so be ready and show your skills. It’s really fun to make Mo:Mo. Most of the times, the recipe travels the world and become a part of life.

Our dinner today is called Thakali meal. Thakali are one of the ethnic groups that lives near Pokhara valley and host a beautiful and the most famous Rice set in the country.  The meal today would be the Nepalese set with varieties of food. Make sure you leave enough place during your lunch time. Never say no to the Ghee that adds your taste in the Thakali meal.

Day 7: Drive to Chitwan

Chitwan is known for its wildlife and nature. Our drive today is about 5-6 hours on a newly made highway. Overnight in the resort.

Day 8:  In Chitwan (Tharu lunch with Tharu cultural program

Tharu are the local tribal group in the terai who defied the Malaria in the early 50. The unique food, housing pattern and immunity are the words used by them, which made them stay in the jungle land of Nepal. Chitwan today is a big industrial hub of Nepal. Our stay is near the National Park which is the part of the UNESCO. Eat local Tharu lunch “Dhikri with Ghonghi”- flour made sausage and the small size snails from the local river. Your place smells the local river creature, not easy to capture, but great taste.

Day 9: Fly back to Kathmandu (Nepali Dal-Bhat with cultural show)

Flying time of 25 minutes takes us back to Kathmandu. We will again try to give you the Mountain View windows but it’s not always in our hand. Rest of the day at leisure as we know you have a big bag to pack and get new things. Dinner would be a last but not the least part of the trip with a big cultural nights. We might travel later but today we will see the dances from different parts of Nepal, different ethnic group and different altitude.

They always expect and respect your involvement in the dance floor so please do not disappoint. We have a saying ABCD, anybody can dance.

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

 

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