Yoga and Meditation Trip

  • Chhahari Retreat Chhahari Retreat
  • kathmandu, nepal
  • Mar 1, 2017 - Mar 7, 2017 (7 days)
  • $2055 per person Twin Sharing
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Discover the magic and mystery of Kathmandu – immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites. Witness as well as experience the unique, exotic Nepalese culture and festivals up close.

TRIP OVERVIEW:

Trip Category:             Yoga & Meditation Trip

Trip code:                    LFTMEDTRP

Trip Duration:               7 Days

Best Time to travel:       Jan-Jun & Sep-Dec

Trip Start:                      Kathmandu

Trip End:                       Kathmandu

Activity:                       Sightseeing, Yoga


TRIP FACTS:

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
  • Top yoga instruction
  • Panoramic views of the Himalayan range and sunrise
  • Scenic attractions
  • Discovering of the mysterious and peaceful cities - Pokhara
  • The eco-friendly, boutique lodge bases itself on a different set of values that set an example for others to follow.

In Pokhara, the delightful scenic lakeside town with the spectacular backdrop of Machhapuchhre rising behind it all creates an ambiance of peace and relaxation. Pokhara is nestled in a tranquil valley and sports a tropical feel, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers that bloom throughout. There are innumerable must-see places to discover, from the holy Gupteshower cave to the historical museums (dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors), Sarangkot hill.

During the course of this trip, you will have a professional guide in your entire journey & yoga teacher in Kathmandu, and travel in a comfortable private tourist vehicle or a coach. Transfer across cities will be either on an airplane or ground transportation (private vehicle or tourist bus). All accommodation during the tour will be at based on resort. You will have ample opportunity to purchase authentic souvenirs, including carpets, handicrafts, carvings and Thankas (traditional painting) in this trip.


What is included:

Accommodation

  • A Boutique Lodge with breakfast (Double/Twin sharing room) while staying in Kathmandu
  • A Boutique Lodge with breakfast (Double/Twin sharing room) while staying in Pokhara


Airport Transfer

  • Personal pick-up and drop-off at the airport.

Equipment

  • Free Last frontiers duffel bag & T-shirt

Ground Transport

  • All ground transfer while sightseeing in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Both way domestic flight ticket (Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu)

Sightseeing:

  • Professional license holder English speaking tour Guide during the sightseeing tour



Meals

  • 6 Breakfast & 1 welcome Dinner


Entrance fees:

  • All entrance fees while sightseeing touring in Kathmandu
  • All entrance fees while sightseeing touring in Pokhara

Yoga:

  • Day 2, 3, 4, 7 Yoga & Meditation and mindfulness practice by professional Instructors in Kathmandu


Cost Excludes

International flight tickets, Nepal entry visa fee - Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)., Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Water, Any personal expenses – laundry, phone, internet, shopping, Any extra drinks or expense during trip, Travel Insurance, Excess baggage charges A comprehensive medical kit, Any expense occurred during rescue or evacuation, Any extra expense, All bar bills, beverages such as Coke, Fanta, mineral water, laundry and toiletries, Gratitude and tips for your tour guide.


OUTLINE ITINERARY:

DAY 01:            ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,345M)

DAY 02:            FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU

DAY 03:            FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU

DAY 04:            DRIVE/FLY TO POKHARA

DAY 05:            FULL DAY EXCURSIONS IN POKHARA

DAY 06:            FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU

DAY 07:            TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR YOUR FINAL DEPARTURE


Accommodation

  • 04 Nights A Boutique Lodge with breakfast (Double/Twin sharing room) while staying in Kathmandu
  • 02 Nights A Boutique Lodge with breakfast (Double/Twin sharing room) while staying in Pokhara


DETAIL ITINERARY:

DAY 01 ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU (1345METERS)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Last Frontiers signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.  At around 6 pm, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour leader & yoga teacher. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a briefing and preparations for the trip. About the meeting, please make sure you bring passports, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. In the evening you will introduce about your yoga trip by Yoga guru Premananda (Shiva Basyal) is the first registered and certified yoga master and only Yoga Psychologist in Nepal. He is involved in Yoga since the last 15 years. His main focus of teaching is based on Psycho Yogic Approach; that means working with the body using the mind (somato-psychic) and working with the mind using the body (psycho-somatic); for the complete renewal of your entire being. Yoga is an art of transforming the insert body to the level of vibrant mind in order to unite your body and mind. Yoga helps in rejuvenating your mind and soul and brings out the best in the person. Yoga is now practiced all over the world. Overnight at Hotel.


Accommodation: Chhahari Retreat


DAY 02 FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU:

Wake up early morning Yoga class providing complete relaxation of body & mind. Brunch on  yogic breakfast before driving for sightseeing tour.


After breakfast, we set out to explore the palaces, temples and monasteries of Kathmandu valley. We begin from Pashupatinath Temple-one of the holiest Hindu Temples in entire South Asia. The temple is situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which is a tributary of the sacred Ganges. Admission to the temple is reserved for Hindus only, yet we can have close up view of the temple from the other side of the river. The temple and the surroundings are vibrant with rites and rituals performed by Hindu devotees. We will also have the opportunity to watch the Hindu cremation services in the bank of the river.

The next stop would be the giant Boudhanath Stupa-Asia’s one of the largest Buddhist shrines. The stupa with 100m (328 ft) diameter and 40 m (130 ft) height can be spotted from many view points in Kathmandu. There are a number of Buddhist monasteries around and the area is dominantly Tibetan in character and reminds very much of the Barkhor area of Lhasa. After a lunch break in Boudhanath, we head to Bhaktapur-one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu valley and best the preserved one. Bhaktapur, with its Durbar Square and beautiful temples, intricate wood carving in the balconies and windows and fabulous stone sculptures and clean, brick paved streets give the impression of being an open air museum.


The major attractions of Bhaktapur are the palace of 55 windows, the giant Taleju Bell in front of the palace, the gold gilded gate with beautiful metal works in its semi circular pediment, the royal bath tank inside the palace, 5 storied Naytapola temple that survived the earthquake of 1934, Duttratraya Temple, and Pujarimath complex with Peacock window-the masterpiece woodcarving in Nepal. We walk through the narrow alleys with private houses on both sides, and visit the potter’s square where we learn the traditional methods of pottery making and sneak a peek into the wood carver’s workshop near Duttratraya. After spending a good amount of time in Bhaktapur we will return to the hotel late afternoon. In the evening you will have Trataka & chanting with some theoretical discussion about 1 hours.


Accommodation:                    Chhahari Retreat

Meal:                                       Breakfast


DAY 03 FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU:

Today you will Wake up early in the morning for the yoga practices. You will have 90 minutes yoga pranayama & meditation program. Pranayama is comprised of two root words: prana and ayama. Prana means ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’ and ayama means ‘extension’ or ‘expansion’. So the word pranayama means ‘extension or expansion of the dimension of prana’. The practices of pranayama provide the method whereby the life force can be activated and regulated in order to go beyond one’s normal boundaries or limitations and attain higher state of vibratory energy. Brunch on  yogic breakfast before driving for sightseeing tour to see Kathmandu valley. First, we go to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which use to be the ancient palace of the kings of Nepal. Here you can visit the temple of living Goddess, Kastamandap, Hanuman Dhoka, etc. Secondly, we visit Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist Stupa said to be 2000 years old. The stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Thirdly, we go to visit Patan, which is one of the oldest chief cities of Nepal. We visit Patan Durbar Square, which consists of house of bronze collection, the Krishna temple, Hiranya Varna Mahavir, Mahabouddha temple, etc. At the end of the day we get in a hotel. In the evening you will have Trataka & chanting with some theoretical discussion about 1 hours.


Accommodation:                    Chhahari Retreat

Meal:                                       Breakfast


DAY 04 FLY TO POKHARA

Today you will Wake up early in the morning for the yoga practices. You will have 90 minutes yoga pranayama & meditation program. After a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel, then you will drive to airport to catch a short 25 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara, where the spectacular panorama of Nepal’s Central Himalayas, the Annapurnas, Machhapuchare (The Fishtail) and Manaslu dominate the skyline. Upon arrive in Pokhara airport you will then drive to your hotel. After you arrive hotel you are welcomed by a hotel representative and check in at hotel and you get some refreshments.

Later sightseeing of Davis Falls - locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell's fall). Devi's fall is a lovely waterfall lying about 2 km southwest of the Pokhara airport. Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Kingdom, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in its middle.

Pokhara is one of the major tourist places of Nepal and famous for picturesque natural attractions for the tourists. It is called as a Switzerland of Nepal. In the evening you will have Trataka & chanting with some theoretical discussion about 1 hours. In the evening we take a dinner and stay overnight.


Accommodation:                    Atithi Resort

Meal:                                       Breakfast,


DAY 05 FULL DAY POKHARA EXCURSIONS:

Early morning we'll drive to Sarangkot, one of the best destinations in Nepal to view the sunrise and sunset over the snow capped mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. We return to Pokhara after the morning spectacle for more sightseeing. When you will back from sunrise you will have yoga practices. You will have 90 minutes yoga pranayama & meditation program. After yoga you will have breakfast at hotel & then you go for sightseeing tour. Today you will visit different places are as follows:

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple

Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Seti River Gorges

Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridges at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps

The Tibetan village Tashiling I the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

Museums

During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.


Bindhyabasini Temple

Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park like grounds offer a fine picnic area.


Accommodation:                    Atithi Resort

Meal:                                       Breakfast,


DAY 06 FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU

On this day we take a breakfast early in the morning and drive to airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu. We meet a our representative at the airport who will assist us to get in a hotel. While we check into a hotel we get some refreshments and lunch and take a whole day free. We serve you dinner in the evening and stay overnight.


Accommodation:                    Chhahari Retreat                    

Meal:                                       Breakfast


DAY 07 TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR YOUR FINAL DEPARTURE

Today you will wake up early in the morning for your last day yoga class. You will have 90 minutes yoga pranayama & meditation program. The trip concludes- our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.


Meal:                                       Breakfast

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