10-Day Cultural Tour of Nepal
Overnight flight Melbourne to Kathmandu
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION
After arriving and settling into our tranquil accomodation in the heart of Kathmandu, the group will be lead on a short orientation walk through the streets of Thamel followed by a group dinner.
DAY 2 - CULTURE and History of Nepal - The Significance of Hinduism
Today's focus is on the culture and history of Nepal. The group will be lead on a walk through the streets and alleyways of Kathmandu to Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site which features several styles of Hindu Temples and still plays and important part in day to day life of the Nepal people.
After a delicious Nepali lunch, the group will be taken to Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu cremation site that gives incredible insight into the cultural practices of Nepal.
Day 3 - Social Enterprise - The Seven Woman Centre
The group will be part of a discussion on Community Development from Seven Woman founder Stephanie Woollard before walking through the streets of Thamel to visit the Seven Woman centre and see first-hand the work of this amazing social enterprise.
We will then partake in a Nepali Cooking class and a Nepali Language lesson with woman from the centre.
Day 4 - Fred Hollows Eye Hospital and Haiti Nepal
Today will be kicked off by a discussion surrounding both the work of Fred Hollows, and the impact of sex trafficking in Nepal.
The group will be taken to the Fred Hollows Eye Hospital, a chance to explore thoughts surrounding the Nepali health care system and see the incredible work of this international organisation.
The afternoon will involve a visit to Maiti Nepal. Maiti Nepal is an organisation actively working to stop human trafficking in Nepal — this visit is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about and discuss the harrowing impact and scale of human trafficking and the sex trade.
Day 5 - Visit rural Nepal - Sudal Village & overnight at the ancient city of Bhaktapur
Leaving the Kathmandu Valley early, we will endeavour to watch the sunrise over the magnificent Himalayan mountain range followed by a short trek down to the rural farming village of Sudal where we will spend the morning experiencing what rural life is like for most Nepali people.
The afternoon will take us to the ancient city of Bhaktapur where we can see local artisans making pottery and the famous Nepali Tanka paintings prior to taking part in a traditional Newari feast for dinner.
Day 6 - Return to Kathmandu and visit a FairTrade Craft Association
Leaving Bhaktapur we will stop on the way back for a tour of one of the largest Fair Trade accredited craft supplies in Nepal (ACP).
We will get to meet producers and designers working and will join them for lunch.
Upon returning to Kathmandu, we will have an afternoon seminar on Fair Trade principles and meet Beni - another local producer who teaches rural woman to make beautiful creations out of recycled materials.
Day 7 - Politics and BuddHism
On this morning we will take part in a seminar hearing from a prominent Nepali lawyer who is well versed in the complexity and intricacy of Nepali politics and culture. This talk will lead into a visit to the former Royal Palace where the massacre of the Royal Family took place in 2001.
We will also visit today with the Australian Ambassador at the embassy to gain a deeper insight into Australia's relationship with Nepal.
In the afternoon we will be able to visit Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal.
Day 8 - School visit & Dalit Community
In the morning we will meet a local teacher who has a deep insight into Nepali education both in Kathmandu and in rural areas and has been active in education reform throughout Nepal.
We will walk to a local school where we will get the opportunity to see the Nepali education system first hand and interact with students from varying age groups.
During the afternoon we will visit and dine with a local silver smith and social entrepreneur who employs member of the Dalit Community.
Day 9 - Goodbyes at the Seven Women Centre
This morning will be a chance to peruse the local shops for gifts, there will be an optional activity run by leaders to local farmer's markets and the Garden of dreams for some tranquil reflection.
We will then spend the afternoon at the Seven Women Centre having a farewell celebration, learning how to make crafts with the women and saying goodbye to all our new friends.
Day 10 - Group Debrief and fly out
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