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A Women's Journey
Due to safety concerns we will not be traveling to nepal this year.

Buddhist, tour, Nepal, Kathmandu, women onlyCelebrating
the Culture, Spirit
and Nature of Nepal

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Our travel specialists visit Nepal frequently not only because it is a favored destination but to check the standards of service, accommodations, guides and equipment.

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Explore the land we love!

tours and travel Nepal, HimalayasYOU ARE INVITED to join a small group of women who want to experience Nepal as a journey not just a tour. Travel to Nepal where customs and languages are as diverse as her terrain and day-to-day life follows a religious calendar with many colorful festivals; and art, architecture, literature, dance and drama incorporate these beliefs combining various strands of both Hinduism and Buddhism. Nepal, where the Buddha was born in 624 BC.
Discover Adventure Nepal, the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, a small country, where the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Great Indian Rhinoceros roam in the lowland jungles and where you see the massive treeless rock walls and snow capped peaks of the highest mountains in the world.

Feel the Adventure on elephant safari and white water rafting. Experience Nepal where small villages, each with there own mythology, dot the hills checkered with fertile terraces and ancient cities and strange legends of deities mixing with mortals abound.

Be presented with some opportunities few Western tourists have experienced, including invitations to peoples homes; programs to assist women and children; dialogue with University professors; and special pujas and meetings with lamas as we explore this diverse land.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Depart from the USA

Day 02: Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to our hotel in Thamel, the area of the ancient city of Kathmandu known as the melting pot for cross cultural experience. This evening we will have dinner together followed by a brief orientation.
Dinner included.

Day 03: After breakfast, we are met by our English speaking guide and drive to Bhaktapur the Kingdom of Malla kings known as the City of Devotees with stunning medieval art and architecture. We will visit the palace, picture gallery, and temples. You will enjoy time on your own to explore the cobbled alleyways to watch potters at work; discover spectacular woodcarvings; buy spices; and interact with the gentle folks living here.

We stop for lunch enroute to Patan City, kingdom of the Malla kings, founded in 250AD known as Lalitpur renowned for its fine crafts in metal. Visits here include the Patan museum originally the palace of King Pratap Malla, the Royal Baths, City Square and temples.

Before returning to Thamel, we will offer puja for peace at the Krishna temple. The evening is free for independent exploration.
Breakfast included.

Day 04: This morning we fly by small plane, with amazing views of snowcapped peaks, to Pokhara. This delightfully scenic valley is surrounded by the Annapurna massif with Machhapuchhre the peak that dominates, seemingly levitating in the skyline. This fishtailed pinnacle is the archetypal snowcapped, needle pointed mountain and is considered an abode of Shiva and therefore sacred and off limits to climbers.

We will be met and transferred to our hotel. After we explore caves, visit the bazaar and temples and go boating on Phewa Lake stopping at the Barahi temple, 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 protectress deity representing the female force Shakti.

This evening we will participate in a discussion with a lama at the monastery. Dinner will be Lakeside.
Breakfast included.

Day 05: After breakfast we drive to the put in and begin our three-day rafting expedition on the Kali Gandaki, a holy river named after the goddess Kali. There is abundant wildlife including red pandas, otters and leopards. The scenery is breathtaking and varied with snowcapped peaks and lush jungle like vegetation. The Kali is an exciting pool drop river with some rapids being class 4.

We will be in oar rafts with guides and equipment that meets or exceeds international safety standards. When we stop for the day, staff will set up the camp and a trained cook will prepare our meal as we relax, hike and/or enjoy the children who come down to the camp to visit.
Breakfast and dinner.

Day 06: Raft and overnight camp.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07: End rafting and return to Pokhara. We spend two nights and two days at the ultra deluxe Fullbari Hotel and Spa.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 08: The Fullbari Resort's on-site leisure facilities include a fully equipped fitness center and spa with exercise rooms, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, aerobics and yoga, regular and herbal oil massage and more. Their outdoor heated infinity swimming pool with a large Jacuzzi seems to extend forever.

This is definitely the perfect place for your own day--- a day that is just for you! You might want to arrange a trek; spend time in town or on the lake; or arrange a special massage and relax by the infinity pool.
Breakfast included.

Day 09: After an early breakfast, we drive to Royal Chitwan Park to experience wildlife on an intimate basis.

Perched on elephants, we go on safari through the towering grasslands in search of wildlife. Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Greater One-Horned rhinoceros, gaur, four kinds of deer, two species of monkey, two types of crocodile and 450 different birds all live in the park.There are nature walks, bird watching expeditions, jungle treks, and viewing from constructed machans (blinds), and land rover drives.

Royal Chitwan Park lies in a jungle area of the Gangetic Plain. Before the 1950's, Nepalese kings depended on the jungles as sort of Great Walls, southern version. Instead of vertical stone keeping out the Mongols, malaria kept out the British.

The cultural history of Nepal's Terai region begins with the nomadic Tharu people. This malaria resistant group has made Chitwan their home for over 800 years. After a successful battle to eradicate the Terai of its mosquito population in the 1950's, immigrants began to take up residence to farm the fertile lowlands. The Bahuns, Chepangs, Chetris and Tamangs moved in from other areas of the country. The current generation of these people making their life from mustard and rice crops.

The dominant tree of the region is the sal (Shorea robustia), a tropical hardwood that has some value as lumber. Teak also grows in the area, but the next most common big tree is the saj. The ecosystem associated with the sal forest is extremely rich. Many vines and creepers spring up from the forest floor. The trees branches and upper reaches are host to many different epiphytes, including several orchids.

Ban Devi is the goddess of the jungle and protector. The Ban Jhakri (shaman) in the area are known to ask her for protection from wild animals when entering the forest to collect herbal remedies. We will call upon her for protection as well.

We will surely depart with an appreciation for the parks' sheer sub-tropical richness and memories of the sounds of the forest birds and insects, the powerful girth of the hardwood trees, the rampant vines and the welcoming Tharu people.
Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 10: We have a full day to experience and appreciate.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Most of us will get up very early this morning for one more Elephant Safari. Later this morning we fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our Hotel. This afternoon is free for independent activities.

We are invited to participate in a group discussion on Nepal facilitated by Mrs. Bindu Pokhrel a sociologist and Head of the Woman's Studies Department of Tribhuvan University. After we will have dinner together at Rum Doodle.
Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 12: Today is a day for independent activities. Late this afternoon we will meet at our hotel and be taken to our assigned Nepali family for a homestay as their special guest. These gracious families are involved in crafts, social work and/or active spiritual practices. We will match your family to your special interests.
Breakfast included.

Day 13: This morning we meet and then visit Boudhanath, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site to visit the stupa and some monasteries. Here we find a major Tibetan community with shops displaying many antique Tibetan artifacts, singing bowls, prayer flags and more. We will have lunch at the Himalayan Buddhist Center.

After lunch we walk along a dirt path through fields and small communities to Pashupatinath --- Nepal's most Sacred Hindu shrine. It is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus. Here you will find Burning Ghats very much in use, Sadhus and many pilgrims and monkeys.

Later we visit Maiti Nepal, a program that takes in orphans and rescues young girls who have been sold into prostitution. We will meet the staff, the children and some of the young girls who are recovering through kind and knowledgeable care.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 14: On our last full day we visit Tewa, an affiliate of the Global Trust for Women; Dhaka Weaves at Thankot run by a woman activist; and spend time at the Vedic ashram at Lalitpur. A special ethnic Tibetan vegetarian lunch will be prepared for us.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 15: A full day on your own to explore, shop and pack. This evening we share a farewell dinner.
Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 16: Transfer to the airport for your international flight home. Arrive USA same day.

ABOUT YOUR LEADER: Ellen Lyon, holds a Masters degree in social work. She has had a life long interest in cultures and spiritual systems. Much of her work has been devoted to creating and presenting training programs to professionals on multicultural issues. Ellen has traveled extensively from budget through ultra deluxe. She has been to six continents. This is her seventh journey to Nepal.

She has led highly successful groups to both India and Nepal. Her familiarity with and contacts in these countries enables her to offer itineraries that provide out of the ordinary experiences and real contact with the people, the spirit and the culture. With Ellen, you will truly experience a journey not just a tour.

If you have questions or would like to expedite your registration you may contact Ellen Lyon directly by E-mail or phone.
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Phone: 828 299 3648 or Toll Free:888 760 4338

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