Nepal is a fascinating Himalayan country of constrasting Buddhist and Hindu sites and ceremonies. Our Nepal itinerary lets us experience highlights of both Nepal's cultural and natural wonders. From the highest Mountain in the world to the Nepalese birthplace of Buddha, Nepal fascinates and enchants. We will be staying in award winning Nepali properties offering the best in service and facilities.
From the medieval Nepalese city of Bhaktipur to Kathmandu and Patan with their Durbar Squares or place of palaces we will experience Newar architecture and decorative arts at their finest. We will observe rituals at important Nepalese Hindu and Buddhist temples and stupas.
Following our city tours, our Nepal tour heads for the Himalayan foothills to enjoy stunning mountain views and experience the local life of the Nepali. From our mountain overlook we will travel to the Terai, Nepal's lowland region and the site of Chitwan National Park with its abundant bird and wildlife. Here we will have options of elephant safaris, village walks or explorations by boat. We will end our stay in the foothills above Kathmandu where we can relax, take in a cooking lesson or hike in the nearby Shivapuri National Park.
For the best possible experience we partner with a small Nepalese travel company specializing in getting off the beaten track in addition to visiting the well known tourist sites. We will have the services of a Nepali English speaking guide throughout our trip. As always we will be on the lookout for festivals and spontaneous happenings to enrich our experience.
The Nepal tour organizers and leaders are Steve Wilke and Sermsri Sarnnoy. Steve has lived and worked in Thailand for the past 28 years, Sermsri is a native of Thailand. Together we have traveled extensively in SE Asia with repeated visits to all our tour destinations. Our most recent tour to Burma was in 2012. To see traveler reviews of a recent trip to Myanmar visit our Blog Lanna Happenings accessed on our web site www.lannathaivilla.com
A note on our approach: Our tours takes us to beautiful, often diverse physical environments and to cultures from which we have much to learn. Our approach emphasizes person to person contact, achieved through scheduled visits to markets, schools, friend's homes, festivals, performances, monasteries and other spiritual places and through finding spontaneous opportunities to observe/join in as we travel along. We work with small respected in-country travel companies and employ excellent bilingual local guides and resource people many of whom are friends of many years. Also, we leave something behind through contributions for local projects that we discuss and agree on as we go. A minimum of $40 from each traveler's fee is reserved for this purpose. We seek to create a relaxed travel group, and purposely seek participants who support each others experience.
We are pleased to be collaborating on additional trips organized and led by our friends, Roger and Nancy Harmon. Over the past nine years Roger and Nancy have organized and led over twenty trips, and they remain passionate about introducing small groups of 8 - 10 travelers to places, people, and ways of being they find special. To check out their tours visit www.worldviews2000.com.
Should you be interested in exploring northern Thailand we would like to suggest you consider a stay at our home stay Lanna Thai Villa, located in Chiang Rai province. Our web site www.lannathaivilla.com and Blog Lanna Happenings provide details and photographs of our tranquil and well appointed Villa
located in Sermsri's ancestral village.
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