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Mystical Lands: The People and Culture of India and Nepal

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Program #18546RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Kathmandu's elevation is 4,368 ft.

Itinerary for Nov 5 — Nov 20, 2012

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Day One: Monday, November 05 - Departure
Depart From: Depart from US on overnight flight to Delhi, India.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone. Shopping malls, recreation facilities, and historical monuments are all in the close vicinity of the hotel.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +91 11 268 350 70
web: www.thesuryaa.com/aboutsuryaa.asp

Room amenities: A/C, Hairdryer, In Room Safe, Cable/Satellite TV, Direct Dial Phone, Coffee Making Facilites, High Speed Internet Access, Iron/Ironing Board, 24 Hour Room Service

Facility amenities: Health & fitness center, Spa facilities, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Outdoor Pool, Business Center, Wi Fi wireless broadband internet access, 4 restaurants

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Two: Tuesday, November 06 - Arrive Delhi
Afternoon: Upon Arrival at the Delhi Airport, transfer to the hotel an check in.

Dinner: Light dinner at hotel.

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone. Shopping malls, recreation facilities, and historical monuments are all in the close vicinity of the hotel.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +91 11 268 350 70
web: www.thesuryaa.com/aboutsuryaa.asp

Room amenities: A/C, Hairdryer, In Room Safe, Cable/Satellite TV, Direct Dial Phone, Coffee Making Facilites, High Speed Internet Access, Iron/Ironing Board, 24 Hour Room Service

Facility amenities: Health & fitness center, Spa facilities, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Outdoor Pool, Business Center, Wi Fi wireless broadband internet access, 4 restaurants

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Wednesday, November 07 - Old Delhi
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Convene with your fellow Participants for a program orientation, then with your expert local guide, drive past Red Fort and Jama Mosque. Then take a Rickshaw Ride & visit Gandhi Memorial.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Early Evening: Participate in a lecture on "Introduction to Indian Religion."

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone. Shopping malls, recreation facilities, and historical monuments are all in the close vicinity of the hotel.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +91 11 268 350 70
web: www.thesuryaa.com/aboutsuryaa.asp

Room amenities: A/C, Hairdryer, In Room Safe, Cable/Satellite TV, Direct Dial Phone, Coffee Making Facilites, High Speed Internet Access, Iron/Ironing Board, 24 Hour Room Service

Facility amenities: Health & fitness center, Spa facilities, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Outdoor Pool, Business Center, Wi Fi wireless broadband internet access, 4 restaurants

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Four: Thursday, November 08 - New Delhi / Gandhi Smriti
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Learn about India's more recent history as your expert local guide leads you past India Gate, the Parliament & the President House, and Qutab Minar. Then continue with a visit to Gandhi Smriti. the scared place where Mahatma Gandhi lived. Here you will learn about Gandhi's life and mission.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Relax and enjoy the afternoon.

Dinner: Home Hosted Dinner at the houses of a typical middle class families in the South of Delhi to give a feel of their culture and traditions. (6-8 pax per house)

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, November 09 - Transfer to Agra / Akbar's Tomb
Note: 4 hour bus drive with rest stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel and coach to Agra. Learn about the pre Mughal period in India en route.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Akbar's Tomb in Sikandra.The design and construction of the tomb was started by Akbar himself and completed by his son Jehangir. The shape of the tomb is a truncated pyramid with five storeys. The first four storeys were constructed with red sandstone and the fifth one with white marble. Afterwards, arrive at the hotel and check in. Early Evening: Depart for sunset eview of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, November 10 - Sunrise at Taj Mahal / Agra Fort
Note: Standing required for about 1 to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel after visiting the Taj Mahal.

Morning: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty as you watch sunrise at the Taj Mahal. The building is unique due to its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, and medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it's dazzling white during the day. After breakfast, depart for Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as a walled palatial city. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here.

Lunch: Enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch at a private house.

Afternoon: Visit the Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah, this beautiful mausoleum was the first one to be built on a riverbank, which was normally used only to build pleasure gardens till then. The marble mausoleum is designed like a silver jewel box with stunning and delicate inlay work.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Dera Lake View Retreat is a perfect hidden getaway, a picture of serene beauty set among the golden wheat and mustard fields at the end of a monsoon lake in the lap of Arravali hills. It is a village destination that lies just a few kilometres off the least explored stretch of the Golden Triangle that helps complete your journey and introduces you to the people and cultures of ‘Meena’ tribe.

Contact info:
Village Kalakho, Tehsil Sikrai
District Dausa
Rajastan, 303502 India
phone: +91 - 9950873466
Room amenities: The cabins also caled ("Deras") have A/C and heating, Clean towels, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, Gardens, internet, laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has private bathrooms with showers and running hot and cold water.


Day Seven: Sunday, November 11 - Kalakho / Camel Safari
Note: Around 4 hour drive from Agra to Kalakho. Time in Kalakho is at a slower pace.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel and depart for Kalakho. On the way, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He had planned this city as his capital but a shortage of water compelled him to abandon it. Continue to Kalakho and upon arrival check into your designated cottage.

Lunch: Lunch at the retreat.

Afternoon: Enjoy a camel safari or camel carts (subject to avilability) into a tribal village and experience life in this rural village by visiting the homes of the local people. Return to the retreat and watch a local folk dance and music performance before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the retreat.

Lodging: Dera Village Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Dera Lake View Retreat is a perfect hidden getaway, a picture of serene beauty set among the golden wheat and mustard fields at the end of a monsoon lake in the lap of Arravali hills. It is a village destination that lies just a few kilometres off the least explored stretch of the Golden Triangle that helps complete your journey and introduces you to the people and cultures of ‘Meena’ tribe.

Contact info:
Village Kalakho, Tehsil Sikrai
District Dausa
Rajastan, 303502 India
phone: +91 - 9950873466
Room amenities: The cabins also caled ("Deras") have A/C and heating, Clean towels, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, Gardens, internet, laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has private bathrooms with showers and running hot and cold water.


Day Eight: Monday, November 12 - Abhaneri Stepwells / Village School
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the retreat.

Morning: Explore the Abhaneri Stepwells, the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rain water. Then interact with the local school children at their village school.

Lunch: Lunch at the retreat.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Kalakho on your own. Opportunity to learn the game of cricket. Evening: Enjoy a presentation by your GL on the "History, Culture, & People of Rajasthan."

Dinner: Dinner at the retreat.

Lodging: Dera Village Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, November 13 - Jaipur / Bollywood Movie
Note: It is about a 3 hour drive from Kalakho to Jaipur.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the retreat.

Morning: Check out of the retreat and coach to Jaipur.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Check into hotel. This afternoon immerse yourself in the people and culture of Jaipur. First, explore the local markets with your expert local guide. Then you may join your Group Leader to see a Bollywood Movie at Jaipur's famous Old Theatre. Finally, enjoy a cup of lassi, Jaipur's well known yogurt drink.

Dinner: Dinner with a traditional noble family.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooking the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Road
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, November 14 - Amber Fort / City Palace / Dinner with a noble fa...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: This morning depart for Amber Fort. En route, view Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This five storied wonder has a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Amber Fort is an example of Rajput arcihtecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. It claims the distinction of being the largest stone observatory in the world. The most applaudable feature of the observatory is that even after so many years it still provides accurate information. The observatory has fourteen statistical instruments, which serve the purpose of measuring time, predicting eclipses and ascertaining other astronomical events. Afterwards, proceed to the City Palace built under the patronage of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and still houses the royal family of Jaipur. Only the ground floor of the City Palace is open for public viewing. The entire palace complex comprises of a number of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The structures inside the palace complex are: Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Eleven: Thursday, November 15 - Transfer to Kathmandu
Note: Long day, which will include an early morning start and a 5 hour drive from Jaipur to Delhi Airport. Total transit and plane ride to Kathmandu will take about 3 hours. Recommend bring some protien bars and some energy drink.

Breakfast: Early Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel early and transfer to the Delhi Airport.

Lunch: Box lunch en route to the airport.

Afternoon: Afternoon flight to Kathmandu. It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day with the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to hotel and check in.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Twelve: Friday, November 16 - Kathmandu Durbar Square / Swayambhunath Stupa
Note: Must be able to comfortably walk on uneven ground in busy areas. Swayambhunath requires participants to climb at least 75 to 100 steps.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with a lecture on the impact of Newari art on Asian art. Then discover Hanuman Dhoka (Durbar Square). The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that the kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are; Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla, in 1549 A.D. Temple Of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of king Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and, the Jagannath Temple. Visit Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist Stupa established more than 2500 year ago, also known as the “Monkey Temple”. Perched high on a hilltop, it commands a superb view of the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is also known as Sengu and is listed as a World Heritage Site.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, early evening, a lecture by a leading expert from the the Mountain Institute on how the Institute is helping mountain communities adapt and build resilience to the unprecedented changes that are occurring as a result of climate change.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, November 17 - Bhaktapur/Pashupatinath/Boudhanath
Note: Must be able to comfortably walk on uneven ground in busy areas. Must be able to be active enough to sit and stand almost the whole day.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart for Bhaktapur situated at an altitude of 1,401 meters. In Bhaktapur's Durbar Square, visit the following: The National Art Gallery containing ancient and medieval paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist schools depicting Tantrics of various periods. The Golden Gate, built by King Ranjit Malla, the gate is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind in the entire world. It's embellished with deities and monsters of marvelous intricacy. The Palace with 55 Windows, among the brick walls with their gracious settings and sculptural design, is a wood-carved balcony with 55 windows. Nyatapola Temple stands on five terraced platforms with each terrace containing a pair of figures; two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and the Baghini and Singini (the tiger and the lion goddesses).

Lunch: Lunch at a hotel.

Afternoon: Visit Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. During Shivaratri annual pilgrimage, thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva from all the Hindu communities of the world pay their homage here. Then proceed to Boudhanath the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. It is built on a flat surface of various levels of terraces. The stupa is painted in pastel colors and adorned with prayer flags. It is set in a Mandala design. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 insets of prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice. The settlement of Boudhanath has the largest community of Tibetans – twelve thousand in all.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/reservation

Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV, Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini Bar, High-speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Electrical Adapters Available,Phone, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning

Facility amenities: Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping & Laundry Services, Travel Services, Foreign Currency Exchange, Entertainment & Recreation, Sauna and Steam bath, Barbeque Grills, Outdoor Pool, Casino, Hotel Shops, Business Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Fourteen: Sunday, November 18 - Patan City/Tibetan Refugee Camp/Bungmati
Note: Active day. Practicipants are moving from morning to night, visiting site after site. Must be able to stand 1 to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.

Morning: Morning lecture on the History and Culture of Nepal, followed by a group discussion with students of Tribhuvan University to learn about their goals, aspirations & lives. Depart for Patan City and discover this city of fine arts. Here you will see: Patan Durbar Square full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. Krishna Mandir, the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and completely made of stone. Mahabouddha, this Buddhist temple is made of clay bricks in which thousands of images of Lord Buddha are engraved. The Patan Museum, displays the sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Then learn about the Tibetan refugees in this area at their camp. The Patan Tibetan Refugee Camp was established in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), in cooperation with His Majesty's Government of Nepal. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan refugees do something productive and support themselves.

Lunch: Lunch at the Museum.

Afternoon: At a tradional Nepali Village of the Newar clan, see firsthand the traditional way of life which has changed little over the years.

Dinner: Cocktails and farewell dinner at a private home especially hosted to cater Road Scholar guests.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Monday, November 19 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Free morning to explore Kathmandu on own before return flight to the US.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Sixteen: Tuesday, November 20 - Arrival home.
Arrive To: North America


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36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
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Visas: 1(out of 2 required)

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