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Program #21200RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Jan 30 — Feb 5, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

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 before: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day One: Thursday, January 30 - Arrive to Kathamandu / Kathmandu Durbar Square / ...
Morning: Fly from Delhi from your main program 21109 and arrive in Kathmandu in the morning. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Then join your group leader and lecturer for a brief oriention of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Get an orientation of Kathmandu city, the seat of royalty till the last century. Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. Continue to Swoyambhunath stupa, a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Katmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Participate in a presentation on Nepal history and culutre. Then meet with students from the local university and learn about their goals and aspirations.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

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 before: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Two: Friday, January 31 - Kathmandu / Patan / Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with a presentation on Newar Art. Then being your exploration of Patan Dhubar Square, a square filled monuments and the 17th-century Krishna Mandir. Continue to Patan Museum which displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal. Most of the objects are cast bronzes and gilt copper repousse work, traditional crafts for which Patan is famous.

Lunch: Lunch in Patan.

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 on your own.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
PO Box 97 Tahachal
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1-4273999
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/KTMNP/welcome?start=1

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 before: yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Saturday, February 01 - Kathmandu / Bhaktapur City / Free time
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on own so that you can explore Bhaktapur on your own.

Afternoon: Transfer back to town and the time is free for you to explore the Kathmandu valley on your own.

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

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Kathmandu Soaltee

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Radisson has 116 hotel rooms in Varanasi, including 2 elegantly designed suites, 14 Business Class Rooms and 100 Superior Rooms. All of our guest rooms offer turndown service and a wide range of amenities.

Contact info:
The Mall Cantonment, Varanasi
U.P. 221002
221 002, India
phone: +91 54 2250 1515
web: www.radisson.com/varanasi-u-p--hotel-in-221002/indvaran/rooms

Room amenities: Newspaper delivered to the room - daily Digital safe in each room Broadband Internet access Mini-bar and tea/coffee maker Telephone with voicemail and direct dial Satellite television Hair dryer

Facility amenities: Includes complimentary broadband Internet access, television with 48 channels and a bottle of mineral water provided daily. Relax in the oasis of comfort provided by our spacious rooms with the option of interconnecting, city view or pool view. Complimentary buffet breakfast and use of Health Club (gym, steam room, whirlpool).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, February 02 - Kathmandu / fly to Varanasi / Arti ceremony
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Free morning on your own before your flight to Varanasi. Depending on the day of the week, the flights are direct to Varanasi or goes via Delhi.

Lunch: Lunch either on the flight or on your own.

Afternoon: Arrival in Varanasi between 3-4pm. Transfer to your hotel. In late afternoon, meet an astrologer and learn about this ancient science which is an integral part of Hinduism.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Varanasi

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

Description: Radisson has 116 hotel rooms in Varanasi, including 2 elegantly designed suites, 14 Business Class Rooms and 100 Superior Rooms. All of our guest rooms offer turndown service and a wide range of amenities.

Contact info:
The Mall Cantonment, Varanasi
U.P. 221002
221 002, India
phone: +91 54 2250 1515
web: www.radisson.com/varanasi-u-p--hotel-in-221002/indvaran/rooms

Room amenities: Newspaper delivered to the room - daily Digital safe in each room Broadband Internet access Mini-bar and tea/coffee maker Telephone with voicemail and direct dial Satellite television Hair dryer

Facility amenities: Includes complimentary broadband Internet access, television with 48 channels and a bottle of mineral water provided daily. Relax in the oasis of comfort provided by our spacious rooms with the option of interconnecting, city view or pool view. Complimentary buffet breakfast and use of Health Club (gym, steam room, whirlpool).

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, February 03 - Morning boat ride / Varanasi discovery / Sarnath
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Before breakfast begin with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges river to see the early morning rituals on the ngats along the Ganges. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, continue to Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a holy site where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Set in well maintained gardens Sarnath's ruins are a pleasant place to stroll amongst or meditate in. The main things to see are Asoka's pillar, the ruins of the Mulagandhakuti and the huge Dharmek Stupa. Further to the east is the modern Mulagandhakuti Vihara with its beautiful wall paintings and behind it the Deer Park.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Time in the afternoon for you to relax. Then in the late afternoon, witness an "Aarti" ceremony while enjoying the boat cruise of Ganges. Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when lamps are being offered

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, February 04 - Varanasi / afternoon flight to Delhi
Note: For those taking the group flight, there is between 7-8 hour layover in Delhi.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Free morning on your own to explore Varanasi.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Your program ends after lunch. Transfer to the aiport for your return flight home via Delhi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seven: Wednesday, February 05 - Arrival home
Arrive To: Arrive back home.


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