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Mystical Lands: The People and Culture of India and Nepal

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Program #18546RJ
17 Days | 16 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 Mar 15 — Mar 31, 2013

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Day One: Friday, March 15 - 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.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/NDESU/welcome?start=1

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: Yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Two: Saturday, March 16 - Arrive Delhi
Afternoon: Upon Arrival at the Delhi Airport, transfer to the hotel and 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.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/NDESU/welcome?start=1

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: Yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Sunday, March 17 - New Delhi
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. 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 and a presentation on "Relevance of Gandi in Today's World".

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

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.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/NDESU/welcome?start=1

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: Yes
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Four: Monday, March 18 - Old Delhi/Raj Ghat/Rickshaw Ride
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. (Buffet.)

Morning: This morning prepare for an Old Delhi Excursion. Then with your expert local guide, drive past Red Fort and Jama Mosque. Then take a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk.

Lunch: Lunch on own.

Afternoon: Visit the Sikh temple. Explore Qutub Minar. Qutab Minar is a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Qutub Minar is a World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively. On return, attend a lecture on "Changing Frontiers of Cast System."

Dinner: Home hosted dinner.

Lodging: The Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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 Five: Tuesday, March 19 - Delhi/Drive to Jaipur
Note: The drive from Delhi to Jaipur will take about 5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. (Buffet)

Morning: Check out of hotel. Transfer to coach. Depart for Jaipur. Enroute lecture: Rajputs of Rajisthan.

Lunch: Lunch at resort enroute.

Afternoon: Enroute visit to a small Rajasthani village. Arrive in Jaipur in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Explore the colorful bazaars of Old Jaipur.

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 Six: Wednesday, March 20 - Amber Fort / City Palace / Dinner with Host Famil...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. (Buffet)

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 architecture 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 the cafe w/bottled water & coffee/tea.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Jaipur with a stop at the City Place. Then walk through Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. There will also be a expert-led talk about the "Science of Astronomy: An Important Part of India's Living Traditions".

Dinner: Family-hosted dinner.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

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: Thursday, March 21 - Kalakho / Camel Safari
Note: It is a 2 hour drive from Jaipur to Kalakho.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel and depart for Kalakho. 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: 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, March 22 - Depart Kalaho/Arrive in Agra
Note: Drive from Kalakho to Agra will take about 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. (Buffet)

Morning: Check out of hotel. Depart towards Agra. En-route explore a small village school where you can have an opportunity to interact with the local school children.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel in Agra.

Afternoon: Late afternoon, head towards Metab Bagh. Metab Bagh, translated -Moonlight Garden-is suggested to have been built as the large octagonal pool in the centre of the terrace in order to reflect the image of the Mausoleum and thus would provide a perfect setting to view the Taj Mahal. At the Metab Bagh, your study leader will give a presentation on Mughal History.

Dinner: Dinner at the 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, March 23 - Sunrise at Taj Mahal / Agra Fort
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel after visiting the Taj Mahal.

Morning: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty as you watch the 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, also 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: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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: 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 Ten: Sunday, March 24 - Agra/Drive to Delhi/Varanasi
Note: It is a 4 hour drive from Agra to Dehli.

Breakfast: Breakfast hotel. (Buffet)

Morning: Depart for Delhi to take a flight to Varanasi.

Lunch: Lunch at the Delhi airport.

Afternoon: Check-in to hotel at Varanasi at mid-afternoon. In late afternoon, meet an astrologer and learn about this ancient science.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 Eleven: Monday, March 25 - Varanasi
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Begin with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges river. Mid-morning: Set out for an excursion to Sarnath - part of UNESCO World Heritage - holy site where Lord Buddha delievered 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. Here, listen to a lecture on "Growth of Buddism in Inida" at Sarnath.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Afternoon In late afternoon, witness "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 a local restaurant.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Whether on business or holiday, each of the 125 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as tennis courts, pool at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 2141
Sahid Sukra Marg, Lalitpur,
Patan, Nepal
phone: +x
Room amenities: Guests will find hair dryer, ironing board, non smoking rooms, internet access – wireless waiting in each room.

Facility amenities: This excellent hotel in Kathmandu also has laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, swimming pool and Wi-Fi in public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please call Road Scholar Travel Services for more details about post/night accomodations.


Day Twelve: Tuesday, March 26 - Transfer to Kathmandu
Breakfast: Early Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel early and transfer to the 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: Hotel Himalaya

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Whether on business or holiday, each of the 125 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as tennis courts, pool at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 2141
Sahid Sukra Marg, Lalitpur,
Patan, Nepal
phone: +x
Room amenities: Guests will find hair dryer, ironing board, non smoking rooms, internet access – wireless waiting in each room.

Facility amenities: This excellent hotel in Kathmandu also has laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, swimming pool and Wi-Fi in public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please call Road Scholar Travel Services for more details about post/night accomodations.


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, March 27 - Swayambhunath Stupa/Kathmandu Durbar Square
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with a lecture on the impact of Newari art on Asian art. 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: 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. In the late afternoon, early evening, attend 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: Hotel Himalaya

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Whether on business or holiday, each of the 125 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as tennis courts, pool at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 2141
Sahid Sukra Marg, Lalitpur,
Patan, Nepal
phone: +x
Room amenities: Guests will find hair dryer, ironing board, non smoking rooms, internet access – wireless waiting in each room.

Facility amenities: This excellent hotel in Kathmandu also has laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, swimming pool and Wi-Fi in public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please call Road Scholar Travel Services for more details about post/night accomodations.


Day Fourteen: Thursday, March 28 - Bhaktapur/Pashupatinath/Boudhanath
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 local restaurant.

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: Hotel Himalaya

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Whether on business or holiday, each of the 125 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as tennis courts, pool at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 2141
Sahid Sukra Marg, Lalitpur,
Patan, Nepal
phone: +x
Room amenities: Guests will find hair dryer, ironing board, non smoking rooms, internet access – wireless waiting in each room.

Facility amenities: This excellent hotel in Kathmandu also has laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, swimming pool and Wi-Fi in public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please call Road Scholar Travel Services for more details about post/night accomodations.


Day Fifteen: Friday, March 29 - Patan City/Bungmati
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.

Lunch: Lunch at the Museum.

Afternoon: The Patan Museum, displays the sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. 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: Hotel Himalaya

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Saturday, March 30 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Free morning to explore Kathmandu. Late afternoon transfer to airport to start Extention 18548: Deeper into Nepal or to take the return flight to the US.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Seventeen: Sunday, March 31 - Arrival home.
Arrive To: Arrive to US.


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
14 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 2 required)

Ratings

4.9
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