Completed 7 – 18 June, (arrive Kathmandu June 6) 12 days in Nepal/ Tibet – a cultural tour for writers and artists.
Kathmandu;Dhulikhel; Lhasa; Tsedang; Gyantse; Shigatse; Lhasa; Kathmandu.
Our tour begins in Nepal combining the essential sights of Kathmandu & the mountain town of Dhulikhel (renowned for its Himalayan views) with an extended tour of Tibet, flying in and out of Lhasa and arriving back into Nepal. Taking our inspiration from the monasteries, stupas, palaces and markets of ancient towns and villages, we immerse ourselves in the spiritual culture of these lands. Observing the old, the new, and the changes modern life has brought to the people of Tibet, we gather snippets, jottings, sketches, and photos of our travels for our creative journal. Steeping ourselves in its history, meeting its people and travelling through the Tibetan landscape, we find ways to bring this stimulus into our creative work. Daily workshops and exercises set up a framework for collecting cultural/creative material and provide the opportunity to share and receive feedback on your work. The creative conversation continues from the beginning of our tour to the end and beyond.
Prices approximate, to be updated for 2018
Twin Share, regular price: $6595AUD, Payment by March 30.
Twin Share, early bird: $6295AUD, pay half by Jan 30, complete payment Feb 28.
Single Supplement $1050AUD.
Nepal Land Package Inclusions: -2 nights’ accommodation at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, Dhulikhel on bed and breakfast basis. 3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Himalaya/Hotel Shambala, Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis. Necessary airport transfers in Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary guided by an English-speaking guide in Kathmandu. Entrance fees as currently applicable (subject to changes) (museum fees will be extra if visited).
Tibet Land Package Inclusions: – 8 days/7 nights, fly in/fly out Tibet tour on a private basis Hotel Yulong or similar in Tsedang, bed & breakfast basis. Hotel Gyantse or similar in Gyantse, bed & breakfast basis. Hotel Shigatse or similar in Shigatse, bed & breakfast basis. Hotel Yak or Gangjian Hotel in Lhasa, bed & breakfast basis Guided by an English speaking local Tibetan guide. Necessary airport transfers in Lhasa and surface transfers as per the above itinerary. Monument, Tibet Permit and Entrance fees as currently applicable (subject to changes).
Travel Exclusions: Air fares from your destination to Kathmandu and June 6 accom at Hotel Shambala not included (we can book it for you). Travel insurance, expenses of personal nature such as, meals other than breakfast, telephone bills, laundry bills, beverages bills, camera fees, tips etc.
For full tinerary see below
Arrive in Kathmandu airport on June 6. Transfer to Hotel Shambala (own cost) and settle in.
Wednesday 7 June:
Meet after breakfast in the foyer of Hotel Shambala for briefing and introductions.
At noon we drive to Bhaktapur town. Entering the Durbar Square, the sparseness of the temple is immediately apparent, compared to the profusion in the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan. Visit the Durbar Square which contains innumerable temples and other architectural show pieces.
After the visit, continue to the small resort town of Dhulikhel.
Overnight: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort
Thursday 8 June:
Tour of Dhulikhel. Walk to Panauti (B) (Alt. 1380m)
This morning, commence sightseeing tour of Dhulikhel. Old temples and Newari style houses are the main attraction of Dhulikhel.
After the visit, walk through paddy fields to Panauti village which is located at the confluence of the Puny Amati & Roshi Khola rivers. Panauti was once an important staging post on the Tibet trade route with pre-Lichhavi origins. The banks of the river are crowded with temples, shrines and cremation ghats. Across the river lie the Brahmayani temple and the biggest Shiva lingam in Nepal. The Indreshwar Mahadev temple is a 15th century Newari structure with exquisite woodcarvings especially on the roof.
Overnight: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort.
Friday 9 June: (Alt.1400m)
Drive Dhulikhel/Kathmandu, Tour of Kathmandu & Swoyambhunath. (B)
This morning visit the old Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes, colourful bazaars and the Temple of the Living Goddess – Kumari who is considered to be the incarnation of the “Virgin Goddess”. The old Durbar Square consists of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture.
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See our destinations in Tibet below, marked in red.
Writer’s Journey supports the humanitarian work of ASIA ONLUS through their projects in Nepal, Tibet and other Asian countries.