Earthling Magazine Retreat: Spiritual Nepal December 2019

Off Season Adventures, Earthling Magazine

& Fresh Traveler’s

Spiritual Retreat to

Nepal

December 7-13, 2019

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Nepal is one of the world’s top travel destinations. The country is home to a myriad of centuries-old cultures that are still preserved in today’s modern world. Its history, rooted in a melding of beliefs, has created a unique culture of coexistence. Our itinerary is curated for the most immersive experiences, rooted in authenticity. 

Start by igniting your senses with an excursion through the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Connect with the local artisan communities and explore traditional temples and shrines. 

Next, you’ll ascend to the Annapurna region of the Himalayas to reflect and slow down. Here, travelers will cultivate mindfulness practices with Venerable Burin. Harnessing the power of mindfulness allows us to forge a deeper connection with the destination. With awareness, you are able to exist in harmony with the natural world. 

December 7, 2019

Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival, you will be met by an Off Season Adventures representative who will escort you to your hotel. In the evening, participate in Yoga Nidra – known as yogic sleep – this is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. This class is perfect to relax body and mind and overcome the stress of jetlag. Participate in Singing Bowl Therapy at your hotel before enjoying a 6 course meal at Krisnarpan Restaurant.

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and meet a representative of the Off Season Adventures team
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Evening Yog Nindra class with an experienced yoga instructor 
  • Singing Bowl Therapy at your hotel
  • 6 course dinner at Krisnarpan Restaurant
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel

December 8, 2019

Start your day with an early morning a standing yoga asanas class at your hotel. This helps in relieving body pain, improving circulation, and muscle development. After breakfast, start a day of sightseeing with Swayambhunath, famously known as the Monkey Temple. Then head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour here starts from the heart of Kathmandu Thamel, then continues on a rickshaw through the spice market of Ason to the entrance of Durbar Square. From here you will continue on foot, and if you’re lucky enough you will also get to see the living goddess of Nepal Kumari. Visit the Boudhanath Stupa then take part in a session at Bouddha Inn-meditation Center.

  • Breakfast at your hotel 
  • Early morning standing yoga asanas class
  • Sightseeing at Swayambhunath and Durbar Square
  • Meditation session at Boudhanath Stupa
  • Lunch & Dinner a la carte
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel

December 9, 2019

Early this morning, participate in a meditation and sitting yoga asana session. These positions can help you tone your muscles, make your spine flexible, relieve stress and anxiety, and massage the abdomen. After breakfast, visit Patan, a place with origins clouded in mystery but rich in Buddhist culture. For many centuries Patan’s importance eclipsed that of Kathmandu and by the 7th century, it was one of the major Buddhist centers of Asia, attracting pilgrims, scholars, and monks from India, Tibet, and China. Participate in a Singing Bowl Therapy session by Patan Singing Bowl and Therapy Center.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Sitting yoga and asana session
  • Sightseeing in Patan
  • Singing Bowl session in Patan
  • Lunch & Dinner a la carte
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel

December 10, 2019

Today you’ll be transferred to Dhulikhel. After checking in to The Dwarika’s Resort you will participate in a hike to the Namo Buddha Monastery. A beautiful site known as the Three Stupas in Nepal , it is a very sacred place where the perfect and supreme Buddha – at that time still on the path of learning – offered his own body without regret to a tigress suffering from great hunger. Return to the resort for dinner.

  • Breakfast at Dwarika’s Hotel
  • Transfer to Dhulikhel
  • Namo Buddha Monastery hike
  • Lunch & Dinner at Dwarika’s Resort
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Resort

December 11, 2019

Today you will participate in sessions with Venerable Burin Thitakusalo. He is the Executive Director of The Middle Way Research Institute, a New York-based global non-profit organization that converges timeless wisdom and evidence-based science to tackle key problems facing humanity. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand since 2000, his quest is to provide holistic and cutting-edge solutions for people of all ages, races, religions to achieve sustainability leading to global happiness. In your free time you can also participate in a walking tour of Dhulikhel town or activities at the resort.

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Sessions with Venerable Burin
  • Walking tour of Dhulikhel Town or activities at the resort at your leisure
  • Lunch & Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Resort

December 12, 2019

After breakfast participate in more sessions with Venerable Burin. Enjoy Dhulikhel town or resort activities at your leisure. 

  • Breakfast at the resort
  • Sessions with Venerable Burin
  • Walking tour of Dhulikhel Town or activities at the resort at your leisure
  • Lunch & Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Resort

December 13, 2019

Today marks the end of your Nepal adventure. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) for your international flight home.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) for your trip home

Optional Extension Begins Here

If you choose to add the extension, you’ll spend 4 Full Days in Pokhara and explore Pharping and the Azom Monastery. This is for those who want the full experience of Nepal!

December 13, 2019

After breakfast head to the airport for a short flight to Pokhara. Once you land you will drive to Sarangkot. Enjoy an evening walking tour of Sarangkot Village.

  • Breakfast at the Dwarika’s Resort 
  • Flight to Pokhara
  • Transfer to Sarangkot
  • Lunch a la carte
  • Overnight and dinner at Sarangkot Mountain Lodge

December 14, 2019

Start today with a sightseeing tour of Pokhara including, David Falls, Bindebasisni Temple, a world peace stupa, and a Tibetan settlement Camp. In the afternoon, take a relaxing boat trip on Phewa Lake. The evening is at your leisure.

  • Breakfast at Sarangkot Mountain Lodge
  • Sightseeing tour of Pokhara
  • Boat trip on Phewa lake
  • Lunch a la carte
  • Overnight and dinner at Sarangkot Mountain Lodge

December 15, 2019

After breakfast enjoy the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon drive to Temple Tree Resort & Spa for a Sirodhara Therapy. Finish the day with the Thupten’s program at the Tibetan Settlement Camp.

  • Breakfast at Sarangkot Mountain Lodge
  • Sirodhara Therapy at Temple Tree Resort & Spa
  • Thupten Program
  • Lunch a la carte
  • Overnight and dinner at Sarangkot Mountain Lodge

December 16, 2019

Today make your way back to Kathmandu on a short flight. Once there you’ll drive to Pharping to visit the Azom Monastery. This beautiful place aims to provide love, care, and education to over 200 student monks who reside there. Upon arrival you will be overtaken by the calmness and serenity of the area. Head back to Kathmandu and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

  • Breakfast at Sarangkot Mountain Lodge
  • Fly to Kathmandu
  • Transfer to Pharping
  • Visit the Azom Monastery
  • Lunch & Dinner a la carte
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s Hotel

December 17, 2019

Today marks the end of your Nepal adventure. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) for your international flight home.

  • Breakfast at the Dwarika’s Hotel
  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) for your trip home

We are happy to customize additional day excursions before or after this tour if you want to get more out of your journey. Possible additions include Chitwan National Park, trekking, Bardia National Park, and much more!

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What’s Included?

  • Your local, experienced driver with many years of guiding tours in Nepal
  • Lodging in Nepal 
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary 
  • All cultural activities and excursions on itinerary
  • Meditation and wellness sessions indicated on itinerary
  • Contribution to the non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations Second Look Worldwide, Impact Travel Alliance, and The Middle Way Meditation Institute 
  • Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
  • Driver transfers to and from airports
  • An emergency evacuation card, Flying Doctors
  • Wire Transfer and other banking fees

What’s Not Included?

  • International flights to & from Nepal
  • Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Traveler’s Insurance
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Baggage weight overages, if applicable
  • Any incidental expenses
  • Anything from room service or the hotel minibar

The Optional Pokhara Excursion

This 5 Day, 4 Night excursion includes:

  • Your experienced & trusted guide in Pokhara
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Lodging in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
  • Driver transfers to and from airports
  • An emergency evacuation card, Flying Doctors
  • Wire Transfer and other banking fees

These items are not included in the excursion:

  • International flights to & from Nepal
  • Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
  • Any extra excursions or events you plan
  • Lunch and dinner during the extension
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Traveler’s Insurance, highly encouraged
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Baggage weight overages, if applicable
  • Any incidental expenses
  • Anything from room service or the hotel minibar

Accommodations

The Dwarika’s Hotel: 3 nights, Bed & Breakfast Basis

The Dwarika’s Resort: 3 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Optional Extension

Sarangkot Mountain Lodge: 3 nights, Bed & Breakfast

The Dwarika’s Hotel: 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Next Steps

THIS 7 DAY, 6 NIGHT TOUR PACKAGE IS ONLY $3800 PER PERSON

The 5 Day Excursion to Pokhara and Pharping is an additional $1975 per person.

Single Supplement is $1157 for the main 7 day tour and $475 for the extension. 

50% of the total package cost must be paid 90 days before travel to retain your reservation, and the balance must be paid 45 days prior to the date of arrival.