Full-Day Tibetan Cultural Tour To Tibetan Settlements - Pokhara

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide pick up and drop off services to and from our respective guests' hotels located at Lakeside area. But we charge transportation fee for those guests whose hotel.. read more
  • Return Details :
    We provide pick up and drop services to and from our guests respective hotels.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This 8-hour guided Tibetan encounter tour is a unique opportunity to spend a day in a local Tibetan communities inside Pokhara Valley with a genuine Tibetan guide. Learn about their rich Tibetan culture such as Buddhism, medicine, arts and crafts, history, and their strugglesas refugee in Nepal. Tibetan food and drink provided.

Highlights

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Free snacks included

Lunch included

Private guide for a more personalized experience

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: The Tibetan Encounter Day Tours, Pokhara, Gandaki Zone, Western Region

Departure: 09:00 a.m.
Return: Around 5 or 6 p.m.
We provide pick up and drop off services only to those guests whose hotels are around Lakeside area. We charge extra money for transportation, hotels which are located outside of Lakeside area. You can pay us extra transportation fee after our tour. Please provide us your hotel name.
NOTICE:
We will visit two different Tibetan villages around Pokhara valley. Our tours are typically base on educational and Tibetan cultural tour.
Our tours are not private. Usually we get 2 to 3 people in a group. But we also accept other guests, if they are also interested to join with our group.
Since Saturday is our weekend in Nepal, therefore our Tibetan carpet workshop is closed but our carpet showroom will be open. Also on Saturday our Tibetan doctor is not available therefore we cant able to meet our Tibetan doctor.
Program Includes:
Discover the arts and crafts of the Tibetan Plateau and learn how Tibetan people introduced and make Tibetan carpets in the settlements.
Learn about the symbols and images that are so important in their daily life.
Meet a Tibetan doctor and learn about basic knowledge of Tibetan medicine and its treatment. Have a first hand experience of a medical check up from a Tibetan doctor.
Visit settlement photo gallery and learn how Tibetan settlements were established in the early 60s.
Learn about Tibetan schools, kindergarten and our educational system in the Tibetan settlements.
Enjoy simple Tibetan momos & thenthuk in a Tibetan restaurants inside the settlement in the afternoon.
Meet a Buddhist monk and learn about their monastic life and their daily studies and activities in the monastery.
Visit the monastery and attend their group pooja in the evening (prayer chanting) with the monks and hear the horns, drums, conch shell, trumpet, bell etc used during the prayer.
Enjoy evening tea in a local family, where you will get a taste of Tibetan food, tsampa (Roasted barley flour), butter tea and Tibetan bread.

Duration: 8 hours

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Driver

Afternoon tea

Bottled water

Lunch

Snacks

Coffee and/or Tea

Entry/Admission - The Tibetan Encounter Day Tours

Exclusions

DVD (available to purchase) Tibetan music

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not recommended for children under 9 years of age

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A maximum of 12 people per booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 03-Feb-2020

    This was a very interesting and inspiring tour with many highlights of which I want to mention only a few.
    - The tour was provided by a Tibetian guide in 2nd generation in Nepal. Therefore I got first hand information and opinion sharing.
    - A conversation with Tibetian doctor provides you with insights into the Tibetian traditional medicine.
    - I got the unique chance to have an interview with a young monk in a Buddhist monastery.
    - I was also able to join the afternoon prayer of another monastery.
    - Several choices of local food.
    Overall this tour is very well designed and packed with information and experiences you can make. Come with an open and critical mindset, then you can enjoy the tour even more and engage in discussions with the guide about Tibetian culture and history.

  • 01-Jan-2020

    What an amazing experience! Our guide was so knowledgeable and an absolute delight. I have learned so many things about the plight of the Tibetan people. My heart aches for the Tibetan people and hope that justice will one day be served. We also sampled Tibetan food and butter tea. It was delicious! We meet a monk and sat and talked about life for a while. We learned about Buddhism, Tibetan medicine and actually had a pulse reading. I could go on forever about what we learned, what we saw and what we discussed as a group! It was a life changing tour that I highly recommend! What a wonderful tour guide and person...Thupten Gyatso!!!!

  • 02-Dec-2019

    The tour Guide Thupten is an amazing person very knowledgeable, kind, trying his best to make the perfect tour,I learned a lot. I would have though spend little less time at the village and at chanting monks to reach on the day light at the beautiful Pema Tsal Buddhist monastery to spend more time there to talk to the monk and take pictures outside. But anyways many thanks to Thupten and heard he has also an amazing guest house, wish I would have booked his place.

  • 27-Sep-2019

    I was lucky enough to have been the only guest on this tour. Thupten had to make some extra efforts to pick me up from my remote hotel (thanks for that) and we started our day trip early. In the morning, we visited a Tibetan refugee "settelment" in Pokhara which actually is more like a village within the city with all the infrastructure there people need. There was ample of time for exchanging opinions and thoughts . We stayed there quite a while chatting with the women who weave carpets, with the women who sell carpets, with the women who sell souvenirs before we had some lunch there and moved on to two TIbetan monestaries around Pokhara. There, I had the chance to have a talk with a monk who is living in one of the monasteries and listen to the monk chants in the second monastery. Sadly, the Tibetan culture in Nepal appears a bit "artificial" except for the monks chants and it seemingly does not attract young people to stay (....) as we mostly saw elderly people. At the end of the day (or if younger ones they are Nepali), I felt a bit sad about the Tibetans in Nepal although tehy are quite close geographically as well as culturally. Before we went back to my hotel, we had the chance to taste Tibetan butter tea and their regular meal: barley porridge. Difficult to imagine to have that every day yet for once in a while absolutely ok. Prepare yourself to talk a lot and to exchange your mind with the mind of Thupten. This is the highlight of the day, and it will demonstrate you some kind of mutual understanding (I hope) focusing on essential topics. Happiness is not easy Thupten wherever you are and in whatever circumstances one lives. Learning and understanding is utmost important and I thank you for showing me your perspectives.

  • 23-Apr-2019

    The tour is very special and informative which allow me to know more about the Tibetan history and culture.