TRAVEL IN NEPALESE CULTURE, HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY
FROM SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 8, 2020
A journey to the springs of human spirituality through the direct and exceptional encounter with the different shamanic cultures and sacred places of Nepal. Participation in the 4 days of the International Congress of Shamanism offers the possibility to immerse yourself in the spirit of shamanism, an ancient spiritual practice that unites peoples. Travelling to Nepal means knowing the soul of Asia, with the contradictions of this country hovering between the culture of the past and modernity. We visit the historical-religious places of Kathmandu and the valley, the ancient monuments and streets full of charm, color and scents. Bhaktapur, the most original and authentic with a medieval atmosphere leaves an indelible memory, Patan, open-air city-museum with harmonious architecture, Pashupatinath, sacred place of cremations on the Bagmati River, the most important place of worship dedicated to Shiva, Boudanath, with the great white stupa and the community of Tibetans, the sacred hill of Swayambunath, from where, tells the legend,
In collaboration with Kathmandu's Ananda adventure treks agency and nepalese Cultural Research Centre and The Unitedan Agency in Mantua, Marco Visini tel 0376 357324
September 30th arrival of participants in Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel. Time available. Nepalese dinner welcome and overnight in the hotel.
1-2-3-4 October Four days dedicated to the international shamanism summit. Lunches and dinners included.
October 5 after breakfast walk to reach the sacred hill of Swayambunath from where, legend says, the Nepalese civilization began. We climb the long staircase to beam the white stupa. Bhudda's compassionate eyes seem to be waiting for us, between prayer flags and monkeys. Continue the walk to Kathmandu's historic-religious centre, walking through crowded streets, colorful and fragrant markets. Despite traffic and pollution it attracts tourists, travelers, pilgrims since the 1960s. We visit the pagoda temples of Durbar Square (the square of the Royal Palace), the Temple House of the Kumari, living child goddess revered by all Nepalis. We blend in with the lively crowd to savor the atmosphere of this beautiful city, in a strong balance between past and present that, however, retains Asian charm with its rich architecture. Lunch free. In the afternoon we visit the Asan district, with local shops and the spice market. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
6 After breakfast we visit Pashupatinath, the holy site par excellence dedicated to Shiva, represented as lingam. A destination for the Hindu faithful, also from India, it is a difficult place to describe because of the emotions it arouses. We assist, if possible and discreetly, the cremations on the steps of the Bagmati River. We climb the hill to enter the "Deopatan, the garden of the gods" between ancient temples, lingam and votive chapels. Continue to Boudanath, the center of Tibetan culture dominated by the great white stupa, one of the largest in the world. Together with pilgrims and monks we surround the stupa, in an atmosphere of great suggestion. Lunch free. In the afternoon I return to Kathmandu. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
7 After breakfast transfer by private bus to Bhaktapur, "the city of devotees". A Unesco World Heritage Site, it has preserved the medieval charm. Meeting a healer. Lunch free. Let's start the visit of the religious historical core. We cross ancient squares, the potter's quarter and everywhere we see temples guarded by figures carved in stone. In the narrow alleys and squares, daily activities follow ancient rhythms, and the sound of temple bells is the backdrop to the passage of time. Lunch free. Return to Kathmandu.
8 After breakfast we visit Bodanilakanta, where we witness the "awakening" and preparation of Vishnu in the gu way of a beautiful 7th century statue, lying on a water tank representing the cosmic ocean from which the universe originated. The atmosphere is steeped in a strong sense of spirituality that does not leave indifferent, for the simplicity and participation of people. Continue for Patan the "city of beauty", ancient capital where the mastery of artists has reached its peak. We walk among the temples, we visit the Golden Temple, the ancient squares, in an unparalleled beauty and architectural harmony. Lunch free. Return to Kathmandu. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
9 Transfer to the airport and end of the trip.
The fee includes
- participation in the international shamanism summit
- Italian escort for the duration of the stay
- 8 overnight stays in double room with breakfast
- all dinners and 4 lunches
- entrances to historical-religious sites
- private transport
- transfer to and from the airport
The fee does not include
- meals not mentioned
- drinks and everything not expressly indicated
IMPORTANT: Since October tourist season is high, it is advisable for those interested to arrange as soon as possible to purchase the air ticket.
For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org tel 3203088531