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Beside the amazing nature of the Himalaya’s, Nepal is a rich country in its unique culture and ancient traditions. Many priests and saints have contributed to create this powerful culture. Among them are the well known shamans that still mostly live in rural areas of Nepal. Previously there was lack of professional medical care in rural areas and shamans cured and healed patients. They know the secrets of nature and have the power to help the sick and unprivileged persons. They are known to wear typical dresses and tame long hair, play puppet drums that enforces the magical broom at the time of healing. Shamans also are fortune tellers, they forecast the future which maybe good or bad. They don’t hesitate to be right on the forecast because they are equipped with the magical powers which they received from the Gods. Some of them have even powers to release demons in persons trapped by them. To witness these wonderful ancient culture and traditions, Himalayan Dream Team offers an unique experience: the search for the shamans and their fascinating powers!
All year long
It is all in the spirit
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel + D
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport in Nepal. You will be transported to your hotel in Thamel where in the evening we invite you to our traditional Nepali welcome dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing Around the Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B
After breakfast, we walk to Swayambhunath and climb 365 stone steps, with other pilgrims, to reach the hilltop home of a great Stupa, with many chortens, shrines and monasteries. This is also home for hundreds of monkeys who act as if they own this hill – and perhaps they do cautious with the monkeys; who, though cute, may snatch things from your hands. They may bite you if they feel threatened.
After this, we visit the Bon Monastery to view their spiritual practices with herbal medicine and drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square; it is religious monuments of Kathmandu. We visit the Royal Kumari House, where the Kumari, a living goddess, resides. We walk to Thamel through Asan Bazar, the oldest bazaar of the Kathmandu valley. In the afternoon, we visit the temples and cremation sites of Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals), on the Bagmati River, sacred to Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil and sorrow (Shiva is revered as the master of shamans.) We also visit Guheshwari, a powerful female deity temple and a shaman who manifests the Goddess Durga to do healings and divinations. Private transport and entry fees included!
Day 03: Drive to Timal (4hrs, 77km, 1.875m), o/n in local house +B+L+D
After breakfast, we drive on theAraniko highway passing through Dhulikhel with scenic mountain views including Mt. Everest, then, after lunch we get introducedto thelocal people and shamans, in the afternoon we explore the village in more detail.
Day 04: Explore and meeting with local Shamans, o/n in local house +B+L+D
Full day practice with local Shaman with different activities. Among the many practices and rituals Shamanism has always been a matter of curiosity in the whole world. It is a healing method, a gateway to the spirit world and an integral part of the daily life.
Day 05: Activities with Shamans, o/n in local house +B+L+D
Today we practice alternative healing practices with traditional Shaman.
Day 06: Hiking around and meditation and healing, o/n in local house +B+L+D
After breakfast, we trek to Upper Nayanthan, where there is the Timal Hill, which is very famous sacred place for the Tamang and Magar’s Shamanists who reside on the top of Timal Hill. This place is very peaceful and suitable for meditation and healing.
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu (4hrs), o/n in a hotel +B
Today after breakfast we will depart for our 4 hours drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 08: Free day in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B
A free day in Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades starting from the hippie movement when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. Even though Thamel has been referred to as the “ghetto” by some, most low-budget travelers consider it a tourist heaven
Day 09: Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu, +B