The Art of Nepal 2020

November 2020  17 Days

For over 2,000 years, the Kathmandu Valley was the artistic centre of the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, creating a cultural melting pot of artisans renowned as some of the finest in the world.

Today, Kathmandu remains an enormous treasure trove of architecture, paintings, sculpture, woodcarvings, textiles, jewellery, furniture and more.    

Pack your journal, sketchbook or camera and prepare to be awe-inspired. 

Our unique 'Art Of Nepal' journey will completely immerse you in the centre of this creative world, combined with the joy and chaos of Tihar festival and Newari New Year.  

 

Designed for art lovers and artists alike, you will be introduced to artisans of all persuasions, experts in their ancient crafts, with the chance to see them at work and have some hands-on play.  

Participate in all the festivals with local communities and families, celebrate the Newari New Year and perform your own ma puja.  

Throughout this whole journey you will spend your evenings in beautiful boutique and heritage accomodation.

Whether getting lost in the back lanes, crafting with an artisan, dancing with the locals or just sitting and watching the world go by, this slow journey allows you to engage in local life and discover the real Nepal

We are finalising our exciting 2020 itinerary, adding little improvements here and there.  Register your interest here to be kept up to date with the changes and have the first chance to book this personal journey. 

Rough Itinerary Outline

Day 1    

Depart Australia 

Day 2

Arrive Nepal and transfer to Hattiban Resort

Day 3   

Amazing views of Kathmandu valley and surrounding mountains.  Guided walks, monasteries, eat and rest

Day 4 -6

Transfer to Bhaktapur.  Art is everywhere. Explore Bhaktapur's museums, centuries old temples and back lanes.  Visit potters square, the living goddess and feast on King Curd

Over the next two weeks during our travels around Kathmandu, we will stop  and explore the myriad works of emerging 'Street Art' 

Day 7  

Visit Association for Craft Producers and Fair Trade Shops, then transfer to the artistic hub of Kathmandu, Patan (City of Beauty)

Day 8  

The five day Tihar festival commences with Kaag, 'Day of the Crow' and everyday we join the festivities.  Continue to explore Patan on foot, it's arts and architecture

Day 9    

Tihar, 'Day of the Dog'.  Nepal is renowned for its architecture, exporting their skills worldwide.  Spend the day in the workshops of artisans in the ancient crafts of wood & stone carving

Day 10   

Laxmi Puja and Gai Tihar.  Learn about the traditional 'wax casting method' used to create fine-metal craft.  Discover how to create a rangoli (mandala) and join the locals in welcoming Laxmi by decorating the street with your own creations

Day 11   

Mah Puja and Newari New Year.  Join all of Kathmandu for parades and celebrations in one of the Durbar Squares

Day 12  

Bhai Tikka is the final day of Tihar, celebrating family.  Visit Tibetan carpet creators and enjoy a hands-on momo cooking class

Day 13

Transfer to Boudhanath, visit the surrounding Tibetan monasteries and take part in your first Kora around the beautiful Stupa.  Demonstration and workshop of Singing Bowl Therapy

Day 14 

Workshop in the ancient arts of Tibetan Thangka or Paubha painting

Day 15 

Guided visits of contemporary art galleries.  Farewell dinner

Day 16 

Our last early morning Kora.  Transfer to airport, depart Nepal

 

Day 17

Arrive Australia

* We are constantly working with our amazing artists and their availability during festival time, to guide you in your adventure.  This means the days we will be participating in the activities above might change their order.

WLJ

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