DAY 1 – THURSDAY- Depart for Kathmandu
Day 2 - FRIDAY – Arrive Kathmandu
DAY 3 – SATURDAY – Bhaktapur, Arrive Namobuddha Resort
DAY 4 – SUNDAY – Nagarkot
DAY 5 – MONDAY – Nagarkot (Nonviolence Training)
DAY 6 – TUESDAY – Nagarkot (Nonviolence Training)
DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY – Nagarkot (Nonviolence Training), Travel to Chitwan
DAY 8 – THURSDAY – Chitwan – National Park & Wildlife Refuge excursions
DAY 9 – FRIDAY – Depart Chitwan -white water rafting. Arrive Kathmandu – Shrine visits
DAY 10 – SATURDAY - Kathmandu - Early Childhood Development Center
DAY 11 - SUNDAY-Depart Kathmandu
DAY 12 – MONDAY- Return to URI
After arrival orientation in Kathmandu, students explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The next day, we travel to Nagarkot, a historical mountain community at 10,000 feet with spectacular views of the Himalaya Mountains. We will experience a 3-day International Kingian Nonviolence Training facilitated by URI Center faculty. This program is a collaboration between URI and Tribhuvan University’s Conflict, Peace, & Development Studies Program.
After the training program, the URI group will travel to the Chitwan National Park situated in the subtropical Terai lowlands. The park covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem andprovides a perfect setting to learn about the issues of conservation ecology and environmental sustainability facing Nepal. There are over 450 species of birds in the park and 43 species of mammals, especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, and gharial crocodile.
Leaving Chitwan early, we enjoy a scenic drive through central Nepal and take a break mid-morning for white water rafting with lunch on the riverbank. We arrive back in Kathmandu for the final two days/nights where students will experience cultural and spiritual learning at several of the world’s holiest ancient temples and shrines.
Completing this international nonviolence travel experience, students will visit with 2012 CNN Hero winner, Pushpa Basnet at her Early Childhood Development Center, a home for young children who without other options were forced to live in prisons with their convicted parents. After a final relaxing morning for packing and souvenir shopping, the group bids a final “Namaste” to Nepal.