DAY 1 – THURSDAY- Depart for Kathmandu
Day 2 – FRIDAY – Arrive Kathmandu (Overnight at Airport Hotel)
DAY 3 – SATURDAY – Bhaktapur, Arrive Dhulikhel (Namobuddha Resort & Organic Farm)
DAY 4 – SUNDAY – Nagarkot (Nagarkot Hillside Village Resort)
DAY 5 – MONDAY – Nagarkot – Nonviolence Training (Nagarkot Hillside Village Resort)
DAY 6 – TUESDAY – Nagarkot – Nonviolence Training (Nagarkot Hillside Village Resort)
DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY – Travel to Chitwan (Rainbow Safari Lodge)
DAY 8 – THURSDAY – Chitwan National Park & Wildlife Refuge (Rainbow Safari Lodge)
DAY 9 – FRIDAY – Depart Chitwan, Kathmandu – Shrine visits (Hotel Manang)
DAY 10 – SATURDAY – Kathmandu – Early Childhood Development Center (Hotel Manang)
DAY 11 – SUNDAY-Depart Kathmandu
DAY 12 – MONDAY- Return to URI
After arrival orientation and first night in Kathmandu, students explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur the next day. Then we travel to Dhulikhel where we stay overnight at the lovely Namobuddha Resort & Organic Farm. We will trek over to the Namobuddha shrine the next morning and experience the inner peace of the temple.
We travel north to Nagarkot, a historical mountain community at 10,000 feet with spectacular views of the Himalaya Mountains. We will experience a 2 1/2–day International Kingian Nonviolence Training facilitated by URI Center faculty. This program is a collaboration between URI and Tribhuvan University’s Conflict, Peace, & Development Graduate Studies Program.
After the training program, the URI group will travel to 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 of packing and souvenir shopping, the group bids a final “Namaste” to Nepal.