Bored of the run of the mill offers in Kathmandu? Check out this top offbeat things to do, developed by socialtours. This list is not ranked, only because it cannot be!
Discover the WORKING NEPALI
Suburban Kathmandu is changing quite rapidly, and with this change comes a change in profession. The suburbs which had an agricultural mainstay are now full of factories, brick kilns, restaurants, schools etc. The people who live here have also moved with the times. This trip is a walk, that looks at just that. Combine that with doing it in the southern end of the valley, its a beautiful way to spend the day and immerse in the changing face of Kathmandu.
These experiences also take you to some of the less known factories and workplaces that nepalese work in. All in all, very informative and enhances your appreciation for the average Nepali.
THROW your own SOUVENIR
Ever tried making your own souvenir? Guided by a master potter, you have a chance in Thimi to do just that - enjoy the walk around this famous pottery village and then sit with the master and craft your own pot, ashtray, vase or whatever you fancy (or whatever it comes to look like). This is then fired, glazed re-fired and given back to you in about a week or so. A great gift to yourself of your own making.
Combine this with lunch at an organic farm to make it a wonderful relaxed experiential day. This organic farm supplies most of the organic produce that is supplied in Nepal. It is also experimental and has already introduced Hollunda flower ice-cream in Nepal.
COOK like a LOCAL
No trip in Nepal is complete without eating healthy portions of Mo:Mos and Dal Bhaat. Now take the effort to learn how to cook them, take the skill home, and prepare for the perfect Nepal day/evening.
This half day activity is full of fun, and the results are tasty and makes you real proud. Plus you get to down as many momos as you want.
LUNCH with NUNS
Rest assured. you will not regret your decision to either take the hike, and/or stay overnight at Shivapuri Heights Cottage.
Follow the process of NEPALESE COFFEE - crop to cup
Later we visit Karma Coffee, the only coffee boutique in Nepal, which recycles everything from coffee and some more to - hang on - massage oils, scrubs, soap, lamps, fertiliser, briquettes and more.
HIKE up to the Peaks around Kathmandu
If you decide to do this in the famous Elephant Forests south of Kathmandu, you can enjoy a meal or an overnight at Hattiban Resort.
Cycle the Magic Marijuana Loop
If you are lucky, the rockstar himself might even lead your ride.
Eat a local NEWAR snack
It does go down well when accompanied with some local made alcohol.
Tour BHAKTAPUR @ Dawn
In the daytime, of course, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations and a World Heritage Site. As the tourists flock in, you will be already gone, with lasting memories!
Walk the LOCAL MARKETS
Your understanding of Nepal grows tenfold.
socialtours is a company based out of Kathmandu focussing on offbeat experiences that spread the tourism dollar into the economy, while being socio-culturally and environmentally sensitive.