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Corporate Tour Program in Nepal

Embarking on a Meaningful Journey: A Corporate Tour with Volunteer Society Nepal

Volunteer Society Nepal recently hosted a unique corporate tour for Marcel, Rob, Jakob, and Matthijs – a delegation from the Netherlands seeking not just an exotic travel experience, but a meaningful journey with connections to business and social impact. This 8-day exploration of Nepal unfolded as a blend of cultural immersion, exploration of sustainable business opportunities, and a deep dive into the heart of Nepali spirituality.

Day 1: Arrival in Bhaktapur – History, Culture, and Social Impact

  • Warm Welcome and Bhaktapur Exploration: Upon arrival at the airport, the delegation was warmly welcomed and transported to their hotel in the ancient city of Bhaktapur. After settling in, their first experience was a guided tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on a rooftop restaurant overlooking Taumadi Square offered both delicious Nepali cuisine and panoramic views.
  • Connecting with Social Projects: In the afternoon, the focus shifted to the core purpose of their visit. They interacted with the children of New Life Children’s Home and met with the principal and teachers of CBIA School, both projects supported by Volunteer Society Nepal. This interaction offered insights into the challenges and rewards of educational and social initiatives in Nepal.

Day 2: The Sacred Stupas of Kathmandu

  • Boudhanath and Swayambhunath: On their second day, the delegation explored two of Kathmandu’s most iconic Buddhist stupas: Boudhanath, with its vibrant Tibetan influence, and Swayambhunath, perched atop a hill overlooking the city. These sacred sites offered a glimpse into the spiritual life of Nepal and its Buddhist heritage.
  • Business Connections for Sustainable Collaboration: The evening took a turn towards business development, with a meeting between the Dutch delegation and Nepali business leaders. The goal? To explore collaborations that create job opportunities in sustainable and ethical ways, reflecting a conscious approach to international business partnerships.

Day 3-5: Chitwan Wildlife Adventure

  • Jungle Immersion: A 2-night, 3-day excursion to Chitwan National Park broke the rhythm of city life. Here, the Dutch visitors immersed themselves in the thrill of jungle safaris, encountering rhinoceroses, exotic birds, and the elusive presence of the Bengal tiger. Chitwan’s biodiversity highlighted Nepal’s rich natural environment.

Day 6: Nomobuddha’s Serenity and Nagarkot’s Views

  • The Peace of Nomobuddha: Back from Chitwan, the delegation embarked on a day trip to Nomobuddha, a Buddhist monastery renowned for its tranquility. The monastery’s serenity clearly impressed the group, leading them to plan a longer stay at this peaceful location for a future visit in October.
  • Hiking to Nagarkot: From Nomobuddha, the journey continued with a drive to Banepa, the starting point for a scenic hike to Nagarkot. This hill station offered breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a comfortable overnight stay in a unique natural setting.

Day 7: Pashupatinath Temple – Confronting Life, Death, and Spirituality

  • The Significance of Pashupatinath: The final day of the tour held a profound experience – a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, one of Nepal’s most sacred Hindu sites. The temple complex bustled with devotees, and the air was filled with incense and prayers.
  • Witnessing Cremation Rituals: The most impactful aspect of their visit was observing the open-air cremation rituals along the Bagmati River. For the visitors, accustomed to a Western approach to death, this was a deeply moving and transformative encounter. The rituals, the mourners’ grief, and the cycle of life and death painted a poignant picture of Hindu philosophy.
  • Reflections on Life and the Afterlife: The experience at Pashupatinath Temple ignited contemplation. The Dutch delegation grappled with questions of mortality, the concept of an afterlife, and the search for meaning in a way unique to Hindu culture. It was a moment of emotional depth and a stark reminder of the interconnectedness of life and death.