What a fabulous introduction to Kathmandu - Nov 5 - Nov 8, 2019

Traveler: Flaminia R. - Local specialist: Raj Gyawali

What a fabulous introduction to Kathmandu ! Raj of Socialtours arranged for us the perfect exploration of the city and its surrounding areas. He understood that we were looking for contacts with the locals and this is exact what we did in the few days ( too few) we spent in Kathmandu. From the Aarthi ( sitting in the midst of the Nepali faithful) at Pashupatinath to the exploration of the local markets , and the walk in the Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana we really felt the connection with the locals . We especially enjoyed the dawn walk of Bhaktapur ( not to be missed !) . In all of our travels , we never had a similar experience : we tasted street food breakfast , witnessed the morning prayers and offerings in the street and in the temples and got the major sightseeing spots all to ourselves. I especially want to commend Raj , Sarita and Bikram our extraordinary guides , not only did they explained to us what was happening but we also shared many laughs and had a lot of fun with them . Bikram in particular knows everyone in Bungamati and Bhaktapur and was able to introduce us to a lot of the locals. Naturally our experience would not have been the same without the kindness and the warm welcome we received from the Nepali people . We will be back !

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Raj Gyawali, local specialist, responded to this review:

Flaminia, so happy to hear that the trip went well, and you loved our specials - we are also very fond of these trips, and think they are amazing experiences well worth offering. Am sure to transfer this feedback also to Bikram and Sarita and let them know how much you enjoyed their services.

Look forward to seeing you in Nepal again!