Morning Tibetan Cultural Tour: An Insight into Tibetan Settlements in Pokhara
54 Ratings
Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture on a morning tour of Tibetan settlements in Pokhara. Learn about Tibet, Buddhism, food, art, and more from a knowledgeable Tibetan guide.
Duration: 9 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Jangchub Choeling Tibetan Monastery - Morning Tibetan Cultural Tour.

Departure: 05:30 a.m.

Return: Around 1:30 p.m.

Our tours are focused on providing an immersive cultural and educational experience, offering a deeper understanding of Tibetan culture, religion, and the lives of Tibetan refugees in Nepal.

Our tour guide Mr. Thupten himself is a Tibetan, who was born & grew up in one of the Tibetan village in Pokhara. Therefore, he has lots of information regarding Tibetan people living in Nepal and how they have well kept their Tibetan language & their buddhist culture.

  • Visit two Tibetan Refugee settlements near Pokhara valley.

  • Visit a monastery and attend the morning group pooja (prayer chanting) with the monks and hear the horns, drums, conch shell, trumpet, bell etc used during the prayer.

  • Enjoy Tibetan breakfast in a local family home.

  • You will visit a Buddhist monastery and interact with a young Buddhist monk to gain more insights into Buddhist monks’ life and their education.

  • Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery - You will visit a Buddhist monastery and learn the meanings of different Buddhist signs and symbols that are so important in their daily life such as prayer wheels, prayer flags, stupas, etc.

  • Tashiling Handicraft Centre - Our tour guide Mr. Thupten will take you to the another Tibetan village where we will discover below activities.

  • Explore Tibetan Schools and their educational system.

  • Visit a Tibetan carpet showroom and learn about how the Tibetan carpets are made by hand.

  • Discover the history of Tibetan refugees at a photo gallery.

  • Meet a Tibetan doctor and gain insights into Tibetan medicine.

  • Enjoy an authentic Tibetan lunch at a local restaurant.

*We also provide gluten-free food such as plain rice and veg/non veg curry

A rich and immersive experience into Tibetan culture awaits!

What's Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Experienced professional guide
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch included
  • Breakfast included
  • Tea and coffee available
What's Not Included
  • DVD (available to purchase) Tibetan Musics.
Additional Information

The primary focus of our tours is on learning and experiencing Tibetan culture.

The distinctiveness of our Morning Tibetan Cultural Tour lies in spending time within a local Tibetan society under the guidance of our adept Tibetan tour guide. It presents an invaluable chance to gain insights into Tibet, its people, Buddhism, gastronomy, traditions, craftsmanship, and art.

The Tibetan refugees residing in Nepal are enthusiastic about imparting their ideologies, lifestyle, and their commitment to cultural preservation.

Our tour conductor, Mr. Thupten, a native Tibetan who was born and raised in a Tibetan village in Pokhara, is a treasure trove of information on the Tibetan populace in Nepal and their commendable efforts to maintain their Tibetan language and Buddhist culture. We, therefore, urge our guests to take full advantage by seeking answers to any queries they might have about the Tibetan people and their culture.

  • We serve vegetarian/non vegetarian food as well as gluten-free food.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(54 Ratings)
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May 28, 2024
Fantastic tour - This was a fantastic experience and I learned so much. It is not a sight seeing your but so much more. If you’re looking for a deeper understanding of the history and present of the Tibetan people in Nepal I can’t recommend this tour enough. This is exactly the type of tour I hope to have when traveling- a tour that I learn, hear new view points, and be challenged to critically think. Thupten is a true professional, passionate, and has a wealth of knowledge. I loved the experience and trying different Tibetan foods. My partner was sick the day that I did the the tour but I encouraged him to do it the next day because I didn’t want him to miss out on the experience-book it!
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May 22, 2024
I learned so much. - I did the morning tour (05:30-13:30) and enjoyed this immensely. Really varied itinerary, giving you insights you wouldn't get by yourself. The monasteries, settlements, doctor - all unique experiences. Best of all is Thubten's presentation. I thought I knew a fair bit about Tibet, but learned so much.
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Apr 12, 2024
Authentic and Passionate - Absolutely authentic experience, exceptional guide and staff at booking office. The passion with which our guide delivered information and insight was remarkable. I am very grateful to have been able to visit here.
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Apr 7, 2024
Fascinating and educating tour in Tibetan refugee villages - The tour is interesting and professional. It gives you a deeper understanding of the Tibetan culture (food, medication and art), Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan history. I highly recommend taking the morning tour so you’ll be able to join the morning prayer at a Tibetan monastery.
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Mar 30, 2024
Enriching Tibetan Culture Tour with Exceptional Guide - Our Morning Tibetan Culture Tour to the Tibetan settlement in Pokhara was an unforgettable experience, made exceptional by our guide Thupten. Thupten’s passion and knowledge illuminated every stop of the tour. From insightful explanations at monasteries to facilitating meaningful interactions with local Tibetan families, his expertise and warmth made the journey truly enriching. Thanks to Thupten, we left with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Tibetan culture. Highly recommend this tour, especially with Thupten as your guide!
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Mar 12, 2024
Morning tour with Thupten - Had a really good experience with Thupten! He has so much knowledge about Tibetan history and culture! Really enjoyed the morning tour!
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Mar 12, 2024
Excellent - I loved my turn with Tashi Delek. He is very generous in his explanations and I learned a lot. The typical Nepalese lunch was very good. I highly recommend if you want to learn more about the history of Nepal and Buddhism.
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Feb 9, 2024
One of the best tours!! Highly recommended :) - I had an incredible experience with Thupten as our guide. His extensive understanding of Tibetan culture, history, Buddhism, and the lives of monks truly impressed me. He patiently and enthusiastically answered all of our questions, and he went above and beyond to introduce us to his rich cultural heritage. The encounter with Tibetan refugees was a truly unique and eye-opening experience. If you have a genuine interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the lives of Tibetans and monks in Nepal, I highly recommend trying this tour. It is an absolute must-try.
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Jan 5, 2024
BEST EXPERIENCE IN POKHARA - This tour is incredible. My partner and I just finished the full day morning tour (starting with the monks chanting, and finishing after lunch). We cannot recommend this tour enough - Thupten, the guide, is knowledgable, kind, and humble. You truly learn more about Tibetan refugees in Nepal, the monastic life, and Buddhism. You also get to see an incredible Mountain View from the Sakya Monastery. The carpet showroom is beautiful and very reasonably priced for such talented handicraft. Everything you engage with is community run. This is not a site seeing your but a passionate cultural tour. Do not miss this opportunity if you are in Pokhara. Thug-je-chey Tibetan Encounters, and Thupten - you have created a lasting impression.
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Dec 15, 2023
Powerful experience about Tibet - Amazing time spent with Thupten on the Half Day Tour! It is really an immersion in Tibetan culture, we also had the chance to see clearly the Annapurna's. Appointment with a monk, a tibetan doctor also help to debate and know more about how powerful Buddhist philosophy is... A must do in Pokhara if you are willing to do immerse in Tibetan culture rather than just taking photos
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up to 8 guests
July 2024