Six kilometers south of Bhaktapur Durbar Square lies the famous Pilot Baba Ashram. An hour of following the easy trails through the gorgeous Suryabinayak jungle will lead you to the temple on a hillock with amazing views of the hills and mountains surrounding Kathmandu valley. From there, you can either move on to the Suryabinayak temple, head towards Ghyampe Danda or, if you feel like it, meditate in the ashram after paying a small fee. It would make for a relaxing-day hike for sure.
If you want to experience an ancient art and get your hands dirty at the same time, why not give pottery a try? In this 2-hour session led by a local potter Narayan Prajapati, you will get to try two forms of pottery: handmade pottery and on the pottery wheel, at the end of which you’ll be able to craft your own earthen souvenir. The session costs Rs 2,800 ($25), which includes all tools and materials required. Learn how the real artisans of Kathmandu valley do it. Call 9818421646.
Yoga is a physical and mental exercise aimed at bringing harmony between mind, body and soul. It can increase flexibility, improve metabolism and reduce weight. Join Atmashree Yoga in Pokhara to enjoy physical wellbeing for your body and cleanse your soul. Atmashree provides yoga trainings to practitioners at all skill levels, with trekking and retreat packages. You can also choose to stay and meditate for a few days at their yoga retreat center in Khapaudi, Pokhara. Call 9819197125.