Once we’re all gathered for our Tailor-made in Kathmandu tour, we’ll head to the nearby Sarangi Restaurant, where we’ll get to know each other a bit better and you’ll learn about some of Sarangi’s projects and programs. This local initiative is committed to helping the Gandharba people, an ancient caste of musicians. We’ll discuss how tours just like this one benefit the people in the local community, and about the various projects they’re involved with, such as a sewing-training program for disadvantaged women.
On this tour, you’ll learn about local clothing production and traditions — by getting your own tailor-made garment! Don’t worry if you’re not a designer; we’ll have some printouts of many designs that may help to jog your creativity. Or, you could plan ahead and bring us a photo of an existing favourite garment that you would like to have replicated.
From the restaurant, we’ll catch rickshaws to the Indra Chowk market area, passing ancient temples and fascinating local shops that sell everything from pots and pans to vegetables, spices, and jewellery. Then, once we reach the fabric sellers, we’ll browse the many shops displaying a large range of qualities and prices. The sellers and your guide will advise you on suitable fabrics and trims for your design.
We’ll pass by a famous lassi shop that’s nearby, where you can grab a drink if you like (at your own expense), and from there we’ll walk back to the restaurant. Don’t worry if you see something interesting along the way, as we’ll take our time so you can pause to check out some of the interesting local shops on the route.
Once we get back to Sarangi, you’ll be able to order lunch, and, if you need it, take the time to again look through possible designs. We’ll also have on-hand samples of more exclusive fabrics not found at the local market. These include hand-loomed bamboo, linen, and hemp, as well as exquisite handcrafted bone and horn buttons.
After lunch, our expert tailor will work with you on your design and take your measurements; he’ll then demonstrate the pattern-making and cutting process so you can see exactly how it’s made.
Most garments take only a few days to make (minimum 2 days), so we’ll organise pick-up times that suit your stay in Nepal. We are happy to accommodate your plans. All pick-ups will be back at Sarangi Restaurant. If you won’t be able to pick up your garments in-person, there is a shipping option available; however, this will be an extra fee and prices will vary depending on shipping destination.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, rickshaw charge, set menu lunch with a soft drink or tea and coffee.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, lassi, fabric and tailoring for your garment, tips/gratuities for your guide. Note that the fabric cost and tailoring charges vary from garment to garment and are not included in the tour price. Our printouts of design ideas show how much fabric will be needed as well as the tailoring charge. Traditional, handcrafted instruments and music CDs may also be purchased at the restaurant.
Dress standard: The Nepali culture is conservative; therefore, please dress modestly and respectfully. Avoid wearing any revealing clothing, tank tops/singlets, and short shorts or dresses.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Please be aware that it takes a minimum of 2 days for the tailors to sew/prepare the designed clothing. If you won’t be able to pick up your garments in-person, there is a shipping option available; however, this will be an extra fee and prices will vary depending on shipping destination.
Child Policy: Travelers under 6 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.