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“Great & tasteful experience..”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Socialtours

Socialtours
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Walking Tour of Kathmandu to Ason Markets
Ranked #1 of 43 Shopping in Kathmandu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A small part of Nepal has had a big earthquake in April 2015. We participated in relief and are now working in recovery. socialtours is open for business, and we are even more determined to be professional, and build back better. You can help us in the process. Tourism is more important than ever. A free day in Kathmandu or Pokhara can still be a day of discovery. Discovery of Local Food and Cuisine, of local handicrafts producers, or organic food, or a discovery of livelihoods, or the insides of Buddhism. At socialtours, we believe that these unplanned days will be the moments you will remember the most in Nepal, whether you learn how to cook, go to a coffee farm, or just cycle around the small picturesque communities around these cities, or hike on our 8000'ers of Kathmandu (yeah, 8000 ft. not meters). Yes, we also conduct off beat treks and adventure activities around these magnificent day inspirations. Talk to us, we will HIGHLIGHT your trip to Nepal.
Winterthur, Switzerland
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“Great & tasteful experience..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

We did the momo cooking-class "cook as a local" with socialtours. The chef went to buy fresh ingredients for the momo's in local stores with us. The office's kitchen is really nice and clean. She explained us all ingredients and spices really well and showed us how to do every step. Specially forming the momo's was really funny. We are looking foorward to try it out back home. It was a really nice and tasteful experience - thank you.

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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thanks for your feedback. It really means a lot that you can contribute to help other travellers also enjoy this experience that you enjoyed so much. We are of course very glad that you enjoyed the experience are taking back a little of Nepal with you!
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“Momo cooking class”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

With the help of the teacher we were able to prepare very good (and beautiful :)) momos quite easily. She was kind and very patient, so I can recommend this course even for beginners. Try it, it's fun ...

Visited November 2013
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thanks for your kind words, and glad you appreciate that the class is good enough for beginners too... that is exactly what we wanted to make this class into, and glad to know through your feedback that we have succeeded!
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Los Angeles, California
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“Momo-tastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

We opted to cook momo, which is a surprisingly difficult task. Preparing these delicious morsels for yourself will give you a new appreciation for the momo in restaurants for which someone else must chop all the ingredients. For your hard work you will be rewarded by some of the most delicious momo you'll eat on your entire trip! Perfectly seasoned, and fresh from the steamer. And the class wouldn't be complete without learning to make your own sances.

Thank you social tours, I can't wait to try making these at home!

Visited November 2013
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thanks for this wonderful review and I am glad you got an appreciation of the work that goes behind the simple momo... glad also that you enjoyed making them, and posted some amazing photographs. Thanks and hope to see you again in Nepal!
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New Delhi, India
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“Great experience with Socialtours cooking class!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

The cooking class was really well run and it was great to learn how to cook delicious momos!
We really liked the fact that you go to a local market to buy the ingredients beforehand, It helps to make it feel a more genuine experience.
We would highly recommend!

Visited November 2013
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Alex, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the experience of going to the market and coming back and cooking. Hope we see you again in Nepal
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“Excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

As my friend also has made a review of our trip, I'll keep this short with some additional info.

We had booked a 2 day touring itinerary with Socialtours but due to the unexpected snowstorm we were forced to fly into Kathmandu instead of driving in from Tibet. We arrived 2 days in advance so had 2 extra days to spend in Nepal.

Our original plan was to just stay in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur to tour all the historic sites but as we were "monasteried" from our week in Tibet, we decided to change our itinerary on the spot. Instead, we went for the 3-day Chitwan Jungle experience to add variety to our experience.

Positive points
- Despite our sudden appearance at their office, Raj was accommodating enough to suggest possible additions/changes, confirm our new itinerary and process the reservations needed. All on the spot during the height of tourist season and the itinerary started right away. That is what I call excellent service.
- All agency people I have chatted with including Raj, were all straightforward with information. They will tell you the good points and the bad points. Even have suggestions on how to make the trip better and actually explain the whys of the suggestion. A real plus point as it provides as with insider info that we normally don't get from agencies. It's a more personalized service which I highly appreciate.
- Value for money spent is well worth it. They may be a bit pricier than the other agencies I have contacted, though not by much, but the difference is the level and quality of the service. You are assured of the quality of the tour as we have experienced. Not one point of the tour failed to amuse or shower us with unforgettable experiences.

Negative points
- As pointed out by my friend, the driver failed to ensure the safety of our luggage from the rain. Our bags were water resistant but they just couldn't withstand that much downpour. I know this is not a fault of the agency but maybe a debriefing of the drivers would be beneficial.
- The driver also stopped at a roadside store to have lunch. We chose to forego eating as we were assured lunch was waiting for us at the resort. Waiting for a bit was no problem for us but he ordered something that took around 45 minutes to cook. We practically wasted at least an hour of travel time.
- During the advance wiring of fee settlements, it would be better for the agency representative to not only mention that there will be bank charges but to actually quote how much the charges will be from the Nepal Bank side. I had anticipated the bank charges but didn't exactly knowthe exact amount so the money that did get credited to the agency's account was lacking a few dollars, making for an inconvenient situation. I tried to settle the problem with a suggestion that the remaining be paid when we do get to Nepal to avoid another round of charges but didn't get a response in return. This kind of left all my preparations hanging as I was set to leave for Tibet by that time. I received no reply for 2 weeks until we arrived in Nepal and found out that the agent I was in contact with had taken her leave for the festival. A reply would have really been appreciated to ease the mind.

Overall though, excellent service from Raj and Socialtours. Excellent tips too. Brigand's Bend was the best meal ever. The walk through the village in the searing Nepali midday heat was worth it because of the utterly delicious food. And the dawn tour at Bhaktapur was priceless. We would have never seen the "slice of life" scenes in just a normal day tour of the city. Highly recommended! Again and again!

Visited October 2013
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Hi there,

Am so glad you took the time to write this review and inform us of the positives and the negatives in your trip. First of all, am so happy that you enjoyed that trip that we designed together when you arrived at the office. This is exactly what we love doing, as we believe strongly each person has a personal trip preference and we are so happy that what we designed together was a perfect match for your tastes. At the same time, we are saddened that some of the logistics did not work exactly as planned. Briefing the drivers and a little more attention to detail on the type of car, protection of luggage, especially at the end of the rainy season is feedback that we are taking away from this that we will act on for sure. We would not want a little bit of negligence to colour the otherwise excellent experiences you had. The communication speed is something we are also working on, on a continual basis. We are usually very good with this, but during the festival season, and Nepal has so many of them, it does get a bit crazy. Feedback on the payment extras that the bank takes is also very good. However, every bank has different rates, and sometimes its the relations of your bank and our bank that determines the rates... hence we can never fix an amount... but do mention in our communications that the bank charges are all yours (only way we can be fair I think).

Thanks again for taking the time... reviews are critical to the development of a company and we take note and act on each one. Hope we see you in Nepal again
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