Make A Nepali Conga

Making Madals and Learning to Play it

$38.00 per guest
1 - 3 guests 4 hours 09:00 15:00


  • A hands-on insight into making your own percussion
  • Getting to learn the basics on how to play the Nepali Madal to impress your friends back home!
  • Small group sizes so you will get specialised attention from your host

Inclusive of:

  • English speaking guide
  • All tools and materials

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
  • Modifications to the traditional design
$US 38.00 per guest
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1 - 3 guests
4 hours
09:00 15:00
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

The Madal can also be called a 'Nepali Conga', the beats of which almost all Nepali folk songs are atuned to. However, unlike the Conga which is placed on the ground vertically, the madal is usually played horizontally in a seated position with both heads played simultaneously. For this workshop, the wooden log that forms the hollow cavity of the madal will already have been dug out and you'll be working on the fun parts that involve stretching out and placing the dried goat skin on both ends - this is what makes the hollow log a percussion instrument. Don't worry about getting it wrong here as our host will be there to guide you every step of the way. Next up you will get to attach the leather strings around the madal that gives the madal it's distinct look and feel. The last step of the process is to apply a mixture of black iron powder and glue to the attached goat skin on either ends as this will 'tune' the madal for you. Note here that after you apply this mixture it can take several hours to dry before the madal can be used, so we generally request guests to pick up their madal the following day, and Ajan can give you a lesson or two before you leave too. :) Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.

Additional Information:

  • Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • This activity is conducted sitting on the floor so please wear appropriate clothing
  • Please note that the madal you will making will be of the smallest size (shown above in the picture).
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time.

Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to booking start time.


The pick-up location address will be sent to your email immediately upon booking.

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Raj Kumar and Family

Rajkumar and his family have been making madals for more than 20 years now and they have no intention of stopping any time soon. They take pride in being able to maintain and further this ancient Nepali craft which...

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