Kathmandu Valley Monastery Tour
Kathmandu valley is blessed with numerous monasteries, stupas, chaityas and chortens that resembles the Buddhist traditions and cultures in Nepal. Being the birthplace of Gautama Buddha Nepal is a holy land for Buddhist pilgrimages and Kathmandu valley monastery tours provide you an ample opportunity to explore and discover the different monasteries and stupas of Kathmandu valley. From unseco heritage sites to extraordinary and marvelous architecture monasteries and monuments are simply the worth to explore and know about. These cultural and religious sites carry a lot of stories and beliefs of Buddhism and the Buddhist traditions in Nepal. Nepalese people and the tourists both are benefitted from this kind of monastery in terms of culture, meditation, rituals, prayers and so many other Buddhism related activities like thanka art paintings, singing bowls, and healings too. These kinds of monasteries are the perfect place to witness and observe the Buddhist daily rituals and prayers and get involved in their teachings and meditations for the better way of living a life. This popular tour includes visit to UNESCO sites like Boudhanath and Soyambhunath along with Namo Buddha, Kapan Monastery, Shechen Monastery, White Monastery and Pharping Monastery.
Day-1 Arrival in Kathmandu.Transfer to Hotel.
Day-2 Visit Namobuddha and Monastery
Day-3 Visit Boudhanath Shechen Monastery and Kapan Monastery.
Day-4 Soyambhunath Stupa White Monastery and Pharping Monastery.
Day-5 Departure day
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
The snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas greet you as your plane begins to descend into Kathmandu. There is something about these sacred mountains that inspire the devotees to a higher plane of spirituality. After passing through passport control and collecting your luggage, you will be met by your guide from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks and taken to your hotel to spend your first night in Nepal.
DAY 2 – DRIVE TO NAMO BUDDHA AND THRANGU MONASTERY.
Rise for a good breakfast before your guide will soon arrive and take you by private car 50 km to Namo Buddha. Located northeast of Kathmandu, we cross the Valley ridge to enter this center of deep spirituality. It is a pleasant trip as you leave the busyness of the Valley behind. Crossing to the top of the ridge at Dhulikhel, you behold the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas to the north. We continue on until we reach Namo Buddha.Then spend this day becoming oriented with the hilltop of the Thrangu Monastery.Thrangu Tashi Monastery holds a monastic college with more than 250 monks living in it .
According to the stories buddha in his previous life as a hunter encountered a starving tigress with her cubs here and moved by the compassion,he offered himself his own flesh to feed the tigress and her cubs.The stupa there is beleived to have the bones and hair of the hunter budhha.Namo buddha is one for the popular religious site for buddhists.
DAY 3- VISIT BOUDHANATH SHECHEN MONASTERY AND KAPAN MONASTERY
The story of Shechen Monastery is as exciting and fascinating as its architecture. Located in Boudha Nath, the monastery is one of the six “mother” monasteries of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It was initially found in Tibet, but was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution of the 1950s, and was rebuilt in Nepal in 1985. The present abbot of Shechen monastery is the seventh Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, the grandson of Vajrayana master, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Today, the monastery serves as the main seat of the Shechen tradition in exile. There are currently more than 300 monks at Shechen monastery. The monastery actively conducts classes on Tibetan-Buddhist dances, paintings, music, and philosophy. It also has an elementary school branch that offers education to children between five and fourteen years of age.
Only a stone’s throw away from Boudha, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world; Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on a hilltop. The monastery follows the Gelung tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of His Holiness Lama Zopa Rinpoche. There are more than 360 monks, teachers, lamas, and other workers.
In addition to meditation retreats, Kopan monastery also offers elaborate courses on Buddhism and its practices in affiliation with the Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). One can learn immensely about the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values through teaching, community, and meditation.
DAY 4 – VISIT SOYAMBHUNATH WHITE MONASTERY AND PHARPING MONASTERY
Pharping, about 19km south of Kathmandu is a culturally prosperous and thriving Newari town identified with the sacred site of Hinduism and Buddhism where Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava, known as lotus born God) attained the level of a Mahamudra vidyadhara.and an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites that have been taken by large number of Tibetans and other Nepalese Buddhist devotees. This village is famous for religious Buddhist monasteries, Shesnarayan temple, Bajra Yogini temple, Gorakhnath temple and Guru Padmasambhava meditation cave. It is believed that he got enlightenment at Asur Cave. Recently numerous Buddhist monasteries have been built in the area.
DAY 5– DEPARTURE DAY
Your time in Kathmandu is now coming to a close. We are quite certain that under the guidance of Lama and instructors, you have become deeper in Buddhism and moving down the path of enlightenment. You have learned some important techniques that will help you along the way. But before you go back into the world, be sure to talk with your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks about other Buddhist tours. There are so many places to deepen your spirituality in Nepal and beyond. And of course, it is important to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. So take some time to learn the options as you strive to increase your spiritual walk on the right path of enlightenment.
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