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Buddhist Monastery Tour in Kathmandu provides you an ample opportunity to explore and discover the different monasteries and stupas of Kathmandu valley. The valley is blessed with numerous monasteries, stupas, chaityas and chortens that resemble the Buddhist traditions and cultures in Nepal. 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 benefited 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 visits to UNESCO sites like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath along with Namo Buddha, Kapan Monastery, Shechen Monastery, White Monastery and Pharping Monastery.
● Learn about basic Buddhist Philosophy and rituals.
● Learn about the history of Buddhism
● Visit the famous Buddhist Monasteries in Kathmandu valley
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Four-night accommodation at a 3 -star hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis with BB plan.
● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
● An experienced local licensed English-Speaking guide and supporting staff.
● All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
● World heritage sites entry fee where applicable.
● Farewell dinner
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival and late departure than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle water etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, weather, political unrest or illness.
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase Day bag.( Small handbag) Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap ( During winter season)
● Warm jacket and sweater (During winter Season)
● Raincoat or umbrella
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● Flash or Torch light Camera and batteries.
The snow capped 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.
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 snow capped 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 believed to have the bones and hair of the hunter buddha. Namo Buddha is one of the popular religious sites for buddhists.
Shechen Monastery – The story of Shechen Monastery is as exciting and fascinating as its architecture. Located in BoudhaNath, 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.
Kapan Monastery – 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.
Druk Amitabha Mountain Monastery
Also popularly known as White Monastery or SetoGumba, Druk Amitabha Mountain is undoubtedly the most famous monastery of Nepal. Located on a northwestern hill near SwayambhuNath Stupa, the monastery is visited for religious and recreational purposes alike.From an architectural perspective, the monastery is just outstanding. The walls are decorated with Tibetan murals, paintings, and statues depicting Buddhist teachings. It is also a great vantage point to see the landscape of the beautiful Kathmandu Valley. On a clear, cloudless day, you will be gratified by the fantastic views of the Himalayas from here.
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, Sheshnarayan 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.
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.