Nepal was a Hindu Kingdom before it was declared as Democratic Republican country. Hindu is the dominant religion in Nepal. There are thousands of temples dedicated to many different gods and goddesses. Buddhism is also equally respected here.So, we have many stupas, monasteries, biharas, bahis and so on. People in Nepal show respect to all religions, sects. They have religious tolerance. So, it is the country where there is no religious strife and people live in harmony.
Kathmandu is the city of temples and the stupas and monasteries. It is said, “Gods more than people and temples more than houses”. So tour to these places gives you amazing cultural knowledge. Next thing, every act has spiritual implications. The gods are assumed to have a hand in every success or misfortune. Belief and the ritual activities in the social order govern everything here.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of Boudha, Pashpatinath and Kapan Gumba
Day 03:Hiking to White Gumba, Sightseeing of Swoyambhu and Kirtipur
Day 04:Visiting Dakshinkali and meditate in Pharping monastery, back to Kathmandu Via Chovar gorge
Day 05:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the HotelUpon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, Nepal, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you affably and transfers you to hotel at Thamel. After doing check in hotel, you could get refreshed and stroll around Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of Boudha, Pashpatinath and Kapan Gumba The package is completely based on like the “Spiritual Tour” because we visit those famous temples, Stupas, Monasteries where we feel positive energy, vibration and peace. As it is said, Kathmandu is the city of temples and the city where “Gods more than peoples and temples more than houses”. We have focused particular places which we begin from Boudhanath Stupa. It is 6 km far from Thamel and this is one of the largest stupa in the world. The stupa was built in Nepali architecture but here is Tibetan influence. After visiting this place, we go to Pashupatinath Temple, just 2 km away from there, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the supreme Hindu God. Pashupatinath means the lord of animals. Pilgrims from India and different parts of country come to visit this temple. The Shivalayas, cremation ghat, Bagmati River are the prime charm of this site. Another place about 4 km far from Pashupatinath is Kapan Monastery, perched in the hill.Kapan Monastery is a monastery in the Gelung tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Kapan offers a complete study program to its more than 780 monks and nuns. It has monastery for the people for meditation. There are other houses for the relics of the past abbots, Walking around the monastery and viewing the adjacent hills, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Hiking to White Gumba, Sightseeing of Swoyambhu and Kirtipur After breakfast, we proceed to white Gumba which is known by Seto Gumba or Druk Amitabh Mountain.It is located at Ramkot V.D.C of Kathmandu district. It lies to the North West outside of the ringroad. It is 3 km far from Swoyambhu. We have two ways to go there either from Sitapaila or from Hallchowk.The monastery is majestically built and belongs to nuns. is opened for public only on Sunday. The white cave and the Ichhangu Narayan, one of the four Vishnu temples are the major attractions here. From white Gumba, we can see Nagarjun Forest, Jamacho, Shivapuri National Park and Budhanilkantha. It is the best place for them who are in search of meditation, peace and tranquility of their mind. We then come to Swoyambhu, the monkey temple where there is old stupa on the hill. There are monasteries, Harati temple and the valley view is best in the clear day. The third place for today’s sightseeing is Kirtipur which is one of the historic towns in the valley. The old Newari settlement, Bagh Bhairav Temple, Chilancho Stupa, Uma Maheshwor temples are the good places to visit. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 04Visiting Dakshinkali and meditate in Pharping monastery, back to Kathmandu Via Chovar gorge Today, after breakfast, we drive to Dakshinkali which is 23 km from the centre of Kathmandu. The place is the power point of Hindu Tantric. The followers of Shakti Puja would stay here for the penancein the past. There is very powerful Kali Temple so that it is called Dakshin Kali. On the way back to Kathmandu, we visit Pharping monastery which gives amazing peace with its location and the monks reciting mantras. We can visit Padmasambhava Cave and see the finger print of PadmaSambhava on the rock. We return back via Sheshaanarayan and Chovar gorge and finish the today’s tour. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 05Transfer to the Airport This is the last day of your trip Nepal Temples and Stupas Tour. We depart you in the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your flight. You could visit local market and do some shopping as per your fight schedule. We wish you have your safe journey to the next destination. Namaste!!!
This tour has been designed for those who basically would like to know more about Hinduism/ Buddhism, the ritual activities going on in those places. These are the destination chosen from the peaceful, meditative locations . This is to be shown the blending of culture exists in Nepal. In our previous guiding experience, some of our clients would like to term these sorts of tour as ‘Spiritual Tour’ where you could join with Hindu devotees worshipping with colors and flowers and somewhere you could join with Buddhist monks circumambulating with prayer wheels or lighting candles.
Boudhnath has more Tibetan influence. You could visit many monasteries there around. The vibration created by the chanting mantras and beating drums make you feel relaxed. But in contrast, you go to Pashupati, you find people are being cremated; you may feel the notion of life and death. You see the sages, smearing asses in their body and people singing religious hymns could make you pensive. You go to Kapan monastery and find monks from Himalayan belt wearing maroon robes and taking their classes. Swoyambhu has more Newari Bajrayana influence, White gumba has different charm. The trip to Dakshin kali could be little uneasy for you because of animal sacrifice but it is the right place to see the Hindu ritual activities. Pharping monastery and the Padmasambhaba cave give you eternal peace.