Monkey Temple tour with a Monk - Swoyambhu Stupa

Kathmandu, Nepal
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Pick-up service is not available, however, an add-on option maybe available below to get picked-up at your desired location for an additional fee.

Rarely does one get an inside access to a religion that has spanned over two millennia in Nepal, and get to witness first hand how Buddhism is practised by the monks who have dedicated their lives to the faith. In this tour of the Swoyambhu (aka Monkey Temple) and it's surrounding monasteries, we will have a resident monk (Dhendup Lama) show you around and give you a brief but insightful elaboration of the religion and its significance in contemporary society.

Lama Dhendup has over two decades studying and practising Buddhism, making him an apt person to take you on this guided tour of the Swoyambhu wherein he will also talk about Buddhist philosophy from the Buddhist scriptures called Dharmadhatu (translates to Absolute Reality in Sanskrit) while giving you his take on the history of this iconic monument of Kathmandu Valley.

Highlights of this tour

1. You can request to participate in some of the pujas (religious ceremony) of the monks, wherein you can light butter lamps and also sit in one of the chanting sessions in the prayer halls;
2. Sample some butter tea and a tibeten bread that is popular mostly among monks in Kathmandu;
3. Lama Dhendup will also explain to you why someone chooses to be a monk while some are chosen to be one and the concept of reincarnation;
4. If there is a high ranking monk conducting a prayer session during your visit, Lama Dhendup can help you request an audience with the high monk for blessings too.

- Tickets to Swoyambhu Temple Complex
- Any food sampled
- Translator

Note: If you have any special requests for this tour then do let us know and we will try our level best to make it possible :)

Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.

A link to the exact pick up location and the detailed address will be sent to your account email id once the payment is complete.

  • Wear comfortable shoes/slippers.
  • Please wear modest clothes as you will be going to the monastery.
  • If you have any special request then please let us know. :)
  • It is okay to take pictures.

Listing Base Price - US$24.00

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Host: Dendup And Friends

Dendhup and his friends are living and teaching in a monastery near Sw...

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Kids Friendly (Age: 6+)

Host Cancellation Policy

Moderate: Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

Host: Dendup And Friends

Dendhup and his friends are living and teaching in a monastery near Sw...

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