Monkey Temple tour with a Monk

An Inside Look into the Iconic Swoyambhunath Stupa

$24.00 per guest
1 - 12 guests 3 hours 08:00 10:00
11:30 14:00


  • Touring Monkey temple with a practicing monk and a scholar of Buddhism
  • Learning about the life of monks and why people choose to become monks
  • An inside look into the lives of monks at a Buddhist Monastery
  • Option to join monks during daily chanting sessions and lighting butter lamps
  • Blessings from High Monk (if available)

Inclusive of:

  • English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fees to the temple
  • Light snacks at the monastery

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
$US 24.00 per guest
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1 - 12 guests
3 hours
08:00 10:00
11:30 14:00
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

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. 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. Please note that due to the yearly festival of the monastery our host is unavailable for a month. So we are giving discount of $7 per person.

Additional Information:

  • Please dress appropriately (t-shirts are ok but no sleeveless tops)
  • As this is a walking tour please wear comfortable shoes
  • Do not use flash photography in the prayer halls when chanting session is on
  • Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • 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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Dendup and Friends

Dendhup and his friends are living and teaching in a monastery near Swayambhunath for the past 20 years. They are really interested to share their extensive knowledge of Buddhist philosophy to the travellers.

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US$ 24.00 3 hrs 08:00 10:00
11:30 14:00
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