A local guide will give you a tour of the famous Monkey Temple
Learn about the ways of Buddhist monks by visiting a Monastery
Participate in traditional Buddhist ceremonies like lighting butter lamps
Craft your own Buddhist symbol on stone with the help of a stone mason
Learn to make delicious momos - a food that came into Nepal along with Tibetan Buddhism
Pick up and drop off service within Kathmandu
Transportation for the entire duration of the tour
English speaking guide
Lunch (vegetarian) and Snacks
Not Inclusive of:
$US 68.00per guest
1 - 10 guests
Cancellation Policy: Moderate
Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.
More About This Experience
From the birth of the Buddha in 623 B.C. in Nepal to present day practice of the religion, buddhism has come a long way through the generations with over 350 million followers all over the world. While the religion has branched out into various sects, the Buddhism followed in Nepal largely follows into broad sects, that of Tibetan Buddhism and of the indigenous Newar buddhists of Kathmandu. Nepalis are deeply religious people and religion pervades almost all aspects of the daily lives. The latest census places 10% of Nepal's 25 million population as buddhists.
On this tour we will have a local guide who will walk you through the most sacred buddhist site in Kathmandu, Swoyambhunath stupa complex (aka Monkey Temple). Not only will he share in his depth knowledge about the various monasteries and their religious significance but he will also show you around the Sangey Choelinng monastry - you will essentially have inside access into how the monks in Kathmandu go about their daily lives. Here you are just as likely to run into little youngster monks in training to highly revered monks conducting sacred sermons.
Hereon to rest your tired feet, we will head over to the house of one of our hosts, Purna Maharjan, who will have prepared a sumptuous meal of momos for you. In fact, you will even get quick crash course on how to fold these little bundles of joy before you devour the one's that Purna will already have prepared for you. Trivia: Did you know the momos that Nepalis call their own is actually a culinary import from Tibet? Yes it is, while there is no evidence to prove this but it is said that pilgrims from Tibet brought with them their faith and their food habits, both which the Nepalis have enthusiastically adopted.
With your belly full and energy recharged, the next step will be to walk over to the workshop of Hom Basnet, a master stone mason, where he will teach you how to carve a buddhist symbol of your choice on stone slates. Before you start doubting your masonry skills, let us assure you that stone carving is actually not as difficult as many people think! While they used to be the exclusive domain of imperial scribes and the sages who read the stars, now they're as accessible to everyone. And if you ever run into difficulty during the workshop then Hom will gladly step in and help you out. :)
Once you have your DIY souvenir, we'll head over to a nearby cafe, Pumpernickle Bakery, for light drinks and snacks to close off the day. We will then drop you back to your respective hotel.
9:00: You will be picked up from your hotel and head to Sangye Choeling
9:30 - 10:00 Walk around the monastry.You will get to practice an ancient buddhist tradition of lighting butter lamps in the monastery
10:00 - 11:30 Walk to the main complex of Swayambhunath Stupa and the surrounding temples our local guide will give you brief description about the monkey temple
11:30 : Leave for Purna Maharjan's house for lunch
12:00 - 13.00 Learn to fold momos and Lunch
13:00: Leave For Stone Carving Workshop on foot. (15 mins walk )
13:15 - 17:00 Carve your own Buddhist Symbol on a stone slate at Hom's workshop
17:00 - 17:30 Coffee and Light snacks at Pumpernickle Bakery
17:30 - You will then be dropped back to your hotel
Please dress appropriately (t-shirts are ok but no sleeveless tops) for the Monastery visit
As part of the tour is a walking tour please wear comfortable shoes
Inform of us any food allergies
Stone carving requires the use of sharp chisels so we would ask you to be aware of personal safety
Lama Dendup: became a monk 33 years ago when his family sent him to a monastery in Kathmandu as per a Bhuddist family tradition. Then he went to Bhutan to study Bhuddism and then later came to the current monastery...