Believed to date back from about the 5th century CE, Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal.
The ancient stupa is perched on a hillock which over looks the entire Kathmandu valley, offering breath taking views. Well known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ because of the scores on macaque monkeys that have made this UNESCO Work Heritage site their home, Swoyambhunath is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the Kathmandu valley.
Then drive to UNESCO World Heritage site the Great Stupa of Boudhanath. This vast dome-shaped monument represents the Mind of the Buddha, and is the primary pilgrimage destination for Buddhists of the Himalayas and Tibetan Buddhists from all over the world. This ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal and there are more than 30 monasteries in its periphery.
Next stop is Kopan Monastery – the FPMT monastery perched on a hill on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The monastery, founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1969, is the wellspring of the FPMT, a network of some 160 centers and activities worldwide, especially famous for teaching Buddhism to Western students. It is a place of peace and spiritual inspiration where hundreds of Buddhist monks and visiting foreign students study Buddhism. After exploring this marvellous monastery and enjoying the views of Kathmandu Valley, an hour-long talk introducing you to the basics of Tibetan Buddhism presented by a Kopan ordained sangha member.
This tour is available every Sunday and departs from HBMC in Naxal at 9 am, returning at 3pm.
3 – 5 pax: @ US $36.00 per person – Every Sunday with FPMT teacher
6– 9 Pax: @ US $19.00 per person
10 – 12 Pax: @ US $11.00 per person
Please call 9808 296 590 to check availability and to reserve a space.
Prices do not include entrance fees to Work Heritage sites. HBMC reserves the right to cancel the tour if less than 4 persons book.
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