Nepal is a country having unity in diversity, we can see diversity not only in geography but also in culture, tradition, religion, language, and so on. There are many activities one can do while in Nepal. Among many, the cultural and religious tour is one of the popular activities. Along with Hinduism, there is a great impact on Buddhism as well in Nepal. Being the birthplace of Lord Buddha there is a number of ancient Buddhist monasteries in Nepal.With the aim of providing the opportunity to explore those ancient monasteries Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd has organized a one-week plus two days (9 days) package of Monastery tour in Nepal. A monastery tour in Nepal gives you a wonderful and unique tour experience. In this tour, you get the chance to know more about the history and rituals of Buddhism. You will get the chance to visit popular Buddhist pilgrimages and monasteries. This tour lets you immerse yourself in the wonders of Buddhist culture and tradition. The tour package mainly focuses to provide you the detailed information related to Buddhism.
Buddhism in Nepal
Although about 80% of the people are Hindu in Nepal Buddhism has a great impact on Nepali culture as well. Further, these two main religions have many shared temples also. For instance, the Muktinath temple is the holy place of both Hindus and Buddhists. Each and every Nepali feel proud to say that Nepal is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. You can see religious harmony in Nepal, especially between Hindus and Buddhists. Tibetan Buddhism is most widely followed in Nepal. However, in the past days, Buddhism was not widely followed in Nepal. In the early decades of the 20th century, the Buddhist monks were even banished from Nepal by the Rana government in order to suppress the resurgence of Theravada Buddhism in Nepal.
In the years 1926 and 1994, many monks were exiled from the Kathmandu Valley. The deported monks were the first group of monks to be seen in Nepal from the 14th century. They were leading a movement to revitalize Theravada Buddhism which had vanished from the country five hundred years ago. The brutal Rana dynasty disapproved of Buddhism and the Nepali Bhasa, a language spoken by the Newar people. The Ranas saw the monks’ activities and their growing following as a menace. When police harassment and imprisonment failed to stop these monks all of those who were Newars were deported.
In the year 1926 five monks along with their Tibetan teacher Tsering Norbu were exiled from Nepal. They were marched to the Indian border under police escort. From there these five monks and their guru first went to Bodhi Gaya, India, and then scattered to Burma and Tibet.
Another eight groups of monks were deported in 1994. These monks were accused of encouraging women to renounce and write in the Newar language. These monks were also ordered to sign a pledge that they would stop their activities but when they refused to do so they were expelled out of the nation. Then after they went to India and founded Dharmodaya Sabha (Society for the Rise of Teaching) to promote Buddhism. From India, some of them went to Tibet, Bhutan, and Srilanka.
After two years in 1946, a Srilankan goodwill mission visited Kathmandu mediated on behalf of the monks. The deputation emphasized that on being Nepal the birthplace of Buddha his followers should be free to practice their faith in Buddhism in the country. Consequently, the ban was lifted and the monks returned and dedicated themselves to spreading the faith with more interest and passion. Finally, in 1951, the Rana dynasty was ousted by a revolution, and democracy was established in the nation due to which overt persecution of Buddhists ended. And now along with Hinduism, Buddhism is also the main religion of Nepal.
List of some of the popular Buddhist Shrines in Nepal
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu international airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu sightseen bhudhanath and kapan monastry and nagi gumba.
Day 03:sightseen to pharping and Swayambhunath.
Day 04:Drive to lumbini and evening walk to temple sites. overnight at lumbini.
Day 05:Full day lumbini sightseen.
Day 06:Drive to pokhara and little walk to phewa lake.
Day 07:sunrise view from world peak pagoda and visit Tibetan refugee camp
Day 08:drive to kathmandu & visit namobudha
Day 09:Final depature.
Airport pick and drop by private vehicle
Accommodation for 6 nights in standard hotel.
Food includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner during arrival to departure.
Government licenses holder tour/trekking guide(English speaking) in Chitwan and Pokhara.
Jungle activities in Chitwan National Park (Elephant safari, jungle walk, canoeing, bird watching, village walk, ethnic cultural show)
English speaking license holder tour guide in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu - Chitwan- Pokhara- Kathmandu tourist bus ticket
All additional government tax.
Farewell dinner at Nepali Restaurant with cultural show.
Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation for a tour guide.
Nepal entry visa fee(You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
International airfare & airport departure tax
Entrance fees of sightseeing spots
All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
Tips to guide
All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. personal illness, political strike, flight cancellation etc.
Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu international airport and transfer to hotel.Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Mountain rock treks and Expeditions representative will be coming to meet you at your hotel or you can come to our office with our staff.
Day 02Kathmandu sightseen bhudhanath and kapan monastry and nagi gumba.our first sightseen begins from Thamel to Boudhanath and kapon monastery. In the end we can go to nagi gumba.
Day 03sightseen to pharping and Swayambhunath.first, we can go to pharing monastery and visit the monkey temple at the end. our journey will begin from sightseeing of Swoyambhunath Stupa. The monkey temple is also known as Swayambhunath which is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a top of the hill about 500 feet above the level of the valley and overlooking Katmandu valley. Nepali typical dinner with cultural program.
Day 04Drive to lumbini and evening walk to temple sites. overnight at lumbini.Around 7-8 hrs of a drive, we will be in Lumbini and we can do short walk to temple sites. we can spend the night there.
Day 05Full day lumbini sightseen.Today we have a full day to explore Lumbini. We have a great time exploring different monasteries and birthplace of Gautam Buddha and overnight at lumbini.
Day 06Drive to pokhara and little walk to phewa lake.Today we can do drive all the way to Pokhara and evening refreshment in lakeside.
Day 07sunrise view from world peak pagoda and visit Tibetan refugee campToday early morning we will drive to world peace pagoda for sunrise view and visit Tibetan refugee camp at afternoon. overnight at Pokhara.
Day 08drive to kathmandu & visit namobudhatoday we take easy day to visit Kathmandu and sightseen to Namobudha in the evening and overnight at Kathmandu.