Spiritual Tour of Kathmandu and the Self
Nepal has always evoked the mystical – be it while walking through the time-riddled alleys of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, watching the Buddhist prayer flags flutter up in the Himalayas, or listening to the monks chant in unison at Lumbini. The spiritualism of the land is such that a traveler feels immediately at peace. While the meaning of ‘spiritualism’ may have different connotations to each different individual, for us, it means to ‘re-connect with the self’, and accordingly, the five days you spend with us, we will help you ‘attain inner peace’. While you travel through the different monasteries, caves and temples, you will find yourself transpiring time – be amazed at the simplicity of life, bask the tranquility that surrounds you, observe the lives of the monks and the locals, indulge in the joys of nature’s abundance, and at the end watch your stress melt away as you delve deeper into the experience.
Duration : 5 Days
Type : Easy
Start & End Point: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Highest Altitude : 2285m
Best Period : Sept - Nov
Hotel : Neydo Monastery Guest House, Hotel Tibet
Welcome to Nepal – you probably have already caught some magnificent glimpses of the glistening Himalayas from your plane. Watch the city of Kathmandu take shape as you prepare to land at Tribhuvan International Airport.At the airport, after clearing customs, and claiming your luggage, be met with a representative. A car will be waiting to take you to Pharping – a short drive from the city. Take in the sights of the bustling city of Kathmandu, as we make our way out of the city. Soon enough, the concrete jungle transforms into lush green farms, and we begin a gentle ascent.
Tucked in the gentle foothills of the Himalayas, standing atop a small hill, the Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery is home to almost 200 monks. The guesthouse, right beside the monastery enables you to be gain a fantastic insight on the lives of the monk. Far from the city, you feel at par with nature as soon as you settle into the place. In the evening, the chef will prepare a delicious meal, all locally grown.
Note: The proceeds from your stay contribute directly towards covering the expenses of the monastery. Therefore, your stay in the guest-house is a support to the monastery.
Overnight: Neydo Monastery Guest House.
Wake up to the sounds of nature to begin a relaxing day of meditation and spending time with monks. After a light breakfast we head to the famed Asura Cave – where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated and gained enlightenment.
Also known as Guru Rinpoche, or the second Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava is said to have introduced the people of Tibet to the practice of Tantric Buddhism, and is regarded as the founder of Nyingma tradition. He is said to have traveled widely, and while crossing through Nepal, he meditated in the Asura Cave – where he gained his enlightenment. Guru Padmasambhava is also revered in Bhutan, and said to have meditated at cave where the famous Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery currently stands.
Here, in the cave where the famous guru once meditated, we indulge in some ‘self-meditation’ – wherein, for the short time, we disconnect our mind from the exterior world and focus on our own inner self. After an enlightening experience of our own, we head back to the monastery. In the afternoon, we visit the monastery to spend some time with the monks – we learn their interests, their way of life, the kind of education they receive to gain some interesting insights into the lives of a Buddhist monk. At the end of the day, in a form of introspection, we can compare their lives (Padmasambhava and monks) to understand if their purpose is the same.
Overnight: Neydo Monastery Guest House.
We awake yet again to the sounds of nature. After a light breakfast, we head towards Namobuddha. Namobuddha, a Buddhist monastery, is the realisation of Thrangu Rinpoche – while it is an architectural marvel, it also emphasizes on the Rinpoche’s principle of Buddhism ideology. The monastery is home to 250 monks, includes a school for young monks, a monastic college, and a Tibetan Medical Clinic.Here, we sit down for another session of self-meditation and watch our stress melt with each breath we exhale.
After another invigorating session of self-meditation, we head towards Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, we visit the white domed Boudhanath Stupa – one of the world’s largest unique structure’s stupa. Set in the heart of the city, one is amazed how the premise drowns all exterior sounds and engulfs a visitor in its serene environment. We take a few rounds of the stupa, take blessings from a monk, and then offer a butter lamp, as the sun sets down over the whitewashed dome.After a bit of exploring the quaint streets, we head back to the hotel to give ourselves proper rest.
Overnight: Hotel Tibet International, Boudha.
We take an early morning drive to Budhanilkantha Temple – a famed Lord Vishnu temple at the foothills of the Shivapuri Range. From here, we begin our hike through Shivapuri Conservation Area. The trail offers interesting vistas – farmlands, to meadows, jungle, and of the wide valley below. After a pleasant walk, we arrive at a hidden Buddhist monastery, Nagi Gompa. From here, we can enjoy sweeping views of the Kathmandu valley.
Nagi Gompa, perched high on a hill, is a Buddhist nunnery, and houses approximately 100 nuns. The place is perfect for a small self meditative session – one which offers the best landscape of the valley.After lunch, we walk back towards Budanilkantha to catch a waiting vehicle to take us back to the hotel.
Breakfast: Hotel, Lunch: Packed lunch at Nagi Gompa,Dinner: Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Our short, but very meaningful trip comes to an end – by now, we would have expected to have thawed our stress, our mind invigorated, our body revitalized.Catch a relaxing flight back home, or to your next destination, with a mind at peace – watch the Himalayas pass until we see you again.
- Be a part of the world’s best Spiritual Tour
- Gain a fantastic insight on the lives of the monk
- Enlightening experience of your own
- Visit Neydo Monastry, one of the most famous monasteries
- Experience the "Life of Buddha"
- 2 Nights stay in Ktm at the Hotel Tibet on twin sharing B/B plan.
- 2 Nights stay at Monastery Guest House.
- Highest Altitude 2285 meters
- All transfer by private AC vehicle
- Airport pick-ups and transfers in a private AC vehicle with our representative
- Breakfast during the tour
- An English Speaking Tour Guide
- All Government and local taxes
- Visa Fees
- Travel Insurance
- Medical and Vaccinations
- Any Alcoholics beverages during the trek
- Tips (Not compulsory but be resonable, while you do)
- Single accommodation available(with supplement cost)
- International Air tickets
- Meals not mentioned in the program