Free tour

Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Milan
Registered on October 05, 2022

Namaste! My name is Milan and I am from the eastern part of Nepal. I studied in Kathmandu and have long time experience working in tourism in various roles where I had a good chance of exploring a bit of country as well. There is so much to see, feel, taste, explore, learn and understand in our small Himalayan country that it has kept me very curious about so-so many things, keeping me motivated to learn different aspects of the complex structure of our lifestyles, culture, and philosophy. Meeting people from around the world and sharing & learning ideas, knowledge, and bizarre thoughts are things that I like most about what I do. I hope to convey facts and stories, to the best of my knowledge to provide insights into the natural & cultural beauty of Archaic Nepal.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Let’s Discover the basic beliefs and lifestyle of Nepalese People 

Nepal is predominant a Hindu country with more than eighty percent following Hinduism – more than ten percent Buddhism and remaining Christians, Muslim, Sikhs, Jain and others. However, the intrinsic belief of normal Nepalese comprises the values from both Hindu and Buddhism practices and worships deities from both pantheons. A running joke is that – an average Nepalese is 60 percent Hindu and 60 percent Buddhist, because they are seen celebrating and worshiping in every occasion, making it more than a hundred.

Every day is a festival in Nepal – we just don’t happen to know, because of the multiple ethnic groups and their own culture & traditions, something is always happening somewhere. Despite the popular everybody’s festivals, every ethnic group – more than 125 speaking their own language – have their own distinct style of worship to a variety of deities, following with a ceremony or rituals accordingly.

We will be walking from Paknajol to Swayambunath Stupa, around 2.5 km, for 45 minutes total (one way).
We will stop at three different temples - Indrayani Temple, Shobha Bhagwati Temple and Bijeswori Temple before arriving at Swayambunath Stupa. 

To enter Swayambunath Stupa – travelers need to pay Rs 200 as entry fee. All the other attractions are free to enter, although you can make a small donation for the temple if you like. 
Please note:
- Meals and transportation are not provided in this tour. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Paknajol Marg 16, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
    Paknajol Marg 16, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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    You can find me at the Paknajol Line (in front of Gokarna House Restaurant). I am 5'5 ft (165cm), have matted long hair, wear All Star Converse (black and white), carrying a bagpack, and wearing face mask.

  • 1
    Free admission
    Indrayani Temple
  • 2
    Free admission
    Shova Bhagwati Temple
  • 3
    Free admission
    Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple
  • 4
    Entrance not included
    Swayambhunath Mahachaitya

    Entrance Fee is Rs 200 per person

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Hannah 20 Mar 2023

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Travelled alone - Mar 2023
Milan is so knowledgeable! During our nice walk to some very beautiful temples I hadn't seen before, he kept surprising me with answers to my questions and all the knowledge he has. Hinduism and Buddhism are very vast and complicated topics, but Milan tried to make me understand more by repeating and showing me things. It was really a great walk and I can recommend Milan to anyone who's interested in this or other sightseeing/information!
Astrid 17 Mar 2023

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Travelled alone - Mar 2023
I had a great time with Milan. I’ve learned so much and couldn’t be more grateful for having him as a guide! After just arriving in Nepal / Kathmandu, Milan taught me so much about Hinduism, Buddhism, the temples and much more about Nepali culture and history. It was really insightful. He took his time for explaining everything and was incredibly kind. Can’t recommend this tour enough!
Jasmijn 11 Mar 2023

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Travelled alone - Mar 2023
I had a great experience. In which I have gained a lot of new knowledge and insights. Milan is a wonderful storyteller, who likes to take you through different aspects and similarities of hinduism and buddhism. I would definitely recommend the tour! Thank you again
Marta 08 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Kind, knowledgeable, flexible, attentive, open-minded, curious and resourceful. I often do free walking tours around the world, Milan has an edge over others. Humanly unforgettable experience
Manisha 03 Dec 2022

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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Milan is a very knowledgeable tour guide and this tour was a wonderful experience. We walked from Chhetrapati to Swayambunath Stupa (monkey temple), stopping at different temples along the way. Milan is professional, engaging, & down to earth. You can see that he loves what he does from the light hearted energy he brings to his guiding. I had such an enjoyable experience that I asked Milan to show me around other areas of Kathmandu on future days. Definitely recommend guiding with Milan!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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