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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 2.2 km, for 35 minutes total (one way).
We will stop at two different temples - Indrayani Temple and Shobha Bhagwati 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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Highlights

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

    Indrayani is one of the mother goddess from the group of eight Matrikas, whom are the different forms of Goddess Parvati. She is consort and queen of Lord Indra (King of Gods and Thunder & Lightning), described as endless beauty with orange and golden complexion. Known to be Goddess of Jealousy and Wrath, she also bestows any wish for her devotees.

  • 2
    Free admission
    Shova Bhagwati Temple

    Shoba Bhagwati is the holiest temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati (one of the form of Goddess Parvati) and have statues of different forms including nine Durga and eight Matrika. It is one of the oldest, yet smallest temples which attracts many worshippers during biggest festival like Dashain, and perform rituals and animal sacrifices.

  • 3
    Entrance not included
    Swayambhunath Mahachaitya

    Swayambunath, popularly known as Monkey Temple, is an ancient and sacred Buddhist Stupa located on top of a hillock where you will be greeted with fluttering prayer flags, burning incense and long staircase walk towards the complex which is full of different carving, chaityas, murals, statues etc depicting various aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism along with the myths and legends that are associated with temple. One has to pay Rs 200 as entrance fee to enter the temple.

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).

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remo 19 Jul 2024
New York

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Very knowledgeable. Milan has a wide and deep knowledge of many religions and is wonderful at explaining the intricacies that may not be evident to most. He takes his time to explain well and answers questions in an in-depth way. We really learned a lot! Highly recommend.
yasmine 19 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Milan's willingness to simplify complex mythology and philosophy made it so easy to have a basic understanding of hinduism and buddhism .lovely tour and very kind energy !
Diane 16 Jun 2024
Boston

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Milan was an excellent tour guide, a true expert in Buddhism and Hinduism. He adapts the tour based on your questions which helps personalize the experience. Highly recommend!
Eliran 28 May 2024
Nahariyya

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Milan was very nice and welcoming, He has amazing knowledge about both Buddhism and Hinduism, he gives a great introduction to hindu and hindu culture in nepal and takes you to unique places that are not usually visited by tourists. Very recommended!
Clara 05 May 2024
Es Castell

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
. Si bien es cierto que ves poco lugares de interés sí que hay una clase magistral del budismo e hinduismo.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
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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