Cultural Heritage

Starting at

$ 900

Duration : 14 Days

Group Size : 3 - 5 pax

We fly Lukla, a remote airstrip in the mountain, and follow well traveled path to Phakding and gradually climb the trail from Jorsale to Namche Baza (3440m). Next stop  Thyangboche (3867m) to visit monastery and meet the reincarnate lama. We descend to Debouche (3770m) and Pangboche (4252m) and again climb gradually and steadily through less traveled trail to a small village at Phortse (3800m).  We take time to visit local villagers at their house and learn about their life.  En-route back we stop at Khumjung (3753m) monastery to see the display of a scalp believed to be from Yeti (abominable animal). There is a cave of Guru Rinpoche high up in the hill, and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Descend to Monjo and to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu. During the journey there are possibilities to visit and meet residing lama and participate at the puja (prayer). You can also stop by, the small nunnery; meet the residing nuns and the abbot of the monastery near Pangboche.

The culture of Nepal is influenced by has fascinating living religions like Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Bonpo, and Nature worship. All of these religions are influenced by the belief and practice of Tantrism.  And the enjoyable part of the tour is you get to see magnificent view of the mountain and the himalayan range. The culture is vibrant with the presence of thousands of temples dedicated to Gods and Goddess. The diverse ethnic peoples and their culture as diverse as rainbow colours have made deep impact on the major religions and vice versa. You may call it bon-po, animist, or tantrick all these has its own impact on the religion people of Nepal practice.  
Religion based on animist trait has its own festival dedicated to nature. Lord Shiva is manifested in different form to different religious adherent. But all consider him as benevolent and fearsome God. The Impact of Buddhism and the sage Padman Sambhaba who propogated Buddhism in remote parts of the Himalaya has tale of  spiritual and tantric power used interchangeably. The cult like impact of tantric power has also left deep impression in the lives of people in Khumbu valley like anyother far flung villages. Weather we talk about the power of Milarappa or the power of Jhakris to ward off hail storm, in true sense it is ‘tantric power’ we are talking about; it can also be called cosmic power which is beyond the comprehension of human being. Your journey to the heartland of Sherpa culture takes you to the tale of these remarkable people who
In this cultural tour we would like to show you many of the same subjects seen by general visitors but in different light. Unlike the rushing trekkers you meet, interact and expose yourself to the culture. We hope to bring back the original experience of many visitors who visited Khumbu when it was just ventured by the climbers and later trekkers. Only by spending more time with the people and land you get to know the culture that has been transforming rapidly into commercial mode. and sites you captured in your mind could express the meaning of what people would usually do not encounter in their normal visit..
The sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley would cover almost all the places in World Heritage Sites listed in Kathmandu valley. All these places are scattered within a short distance. These sacred temples and palaces are the subject of tourist attraction as well as it offer delightful subject for all visitors.  People have been living in these heritage sites for centuries. As much as the temples and palaces it is a great place to discover people in their daily life. Even in this fast changing world the thoughts of people in these historical places has remained unchanged. Many people say the valley is a “Living Museum,” specially the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. We cover most of the places while you are in Kathmandu.
The program intended to cover wider aspect culture of Sherpa community of  Khumbu (Mt. Everest region) and Tibetan Bhuddhism in a nutshell.

 

Starting at

$ 1200

Duration : 08 Days

Group Size : 3-5 pax

LUMBINI

Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. It is located in southern plain of central Nepal very close to the border of Indian State of Bihar and Utter Pradesh. We take you to the pilgrimage site of Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Emperor Ashoka of India in the height of his power to renounce his acquisitive and bloody path visited Lumbini and built a Pillar in 250 BC. While in Lumbini we visit the temple of Maya Devi, mother of Gautam Buddha, and the sacred pool known as Puskarni, where Maya Devi gave purification bath to Gautam Buddha. The focal point of Lumbini is the sanctum sanctorum where a stone slab is located to mark exact birthplace of Gautam Buddha. We take two full day tour to visit the restored garden and surrounding areas that has many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas including the archeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early years of childhood. Archaeologist has discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in the area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC. If time permit we visit other historical places associated with the life of Gautam Buddha like Aroarakot Chatradei, Gotihawa and Kudan all in the vicinity of Taulihawa. Niglihawa and Sagarhawa are other near by sites that are archeologically important. Surrounding villages and weekly market full of local merchandise and people provides interesting sightseeing tour.

After Lumbini fly back to Kathmandu and travel to Bhaktapur to see many interesting monuments and people in their traditional attire. Travel onward to a resort in Nagarkot; stay overnight at the resort to see sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest. On way back to Kathmandu we drive to the ridge of Namobuddha to have a look at the place visited by Buddha in Kathmandu before going to Varanasi (India) at the end of his life. This visit was during the reign of Kiranti king. At the end of the journey we travel to Buddhist centers like Boudhanath and Swambhunath. In recent year Boudhanath stupa known as little Tibet has become the biggest center for Tibetan Buddhist and Buddhist in South Asia for pilgrimage and meditation.  

Buddhism is an integral part of Nepali culture. The Newars and Tibetans have played an important role in keeping up the tradition of Buddhism in the country. There are about 2,000 Buddhist shrines in Kathmandu valley in the form of Stupa, Chaitya or Chorten. This monuments enshrine a relic of Buddha or contain prayers, holy scripts or mortal remains of an important and holy Buddhist master. These structure are built alone or within a Vihar or Gompa where the community of devotee live and practice ‘dharma’. Stupas and vihars are also the hallmark of Nepali art and cultural.

Spiritual Enlightenment 

A prayer in the ancient Hindu Scripture, Rig Veda, entreats upon God, “ Tamaso Maa Jyotirgamaya, Asato Maa Sadgamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya” or Lead us  from Darkness (Ignorance) to light (Knowledge), from Falsehood to Truth, from Death to Immorality.’

Every human being on earth is in relentless pursuit of love, mental peace and spiritual happiness. According to Sanatan Dharma, the eternal religion, the proven way to overcome the tensions, stress and strain that one faces in daily life is faith in spiritualism (adhyatma). Spiritual practice (sadhana) casts ‘light to do away with darkness’ and liberates a person from sorrow, gloom and despondency. Spiritual enlightenment leads to blissful inner peace (Samadhi). 

Travelling across Nepal can be not only a fascinating physical and visual journey through high mountains, cascading rivers, pristine forests and unexplored landscapes, but also a spiritual journey as well. Viewing the country through a spiritual lens will help see the people and land in that extra dimensional element that one might have missed otherwise. Among the myriad and diverse attractions that have drawn people from far and abroad to visit Nepal, one aspect that is unique to this country, but has often been either overlook or remained barely noticed, is the exalted standing this country holds in Spiritualism.

For many, Nepal remains a mystical land with its harmonious blend of two of the world’s prominent religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, it’s incredibly tolerant people living through a fascinating religious – cultural milieu and its amazing landscapes that in ancient times drew rishis (sages), ascetics, mystics and yogis who wandered in a spiritual mission  in search of tatwa gyan (supreme truth), nirvana (enlightenment ) and divine grace, and today draws spiritual seekers , aspirants of a new bewildered generation seeking tranquility, mental peace and answers to questions that people had long forgotten to ask.


About Spiritual Experience in Himalaya 

The culture and mysticism that we have now is the tradition from the dynastic rule of Kiratis, Lichivis, Mallas, Shah and Rana. The history goes back to the advent of Indus civilization. The Hindu mythology is full of events that are part of what Nepal is today. Of course Muslim invasion of India and Mongols thrust to the south of Mongolia and China has made major impact. 

Religion based on animist trait has its own festival dedicated to nature. Lord Shiva is manifested in different form to different religious adherent. But all consider him as benevolent and fearsome God. For Kirantis, the original inhabitants of Nepal, Shiva and his concert Parvati are considered as their ancestor. There are many festivals dedicated to Shiva as a Hindu God. The Impact of Buddhism and later Brahmanism can be seen in many of the festivals held and social practice that has become culture in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal. Moreover the cult like impact of tantric power has also left deep impression in the lives of people in the valley as well as far flung villages. Weather we talk about the power of Milarappa or the power of Jhakris to ward off hail storm, in true sense it is ‘tantric power’ we are talking about; it can also be called cosmic power which is beyond the comprehension of human being. Much talked about the stories of the sage Padman Sambhaba who propogated Buddhism in remote parts of the Himalayan region is very much related to spiritualism. Spiritualism and tantric power are used interchangeably. So, none of the today main stream religions like Hindu and  Buddhist in this part of Himalaya can be detached from this cosmic power. It has been said India witnessed great tantric period between 7th and 13th centuries. But many believed Nepal experienced much earlier than the ved (Hindu scripture) was written. 

The shamans known as ‘Jhankris’ in Nepali that you see to-day, the witchcraft and black magic that we hear and see wherever there is presence of Jhakris, the mantras (scared  speech) that are recited in the temple, gompas, scared places, and power centers scattered at many places in Nepal are all the manifestation of spiritualism. Vajrayana Buddhism that practice spiritual teaching in combination with the teaching of Buddha is one of the clear examples of present religious culture here in Nepal. Even for laymen, like us, the experiences of all such events are memorable and fascinating. So, in the Himalayas the people, festivals, religions, temples, shrines, gompas are all prominent subjects for visitors of all interest.

UNESCO has designated 7 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley; they are scattered within a short distance. These sacred temples and palaces are the subject of tourist attraction as well as it offer delightful subject for all visitors. People have been living in these heritage sites for centuries. As much as the temples and palaces it is a great place to discover people in their daily life. Even in this fast changing world the thoughts of people in these historical places has remained unchanged. 

In this specially organized tour you will be seeing many of the same subjects seen by general visitors but in different light as you meet, interact and expose yourself to the culture we hope to show you in between the lines. Only the physical experience you obtain and sites you captured in your mind could express the meaning of what people would usually do not encounter in their normal visit. Many people say the valley is a “Living Museum,” specially the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The other prominent place outskirts of the Kathmandu are Bungamati, Khokana and Suryabinayak. People of Bugamati have continued their tradition of holding Rato Machendranath jatras (festival) every year.  

In fact for people who believe in mysticism these three cities has ample evidence of spiritual power. There are many people even in Kathmandu valley who practice their healing power with spirit incognito. While talking about Jhakris (Shamans) like anywhere in the world they are basically considered as faith healers; and they are faith healers to general public. As healer they also practice traditional medicine. You may call it Tibetan medicine or In India they call it ayurvedic medicine. The source of their medicine is natural plants process in natural way rather than using mechanical process. Tourist journal like to define traditional medicine as “Magico-religious specialist” - part herbal, part priest. Their technique is spiritual rather than biological, relying on the belief that ghosts and spirit are the cause of illness. Their business is to determine the nature of the spirit, and then either to placate it or drive it from the ill person’s body. “Of course this is rough definition of the role of Shamans. Actually their role is much more complex than it is thus described. In the ethnic culture in Kiranti or non kiranti people they perform rites at the time of birth, marriage, as well as at death. Without their puja (prayer) ceremony life and birth of human being is incomplete. He is the only person who can deliver the dead to the other world - like the native American would say ‘grazing ground of ancestors.’ Worship of ancestors and nature are the basic of the animistic religion that practice spiritual world using tantric technique.       

The tour described in the following itinerary have been put together to encompass the heritage that are at the cross road of change. Western influence and development have changed the life style of traditional culture quite dramatically and significantly. These cultural heritages are all at the verge of vanishing stage as we move on in the technological age. The schedule of this progamme is prepared so as to provide maximum exposure and unique experience for the members of the tour group.


Why Nepal?

Perched along the foothills of mighty Himalayas, Himabakhanda Nepal, as described in the ancient Holy Scriptures, has since time immemorial been a punyabhumi, a holy land recognized for its sacred status as the Adobe of the Gods. Many holy sites and shrines associated with persons, places or events in the Epic Ramayana and Mahabharata and even dating back to creation of the universe as narrated in the Hindu holy Scriptures, Upanishads and Purans, abound in this land. Prominent pilgrimage sites as Barah Kshetra, Mukti Kshetra, Baidyanath Ksehtra, Pashupati Kshetra and numerous other holy sites recounted in the Upanishads, Purans and Swasthani Brata Katha, sprinkled across the geography of the country lend credence to the fact that Nepal remained blessed as a spiritual land. 

The isolated and inaccessible snowy Himalayas, the confluence of holy rivers, the sacred lakes, the pristine dense forests and the solitary mountain caves were the preferred destinations of sages, ascetics and yogis whose quest for nirvana (Spiritual enlightenment) and mokshya (Salvation) led them to place of serene solitude unperturbed by mundane distractions to engage in meditation, penance and self- realization.

Great sages of ancient times like saptarishi (Seven Superior Sages) - KAsyap, Bhardwaj, Biswamitra (Kaushik), Vashistha, Atri, Gautam and Jamdagni- and others like Bhrigu, Rishya Shringa, Ved Byas, Balmiki, Jad Bharat and Pulatsya made their dwelling and meditated by the mountain caves, deep forests and confluences of holy rivers in Himabatkhanda Nepal. Profound thinkers that they were, it is their sermons, discourses and utterances on spirituality that have made Hinduism the enduring and encompassing faith that it is.

In 623 B.C in the southern plains of Nepal on a full moon night in the month of Baisakh (May), a baby born of royal blood in the hollowed gardens of Lumbini, as the Blessed Mother was on her way to Maternal home to give birth to the child as was the prevalent custom than, a gave the world a new philosophy of life, a new awaking with message of universal brotherhood and non-voilence. Nepal and the worlds have joined hands in cooperation to restore the sacred site where Siddhartha Gautam was born to its ancient glory, sublime grandeur and serene tranquility. For the faithful, a journey to the sanctified site, before which other sites pale in religious significance, is a profound spiritual experience. Today, Buddhism, the way of life Lord Buddha propounded, has over a billion adherents and followers spread across the entire globe.

While sages and mystics are now pages of legend or history, yet saadhaks (aspirants) from abroad on their spiritual odyssey to Nepal are likely to come across sadhus, or holy men, who can be faintly described as the contemporary avatar (reflection) of the ascetics of ancient times. With their scant physical attire or ash-powdered body, sadhus reveal sacred symbolism. They are believed to have renounced the world, their kith and kin and worldly possessions in search of adhyatma gyan (Spiritual awakening), God and answer to the question, ‘Who am I in God’s creation?’ 

They are wanderers, mystics and yogis choosing lone sanctuaries, deep forests or secluded caves far from the madding crowd for their dwelling that often makes access and contact with them challenging. They shun human company and publicity. In the not too distant past, ascetics addressed reverently as Mahatma, Baba or Swami like Khaptad baba (who made his dwelling in Khaptad, Accham district in far western Nepal) and Shivapuri Baba (who dwelt in the Shivapuri Hills north of Kathmandu as well as in Pashupat Kshetra) earned enduring devotion from Nepalese people and abroad for their profound knowledge, sermons and spiritual practices. 

The spiritual quest and mental tranquility that people around the world come here to seek have been complemented by the socio-religious-cultural rhythm of the people of Nepal that has remained largely undisturbed over the ages. The spontaneity, hospitality and friendliness that the people of this country display towards visitors reflect the true ethos and spiritual essence of Nepal. It may be difficult for many visitors from abroad to comprehend how despite their hard life and lack of basic amenities, people could still remain content., cheerful and unprejudiced, The answer could somewhere lie in their abiding faith in spiritualism as has been practiced over the ages. 

Things to Engage in

Yoga:

lThe word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ meaning ‘union’ or to join. Yoga is a spiritual science that has been practiced and developed by the rishis and sages of India over thousands of years. Yoga implies harmoniously integrating and body, mind and soul to attain a balanced life and spiritually uniting the individual with the supreme. Yoga is a symphony of life.

The various assortments of asanas or postures, works with the body on a structural level providing enhanced physical strength, endurance and the resistance to diseases. At the mental level, it strengthens concentration and resilience raising the consciousness to a level where one can perceive the spiritual dimension. Yoga aims to attain the state of “Kaivalya” (emancipation or ultimate freedom) by means of its eight paths which in sequential order consists of Yama (self-restraint), Niyama (self-observance), Asana (body posture), Pranayama (breathing control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the sence), Dharana (concentration of mind), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (self-realization, super consciousness). Yoga is therefore a spiritual quest whereby the aspirant attains health, happiness, mental peace and knowledge.

Nepal offers a number of place in the capital city, Kathmandu and elsewhere to practice Yoga and meditation. Among the prominent Yogic schools where Yogic Asana (postures), Pranayam (control of breathing) and Dhyan  (Meditation) are taught and practiced are the Yog Ashrams or Peeths as they are called. Yoga is immensely popular and practiced in Nepal.

Meditation:

 There is a close inter-relationship between yoga and meditation. Ancient Yogis maintained that order for a person to be harmony with oneself and one’s environment, there is a need to balance the body, mind and spirit, that is Yoga and Dhyan (meditation). The tensions and strain of living in a hectic world create conflicts thoughts and actions that leave negative imprints in our mind. Meditation is an effective way to combat stress and tension in life. The yogis claim that in human spiritual evolution, a stage comes when relationships and material wealth lose a sense of purpose and a confused a weary person becomes disillusioned with the ephemeral nature of worldly possessions and sensual pleasures.

This awakening breeds in a person a quest for life that is eternal, one that is detached from the infatuation of the ephemeral and the blind pursuit of material possessions and pleasure. It is then that the person starts looking for a meaningful life and a way to attain mental peace and permanent happiness. Such state of mind is the ripe condition for the practice of Dharma. Meditation is a state of consciousness that cultivates a calm and positive state of mind and awareness. Through regular practice, the energy of the body and mind is liberated with a feeling of bliss that Yogis say, can only be experienced and not described.

In Kathmandu, meditations is taught and practiced in the Yoga camps Osho Tapoban, Vipassana Center, Kapan Monastery and Art of Living Foundation, among others. 

Vedic Vaastu Shaastra:

The word ‘Vaastu” originates from the term ‘Vastoshpati’ uttered in the Rig Beda. Vaastu Shastra is an ancient science that originated in India in the Vedic Age where the sages reflected on the effect of sunlight, gravitational and magnetic forces flowing from the different geographical directions and sub directions. They sought to stabilize the nature’s five elements, also known as pancha tatwa or Paanchbhoota, namely Akash (sky or ether), Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire) and Vayu (wind)in a proportionate way so as to bring about a harmonious balance amidst natural energies like cosmic, solar energy, lunar energy etc. The proper combination of these five elements, life-force energy and geo-magnetic energy is believed to produce positive bio-electro-magnetic energy which moulds the natural environment, creating congenial living conditions for the inhabitants leading to a life of concord, happiness, harmony and peace. 

According to Vaastu, two forces “positive” and “negative” are constantly interacting with each other on the surface of the land. These forces get disturbed whenever any structure is erected on a vacant land. These forces get disturbed whenever any structure is erected in a vacant land. If there are more positive energies than the negative energies, the result of such a construction.

 

Astrology and the Occult:

Consult an astrolger to know more about your stars and your place in the firmament. And if there is a problem somewhere, the solution is not far either. Nepalis have been doing it for centuries and many will vouch it works. Astrology also has its origin in the Vedas, the major source of virtually everything for the Hindus, written thousands of years ago. Mesh (Aries), Brish (Taurus), Mithun (Gemini), Karkat (Cancer), Simha (Leo), Kanya (Virgo), Tula (Libra), Brishchik (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius), Makar (Capricorn), Kumbha (Aquarius) and Meen (Pisces) are the 12 signs of the zodiac, and in Nepali they are called Raashi.   Astrology plays a significant role in a Nepali person’s life especially during important transitions in life like marriage, having children, moving to a new house, working on a new business etc. 

The moment a child is born in Nepal, the exact time of birth is noted and given to the astrologer, who according to the position of the different planets in the solar system at that precise moment prepares a Cheena (horoscope).  Astrologers are consulted on various occasions like rice feeding, sacred thread and weddings. Almost all religious festivals in Nepal are governed by astrological readings. Tika during Dashain, Bhai Tika during Tihar, etc are occasions when the astrologers determine the auspicious hours for these festivities to take place. They also forecast the solar and lunar eclipses and their impact on people.  

Where to Go

Osho Tapoban

Osho is a contemporary enlightened mystic, visionary and a rebel. He designed over six hundred techniques of meditation. These scientifically designed techniques unleash a powerful and joyous dynamism between body-mind, creating an effortless and spontaneous backdrop for meditation.

Born in the small city of Kuchwada in India in 1931, Osho attained enlightenment at the age of twenty-one on 21st March 1953. Osho started his spiritual work in the early Seventies and in no time attracted the attention of seekers from all around the world. Thousands of young people flocked to the exotic ashram in Pune, India to meditate in his presence. Later in 1981, Osho travelled to America, where he established his spiritual commune, Rajneeshpuram. During 1985-1986 Osho also made a world tour and travelled to 21 different countries including Nepal. Osho had a love affair with the Himalayas. He instructed Swami Anand Arun to start looking for the land where, finally, his dream of Himalayan commune would come true. Through his grace, the dream did come true. Today, Osho Tapoban is a thriving spiritual community, which hosts people from more than ninety countries every year.

Osho has authored more than 700 volumes of English and HIndi books which were recorded from his extemporaneous lectures given to his disciples and media. Written on his Epitaph over his samadhi in Kathmandu and Pune are his words.

 

Kopan Monastery:

Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath is the Kopan hill, which rises up out of the terraced fields of the Kathmandu valley and is visible for miles. Dominated by a magnificent bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. This same hill is now the home of Kopan Monastery, a monastery in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The air is clean and the view across the valley magical.

It is the home of 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers. The monks come from all areas of Nepal and Tibet with ages ranging from seven to sixty years old. They have devoted their lives to the study and practice of the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, with special emphasis on the teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelug Lineage.

Visitors from all over the world come here to attend courses and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the place for study and practice. Kopan is committed to helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion as taught by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service. FPMT provides integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility.

 

Vipassana

Vipassana means to see things as they really are. Ten-day courses in this ancient meditation practice are offered in the major cities of Nepal. The technique is a pure science of mind and matter. It is also an art of living, an antidote to all the stresses and strains of life. It provides a deep pool of peace and harmony within, and ultimately leads to the end of suffering.

There are no charges for the courses, because the technique itself is invaluable. All costs are covered by donations from previous students. To apply, please review the Code of Discipline and find a course scheduled at your most convenient location. Information is also available in other languages. Old students can find out about group sittings, old student courses and other resources on the old student web page (password required).

 

Satsang( Group discourse in righteous company)

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering together for the truth" or, more simply, "being with the truth." Truth is what is real, what exists. So all there is, is Truth. Whenever something increases your experience of the Truth, it opens your Heart and quiets your mind. Conversely, whenever something,. such as a thought, fear, or judgment, limits or narrows your experience of the Truth, the Heart contracts and the mind gets busier. We are all equally endowed with this capacity to discriminate the Truth. Thus, the true teacher, or satguru, is within you, and satsang, or being with the Truth, is endless. You have always been here in the embrace of your true nature as aware, loving space. You have always been in satsang.

 

ISKCON Temple, Budhanilkantha

Sri Radha Krishna temple is located in Bhudhanilkantha at the bank of visnumati river on the lap of Shivapuri Conservation area. Land including temple, guest house, garden, gausala, restaurant etc. The temple is about a ten-minute walk from the BudhanilkanthaTemple, in a beautiful rural setting. Buses to Budhanilkantha (8 km) depart from Rani Pokhari and Kalanki in Kathmandu, every half-hour.

In this temple the deities of Sri Radha Govinda Hari, Jagannath, Baladev, Suvadra and Gaur Nitai are worshiped and serviced according to Naradiya Pancha-ratra method. The deities established in the temple: Shri Jagannatha is Lord Krishna himself, Baladev is Lord Balaram and Suvadra mata is Lord Shri Krishna's younger sister. Everyday the deities are offered with Bhog six times, clothes, ornaments, arati also devotees organize bhajan-kirtan program inorder to make the Lord happy. Ten initiated devotees are always responsible for organizing these various programs everday.

 

Lumbini Garden  

The Sacred Garden of Lumbini where Siddhartha Gautam was born offers a placid environ for meditation and spiritual quest. Spiritual discourses on Buddhism are offered at the monasteries here everyday. It is ideal setting for meditation and spiritual enlightenment. Countries with significant Buddhist populations have constructed monasteries and stupas in their native design reflecting their art and culture, and they offer space and tranquil environment for meditation and spiritual quest.

 

Natural Health Care , Arogya Ashram

 Vedic Arogya Ashram welcomes guests from all walks of life Nepali residents, foreigners, children and other people.  We at Vedic Arogya Ashram respect and honor all people as the children of God. Vedic Arogya Ashram is the perfect opportunity to rebalance mind, body and soul. And to reconnect with nature and to peace and joy grow inside the heart. The Ashram is designed to practice Yoga, Reiki, natural therapies, Panchakarma.

Vedic Arogya Ashram is the first Ashram in Nepal with simple living that focus in physical health, dietary requirements, treatments for illness as a healthy body allows the mind to be purified and let higher divine power transformation in our life. At the Ashram we have had very good experience for caring for depression clients. We have developed special schedule which has helped many depression clients. They felt very relief from depression.

The location of Asharm is ideal for those who are seeking therapy rejuvenating, recreating, and reconnecting with their spiritual sides. Ashram is situated 30 minute by bus in a quite village outside from Kathmandu. The Ashram is situated in a clean and quite natural setting. Feel rejuvenated by the scene natural beauty and Fresh Mountain. We can have very nice view of Himalayan range from Ashram in morning on clear days.

 

ABOUT SHAMANISM

Shamanism is the act of dwelling into a state of semi to full unconsciousness to interact and communicate with spirits and relate it back to the real world. While the rest of the world may be unaware and ignorant about the fact, the Himalayas of Nepal dwell with Shamans, basically known as “Dhami” or “Jhakri”. For people with a special interest in the Shamans and the traditions and cultures of Nepal, the newly opened Nepal Shamanism Tour is the best sought after tour in Nepal. For any health or mentality related issues, people in the rural, wild areas still depend upon the Shamanism practitioners to heal them from their pain. These Shamans are supposed to posses the power of healing both the dead and the living by using sacred objects like drums, by chanting or dancing. For a spiritual human being, the Nepal Shamanism Tour is a must.

The tour commences from the arrival into the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu is home to archeological delights like the Boudhanath, Syambunath as well as the Pashupatinath situated beside the holy Bagmati river. Holy men known as sadhus can be found here, practicing their daily religious rituals. Next in trial is a visit to the beautiful city of Bhaktapur, also a UNESCO heritage site. Further in the itinerary is a drive to Nagarkot, where you get a chance to meet a local shaman, who will perform sacred shamanism rituals and will give an insight to the shamanism practices in Nepal.

The next day is devoted into driving to the Palanchok Bhagwati temple located in Kavrepalanchowk. This is also a dwelling site for local shamans, and shamanism programs can be conducted after sightseeing around the Panchkhal Valley. After a drive back to Kathmandu, a 30 minute drive will bring the town of Naikap. The Shamanism Study Center is situated here, to aid you on getting an insight on shamanism in the Himalayas. The fascinating stories of local shamans and a chance to take part in a shamanistic ritual of purification are followed by asking personal queries and advices to the local shamans.

Next step is to drive to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara, where boating, paragliding and sightseeing activities can be carried out. This is followed by a drive to Sarangkot for the exclusive sunrise view, after which a local shaman at the Tibetan refugee camp at Hyemja can be consulted for further information about Tibetan shamanism. A drive back to Kathmandu ends this unique, spiritually enlightening tour.

  

ABOUT TANRISM 

Different people have different capacities for spiritual understanding and practice. For this reason, out of his compassion, Buddha Shakyamuni gave teachings at many levels, just as a skilful doctor administers a variety of remedies to treat different types of sick people.

For those who wish merely to attain human happiness Buddha gave teachings revealing actions and their effects, or karma; and he taught moral discipline as their main practice. For those who wish to experience the permanent inner peace of liberation, or nirvana, for themselves alone, Buddha gave teachings on the faults of samsara; and he taught the three higher trainings – training in higher moral discipline, training in higher concentration, and training in higher wisdom – as their main practice.

For those who wish to attain the ultimate goal of full enlightenment Buddha gave teachings on the development of great compassion and bodhichitta; and he taught the six perfections – the perfections of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, mental stabilization, and wisdom – as their main practice.

All these teachings are open to anyone who wishes to study and practice them. The experiences that are gained from practicing them are called the ‘common spiritual paths’.

Besides these teachings, Buddha also gave teachings on Tantra. These may be practiced only by those who have received Tantric empowerments. The experiences gained by practicing these teachings are called the ‘uncommon spiritual paths’.

Souveniers

What to take home?

Singing bowls:  My number one recommendation is buy yourself a Nepalese Singing Bowl. Even though their origin are Tibetan when I was in Tibet they singing bowls all came from Nepal! These heavy metal bowls can be rubbed along their edge with a small wooden stick to produce a harmonious tone. Said to be healing in quality it’s got a nice tone to it!

 

Prayer wheels: If you’ve been trekking in Nepal or visited a monastery or two you might have noticed monks spinning prayer wheels around. They are available in most markets and are lighter than they look. Inside each is a small scroll with a prayer written out in Nepalese script.

 

Cashmere or Pashmina: Pashmina is meant to be the soft underside of a goat while Cashmere is obtained from elsewhere (there’s some debate about this). Either way Kathmandu is filled with vendors selling blankets, scarves, shawls and clothing made of cashmere. And, they all have fancy names from water cashmere to cool cashmere. Do note that most of the fancier named products generally have nylon or a cheaper material woven into them. Here is where you need to be aware of fakes.

 

Incense Holders: These long metal tubes with carvings and small gemstones are food in most markets. They look great and are used for storing incense.

 

Thankas: People come to Nepal just for Thankas! These are original Nepalese paintings made from embroidery. Often using precious metals like silver or gold thread Thankas are not cheap! But they are well worth an investment so if you buy one make sure it’s got a certification number showing where it was made and by whom.

 

Silver & Jewelry: Again people come to Nepal just to buy the silver jewelery here. It’s got a reputation for being over 92% sterling and purchasable at a great price. There are many silversmiths in Kathmandu and my advice is to come knowing what you are talking about!

 

Nepalese carvings & handicrafts: Wood carvings in Nepal are plentiful. From little Hindu gods to life-sized face masks. Again it’s worth knowing a little about wood carving before randomly buying something you think might be quite old. It’s illegal to export antique artifacts from Nepal though plenty of vendors will make their goods look quite old with a dash of boot polish, weathering and an odd bit of burning!

 

Handmade clothing: It’s usually bright, colorful and hard-wearing. Do test the color fastness before putting into a washing machine though! Soaking it in cold water and salt helps to retain the color fastness.


  

Khukuri knives: Traditional long knives used by Nepalese Gurkhas. Many found in Kathmandu today are specifically made for the tourist market but that doesn’t make them any less of a great keepsake. Just make sure not to pack them into your carryon luggage!!

Starting at

$ 1160

Duration : 10 Days

Group Size : 3-5 pax

After your arrival in Kathmandu we take you places in Kathmandu valley that are related to Gautam Buddha and his teaching. There are many temples and stupas dedicated to Buddha in Patan. You will visit Swambhunath and Boudhnath.  And then travel to Lumbini, birth place of Gautam Buddha. After paying homage and prayer to Lord Gautam Buddha at the sanctum we visit the restored garden and surrounding areas that has many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas and the archeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early years of childhood. Archaeologist has discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in the area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC.

On the 5th day we cross Nepal border and enter into India. Drive to Gorakhpur and arrive at Kushinagar. En-route we visit Vaishali. Kushinagar is the last resting place of Lord Buddha located near the Hiranyavati River. He was cremated at the Ramabhar stupa. Kushinagar used to be a celebrated center during the Malla kingdom. It has many stupas and viharas date back to 230 BC-AD 413 built during its peak prosperity time. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka who later converted to Buddhist teaching built a magnificent statue of Buddha carved on a single piece of red sandstone. The famous Chinese scholars Fa Hien, Huen Tsang, and I-tsing visited Kushinagar in their journey. Vaishali is the last place where Buddha preached his last sermon. In the last leg of the tour we travel to Bodhgaya. Sidhartha Gautam attained his knowledge of Nirvana - eternal peace at Bodhgaya. 

Vaishali is a very special place to Buddhists as the Lord delivered his last sermon and announced his impending "Nirvana".  We stay at Bodhgaya for two nights to visit Rajgir, Nalanda, Sapta pari cave and Venevamas. During your stay at Bodhgaya you will come across many Buddhist sites. We visit Rajgir where Buddha spent 12 years. Buddha held his first council at Nalanda after he attained Nirvana.  Nalanda founded in the 5th century was known as center of intellectualism at that time. At the end of the tour we fly to Delhi; stay overnight and fly home next day.

 

Starting at

$ 655

Duration : 9 Days

Group Size : Min 5 pax

This tour includes three full days in the city center of Kathmandu valley that provides insight into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal that includes Nepalese culture, life style and art and architecture dates back to centuries. Beside the regular sightseeing tours of temples and Gods the tours allow you to understand and feel more about the culture of Nepal. It is indeed true this is the very reason why the valley is in the heritage list of UNESCO. Many people find Kathmandu valley as an open museum. Beside the regular places we take you to Kritipur, Bungamati and Khokana. These places where culture is very much traditional are less frequently visited by tourists.

Pokhara is next popular tourist destination after Kathmandu. The serene lakes and the close up view of the majestic Himalayan peaks are simply wonderful. The Pokhara valley lies in the Nepal Midland. In the south is Mahabharat-Lekh and to the north is high Himalayan range. It covers an area about 125 square kilometers. It lies equidistant (170 km) between the Tibet to the north and India in the south. Pokhara derived its name from the word "pokhari" meaning lake and is dominated by Machapuchere Himal (6997m) - the "Fishtail" shaped peak and the giant Annapurna Range. We stay overnight in Pokhara before the trek.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu we take you to see cultural heritages of Kathmandu valley listed by UNESCO in its World heritage list. Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, Stupas of Swambhunath and Boudhanath, and the Hindu temple of Pasupatinath and Changu Narayan are all located within Kathmandu valley in the city centers except Changu Narayan. You will find Kathmandu an open museum. Most of the buildings are made of wood engraved with meticulous design with metal doors and roofs. These monuments are center to many festivals that happens here throughout the year. It is best to visit during festival time. After the tour of Kathmandu you would be thrilled to find rich culture, life style and art and architecture that date back to centuries still thriving. After going through many temples, images of Gods, and architecture that are part of the heritage we take you to Nagarkot (2195 m) to see sunrise view over the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest. We enjoy the mountain and its cool, fresh air. Nagarkot is situated on north eastern rim high above the valley. Our next destination is Pokhara. It is famous for its serene lakes and close up view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchare himal. We spend two nights in and around Pokhara taking easy walk on the ridge near Phewa lakes and boat ride from the foot of Sarankot to your hotel. You get to see mountain villages, meet villagers and get close up view of Machapuchare peak and whole range of Annapurna Himal. We fly back to Kathmandu, stay overnight before flying home.

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