Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu Valley

Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu Valley

KATHMANDU VALLEY 


Type: Sight-Seeing

1 Day

Group size: 1-10

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Kathmandu Valley, home to more than half of Nepal’s population, located in the heart of the country once was in the center of the historic trade route between India and Tibet. This place became a cultural melting pot where Hinduism and Buddhism meet, eclectic mix of the past and the present. Today, it is known as the world’s living cultural museum consisting 7 monuments and pilgrimage sites listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Joining Tibetans on their pilgrim walk around Boudhanath, Watching the lifestyle almost untouched by western world in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Witnessing the cremation of Hindus take place on raised platforms along the holy river of Bagmati inside Pashupatinath temple are experience brings you mix spiritual and culture experiences within just one day.

Start our morning by visiting Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in the valley lies 8kms east of Kathmandu was built in the shape of Mandala designed and the location once lay on ancient trade route to Tibet and it were here that Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for centuries. Refugees came to Nepal from Tibet in 1950s many of them dedicated to live around Boudhanath. Stepping back in time while visiting Bhaktapur once used to be ruling throne of the Kathmandu valley, the living representation of how the entire Kathmandu valley would have looked like during medieval periods then finishing the day watching various Hindus rituals in Pashupatinath temple the sacred temple lies on the banks of Bagmati river 5kms east of Kathmandu.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

➡ Joining Tibetans on their pilgrim walk around Boudhanath

➡ Step back in time to see the lifestyle in Kathmandu valley during medieval periods

➡ Witnessing Hindus rituals in Pashupatinath temple

ITINERARY


Departure every day

Start your morning visiting Boudhanath

Continue to the old city of Bhaktapur Durbar Square where we spend our lunch time

End up the day seeing the cremation ceremony inside Pashupatinath

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL


Light

Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, or easy hikes 

BEST SEASON


Autumn and Spring

Spring (Feb-May) with many festival taken place: Maha Shivaratri in Pashupatinath temple in Mar, Apr/May the buddha birthplace celebration in Boudhanath, Mid-Apr the Nepali New Year in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Spring time bring clear weathers.

Lower season

Monsoon (Jun-Aug) have rain but plants and flowers are at their growing peak, Winter (Dec-Feb) less busy.

FEATURE MOMENT


Life on the street of Bhaktapur Durbar Square - Photograph by Pham Cuong

Life on the street of Bhaktapur Durbar Square - Photograph by Pham Cuong

Cremation taken place inside Pashupatinath Temple, at the holy Bagmati river

Cremation taken place inside Pashupatinath Temple, at the holy Bagmati river

 

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