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  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Duration:  6-7 hours
Immerse yourself in Kathmandu’s spiritual traditions during visits to the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and the Tibetan Buddhist stupa Bodhnath, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Accompanied by your expert guide, witness daily rituals at the two holy sites and learn about Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Want to feel even more enlightened? A famous Nepali astrologer can give you an astrological reading! This tour operates with a maximum of 12 people to ensure you enjoy a small-group experience in Nepal’s capital.

Highlights

  • Cultural and spiritual tour of Kathmandu holy shrines that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enter Pashupatinath temple, an important destination where Hindus pay respects to the god Shiva
  • Learn about the beliefs and customs of the colorfully dressed Sadhus
  • Visit Bodhnath, one of the world's largest stupas
  • Speak with the monks at Bodhnath about Tibetan Buddhist traditions
  • Enjoy lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Bodhnath stupa
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You can experience two of the holiest Hindu and Buddhist sites in Nepal in one day. Opt to have one of Nepal's most revered astrologers unlock the secrets of your future!

What You Can Expect

Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple

Meet your guide at the centrally located Kathmandu Guest House and hop on a local bus to Pashupatinath, a significant Hindu temple devoted to the god Shiva. Your expert guide will explain the Hindu spiritual beliefs surrounding the cycle of birth and death.

You’ll also have the chance to interact with the colorfully dressed Sadhu monks. Learn why the holy men give up worldly goods to signify devotion and liberation.

Outside the 17th-century temple, along the banks of the Bagmati River, cremation ceremonies regularly take place. Respect mourning families by refraining from photos or watching the ritual.

Next, travel by local transport for a short distance to Bodhnath. The shrine is an important religious site for Tibetan Buddhists, and one of the only places in the world that you can see the daily routines of Tibetan monks. The stupa sits along a historic trade route that stretches across Lhasa, Tibet, Nepal and India. Today, people still come to Bodhnath to pray before undertaking a daunting journey such as climbing the Himalayas.

Marvel at one of the world’s largest stupas as your guide explains Tibetan traditions. You might even see pilgrims spin prayer wheels as they circle the stupa. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with resident monks about Buddhism and the practices you witness at Bodhnath.

After wrapping up at Bodhnath, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a nearby rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the stupa. Then walk to the home of a renowned astrologer who will do a reading for you (own expense), if you wish!

After an enlightening day exploring Kathmandu’s spiritual side, your guide returns you to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Exceptional tour. I had a very knowleageable guide all to myself. I was the only one tourist that day. We actually went for plam reading on top of the program.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Nice friendly local guide. Be prepared for a lot of walking. You also catch a local taxi but which is an experience in itself. You get a good over view of each of the temples. Its not a huge group of people on the tour just how many you book with so it is very personal. The guide was willing to answer any questions.

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