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Spiritual Nepal

Highlights / General details
Get spiritual at the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Interact with the ‘Sadhus’- Hindu Holy Men.
Learn a thing or two about Buddhism from the monks at Bodhnath.
Get an acquaintance with the famed astrologer who can chart out your future to your amazement!

Inclusion
English speaking guide; Entry fees to Pashupatinath and Bodhnath; Local transport.

Exclusion
Food and beverages; Alms to holy men and monks; Astrologer’s fees; Items of a personal nature; Tips or gratuities for guide.

Hours of operation
Available Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm.

Duration
Approximately 4 - 5 hours.

Location
Meeting point: Hotel Kathmandu Guest House courtyard, located at Thamel.
Finish point: Hotel Kathmandu Guest House courtyard, located at Thamel.

Itinerary
Meet up with your guide and walk to the nearest bus-stand (20 minutes approximately). Jump on local transport to one of the holiest temples for Hindus all around the world- Pashupatinath (20 minutes approximately). Join your guide through the spiritual journey as they provide an insight into the Hindu religion, the cycle of birth and death and the story behind the Sadhus - Hindu Holy Men, who renounce their hedonistic social life to devote their life to Shiva (Hindu God of Destruction) to whom the temple is dedicated. Witness one of many cremations along the banks of Bagmati river and on the sanctimonious grounds of temple. Interact with soot-smeared, saffron-clad, dreadlocked Sadhus.
Spiritually high, travel by local transport to reach the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal (possibly, in the world). Follow the pilgrims circumventing the Stupa spinning the prayer wheels. Offer prayers to Lord Buddha lighting a traditional butter lamp at the main entry way to the Stupa. Converse with one of the resident monks and learn more about the Buddhist philosophy.
Food for thought, time to fill the stomach! Lunch at a roof-top restaurant commanding an enticing view of the Stupa.
Following lunch walk in to the abode of one of the most sought after astrologers in Nepal. Be amazed by how he deconstructs the mystery that is you and your future.
Return a transformed person!

Additional Information
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

Participant restrictions
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

Policies
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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