Namo Buddha / Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery – Afternoon Hike
Our first stop is the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue the world’s largest Shiva statue which was completed in 2011.
Standing at 33 metres (108 feet – after the holy number 108 in Hindu Mythology) tall and made from a casing of copper and zinc, it makes a strking moument overlooking the Kathmandu valley and has already become a major religious site for Hindu/s in all of Nepal.
We continue to travel along the Araniko Highway to the village of Dhulikhel where we stop for Chai Masala (or coffee) at a hilltop resort, where you can sit and reflect at the amazing views from the restaurant balcony.
We stop at the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which is located in close proximity to the Namo Buddha Stupa. The Monastery practices Mahayana Buddhism (commonly known as Tibetan Buddhism) and is home to over 250 monks and house a monastic college to train young monks. Its main temple comprises of thirty six pillars each of which enshrines a gilded bronze Buddha on the top.
We mount the stair case to one of the most important religious sites for Buddhists in Nepal (Namo Buddha). The site marks the ancient holy site signifying the location where prince Mahasatwo/Nhingdu Tshenpo offered himself to a starving tigress and he cubs. It is a place of Buddhist pilgrimage and is a special place to accumulate merit through activities such as circumbulation and making offerings.
We descend the mountain by foot on a beautiful 90 minute trek, passing through delightful woodlands, rice fields and small villages where you get to see close up the workings of rural life in Nepal.
We complete our trek at the village of Panauti one of the oldest villages in Nepal, founded in the late 12th century.
Visist the Indreshwar temple, one of the tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal or just soak in the athmosphere of ancient cobbled streets before heading back to Kathmandu as the sun sets over the horizon arriving back in time for you to have dinner.
Average Duration: Half Day
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