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Buddhist Gompa and school for monks in Namobuddha

Destination: Namobuddha 

Highlights:

  • Scenic drive to Khopasi from Kathmandu and Dhulikhel to Kathmandu
  • Ancient Newari town of Panauti
  • Alluring Himalayan views from the top of the Namobuddha hill
  • Buddhist Gompa and school for monks in Namobuddha
  • Dhulikhel and the views of Himalayas from its view point

Best time:

All Year Around

Accommodation:

There are small local hotels in NamoBuddha where local foods are available. Namo Buddha guest house is always at service for customer who are there for night stay. Anyone going for night stay should pre-inform so that rooms are easily available.

Transportation:

If you are going in a group we can hire a micro bus. It will cost around five thousand for two way trip. Or you can also opt for public vehicle from Ratnapark to Banepa. From Banepa you have to change the local bus which passes through Namo Buddha. You can also organize a nice hike from Banepa paasing through Panauti.

Description:

Namobuddha Tour is another most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites located 40 km southeast of Kathmandu valley in Kavre district. The main stupa at the hill top is world heritage monuments of UNESCO from where visitors can enjoy the great views of mountains and green fields. Namo Buddha means “Greetings to the Lord Buddha”. Buddhist mythology contains an interesting story related to this place depicting as a great symbol of human sacrifice at its highest level. 

According to Buddhist sutras, Lord Buddha in his previous life was born as Prince Mahasattva, youngest son of King Maharatha. One day himself and his two elder brothers were passing through forest while hunting. They found a tigress with her cubs. She and her cubs could hardly move as they were weak from starvation. He was scrutinized by their pitiable situation. So, before he could reach his destination far away from the forest, the kind Prince Mahasattva went back to the tigres and offered them his flesh and blood to save them. Later, his two brothers returned back to the same place, but they saw only his bones and hairs. In his honor, the King and Queen buried a small casket covered with seven kinds of jewels in which they laid his bones and built a stupa over the place which became very popular among the Buddhist and Hindu people. The whole area is covered with sacred flags on the top of a small hill. 

Namo Buddha tour is beautiful, quiet and pure place. The environment is clean with fresh, cool and healthy natural air, which makes it the right place for meditation and practice. You can view beautiful sunrise and sunset from the hill. You can also visit famous Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery where is more than 250 monks reside today. In spite of being close to the capital, this area still has typical Nepali rural and lifestyle. 

Namo Buddha tour start by four while jeep or bus which takes you through the valley, The roads running through rice fields and remote villages. It is off the beaten track. You can also trek from Banepa passing through Panauti and Sankhu to Namo Buddha. While returning you can also visit imposing statue of Shiva (43.5m high), considered the world’s biggest Shiva statue.