Peaks, Pagodas & Temples
Nepal is a country with unmatched natural beauty. Nestled between Tibet and India it is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest. Its physical environment is as diverse as its cultural landscape. It has rich subtropical forests, lush jungles and the massive Himalayan range with its soaring snow-capped peaks. The country-side is painted with wild tropical flowers and centuries-old terraced rice fields carved into mountain slopes. You will experience it first hand as we hike into many small villages and towns.
Nepal is home to a host of distinctive ethnic groups including Newars, Sherpas and Tibetans who practice Indian style Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, nature worship and shamanism. In Nepal, the gods mingle in the sacred and the profane. You can see it in the three former city-kingdoms of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu in the countless ornately carved temples and shrines dedicated to the vast pantheon of Hindu and Buddhist gods. They are living museums and a treasure — trove for art history students.
Each day your classroom is a different Hindu temple, Buddhist monastery or artist studio. Study Hindu and Buddhist art, philosophy and culture. Receive lectures from prominent local Hindu scholars and Buddhist monks. One of the many highlights of the program takes place with a stay in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery outside of Kathmandu. Learn and practice Buddhist meditation with the monks and nuns who share their in-depth knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. Hike the Himalayas to many of Nepal’s most sacred sites. Volunteer your services at a school and orphanage.
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