The culture of Nepal is rich and unique with 123 languages spoken. The cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over many centuries. This multi-dimensional heritage encompasses the diversities of Nepal’s ethnic, tribal, and social groups, and it manifests in music and dance; art and craft; folklore and folktales; languages and literature; philosophy and religion; festivals and celebration; foods and drinks.
More then 80% of the population is Hindu. Buddhism is practiced by about 11% of the population (although many people labelled Hindu or Buddhist often practice a syncretic blend of Hinduism, Buddhism, and/or animist traditions).
In Lumbini, Buddha was born, and Pashupatinath temple, Kathamandu, is an old and famous Shiva temple of Hindus. Nepal has several other temples and Buddhist monasteries, as well as places of worship of other religious groups. Traditionally, Nepalese philosophical thoughts are ingrained with the Hindu and Buddhist philosophical ethos and traditions, which include elements of tantric traditions which are deep rooted in Nepal, including the practice of animal sacrifices. Five types of animals, always male, are considered acceptable for sacrifice: water buffalo, goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks. Cows are very sacred animals and are never considered acceptable for sacrifice (source: Wikipedia).
Himalayandreamteam offers a variety of itineraries to get acquainted with the unique culture. Tourists can just see the many temples, traditions and divers ethnic and tribal groups, or even become deeper involved by joining rituals, ceremonies or even courses in Buddhism and Shamanism. And in collaboration with our own NGO, also a new mix of travelling and volunteering is possible, like visiting/working on schools or in medical help posts in remote areas. The tours are all available for individuals or small or large group. These tours can start every day.