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“heaven on earth”

Reviewed 10 April 2013

I decided to book 3 nights at Pullahari to experience living with Tibetan monks and learning about their culture, practices and philosophy. From 3, it became 6 days. The grounds are amazing, the views are incredible. It is way above the valley, situated in a pine forest. The main shrine is beautiful. What makes it magical are the monks who chant accompanied by giant drums, trumpets ( biggest you will ever see), cymbals and all other exotic tibetan instruments. Make sure you ask what time they are performing these Pujas or chants. The monks are very friendly. In particular, they are extra friendly when they are at the cafe. Order the honey lemon ginger tea for 35 rupees. Unforgettable. Ram, the chef also makes a mean vegetarian fried noodle. Lama Kunsang, the monk who runs the coffee is a comedian. he is very friendly and will answer your questions from being a monk to his favourite places to eat. Pullahari also offers annual meditation courses, so check their website. Part of me did not want to write this review as many tourists can ruin the atmosphere. Pullahari is one of those hidden gems of Kathmandu. I plan to be back again next year!

10  Thank TonyFNewZealand
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

This is a really lovely place.

You can walk in around 1.5 hours or so from the Stupa up into the hills to here. It has really lovely grounds, and great views of the Kathmandu Valley. The walk out is quite peaceful and interesting also, though a little easy to get lost the first time.

They have a guest house here, that although a little pricey, is a lovely place to stay for a period of time, and highly recommended. Very good organic meals, where most items are grown at the monastery itslef, are also included in the room tariff.

The monks and lamas of the temple are very lovely, and there is a nice cafe here too that is open 6 days a week.

2  Thank BMOL
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Colorful, bright and crowded with tourist and locals. Many selling items to take home, from masks to paintings, local Sherpa hats and bracelets and jewelery.
bring some small 5 rupee bills to hand off to the poor and be sure to get your picture with the enlightened ones.

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Reviewed 29 November 2012

I lived in Kathmandu for 6 years and Pullahari was where I took every visitor, and went often with local and expatriate friends. Its possible to walk - takes about 1.5hrs from Thamel via Bouddha. This monastery is dedicated to the Karmapa Lama and there are many interesting things to see and learn. The monks are friendly, the gardens lovely and the small cafe at the entrance can whip up basic food and serve hot and cold drinks. The wall painting on the main building are some of the best in Nepal. Only happy memories of this place.

2  Thank Glen63
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Stayed one month here. Is a most beautiful and peaceful place. Great organic home grown meals. Can walk into Bouddhanath if desired.

Wonderful monks and lamas living there. Met some lovely people from different parts of the world.

Can't wait to go back and stay again one day : )

3  Thank BMOL
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