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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for participants of teaching in Tergar Osel Ling (Updated February 2019)

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1) Where is the venue? 

The teachings will take place at Tergar Osel Ling, Mingyur Rinpoche’s monastery in Swayambhu, Kathmandu. Tergar Osel Ling is situated on a hill overlooking the Swayambhu Stupa. The address of Tergar Osel Ling Monastery Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies P.O. Box No. 8921 Sita Paila, Chhokdol Height, Kathmandu, Nepal.  It will need about 45 minutes drive from Tribhuvan International Airport or Bodhnath Stupa and about 20 minutes drive from Thamel. 

 

2) When should I arrive? 

You can register on April 9 for JOL 3; April 11 for JOL 1 & 2 before the class started.   Tergar Asia will announce more details later.     

3) What water is available at Osel Ling?

We will have some drinkable water for you to refill your bottles. Also, there will be bottled water and other beverages for sale on site. It’s always a good idea to bring your own water. Tea will be available at the breaks. Please bring your cups for the tea as we will not provide paper or plastic ones for environmental reasons. If you don’t have a cup you can purchase one very cheaply from the many shopkeepers below Osel Ling in Swayambhu, thus helping the local economy.

4) How can I get to Tergar Osel Ling?

Tergar Osel Ling is situated at top of a hill overlooking the Swayambhu Stupa. Though the monastery is accessible by road, as it is a steep, narrow road with dangerously sharp corners unsuitable for buses or large vehicles, we are requesting all (physically capable) participants to walk from the walking point indicated on a map. Click here for map.There is one walking route to Osel Ling, which involves climbing a number of steep steps. The footpaths are well signposted.  Tergar Asia will announce the arrangement for the guides to show the participants the way on the first day of the teachings.  
Allow yourself 30 to 40 minutes to walk comfortably and slowly. Please wear good walking shoes. The path will be marked with signs and ribbons. For those who cannot walk easily, many taxis are available at the beginning of Karkhana Chowk on the ring road. The cost is generally 300 npr and most taxis will take up to 4 people for that cost.Should you wish to book a taxi to and from Osel Ling please see list of telephone numbers at the end of this sheet and more comprehensive directions to Osel Ling from the airport, Boudha and Thamel.

5) What should I bring to the teachings?

Do bring your own cup to use during tea service, a small cushion to sit on although some cushions will be provided, drinking water, paper and pen (if you wish to take notes), a flashlight, as well as toilet tissue and whatever other personal supplies you may need for a day out. Bring a shoe bag if you wish to take shoes with you inside the teaching tent. Please note there are no shops or restaurants near Tergar Osel Ling. The weather may be fairly warm (though cool if not sunny). Please wear layers. It does get cold at night in November so if you are staying at Osel Ling it may be wise to bring a sleeping bag. Please also bring your own towel as we cannot guarantee that we can provide everyone with a towel.

6) In what language will Rinpoche teach?

Rinpoche will teach in English. 

7) What translation will be available and what equipment will I need to bring to listen to the translation?

Translation will be provided into Nepalese, French, Mandarin and German. We may be able to provide translation into other languages as well. If you have a need for translation, please let us know by emailing nepalteachings@tergarasia.org. If you are in need of translation, please bring a digital FM radio (battery and headsets too) as these have better reception than analog FM radios. 

8) What are the visa requirements for Nepal?

Those living outside Nepal who wish to attend the teachings will need a tourist visa during the time of the teachings. Tourists are allowed to stay up to 150 days in a single western calendar year. 
Tourist Visas Tourist visas are available from Nepali embassies and consulates around the world. Tourist visas are also available upon arrival at the immigration counter at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Three types of tourist visas are available: 
· 15-day multiple entry for $30 
· 30-day multiple entry for $60 
· 90-day multiple entry for $100
There are interactive computerized visa application machines at the airport which take your picture and print an application form. You must pay in foreign currency. GB Sterling, Euros, or US dollars are all acceptable. It’s convenient if you have as close as possible the correct change. Coins will not be accepted, and change will be given in Nepali rupees.Tourist Visas are also available upon arrival at the land border with India. You will need a passport-sized photo and foreign currency to cover the visa fee. You will be provided with an application form.Renewing your visa Upon expiry of the initial tourist visa, volunteers may obtain a 15-day extension for $30 or a 30-day extension for $60 from the Department of Immigration in Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. You will need to fill out an online application form and then take the print-out to the Department of Immigration. The online application page can be found here http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/

9) What is the local etiquette?

The form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” performed by joining both palms together. It literally means, “The divine in me salutes the divine in you”. Do not touch someone’s head or sit showing the bottom of your feet towards them. It is considered rude. Do dress conservatively when visiting temples, monasteries or sacred places – no shorts, short skirts, or low cut tops. You will need to remove your shoes. If invited inside someone’s home it is polite to remove your shoes.

10) How can I stay healthy and safe?

Food safety – Avoid water that is not bottled or boiled. Avoid raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit as much as possible.
Must haves – Always carry toilet tissue and hand sanitizer. It is also advisable to carry a torch (flash light) if you are going out at night 
Foot wear – Roads and pavements (sidewalks) are uneven with plenty of potholes so sensible shoes are advisable at all times. 
Pollution protection – Kathmandu is highly polluted. You may want to bring and use a smog mask if you are in any way sensitive to dust and pollution. Simple cotton face masks are widely available throughout the city. You can also purchase disposal masks from all pharmacies. Please note the air quality up at Tergar Osel ling is generally good. The main problem is while traveling across the city.
Safety at night – Women travelers are advised not to go out alone at night. Also it is neither safe nor advisable to walk up or down from Tergar Osel Ling in the dark alone.

11) What medical preparation should I make for my trip?

Always consult your medical practitioner well before embarking on foreign travel, to discuss your personal medical needs, as well as required vaccinations. 

12) What should I bring to Nepal?

Clothing & footwear – Short skirts, shorts, or low cut tops are not suitable in a monastery setting. As participants are asked to walk up and down from Osel Ling, sensible shoes are a must. Given the Nepali and Tibetan custom of removing your shoes before you enter a room, shoes that come on and off easily are advisable. In November it can be quite cold and generally buildings are not heated. Day time temperatures can still be relatively high. It is advisable to dress warmly in layers. 
General items – Any medication, vitamins or supplements you take, special toiletries or cosmetics. You can buy most toiletries in Nepal but if you need brand specific items it’s best to bring your own. You may need a torch (flashlight), sun hat and sunscreen.
Telecommunication service – 
a) WIFI While at Tergar Osel Ling – Please note there is no wifi at Tergar Osel Ling, and phone coverage for all mobile companies is generally non existent.Wifi is used widely throughout Kathmandu. Most guest houses, hotels, restaurants, and cafés offer free wifi to their customers. 
b) Local Mobile Networks – Local sim cards from the Ncell phone company are available at shops all over the city.. Bring a photocopy of your passport and visa and also a passport sized photo. You can recharge your Ncell sim with Ncell recharge cards available in many denominations at most stores in the city. You can also buy Ncell data packages to have access to 3G data. For further information visit Ncells website: https://www.ncell.axiata.com/

I3) Accommodation List

The following map shows the location of Tergar Osel Ling, the listed Guest houses and hotels, Ciwec Clinic, Norvic Hospital, Boudha Stupa and Tribhuvan Airport.Accommodation Map We recommend that foreign participants book accommodation ether in the Swayambhu area or in the main tourist area of Thamel and the adjacent area of Lazimpath. We have compiled a short list of guest houses in the area but it is possible to book others through the various search engines, including booking.com, trip advisor, expedia, hostelworld.com etc.Please note telephone numbers are listed for calling from outside Nepal i.e. with the country code 977. When in Nepal the area code for Kathmandu is 01 (rather than 1). Nepali mobile numbers are all 9 digits long and do not require an area code.

Accommodation in the Swayambhu area

Joyful Guest House, Karma Lekshey Ling Gompa – Email: joyfulguesthouse@gmail.comk.gyalpo@gmail.com Tel: 977 1 403575, Mobile: 977 9808036847
The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel Email: tshostel@gmail.com Web site:www.thesparklingturtle.com Tel: 977 1 4033736, Mobile: 977 9813564272
Benchen Vihar  Websitewww.benchen.org  Email: bghouse@ntc.net.np Tel: 977 1 4284204/4272302
Swayambhu Peace Zone Website:www.swayambhupz.com Email: info@swayambhupz.com  Tel: 977 1 4275544/4670524, Mobile: 977 9751017697
The Choice Hotel Website:www.thechoicehotel.com Email: choicehotel64@yahoo.com Tel: 977 1 4281353/4287686/4423530
Hotel Mystic Buddha – Web:www.hotelmysticbuddha.com Email: info.mbhtl@gmail.com Tel: 977 1 4285922
The Vajra Hotel Website:www.hotelvajra.com  Email:  vajra@mos.com.npinfo@hotelvajra.com  Tel: 977 1 4271545
Retreat Serviced Apartments Website:www.retreatservicedapartments.com Email:  frontdesk@retreatapartment.com  Tel: 977 1 4274837
Drongpa SuitesWebsite Website:  https://drongpa-suites-kathmandu.booked.net

Accommodation in Thamel 

Kathmandu Guest House Website: https://www.ktmgh.com/  Email: n.shrestha@ktmgh.com
Tibet Peace Inn  Website: http://www.tibetpeaceinn.com  Tel:  977 1 438 0653 
Kathmandu Grand Hotel.  Website:    http://www.kathmandugrandhotel.com/… Tel: 977 1 470 0694/470 1483
Eco home Stay Tel: 977 14417343
International Guest House  http://www.ighouse.com/ Tel: 977 1 4252299
Hotel Mulberry  Website:  http://www.mulberrynepal.com  Email: mail@mulberrynepal.com  Tel:  977 1 4218899
Hotel Yukhang  Website:  http://hotelyukhang.com  Email: info@hotelyukhang.com  Tel: +977 1 426 7358 / 426 7044
Ambassador Garden Home   Website:  https://www.aghhotel.com Email:  info@aghhotel.com Tel:   977 1 470 0724
Dom Himalay Hotel  Website:  https://www.domhimalaya.com Email: info@domhimalaya.com. Tel:  977 1 426 3554 / 421 6813 
Hotel Buddy Website:  http://www.hotelbuddy.com.np Tel:  977 1 4445285 

Accommodation in Lazimpat 

Hotel Tibet Website:  http://hotel-tibet.com.npEmail:  htltibet@mail.com.np Tel:  977 1 442 9085
Tao Guest House Tel:  977 982 3388629 / 982 3435325
Hotel Shanker Website:  https://www.shankerhotel.com.np. Email:  https://www.shankerhotel.com.np/contact-page. Tel:  977 1 441 0515 
Hotel Ambassador by ACE Hotel  Website:  http://www.ambassadornepal.com. Email: info@ambassador.com.np. Tel:  977 1 444 2726 / 444 2727 
Radisson Hotel Kathmandu  Website:  https://www.radisson.com/kathmandu-hotel-np/nepkathm. Email: reservation@radkat.com.np. Tel:  977 1 4411818
Grand Hotel Kathmandu  Website:   http://www.grandhotelnepal.com. Email:   info@grandhotelnepal.com. Tel:   977 1 428 2482 / 428 2483 
City Hotel & Suites  Website:  http://www.cityhotelsuites.com  Email: info@cityhotelsuites.com  Tel:  977 1 400 2193 / 400 2194 
Hotel Heranya  Website:  http://www.hotelheranya.com. Email:  info@hotelheranya.com. Tel:   977 1 4413374 / 4412716
Hotel Manaslu  Website:  https://hotelmanaslu.com Email:  hmanaslu@gmail.com. Tel:  977 1 441 0071

Accommodation in Boudha 

Hotel Siddhi Manakamana http://www.siddhimanakamana.com Email:  info@siddhimanakamana.com  Tel:  977 1 491 7700 / 491 7711 
* In Thamel, Lazimpat  and Boundha area, there are many hostels and hotels that can be satisfied by different budget and request.  Please check online and be reminded to check the detailed directions to Tergar Osel Ling. 

Traffic  

From the airport 
Osel Ling is approximately a one hour journey from the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu.Taxi fares are approximately 1200 nepalese rupees one way.Ask for Swayambhu Buddha Park and direct the driver to Karkhana Chowk just off the ring road. Osel Ling is well signposted but some drivers do not like to go up there, particularly in a full car because the road is very steep and uneven in places. Telephone numbers of taxi drivers who know how to get to Osel Ling are listed along with a map of directions from the ring road.
From Swayambhu 
Taxis: A number of taxis wait at the ring road end of Karkhana Chowk. Most know Osel Ling and are generally happy to take no more than two people in older cars but the newer models can take more. The drivers will advise. The cost is 300 npr per taxi. While the road to Tergar is well sign posted, drivers sometimes take the turning to Lekshe Ling. Make sure you are clear that you want to go all the way to the top!!!
From Boudha Buses 
These are generally mini buses and can get quite crowded. Fares are no more than 30 Nepalese rupees one way. Wait at the opposite side of the road from Boudha Gate and ask for Swayambhu. You will be dropped off at Buddha Park on the ring road. Karkhana Chowk and the nunnery are just opposite, Karkhana Chowk is the road to the left and the Nunnery directly opposite. From here, you can either walk or take a taxi to Osel Ling.. Buses will take you back to Boudha from the ring road at the Nunnery opposite Buddha Park.
Taxis: Many taxis are available around Boudha Gate and drivers need clear directions to get to Osel Ling from Swayambhu and Karkhana Chowk. Fares vary, from 800 npr but over 1000 is excessive.
From Thamel 
Buses These are generally crowded minibuses. Fares are no more than 20 nepalese rupees one way.You can pick up a minibus to Swayambhu at a number of points on the main road in and out of Thamel. For the return journey, buses generally wait just off the ring road to the right of Buddha Park (facing it).
Taxis There are many taxis in Thamel but again drivers need clear directions to get to Osel Ling from Swayambhu. Fares vary from 600 nprs to 800 nprs.
 
TAXIS (If phoning from outside Nepal the international dialing code is +977)
 
Boudha 
Krishna: 984 144 6423 – * Krishna can arrange other taxi drivers 
Karma 980 3639423
Jit  984 9168489 
Jita: 986 023 8662 
Vishnu: 980 300 9378 
Tikki: 984 292 2704 
Rajesh Lama: 984 332 4750
 
Swayambu 
Haku: 980 812 5328 
Kishor: 981 0318611 
Raju: 984 1454975 
Tsundru 981 355 2665 – has a good network of other drivers

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