Sri Lanka and Nepal have managed to keep their traditional and cultural heritage intact. Apart from featuring some picturesque landscapes and stunning architecture, these nations house significant religious spots. Holidays in Sri Lanka and Nepal are often the first choices of Buddhism followers to spend their vacations. A number of Buddhist monasteries are present in Sri Lanka along with sites vital for other religions as well. Gal Vihara (also Gal Viharaya) is one of such places featuring a huge statue of the Buddha.
As per documented resources, the temple located in north of the country dates back to the 12th century. It was built by Parakramabahu I – the king of the region till late 12th century. Images of Lord Buddha have been carved on huge rock pieces in different gestures and postures – standing, seated and reclining. These are best examples of ancient Sinhalese carvings, which are must-see for art lovers. Statues have been carved in such a way that they use the maximum possible area of the rock; and, hence, differentiation on the basis of height or width can be done. The standing sculpture is a topic of debate among archaeologists. Some believe it to be Monk Ananda while others believe that it is the Buddha himself. Not only this, but Nepal tour packages are also full of visits to such important Buddhist spots.
Located amidst Himalayan ranges, the country is known for significant temples and monasteries in the high hills. One of them is the Kopan Monastery lying in the outskirts of Kathmandu – the most popular tourist destination of the country. The monastery was founded in the year 1969 by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Westerners often take a halt at this place to learn about some elements of Buddhism, which include art of meditation and La Rim teachings.