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Interfaith Cultural Study Tour to Nepal: Pakistan Youth Explore the Mysteries of Nepal
an article by Marcus Younas, SEAP Pakistan

The Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness (SEAP Pakistan) organized an Interfaith Cultural Study Tour to Nepal for a group of 15 young people from 11th to 26 August, 2013.


Group photo of the Interfaith Cultural Study Tour

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The most interesting part of this Interfaith Cultural Study Tour was to expand people's experiences with other cultures and views of the world. The participants visited places of religious worship including Buddhist temples, Hindu chapels, churches, and mosques, and learned details about the nation's religious history.

The second aspect of the tour included Special Seminars on “Theology of Work Courses” at Lalit Pur & Kathmandu mainly facilitated by Professor Dr. Fletcher L. Tink (Executive Director, BRESEE Institute, Kansas City, USA). The group also visited the Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu to celebrate Independence Day on 14th August, 2013.

Friendship, mutual understanding, tolerance, equality, harmonious intercultural dialogue, development of respect for religions - these and many other humanistic ideas were the part of the framework of the tour from the beginning to the end, contributing to the establishment of relationships of trust. In this atmosphere, the priorities were mutual understanding and mutual assistance, which would help the participants to discover new facets of interpersonal relations.

The Interfaith Cultural Study Tour ended with a visit to Bhaktapur which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork.

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This report was posted on September 2, 2013.