Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal - 8 Days

Overview

  • Duration:8 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy
  • Trip TypeTour
  • Arrival CityKathmandu

Highlights

  • Lumbini, where  Buddha was born
  • Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini
  • Buddhist Heritage  Monuments
  • Observing Monks & Nuns's Life in Nepales Buddhism
  • And many more!  

Nepal, a Birthplace of Lord Buddha. Buddha was born in around 2500 years ago in Lumbini in the southern part of Nepal. In Nepal, around 10.5% of the total population is Buddhist.  Lumbini is one of the popular pilgrimage sites for all the Buddhist people from all around the World.  There are many historical sites that show Buddha's childhood and how he grew up.  Lumbini Pond, where Buddha had first bathed after he was born by his mother. There is also a Stone pillar which is one of such many pillars put by the famous Indian emperor Ashoka to mark the important sites related to Buddha's life.

Besides Lumbini There are many pilgrimages sites in Nepal for the Buddhist pilgrimage. In Kathmandu valley we have 2000 years old impressive stupa of Swoyambhunath and world's biggest stupa at Bouddhanath. The Bouddhanath stupa is 1500 years old and is more popular among the many Tibetan refugees living in Kathmandu .Inside the Kathmandu valley the city of Patan is dominantly Buddhists and has places like Mahabouddha Temple and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar to show you. On the outskirt of Kathmandu in the hill is the stupa of Namobuddha, small but old, active and highly revered.

This tour takes you the wonder land of Buddha Lumbini, where Lord Buddha was born and offers you many opportunities to observe Buddhism and its inhabitant's life.

Namaste!

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at International Airport You will be met by Scenic Nepal Treks &Expedition representative and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening.

    Today, we have excursion day to to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Stupa in the world and an important Buddhist pilgrimage. The unique octagonal Mandala design with hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around the huge structure. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries, the also being known as the 'Little Tibet'. After excursion of Bouddhanath Stupa, we will drive to Swypombhu. After visit of Swyambhu Stupa, we will drive further to The Kapan Monastery at Kapan Hill, a few kilometers higher north from Boudhanath is also known as Nepal Bouddhist Mahayan Centre. Kapan Monastery follows Gelug tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. There is also a nunnery nearby the main monastery, known as the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to about 400 nuns. Overnight at Kathmandu.

      After your breakfast at your Hotel you drive to Pokhara city. we make a 6-hour drive to Pokhara in the afternoon to pay our visit to some Buddhist sites there. Overnight at Pokhara.
      Included meals: B

        Today we visit some Buddhist landmarks in Pokhara and also enjoy the nature's majesty. The massive Buddhist stupa of World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohji organisation on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal. Besides being a cultural monument, the site is also famous for the panoramic view it offers of the Pokhara Valley. We cross the Phewa Lake on a boat and then hike to the Stupa. Then we will visit the Malepatan Gomba or monastery at Malepatan. Then we make another hike to Hyangja, the site for Tibetan refugee camp who fled Tibet after the Cultural Revolution in China. You may try the Tibetan variety of foods, bargain for curios, and at the same time acquaint yourself with the Tibetan culture. There is the Tashi Palkhiel monastery in the tradition of Karma Kagyu tradition. Overnight at Pokhara.
        Included meals:B

          We drive to Lumbini today - about 290 kilometers south-west from Pokhara which takes for about 6-7 hours. We bid goodbye to the Himalayas in Pokhara, and head toward a more flat lands of Nepal's Terai. Generally, the weather gets hot and humid in the plains except in the winter. Perhaps, Lumbini is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site - the place where Buddha was born. In case we reach Lumbini around the sunset time, we can stroll in the local market to have a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Overnight at Lumbini.
          Included meals:B

            Lumbini is one of world's major religious, architectural, and historical places. We devote today's time in visiting as many places and sites in Lumbini as possible. The place is really a big area with monuments, temples, and ancients sites making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First we visit the Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. We spend some time wandering around the gardens. We also visit the museum and peace pagoda. Some of the important landmarks and monuments in Lumbini include: Ashoka's Pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha's birth which also has the oldest inscription in Nepal. There are many Buddhist Temples founded by the devotees from different countries: Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, etc. Overnight at Lumbini.
            Included meals: B

              We are nearing the end of our Buddhist Cultural Tour. We head back toward Kathmandu today - about 300 kilometers journey into the winding mountain road. The journey would take for about 6-7 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.
              Included meals: B

                Your Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal concludes today. We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you will be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Scenic Nepal Treks will transfer you to the Airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
                Included meals: B

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                  What’s Included

                  Included

                  • Welcome and farewell dinner
                  • All round Private Transport 
                  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 1 nights hotel in Pokhara and 2 nights Lumbini (All on B.B basis)
                  • An experienced English-speaking tour guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
                  • City map
                  • Heritage sites entrance fees
                  • All government and local taxes

                  Excluded

                  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
                  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                  • Excess baggage charges
                  • All meals except breakfast
                  • Extra night accommodation if needed
                  • Travel and rescue insurance
                  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet,  laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water etc.)
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