Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
Trip duration: 08 Days
Start and End: Kathmandu
Grade: Easy Grade
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour takes you to the various sites of Buddha and Buddhism followers in Nepal. This Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal is made to provide you the best opportunity to get to know the places and details about Buddhism and its cultural practices.
Buddhism preaches the path of practice and spiritual development, thus, leading an insight into the truth of life. Buddhism is a set of principles or philosophy based on the teachings of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.He was born in Lumbini, Nepal.
This Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal is more than just sightseeing tour. You will be learning the Buddhist meditation, culture and the peaceful life of non-violence living. Nepal is the best place for Buddhist pilgrimage tour throughout the world. Nepal is the holy country where Lord Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini district. The recitation of the esoteric mantra "Om Mani Padme" and the spinning of prayer wheels are examples of meditative practice observed by the common folk.
In Kathmandu valley we have 2000 years old impressive Stupa of Swoyambhu Nath and world's biggest Stupa at Boudha Nath. Buddhist pilgrimage tour goes to Lumbini which is the greatest pilgrimage site for all the Buddhists from all over the world. There is the birth place of Buddha and his Mother Maya Devi temple. The place is very sacred and beholds peace and calmness. Ashoka pillar built by the ancient Indian Emperor Ashoka, several Stupas by the countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar etc. are other important sites in Nepal.
Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. After having time to settle and freshen up you will be called to visit our office. During this visit you will be briefly described about our program and meet with the guide. Also all the requirements for the trekking will be prepared and managed.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
After having the breakfast today we will visit famous and world recognized Swoyambhu Nath Stupa and Buddha Stupa. Initially we will go to Swoyambhu. Here we will be amazed to see such calmness and peace will lots of statues and Gompas and Stupas. Mani walls all the way round and prayers cloths will guide your path. We will also visit Halchowk Gompa and the newly constructed White Gompa at the next hill. From here we return to Boudha where the biggest Stupa of white pagoda style is. Both these places are UNESCO renowned heritages. At evening around Thamel area we can watch lots of small Gompas and the belongings of Buddhists traditions and religion.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Namo Buddha
At the early morning we will take a drive of around 5-6 hr. to Namo Buddha via Dhulikhel and Kavre. Namo Buddha is another sacred place where you be blessed to watch such peace and incredible Buddha Stupa, commemorated by an ancient stone slab and with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. After having the lunch we take a private vehicle back to Kathmandu. By the evening you'll reach the hotel.
Day 4: Kathmandu to Lumbini
A morning flight of Kathmandu to Bhairahawa brings you to the beautiful city of Lumbini. After having some rest and breakfast in hotel we will set for the exploration of Buddhist religion initiation place. This is the place where the starter of Buddhist religion Gautam Buddha was born. It is religion that would preach peace, Tolerance and Harmony as cornerstones of one's life long before there words became fashionable. We will have sightseeing in the garden around the place. We will visit many monasteries and Gompas here. After short working we will return for the next day trail.
Day 5: Visit Maya Devi Mandir
We will visit Maya Devi Mandir which is the built on the site near the birth place of Buddha. Maya Devi is the holy mother of Buddha. It is very much refreshing to visit this temple with the splendid Lake in front of it. Continue visiting the various other monasteries and see the subtle differences in the way that various communities Practice this great religion.
Day 6: Today we will visit other sites related to Buddhist religion. We will also visit many Gompas and remembering built by different countries like Bhutan, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand etc. these places are incredible to watch as it describes the life story of Buddha in the form of statues and paintings. Also today we will visit Tilaurakot, Niglihawa and Pipilihawa.
Day 7: Lumbini to Kathmandu
(If you have time from here we can join Muktinath pilgrimage with a flight to Pokhara. Muktinath is another important religious site for both Buddhist and Hindus.)
We will take a flight or drive back to Kathmandu valley today. Overnight at hotel
Day 8: Final departure
Transfer to airport for final departure or join other activities in Nepal
- All airport/hotel transfers
- All hotel accommodation as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Bhairahawa – Kathmandu)
- An experienced English-speaking tour guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work and permits
- Sightseeing and monuments entry fee
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu or Pokhara (Main city)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters