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Buddhist Cultural Tours
8 Days

  Accomodation : Hotel
 Duration : 8  Days
 Grading : Moderate
 Max Altitude : 1350
 Starts at : kathmandu
 End at : Kathmandu
 Best Season : Oct-Nov-Dec-Mar-Apr-May

Overview

Nepal is a retreat center for every spiritual practice. Surrounded by the Tibetan land from the Northeast & Southeast, the country is a safe land for Buddhism practice for more than centuries. With hundreds of monasteries, meditation caves, and stupas, Buddhism is the second most followed religion in the northern region.
 
Nepal is the most preferred destination for Buddhist cultural tour. It is said that the master of Buddhism guru Tilopa, Milarepa, Padmasambha, and Naropa followed the meditation cycle in various pristine religious sites.
 
Followingly, the country was blessed with the birth of prince Siddharth (Gautam Buddha), who later to receive further spiritual attainment went to Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India. The religion though has less followers during the Rana rule, saw an inclining interest on the Shah regime. Presently, there are three popular Buddhist schools; Theravada Buddhism, Newar Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism.
 
Though the Buddhism was introduced after the birth of Gautam Buddha, it started to flourish during the Pre-Lichhavi period, after Emperor Ashoka constructed the Ashoka pillar in Lumbini, along with the other four stupas in Patan. Swayambhunath, Bauddhanath and another Chaitanya’s were also identified in the same era.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Lumbini:World Peace Pagoda, Shanti Gumba, Ashoka Pillar, Eternal Peace Flame, Myanmar Golden Temple, Puskar Pond, Bodhi tree and Lumbini Crane Sanctuary.
  • Pokhara: Trip to White Peace Stupa, boating in Fewa Lake, Hiking to White Peace Stupa, Walk to Tibetan Refugee Camp in Hemja.
  • Kathmandu: Visit Bauddhanath, Swayambunath, White Gumba, KopanMonastry, Namo Buddha

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal


Our tour representative shall meet and greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). After settling, private transfer shall be made to your respective hotels. After refreshment, you can explore the nearby streets of your hotel. Later in the evening a special Nepalese ice-breaking dinner is organized, where you shall be briefed about the next day schedule. You shall also be introduced to your team leader, and the rest of team members.

Day 2: : Kathmandu Sightseeing tour


After feasting breakfast, you shall be taken for a whole day Buddhist cultural tour to the various popular UNESCO listed sites.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Peacefully located at the little hill lock, the stupa is famous as “The Monkey Temple”. Just 3km west from Kathmandu valley, the stupa not only release the glorious view of the city but also spiritual faith and harmony. The stupa is oldest and is believed to be created on 460 A.D, out of a lotus flower bloomed in the center of lake. In Swayambhu you can see a sleeping Buddha, gold plated thunder bolt set, the Dewa dharma monastery, and a small Buddhist museum.
Bauddhanath Stupa: Built in 600 A.D. by a king as a reparation for killing his own father, the stupa stands tall in between the busy streets of Kathmandu. The stupa holds three symbolic reminders representing plinth as the earth, dome as the water, square tower as fire and spire as air. The 13 layer of spire denotes the stages of human beings that needs to be crossed for getting nirvana.
Kopan Monastery/ Gumba: Tibetan monastery just at the outskirts of Kathmandu, is an international network of Gelugpa Dharma Centers. The gumba is the home for 360 monks, and lamas of every age groups from Tibet and Nepal. The place is guided by Zopa Rinpoche. One can stay, attend course and go around for walk.
SetoGumba: Druk Amitabh Mountain, known as SetoGumba, is situated at the Nagarjung Municipality. The gumba is influenced by Tibetan architecture and is surrounded by the picturesque topography. The place is beautifully constructed and is suitable for meditation and sightseeing.

Day 3: Off to Namo Buddha


Situated at the south-east, 40km away from Kathmandu, the stupa is built from the hair strands and bones of prince Mahasattva. Approximately 5 hours drive from the valley, you will reach the beautiful pure place.ThranguTashi Yangtse Monastery is the old legend built 6000 years ago. The monastery is the home for more than 280 monks and is suitable for learning Buddhism and meditation. After Namo buddha, we shall return to Kathmandu and plan for the next day.

Day 4: Drive to Pokhara City


After early morning breakfast, we shall move towards Pokhara. Five hours drive is sure to exhaust you, therefore upon reaching the place, you can enjoy the remaining time exploring the city, or shopping.

Day 5: Visit Monasteries and Buddhist Gompas


Beside natural and scenic beauty you shall also enjoy your cultural trip. Firstly, we shall head to World Peace Stupa, which is constructed right above the Fewa lake, by the group of Japanese organization. We shall add more enjoyment to the trip by including a quick boat ride to the banks of Fewa lake and an hour hiking to the stupa. From the stupa you can learn about the conserved history of the pilgrimage and take advantage of the white Himalayan exquisiteness. From there we shall move towards Malepatan monastery, with another hike to Tibetan refugee camp.

Day 6: Drive to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha


Lumbini lies in the low land of Terai region. After breakfast in Pokhara we shall head for another sparkling cultural destination.After 5-6 hours of driving to Lumbini, you are given a free time to be your own explorer. On dinner, the next day schedule shall be dictated.

Day 7: Lumbini Exploration Day


Most popular and historical places of Buddhist religion shall be visited on this day. The place is dotted by several archeological sites related to Gautam Buddha. There are nearly 60 excavation sites, which has their own set of stories.
World Peace Pagoda: Just before the entrance of Lumbini monasteries, the pagoda is easily accessible via bicycle. Constructed under the aid of Japanese Buddhists, the golden statute demonstrates the birth period of Buddha.
Mayadevi temple: The temple marks the spot where Lord Buddha was born. Adjacent to the temple is the scared garden and pool.
Cambodian Monastery: A strong influence of famous Cambodian temple Angora Wat can be closely monitored. The construction of the temple was completed in 2018 and shines tall inside the premises of Lumbini.
Ashoka Pillar: Built by the Indian Emperor King Ashoka, the pillar is stand right next to Maya Devi temple. King Ashoka had built many such kind of pillars and till date only 19 remains. The one found in Nepal is built from Pink sandstone and is 6 meters tall.
Myanmar Golden Temple: The temple has three prayer halls and is the oldest one inside the compound. The roof of the temple tower is corncob shaped.
Royal Thai Buddhist Monastery: A Thai style monastery built from beaming white marble with blue roof meditation center. Truly a majestic building in the monastic zone.
Korean Buddhist Temple: Built by the South Korean government, the temple has a magnificent interior and intricate ceiling.
Zhong Hua Chinese Buddhist Monastery: Elegant monastery and impressive structure can be reached through depicts the exact appearance of the Small Forbidden City. The monastery is pagoda shaped and is a perfect oasis for tranquility.
Mahavihara Temple: The beautiful temple demonstrating Newari culture with a central courtyard.
Puskar Pond: The pond lies in the south direction of Mayadevi temple, where the queen before giving birth to Lord Buddha had taken a holy bath.

Day 8: Bidding farewell to Lumbini


After quick breakfast, we shall head back to Kathmandu valley. After 6-7 hours of travelling, you shall be transferred to your hotel. Upon reaching a farewell dinner party is organized where you can enjoy moments with your group members and share us your feedbacks

Inclusions

  • Three-star hotel accommodation in Nagarkot-Bandipur-Lumbini on twin sharing basis
  • Full on-board meal (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) from arrival and departure in Kathmandu.
  • Private transfers upon arrival and departure to international airport.
  • Private transfers upon arrival and departure to international airport.
  • Safe private surface transfers in Kathmandu/Pokhara /Lumbini
  • Fees of all sight-seeing tours (monasteries/stupas) as mentioned in the itineraries
  • A professional English or any required language speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • All government taxes (VAT, Service charges) and official expenses.

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Flight tickets of to and fro from international destinations.
  • Personal expenses such as phone, bar, laundry bills
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Entry fees levied on the World Heritage Sites (UNESCO).
  • Tips to guides and travel leaders. (This is voluntary)
  • Yoga courses and meditation courses fee.

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  • Monday 30th of November -0001

    Thanks to Chintan's experience in promoting tourism in Nepal, we managed to organize an excellent visit to the main places in Nepal. After our arrival in Kathmandu, we planned together the various visits and transports for Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan. Thanks to their deep knowledge of the various places we have been able to understand throughout the package, the various experiences, such as paragliding and jungle safari, unique and absolutely to be done. I thank Chintan, Madan and the whole Himalayan Hero Adventures Company.

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