Nepal is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and religious diverse nation with all the religions being practiced since ancient times here. Though Nepal is popular for the Hindu cultural heritage sites, Nepal is equally popular for the Buddhist pilgrimage sites as well. We Nepalese are rich in customs, traditions and the heritage sites. Kathmandu city itself has numerous Buddhist pilgrimage sites such as the monkey temple SwoyambhuNath, the famous Boudhanath Stupa etc. there are plenty of Stupas, Gompas found especially in the lap of the hills surrounding the valley.
Not only Kathmandu, the most important destination for Buddhist pilgrimage and heritage sites is the most famous Lumbini. The birthplace of Lord Buddha comprises of a large area surrounded by walls which is the ancient palace of Gautam Buddha. There are many stupas and monasteries built by various countries in the name of Lord Buddha. From the exact spot of the birth of Lord Buddha to the pillars, the palace, the museums, every part of Lumbini is beautiful and the stupas full of arts and architecture.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour thus offers you the most beautiful Buddhist heritage sites of Nepal. This trips focuses on those probing and wanting to learn more about Buddhism. Therefore, come be a part of Odea Services to experience the beautiful culture traditions and heritage sites of Buddhists with this tour.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Our airport representative will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transfer to your hotel. Depending upon the time of your arrival, pre-trip meeting will be hosted either on the first day or the first hour of the second day. During the evening, you will be taken for a traditional Nepali welcome dinner with cultural performances.Overnight at a Hotel. Welcome dinner included.
Day 2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu. Drive to Namobuddha.
After your morning breakfast, you will be received by your guide for the sightseeing at Kathmandu. The sites you will be taken for are:
SwoyambhuNath Stupa: Located on the top of the hill, Swoyambhunath Stupa is a Buddhist holy site also known as the monkey temple. The dome shaped Stupa with eyes on all four sides is absolutely beautiful. The view of the whole Kathmandu valley from the top of the stupa is breath taking.
Boudhanath Stupa: Situated to the north eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, this is another holy place for the Buddhists. The dome, mandala, pinnacle, the umbrella and the whole Stupa itself is a true work of art and beauty. Recently renovated Stupa post-earthquake gives the serenity in the crowded city.
In the afternoon we take a 45 minutes’ drive to Namobuddha, situated atop a hill near the old town of Dhulikhel. This place is celebrated as the meditation site of Nama Buddha, a Buddha incarnate of ancient times. There is also a legend that the incarnate offered a starving tigress about to devour a helpless child his own limbs so that both the tigress and the child might be saved.
Overnight at Namobuddha.Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 3: Drive from Namobuddha to Patan. Sightseeing at Patan. Drive Back to Kathmandu.
After the morning breakfast, we take a drive to Patan, the place famous for its arts and crafts. In the heart of Patan and the Patan marketplace, Patan Durbar Square is filled with ancient palaces, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, bas relief and engravings, and bronze carvings.The famous sites to visit here are Hiranya Varna Mahavihar,a beautiful monastery and Mahabouddha. After the sightseeing we drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at Kathmandu. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 04 – Drive/Fly to Lumbini
From Kathmandu to Lumbini, it takes around 8 hours by drive whereas a 135 minutes scenic flight can be taken to Bhairawa and then drive for about half an hour to reach the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
If taken a flight, we can spend time exploring the holy and beautiful pilgrimages located at Lumbini. There are numerous buildings of religious significance which includes the Maya Devi Temple, shrine denoting the exact place where Lord Buddha was born. The Ashoka Pillar, World Peace Pagoda, Cambodian Monastery, Royal Thai Buddhist Monastery, Myanmar Golden Temple, LumbiniMueseum and many others are the major highlights here at Lumbini.
Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 5: Lumbini - Tilaurakot - Lumbini.
After having breakfast we take an excursion to Tilaurakot (27 km or 17 miles) to the west, the ancient capital of Kapilavastu, the kingdom of the Shakya dynasty in which family Lord Buddha was born. The remains of the palace is found here which clearly shows the gate through which Lord Buddha walked out of his palace renouncing all worldly possessions in the quest for Nirvana. We return to Lumbini/Bhairahawa after the full-day excursion and spend the night hotel in Lumbini.
Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu:Optional flight
After breakfast, we start our 178.38 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. The best way to enjoy the sceneries and the view of the country side is by choosing the left pane of the vehicle. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the time at Kathmandu can be used and utilized to stroll around the Thamel area, buy gifts, souvenirs etc. the evening can be spent leisurely and have the best dinner at the evening.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 07: Transfer to the International Airport for departure
This is your last day in Kathmandu. After breakfast, you will be fetched upon by our guide; 3 hours prior to your flight time and drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.Breakfast Included.