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Nepal has remained a spiritual and religious center for Buddhism and Hinduism since time immemorial. Lumbini where Lord Buddha was born is in Nepal. Today Lumbini has transformed itself into the center of peace. Nepal is also home to some of the most magnificent and biggest Buddhist Stupas in the world namely Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath. All of these places are now world heritage sites. Buddhist Pilgrimmage Tour takes you on a trip to the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. This is the only tour of its kind in the world and you can’t afford to miss.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Buddhist Sites in Kathmandu City.
Day 03: Day Sightseeing of Buddhist Sites in Patan City.
Day 04: Enjoy early mountain views in Namo Buddha.
Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes about 7 hours.
Day 06: Full day sightseeing of Buddhist Sites in Pokhara.
Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Lumbini that takes about 3 hours.
Day 08: Full day sightseeing in Lumbini
Day 09: Drive from Lumbini to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu for Shopping.
Day 11: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel. Tour briefing over Dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu..
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Buddhist Sites in Kathmandu City. Places to visit on this day include Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Kopan Monastery:
Located approximately 4 kilometers west of tourist-hub Thamel, this Buddhist Stupa, also popularly called ‘Monkey Temple’ is said to be over 2000 years old. The dome shaped white washed Stupa is composed of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. The all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha rest on all four sides of the conical base. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda and is the most important Buddhist site in Nepal. Enjoy the views of sprawling Kathmandu from the top of this world heritage site monument.
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest Buddhist stupas. Similar in structure to Swoyambhunath Stupa, it is highly revered by Buddhists in Nepal and Tibet. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests. Boudhnath Stupa is a world heritage site.
Kapan Monastery is one of the most popular Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu Valley, located about a few minutes drive north of Boudhanath Stupa. Set up in 1971 under the leadership of Zopa Rinpoche, the monastery today is a monastic school for 360 monks from Nepal and Tibet along with 380 nuns who live nearby Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery.The monastery continues to preserve the monastic ritual and ceremonies such as The 10 Days of Miracles, Saka Dawa, Chokar Duchen, and Lha Bab Duchen. The monastery is part of the FPMT network or Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Day Sightseeing of Buddhist Sites in Patan City. Places to visit on this day are Ashoka Stupa, The Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple:
Four Ashoka Stupas
Believed to have been erected by then Emperor Ashoka in 250 B.C., these four Ashoka stupas stand in the four corners of Patan city. It is regarded as the symbols of the Buddhist Wheel of Righteousness or Dharma-Chakra. These stupas have been shaped in the form of mounds which today are covered in grass. One of the stupa is white embellished with a monument on top.
The Golden Temple
Also known as Bhaskerdev Samskarita Hiranyabarna Mahavihara, the golden temple is a Buddhist monastery designed in pagoda style. This stupa is believed to have been built around 12th century and prominently houses the statue of Buddha. There are some truly exquisite wood carvings of deities, murals and prayer wheels. The monastery features a golden facade, four large gateways, a clock tower, and two lion sculptures.
The history of Mahaboudha temple goes back to 16th century when a pries named Abhaya Raj is believed to have laid the foundation. The temple is considered to have been erected to represent a similar temple in Bodhagaya, India. The temple is also named as the ‘Temple of the thousand Buddha’. The temple is made of bricks and terracotta tiles with figures of Buddha embossed on the surface.
Drive to Namo Buddha that takes about 1 hour. Stay overnight in a hotel in Namo Budha.
Namo Buddha is one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal visited by pilgrims and tourists alike. Namo Buddha literally means ‘hail to Buddha’.It is located 40 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1750m. It is believed that Shakyamuni Buddha during his previous life as a prince had sacrificed himself to feed a hungry tigress and her cub. Statues of the prince in the sacrificial act has been preserved in Namo Buddha. Today a monastery has been built nearby which houses hundreds of monks from Nepal and Tibet. Due to its altitude it overlooks the beautiful vista of the ancient town of Panauti and also affords a splendid views of mountains as well as the valley of Panauti
Day 04: Enjoy early mountain views in Namo Buddha. Drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes about 7 hours. Stay overnight a hotel in Pokhara.
Pokhara is the most scenic city in Nepal. It is the city of numerous lakes and is a gateway to the most famous Annapurna Trekking. Within 30 miles distance of the city lies world’s three highest mountains, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I. It is situated about 200 km west of the capital. There are numerous temples and gumbas in and around pokhara valley. Pokhara is also famous for such adventure activities as paragliding, rafting, rock climbing, canyoning, boating, fishing, golfing and cycling.
Day 06: Full day sightseeing of Buddhist Sites in Pokhara. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
World Peace Pagoda
The World Peace Pagoda rests on a ridge top on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. At a height of 1100m, the pagoda offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and the Phewa. The Pagoda is dedicated to Lord Buddha, whose statue has been erected facing in four directions. Also called Shanti Stupa, it was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk. The pagoda is 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. The four statues of Buddha were presented as a souvenirs from Japan, from Sri Lanka, from Thailand and from Nepal.
Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Lumbini that takes about 3 hours. Stay overnight in a hotel in Lumbini.
Day 08: Full day sightseeing in Lumbini
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha, the apostle of peace and the founder of the religion Buddhism. Today it is a World Heritage Site and remains a most pious pilgrimage site among Buddhists around the world. A trip to Lumbini is a spiritual journey to the place where Buddha spent 29 years of life before he embarked on a quest for peace. Inside Maya Devi Temple you will find the exact spot where Buddha was born. The famous sacred pool of 'Puskarani' infront of the temple is believed to be where queen Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to Buddha. Ashoka Pillar is another interesting site to visit. Other archeological sites of importance around Lumbini include Gotihawa, Tilaurakot, Kudan, Devdaha, Ramgram and Kapilvastu. You will also visit the international monasteries that have been built in Lumbini belonging to many countries including Japan, Germany, Thailand, China, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, France etc.
Day 09: Drive from Lumbini to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu for Shopping. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure.