Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

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Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Meal

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel
  • Eco-lodge

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive

Price From

USD 1225

Reduced from 1595

USD 1225

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

7 Days 6 Nights

Overview

Nepal is the soil where Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born and lived until following the path of enlightenment. It is also the realm of several holy and important Buddhist sites. If we connect each of the places in a tour, it becomes a Nepalese Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour.

Of all the Buddhist pilgrimage tours globally, the one you get to do in Nepal is the ultimate one. From the exact birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini, to the monkey temple, Swyambhunath Temple, this pilgrimage tour goes to all of the must-visit Buddhist sites in Nepal.

Firstly, this tour will go around the pilgrimage sites in and around Kathmandu, a city full of religious heritages. So the trip will start with visits to Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, the two famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. Then, the tour will head a little away from the valley through the beautiful countryside to Pharping, a village with several Buddhist monasteries to explore.

Next, Kapan Monastery and Namo Buddha, the two big monastery sites on the outskirts of Kathmandu, will be covered on the tour. Both of the places are unparalleled for meditation and spiritual exposure. 

The tour does not finish yet; it will take us to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and the premier pilgrimage site for any Buddhist follower. After thorough exploration, this trip will reach Tilaurakot, where Buddha spent his first 29 years. So this is how the seven days long Buddhist Pilgrimage Trip will be carried out by us. 

Undoubtedly, a pilgrim will find the desired enlightenment, holiness, peace, and divinity through this Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour by the end of the tour. In the long run, Peace is the ultimate requirement of every human; this tour takes us one step towards calmness and tranquility.

Highlights

  • Walk on the path of enlightenment and spirituality shaped by the Buddhist pioneers.
  • Explore the monkey Temple-Swaymbhunath and Boudhanath, the two UNESCO-listed Buddhist Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Take a scenic drive to Pharping and explore the monasteries and gompas of the town.
  • Pay visits to Kopan Monastery and Namo Buddha and connect to yourself via meditation and praying.
  • Reach out and explore the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini.
  • Visit Tilaurakot to find out the remains of Buddha’s pre-enlightenment castle.

Outline Itinerary

Day 3: Excursion around Kapan Monastery and Namo Buddha

Day 2: Visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Pharping

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 4: Fly to Lumbini and Explore

Day 5: Visit Maya Devi Temple and Tilaurakot

Day 6: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 7: Departure

Itinerary

Day 3: Excursion around Kapan Monastery and Namo Buddha

Like the other day, we will start to explore the major Buddhist Pilgrimage sites near Kathmandu. Right after breakfast, we will drive towards Kapan Monastery, the monastery famous for Buddhism teachings and guided meditation. Along with exploration, we will have beautiful views of hills and the surrounding area.Following, we will drive towards our next destination for the day, Namo Buddha, which houses Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery atop a hill. It will take us one and half hours to get there. Upon reaching the place, we will perform prayers in this most important site and breathtaking views of hills and mountains. In the evening, after having a full exploration, we will retrace back to Dhulikhel for the night.

Day 2: Visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Pharping

After breakfast brunch, we will set out on the busy roads of Kathmandu. Firstly, we will reach Swayambhunath Temple, the Buddhist temple perched on a hillock right by the hustle and bustle of the city. We will explore this most sacred area before moving towards Boudhanath. Like Swayambhunath, we will have prayers and sightseeing at Boudhanath, the other most holy stupa in Nepal. Following the visits to these two sites, we will attend a drive of 45 minutes towards Pharping, the beautiful town in the outskirts of the valley with several important monasteries and meditation centers. We will visit Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery, Palyul Samten Osel Ling, and Thegchen Leksheyling Retreat Centre in Pharphing before getting back to Kathmandu for the night’s sleep.     

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

With the blessings of Buddha, you will safely land at Kathmandu Airport. We will be there at the airport to pick you up with a warm welcome. Then we will head towards your hotel via vehicle for check-in, followed by rest and refreshment. Once you feel comfortable, we will have evening sightseeing around the city. The night’s rest back in the hotel.  

Day 4: Fly to Lumbini and Explore

On this day, we will return to Kathmandu to fly to Lumbini. After we land at Bhairahawa’s airport, we will join a cab to reach our hotel in Lumbini. Later in the evening, we will perform a tour around Lumbini Museum, Theravada Monastic Zone, and several other places. Overnight back in the hotel.

Day 5: Visit Maya Devi Temple and Tilaurakot

It will be the most happening day of the entire Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. Firstly, we will spend a peaceful and insightful time around Maya Devi Temple. The temple named after the mother of Buddha, Maya Devi, is the central temple of the Lumbini Pilgrimage area. We will also find a sacred pool, a sacred garden, and Ashoka Pillar by the temple.Moreover, we will move to other monasteries and stupas made by various countries. Right after that, we will drive towards Tilaurakot, the place where Buddha spent his early 29 years. We will get to see the remains of the ancient palace and other ruins. The time around this site will take us back in time. Following the spiritual time, we will return to the hotel in Lumbini for the night.

Day 6: Fly back to Kathmandu

With so much to recall, we will leave Bhairawa and Lumbini for Kathmandu via a flight. It will take 45 minutes to reach back in the hustles of Kathmandu. Later, we will have some sightseeing around Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu’s hotel. 

Day 7: Departure

On the 7th day of the tour, we will leave you at the airport for your home flight. And this will bring an end to the trip.

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FAQ's

Where is Nepal situated?
Nepal is a landlocked nation located in South Asia between India and China. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the place where the lone International airport of the country lies. 
Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Yes, a visa is necessary to visit Nepal for all tourists except Indian nationals. You can get a visa from the Nepalese Embassy in your country or an on-arrival visa from Kathmandu(TIA) Airport. For that, you will need a valid passport, some passport-sized photos, and a visa fee.
How much is a Nepalese Visa fee?
The up-to-date visa fees(as of 6/4/2021) for a Nepalese visa is:US$30 for 15 daysUS$50 for 30 daysUS$125 for 90 days.
Which time is best for a Nepal tour?
The best times to visit Nepal are September to November and March to May. If you are not doing any high-altitude tours, you can visit Nepal all year round, including Monsoon and Winter.
Is Nepal a safe country to travel to?
Yes, Nepal is one of the peaceful countries in entire Asia. The people who believe tourists as their god are so welcoming and friendly. 
What is Nepal best known for?
Nepal is known for multiple reasons. The country is geographically, culturally, architecturally, and religiously a gifted one. It is the birthplace of Buddha, home of Mt Everest and eight other world’s highest peaks, the world’s best trekking trails, the land of brave Gurkhas, and more. Therefore, multiple reasons make Nepal popular across the globe.  

Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Felix

Felix

I had an amazing experience with Sabbatical Explore Nepal when I visited Nepal during my Gap year 2018. Our guide and driver were so experienced and helpful. I remember seeing many animals like tigers, deers, rhinos during Jungle Safari in Chitwan. I even went to the Elephant Breeding Centre and that was amazing. In Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha I visited Maya Devi Temple and other monasteries. I was mesmerized by the architectural designs of the Temples and Monasteries built by different countries. I was a little sad that I couldn't visit other amazing places but the 6 days I spent in Nepal were very meaningful and memorable. I am looking forward to my next trip to Nepal.

Leah

Leah

We had a wonderful time on our gap year in Nepal. The Total 48 days in Nepal on our career break trip was meaningful and memorable. Kathmandu city is amazing and vibrant with different cultures of Temples, Stupas and also Mosque. Monkey Temple, Pashupati Crematory Kathmandu Durbar square, Bauddha Nath very famous historical-cultural-heritage sites in Kathmandu. We have visit less-visited local places in Kathmandu and lived with a local family in Bhaktapur for two weeks. Bhaktapur is a completely deep traditional and diverse city on the basis of culture and language. JWAJULAPA PASA :P)

After Bhaktapur, we went to trekking to Kalo and Seto kunda.  It was major with two holy lakes  of Nepal which helps to shows the Himalayan beauty of Ganesh Himal. The one who offers for trekking in Kalo and Seto Kunda got a great opportunity to learn and experience typical Tamang and Gurung culture.

 The trek of Kalo and Seto Kunda was with the guide and he had arranged of vehicles from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi which takes 8 to 9 hours to reach Syabrubeshi. Syabrubeshi is taken as the gateway to Langtang valley which is situated at the confluence of Bhotekosi River and Langtang Khola. i and my friend will defenately visit again to Kathmandu and we are sure for Social Tourism & Sabbatical Explore Nepal are the best career break trip planner in Nepal.
 

Sarah Green

Sarah Green

Sabbatical Explore Nepal's team planned this excursion, which went excellent and was exceptionally well planned. We had the best guide on this trip who was friendly, humorous, and professional. He made us feel easy throughout the excursion.  He was always there to explain the new things of the journey from the unique hanging bridges to the rapid Dudh Koshi River. The entire team for the journey was great. I can say the trip to Everest Base Camp is a trip for my lifetime. Thanks a lot to the entire team of Sabbatical! 

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