The Biggest Stupa of the world

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Birthplace of Buddha

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour    

7 Days   USD $1225    Kathmandu    Kathmandu  
Accomodation : Included
Duration : 7  Days
Grading : Easy
Activity : City tour, Sightseeing, Excursion
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu-NamoBudha-Lumbini-Kathmandu
Best Season : all year round

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.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

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

Itinerary

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 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 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 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

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 days
US$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.  

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