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Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal

Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle or Tourist Bus

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Namobuddha (1750m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal is a guided journey that takes participants on a spiritual and cultural exploration of significant Buddhist sites and traditions. This tour allows individuals to immerse themselves in the rich spiritual heritage of Buddhism, gaining a deeper understanding of its teachings and practices.

During the tour, participants visit major Buddhist pilgrimage sites, such as Lumbini (Lord Buddha’s birthplace), Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu, and many more. These destinations offer a unique opportunity to experience the ancient and sacred atmosphere surrounding Buddhism.

Buddhist Culture & Pilgrimage Tour offers an immersive and enlightening experience for individuals interested in Buddhism, spirituality, and cultural exploration. It provides a unique opportunity to connect with the teachings of Buddha, understand the diverse Buddhist traditions, and experience the rich cultural heritage of Buddhist communities.

Buddhist Culture & Pilgrimage Tour Trip Highlights:

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha
  • Explore Lumbini visiting many monasteries, stupas, shrines erected by Buddhist nations
  • Pokhara, the most beautiful lakeside city in Nepal
  • Buddhist monasteries, stupas & temples

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing – Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pharping
Day 03: Sightseeing –Boudhanath & visit Kapan Monastery
Day 04: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Day 05: In Pokhara- Matepani Gumba, Tibetan Refugee Camp
Day 06: Drive to Lumbini via Tansen
Day 07: In Lumbini – sightseeing
Day 08: In Lumbini - Day tour to Kapilavastu
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Day trip to Namobuddha & back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final departure

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Take this day to rest or explore the city on your own. 

Hotel

After breakfast visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historical complex is filled with ancient palaces, courtyards, temples, and intricate wood-carved architecture. After Kathmandu Durbar Square, head to Swayambhunath Stupa, which is a short drive away. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the serene ambiance of this sacred Buddhist site.

After lunch go for a scenic drive to Pharping, a spiritual town located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Pharping is known for its monasteries, caves, and religious significance. As the day comes to a close, return to Kathmandu. Take some time to rest and freshen up at your hotel. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Today visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most iconic and revered Buddhist stupas in Nepal. This massive mandala-shaped stupa is adorned with prayer flags and surrounded by monasteries, making it a significant center of Tibetan Buddhism. Then make your way to Kapan Monastery, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist monastery located near Boudhanath. The monastery offers breathtaking views of the city and the Himalayas. Visit the main prayer hall, meditation rooms, and the impressive stupa and learn more about Tibetan Buddhist practices and philosophy. Afterward back to hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Early in the morning after breakfast drive to Pokhara. The drive takes approximately 6-8 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. The route offers stunning views of the countryside, terraced fields, rivers, and, on clear days, distant views of the Himalayas. Arrive in Pokhara in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Take some time to relax and freshen up after the long drive.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Begin your day with a visit to the World Peace Pagoda, a stunning Buddhist stupa situated on a hilltop overlooking Pokhara and Phewa Lake. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city, the lake, and the surrounding mountains. After descending from the World Peace Pagoda, head to Matepani Gumba, a peaceful Tibetan monastery nestled in the hills near Pokhara. The monastery offers a serene environment for meditation and reflection. Then visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp in Pokhara, which is home to a community of Tibetan refugees who have preserved their culture and traditions.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Begin your journey by driving from Pokhara to Tansen, a charming hill town known for its picturesque views, cobbled streets, and Newari architecture. The drive will take you through scenic landscapes and winding roads. Upon reaching Tansen, visit places of interest such as Srinagar Hill, Amar Narayan Temple, and Shreenagar Hill for panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Resume your drive from Tansen to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. As you make your way through the countryside, you'll witness rural life and the changing scenery of Nepal. Arrive in Lumbini in the evening and check in to your hotel. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Start your day by visiting the Lumbini Garden Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the sacred garden where Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha, was born. Explore the Maya Devi Temple, the Marker Stone, and the ancient ruins that provide insight into the history of this revered site. Discover the sacred ponds of Lumbini, including the Puskarni Pond where Maya Devi is said to have bathed before giving birth. Explore various monasteries built by different countries, each reflecting their unique architectural styles and Buddhist traditions. Visit the Ashoka Pillar, an ancient stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark the birthplace of Buddha.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Kapilavastu, an important historical site associated with the early life of Siddhartha Gautama before he became Buddha. The drive from Lumbini to Kapilavastu takes you through the scenic countryside. Explore the Kapilavastu Archaeological Site, which is believed to be the ancient capital of the Shakya kingdom where Buddha spent his early years. Visit the ruins of the palace, stupas, and other structures that provide insights into the life and times of Buddha. After your Kapilavastu tour, return to Lumbini. Take some time to relax and unwind at your hotel. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Begin your journey back to Kathmandu from Chitwan. The drive takes approximately 5-6 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. Take in the scenic views as you leave the lowlands and head back to the Kathmandu Valley. Arrive in Kathmandu in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Take some time to rest and relax after the drive. 

Hotel
Breakfast Included

Start your day early by departing from Kathmandu for your day trip to Namobuddha. The drive to Namobuddha takes around 2-3 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. Enjoy the scenic route through picturesque countryside and rural villages. Upon reaching Namobuddha, visit the Namobuddha Monastery and Stupa, a sacred Buddhist site known for its historical and spiritual significance. Explore the monastery, observe the prayer rituals, and take in the peaceful surroundings. After exploring Namobuddha and having lunch, begin your journey back to Kathmandu. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Your memorable Buddhist Culture & Pilgrimage Tour comes to an end on this day. Our representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. Make sure to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight and you need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • All land transfers by a private vehicle.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Lumbini with breakfast on twin share basis.
  • Tour guide throughout the trip.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Lumbini Kathmandu flight fare.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental fees.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara or Lumbini.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Tips to guide or driver.

FAQ's

1. What are some major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal?
Some major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal include Lumbini, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Namo Buddha.

2. How long does a typical Buddhist culture and pilgrimage tour in Nepal last?
A typical Buddhist culture and pilgrimage tour in Nepal can last anywhere from 7 to 11 days,

3. Are there any specific rituals or customs followed during the tour?
Yes, during the tour, visitors may participate in prayer ceremonies, prostration rituals, and receive blessings from Buddhist monks, which are integral parts of the Buddhist culture and pilgrimage experience.

4. Can tourists learn about Buddhist philosophy and teachings during the tour?
Yes, tourists have the opportunity to learn about Buddhist philosophy, teachings, and meditation practices from experienced guides and during visits to monasteries and meditation centers.

5. Is it possible to combine a Buddhist culture and pilgrimage tour with other activities?
Absolutely! Many tourists combine their Buddhist culture and pilgrimage tour with trekking in the Himalayas, exploring ancient temples, or experiencing Nepal's diverse cultural heritage to enhance their overall travel experience.

Equipment

Packing for tour in Nepal will require some careful planning, as you'll be traveling through various landscapes and experiencing different activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing during summer
  • Warm jackets or sweater during winter
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to cover up during temple visits
  • Insulating layers for cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho (especially during the monsoon season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Flip-flops or sandals for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to use the hotel pools)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Socks and underwear

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, visa, and photocopies
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Money belt or hidden pouch for valuables
  • Power adapter and voltage converter (Nepal uses the Type C and Type D electrical plugs)

Health and Personal Items:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • First-aid kit with essentials like bandaids, antiseptic, pain relievers, and diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent (for Chitwan National Park)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth

Outdoor Gear 

  • Daypack or backpack for day trips
  • Water bottle with a purification system or purification tablets
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Ziplock bags (for organizing and protecting items)

Miscellaneous:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Books or travel guides
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Travel pillow and earplugs (for more comfortable rest during long bus rides)
  • Also, consider the season and specific activities you'll be doing in each location, as weather conditions can vary.
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