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Buddhist tour in Nepal

Buddhist tour in Nepal

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini/Chitwan

  • 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 Culture & Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is an immersive journey that delves into the spiritual heart of this enchanting country. Lasting for 13 days, this meticulously crafted expedition offers participants a profound exploration of Nepal's rich Buddhist heritage, inviting them to embrace the serenity and wisdom embedded in its ancient traditions.

Throughout this transformative pilgrimage, travelers embark on a guided odyssey to renowned Buddhist sites, monasteries, and sacred temples dispersed across the picturesque landscapes of Nepal. Each day is dedicated to unveiling the spiritual significance and historical resonance of these revered locations, providing a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, rituals, and practices.

Buddhist Culture & Pilgrimage Tour Trip Highlights:

  • Guided sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Discover Lakeside Pokhara
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise from Sarangkot
  • Explore the sacred birthplace of Buddha at Lumbini
  • Discover the diverse wildlife and natural beauty of Chitwan National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn about the cultural significance of Buddhism in Nepal

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing – Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunathn, Pharping
Day 03: Sightseeing –Boudhanath & visit
Day 04: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Day 05: In Pokhara- World Peace Pagoda, Matepani Gumba, Tibetan Refugee Camp
Day 06: After breakfast, drive to Lumbini via Tansen
Day 07: In Lumbini – sightseeing
Day 08: In Lumbini – Day tour to Kapilavastu
Day 09: Drive to Chitwan from Pokhara
Day 10: In Chitwan – Jungle activities
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 12: Day trip to Namobuddha & back to Kathmandu
Day 13: 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

Early in the morning drive to Chitwan from Pokhara. The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan takes approximately 4-5 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. Enjoy the scenic drive through picturesque landscapes as you make your way to the lowlands. Upon arrival in Chitwan, have a lunch and go for and enjoy cultural show in the evening. 

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Get ready for an exciting day of wildlife exploration as you embark on a jungle safari adventure in the stunning Chitwan National Park. Go for canoe ride and visit elephant breeding center then go for elephant back safari.

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival 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.
  • Accommodation in Chitwan on full-board/ twin share basis (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All jungle activities with professional nature guide as per the itinerary.
  • 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 the main highlights of the tour?
This tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Buddhist heritage and natural beauty. It includes visits to prominent Buddhist sites like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu, Pokhara's serene beauty, Lumbini (the birthplace of Lord Buddha), and wildlife experiences in Chitwan National Park.

2. What does the tour entail in Kathmandu in terms of Buddhist sites?
In Kathmandu, travelers can explore significant Buddhist sites like Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) offering panoramic views, Boudhanath Stupa, and also visit other historical and religious landmarks.

3. What experiences can travelers expect in Pokhara?
Pokhara offers stunning views of the Annapurna Range, serene lakes like Phewa Lake, and various activities such as boating, visiting the Peace Pagoda, and enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

4. What is the significance of Lumbini in Buddhism, and what does the tour offer in Lumbini?
Lumbini is revered as the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The tour to Lumbini includes visits to the Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, various monasteries, and archaeological sites related to Buddha's life.

5. What experiences can travelers have in Chitwan National Park?
Chitwan National Park offers wildlife experiences such as jungle safaris, elephant rides, bird watching, and opportunities to spot endangered species like Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinoceroses.

6. Are there opportunities for interactions with local Buddhist communities during this tour?
While the focus is primarily on visiting the Buddhist sites, travelers may have some interactions with local Buddhist monks and communities, gaining insights into their practices and traditions.

7. Is there any physical activity or trekking involved in this pilgrimage tour?
The tour is designed to accommodate various fitness levels. While there might be some walking involved during site visits, extensive trekking is usually not part of the itinerary.

8. What is the best time of year to embark on this Buddhist Culture & Pilgrimage Tour?
The best times to undertake this tour are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally favorable, offering pleasant temperatures for travel and exploration.

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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