Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal

Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal

Nepal is a land of multi-religious, multi ethnic, multi-cultural and can taste the real harmony between all religions including Buddhism. From the beginning of history, Hinduism and Buddhism took a big place in Nepal and can find a chance to trace back to the life of the founder of Buddhism in Lumbini, which is believed to be a birthplace of Buddha. The remains of the stupa, monasteries as well as the important archaeological sites make Limbini this sacred pilgrimage site among Buddhists from around the world. Visiting here, you will absorb a relaxing atmosphere of tranquility of around the world. Destinations and the life of the Buddha, His birthplace, place of His enlightenment and His teachings. The great Ashoka pillar, sacred pond, Temple of lords, Maya Devi temple and the remains of  an old monastery in Lumbini can fascinate you completely. This tour is completely designed to highlight the major Buddhist heritage sites of Nepal as well as Buddhism. The tour offers an opportunity to get to know the detail of Buddhism and its culture.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Upon Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport
  • Day 2 : Visit Boudhanath, Some Monasteries at Boudha & Kapan Monastery
  • Day 3 : Visit Swoyambhunath & Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 4 : Pokhara: World Peace Pagoda, Malepatan Gumba, Hyangja Tibetan Refugee Camp
  • Day 5 : Drive to Lumbini
  • Day 6 : Excursion around Lumbini
  • Day 7 : Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 8 : Fly Home

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Upon Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport
    Our representative will greet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to a hotel we reserved for you. When you have had time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited for a visit to our office. In the evening we will offer you a welcome dinner at our own restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2 : Visit Boudhanath, Some Monasteries at Boudha & Kapan Monastery
    Today we pay our visit to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and an important Buddhist pilgrimage. The unique octagonal Mandala design with hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around the huge structure. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries, the also being known as the 'Little Tibet'. The Kapan Monastery at Kapan Hill, a few kilometers higher north from Boudhanath is also known as Nepal Bouddhist Mahayan Centre. Kapan Monastery follows Gelug tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. There is also a nunnery nearby the main monastery, known as the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to about 400 nuns. Overnight at Kathmandu.
  • Day 3 : Visit Swoyambhunath & Drive to Pokhara
    We drive to Swoyambhu Stupa in the morning, which is one of the oldest Buddhist monuments in the world with more than 2000 years of history and also a major Buddhist pilgrimmage. According to legend, the civilization of Kathmandu Vallley itself begins with Swoyambhu, which literally means "the self-existent." It is said that Bodhisattva Manjusri came across a beautiful lake while traveling and saw a lotus, with thousand golden petals, diamonds pistils, ruby anthers, and lapis lazuli stalk. The legend also says that the lotus seed was planted on a full moon night by Bipaswi Buddha himself. In the course of time, Santikarcarya, the king who turned into a Bhikchu or a monk, raised the first stupa on the holy site. After visiting Swayambhunath, we make a 6-hour drive to Pokhara in the afternoon to pay our visit to some Buddhist sites there. Overnight at Pokhara.
  • Day 4 : Pokhara: World Peace Pagoda, Malepatan Gumba, Hyangja Tibetan Refugee Camp
    Today we visit some Buddhist landmarks in Pokhara and also enjoy the nature's majesty. The massive Buddhist stupa of World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohji organisation on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal. Besides being a cultural monument, the site is also famous for the panoramic view it offers of the Pokhara Valley. We cross the Phewa Lake on a boat and then hike to the Stupa. Then we will visit the Malepatan Gomba or monastery at Malepatan. Then we make another hike to Hyangja, the site for Tibetan refugee camp who fled Tibet after the Cultural Revolution in China. You may try the Tibetan variety of foods, bargain for curios, and at the same time acquaint yourself with the Tibetan culture. There is the Tashi Palkhiel monastery in the tradition of Karma Kagyu tradition. Overnight at Pokhara.
  • Day 5 : Drive to Lumbini
    We drive to Lumbini today - about 290 kilometers south-west from Pokhara which takes for about 6-7 hours. We bid goodbye to the Himalayas in Pokhara, and head toward a more flat lands of Nepal's Terai. Generally, the weather gets hot and humid in the plains except in the winter. Perhaps, Lumbini is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site - the place where Buddha was born. In case we reach Lumbini around the sunset time, we can stroll in the local market to have a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Overnight at Lumbini.
  • Day 6 : Excursion around Lumbini
    Today is the main day to explore the real life of Buddha and his path’s of Silence. The whole day we will observe Lumbini. Overnight at hotel. Lumbini: In the world there isn't anything more revered pilgrimage site for Buddhist than Lumbnin, the birth place of Shkaya Muni Buddha. Buddha was born in Lumbini in 623 BC for centuries; pilgrims traveling from afar revered the spot in the Lumbini garden where Gautam Budhha was born, building stupas, monasteries and the other types of monuments. The most notable and important is the stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka Maurya in the 3rd century B.C., which Devi gave birth to the blessed one. Today, the site is being developed as a major international pilgrimage destination with the assistance of nations with Buddhist populations. Lumbini has been listed in the UNSECO world heritage sites.
  • Day 7 : Drive back to Kathmandu
    We are nearing the end of our Buddhist Cultural Tour. We head back toward Kathmandu today - about 300 kilometers journey into the winding mountain road. The journey would take for about 6-7 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Seto Himal Excursion's staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu.
  • Day 8 : Fly Home
    Your Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal concludes today. We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you will be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Seto Himal Excursion will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Includes/Excludes

  • Includes
    • Airport, Hotel picks up and drops by private vehicle.
    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.
    • Tourist Standard Twin-Sharing Basis with Breakfast.
    • Guided tour of the city in Private vehicle mentioned on the itinerary.
    • All entrance fees and permit as well as local government tax or charges.
    • Seto Himal Excursion’s licensed English-speaking guide.
    • The required number of ground staff during the tour like Driver, Helpers etc.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
    • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
    • First Aid kits.
    • Map.
  • Excludes
    • Travel Insurance
    • Nepal entry Tourist Visa fee.
    • International Airfare.
    • Airport taxes as well as extra baggage charges.
    • Personal stuff such as electronic device, phone call, internet charges, essential drugs, telephone and its charge etc.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water and hot shower, cold drinks.
    • Laundries.
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • In case of further stay due to Natural calamities or disaster such as political unrest, landslides, cancellation of flight due to weather, strikes, accident etc.

Map of Trip

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size: Min 1 Pax
  • Duration: 8 Day(s)
  • Max. Altitude: 1400 meter
  • Grade :
  • Rating: Best
  • Region: Nepal Tour
  • Activity:Sightseeing, Buddhist Cultural Tour, Photography
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