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Buddhist Pilgrimage tour in Nepal

8 Days
5 - Excellent
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Welcome to the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal! Nepal is home to many ancient Buddhist sites and is considered a holy land for Buddhists around the world. This tour will take you on a spiritual journey to some of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, allowing you to experience the rich cultural heritage and religious traditions of the country.

Our journey begins in the capital city of Kathmandu, where we will visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. This magnificent stupa is one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and is believed to have been built over 2,000 years ago. From here, we will visit other important sites in the Kathmandu valley, including the Boudhanath Stupa and the Kopan Monastery.

We will then journey to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, where we will visit the Maya Devi Temple, the Ashoka Pillar, and other important Buddhist sites. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.

Our tour will also take us to other important Buddhist sites in Nepal, including the sacred town of Namobuddha, where the Buddha is said to have performed a great act of compassion, and the ancient city of Patan, where we will visit the Golden Temple, a beautiful and ornate Buddhist temple.

Throughout the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with Buddhist monks and nuns, learn about Buddhist teachings and practices, and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Nepal. Come join us on this spiritual journey of a lifetime!

Outline Itinerary of Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Buddhist sites tour around Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu – Namo Buddha – Kathmandu
Day 4: Drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini
Day 5: Sightseeing of Lumbini and Kapilavastu
Day 6: Drive back from Lumbini to Kathmandu
Day 7: Visit Pharping
Day 8: Final Departure

Trip info

Overview

The Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is an ideal way to explore the rich cultural heritage and religious traditions of Nepal. This tour takes you to some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country, including Kathmandu, Lumbini, and Pharping, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the profound influence of Buddhism on Nepalese society and culture.

The tour begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu, where you’ll explore the many ancient temples, shrines, and stupas that dot the city’s landscape. You’ll visit the iconic Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, which offers breathtaking views of the Kathmandu valley. You’ll also visit other important Buddhist sites such as Boudhanath Stupa, Namobuddha, and Kopan Monastery.

From Kathmandu, you’ll travel to the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, where you’ll visit the sacred Maya Devi Temple and other important Buddhist sites in the area. You’ll learn about the life and teachings of Buddha and witness the profound impact of his teachings on the local community.

Finally, you’ll visit Pharping, a small town on the outskirts of Kathmandu, which is home to many important Buddhist sites such as the Asura Cave, Yanglesho Cave, and the Vajrayogini Temple. Here, you’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of Buddhism and witness its continued influence on Nepalese society.

Overall, the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is an unforgettable journey that will take you through some of the most awe-inspiring and sacred places in the country, giving you a deep appreciation for the rich cultural heritage and religious traditions of Nepal.

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient temples, shrines, and stupas of Kathmandu, including the iconic Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Namo bhuddha, and Kopan Monastery.
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and witness the sacred Maya Devi Temple, along with other important Buddhist sites in the area.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism and its impact on Nepalese society and culture by visiting some of the most significant Buddhist sites in Nepal.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Nepal, from the Himalayan mountains to the lush green valleys and plains.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Nepal by visiting local markets, shops, and cafes, and interacting with the friendly and welcoming locals.
  • Get a glimpse into the daily life of monks and nuns in Nepal by visiting monasteries and nunneries and observing their daily routines.
  • Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body by participating in meditation and yoga sessions, which are an integral part of Buddhist practice in Nepal.
  • Overall, the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal offers a unique and unforgettable experience that combines spirituality, culture, and natural beauty, providing a profound insight into the rich cultural heritage and religious traditions of Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On your first day of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, our tour representative will greet you and assist you with your transfer to your hotel. You will check in at the hotel and have some time to relax and unwind after your journey. In the evening, you can venture out and explore the bustling streets of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and many historic landmarks, including temples, palaces, and shrines. You can stroll through the narrow streets and bazaars, sample some delicious local cuisine, or simply soak up the atmosphere of this fascinating city. Alternatively, you can spend the evening relaxing at your hotel, preparing for the exciting days ahead on your Buddhist pilgrimage tour.

Day 2:
Buddhist sites tour around Kathmandu

On day two of your Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you will begin your exploration of the rich cultural and religious heritage of Kathmandu. After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a tour of some of the most important Buddhist sites in the Kathmandu valley. Your first stop will be the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. This magnificent stupa is over 2,000 years old and is considered one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. The stupa is adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricate carvings, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding valley. From here, you will visit other important Buddhist sites in the area, including the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world, and the Kopan Monastery, a beautiful and serene retreat center. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history and significance of these sites and to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Buddhism in Nepal.

Day 3:
Kathmandu - Namo Buddha - Kathmandu

On day three of your Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you will travel from Kathmandu to Namo Buddha, a sacred town located about 40 kilometers east of the city. After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside, passing through small villages and lush green forests. Once you arrive in Namo Buddha, you will visit the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Nepal. The monastery is known for its stunning architecture, intricate wood carvings, and beautiful paintings. You will then explore the sacred site of Namo Buddha, where the Buddha is said to have performed a great act of compassion by offering his own flesh to a hungry tigress and her cubs. You will learn about the history and significance of Namo Buddha from your guide, and have time to soak up the serene and peaceful atmosphere of this sacred place. In the evening, you will return to Kathmandu, where you can relax and reflect on the day’s experiences.

Day 4:
Drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini

On day four of your Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you will depart from Kathmandu and begin your journey to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a long and scenic drive through the rugged terrain of Nepal. You will pass through small villages, rice paddies, and lush green forests, and have the opportunity to take in the stunning natural beauty of the country. Along the way, you will stop for lunch and refreshments, and your guide will provide you with information about the history and culture of the region. After several hours of driving, you will arrive in Lumbini, a small town in the southwestern region of Nepal. Lumbini is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, as it is believed to be the birthplace of the Buddha. You will check in to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free to relax and prepare for the next day’s exploration of this sacred site.

Day 5:
Sightseeing of Lumbini and Kapilavastu

On day five of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you’ll visit the sacred site of Lumbini, where the Buddha was born, including the Maya Devi Temple, the Ashoka Pillar, and the World Peace Pagoda, as well as several monasteries and temples built by different countries and Buddhist traditions. After enjoying a delicious lunch, you’ll head to the nearby town of Kapilavastu, where you’ll explore the ruins of ancient palaces, stupas, and other structures that date back to the Buddha’s time, and visit the Nigrodharama monastery. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the legends, history, and cultural significance of these sites.

Day 6:
Drive back from Lumbini to Kathmandu

On day six of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you’ll have breakfast at your hotel in Lumbini, then depart for Kathmandu by private vehicle. Enjoy the scenic drive back to the capital city.

Day 7:
Visit Pharping

On day seven of your Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the sacred town of Pharping, which is renowned for its many important Buddhist sites. After breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to this beautiful and spiritually significant location. Here, you’ll visit the Asura Cave, which is associated with the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. You’ll also explore the Yanglesho Cave, which is connected to the Tibetan yogi and saint Milarepa, and the Vajrayogini Temple, which is dedicated to the goddess Vajrayogini, a powerful female deity that is venerated in many Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This day trip will provide you with a unique and enriching experience of Buddhist culture in Nepal.On day seven of your Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the sacred town of Pharping, which is renowned for its many important Buddhist sites. After breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to this beautiful and spiritually significant location. Here, you’ll visit the Asura Cave, which is associated with the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. You’ll also explore the Yanglesho Cave, which is connected to the Tibetan yogi and saint Milarepa, and the Vajrayogini Temple, which is dedicated to the goddess Vajrayogini, a powerful female deity that is venerated in many Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This day trip will provide you with a unique and enriching experience of Buddhist culture in Nepal.

Day 8:
Final departure

On your final day of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, you’ll have some free time in the morning to do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or explore the city of Kathmandu on your own. You can visit some of the local markets, shops, or cafes to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this colorful city. After lunch, you’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight. Our representative From Himalayan 360 will help you with your luggage and ensure that you have a hassle-free departure. You can take your memories of this amazing journey and the rich culture and traditions of Nepal back home with you.

Cost

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel on twin sharing basis on BB Plan
  • Local Guide & Support Staffs
  • All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers
  • All sightseeing entry fees as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Gratuities to guides & drivers
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Travel /medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost

Trip FAQ's

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What is the best time to visit Nepal for the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour?

The best time to visit Nepal for the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour is during the autumn season (September to November) or the spring season (March to May). During these seasons, the weather is mild and pleasant, and the skies are clear, providing excellent views of the mountains and landscapes.

Is the tour suitable for solo travelers?

Yes, the tour is suitable for solo travelers as well as groups. The tour provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Is travel insurance necessary for the tour?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for the tour to cover unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, illness, or trip cancellations. It is important to check the coverage details with the insurance provider before purchasing the policy.

Is the tour customizable according to my preferences?

Yes, the tour can be customized according to your preferences, such as the duration of the tour, the places to visit, and the level of physical activity involved. You can discuss your requirements with the tour operator before booking the tour.

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  1. Fantastic Experience
    (11 months ago)
    I went on a Buddhist pilgrimage tour to Bhutan with Himalayan 360 and it was a fantastic experience. We visited several ancient monasteries such as the Tiger's Nest and the Punakha Dzong, and the natural beauty of the country was breathtaking. The tour guide was very informative and helpful, and the accommodations were comfortable. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in exploring the Buddhist heritage of Bhutan.
    Jasmine
    Date of Experience: February, 2023
  2. Life-changing experience
    (11 months ago)
    I went on a Buddhist pilgrimage tour to Nepal and it was truly a life-changing experience. The tour took us to various holy sites and temples, and we were able to connect with the spiritual energy of the places. The accommodations were comfortable and the tour guide was knowledgeable about the history and significance of each site. I highly recommend this pilgrimage tour to anyone looking to deepen their spiritual practice.
    Natalie
    Date of Experience: March, 2023
  3. Amazing Experience
    (11 months ago)
    I recently went on a Buddhist pilgrimage tour to Nepal with Himalayan 360 and it was an amazing experience. We visited several holy sites such as the Boudhanath Stupa and the Swayambhunath Stupa, and the spiritual energy of these places was truly inspiring. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the accommodations were comfortable. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in exploring the Buddhist culture and heritage of Nepal.
    Martin
    Date of Experience: February, 2023
  4. Our guide was incredibly insightful
    (1 year ago)
    The Boudhanath Stupa is a must-see for any Buddhist pilgrim traveling to Nepal, and Himalayan 360 Trip made the experience all the more enriching. Our guide was incredibly insightful, explaining the symbolism and significance of the stupa as we circled it. The surrounding streets were bustling with energy and filled with shops selling everything from prayer flags to Tibetan rugs. Overall, it was a beautiful and unforgettable experience.
    Tubias
    Date of Experience: January, 2023
  5. Truly a transformative experience
    (1 year ago)
    My trip to Lumbini with Himalayan 360 Trip was truly a transformative experience. Walking in the footsteps of Lord Buddha, visiting the sacred Maya Devi temple, and seeing the Ashoka Pillar left me feeling a deep sense of peace and connection to the divine. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging, and the accommodations were comfortable and clean. I highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking spiritual renewal and a deeper understanding of Buddhist history and philosophy.
    Chia
    Date of Experience: February, 2023

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