Nepal Buddhist Sightseeing
Nepal is a country of stark geographical and cultural diversity, and the birthplace of Buddha. It is one of the spiritual valleys as many Buddhist Sages and Gurus (teachers) visited this place in the ancient time. There is a belief that Nepal was a meditation centre for many Buddhist gods and goddesses. Nepal Buddhist Sightseeing especially designed for those interested in the Buddhist monuments & the historical cities of Nepal including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, Lumbini and PalpaTansen. Your trip start from Buddhist landmark Swoyambhunath stupa(Monkey temple), we visit Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery and many other important Buddhist monasteries around the Kathmandu. The existing Buddhist stupas and monasteries in the Nepal represent this belief. This round tour provides great opportunity to visit sacred places of Buddhism. In Pokhara, along with some natural sites, we pay our visit to the World Peace Stupa, Matepani Gumba and then Tibetan Buddhism lifestyle at Hyemja & Chhorepatan Tashling Village. Tansen, an ancient hill town with its architecture strongly influenced by Newari migrants from the Kathmandu valley is waiting to be discovered by the tourists. Then we drive further southwest to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini. Devoting one full day in discovering the various cultural and spiritual sites at Lumbini, we drive back to Kathmandu for the return flight. Experience art and architecture, diverse culture, wonderful landscapes & stunning views of snowy mountains in Nepal. then you will visit Places of interest in Nepal, visit Kathmandu Valley with its legendary Palaces, Buddhist Stupas, Hindu Temples & Buddhist Monasteries, You would be amazed to see the wooden sculptures of Bhaktapur city, Metal casting of Patan City & Hippi Temples & living Goddesss, Kumari of Kathmandu Durbar. Then visit Pokhara city, & Chitwan national park for wildlife adventure. Explore ancient and historical cities including Kathmandu, Pokhara with its stone paved lanes and colorful market, virgin Goddess, many temples, mountain views and many adventurous outdoor activities of different kinds of architecture. We visit famous Buddhist cultural sites like Namo Buddha,shanti stupa of Pokhara also dedicated for Buddha, and famous sacred and world heritage site of Lumbini where worlds peace symbol Gautama Buddha was born.
|Day 01:||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 02:||Visit Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery & Other Monasteries in Boudha|
|Day 03:||Visit Swoyambhunath Stupa & Durbar Squares( Kathandu & Patan )|
|Day 04:||Visit Pharping & Kirti Bihar|
|Day 05:||Visit Namobuddha O/N at Dhulikhel|
|Day 07:||Visit Peace Pagoda, MatepaniGumba, Hyemja & ChhorepatanTashling Tibetan Village|
|Day 11:||Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure|
|Day 12:||Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure|
|Day 13:||Tangye -chhusang ( 10 Hours )|
|Day 14:||Chhusang -Departure|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Meet & greet at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Enjoy Nepali welcome dinner with traditional dance performances. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu
Today, Fullday Sightseeing tours of Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery & Other Monasteries in Boudha: It is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism.
Kopan Monastery is Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu,Nepal. Kopan has become especially famous for teaching Buddhism to visiting Western foreigners. We can visit other monasteries like:Boudhanath Thrangu Monastery located close to the Great Stupa of Boudhanath, was founded by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche in 1979 when construction began. The ancient stupa is a major pilgrimage site for all buddhists, one of the most important holy places in Nepal and is also the largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet.
Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu
After Breakfast, Fullday Sightseeing tours of Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square
Swayambhunath Stupa:From here you can watches over the valley from a height of 75 m from the average level of Kathmandu. It is one of the worlds most glorious Buddhist Stupa, it is said to be 2000 years old. Visitors often call it Monkey Temple. Pashupatinath Temple,with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition, also being the temple of Lord Shiva possessed its two-storied golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb architecture, on the banks of sacred Bagmati River. Hindu pilgrims can enter the premises of the temple which Pashupatinath Temple stands. Chronicles indicate the existence of the shrine prior to 400 AD. The Bagamti River banks also serve as cremation sites to Hindus. You can also have the picture of them.
You will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the important historic and tourist destinations in Nepal. It is a complex of palace, courtyards and temples built between 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of mediaeval Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It also knows as Hanuman Dhoka Square. Hanuman Dhoka Palace complex consists of a huge Royal Square exposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. This is an UNESCO protected world heritage site. The Durbar Square is surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries.
Overnight at Hotel. After then we drive toPatan Durbar square,it is the oldest city among 3 cities of Kathmandu valley. It is also called as Lalitpur, the city of beauty. This city supposed to be founded in 3rd century BC as Emperor Ashoka visited this city to promote Buddhism in the Kathmandu valley. Emperor Ashokas visit was marked in the city by erecting Ashok Stupas in the four cardinal direction of the city. The square is full of ancient places, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings There are three main courtyards or chowks, so named central MulChowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.
Day 04: Visit Pharping & Kirti Bihar
Today,after breakfast,visit Pharping village, Pharping is 22 km far away from Kathmandu city, where you can see big monasteries. In this monastery Buddhist people do chanting, meditation and meeting with Buddhist Lama. After then drive to Kirtipur where you can visit a Thai-style Buddhist monastery situated close to the citys entrance. After then visit Kirti Vihar.The site also opens up to a beautiful view of the open landscape that Kirtipur offers and also a distant view of the Kathmandu Valley and Lalitpur, another ancient Newari settlement in Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 05: Visit Namobuddha
We drive you to Namobuddha. If you feel like trekking,you will start walking through pine forest. The trail climbs for about 120 m to the ridge with a village temple of goddess and then gradually passes through village for about 1 and half hours. We will finally meet the dirt road with occasional motorbikes and cars plying on. It will take about 1 more hrs to get to NamoBuddha. NamoBuddhais one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. This is where one of the Bodhisattva (Buddha to be) sacrificed himself to feed nourishing tigress. A stupa has been built with his relic. NamoBuddha is a spiritually filled center for Buddhists where you can rest your soul for sometimes away from noisy crowd to seek for a minute silence. This can make your body & mind feel like contended. There are monasteries & Hotels for monks & nuns. If you like to spend more days you are welcome to do so. NamoBuddha offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, valleys & terraced fields. From the 1,750 m hill top; one can see long stretch of the central Himalayas. It is the place where Supreme Being, Buddha meditated. It is said that Buddha offered his blood without a second hesitation to a starving tigress when he found that tigress was almost dying. It is center great compassion today for the Buddhist monks who come here & stay in the monastery for the special blessing . Return Back to Dhulikhel and overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to pokhara. After refreshing, leave for half-day sightseeing of Pokhara. That includes visiting temples, caves, gorges and waterfalls and boating in lakes as well. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Pokhara Visit Peace Pagoda, MatepaniGumba, Hyemja & ChhorepatanTashling Tibetan Village Peace Pagoda
There are two ways to reach the World Peace Pagoda sitting on top of small hill overlooking Phewa Tal, either you take a local bus or preferably rent a boat, row yourself towards the starting point across Phewa Tal- Lake Side area and climb to the top for less than an hour. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city. We descended the more direct stairway route down to the lake for our return back to Pokhara.
You can be transfered to hemja which can take 20 minutes of drive from Pokhara. It is located about 12 kilometres from Pokhara which is situated near the Seti Gandaki River (Seti Khola), a holy river flowing from the Annapurna massif. Here you can visit the Tibetan Refugee camp and depressed bard communities. In additional in the countrywide, the atmosphere of woods with lots of Flower and Rhododendron during the spring enhances the beauty. Visit Matepani Gumba,it is the splendid buddhist monastery on the top of the small hill above matepani in the east of mahendrapool,center of pokhara.Overnight at Lodge.
Day 08: Pokhara-Tansen
Drive to Tansen and exploreTansen: A city with very colorful with its old houses and slopes landscapes. There are different types of people-Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, have been living in the city. It is popular for its metal crafts and Dhaka cloth, shawls and caps. Place to visit in Tansen- Shrinagar hill Amarnarayan temple and Tansen Durbar etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Tansen-Lumbini
Early in the morning, we travel overland from Tansen to the Lumbini, one of the places with breathtaking views and scenic beauty. It is Considered as the place of holy pilgrimage and listed in World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO. After refreshing,we go walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden, the place to visit as it is considered the holy place and the birth place of the Lord Buddha. There remains the Ashoka pillar on the charts too. Visiting the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi also marks this on our Nepal tour journey. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Lumbini
After breakfast, we start for the trip, 27km west of Lumbini. Visiting the important archaeological site, Tilaurkot also remains on our traveling charts. As we know that the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam’s father), is a place to visit, we also take you to other sites as well. This is the place you will love to see as it is here the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Lumbini-Kathmandu
Early morning after breakfast drive to kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. At leisure time stroll around city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Kathmandu
After having breakfast,we drive to main town Bhaktapur, the city of devotees,Ancient Dattatraya temple, five storied Nyatapola temple, Pottery Square and of course, historical Durbar squarea re the eye-catching highlights of the town.
After then we drive to Patan Durbar square, it is the oldest city among 3 cities of Kathmandu valley. It is also called as Lalitpur, the city of beauty. This city supposed to be founded in 3rd century BC as Emperor Ashoka visited this city to promote Buddhism in the Kathmandu valley. Emperor Ashokas visit was marked in the city by erecting Ashok Stupas in the four cardinal direction of the city. The square is full of ancient places, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings There are three main courtyards or chowks, so named central MulChowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.
You will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the important historic and tourist destinations in Nepal. It is a complex of palace, courtyards and temples built between 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of mediaeval Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It also knows as Hanuman Dhoka Square. Hanuman Dhoka Palace complex consists of a huge Royal Square exposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. This is an UNESCO protected world heritage site. The Durbar Square is surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. Enjoy the farewell dinner and share the experience.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Departure
Before saying good bye if you have time we can arrange you to take an early morning scenic mountain flight along the spine of the Himalaya for close-up views of Mt Everest and other peaks. After then Transfer to Airport for departure.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Private car with driver
- 7 nights in Standard hotel in Kathmandu and in 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara and Lumbini 2 nights each (All on B.B basis)
- An experienced English-speaking tour guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
- T-shirt, City map of Plan Holidays
- Heritage sites entrance fees
- All government and local taxes
Trip Not Includeds
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- All meals except breakfast
- Extra night accommodation if needed
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water etc.)