BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR IN NEPAL

A Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is a spiritual journey that takes you to some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. Nepal is home to several important pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists, including Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. This tour provides an opportunity to explore these holy sites and immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist culture and heritage of Nepal.

The tour typically starts with a visit to Kathmandu, where you will visit some of the most important Buddhist sites in the city, including Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Stupa. You will then travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, where you will explore the sacred Mayadevi Temple and other important sites.

From Lumbini, the tour usually proceeds to the important Buddhist pilgrimage site of Kapilvastu, where Lord Buddha spent his childhood. Other important pilgrimage destinations that may be included in the tour include the ancient city of Patan, also known as Lalitpur, and the sacred site of Namobuddha.

Throughout the tour, you will have the opportunity to learn about the rich Buddhist culture and history of Nepal, as well as to participate in traditional Buddhist rituals and ceremonies. The tour is typically led by experienced guides who can provide insight into the significance of each site and help you gain a deeper understanding of the Buddhist faith.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive to Lumbini After breakfast

Day 4: Lumbini Sightseeing Today

Day 5: Drive to Pokhara After breakfast

Day 6: Pokhara Sightseeing Today

Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu After breakfast

Day 8: Departure After breakfast

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  • Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
    • Transfer to your hotel and rest after your journey
    • Optionally, visit some local markets or temples in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
    • Visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Explore Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in Nepal and a center of Tibetan Buddhism
    • Visit Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River
  • Kathmandu to Lumbini
    • Drive or fly to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha
    • Visit the Maya Devi Temple, the exact spot where Buddha was born
    • Explore the sacred garden, monasteries, and archaeological sites in Lumbini
    • Overnight stay in Lumbini
  • Lumbini to Kapilvastu to Sravasti
    • Visit Kapilvastu, the ancient kingdom where Buddha spent his childhood and early adulthood
    • Explore archaeological sites and monasteries in Kapilvastu
    • Drive to Sravasti, where Buddha spent 24 rainy seasons and delivered many sermons
    • Visit Jetavana Monastery and other significant sites in Sravasti
    • Overnight stay in Sravasti
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar
    • Drive to Kushinagar, where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana (passed away)
    • Visit Mahaparinirvana Temple and Ramabhar Stupa
    • Explore other Buddhist sites and monasteries in Kushinagar
    • Overnight stay in Kushinagar
  • Kushinagar to Vaishali to Patna
    • Drive to Vaishali, an important site in Buddhist history where Buddha gave many teachings
    • Visit the Buddha Stupa and other archaeological sites in Vaishali
    • Continue driving to Patna, the capital of Bihar
    • Overnight stay in Patna
  • Patna to Nalanda to Rajgir
    • Visit Nalanda, ancient Buddhist university and monastery complex
    • Explore the ruins and archaeological sites of Nalanda
    • Drive to Rajgir, where Buddha spent several years meditating and preaching
    • Visit Vulture’s Peak, Griddhakuta Hill, and other important Buddhist sites in Rajgir
    • Overnight stay in Rajgir
  • Rajgir to Bodh Gaya
    • Drive to Bodh Gaya, the most sacred place in Buddhism where Buddha attained enlightenment
    • Visit Mahabodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree, the very spot where Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment
    • Explore other significant sites in Bodh Gaya, including monasteries and meditation parks
    • Overnight stay in Bodh Gaya
  • Bodh Gaya
    • Spend another day exploring Bodh Gaya, visiting sites you may have missed
    • Participate in meditation sessions or spiritual activities offered by local monasteries
    • Reflect on your pilgrimage journey and the teachings of Buddha
    • Overnight stay in Bodh Gaya
  • Bodh Gaya to Kathmandu
    • Fly or drive back to Kathmandu
    • Optionally, spend the day shopping for souvenirs or exploring more of Kathmandu
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Departure
    • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight
    • End of the Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal

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Inclusions:

  • Accommodation (tea house or camping)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Local transportation (airport transfer, trekking transportation)
  • Trekking guide and porter services
  • Necessary permits and fees

 

Exclusions:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Emergency evacuation expenses
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions list.

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Clothing:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  2. Lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm weather
  3. Long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against sunburn and mosquitoes
  4. Hat or cap for sun protection
  5. Rain jacket or poncho for unexpected rain showers
  6. Scarf or shawl for visiting temples and monasteries
  7. Warm layers for cooler evenings or higher elevations
  8. Socks and underwear for the duration of the trip

Personal Items:

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Sunscreen with high SPF
  3. Insect repellent
  4. Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
  5. Personal medications and first aid kit
  6. Travel-sized hand sanitizer
  7. Tissue paper or wet wipes
  8. Any necessary travel documents (passport, visas, itinerary, etc.)

Accessories:

  1. Daypack or small backpack for carrying essentials during sightseeing
  2. Water bottle or hydration system to stay hydrated throughout the day
  3. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  4. Portable charger or power bank for charging electronic devices
  5. Travel adapter if your electronic devices have different plug types
  6. Travel guidebook or map of Nepal for reference
  7. Journal or notebook for writing down reflections and experiences

Optional Items:

  1. Trekking poles for extra support during walks or hikes
  2. Binoculars for birdwatching or enjoying scenic views
  3. Yoga mat for personal meditation or yoga practice
  4. Travel pillow or cushion for comfort during long journeys
  5. Snacks or energy bars for quick refreshment on the go
  6. Lightweight travel towel or sarong
  7. Small umbrella for sun or rain protection

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  • Best Seasons spring
  • Duration 8 days
  • Trek Difficulty Easy

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