Shakyamuni Buddha is the most important figure in every tradition of Buddhism that exists in every corner of the world. It is no surprise that as the birthplace of Shakyamuni himself, Nepal is a safe haven for all Buddhist all over the world.
With history dating back to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha himself, it is no surprise that the land of Nepal is dotted with supreme pilgrimage sites dedicated to pay homage to Lord Buddha and many other Buddhist legends.
Buddhism Tour in Nepal is for those who wish to absorb themselves into the teaching of Buddha and dissipate themselves into the fascinating legends and folklore of the past. This package will allow our travellers to get into the tiny details Lord Buddha’s life story and still get a view of the beautiful scenes of Nepal.
Our airport representatives will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. It will be a short trip from the airport to your hotel. You can use this time to soak in the pleasant weather of the city and become acquainted with the capital city. You may freshen up and take the rest of the day to unwind from the jet lag and spend the evening having a warm dinner in the place of your choice. There is an option of familiarizing yourself with the city by taking a walk in the old Kathmandu in the suburb of tourist center of Thamel, while enjoying the beautifully decorated streets of Buddhist prayer flags.
Wake up bright and early and energize yourself with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. We will have your tour guide ready and waiting with your transport to start the day. Our first visit will be of the two of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Kathmandu, the Swayambhunath and the Boudhanath Stupa. After spending the day under the peaceful watch of the grandiose eyes of Buddha, we will spend the evening walking the intricately structured Patan Durbar Square, home of some of the oldest existing Buddhist monuments. We end the day strolling on the narrow streets of Patan and return to the hotel at Kathmandu.
Gear up for the next few days, because we will take you to where Buddhism took birth, Lumbini, the birth city of Gautam Buddha. Lumbini and its surroundings are dotted with archeological sites related with Lord Buddha. There are over 60 excavation sites among which some of them are popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The legendary Lumbini garden is now developed into a sanctuary that spread over the 6 sq km area. The Mayadevi temple houses the marker stone and foundation of ancient temple resembling the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. Monastic zone is developed into World Buddhist center with monasteries constructed by Buddhist communities from different countries. Ruins of Tilaurakot palace has been discovered 27 km west of Lumbini. Tilaurakot is ancient capital of Sakya kingdom (Kapilavastu) where Siddhartha lived his early 29 years as a prince. We will take our time to carefully observe the remains of where Buddha lived his life as Prince Siddhartha. In the two days we will venture the transformation story of Lord Buddha, how his past reacquainted with his enlightened self and how his words of wisdom spread far and wide.
Full day around Lumbini.
We shall return back to the city at the end of the 5th day, our minds filled with eye-opening teachings of Lord Buddha.- Nagi gumba or seto gumba
Today we move to experience the medieval times in the quaint city of Bhaktapur, the ‘Living Museum of Nepal’. We shall venture into the hills towards the Bagishwari Saraswati Sthan (Manjushree cave), where Milarepa meditated and try to gain some inner peace ourselves. Then we will pay homage to the pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha. Located on slightly elevated land, the place is a pleasant and pot of the way place. From the top you can look down on the landscape that resembles an eight- petaled lotus and loop up to a form of a wheel with nine spokes. Merely coming here inspires one’s faith. As it is said, “In the supreme place of a solitary mountain retreat, any activity is virtuous.” With our faiths strengthen we move back down to the beautifully nestled Dhulikhel to spend the night.
We will wake to the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas from Dhulikhel and dine basking in the sight of the sparkling mountains. We will then drive towards south of Kathmandu to the ancient village of Pharping. Pharping is the site where the Yang Lesho cave is located and many Buddhists come here to pay respect to Rimpoche Padmasambhava who attained enlightenment. Pharping is also home to the sacred Vajrayogini who is believed to be the symbol for pure awareness and wisdom (Jnana or Gyana). Pharping is also believed to get its name from the epithet of Shesh Narayan Phannathingu. This is one of the foud Narayan Temples that mark the four corners of the Kathmandu Valley. Besides its religious charge, Pharping was the place where the first hydropower project of Nepal was completed. In itself, Pharping is a magical place covered in vast green terrains with the most scenic space to get lost in. At the end of the day we tread the long way back with just enough time to pack up your bags and enjoy a lovely dinner in the city.
Our tour officer will pick you up with your transport awaiting to part you with a final memory of our gorgeous tour.