Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal 7 days

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Highlights

6 Night 7 Days tour in Kathmandu, Lumbini and Pokhara

UNESCO World Heritage sites Boudhanath and Swyambhunath Stupa and Lumbini Sacred Garden the birth place of Buddha

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the most worth visiting cultural and historical UNESCO site and Pashupatinath, the Hindu temple.

World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara and Annapurna panoramic Himalayan range.

Visit Kopan Monastery and Pharping monastery,

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal Overview

Nepal is a holy land to the Buddhist from all over the world. The people have been practicing the Buddhist philosophy for thousands of years. There are Gumpa and Stupas around Kathmandu from the beginning of century era which proves its holiness. Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is designed to visit, observe those sacred sites.
Guru Padmasambhava visited to this pristine land in 8th century on his way to Tibet. The great stupa Swyambhunath was made in 5th century and Boudhanath was made in 6th century. Those both stupa are considered the holiest stupa in the world. There are hundreds of Gumpas around Kathmandu valley where people learn Buddhism. Simply setting foot in this sacred land, where the Buddha was born, is considered a great blessing. Come and explore this spiritual haven!

Buddhist Cultural tour in Nepal

We will take you to witness the centuries-old Buddhist Gumpas, Stupas, and chortens scattered throughout Kathmandu, each a testament to Nepal's spiritual heritage. Visitors from around the globe find profound solace in these sacred sites, where the vibrant culture and intricate architecture create an enchanting atmosphere. Experience the tranquility of monks deep in prayer within the Gumpas, witness the devout circling the Stupas in reverence, and observe elders chanting "OM Mane Padme Hum" while clutching prayer beads in their hands. Immerse yourself in the Hindu traditions as devotees offer prayers and make offerings to their gods and goddesses, adding yet another layer of intrigue to this captivating journey through Kathmandu's spiritual landscape.
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Boudhanath Stupa:

Nestled to the north of Kathmandu lies the revered Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a profound symbol of Buddhist spirituality. Dating back to the 5th century, this majestic temple holds immense significance for Buddhists worldwide, believed to enshrine relics of the Buddha himself. Revered as one of the holiest sites, it draws pilgrims and practitioners from far and wide, seeking solace, meditation, and prayer in its sacred precincts. For many Buddhists, a visit to Boudhanath is a deeply meaningful journey, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with the essence of their faith amidst the tranquil beauty of this ancient sanctuary.

Swyambhunath Stupa:

Discover another sacred gem on your spiritual journey through Nepal: the UNESCO World Heritage site to the west of Kathmandu atop a serene hillock. This ancient stupa, believed to be the oldest in Nepal, exudes an aura of timeless tranquility. As you explore its premises, you'll encounter the mesmerizing sight of Tibetan and Nepali devotees circling the Stupa, their voices resonating with the sacred chant of "OM Mane Padme Hum" during the peaceful hours of early morning and twilight. Surrounding the main Stupa, quaint Gumpas offer glimpses into monastic life, where monks engage in quiet contemplation amidst the serene ambiance. Join the pilgrimage to this revered site and immerse yourself in the profound spirituality that permeates every corner of this hallowed ground..

Kopan Monastery:

Situated in the tranquil expanse northwest of Kathmandu, a haven of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality: the monastery dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the Mahayana Tradition. Offering immersive guided meditation courses spanning several days, this sanctuary provides seekers with a transformative journey within its sacred confines. Adjacent to the monastery, a nunnery awaits, offering spiritual education and immersive practice opportunities for those seeking deeper understanding and connection. Renowned for its commitment to the Gelugpa tradition, this enclave stands as a beacon of enlightenment, inviting visitors to explore the depths of Buddhist wisdom and tradition in a serene and nurturing environment.

Pharping Gumpa and Asur Cave:

Pharping is 21km south of Kathmandu is another holy place to both Buddhist and Hindu. Guru Padmasambhava meditated (realize the siddhi of mahamudra)  in an Asur cave in Pharping before going to Tibet in 8th century. Pharping has not only been blessed by Guru Rinpoche, it has been also visited by many great Guru, Marpa Lotsawa, who practiced, made offerings, ganachakra feasts, aspiration prayers and so on.

Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure:

Bhaktapur, often referred to as an open-air museum, stands as one of Kathmandu's most captivating UNESCO sites, beckoning travelers to explore its rich heritage. Once the capital of Nepal until the 14th century and one of the three durbar squares, Bhaktapur boasts impeccably preserved Nepalese ancient art and architecture. Among its myriad attractions are the renowned 55 Window Palace, the majestic Nyatapole Temple, the revered Bhimsen Temple, the ancient Dattatreya Temple, and the vibrant Pottery Square. Each corner of Bhaktapur tells a story of a bygone era, offering visitors a glimpse into the cultural and architectural splendor of Nepal's glorious past.

Pokhara city tour:

A Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal includes sightseeing in Pokhara, offering a stunning panorama of the Annapurna from Sarangkot. Known as a naturalist's paradise, Pokhara boasts waterfalls, lakes, caves, and gorges just a few kilometers away. Taking a leisurely walk around the lakeside in the evening and enjoying a dinner adds another dimension of joy to your experience. Visiting a refugee camp allows you to witness the life and culture of ancient Tibetans and purchase souvenirs from their shop. Exploring the monastery enables you to participate in a puja and experience the peace as the Lamas chant. Perched atop a hill just across the lake, the World Peace Pagoda offers a breathtaking panorama of the Annapurna range and downtown Pokhara.

Lumbinni, birth place of Shakyamuni Buddha:

Explore the sacred birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal, where Queen Mayadevi gave birth in 523 AD. Buddhist pilgrims from around the globe journey to Lumbini to pay homage to Lord Buddha and experience a profound sense of peace. Within the sacred garden, visitors can observe historical artifacts such as the marker stone, the puskarini, and the Bodhi tree, alongside numerous Gumpas and Stupas erected by Buddhist communities worldwide. Major attractions include the Mayadevi Temple, Tilaurakot, the Peace Pagoda, Museum, and various Gumpas and Stupas. Whether for meditation, yoga, or studying Buddha's life, Lumbini attracts seekers seeking spiritual enlightenment and tranquil retreats. Families and friends also frequent this revered site, enjoying holidays immersed in the serene ambiance of Lumbini's hallowed grounds.

Optional sites which can be add in packages

Halasi Maratika cave (Halesi Mahadev):

Maratika Caves (also known as Haleshi Mahadev) lie approximately 200km east of Kathmandu. Buddhists of the Vajrayana sect believe that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in these caves before his journey to Tibet. Surrounding three sacred hills dedicated to the Lords of the Three Families – Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani, and Manjushri – Hindu devotees also visit the Lord Shiva temple at this revered site. The central area, marked by Avalokiteshvara Hill, houses the two main caves where the Mahaguru practiced with Mandarava, forming a natural mandala alive with enlightened forces. At the main sacred cave of Maratika, a large rock shaped like a vase, believed to be the tsebum – the long-life vase placed on the heads of Guru Rinpoche and Mandarava by Amitayus to bless them with immortality – adds to the sanctity of the site

Namo Boudha (Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Temple):

Located 40km southeast of Kathmandu atop a hill, this site offers breathtaking views of mountains and valleys. On Buddha's birthday, many Buddhist devotees visit to pray on this auspicious day. According to legend, 6000 years ago, a prince named Mahasatwo encountered a tigress and her starving cubs in the nearby jungle. Out of love and compassion, he sacrificed himself, offering his warm blood to the tigress. His bones were enshrined in a stupa, now known as Namo Buddha. Over 3500 years later, Gautam Buddha visited the village and declared himself to be the reincarnation of Prince Mahasatwo, renaming the village Namo Buddha, meaning "Homage to Buddha.

Accommodation: There are choices of comfortable 5* hotel (boutique, Heritage) to simple homestays are available to spent a night in Nepal. We would arrange the accommodation as per your requirement. Generally, there are 3 types of accommodation (I)Deluxe 5* (II)Medium 3* (III)clean bed with bathroom normal homestay/ hotel.

Transportation: We do not compromise with the transportation facilities. We choose fully air conditioned, regularly maintained and good condition vehicle (car, van, bus). Our driver can communicate in English and have good manner.

Tour Guide: Our tour Guide will have good knowledge about the sightseeing spots. Further, he keeps good knowledge about religion, culture, people. A tidy and smart will be always our first choice. We provide a language speaking guide on request.

Weather and climate: Nepal has four season (spring, autumn, winter and rainy). Beside the rainy season all other season are considered good to travel Nepal. Even though the weather can’t be forecast.

Meal: Food from all over the world are available in the city. If you have any restriction (veg, allergy, halal) or preferences you can let us know in advance and we will accommodate to your requirement.
The best season: Spring and Autumn are considered the best season to travel Nepal with clear sky to see the Himalayas. Autumn has many festival whereas spring will have flower season.

Age: Any age person can travel with this tour. There is not much walking except sightseeing spots. But if they are infant or old citizen, it will require a parent or family to take care.

Language: We have all language speaking guide to escort you. If you require a language speaking guide, please let us know in advance so that we can manage.
Change the tour date: We are flexible to change the date but that would depend on hotel availability or etc.

Optional tour: If due to reasonable cause (land slide/ natural disaster or any unrest) we will provide optional tour with your opinion and agreement.

Clothing: Clothing’s depends upon the season. Winter will require a warm cloth whereas summer fairly hot. We will suggest you the clothing while booking time. Formal/ informal or casual any dress will be no obligation.

Group joining: Most cases we operate private tour. Please inquire if any group joining available. Our manager will reply you if any available.

Shopping: We will provide certain time (free time for shopping) while sightseeing. If you have any special requirement you can let us know before arrival and we will arrange the time accordingly.

If you sick: If you got sick, we won’t force you to follow the tour. We will try our best to accommodate your itinerary. We believe that health is first.
In case of bad weather: Incase bad weather, we will change to the best available place/ itinerary with your agreement.

Contact person: Mr. Shekhar Bahadur Thapa is our contact person. If he cant reply your question, he will refer to concern person.

Insurance: We recommend you to buy your travel insurance from your home town/ country.

Can meet Lama: If you would like to chat with lama, please inform us in prior. We have to take a time with lama and inform you. Talking to Lama indicates that you will take some and you might consider to donate something to the Gumpa or Lama.

The Price: We believe in you as our valuable guest. We always try to make the best and reasonable price compare to the services.

If cancel: If you want to cancel the tour after confirmed, the condition will apply.

Recommended hotel in Kathmandu: Green Eco Resort

Outline Itinerary

Arrive in Nepal- Kathmandu sightseeing- Fly to Lumbini - Explore Lumbini (sacred garden) - Fly to Pokhara - Return to Kathmandu (Explore Pharping) - Return to home.

Day to Day Itinerary

Whats Included?

Accommodation
  • Accommodation at hotel in the city center on BB.
Other
  • City Sightseeing as per mention in the itinerary.
  • Escorted by English speaking city tour guide.

Whats not Included?

Not Included
  • Meal in the city (lunch and dinner)
  • Monastery or temple and monument entrance fees.
  • International flights, visa and departure taxes
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation (Should cover your insurance)
  • Tips and gratuities (crew will expect the tipping)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
  • All the expenses in except mentioned in include section
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of AATE.

Trip Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 1 Review

Great Nepal trip

I am my girlfriend enjoyed Nepal trip with Alpine Asian treks. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The hotel, transfer services all great. We will come back again for trekking to Annapurna. We recommend this company.


United States, 2024
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The basic details about the tour

Payments:

We will require 20% of advance payment to confirm the booking. The rest of the money you can pay after you arrive in Nepal.

Booking:
We require an Email including (arrival date, passport name and not of person) details. We will book all services and send you the confirmation email. With 20% of advance payment the booking will be confirmed.

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