|Destination:||Nepal||Activity:||Travels & Tours|
|Duration:||8 days||Group Size:||Minimum 02|
|Max Altitude:||1750 Meters||Difficulty:||Easy|
Being the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Nepal has always remained the hub of Buddhists all around the world where you reach through Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour .This tour explores the sites around the country which have retained the principles and values of Buddhism.The destinations of your tour showcase the rich influence of Buddhism upon the lives of the people across the country.Enjoy some of the pristine Buddhist stupas, pagodas, monasteries, and culture in this Pilgrimage Tour.
The 8-Day Buddhist Pilgrimage tour commences at Kathmandu –the melting pot of cultures. The history of Buddhism in Nepal can be traced to the arrival of Emperor Ashoka.He is believed to have established four stupas inside Kathmandu valley which marked the initiation of Buddhism in Kathmandu.The advent of the Lichhavi Kingdom (400-750) saw the rise of Buddhist adherents. Today, Newar Buddhists account for most numbers of Buddhist adherents in the valley followed by Tibetan Buddhists. You’ll embark on a cultural tour of the city and drive up to Namobuddha via Dhulikhel. Namobuddha is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. Afterward, you’ll pay a visit to UNESCO designated sites of Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath, and explore the touristic sites of Kapan Monastery and White Gumba (Druk Amitabh Monastery). The tour advances to the southwest Terai region of Nepal, where you’ll visit Lumbini and explore the exact birth site of Gautam Buddha. Some of the popular places to see around Lumbini includeMayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, World Peace Stupa and numerous Buddhist stupas around the vicinity. The tour concedes at Kathmandu. You can undertake the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour throughout the year; however, the spring and autumn seasons guarantee the best weather.
Ace Vision Treks specializes in overland tours throughout Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India. We conduct all kinds of tours at a reasonable cost. Our full-board tour package covers entire transportation, quality meal and hotels, an experienced guide, permits, and the entire logistics.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will warmly receive you and escort you to your hotel. Once at the hotel, you’ll meet your tour guide and discuss the trip in detail. In the evening, your tour guide will take you for a welcome dinner hosted by Ace Vision Treks.Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you’ll embark on the first leg of the cultural tour. You’ll drive southeast from your hotel to Namobuddha. The scenic drive will take you through the Araniko Highway passing the colorful towns of Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel en route. The place is popular for the folktale of a prince who gave away his body to the starving tigress and her cubs. You can explore the religious site and also enjoy the majestic panorama of mountains from Namobuddha. Overnight stay at Namobuddha.
You’ll drive back to Kathmandu city through the same path and take a detour to visit the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath stupa lies east in the populous city of Kathmandu. You can witness the largest Buddhist stupa in the country along with rich and traditional shops, monastery, and Buddhist adherents circumambulating the stupa. Afterward, you’ll drive further east and visit the majestic Kapan Monastery lying on a hilltop. One of the premier Buddhist teaching centers, Kapan Monastery organizes annual meditation camps which attract a large number of foreigners. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you’ll pay a visit to another popular Buddhist pilgrimage and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swayambhunath. Located atop a hill in the center of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath is one of the oldest Buddhist stupas. The site is also home to shrines and temples dating to 400 AD. Afterward, you will drive northwest to another Buddhist site of White Monastery. Lying atop the Nagarjun Hill, the monastery is painted in all white color. The oldest relic found in the site dates 800 years old. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you’ll depart early and drive 260km southwest to the religious site of Lumbini. Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site also popular for being the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. You’ll drive through Prithvi Highwayand East-West Highway all the way to Rupandehi district. You’ll pass through the popular towns of Bharatpur, Kawasoti, and Ramnagar en route. Lumbini is considered one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal and sees the inflow of thousands of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims.Overnight stay at Lumbini.
You’ll indulge in a complete sightseeing tour of Lumbini today. The tour begins with the visit to the ancient site of Maya Devi Temple. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Maya Devi Temple is home to the birth site of Gautam Buddha. The temple stands adjacent to a sacred pond and a garden. The site was visited by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd BCE who also built the popular Ashoka Pillar in the temple’s vicinity. Afterward, you’ll head out and explore the sacred garden, nearby stupas, and archaeological sites. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
Today, you’ll retrace your path and drive back to Kathmandu. You’ll drive along the plains and lush tropical forests of Terai. The path takes a detour and goes north to Prithvi Highway through Bharatpur. You’ll continue driving through Prithvi Highway until Kathmandu. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you’ll drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch your flight back home. You’ll leave approximately 2hr early to avoid any delays from traffic congestion. We hope that your travel with us was a memorable one.
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