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Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour

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Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage Tour is a tour of religious significance where we visit the birthplace of the Buddha which is known to be the Mecca of Buddhism and 8 million Buddhist followers throughout the world. This is a special visit of emotional connections with the Buddha at the very spot where he was born, which is similar to Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born in this town of Israel which is a virtual magnet for billions of Christians across the planet. We take you to Lumbini to make your peace with the Buddha.

The ‘Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage Tour’ also includes a visit of world heritage sites of the Buddha in the ancient valley of kathmandu where its cobble stoned streets offer a fantastic display of culture and color of different dimensions. Every bend you negotiate on Kathmandu’s back alleys, there’s history, temples and traditions that tell you much of an ancient past that struggles to survive with the modern day valley.  Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage Tour will also bring you a unique peace as you meet the Buddha at his birth place.


At a Glance

  • Tour of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, located Rupandehi District of Nepal
  • Visit Boudha stupa, the one of the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world.
  • Old Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal.
  • Pharping is famous for the Padmasambhava caves that are known by the revered site of Yangleshö

What's Included?

  • Quality hotel Accommodation during whole tour
  • Enough quality drinking water during whole tour
  • Flight KTM-Lumbini-KTM with Taxes
  • All airport transfers by Private vehicle
  • English speaking Expert Local Sherpa guide
  • City Map, company t-shirt
  • All the entrance fees during tour and Taxes
  • Comfortable private transportation during tour
  • Guides and drivers pay, meals, accommodations

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Visa fees
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • All meals except Breakfast at hotel
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks and Cold Drinks etc
  • Gratitude for Guide & driver

Itinerary

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Breakfast

After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flight to Lumbini. At Lumbini, we head down to our hotel, refresh & set out on a guided tour of the Sacred Gardens, A continued tour of archaeological Buddhist sites & the mayadevi temple which displays some interesting sights of the Buddha’s mother. We then drive a few kilometers for a visit to religious and archeological sites at Devdaha and Ramagram. Devdaha is the ancient capital of the Koliya Kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of Queen Mayadevi (Mother), Prajapati Gautami (Stepmother), and Princess Yasodhara (consort); this is where Prince Siddhartha had spent his early childhood. In the evening, we return back to our hotel and a good night’s rest.

After breakfast, we do a tour of the surrounding areas of Lumbini that include Ramagram which is a brick mound that stands on the banks of the Jharahi River. It is a 7 meter high brick stupa consisting of a relic (one of the eight asthi dhatu) of Lord Buddha. The Stupa was built by the King of Ramagram, who was the eighth king to obtain the Buddha's relics. On completion of this tour, we drive to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, we refresh at our hotel & head for a tour of Swayambhunath 7 hanuman Dhoka palace. This Buddhist temple is one of the oldest in Kathmandu & a world heritage site. We then visit the ancient palace of the old Shah Kings that was used till the ‘70s in Kathmandu. Overnight at our hotel

After a delicious breakfast, we drive down to Pharping, a town south of Kathmandu. Pharping is famous for the Padmasambhava caves that are known by the revered site of Yangleshö. This is where Guru Padmasambhava reached the level of Mahamudra vidyadhara. There are two caves in Pharping hallowed by Guru Rinpoche: the Asura cave and the Yangleshö cave. Below the flight of stairs climbing up to the Asura cave is an old and important Vajrayogini temple, called the Pharping Vajravarahi temple. Other stairs also lead up to the cave. Towards the village end, we find Ralo Rinpoche's monastery and a shrine containing a rising Tara on the side of an image of Ganesha. Pharping also has several monasteries, temples and retreat centres, including the Chatral Rinpoche's monastery, and the Palyul Retreat Centre, residence of Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche and home to the Rigpa Shedra.

After enjoying our visit hereabouts, we drive down to Namobuddha which is home to the very old Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and said to be the most sacred. Namobouddha is famous as the place where the Buddha, in his previous life as a prince, is said to have given his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. After worshipping at this holy site, we do a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at our hotel

After breakfast, we drive to the Boudhanath stupa, the oldest and biggest monastery in Asia. In the morning, we stand in the queue and do a kora with the other Buddhist faithful while spinning the prayer wheels as we walk around the stupa. Boudhanath is an emblem of Buddhism and an interesting place to spend some time and meditate. We then drive down to Kapan monastery which sits on a hillock overlooking the ancient valley of Kathmandu. The monastery is home to 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers. Kopan is committed to helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion as taught by their founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe. After spending some prime time down at this quiet peaceful monastery, we next head to Budhanilkantha.

Budhanilkantha is famous for its Temple which is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley on the northern side. It is also known as the mystical Budhanilkantha temple or ‘Narayanthan’ temple. Budhanilkantha literally means “Old Blue Throat”. The temple is only nine kilometers away from the ancient valley of Kathmandu. The deity of Lord Vishnu; also known as Narayan, is seen in the lying position on ‘Ananta Sesa’, or the cosmic ocean. There is much medieval history which links the ex-royal family to this sleeping statue of Vishnu. The deity is about a thousand years old. From this point we drive down to the quiet hillock resort of Nagarkot to enjoy a lovely sunset and a stunning sunrise that include breathless views of some of the most famous peaks in the world, which stirs us emotionally. Overnight at our resort in Nagarkot

We get up pretty early in the morning to enjoy a mesmerizing sunrise from the tower of Nagarkot or even from the balconies of our rooms. We then enjoy a hot breakfast, go out for a stroll down the streets of Nagarkot before driving down to ancient Bhaktapur for some great sightseeing. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon showcases the ancient grandiose of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It has remained a model for heritage conservation since then. At the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will find many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses – the Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows that also has marks of bullet penetrations that tells a tragic tale this once-upon-a-time independent kingdom. Another attraction are the erotic statues of the gods in the act of the ancient art of sex that we all know of as the ‘Kamasutra’’. We then drive down to Patan for some thrilling s/seeing of this historical medieval city. This is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and art that  displays scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, this includes the Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu

After having healthy breakfast , our guide and office vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditionswill cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. Sayonara friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation:

4 night’s hotels in Kathmandu at deluxe 3 Star category Hotel/ 5 Star hotel with breakfast as per program, 1 night Deluxe hotel accommodation in Lumbini with breakfast, 1 Night best 3 Star/ 5 Star category Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Nagarkot. All at comfortable standard and with en suite facilities all rooms are twin-bedded All rooms have en suite bathrooms with 24 hours hot/cold showers, flush toilets and electricity. All the hotels Rooms in Kathmandu,Lumbini & Nagarkot have all the modern amenities.

Vital information

Visa

The most convenient (and less expensive) is to have a visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport. To do this, please bring a photo Passport size and Cash small bills.

  • 25 US dollars (or euro equivalent) for a 15-day visa (multiple entries)
  • 40 US dollars (or euro equivalent) for a 30-day visa (multiple entries)
  • 100 US dollars (or euro equivalent) for a visa from 31 to 90 days (multiple entries).

The visa is free for children under 10 years. For stays of less than 3 days, free visas no longer exist (take a visa "15 days").When you take your visa on arrival, check that the "sticker" is properly affixed: without it, your visa is not valid

Travel Insurance:

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out delayed departure and cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.
A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions.

We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your MSTE itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken in the trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet, Bhutan & India trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage.

You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

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