Nepal Buddhist Tour takes you to the most Buddhist holy sites of Nepal such as Lumbini, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath stupa, Patan, Pharping and Namo Buddha on tour to Buddha and Buddhist.
The Shakya Price, Siddhartha Gautam was born at Lumbini in Nepal who late got enlightenment in India and became Buddha. Beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas over the relics have become an inseparable part of Nepalese & Indian art, culture and architecture. Nalanda was once a world center for Buddhism and its philosophy until it disappeared suddenly in 13th century except for the small kingdoms in the hilly tracts.
Early 20th century saw re-emergence of Buddhism and even today some of the famous pilgrimage sites in India & Nepal related to Buddhism attract large number of devotees and visitors every year. Most of them are situated around the River Ganges. The significant sites to be visited as great Buddhist center are Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Shravasti, Kushinara Sankashaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Sanchi stupa and other cave temples as in Ajanta and Ellora.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha and the site is marked by ruins a great stupa and pillar by Emperor Ashoka. Buddha finally got enlightenment in Bodhgaya, when he was 29 years old, under the Bodhi tree, which seems to have eternal life as it keeps sprouting even after destroyed completely.
The Mahabodhi temple and a monastic order looking after the three monasteries are things of interest here. Sarnath monasteries from 3rd century B.C. to the 1st century C.E. are in ruins now. The key factors of Buddhism such as the four noble truths and the philosophy of moderation were taught here. There is Shravasti, where there are several legends about Buddha’s miracles said to be performed there and there is Sankashaya where there are no temples and monasteries but is still a revered place because it was here that Buddha was said to be descended from the Tushita Heaven. Nalanda, Rajgir, Sanchi Stupa, Amravati, and cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora are the preferred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in Buddhist circuit. Check our Buddha and Buddhist tour itinerary below and for the customized tour itinerary and the best cost offer; please kindly ask to a team of professional tour guide and leader.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
You will receive and greet from us upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, and drive to hotel. We will wait you at arrival exit door outside airport with your name written on paper. In the afternoon, Buddhist tour in Kathmandu valley visit Swayambhunath Stupa, where you can see the whole Kathmandu valley with sunset view. The Stupa, listed in UNESCO world heritage site in 1979, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. After that transfer to Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley and a bustling bazaar which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture.
Day 2: Kathmandu Pokhara Tour
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara (200km) takes 6 hours scenic drive. The Annapurna and Machhapucchare is known as fishtail tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara. This scenic drive will offer great view of local villages, jungle and rivers. Upon reaching Pokhara, check-in hotel. Afternoon, have a leisure walk around lake side bazaar.
Day 3: Sarankot Pokhara Tour
Early morning, drive to Sarangkot (1200m) for sunrise view. Expect a very spectacular view of sunrise over the whole Annapurna range including the Machhapuchhare, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. After sunrise view, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast.
Have nice and warm breakfast, then either take a scenic drive or hiking to the World Peace Pagoda. This pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in our directions. The pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands great view. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. After the tour drive back to Pokhara for Lunch. After lunch visit Tibetan Refugees’ Camp, Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Cave.
Day 4: Pokhara Lumbini Overland Tour
After breakfast drive to Lumbini (Lord Buddha’s birth place). Drive takes about 6 hours. On the way visit Tansen hill town for short tour around. After that continue drive to Lumbini. Upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour in Lumbini, visit Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar and various Buddhist Temple.
Day 5: Lumbini Kathmandu Overland Tour
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu. It takes about 7 hours. Lunch will be at River Side Spring resort Kurintar. After lunch continue drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival check in Hotel. Late afternoon visit short walking tour and shopping around Kathmandu.
Day 6: Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour
After breakfast, visit Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Stupa built in the fifth century AD. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of Stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. After that, we visit Kopan Monastery. After the tour, drive to Nagarkot The sunrise and sunset from this popular hill resort present you the breathtaking view of the Eastern Himalayan Range including Mt. Everest which can be seen on a clear day. It is a scenic drive with lots of lovely quaint little houses and paddy fields which takes about one and half hours. Upon reaching resort check in and hot lunch. Late afternoon short leisure walks and catches the sunset.
Day 7: Nagarkot Kathmandu Tour
Wake up in the morning for the Sun rise view. The first ray of the sun fires the peak glimmering red, slowly lighting the Himalaya range. Mt Everest in the east and Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peak in the west can be seen in the clear morning. After breakfast, drive to Pharping.
Day 8: Kathmandu Airport.
After breakfast, transfer to airport to get flight back to home.