This 8 days Buddhist Journey is a spiritual journey through several sites of Kathmandu valley and Lumbini. Nepal is the place where Buddhism originated and later became a major world religion. This religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautam who was born as a prince of the ancient Kapilavastu which is now in Lumbini, Nepal. Buddhism in Nepal believed to be dated from the birth of Buddha himself visit the land visited by Bodhisattvas and previous Buddhas.
In Nepal, religion is a complex intermingling of traditions, festivals, faiths and doctrines that have permeated every strata of Nepalese Society in such a way as to become the very heartbeat of the nation. Nepal is a beautiful tapestry formed by the interweaving of Hinduism, Buddhism and other beliefs.
Lumbini was the divine forest and the ideal place for Prince Siddhartha’s birth. While passing Lumbini, his mother Queen Mayadevi stopped her journey and during the walk through the forest gave birth to the Prince. Lumbini is a very important Buddhist site. Lord Buddha himself in his Mahaparinirvana Sutta mentioned Lumbini as one of the 4 prominent places for Buddhist Pilgrimage for everyone who’s looking for the ultimate liberation. You will get to see the place where Lord Buddha – the paver of the path to peace and calming contemplation – was born. It is a conducive place to peaceful contemplation and meditation.
You will see several sites in Kathmandu and around : Buddhanath, Swayambhunath, Pharping & Kopan Monasteries and Namo Buddha.
Buddhanath is one of the 10 sites in Nepal inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also one of the main Buddhist shrines in the Kathmandu region of Nepal. Its 14th century stupa dominating the horizon is one of the largest in the world.
Swayambhunath is one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. According to Swayambhu Purana, the entire valley was formerly occupied by a huge lake, in which a lotus grew. The valley was then called Swayambhu, meaning “self-created.” The name comes from an eternal self-generated flame (svyaṃbhu) on which was later built a stupa.
Typical Newar town, Pharping is a religious center located at the top of a hill overlooking Kirtipur southwest of Kathmandu. It is known for its sacred site of Yangleshö, where Guru Padmasambhava attained the level of a Mahamudra vidyadhara.
Kopan Monastery is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism that became famous for teaching Buddhism to Western foreign visitors. Kopan is today composed of two separate institutions: the monastery itself, on Kopan Hill, and the Khachoe Ghakyi Ling Convent.
The Namo Buddha is a magnificent stupa, located on top of a hill. You will enjoy the spirituality of the place, admire the splendid view as well as the flags of prayers waved by the wind in front of the Himalayas.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a quick sightseeing tour. Kopan Monastery was founded by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rimpoche in 1970 as a center of Buddhist Teachings. You will meet Senior Lama and get a orientation on Buddhism at Kopan Monastery. Vegetarian lunch will be served.
Buddhists call it “Tamangligi”, the famous Buddhist spot, where Lord Buddha (on 7th re-incarnation) sacrificed his body to hungry Tigress and its cubs. Evening return to Kathmandu.
According to the Buddhist history, Milerapa from Tibet took one night shelter in a cave, and accordingly blessed this monastery. Vegetarian lunch will be served then we will go to Swayambhunath Temple for, the oldest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal.
Once in Lumbini, you will check-in to the hotel and be taken for a walk through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar. You will also visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stand up on a lotus pedestal. Overnight in a hotel in Lumbini.
After breakfast, we will drive 27km west to visit an important archaeological site called Tilaurkot, the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam’s father) where the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. There’s a museum nearby, The Kapilvastu Museum; the pottery, jewelry and ornaments are gathered in-house. We will end up this fascinating tour in Tilaurkot by visiting the shrines, monasteries and stupa near the sacred garden. Overnight in Lumbini.
After breakfast, we will drive towards Bhairahawa and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Then, it will be time to say goodbye! Hope to see you again!
What is Included
- Accommodation with breakfast in Lumbini
- Flight ticket Ktm – Bhairahawa – Ktm
- Government licensed English speaking guide
- All entrance fees
- Government and local taxes
What is Excluded
- Your accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner when it’s not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guide and driver (tipping in expected)