Buddha was born in Nepal, which makes Buddhism a very important part of our culture. While this is a pilgrimage tour in one hand, on the other it also displays the great archeological triumph of mankind. There are 62 archeological sites in Lumbini region which show different events in Buddha’s life. The tour includes a visit to Lumbini, Pharping, Dhulikhel and Namobuddha which collectively shows the vastness of Buddhism along with its traditions and cultures.
Nepal has a very strong Buddhist background and has played a very important role in spreading Buddhism to Tibet. Buddha was born is Lumbini and according to the Tripitaka, he visited his father’s kingdom and converted his family and clan to Buddhism. This tour gives you an insight about the Buddhist Pilgrimage, the life of Buddha, his place of enlightenment and his priceless teachings.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Full day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Patan
Day 3: Drive to Ghurmi (171 Km/6-7 Hrs)
Day 4: Drive to Halesi Mahadev Temple to visit Maratika Cave (47Km/ 2Hrs)
Day 5: Drive to Dhulikhel (143 Km/5 Hrs). Overnight stay at Dhulikhel
Day 6: Early morning visit Namo Buddha and then transfer directly to domestic Airport to board their onward flight to Bhairahawa. Upon arrival at Bhairahawa drive to Lumbini (16 Kms/30 Mins drive). Overnight at Hotel in Lumbini
Day 7: Full day visit Lumbini. Overnight at Lumbini
Day 8: Early morning visit Mayadevi Temple. Afternoon drive to Bhairahawa Airport to board onward flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 9: Visit Pharping, Swoyambhunath & Kathmandu City
Day 10: Departure Transfer
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1333m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. If your arrival is late in the evening then there is always another day to provide you information about your tour.
Today day begins with the breakfast in the hotel; you will be explored to the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Pashupati Nath We firstly go for one of the biggest in the world of its kind and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple, which lies 6 Km from central Kathmandu. Buddhist people worships Pashupati as Bodhisatva Avalokiteswara. Both Avalokiteswara and Siva are known as Lokeswar, Lord of the World. Pashupatinath is also the location of the very sacred meditation caves of Two Buddhist Boudha Nath Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. 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. Patan City (City of Fine Arts) Patan City is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, Guardian Deities and wonderful carvings. Krishna Mandir, which is one of the grandeur of the square, was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of fine arts or city of artists.
Wake up early in the morning have breakfast and get ready to drive to Ghurmi. We will drive from Kathmandu via Dhulikhel, Nepalthok, Khurkot all the way to Ghurmi. Overnight at Guest House.
After breakfast drive to Haleshi Mahadev Temple and visit all the places and worship, evening drive back to Ghurmi. Overnight at Guest House. Maratika Cave (Halesi): Halesi is one of the six most important Buddhist pilgrimage site. This is where Buddha Amitabha taught eighteen Tantras of long life. The Dakini Sangwa Yeshe recorded and hid these teachings as Terma at Maratika. Later Guru Padmasambhava received the teachings. After practicing for ninety days, Buddha Amitayus appeared in the sky and gave initiations to the Guru and Mandarava. They then attained the Vidyadhara of longevity. For Buddhists Maratika (Halesi) is generally associated with Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), where he and his consort Mandarava were blessed with immortal life by Buddha Amitayus. The caves of Maratika are mentioned in tibetan literature up from the 12th century.
Dhulikhel is a typical Newari town with nearby Tamang villages. It is situated 30 km. east of Kathmandu on the side of Arniko Highway on the way towards Tibet. Dhulikhel is popular for its natural beauty and ancient traditions. The Himalayan ranges from the twin crest of Mt. Langtang in the west to the Mt. Everest in the east can be clearly viewed in a clear day. Dhulikhel is ideal for snow-capped peaks, sunrise, sunset and it is different from any other place. One can say Dhulikhel is where the peaks speak.
Namo Buddha Located on slightly elevated land, it is a pleasant and out-of-the-way place. The landscape below resembles an eight-petaled lotus, and the sky above has the form of a wheel with nine spokes. In this wide panorama, some mountains glisten white like a conch shell or a crystal. After Great Buddha Being offered his body in generosity to the tigress, people found it difficult to travel through the region for fear of all wild animals, so they developed the practice of reciting “Namo Buddhaya” (“I take refuge in the Buddha”) to dispel their anxiety. To this day, the local inhabitants call the area Namo Buddha.
Lumbini One of the world's most important spiritual sites is home to the historic birthplace of the Buddha. Today you can visit over 25 international Buddhist monasteries, study Buddhism, meditation and visit Buddha's birthplace itself within the sacred Mayadevi Gardens! Tilaurakot is ancient capital of Sakya kingdom (Kapilavastu) where Siddhartha lived his early 29 years as a prince. Ruins of Tilaurakot palace has been discovered 27 km west of Lumbini. Along with other structures, one can still observe the remains of the eastern gate through which Prince Siddhartha took great renunciation. Ramgram Stupa is the only Stupa which still retains Buddha relic in its intact form. When Buddha attained 'Mahaparinirvana', his body was cremated. The mortal relic was divided among the 8 claimants. While other Stupas were later excavated by Emperor Ashoka or distorted in conflict, the relic remained intact until the date in the Ramagram Stupa. Kudan (Nigrodharma) has the stupa remains, where King Suddhodhana (father of Buddha) met Lord Buddha after he attained enlightenment. Gotihawa was ancient Khemavati the birth place of Krakucchanda Buddha. Niglihawa is the birthplace of Kanakmuni Buddha. Emperor Ashoka visited both places and erected pillars with inscriptions. The pillars are broken in both places. Sagarhawa is the place where Sakyas were massacred by King Virudhaka out of vengeance. About 70,000 Sakyas were killed in the massacre. The sakyas didn't strike back as they believed in nonviolence.
Maya Devi Temple is set in the middle of the large 4km by 2.5km park grounds known as the Lumbini Development Zone. Designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange in 1978, it’s still a work in progress that comprises landscaped lakes and numerous monasteries that have been or are being constructed by Buddhist communities from around the world. There are over 60 excavation sites among which some of them are popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The legendary Lumbini garden is now developed into a sanctuary that spread over the 6 sq km area. The Mayadevi temple houses the marker stone and foundation of ancient temple resembling the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. Monastic zone is developed into World Buddhist center with monasteries constructed by Buddhist communities from different countries.
Pharping (Padmasambhava’s Asura Cave) However more specifically it is referring to two caves in which Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. One is located on the hillside behind and above Pharping, commonly known as Azura Cave or the 'Upper cave of Yanglesho'. The other one is located slightly below Pharping, about a five minute walk outside of town and known as 'Lower cave of Yanglesho' or simply Yanglesho. Pharping has not only been blessed by Guru Rinpoche, it has been also visited by many great beings, like long term resident Marpa Lotsawa, who practiced, made offerings, Ganachakra Feasts, aspiration prayers and so on. Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche is said to have attained enlightenment here. Thus Pharping (Yanglesho) is considered to be as important as Bodhgaya for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. Swoyambhu Nath Stupa The Great Stupa of Swayambhu stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha". The myth of its origin is also the myth of the primordial Buddha's enlightenment, it is the story of the origin and spread of Buddhism in Nepal and the origin myth of the Valley. This most sacred power place has always been the most important power place for Valley Buddhists and for pilgrims of all Buddhist persuasions from all over the world. It is considered to be the most powerful shrine in the Himalayas. At the top of the eastern stairway is the great Vajra set upon a drum that has the Dharmadhatu Mandala inscribed upon its gilt copper top. It is said that this drum covered a well that reflected images of the beloved dead with such flattery that wives and husbands would throw themselves in and drown. Another story has it that the Mandala covers a pit to the hells and the realms of the hungry ghosts. The drum plinth is decorated with the twelve animals of the zodiac. Kathmandu Durbar Square This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Even to date, all the major state and social ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations are performed in one of the courtyards in this complex. There are also museums inside the palace building.
Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure to the wonderful country of Nepal.