The Sacred And Spiritual Tour in Nepal covers different Spiritual destinations in Lumbini and Kathmandu. Spiritual Tours also includes Yoga, Meditation, and Re-Treat around different Natural and sacred places for interested persons. Kathmandu and Lumbini holds a very important place in amongst all Nepalese, as both of them alone contains 8 out of 10 world heritage sites. Which makes this trip a very special one. Nepal is a country where both Hinduism and Buddhism merges together. Buddha the Light of Asia was born in Lumbini, Nepal and makes Lumbini heaven on Earth. Thus with this spiritual and sacred tour, we take you through the holy trail of Buddhism and Hinduism together.
Buddha is also called the Light of Asia, has departed many of his teachings to this world. Buddhism is one of the biggest cultures in the world today and people from all over the world come to visit this holy land. Nepal has a very strong Buddhist background and has played a very important role in spreading Buddhism to Tibet. Buddha was born in 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 (1350m/4,430ft)
Day 2: Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Kopan Monastery
Day 3: Fly to Bhairahawa (35 mins) and drive to Lumbini (25km/30mins). Afternoon: Explore Mayadevi Temple
Day 4: Full day Buddhist Circuit Tour in Lumbini
Day 5: Early morning Yoga secession. After breakfast fly back to Kathmandu. Drive to Pharping for Meditation.
Day 6: Final Departure
Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. You will be welcomed by the high snow capped peaks. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast in the hotel; you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu consists of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Later drive to Kopan Monastery. 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. For them Pashupati is well-known from their tantric texts on sacred geography as an Upachandoha power place which is counted amongst the Twenty-four Pithasthanas of the principal Mandala of sacred tantric sites of the Sub-continent. Explore Tilopa and Naropa's Caves: Pashupatinath is also the location of the very sacred meditation caves of Two Buddhist Mahasiddhas, Naropa and Tilopa, Sadhu-Yogis of the tenth century, and progenitors of a lineage of Buddhist Tantra that became the Tibetan Kagyu School of the Karmapas. Thise was where Naropa engaged in Vajrayogini retreat and gained visions of her – from here, the teachings were passed down to local Nepalese disciples, and from there, through the generations, it has gone all over the world. Tilopa, his Guru, also meditated in the cave just next to it.
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. Just like the Swayambhunath, the Stupa here is too has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. It’s also called wish-fulfilling because of the belief that, it is so powerful that the wishes of anybody who makes prayers to the Stupa are fulfilled. Especially when you see the Stupa for the very first time, whatever you pray for, it will succeed. Boudhanath Stupa is known as the mind nature of Buddhas of three time-past, present and the future. This Stupa is also called the Stupa of enlightenment or Bodhi Stupa.
Kopan is a hillock near Boudhanath north of Kathmandu. It is popular destination for foreigners and Buddhism followers for its Monasteries which offers courses in Tibetan Buddhism. One can explore the Monastery, interact with young nuns and join the morning meditation sessions. The Monastery was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe. You can hike pleasantly between Boudhanath and Gokarna Mahadev Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu
Lumbini, situated in southern Nepal is one of the world's most important spiritual site, home to the historic birthplace of the Lord Buddha, apostle of compassion. Lumbini attracts Buddhist devotees around the world to pay homage at the sacred place where the "Enlightened One' was born. You can witness a famous landmark "Ashoka Pillar" which was made by the Great Emperor Ashoka, who later converted to Buddhism. Overnight stay at Hotel in Lumbini.
Maya Devi Temple is set in the middle of the large 4 km by 2.5 km 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. 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. You will have a meditation and yoga secession under the Bodhi tree inside Maya Devi Temple.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Lumbini.
After breakfast we will start exploring the real essence of Lumbini at a glance including the most important sites according to Buddhism consists of Tilaurakot, Ramgram Stupa, Gothihawa, Kudan, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa. Starting from Tilaurakot, an ancient capital of Sakya Kingdom (Kapilavastu) situated 27 Km from Lumbini, 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. Later visit Ramgram Stupa , 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 Lord 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. Overnight stay at Hotel in Lumbini.
After breakfast drive to Bhairahawa to board your onward flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, drive directly to Pharping. 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. You will have a meditation secession in the Monastery.
Later drive to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
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.