Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
All Inclusive Price:
- 9 Days
- Trip Level:
- EasyJust about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
- Max Altitude:
- 2100 meter
- Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Pilgrimage Tour
- Best Season:
- ALL SEASON
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal explores the land where Buddhism first sprouted its wings and today is recognized to be one of the most influential religions in the world. Kapilvastu, to be precise, is where the trip takes full flight and explores the grounds that shaped Gautam Buddha to transform into the man he later became. The tour also is insightful when considering that the Buddhist shrines around the vicinity of the valley are properly introduced to the travellers.
The tour starts as we arrive in Kathmandu and start exploring what’s in store for us. We visit the prominent Buddhist sites in and around the Kathmandu valley. It includes Swayambhunath-the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath-the largest stupa in South Asia. Other destinations are the caves of Naropa and Tilopa which is a site believed to have held the training of Naropa from his Guru Tilopa to attain knowledge and wisdom. Finally, we visit the Buddhist city of Patan where we through Patan Durbar Square to see local tradition, culture, and architectures. Next, we fly to Lumbini (Bhairahawa Airport) and tour to Mayadevi Temple, the temple named after the mother of Lord Buddha. Puskerni Pond and Ashoka Pillar too are of great essence from a religious point of view. Also, we will visit Chinese Monastery, Korean Monastery, and Royal Thai Monastery; each of which resembles the architecture of the monasteries from their respective origins. Enjoy the day with amazing memories that have been created. Next, we move to the beautiful place, Pokhara and visit Ramgram Stupa which is the only stupa which retains the cremation remains of Lord Buddha. Next, we come back to Bhaktapur to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Later, we visit Milarepa Cave followed by exploration visit to Namobuddha. Finally, the tour heads to Pharping, the place where Guru Padmasambhava achieved the state of enlightenment. The trip ends as we move back to Kathmandu.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Namaste and welcome to the beautiful country, Nepal. Our agent will be waiting for you in the arrival section. After you will be taken to the hotel for you to freshen up and in the evening, you can enjoy traditional Nepali cuisine with cultural dance. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Buddhist Sites of Kathmandu (Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, Naropa and Tilopa caves of Pashupatinath and the oldest existing Buddhist city of Patan)
Kathmandu is unified by all cultures and religions. On this day, we will be visiting some of the major Buddhist shrines around the valley. These sites include two of the biggest in the city: Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. The Naropa and Tilopa caves of Pashupatinath are two other destinations for the day. Similarly, the final destination is the durbar square in Patan, a city greatly influenced by Buddhism. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Early flight to Lumbini Buddhist Circuit Tour Tilaurakot Kudan (Nigrodharma) Niglihawa
Today, we fly to the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini. We drive and visit the various historical sites of Tilaurakot, Kudan, and Niglihawa. Tilaurakot is ancient Kapilvastu capital where Lord Buddha remained as a prince before setting out on his quest to obtaining enlightenment. Kudan was where Buddha was received by his father when he returned after obtaining enlightenment. Niglihawa is where Kanakmuni Buddha was born. After visiting the entire archaeological sites, if time permits, we shall move on few places such as Sagarhawa and Gotihawa for the more informative visit. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
Day 04: Visit all the monasteries of Lumbini
On this day, we undertake an exploration tour around Lumbini. First up is the Ashoka Stone Pillar, which has an inscribed impression of the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Mayadevi Temple, situated just next to the Pillar is next and then on to the Puskerni Pond, the pond which is believed to have been used by Mayadevi-mother of Lord Buddha, for a bath before she gave birth to Buddha. Later, we visit the Chinese, Korean, and Thai monasteries. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
Day 05: Drive to Pokhara and visit Ramgram Stupa
Early morning, we drive to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, we visit Ramgram Stupa which is the only stupa which still retains one of the holiest Buddhist relics. When Buddha attained Mahapariniryana (death), his body was cremated and his mortal remains were divided into 8 claimants. Other stupas were excavated by Emperor Ashoka; however, the remains in the Ramgram Stupa are still present. Later, you can rest and stroll around the streets of Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 06: Early morning drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view back to the hotel and fly Back to Kathmandu
Early morning, we move to Sarangkot which is only 5 km from Lake Side and is the viewpoint to observe the beautiful sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas including the ones in Annapurna range. After enjoying the glorious views, we return to the hotel and head to the airport to take our flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, spend the day as you please. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 07: Bhaktapur Tour, Milarepa Cave & Namobuddha
Today, we move on to Bhaktapur to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Known for its religious, principles and historical heritage, Bhaktapur has a number of temples, squares, traditional houses, artistic stones, Buddhist shrines, and monasteries built in different times of the history. Highlights of the antique Nepali art like 55 Window Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla, and Krishna Temple can be found here. Just above Bhaktapur, there is a cave where monk Milarepa is said to have meditated and is known as Bageshwori Saraswatisthan. Later, we drive to Namobuddha, which is one of the important Buddhist sites. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 08: Visit Padmasambhava Asura Cave, Pharping
After breakfast, we drive for about 2 hours to Pharping. It is the place where Guru Padmasambhava achieved the state of enlightenment. There are two main caves blessed by the guru himself. We will begin the tour from theBajrayoginiTemple and then ascend through the stairs to Asura Cave which is a holy cave with its origins relating it to Guru Rinpoche. We will continue to Yangle Sho cave where Guru Padmasambhava attained the state of insight. Later, we return to our hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 09: Departure from Kathmandu Airport
Today is the farewell day. We will drop you at the airport prior to the time scheduled. We hope to see you again after this amazing tour.
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TRAVEL INSURANCEProof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers trekking as an activity up to 6000m. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking. We have some suggestions on finding an insurance company on our Terms of Service Page
EXTRA COSTS AND EXCLUSIONSOur trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive when you arrive in Nepal. Here are additional expenses that you can plan on while trekking:
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- Sleeping Bag Rental $20 and Down Jacket $15 if needed.
- All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
- We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek – Plan on around 10% of the cost of your trek.
- We don’t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
- The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few of the tea houses for between $4 and $6. Charging electronic devices is possible in the tea houses and charging costs between $1 and $3 an hour.
- Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($40/night) and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
SOLO TRAVELERSWe generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
CANCELLATION POLICIESWe understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancellation fee. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
EQUIPEMENTThe following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost. HEAD
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
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Nepal amasses the natural, cultural, and historical riches dating back thousands of years. Kathmandu valley, on the other hand, is the epitome of culture and history. The valley and its outskirts are popular for the pristine natural sites; lush forests, streams, high-hills, wildlife, and adventurous terrain. The lush green forest, terraced farmlands, quaint villages, and cultural and historical sites are few of the traits of Kathmandu valley. The exploration of Namo Buddha whilst on the tour stands evident to these facts and is viable to travel aspirants all around the globe.
The 7-day tour begins at Kathmandu. After your arrival, you’ll embark on a full-day tour of the historical Kathmandu city. You’ll witness numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cultural monuments during the tour. The next day, you’ll drive up to Sundarijal which lies 25km north of the Kathmandu city. Sundarijal serves as the gateway to Shivapuri National Park. You’ll begin the trek and advance through the lush forest and streams of the National Park. You’ll reach Chisapani, a quaint and discreet village just above the National Park. From Chisapani, you’ll head 12km northeast to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a popular hill-station popular for its cool weather and magnificent views. After enjoying the beautiful sunrise from the local watchtower along with the panorama of Everest (8848m), Manaslu (8156m), and DorjeLakpa (6966m), you’ll head southeast to another popular hill-station of Dhulikhel. The small hill-town is popular for its old settlement, temples, and scenic getaways. From Dhulikhel, you’ll drive 12km down to Namo Buddha. Namo Buddha is a popular Buddhist stupa located atop a small hill. It is considered one of the most religious Buddhist sites south of Himalaya and boasts a rich folk-legend. After exploring the stupa and the locality, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu. Spring (March-June) and autumn (September-November) guarantee the best weather and accessibility.
Himalayan Recreation has been specializing in custom tours and treks in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India for numerous years. We conduct solo, private, group, and family tours at a reasonable cost. We offer all-inclusive tour packages which cover entire transportation, quality meal and hotels, an experienced guide, permits, and the entire logistics.
Nepal, a South Asian nation with a rich historical and cultural background, is the birthplace of Buddha, home to the Mt. Everest (8848m), and the discreet gateway to the Himalayan Shangri-La. The Nepal Highlight tours with UNESCO Heritage and Everest flight facilitates a complete cultural tour of Nepal. The tour explores each of the ten world heritage sites in the country and entails a plethora of culture, religion, lifestyle, tradition, and art that have been inherited over the ages. A serene mountain flight to Mount Everest is a cherry on the cake.
The 10-days tour begins upon your arrival at Kathmandu. The tour officially commences with the scenic mountain flight to the Everest (8848m). You will witness Everest, along with Lhotse, Makalu, and numerous peaks during the tour. The day ends with the brief tour of UNESCO designated sites inside Kathmandu city, namely; Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The next day, you’ll embark on the tour to explore the UNESCO designated sites in the neighbouring Patan and Bhaktapur cities. Afterwards, you’ll drive 148km south of Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. A UNESCO designated site, Chitwan is a protected region and a home to Royal Bengal tiger and One-horned Rhino. After exploring the lush tropical forests, indigenous culture, and wildlife of Chitwan, you’ll advance west to the city of Lumbini. Lumbini is a historical city renowned as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The UNESCO designated Mayadevi Temple, Peace Pagoda, and numerous other stupas are the highlights of this tour. After completing the journey in Lumbini, you’ll drive 169km north to the touristic city of Pokhara. An ultimate getaway, Pokhara boasts numerous UNESCO designated sites along with adventure activities such as cycling, boating, paragliding, caving, and zip-lining etc. You’ll indulge in Pokhara city tour along with an early morning drive to Sarangkot (1600m) to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and magnificent panorama of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri peaks. The tour ends at Kathmandu. You can undertake the tour anytime throughout the year, however, spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) guarantees best weather and accessibility.
Himalayan Recreation thrives in the demands and expectations of the clients. We, over the years, have carefully identified the necessities of the travellers and crafted trips to address such aspirations. We ensure you that the Nepal highlight tour will surely be one of the most delightful experiences you will undertake.
Nepal has amassed various religions, caste, culture, and traditions since several millennia. The influx of people from various backgrounds has provided a rich amalgamation of cultures; hence, the small nation is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nepal Exploration Tour entails views of pristine Himalaya, lush green forests and herbs, exotic wildlife, temples, and stupas of massive essence. Traversing the four major cities in Nepal; namely: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini, the tour is made even spicier with small detours while on the trip.
The 19-day tour takes you on a round journey of Nepal beginning at Kathmandu. The tour begins at Kathmandu with a brief cultural tour of the city. You’ll drive 3hr west of Kathmandu to Charaudi River and indulge in a Grade-3 rafting experience. Afterwards, you’ll head further west to the tourist city of Pokhara. You’ll head towards Annapurna to undertake a brief trek to Poon Hill to enjoy the beautiful sunrise along with the magnificent panorama of Himalayas. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Pokhara and explore the city along with the outskirts. The tour advances to the south of Nepal to the historical city of Lumbini, also the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. After exploring the UNESCO designated site of Mayadevi Temple, you’ll head east to the exotic Chitwan National Park. The oldest national park in Nepal is home to the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger and One-Horned Rhino. After indulging in the fun-filled Jungle Safari and cultural visit to the nearby Tharu village, you’ll head back to Kathmandu city. The final leg of the tour takes you to the popular hill-station of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel along with the cultural site of Changunarayan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. To end the tour, you’ll make a cultural tour of the Lalitpur district and visit Newari town of Bungmati, Khokana, and Patan before conceding the tour at Kathmandu.
Himalayan Recreation has been specializing in custom tours and treks in Nepal. We operate solo, private, group, and family tours at a reasonable cost. We offer all-inclusive tour packages which cover entire transportation, quality meal and hotels, an experienced guide, permits, and the entire logistics.