Blending Nature with a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

$778

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Tour Timeline

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport

Day 2 : Sightseeing of Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pharping Monastery and Patan- Mahaboudha area

Day 3 : Visit Chabahil Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa and transfer to Kapan Monastery

Day 4 : Learn about monastery and overnight at Kapan 

Day 5 : Participating in Meditative prayers and overninght at Kapan

Day 6 : Drive to Changunarayan Temple, Bhaktapur then transfer to Nagarkot 

Day 7 : Drive to Pokhara 

Day 8 : Full day sightseeing of Peace Stupa, Monasteries & Tibetan Refugee Camp in Hangja

Day 9 : Drive to Lumbini via Syangja. Visit Buddha’s birth place, Lumbini Gardens and Mayadevi temple

Day 10 : Drive back to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa 

Day 11 : Final departure

 

Trip Dossier

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport

Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will find our representative awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to your designated hotel. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pharping Monastery and Patan- Mahaboudha area

After breakfast, you begin a tour of Buddhist shrines which include the Swoyambhunath Stupa. You visit Pharping Monastery & gushing Chovar Gorge. Your tour continues to Mahaboudha in Patan and the Rudra Varna Maha vihar. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 3: Visit Chabahil Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa and transfer to Kapan Monastery

Today your sightseeing extends to other Buddhist Shrines. You will visit Chabahil Stupa & Bouddhanath Stupa – said to be one of the biggest in Asia. In the vicinity near Bouddhanath stupa there are several other smaller Stupas to visit. From Bouddhanath, we proceed on to the tranquil Kapan for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4-5: Learn about monastery and Participating in Meditative prayers and overnight at Kapan 

A day at the Kapan Monastery: we learn about the interesting history of the monastery and participate in some meditative prayers. This is only an option. The scenery that surrounds the monastery is simply wonderful to behold. This is an ideal place for some peace and quietness as we spend time contemplating on our lives. Overnight at Kapan.

Day 6: Drive to Changunarayan Temple, Bhaktapur then transfer to Nagarkot 

After spending some prime time at Kapan monastery, we drive down to Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur. You enjoy visiting the palace of 55 windows and some holy sites hereabouts. After sightseeing, we take an half hour drive to the lovely hideaway hill resort of Nagarkot to view the fabulous Himalayan range of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse  peaks & the amazing sunset view we experience down here. Overnight at our hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 7: Drive to Pokhara 

We get up pretty early to savor a jaw-dropping sunrise while sipping our first cupper coffee of the day. After breakfast, we get set for our highly scenic drive to the lovely trekker’s junction of Pokhara, a virtual paradise of nature. We bunk out at our hotel by the lakeside, it’s a terrific experience.

Day 8: Full day sightseeing of Peace Stupa, Monasteries & the Tibetan Refugee Camp in Hangja

Today it’s a Full day sightseeing of Peace Stupa, Monasteries & the Tibetan Refugee Camp in Hangja. We also visit Davis fall do some quiet boating on the gentle Phewa Lake; this also includes a fancy free cycling tour around the lakeside. You will enjoy this day to the hilt. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 9: Drive to Lumbini via Syangja. Visit Buddha’s birth place, Lumbini Gardens and Mayadevi temple

After a buffet breakfast, we take drive lush rural countryside to Lumbini via Syangja (5 hours) as our eyes trace the mountain landscapes that stay with us throughout the journey. We check into our hotel, refresh and begin our visit of Buddha’s birth place & the quiet Lumbini Gardens. We also visit the Mayadevi temple [the Buddha’s mother] overnight at your hotel.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa 

We drive back to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa. This day is free to do what’s best for you. Pen a few postcards to the loved ones at home, telling them of your experiences or do some last minute shopping; or you could just chill out somewhere with some beers and reflect on your wonderful holiday. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Final departure

Final departure for your connecting flight home sweet home. Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that should even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘no frills’ prices are meant to suit your budget.

Trip Information

Accommodation

Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. The nights we spend at the Kapan monastery are wonderfully clean and comfortable, the quiet and peace will stir your spiritual senses. Your stay at Nagarkot will be a delight to remember, most of the hotels and resorts hereabouts are enveloped within the lovely ecosystems of this great hill resort blessed by Mother Nature. In Pokhara, the hotel choices are just great by the lakeside, and it doesn’t get better than this. You will just love it. At Lumbini, the Hotel Hokke is immaculately clean and this excellent Japanese style hotel sells well in Lumbini. The Sri-Lankan Pilgrims' Rest House is a more modest accommodation that’s good enough; it is situated a bit further up from the main center of Lumbini though. The Lumbini Village Lodge is closer and provides rooms at economical rates, but the rooms are pretty basic at best. The options are many for your hotel stay wherever you go…the choice exclusively yours.

Dining

The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. At Kapan monastery, the food choices are great and hygienic.  At Nagarkot, ‘A La Carte’ menus have a variety of choices to suit your likes, your stomach won’t be disappointed; if you are a foodie, the lake city of Pokhara has it all, it has to be with holiday making chefs from across the world who have visited this paradise. In Lumbini, there is only one restaurant though, the Lumbini Garden Restaurant, which is about a ten minutes hike from the center. The Lumbini Hokke Hotel (fairly expensive) and The Sri Lankan Pilgrims Rest House (very basic menu) are the only other choices one could get for meals. The locals feel guests need to make a few sacrifices when visiting the birth place of the Buddha. However, despite the circumstances, you won’t need to go hungry…the Buddha wouldn’t want that anyways.

 

Cost Inclusion/Exclusion

Cost Inclusion

  • 3N Hotel Accommodation  @ Kathmandu with Breakfast plan in twin sharing basis
  • 2N Hotel Accommodation  @ Pokhara with Breakfast plan in twin sharing basis
  • 1N Hotel Accommodation  @ Nagarkot with Breakfast plan in twin sharing basis
  • 1N Hotel Accommodation  @Lumbini with Breakfast plan in twin sharing basis
  • 3N Home Stay Accommodation  @ Kapan with full board in twin sharing basis
  • Arrival & Departure International Airport
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation in A/C private vehicles as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fee as specified in the itinerary
  • Driver cum guide below 4 PAX

 

Cost Exclusion

  • Lunch and  Dinner at local Restaurant
  • Drinks and bar menu
  • Telephone & laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Any accidental and emergency support (if any)
  • Driver and guide tips
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Domestic and International Air Tickets
  • Extra activities other than above itinerary

 

Best Time To Visit

The best time for a trip of this kind would be in the spring and autumn.  It is wonderful during this time of the year when the skies are a sparkling blue and the landscapes found on these trips are stunning to behold. It’s also cooler at this time to visit the steaming Terai region of Nepal which is hot and humid in the summers. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.

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