Buddhism Spiritual Tour

In this tour we visit Buddhist stupas and monasteries in Kathmandu and Patan. Then visit Namobuddha 40 kilometers from Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara to visit World Peace Buddhist Stupa and Tashi Palkhel Tibetan Refugee Camp along with visit to Sarangkot Hill for the magical sunrise view over Annapurna range. We also visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

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Tour Highlights:

  • Boudhanath Stupa, Kapan Monastery and Swayambhu
  • Namobuddha, the beautiful huge monastery in the hill
  • Sunrise View from Sarangkot for the glistening lightshow of Annapurna mountain panorama
  • World Peace Stupa and Tashi PalKhel Tibetan Refugee Camp
  • Lumbini Mayadevi Temple, Pond and Monastic zone
  • Monasteries and temples in Patan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 5 Nights in Kathmandu in 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool-Hotel Shankar or Similar on a twin share basis
  • 2 Nights in Pokhara in 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool on a twin share basis
  • 2 Nights in Lumbini in Best Available Hotels near Maya Devi Temple on a twin share basis
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lumbini-Kathmandu in Air Conditioned Private Tourist Vehicles
  • An English speaking Licensed Tour Guide 
  • 9 Breakfast and a Farewell Dinner with Nepalese Cultural Dance Program.
  • All land transportation in Air Conditioned Private Tourist Vehicles

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • Meals and monument fee

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool-Hotel Shankar or Similar

 

Day 2: Guided Sightseeing to BoudhanathStupa, Swoyambhunath Temple and Kapan Monastery

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Kapan Monastery: On a hill top north of Boudhanath, this monastery was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who died in 1984. A young Spanish boy, Osel Torres, was declared to be reincarnated lama. He no longer resides at the monastery but many people come here to study Buddhist psychology and philosophy. It has a monastic school for 360 monks from Nepal and Tibet along with 380 nuns who live nearby Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery. 

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool-Hotel Shankar or Similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 : Visit Monastries in Patan 

Patan is an old center of Buddhism that developed and preserved several Stupas and Monasteries.

Mahaboudha: This is shikhara style Buddhist temple with 1008 Buddhas. Began construction in 1564 and completed in 1610 only.

Golden Temple or Hiranya Varna Maha Vihar: Hiranya Mahavihar also called Kwa Bahal and The Golden Temple is a Buddhist Monastery built in 1409. The main shrine in this gilded shining monastery is the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Rudra Varna Maha Vihar: Also called Uku Bahal is the ancient Buddhist monastery in Patan.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool-Hotel Shankar or Similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4 : Drive to Namo Buddha.

Today we drive to Namo Buddha after breakfast. Namobuddha has a beautiful monastery perched on top of a hill 40 kilometers from Kathmandu. 

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool-Hotel Shankar or Similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5 Drive to Pokhara 

Today we drive to Pokhara, transfer to hotel.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Sarangkot and Guided sightseeing to World Peace Pagoda, Tashi Palkhel Tibetan Refugee Camp

After breakfast, you will take a short drive to Sarangkot (1600m) for sunrise and mountain views. Drive back to hotel, have breakfast and drive to to World Peace Stupa, which offers superb views of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and Annapurna mountain ranges. 

World Peace Pagoda: constructed by a Japanese monk, is a massive Buddhist stupa situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. We cross the Phewa Lake on a boat and walk up the mountain for 2 hours to reach the stupa. Panoramic view of Pokhara unfolds as you walk up the mountain.


Tashi Palkhel Tibetan Refugee Camp: 4km northwest from north end of Pokhara Bazar on the Baglung Highway, is the Tashi Palkhel Tibetan Refugee Camp, the largest of Pokhara’s Tibetan settlement. Out of 1200 residents in this camp, 80 are the monks, where these Tibetans fled from Tibet after the cultural revolution in China, practice Buddhism and keep their culture and language alive. A path past curio sellers draws you naturally to the community’s large monastery where resident monks usually gather for chanting.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Drive to Lumbini (7 Hrs)

Drive to Lumbini via Tansen from Pokhara takes about 6 hours. Tansen is a beautiful hill station and historical town.

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and apostle of peace. Located in southwestern region of Nepal in the Terai plains, Lumbini is a world heritage site and one of the world’s greatest pilgrimage centers.It is where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha.

Overnight: Best Available Hotel near Maya Devi Temple

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 08: Guided sightseeing in Lumbini

You will spend the day sightseeing in and around Lumbini with a tour guide. Some of the sites you will visit include Maya Devi Temple, Puskarni Pond, Ashkoa Pillar, Peace Stupa, Buddhist Library and Museum, Crane Sanctuary and international monasteries. 


Overnight: Best Available Hotel near Maya Devi Temple

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Drive back Kathmandu

Today we drive to Kathmandu that takes around 6 to 7 hours. You can enjoy the scenic ride with beautiful green hills, rivers and villages. In the afternoon you are free to do shopping in Thamel, a renowned tourist hub. 
We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel with Swimming Pool-Hotel Shankar or Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner 

 

Day 10: Airport transfer for departure flight back home

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will organize your trip on the date appropriate for you.

Best Season

Autumn (Sept. to Dec.) and spring (March to May) is the best season when the sub-tropical weather is at its best. But you can visit any time of the year except for the rainy months of June, July and August.

 

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays.  Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

Accommodation

We provide a star hotel accommodation for the entire trip on a twin sharing basis. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms with hot shower, dining place, a bar and internet service. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel or can have a single supplement for the entire trip for an additional charge.


Food

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather depends on the season you are travelling. During the winter months of December, January and February it is cold at night and relatively warm during the daytime, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. During the summer months of March, April and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 27°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C.

 

Tour Guides

All our tour guides are Government Licensed Experienced Tour Guides. 

 

Means of Transportation

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. Kathmandu Pokhara in tourist bus.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.

 

Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582

I am just back and very glad visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. I would like to thank my guide and driver and Eve Holidays team for arranging my trip according to my needs even in last minute without charging any extra money.

William Gruber

After being to several Buddhist places in Asia we decided to visit Nepal. So we chose the Buddhism Tour from their website. Me and my wife we are very satisfied and happy with the tour. Our guide was also very friendly and knowledgeable. We recommend this company Eve Holidays to anyone who are planning for a trip to Nepal.

Ria and Surya