Buddhist Tour in Nepal

Buddhist Tour in Nepal

Buddhism is a significant religion in the world followed by a large number of people. The rich Buddhist culture and heritage of Nepal bring hundreds of pilgrims to this country. There are many ancient monuments and pilgrimage sites as well. This Buddhist Tour is an ideal opportunity for travelers to explore the cultural landscapes of the country.

Lord Buddha was born as Siddharth Gautam in Lumbini, Nepal. The landmarks like the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, Mayadevi Temple, Lord Buddha’s seven steps are pretty significant. This beautiful tour is also informational and educational. You can explore the different cultural heritage of the region as well.

Our Buddhist tour starts with a hike to scenic Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath. We also visit the significant Pharping Monastery and explore Taudaha lake. The travelers will visit the Kapan Monastery on the next day.

Namo Buddha monastery on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley will enchant all travelers. The beautiful architecture and majestic views of snow-capped mountains are a highlight of this tour. After exploring these incredible Buddhist monuments, we will travel outside the Kathmandu valley.

Firstly, we will fly to Bharatpur and make our way to the Lumbini and visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The monastic region in Lumbini has many monasteries of different countries, including Japanese Monastery, Chinese Monastery, Thailand Monastery, and others. The Buddhist pilgrimage site is of great religious and spiritual significance.

Moreover, you will also get to visit the famous Ashoka pillar, Maya Devi temple, Seven Steps in Lumbini. You will visit places like Kapilvastu, Kudan, Tilaurakot, and other Buddhist monuments. Read on for the detailed itinerary of the Buddhist Tour in Nepal and additional related information.

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Highlights of the Tour

  • Exploring incredible Buddhist landmarks including Swayambhunath and Boudhanath of Kathmandu valley
  • Visiting the monasteries like Pharping, Namobuddha, Kapan monastery, and Taudaha
  • Visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha
  • Exploring Tilaurakot and Kudan and other Buddhist monuments
  • Experiencing the peaceful atmosphere of the Lumbini monastic zone
  • The pilgrimage of Maya Devi temple and the Ashok pillar
  • Incredible hospitality of the Nepalese people

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Transfer to a Hotel.

After arrival at Kathmandu, our staff and representative will pick you up from the Tribhuvan international and then transfer you to Kathmandu hotel. You can also explore the city in the evening, stroll around the Thamel streets, and then return to your hotel in the evening.

Day 2
Day 02: Tour of Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pharping

After breakfast, we will start our Buddhist Tour in Nepal with a scenic drive to Pharping. Pharping village settlement remains located along the way to the famous Dakshinkali temple. You can explore around the villages providing incredible local heritages.
The Buddhist monastery in Pharping also has many students, both local and international, studying dharma practice and teaching. There is also Taudaha, a beautiful lake that is also mentioned in mythologies. Taudaha is also the place where Manjushree kept all the Nagas from the vast lake of Kathmandu.
After exploring Pharping, we will continue our tour to Kathmandu, where we will have lunch. We then make our way to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), located at a hilltop. Swayambhunath stupa is one of the significant landmarks of the city revered by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The beautiful stupa premises is home to monkeys. You can observe many of them playing around the steps to this temple.
Furthermore, we can also travel to one of the largest stupas in Asia, Boudhanath stupa. Hundreds of pilgrims perform the Buddhist ritual of Kora of the dome, where they circumnavigate chanting prayers and circulating main wheels. The stupa has eyes that signify and send out the message of peace. We will return to our hotel and spend the night at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Kopan Monastery visit and Namobuddha Tour

After our meal, we will start our trip to Kopan Gompa (Monastery). Monks around the world come to this monastery to study Buddhist philosophy and spirituality. After meditating, we explore around and observe the peaceful atmosphere. We will continue our trip to Namo Buddha. You will explore a small village in Kathmandu.
According to mythologies, a starving tigress and her cubs were saved by Lord Buddha. After a beautiful exploration around the monastery, we will take a scenic flight to Bhairawa airport. Lumbini is a beautiful settlement and our next destination.

Day 4
Day 04: Flight to Bhairahawa from Kathmandu and Transfer to Lumbini.

After taking a scenic flight from Kathmandu, we will continue our tour at the Bhairawa airport, from where we will travel to Lumbini. You will then visit Lord Buddha’s birthplace, Ashok pillar, Maya Devi temple, and other regional landmarks.
Gautam Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautam, King Sudhodhan, prince of the royal family in the region. Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Lord Buddha in May 642 BC in Devdaha while traveling to her home. Buddha took seven immediate steps after birth, and on each of those steps, lotus flowers bloomed.
Moreover, there are other incredible landmarks like the Ashoka pillar constructed by King Ashoka in 249 BC. German archaeologists found the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, in 1895 with the help of this inscription in this pillar. UNESCO subsequently named Lumbini as a World Heritage Site in 1997. After exploring the beautiful sites, we will explore Lumbini Garden. We will rest and spend the night at a hotel in Lumbini.

Day 5
Day 05: Explore around Tilaurakot and Kudan.

After breakfast, we will explore Tilaurakot and Kudan near Lumbini. Tilaurakot is an important historical site located around 29 km west of Lumbini. Tilaurakot Palace is the place where Lord Buddha spent his life as Prince Siddhartha Gautam.
There is a fantastic meadow along the banks of the Ban-Ganga River. You can also observe a large residential compound around the area. There is a beautiful temple dedicated to Maya Devi, mother of Lord Budhha. After touring around Tilaurakot, we will travel to Kudan. Kudan is only around 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot.
Moreover, there are ruins of old structures, stupas, ponds, monasteries, and others. There is a Kasaya stupa where Lord Buddha was given a Kasaya (yellow robe worn by monks) after he attained cosmic enlightenment. We will return to the hotel and spend the night at a hotel in Lumbini.

Day 6
Day 06: Drive from Lumbini to Bhairahawa and Fly to Kathmandu

After we have our breakfast, we will take a scenic drive from Lumbini to Ramgram, where you can visit the Ramgram Stupa built around 2500 years ago. The Ramgram stupa contains the relics of Lord Buddha as it is the only standing stupa from ancient times. This excellent historical site is of great religious importance.
We can observe the great 7 m (23 ft) high stupa buried on the ground. After touring around Ramgram, we will have lunch and drive back to Bhairawa airport. We will then fly back to Kathmandu and spend the night at a hotel.

Day 7
Day 07: Departure from Kathmandu

After having early morning breakfast, our staff and representative will pick you up and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International airport. Our Buddhist Tour in Nepal ends in Kathmandu. You can fly to your desired destination.

Major Attractions of the Buddhist Tour in Nepal

The major attractions of the Buddhist Tour in Nepal are as follows:

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath is a beautiful stupa located on a hilltop in Kathmandu. Many monkeys are living around this beautiful stupa temple and therefore known as the “Monkey Temple.” You can also observe awe-inspiring views of sunrise and sunset from the viewpoint in this stupa premises.

Boudhanath

Boudhanath is a beautiful stupa located in Kathmandu. The stupa was built around the fifth century and had a massive mandala structure. It is considered most significant in Asia.

You can also explore the area, including many cafes, Thangka galleries, restaurants, around Boudhanath. The Boudhanath has many Tibetan refugees around the region and is known as “Little Tibet.”

Pharping

Pharping is a small village settlement in Newari town located around 19 km south of Kathmandu. Moreover, the ancient Pharping monastery is another important Buddhist pilgrimage site. There are several Tibetan refugees along with the settlement as well. You can also explore around the Taudaha lake while on the way to Pharping.

Kapan Monastery

Kapan Monastery is another beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Kapan Monastery is a member of Gelugpa Dharma centers which is an international group of monasteries. The gompa also works in the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha remains located away from the urban capital of Kathmandu. According to legend, this is the same place where Siddhartha Gautam gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Hence, this Namo Buddha monastery is a significant landmark both historically and religiously.

Lumbini (Birthplace of Lord Buddha)

Lumbini is significant in Buddhist as it is Lord Buddha and hence quite an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists worldwide. The spiritual landmark lies in the Rupandehi District of Nepal. Queen Mayadevi traveled to Devdaha, her parent’s home, when she gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam in 642 BC.

Lord Buddha is widely believed to have walked seven steps immediately after his birth. According to mythology, on those steps, a lotus flower bloomed. You can also explore the Ashok Pillar built by King Ashok in 249 BC.

The Ashok Pillar was an instrumental landmark that provided evidence in discovering the old ruins of Lumbini and eventually the birthplace of Lord Buddha. German archaeologists discovered the Ashok Pillar in 1895 with the help of Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian and his inscription. UNESCO provided Lumbini with the World Heritage Site in 1997.

Kapilvastu

Kapilvastu is also the palace region of King Śuddhodana and his Shakya Kingdom. Moreover, Lord Buddha was born as his son Prince Siddhartha Gautama. You can visit the ancient ruins of Lord Buddha’s palace in Kapilvastu. The tranquil and peaceful region will enchant any traveler.

Tilaurakot and Kudan

Tilaurakot is a historical site that lies around 29 km west of Lumbini. It is the place where Lord Buddha spent his first 29 years as Prince Siddhartha Gautam. Similarly, the peaceful meadow near the banks of the BanGanga River is another highlight of this place.

There are ruins of a large residential compound and Maya Devi shrine in Tilaurakot. Kudan remains located around 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot. Structural ruins, stupas, ponds, and monasteries are highlights of this tour. There is a Kasaya stupa where Lord Buddha was given a Kasaya, a yellow robe, after attaining enlightenment.

Ramgram Stupa

Ramgram stupa is among the stupas built by King Ashok. The King wanted throughout the Maurya Empire to construct 84,000 stupas. However, while making the stupa, the serpent Naga king was too powerful guarding the Ramagrama stupa. This did not allow Ashoka to unearth the relic. It is an integral Buddhist heritage landmark of this region.

Best time for this Buddhist Tour in Nepal?

Buddhist Tour in Nepal is ideal in all seasons. There are incredible landscapes of the region that provide travelers with astonishing adventure. However, traveling in the peak season of Spring and Autumn is ideal for all travelers.

Spring seasons in March to May provide travelers with stable weather conditions and perfect temperatures for traveling in the daytime. There are clear skies and less precipitation, which makes it ideal for traveling. Wildflowers are blooming over hills like rhododendrons that makes it a pretty beautiful scenario along trails.

Besides that, the Autumn season (September to November) is another peak season in the region. There are beautiful weather conditions all around the area that provide travelers with an incredible adventure.

There are clear blue skies and stable weather conditions with minimal precipitation that are ideal for travel. Besides that, cultural exploration is another highlight of this trip. Travelers can observe local people busy in local festivities like Dashain, Tihar, and Chaath.

Another off-season like winter and monsoon has challenging weather along trails, making it quite difficult for travelers to tour around the region. Winters bring freezing weather conditions and harsh winds, especially at night time. The monsoon season brings heavy precipitation and chilly weather.

There are landslides, avalanches, floods, and muddy roads as well. However, if you prepare and pack well, you can travel any time in the region. Therefore, a Buddhist tour in Nepal is ideal in the spring and autumn seasons.

Why take this Buddhist helicopter tour?

Religious pilgrimage

This incredible Buddhist helicopter tour takes you to some of the significant landmarks of Buddhism in and around the country. Thousands of devotees take this beautiful tour every year to visit one of the most spiritual lands in Buddhist mythologies. The birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini is probably the most sacred site in all of Buddhism.

There are various temples, stupas, and bars in Kathmandu valley that provide a unique religious and cultural heritage of this ancient city. Besides that, there are multiple monasteries, gompas in the outskirts of Kathmandu, and other hilly landscapes of the country. Siddharth Gautam’s various ancient palaces in and around Lumbini and Kapilvastu make this region quite significant. Travelers will cover all essential Buddhist heritage regions quickly, which makes their tour package quite substantial.

Scenic natural vista

This incredible Buddhist helicopter tour passes through scenic landscapes of green hills and the vast landscapes of Terai. Travelers can also observe magical views of snow-capped mountains from various viewpoints along the trail. Other natural landmarks like the green forest, serene waterfalls, vast rivers, and others that you will encounter during your journey make this tour quite an incredible opportunity to explore.

Travelers can observe entire landscapes of regions from various viewpoints along trails, including multiple monasteries and stupas located atop a hill. Besides that, there are different cultural heritages that you can observe while traveling on this tour. The various landmarks of UNESCO-listed world heritage sites provide travelers with incredible and unique insight into local history, culture, and tradition.

Short duration tour

This incredible Buddhist tour is ideal for those travelers who want to complete their trip in a short amount of time. This quick duration tour provides travelers with a beautiful opportunity to traverse across major Buddhist landmarks and sites in a short schedule. This outstanding tour takes around seven days to complete.

It takes you on a complete tour of Buddhist heritage sites in and around Kathmandu and various critical Buddhist cities like Lumbini and Kapilvastu. This short tour is packed with many places to visit with incredible religious and cultural significance. Hence, this Buddhist tour in Nepal is quite popular among travelers.

High-end facility

This Buddhist tour in Nepal provides travelers with incredible high-end facilities of meals and accommodation. Travelers will stay in luxury hotels and eat well-balanced nutritious, and delicious meals during their journey. There are various other facilities, including deluxe private transportation while traveling to different parts of the country. Travelers Will get the incredible best tour experience as they will travel safely and comfortably to experience this spiritual travel without any hassle. Therefore, this high-end facility makes this Buddhist tour in Nepal quite popular among travelers.

Friendly and convenient service

The team member and tour guide of this you’re pretty friendly. Travelers will get professional directions and local heritage experts who will provide you with an incredible guided tour of various Buddhist heritage sightseeing points around the region. This fantastic tour is an ideal experience for those travelers that want a safe and comfortable experience around the various Buddhist sites.

They will provide you with the best local insights and also allow you to interact with locals. Besides that, they will also provide you with all services regarding logistics along the trail so that you can travel without any hassle. Therefore, this aspect makes this Buddhist tour in Nepal one of the best tours.

The Final Say

Buddhism is a significant religion in Nepal. Various Buddhist landmarks make it ideal for a Buddhist Tour in Nepal. The Buddhist culture and heritage of Nepal provide travelers with a great spiritual experience. There are incredible monuments, ancient stupas, and other pilgrimage sites around the region. This tour passes through the beautiful landscapes and green landscapes of the area.

Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, Mayadevi Temple, Lord Buddha’s seven steps are some of the significant Buddhist heritage of the region. Our Buddhist temples, including Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath, Pharping Monastery, the Kapan Monastery, Namo Buddha monastery, are some of the significant landmarks of the region. We hope you learned about Buddhist Tour in Nepal and other related information in detail. Contact us for more information on this incredible tour.

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