Although second in terms of followers in Nepal, Buddhism is the primary religion in several other countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos ,Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Japan, Vietnam and others. The founder of Buddhism, Lord Gautam Buddha, was born in Lumbini, Nepal. For this reason, Nepal has always felt a special connection with Buddhism and all of its followers. Visitors will see Buddha's life and development of Buddhism associated with different places in Nepal. Middle Hill Social Links Trekking organizes sightseeing tour of Swayambunath, Boudhanath, Namo Buddha, Lumbini and other important sites related with Buddha in Nepal.
It is quite known that Lumbini has been one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Around 400,000 Buddhists and non Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. UNESCO has declared Swayambunath, Boudhanath, and, Lumbini as World Heritage Site (Culture) holds immense archeological and religious importance.
This 3 night/ 4 day Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours & Sightseeing fulfills spiritual cravings and blissful life amidst the serene environment. It is not only the source of religious attraction but also its cultural and educational value is attached to it. During Buddhist festival time one can closely observe the daily ritual and enjoy the masked dance.
As part of the tour our tour guide will allow every traveler to spend some moment with a monk, who will give an insight into Buddhism, the life of Buddha, and the daily life of a monk in the temple.
Day 1: At 8 a.m. pick up from your city hotel in Kathmandu and drive to Namobudha Monastery, one of the famous Buddhist Pilgrimage sites n Nepal. During the tour you will also visit the other architectural wonders and major World heritage sites - Bhaktapur Durbar Square on your way back to Kathmandu. Here you will explore Nepalese art and culture. Our escorted city guide explains the story of each site during sightseeing. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
This miracle lies on the top of a hill beyond Panauti and reflects the true form of Buddhism. Access to it either requires a drive or a good hike. We recommend visiting the site on foot, as it provides maximum exposure to peaceful and relaxing views.
So what’s so amazing about this special monastery? Basically, it holds all messages from Buddha to all followers of the religion. An ancient slab placed inside the monastery forwards messages of peace and is also considered to be a perfect place for meditation. About 2 1/2hrs of walk from Dhulikhel to its north, this stupa rests above a ledge nearby to the jungle ridge. In February and March, Tibetans and Bhotias are seen to circulate the site. As a precaution, visits to this site during the monsoon months of May, June and July is extremely discouraged.
A trail further leads to a larger Tibetan Gompa, and in one of the perceived buildings lays a famous stone sculpture depicting the legend of Namo Buddha. This sculpture tells a story about one of the previous lives of Gautam Buddha, basically saying that he encountered a starving tigress and her cubs and sacrificed his flesh to the animals. He is then known to take his next birth as Lord Gautam Buddha. Apparently, the stupa is supposed to contain the hunter’s bones and hair.
Day 2: At 8 a.m. pick up from your city hotel in Kathmandu and go for a full-day sightseeing tour escorted by our multi-lingual experienced tour guide. It will be an wonderful experience to visit Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square listed by UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. After the completion of the tour drive back to hotel and relax
Known as the primary construction that was completely dedicated to its holy founder, this massive stupa lies about 3 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As one of the most glorious Buddhist stupas in the world, it is around 2,000 years old and is also informally called the ‘Monkey Temple’. The major structure is composed of crafted bricks and clay that all support a lofty conical spire capped by pinnacle of copper gilt. On all four sides of the spire, the seeing eyes of Gautam Buddha can clearly be observed.
The stupa lies about 70 meters above the average altitude of the Kathmandu Valley. The hill of Swayambhunath is a miracle mosaic of small stupas and pagoda temples. Apart from this, a shrine, known as Harati Mata, also exists, dedicated to the famous goddess Ajima. The major stupa and this particular shrine are all surrounded by other temples and monasteries. With all of this in mind, it is really no surprise that this site is a major world attraction.
Boudhanath Stupa is counted among one of the biggest and oldest Buddhist monuments in Nepal. This unique structure stands some 36 meters high above the ground. It stands alone on top of the massive three levelled Mandala Style platform and is surrounded by private houses. Its attributes almost completely matches to that of the Swayambhunath. It is comparatively larger and is believed to be built in the 5th century AD
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is situated at the heart of Patan City, also known as 'Lalitpur'. Equally important, this royal plaza similarly reflects the Newari culture as the other two architectural structures do. It is one of the major attractions where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided.
The entire exposure is so very well designed and decorated, especially the floors which are famous for their red bricks. This amazing architecture should direct all of its credits to the designers. People feel that not even the latest technology in design matches this unique model.
Day 3: At 7 a.m. pick up from your city hotel in Kathmandu and transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport to board the first flight to Bhairahawa and drive to Lumbini.
This gorgeous city is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the founder of peace of Buddhism. The city lies 21 kilometers west of Bhairahawa and 285 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. It is the primary place for pilgrimage by Buddhists and also for peace lovers of any religion in the world. The prime attractions in Lumbini include the Maya Devi Temple with a sacred garden alongside, the temple dedicated to the mother of Buddha, the Ashokan Pillar that points out his birthplace and the holy pond Pushkarini, where the mother of Gautam Buddha is believed to take a holy bath upon her child’s birth, and hundreds of other imposing stupas, gumbas and monasteries around the site, all devoted to its founder.
Apart from all of them, a Monastic Zone has been developed in Lumbini that all relates to Gautam Buddha and his life. These three square miles of flat land are devoted to Buddha, but it also favors all religious acts and encourages peace to all of its visitors. This large area is divided into three major zones. The first one is the Lumbini village, which serves as a gateway to the outer world. The second one is a monastic enclave, where nations, institutions and organizations can build places of worship that reflect their respective religious ideals and styles. A centre for meditation is meant to be the major highlight of this particular zone. The third and perhaps most important zone is a sacred garden where the beauty of its plants exposes a relevant atmosphere for understanding universal message from Lord Gautam Buddha.
Day 4: At 7 a.m. pick up from your city hotel in Kathmandu and transfer to Bhairahawa domestic airport to board the first flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.( Tour ends)
- Pick-up and drop service
- An escorted city guide
- Domestic flight Kathmandu – Bhairahawa- Kathmandu
- Air-conditioned private transport
- Tax and service charge
- Monuments Entrance fees
- Tips to the city guide and driver