Buddha, the founder of Buddhism was born in Nepal at Lumbini some 2500 years ago. From his birth, Buddhism has spread and adapted in Nepal and virtually worldwide. Buddhism has spread the knowledge of peace and harmony that one must adapt in a life.The tour will take you to famous Buddhist sites of the country and also the birthplace of Lord Buddha i.e. LUMBINI.
Activities: Cultural tour
Duration: 8 Days
Group size: Minimum 2 pax
Major Attraction: UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Day 01: Arrival at International Airport
Upon arrival you will be received by our representative at international airport and then you will be transferred to hotel. O/N hotel at Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Swayambhunath temple and Boudhanath Stupa
After breakfast you will be taken for sightseeing of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Stupa.
Swayambhunath: The golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all those who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley's mythical beginning.
Boudhanath Stupa: It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley at about 131ft (40m) high, and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha. O/N hotel at Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Lumbini
After breakfast we will drive to Lumbini and transferred to hotel. O/N hotel
Lord Buddha was born at Lumbini while his mother was on her way to parental home from Kapilvastu. Maya Devi, queen of King Shuddhodhan of Kapilavastu gave birth to prince of Kapilvastu, Gautam, under a tree. King Shuddhodhan (Gautam's father, the king of Kapilvastu) had been warned in advance by the astrologers that eventually the prince might chose spirituality to Kingdom. So the King tried every way to stop this outcome but in vain. The greatest preacher of humanity, Lord Buddha had been destined to be enlightened and show the world a better way of living.
The place is a blessed one for its serenity and the natural beauty, purely coinciding to the perception of a place where the legend was born. One of the Parinirvana places for Buddha, this place houses some of the best reminders of Lord Buddha. Prominent among the structures is the Maya Devi temple and the structures built by Ashoka later on.
The place itself is interesting as a whole, the landscapes and the green forestry complementing its quiet ambience. However, Maya Devi temple and the Stupas and the Pillar built by Ashoka are really worth a visit. O/N hotel at Lumbini
Day 04: Explore Lumbini
Today after breakfast we explore Lumbini by visiting various places. The places we visit are as follows:
Maya Devi Temple - the temple is famous for the Maya Devi's statue, an exotic representation of the Buddha's days of puberty. Excavated after the discovery of a stupa by a German archaeologist, in 1895, the temple is built gradually and is composed of many temples, one after the other. It is also found that there is possibility that a Ashoka Stupa existed in the place of temple. The Maya Devi statue is splendid for its architectural beauty and the way it represents the childhood of Buddha.
The Ashokan pillar - The Ashokan Pillar, essentially erected by Ashoka is also a piece of great art, with the horse at the top of pillar; it makes a great view and represents an ancient story related to the Buddhist tales.
The Puskarni - The literal meaning of Puskarni is pond, and this pond in the southern direction of the Ashokan Pillar is a scared one. It is said that Mayadevi took a holy dip in the pond, just before the birth of Lord Buddha.
The Buddhist monastery - It’s built in the way of the modern Buddhist temples of Nepal but is quite important in the purview of architecture of the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods'.
Kapilvastu - A holy destination related deeply with the life of a legend, Lord Buddha, eventually Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha had lived the childhood and the days of teenage, in complete luxury. The capital of King Shuddhodhan, Kapilvastu still carries with it the mystic charm. It houses many sculptures of Buddhism, which present a landscape before that visitor that makes them feel calm, content. Kapilvastu carries the visitors away to the ancient days when Buddha was a small child, a prince. The place is situated 27 km south of Lumbini.
O/N hotel at Lumbini
Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu and transferred to Dhulikhel
After breakfast, we will have a drive back to Kathmandu. Then we will transfer to Dhulikhel.
Dhulikhel: This ancient town is situated 30-km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari Highway). From here one can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. O/N hotel at Dhulikhel
Day06: Sightseeing of Namobuddha and back to Kathmandu
Early morning we view the sunrise and then we will have sighteeing of Namobuddha and then drive back to Kathmandu.
Namobuddha: It is situated on a hill above Panauti. It requires an easy drive or good walk to get here. There is an amazing story concerned with the Buddha which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Drive to Kathmandu. Enroot sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
O/N hotel at Kathmandu
Day 07: Sightseeing of Patan city
After breakfast, we will move to Patan for the sightseeing. After the sightseeing we will back to Hotel and you are free till evening. You can also enjoy shopping for your remembrances of Nepal. At evening we will have typical Nepal food with our representatives.
Patan: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
O/N hotel at Kathmandu
Day 08: Departure
Today is your final day. After breakfast, you will be taken to international airport for final departure.
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