On the footsteps of Sakyamuni Buddha, the Apostle of Peace…
Nepal, a country ensconced in the lap of towering Himalayan ranges, is famous as an adventure destination. But much before it became a mecca for adventurers, the country was a popular centre for Buddhist and Hindu spiritualism and mysticism. With ancient holy shrines dotting its hills and valleys, Nepal still remains a must-visit pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists and Hindus.
The Classic Buddhist Circuit takes you to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Gautama Buddha, Kapilvastu where He spent his formative years as a prince of the Sakya dynasty, and Kathmandu where He traveled as the Enlightened One and where legendary episodes from his past lives have been traced.
Tour Code : IH/BC/01
Trip Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Destination : Kathmandu- Lumbini-Namobuddha
Activities: Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation : A/C Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in : Kathmandu
Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 –Kathmandu – Visit Namo Buddha
Day 3 – Kathmandu- Visit Boudha, Patan Durbar Square (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Patan Museum & Mahaboudha Temple)
Day 4 – Drive to Lumbini – (Maya Devi Temple, Puskarini Pond, Ashoka’s Pillar, Sacred Garden)
Day 5 – Lumbini – AM: Monastery Visit (prayers & meditation) , Afternoon- Visit Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu
Day 6 –Drive to Kathmandu
Day 7 – Kathmandu- AM: Kapan Monastery (Drukchuma Puja)**, Afternoon: Swoyambhunath
Day 8 – Depart Kathmandu
Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer from airport to hotel. A representative from our office will be there to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. At the hotel, you will be briefed on your itinerary.
Day 2 – In Kathmandu – Namo Buddha
After breakfast, we drive to Namo Buddha, a hilltop Buddhist shrine, located about 40km from the city.
Legend has it that Lord Buddha in his previous birth saved a dying tigress and her cubs from starvation by offering to feed them with his own flesh. According to local legend his bones are kept in an old Buddhist stupa that lies at the top of the hill. We visit this stupa, circumambulate around it and light incense and butter lamps. Take pictures and enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Visit a Tibetan monastery (Thrangu Tashe Yangste Monastery) located nearby. Afterwards, return to Kathmandu.
Day 3 – Kathmandu – Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square
After breakfast we head to Boudha. A protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath Stupa is regarded as the most important centre of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. Buddhists believe that the remains of Kasyapa Buddha (Lord Buddha’s previous incarnation) were interred at the spot where the stupa is built. At this holy site, light butter lamps and pray to Lord Buddha to bestow his blessings upon you.
Later, drive to Patan Durbar Square. Patan is one of the three medieval cities in the valley. Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site houses a palace complex dating back to the Malla dynasty and several Hindu and Buddhist shrines. We will visit a Buddhist temple- Hiranya Varna Maha Vihar, also known as Golden Temple, Patan palace which houses a museum and Mahaboudha – a 14th century Buddhist temple made of terracotta bricks engraved with images of Lord Buddha.
Day 4 – Drive to Lumbini – Sightseeing & Pilgrimage
After an early breakfast we depart for Lumbini. The overland journey takes about 6 to 7 hours. After checking in at our hotel, we have some refreshments. Later in the afternoon, we proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lumbini. Here we visit the spot where Lord Buddha was born (Maya Devi Temple), the Puskarini Pond where he was given his first ritual bath, Ashoka’s Pillar and the Sacred Garden.
Day 5 – Lumbini – AM: Monastery Visit (Prayers / Meditation), Afternoon- Drive to Tilaurakor, Kapilvastu (29 km from Lumbini)
After an early breakfast we visit the many monasteries that have been built by Buddhist countries around the archeological ruins of Lumbini. We offer prayers and spent a quite hour meditating. Later in the day we take a short drive and visit Tilaurakot in Kapilvastu, the erstwhile capital of Sakya dynasty. Prince Siddharth, who later became Gautama Buddha, belonged to the royal house of the Sakyas. We visit the ruins of King Shuddhodana’s (Lord Buddha’s father) palace. Lord Buddha is believed to have spent his early years in this palace.
Day 6 – Drive to Kathmandu (6 to 7 hours): PM - Free
We drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching your hotel, you can spend the rest of the day as you like.
Day 7 – Kathmandu- AM: Visit Kopan Monastery (Drukchuma Puja)**, Afternoon: Swoyambhunath
After an early breakfast we visit Kopan Monastery. The monastery is a Mahayana Buddhist centre. Here a Lama will conduct a special puja (Drukchuma/Protector Puja) for you.
Afterwards we proceed to Swoyambhunath Temple. Located on a hilltop, Swoyambhunath is regarded as the first temple in Kathmandu valley. According to local folklore, the Bodhisattva Manjushri built a temple here after draining the water that inundated Kathmandu valley. There are Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples in the vicinity of the stupa. Enjoy a 360 degree view of Kathmandu Valley from the temple. Evening, enjoy a traditional Nepali feast and a lively Nepali cultural programme.
(*Note: Please be informed that sometimes monks at the Kopan Monastery go on a retreat and are unavailable for pujas. In such an event, the Drukchuma/Protector Puja will be held at some other monastery in Kathmandu.)
Day 8 – Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will drop you at the airport on time to catch your return flight.