The Buddha Purnima Festival in Nepal

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Trip Descriptions

The Buddha Purnima festival is well known in Nepal as "Buddha Jayanti", and is celebrated throughout the length & breadth of the country. However, Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha, and Swyambhu – the holy temple for Buddhists, famously known as "the Monkey Temple", are key sites where the festival is observed with great pomp and reverence. The Swayambhunath temple opens its main door only on this day, and the Buddhist faithful queue up to make their peace with the Buddha from all over Kathmandu valley during this special event.  Lumbini takes centre stage during this time with Thousands of pilgrims from around the globe who come together to celebrate Buddha's birthday at his birthplace, Lumbini. Buddha is also sacred to some Hindus, making way for the "Buddha Jayanti" to be declared a public holiday.

On this particular day, the Buddhist faithful distribute complimentary meals and clothes to the needy and also provide financial aid to monasteries, schools, orphanage and old age homes to magnify the Buddha’s teachings. Buddha Purnima is also a day when devout Buddhists and followers alike assemble at various stupas and monasteries before dawn for the ceremonial hoisting of the Buddhist flag amidst the chanting of hymns in praise of the holy triple gems: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples).

Devotees bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks to place at the feet of their teacher. These symbolic offerings remind followers that just as the beautiful flowers wither away after a short while and the candles and joss-sticks soon burn out, so too is life which must pass away at some point in time. At this time, Devotees are encouraged to make special efforts to refrain from killing of any kinds. The faithful are also advised to consume more veggies than meat.

Trip Factors

Tour Code: IH/SSH/04

Package: Kathmandu

Accommodations: Budget/Standard/Deluxe

Transportation: Private Transfer

Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu

Activities: Sightseeing Tour

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport

Day 2: After breakfast visit Nomobuddha for celebration Buddha Purnima

Day 3: After breakfast visit Swoyambhu, Boudha and Patan ( Golden temple)

Day 4: Final departure

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport 

Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will find our representative awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and drop you to your designated hotel. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.

Day 2: After breakfast visit Nomobuddha for celebration Buddha purnima

It’s a new day and after breakfast, we get set for our tour of 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 enshrined 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. 

Day 3: After breakfast visit Swoyambhu, Boudha and Patan ( Golden temple)

After breakfast, we head 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.

Later we proceed to to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. 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. 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, Mahaboudha – a 14th century Buddhist temple made of terracotta bricks engraved with images of Lord Buddha.

Day 4: Final departure

Final departure for your connecting flight home sweet home. Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that should even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘no frills’ prices are pocket friendly.

Accommodation

Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. The options are many for your hotel stay…the choice exclusively yours.

Dining

The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. Most tourists’ based hotels and resorts are sensitive to the hygienic requirements in the preparation of all food and beverage items when catering to tourists’ visiting Nepal.

Cost Inclusion

  • 3N Hotel Accommodation  @ Kathmandu with Breakfast plan in twin sharing basis
  • Arrival & Departure International Airport
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation in A/C Private vehicle as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fee as specified in the itinerary
  • Driver cum guide below 4 PAX

Cost Exclusion

  • Drinks and bar menu
  • Telephone & laundry
  • Daily Meals (lunch & dinner)
  • Personal expenses
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Any accidental and emergency support (if any)
  • Driver and guide tips
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Domestic and International Air Tickets
  • Extra activities other than above itinerary
  • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Namobuddha