Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour(9D/8D)
Buddha was born some 2500 years ago in Lumbini in the southern Nepal. Lumbini is the greatest pilgrimage site for all the Buddhists from all over the world. Lumbini today houses the pond where Buddha was bathed after he was born and a temple which has images of young Buddha with his mother. There is also a Stone pillar which is one of such many pillars put by the famous Indian emperor Ashoka to mark the important sites related to Buddha’s life. In an excavation made few years ago more objects of historical importance were discovered which are in display for all. Besides that there are many stupas in Lumbini made by many Buddhist countries of the world—Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Myanmar.
There are Buddhists all over Nepal and hence Buddhist monuments are all over Nepal.In Kathmandu valley we have 2000 year old impressive stupa of Swoyambhunath and world’s biggest stupa at Bouddhanath. The Bouddhanath stupa is 1500 years old and is more popular among the many Tibetan refugees living in Kathmandu .Inside the Kathmandu valley the city of Patan is dominantly Buddhists and has places like Mahabouddha Temple and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar. On the outskirt of Kathmandu in the hill is the stupa of Namobuddha, small but old, active and highly revered.
The famous temple of Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang. Muktinath is a pilgrimage place for both Buddhist and Hindu. It is situated 48 km north east of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3749 m. Its main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Behind the temple there are 108 waterspouts cast in the shape of cow headed pour holy water. The local name for Muktinath is Chumig Gyatsa (Hundred Waters). The tradional caretakers of Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa are the Tibetan Buddhist Chumig Gyatsa (‘Muktinath’) nuns with the head of the Gye Lhaki Dung as their abbot. This family is popularly know as the Lama Domar family, an unbroken lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma lamas from Muktinath Valley, which has Chumig Gyatsa as its religious seat for centuries. The Padmasambhava Statue in Narsingh Gompa can be considered the most holy object together with the Chenrezig statue
This tour will take you to these Buddhist sites and also to few more while travelling inside the city .We will also take you to the peaceful and beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Here you can see the tremendous view of the Himalayas, vist the world peace stupa and go for boating in the cool lake water. Finally you will have free time to shop a number of Buddhist objects which you may not find in your home country or anywhere else in the world.
- Day 1: Arrival, pick up and transfer to a hotel, one night stay at a hotel.
- Day2: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayabhu stupa, Benchen monastery, patan durbar square-golden temple, maha boudha), Night stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 3: Visit to boudha stupa and kapan gumba, drive to dhulikhel and night stay at a hotel in Dhulikhel.
- Day 4: Short hike or drive to Namo Buddha and drive back to Kathmandu.
- Day 5: Drive or fly to pokhara. Relax and enjoy the serenity of beautiful lake city of Pokhara.Visit Sarangkot mountain view point in the morning, boating in the lake in the afternoon and enjoy little hike to World Peace Stupa.
- Day 6: Drive/ fly to bhairahawa. Night stay at a hotel in lumbini.
- Day 7: Full day sight seeing in lumbini(Lumbini garden, Mayadevi temple, and other archeological sites).night stay at a hotel in lumbini.
- Day 8: Departure for Kathmandu, free day for self for shopping and other activities, night stay at a hotel.
- Day 9: Departure
- Day *: Drive or fly to jomsom, drive to muktinath(Chumig Gyatsa) , night stay at a lodge in jomsom/ muktinath
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