It was on a dark jungle night that The Buddha was born nearly 2500 years ago. The place was in the midst of the jungle when his mother Maya Devi took a bath in the sacred pond before giving birth. The year was 623 BC. Since then this sacred place has become a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists as well as others from around the world. The King Asoka set up a pillar marking the spot and today there is the Maya Devi Temple that houses the sacred site where you can see a footprint of the baby as he made seven steps right after birth.
Lumbini is an incredible place and this tour will take you there to see all of the impressive monasteries as well as the museum that explains the history of this important sacred place. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also an important research center there on Buddhism.
This is a great trip for Buddhists seeking a pilgrimage. In addition, it is also a great place for anyone who wants to enjoy the unique sense of spirituality and teachings that Buddha brought into the world.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
DAY 2 – Visit Boudhanath and Kopan Monastery
DAY 3 – Drive to Namobouddha (45 km)
DAY 4 – Drive to Pharping
DAY 5 – Tour Kathmandu City
DAY 6 – Fly to Bhairahawa Airport, take short drive to Lumbini (35 km)
DAY 7 – Excursion to Tilaurakot
DAY 8 – Fly back to Kathmandu, Free Day
DAY 9 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be greeted by your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition and taken by private vehicle to your hotel. There will be welcome, non-alcoholic drinks as you settle in for the night. If there is time, there will be a visit to Swayambhu.
DAY 2 – Boudhanath: After breakfast, travel to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal. Meet the Senior Lama at Kopan Monastery, which was established in 1970 and is committed to the instruction of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. A vegetarian lunch will be served at the monastery and will return to our hotel in the evening.
DAY 3 – Namobouddha: Our journey today is to Tagmologin, which is a famous Buddhist site, marking where Lord Buddha (7th century reincarnation) offered his flesh to a hungry tigress. She was starving and was unable to feed her cuts. Return in evening to hotel.
DAY 4 – Pharping: Pharping is a strong Buddhist area in the Kathmandu Valley and is home to the world's largest statue of Padmasambhava who brought Buddhism to Tibet and Nepal. We will visit the sacred site where Guru Padmasambhava attained the level of Mahamudra Vidyadhara. There are th Asura caves and the Yangleshö cave. There are many important monasteries and retreat centers. A vegetarian lunch will be enjoyed and we will return to the hotel for the evening.
DAY 5 – Swayambhu and Kathmandu: We will travel to Swayambhu to visit the oldest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhu dates back over 2000 years and offers a great view of the Kathmandu Valley from its location. There will also be a visit to other interesting places in Kathmandu. Return to hotel for dinner.
DAY 6 – Fly to Lumbini: We will take a short, 35 minute flight to Bhairahawa Airport and then drive to Lumbini (35 km). Here we will see the Bodhitree (peepaltree or sacred fig) that she held onto when giving birth to Siddhartha Gautama and the sacred pool where she bathed. We will tour the secret garden and the Maya Devi Temple. We will check into our hotel for dinner.
DAY 7 – Sightseeing: Excursion today to Tilaurakot which is 25 km east of Lumbini and is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Kapilvastu where Siddhartha Gautama spent the first 29 years of his life. It was here he was married and had a son named Rahul. He left this life of luxury as a prince to eventually become The Buddha. We also will tour the Monastery zones at Lumbini before returning to our Hotel.
DAY 8 – Fly to Kathmandu: We will fly back to Kathmandu and have a free day where you can do some shopping or sightseeing on your own. In the evening, there will be a Farewell Dinner and Cultural Show.
DAY 9 – Depature: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is necessary due to any safety concerns. We leave no stone unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure does include traveling in the Himalayas, we can’t guarantee that it will not be necessary to make changes if conditions so warrant. Some of these factors include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health conditions of any of our group members, etc, can all be contributing factors necessitating changes. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition’s Trip Leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per plan, but we kindly request that you be flexible if need be.
All accommodations for Buddhist Pilgrimage to Buddha’s Birthplace are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are the accommodations during the trip where we will spend the nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu & Lumbini. Solo travelers may share a room with someone of the same sex, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
During the tour, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tour where we will spend the night. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu as well as breakfast served in Lumbini.