One of the most spiritual places to visit in the world is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It was here in 623 BC that his mother gave birth on the jungle road at a place we now call Lumbini. Here is a sacred place where the cares of the outside world fade away as you connect with the divine.
Nepal is home of many sacred places to those of the Buddhist faith. It is here that Lord Buddha was born, and where he sought enlightenment. Many Buddhas has found enlightenment in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas.
This nine day tour features incredible opportunities to not only experience sacred places of history, but to personally experience their spiritual powers. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition is pleased to be able to offer these spiritual tours for Buddhists as well as those who are seeking a greater spirituality in their lives.
Many of the places we will visit are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But in addition to the spiritual places, this tour also offers a fun excursion into the jungles of Chitwan National Park where you will be able to participate in a jungle safari. This experience will help you to appreciate the jungle setting where Maya Devi was forced to give birth to her son, Siddhartha Gautama who became Lord Buddha.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
DAY 2 – Drive to Namobuddha Monastery
DAY 3 – Drive to Lumbini
DAY 4 – Full Day of Sightseeing
DAY 5 – Full Day of Sightseeing
DAY 6 – Drive to Meghauli by Private Car
DAY 7 – Jungle Safari
DAY 8 – Drive to Kathmandu
DAY 9 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition: We will take you by private vehicle to your Three Star Hotel for welcome non-alcoholic drinks. Afterwards, we will visit Swayambhu Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAY 2 – Drive to Namobuddha Monastery: We will drive to Namobuddha Monastery to visit this famous site where Lord Buddha offered his body to a hungry tigress who was starving with several cubs. We will spend some time at this holy site before returning to Kathmandu. We will later visit Boudhanath, the largest stupa and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal. Overnight at our hotel.
DAY 3 – Drive to Lumbini: We will drive by private car to Lumbini and check into our Three Star Hotel. In the evening, we will make a trip to Maya Devi Temple to experience the birthplace of Lord Buddha by moonlight.
DAY 4 – Full Day Sightseeing: We will spend the day exploring the monasteries and temples at Lumbini which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will explore this area by rickshaw which is the best way to see the monasteries. We will see The Secret Garden, Maya Devi Temple in the sunlight, Asoka Piller, Pusharani Pond and the Lumbini Museum along with several other sights. We will overnight in our hotel.
DAY 5 – Full Day Sightseeing: Today we will travel to other Buddhist religious and archeological sites, which includes Gotihawa, Kudan, Tilaurakot, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Devadaha, Ramagrama, etc. Overnight in our hotel.
DAY 6 – Drive to Meghauli in Chitwan National Park: We will drive to Meghauli Resort in Chitwan National Park where we will be able to enjoy the peaceful gardens for meditation. We will stay at the resort.
DAY 7 – Jungle Activities in Chitwan National Park: Today's journey will be on the back of an elephant to experience what it was like that day before Maya Devi have birth to Siddhartha Gautama. Here you will see the jungle and a chance to see Rhinos, tigers and wild elephants. There will be opportunities to do some meditation around the chhortens on the property, along with an opportunity to do a river trip in the afternoon in a dugout canoe on the Rapti River. Overnight at Meghauli.
DAY 8 – Drive to Kathmandu: Return to Kathmandu by private vehicle to our hotel where you will relax for the night. There will be a Farewell Dinner and Cultural Show in the Evening.
DAY 9 – Departure: 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 Tour to Namobuddha-Lumbini Jungle Safari 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 two kind of accommodations during the trip. We will spend the nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu & Lumbini & Deluxe in Chitwan. Solo travelers may share a room, 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 Chitwan & Lumbini.