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.
This trip will also take you to the enchanting lakeside city of Pokhara in the heart of the Annapurna Mountains. We will visit the World Peace Pagoda with its incredible view of the city, the lake and the snowcapped peaks beyond.
This is a wonderful tour that combines deep spirituality along with incredible views for a trip of a lifetime.
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 Pokhara
DAY 7 – Sightseeing in Pokhara
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. Alternative Tour: Instead of Namlbuddha Monastery, travel to Pharping in the Kathmandu Valley where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for six months in the 8th century. Hike to Dakshinkali Temple which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and then return to your 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 Pokhara: We will drive from Lumbini to the magical lakeside city of Pokhara which is located in the heart of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Spend the night in a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 7 – Touring Buddhist Sites in Pokhara: We will visit the World Peace Pagoda for an incredible view of the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas, Phewa Lake and the city of Pokhara. From there, we will visit Buddhist monasteries. Overnight at our hotel.
DAY 8 – Drive to Kathmandu: We return today by private car to Kathmandu, traveling through deep canyons and past raging mountain rivers as we climb upwards to Kathmandu. In the evening we will have a Farewell Dinner and Cultural Show.
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 Tour to Namobuddha-Lumbini & Pokhara 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 & Pokhara. 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 Lumbini & Pokhara.