This is the Exclusive tour designed to meet the need of the traveller who want to know more about Lord Buddha. It is the perfect Buddhist Pilgrimage Itinerary handcrafted by the Royal Himalayan Safari's Team !
Buddhist Pilgrimage trailDuration: 10 Days
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Difficulty: Easy
- Style: Tour
- Transportation: Private Vehicle
- Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Accommodation: 5 star Category Hotel
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01Departure from your home country
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our representatives will receive you at the airport and conduct the hotel transfer.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02Swayambhunath Visit, Anandakuti Mahavihar & Basantapur Durbar Square
First off, you’ll be meeting your tour guide at the hotel, and a small trip briefing session will be held. After this, you’ll start your sightseeing program for the day.Places to Visit :
Syambhunath Stupa is one of the prime prilgrimage site for the Vajrayana Buddhist and the Tibetian Buddhist residing in Nepal. Each morning before dawn, hundreds of pilgrims will ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill, file past the gilded Vajra (Tibetan: Dorje) and two lions guarding the entrance, and begin a series of clockwise circumambulations of the stupa. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there are pairs of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God's all-seeing perspective. There is no nose between the eyes but rather a representation of the number one in the Nepali alphabet, signifying that the single way to enlightenment is through the Buddhist path.
After Visiting Syambhunath we forward to visit the Anandakuti Mahabihar, which is on the way to Swayambhunath and was established in 1943 by monks from Sri Lanka who follow the school of Theravada Buddhism. The late Bikchhu Amritananda Mahasthavir established a school, Anandakuti Vidyapeeth, in January 1952 as a Buddhist boarding high school under the Vihar’s jurisdiction.
Then in the evening we will continue to visit the Basantapur Durbar Square which is one of the major attractions of Kathmandu. It is where the living goddess of Kathmandu resides. Overnight Stay in your hotel.
Day 03Four Stupas of Ashoka, Hiranya Varna Mahabihar, Rudra varna Mahabihar
After having morning breakfast, we will visit the Hiranyavarna Mahavihar which is situated in Patan.
Hiranya Varna Mahabihar is a three-roofed pagoda-style temple holding a large silver figure of Shakyamuni Buddha. The vihar is known for its beautiful architecture with a gilt roof and copper Patakas and has a smaller temple in front, (metal banners descending from the top). Over the entrance doorway there are two wooden struts carved with the two most important Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu, who guard this Buddhist temple. It is believed that visiting the Golden Temple is like visiting all the other temples in valley collectively, as the temples has the shrines of most of the major temples of the valley, including a lovely silver replica of Swayambhunath. It is one of the distinctive features of Hiranya Varna Mahavihar that many strict and elaborate rituals are maintained here which have been abandoned or were never performed in other such monastery temples. After visiting the Hiranya Varna Mahabihar we forward to visit the bihar nearby named Rudra Varna Mahabihar. Afternoon we will proceed to visit the four stupas surrounding the Patan Durbar Square which was built by the great emperor Ashoka around 250 B.C. Overnight Stay in your hotel.
Day 04Drive to Namobuddha, Dhulikhel
Today you can enjoy a hike to Namobuddha, which is located at an elevation of 5740 feet (1750m) in Kavre District.The stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site which signifies the place where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving tigress with several underfed cubs. This legendary episode is depicted in a very nice stone slab which is right next to a holy stupa. In the early morning we drive to our hike start point at Dhapasi which woud take approximately 1 hour and thirty minutes. Then we will move forward to visit this holy site and the surrounding Newari Village. After About an hour hike back to Dhulikhel with a spectacular view of high snow-capped mountains on the way we will stay or night here. At the evening we will enjoy the majestic sunset
Day 05Drive to Lumbini
Enjoy a beautiful sunrise at Dhulikhel, then we will be driving to Lumbini, which is a 7 hours drive from Dhulikhel. Transfer to your resort on arrival. (option: Flight to Lumbini).
Once the center of the ancient Shakya Kingdom, is the renowned birthplace of Gautama Buddha, a then Shakya prince. Transfer to your hotel in Bhairahawa, freshen up, and drive to the Lumbini Heritage Area which is nearby. At this point, you will be leaving your vehicle behind. Get on your rickshaws and explore the huge heritage site, also an UNESCO world heritage site, till late afternoon. Then drive back to your hotel.
Day 06Ruins of Tilaurakot, Ramgramha
Visit the heritage site in the morning and see monks and other religious people doing their prayers and chants. Then explore Bhairahawa and the Lumbini locale, do some local shopping, meet the locals, or even explore the streets on a rickshaw.
In the afternoon, drive to the nearby Tilaurakot, the famed homeland of Buddha’s mother Mayadevi. Explore the ruins of the ancient houses and explore the local town. Drive back to your hotel in Bhairahawa. Overnight stay in Bhairahawa.
Day 07Drive to Maratika Cave
Drive early in the morning by 4 wheeler jeeps in Maratika where you have to accommodate yourself into very basic lodges without attach bathroom and basic Nepali food like Dal bhat and Tibetan noodles like, chaumin, thenthuk and thukpa etc included can be served. To reach Maratika by the jeep, it takes about 12 hours.
It is famous pilgrimage centre in east Nepal for both Hindus and Buddhist and is also nicknamed as 'the Pashupatinath of the east'. Huge religious fairs are observed here on Shivaratri. In and around the Maratika cave we will visit other 3 caves which are within 15-20 minutes walking distance. There, we also visit 5 Neys (temples) which represent five universal elements and local take them differently for fulfilling all aspect of lives. Visiting this holly site grants one to wash away whatever sins he or she has committed in his or her life. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Day 08Sacred site of Yanglesho ( Pharping )
At the early morning we will do a small sightseeing tour of surrounding near Maratika Caves and we head directly to the sacred site of Yanglesho which would take abour 7 hours drive. It is where Guru Padmasambhava attained level of a Mahamudra Vidyadhara. Pharping town is a thriving Newari town that’s ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites have been taken over by large numbers of Tibetans. However more specifically it is referring to two caves in which Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. One is located on the hillside behind and above Pharping, commonly known as Asura Cave or the 'Upper cave of Yangleshö'. The other one is located slightly below Pharping, about a five minute walk outside of town and known as 'Lower cave of Yangleshö' or simply Yangleshö. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09Drive Back To Kathmandu
Leave Pharping early and drive to Kathmandu, should take around 2-3 hours’. Direct transfer to your hotel on arrival. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Walking around the streets of Thamel and doing some local shopping is recommended.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 10Airport Transfer and Departure
Our departure team will receive you at the hotel and will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight.