Buddhist pilgrimage tour is one of the the best buddhist pilgrimage tours in Nepal for the exploration of historical, cultural and spiritual charm of sacred birth place of lord Buddha, Lumbini and other beautiful buddhist temples and monasteries. Buddhist pilgrimage tour package begins from Kathmandu visiting most beautiful buddhist stupas like Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath for the experiences of beautiful fusion history and spiritual charm and then spiritual exploration of the most rewarding sacerd place “Lumbini” birth place of lord Buddha.
Lumbini is one of the world’s most important spiritual sites as well as historical sites in Nepal, where the lord Buddha was born. Buddha is the symbol of peace and the light of Asia. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and peace seekers of the world. It is a holy place for all who cherish peace and harmony. Lumbini is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site which is located in terai plains, about 300km southwest of the capital city, Kathmandu. According to the history, he was born in 623 BC as a son of king Suddodhan and queen Mayadevi and named prince siddhartha gautam. Maya Devi gave a birth to the Buddha while she was on her way to her maternal home, in Devadaha. He had a luxurious life. His father wanted him to make a great king, but he didn’t want this material wealth so he abandoned his family and palace at the age of 29. He thought that material wealth was not an ultimate goal of life. This thought made, prince siddhartha Gautama to lord Buddha and took a birth of Buddhism.
Gautam was known to his followers as Buddha after he attained the enlightenment at the age of 35. At the time of his awakening he realized complete insight into the cause of suffering and the steps necessary to eliminate it, resulted as his discovery. These discoveries became known as Four Noble Truths which are as follows.
1. Life is suffering.
2. The cause of suffering is desire.
3. The cure for suffering is to remove desire.
4. To remove desire follows the eightfold path,
Are right view, right intentions, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right concentration and right mindfulness are at the heart of Buddhist teachings.These were followed by his followers in the beginning and ultimately took a birth of Buddhism. Buddha represents awakened one. He was the founder of Buddhism. Either a person is Buddhist or not, Buddhist teachings are being followed world wide.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour includes some Important places to be visited in Lumbini.
Lumbini garden: A beautiful garden in Buddha’s time still retains it’s legendary charm and beauty. This site is marked by a stone pillar, erected by the great Indian Emperor Asoka while visiting this place back in 249 BC to depict the birth place of lord Buddha. Inscriptions on Ashoka pillar also refers the spot as the birth place of Buddha.
Maya Devi temple: It is the focal point of Lumbini with many historians and archaeologists referring to it as a birth place of the lord Buddha. This temple was named from the mother’s name of lord buddha, Maya Devi and dedicated to her. The temple houses marker stone, nativity sculpture and structural ruins, all relevant to the birth of the buddha. The marker stone pinpoints the exact birth place of Buddha whilst nativity sculpture depicts the birth scene of Buddha was placed inside the temple in 4th century AD. There are archaeological remains of Buddhist viharas (monasteries) of the 3rd century BC to 5th century AD and remains of Buddhist stupas from 3rd century BC to 15th century AD provide important evidence about the nature of buddhist pilgrimage centres from a very early period.
Puskarini pond: A sacred pond in the south, beside Maya Devi Temple is believed to be where Maya Devi took a ritual bath before giving birth to the Buddha.
There are many monasteries built by different countries like Burma, Thailand, srilanka, Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan and china with the different architecture and prayer areas.
Hence, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour is the best tour package for Buddhist pilgrims as well as culture loving travelers around the world.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu – D
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. In the evening, Welcome dinner in a typical nepali restaurant with authentic nepali cuisine and cultural dance erformance. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and head towards Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites, which includes Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square for the experience of beautiful fusion of religion, culture and history. These heritage monuments reflect the centuries old culture, arts and architecture of Nepal, still retain the medieval charm of Malla Dynasty, which are unique in world. After tour, drop off to hotel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu – Lumbini (300km, 08hrs) – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Lumbini for about 08 hours by Tourist bus which is approximately 300 km in the west of Kathmandu. After reaching Lumbini, transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Overnight at hotel, Lumbini.
Day 04 : Lumbini Sightseeing Tour (Full Day) – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and head towards Lumbini Sightseeing Tour which includes Lumbini Garden, Mayadevi Temple, Pushkarini Pond, Ashoka’s Pillar and other nation’s Temples like Thailand, Myanmar, Tibet, Singapore, China, Japan, Germany and Korea for the experiences of historical, cultural and spiritual charm etc. After Tour drop off to hotel and overnight at hotel, Lumbini.
Day 05 : Drive Lumbini – Kathmandu – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive back to Kathmandu retracing the same highway. After reaching Kathmandu,transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around thamel (Tourism hub city). Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 06 : Departure – B
Leisure until departure. Transfer to International Airport to board the flight.
1. Airport pick up and drop off service by private vehicle.
2. All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on B/B plan in Kathmandu and Lumbini.
3. Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and typical Nepali dinner with a cultural show.
4. Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour in a private vehicle with experienced local tour guide.
5. Kathmandu – Lumbini overland round transportation by Tourist bus.
6. All heritage monuments entrance fees.
1. Nepalese visa fee.
2. International airfare.
3. All personal expenses.
4. Meals not mentioned above.
5. Travel insurance.
5. Tips for the guide and driver (tips is expected).