Buddhism Circuit-Nepal

Nepal, a small yet beloved country residing on the lap of Himalayas is home to many sacred places, one of them is Lumbini. Lumbini is a holy land where Lord Buddha was born. The light of Asia, Gautam Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautam to the king of Sakya dynasty, the Kingdom of Kapilvastu. Despite the majority of Hindu people, Buddhism and Hinduism reside harmoniously in Nepal. There are ample of shrines dedicated to Buddha in Nepal making it one of the safe havens for Buddhism practices.

Swotah brings you a 10 day Buddhism tour that takes to you to different parts of Nepal where you can see the 1000 years old shrines dedicated to Buddha. Inside the Kathmandu valley, we will take you to 2000 years old stupa “Swayambhunath” also known as Monkey temple and world’s biggest stupa “Bouddhanath”. Outside the valley, you will pay a visit to Namobuddha that includes some hiking and to the beautiful city of Pokhara, where you can visit the World Peace Pagoda that lies above the tranquil, Fewa Lake in the hills. Nepal Buddhism tour will not only expose you to the religious shrine but also takes to naturally beautiful places and cultural heritage sites.
Trip Code: BC41
Starts: Kathmandu
Finishes: Pokhara
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 1 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Jan-Jun,Sep-Dec
Elevation: 1300m/ 4265.1ft
Trip Views: 1051
Activities: Spiritual Journey Overland Tours
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury
Special Discount: 5 %


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Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 2
Dinner: 1
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Hotel: 9 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • About 10.74% of Nepal's population practice Buddhism.
  • Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha that lies in the western part of Nepal.
  • Swayambhunath temple also known as Monkey temple is about 2000 years old.
  • Bouddhanath is the biggest Buddhist stupa in the world that is 1500 years old.

Why this Trip

  • This trip is the perfect combination of a tour to the religious places reflecting culture along with natural sightseeing. 10 days of Buddhism tour takes you to major Buddhist shrines of different parts of Nepal. In a sense, we can say this trip as a cultural tour as well since it includes many cultural heritage sites of Nepal.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will be there to greet you a warm welcome and escort to the hotel. In the evening, we will have dinner together where the trip itinerary will be discussed clearly;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pickup
    • Thamel tour
    • Cultural Dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. It has significant part in the history of Nepal. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout the history. We’ll observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout a day. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private Transportation while sightseeing
    • Entrance fee
    • transfers
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : VISIT NAMOBUDDHA, HIKE TO BALTHALI VILLAGE
    On this day after breakfast, we will be heading towards Namo Buddha leaving behind the busy crowded Kathmandu City. After reaching Dhulikhel, we will be having a short walk for about an hour or more to reach Namobuddha. Located on slightly elevated land, Namobuddha is a pleasant place with very interesting history. Namobuddha is also known as Takmo Lujin. The story goes as Gautama Buddha in his previous life as a prince had sacrificed his own life to feed a weak and hungry mother Tigress who had 5 cubs to feed. The cave where the prince fed the Tigress, the stupa where the relic of the price is kept and Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in the Karma Kagyu tradition are its main attraction located at the sacred pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. We will be then heading towards Balthali which will take you about 4 hours of walk. Balthali provides scenic views of eastern Himalayas including Everest range. This hiking trail is peaceful with stunning views of hamlets and gorges and snow-covered peaks. Overnight at Balthali village;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Hike to Balthali village
    • transfers
  • placeDAY 4 : VISIT NALA GUMBA
    After breakfast, we will be heading towards Nala Gumba. Nala Gumba is a specific region with historical and religious importance. DhagpoSheydrub Ling Monastery is the main attraction of this place built on the top of the hill which is popular among Buddhist as well as Hindu people. We can find different art and sculpture inside the Gumba. After visiting Nala Gumba, we will be heading back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • All transfers
  • placeDAY 5 : DRIVE TO LUMBINI
    On this day, we will be leaving for Lumbini after our breakfast. Lumbini (the birthplace of Lord Siddhartha Gautam Buddha) is about 9 hours of drive from Kathmandu. Lumbini lies in the Terai region of Nepal which has flat lands than that of Kathmandu. It is the most beautiful Buddhist holy site with peaceful and serene environment. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Lumbini
  • placeDAY 6 : EXPLORE LUMBINI
    This day is the exploration day. Right after breakfast, we will be exploring Lumbini (the birthplace of Lord Siddhartha Gautam Buddha). Lumbini, which is a UNESCO enlisted world heritage site, is a world-famous Buddhist religion and historical place. We will be visiting the Maya Devi Temple where Lord Siddhartha was born and Pushkarni Pond where baby Siddhartha was given his first ritual bath after his birth. Lumbini is also famous for its alluring monuments, monasteries, museums and peace pagoda along with the Ashoka’s Pillar that was erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC). It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries and the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. From early morning to evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site. You can also experience this peaceful and relax meditation there. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Entrance fee
  • placeDAY 7 : DRIVE TO POKHARA
    After having our breakfast, today, we will be heading to Pokhara which will take about 7 hours of drive. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal which is also called city of lakes. You can have splendid panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fishtail’, Mt. Dhaulagiri and many more. You can also have evening walk around lake side of Pokhara where the night life is very energetic. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 8 : EXPLORE POKHARA
    This day, we will be visiting some of the Buddhist Landmarks in Pokhara. Our first visit of the day will be the massive Buddhist Stupa of World Peace Pagoda which was constructed by Buddhist Monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohji Organization on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Lake. We cross the Phewa Lake on a boat and then hike to the Stupa. You can enjoy mesmerizing views of various mountains from the top. Matepani Monastery and Hemja monastery are the next attractions of Pokhara. Next we will be hiking to Hyangja, the site for Tibetan refugees ‘camp. Tashi Palkhiel monastery in the tradition of Karma Kagyu tradition is situated here. Overnight at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Transfers
    • Entrance fee
    • Hike to World peace pagoda
  • placeDAY 9 : DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
    Today, we head back to Kathmandu. The journey will take about 7 hours of drive from Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening will be followed by farewell dinner. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 10 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 P.M. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Souvenir
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Herbal Massage
    • Farewell Lunch
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini along with ticket fees
    • Authorized English speaking guide
    • Kathmandu to Lumbini, Lumbini to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by private transportation
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for a guide –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Nepal
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    We use standard/superior, standard/deluxe rooms for the nights that you spend in hotel during your trip.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Can I go solo ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. Why is this program popular among tourists ?
    This trip is the perfect combination of the religious tour with cultural and natural sightseeing. 10 days of Buddhism tour takes to the major Buddhist shrine on the different part of Nepal.In a sense we can say this trip as a cultural tour too since it includes many cultural and religious heritage sites of the world.
  • 7. What about security during tour ?
    We make sure to take security measures to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in this tour ?
    Since this tour is around the Kathmandu, Lumbini and Pokhara so you can get wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup, MoMo etc.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in during tour ?
    There are plenty of water stations and mini markets and shops where you can easily get bottled water. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you in case you need it for yourself. You have to buy it for yourself.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private transportation for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We do pick up and drop from starting point till the end.
  • 11. What is the best season for this trip ?
    Nepal Buddhism tour is done every season but February to June and October to December are the best time to perform this trip.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Yes, of course. Your security is our first priority. In any kind of emergency, ask your guide to contact us immediately so that we can manage vehicle for you ASAP and you will be directly transfer to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trip ?
    If you are travelling during weather then bring a jackets and warm clothes but if u are travelling during summer you have to carry a light weight jacket along with the pant to get around with comfort in case of change of weather.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trip, consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while in trip ?
    We contact the hotels owner for reservation of the room before we start our trip.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    Our Guides are expert with license from Nepal Tourism Board. Guides know the route like back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    You can charge your electronics in the hotel where you stay and spend your nights by paying minimum amount.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trip ?
    Yes, you will get telephone service which is available in the hotel you will be staying at. In case of emergency, you can also ask your guide for his/her help.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my scheduled trip ?
    If you like to spend more time in certain places, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to tour can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, hotel bookings and all. So, we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the tour without any complication.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the trip ?
    Yes, you can use the credit card during the hiking. But make sure you withdraw few amount in case of emergency.

Optional Activities

Paragliding

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Flying up above the sky is the dream of most of us. Paragliding, one of the most exciting and mind-blowing activities that take you towards the height and make you feel like a bird. Paragliding in Pokhara presents the splendid views of nature from up above. It is also known as a free-flying and foot-launched aircraft in which Pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. 

Mountain Flight

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Ultra-light

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Nepal is not only the trekker’s destination but also a destination for an adventure lover. Ultra-light flight is one of the best things you can do in Nepal. Where you can take a peek of magnificent snow-capped Himalayas, Kathmandu and Pokhara city. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate because Pokhara is known for its extensive beauty. Without a trip to Pokhara, your Nepal tour is incomplete because the beautiful nature, green forest, and lakes are worth to take a glance of.  

Skydiving

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Sky diving is an amazing blend of elegance and excitement that can be performed in Nepal. It is a dive from high above the peak, right into the vast mountains to experience the adventure and thrill. Skydiving is an extreme sport which provides the best thrilling experience.

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