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Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal

Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal

The Buddhist cultural tour package will give you the complete cultural exploration of Buddhist Culture by visiting Buddhist monasteries and other Buddhist sites, including the birth place of Lord Buddha. We will provide you the opportunity to explore the religious connection between Buddhist and Hindu communities.

The Buddhist Cultural Tour covers your eight days with the natural and cultural expedition, starting from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where both Hindu and Buddhist cultures came into existence cooperatively. In Kathmandu, you will visit Swaymbhunath, Boudhanath Stupa and other monasteries such as White Monastery, Kapan Monastery etc. This tour further adds the visit to World Peace Stupa, and the Tibetan Refugee Center to explore an experience of the Tibetan Buddhism lifestyles and traditions, along with a natural site visit in Pokhara. The most exciting section of this trip is the visit to the birth place of Buddha, Lumbini, where you can observe various cultural and spiritual pilgrimages and archeological sites including Maya Devi Temple, birth place of Lord Buddha. 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the cultural observation with natural surroundings
  • Experience the Buddhist cultural sightseeing in Kathmanduand beyond
  • Explore the cultural reciprocity between Hindus and Buddhists
  • Experience Tibetan Buddhism and their lifestyle
  • Visit  cultural and spiritual Buddhist pilgrimages and monasteries
  • Explore the elegant nature and culture of Pokhara
  • Explore archeological sites including the birth place of Buddha in Lumbini

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Buddhist Cultural Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu Valley (Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery, Swayambhunath and White Monastery.)

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara, explore around lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Sightseeing of Buddhist culture around Pokhara (World Peace Pagoda, Matepani Monastery, and Tibetan Refugee Camp)

Day 5 : Drive to Lumbini and local market visit.

Day 6 : Full day Buddhist site visit in Lumbini (Maya Devi Temple, monasteries, monuments and ancient sites, etc.).

Day 7 : Fly back to Kathmandu, farewell dinner in authentic Nepali or Tibetan restaurant.

Day 8 : Transfer to the airport for your onward destination.

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini including breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Necessary permit and monuments entrance fees.
  • Transfers by car/van or tourist bus or flight as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini.
  • Extra night accommodation if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative of our company at the arrival gate and you will be transferred to your designated hotel. If the time persists, you can either visit the city nearby your hotel or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Buddhist Cultural Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu Valley (Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery, Swayambhunath and White Monastery.)

The day begins after a morning breakfast and visit to Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most popular tourist sites. Then you will be guided toward Kopan Monastery, which exists near Boudhanath Stupa, on top of Kopan Hill. After lunch, you will visit Swayambhunath (also known as Monkey Temple, the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites), where you can observe and explore the connected relationship between Hindus and Buddhists, and also see a great overview of Kathmandu. Later, you will be taken to White Monastery, also known as Seto Gumba or Druk Amitabh Gumba, located in the outskirts of the valley in Druk Amitabh Mountain, where you can enjoy the scenic and panoramic view, with further exploration of the Buddhist culture.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara, explore around lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

Need to wake up early morning for a drive to Pokhara in tourist bus after enjoying a morning breakfast at the hotel. The journey will take approximately 5-6 hours in which time you can enjoy the natural countryside scenery. After your arrival in Pokhara, you can freshen up and visit around the lakeside,observing the natural and cultural sceneries. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Sightseeing of Buddhist culture around Pokhara (World Peace Pagoda, Matepani Monastery, and Tibetan Refugee Camp)

The sightseeing in Pokhara begins with the drive to World Peace Pagoda, which stands as a symbol of peace, located on Ananda hilltop near Pokhara. Then you will be taken toward Matepani Monastery, which carries mythological and historical explanations of existence. After lunch, you will visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, where you can watch, explore, experience and enjoy the Tibetan culture and traditions up-close. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 : Drive to Lumbini and local market visit.

You need to wake early for the journey toward Lumbini, birth place of Buddha, and about 266 km south-east from Pokhara, in a tourist bus. This journey will take around 6-7 hours. After arriving at the arrival point and getting refreshed in your designated hotels, you can visit the local markets and places near the hotels in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 : Full day Buddhist site visit in Lumbini (Maya Devi Temple, monasteries, monuments and ancient sites, etc.).

The outing in Lumbini starts with a visit to Maya Devi Temple, an ancient temple situated at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, the birthplace of Goutam Buddha, where you can also watch other ancient things such as Ashok Pillar. Then you will visit some monasteries categorized between east and west Monastic Zones, where you can discover the monasteries built by other countries, symbolizing peace. In Lumbini, you can discover and explore archeological sites, monuments and various ancient sites that lies within Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 : Fly back to Kathmandu, farewell dinner in authentic Nepali or Tibetan restaurant.

At morning you can relax and enjoy a delightful breakfast. After lunch, you will fly back to Kathmandu, which takes approximately 45 minutes. After arriving at the hotel with a company representative, you can freshen up and freely explore nearby areas of Kathmandu. In the evening you will be taken out for the farewell dinner at an authentic Tibetan or Nepali Restaurant, where you can explore and enjoy either Nepali food or Tibetan food. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 : Transfer to the airport for your onward destination.

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures from your hotel in Kathmandu to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight . A day to bid farewell to the glorious country of Nepal situated in South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture to other destinations of the majestic country in the near future. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would love to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home. Namaste!!

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Buddhist cultural tour privately with your personal guide so that you don’t have to confront with other people who might have different interests or attitudes. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit our groups with 10 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group and we will arrange several guides for you depending on group size.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. (For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people) Option of fly in/fly out is also avaliable.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 7 nights/8 days. The tour covers major Buddhist sites/landmarks in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Lumbini. In Kathmandu, visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & other monasteries. In Pokhara, explore around World Peace Pagoda, Tibetan refugee camp & monasteries. The prime highlight of the tour is visit to the Buddhas birthplace Lumbini where several important Buddhist sites are located like the scared pond & garden, Ashok Pillar, Mayadevi temple, shrines & temples erected by Buddhist countries. Also religious and archaeological sites at Devdaha and Ramagram.

Clothing
Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

Meals
Breakast is included during your stay in Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini.

The sightseeing places we visit in Kathmandu will include:

Swoyambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises. The stupa is towards the western side of the Kathmandu valley atop a hillock commanding great view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
The Bouddhanath Stups is the largest stupa in the valley located about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating
specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

Kopan Monastery
Located just outside the Kathmandu city is the Kopan Monastery near Bouddhanath. Kopan has become especially famous for teaching Buddhism to visiting Western foreigners. Nowadays Kopan Monastery has two separate institutions: the monastery, atop Kopan Hill, and the nearby Khachoe Chakyil Ling Nunnery (known as the Kopan Nunnery)

White Monastery
Closer to Swoyambhunath is the White Monastery located atop a hill outside the ring road area of the Kathmandu City. It is at Druk Amitabha Mountain. Birds eyeview of the Kathmandu Valley can be seen from the top and its a good spot to watch sunrise/sunset.

The sightseeing places we visit in Pokhara will include:

World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa located on a hill top (Rani Ban) just above the Phewa Lake. This stupa is the symbol of peace where the huge idols of Lord Buddha from Japan, Sri Lanka and Thailand have been installed. From here one can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himalayan Ranges, lakes, and the city.

Tibetan Refugee Camps
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

Matepani Monastery
Located southeast of Pokhara atop a hill is the Matepani Monastery also known as Karma Dubgyud Chhoekhorling Manang Monastery. The top commands the most amazing view but you need to climb at least 300 stairs to reach the top where the monastery is located.

The sightseeing places we visit in Lumbini will include:

The Sacred Garden
This garden is the heart of Prof. Tange’s design, the ultimate objective of the plan, to create an atmosphere of spirituality peace, universal brotherhood and non violence consistent with Lord Buddha’s message to the world. The zone shelters ancient monuments in a freshly restored atmosphere.

Maya Devi Temple
The Temple is the heart of all monuments at this holy site. The temple complex bears the testimony of several phases of construction over the centuries. Inside the temple, there are remains of structures of the early Maya Devi Temple that dates back to the 3rd century B.C. to 7th century A.D.

The Marker Stone
The Marker stone (conglomerate) located deeply buried in the sanctum sanctorum pinpoints the exact spot of the auspicious birth of Lord Buddha. This was discovered after a meticulous excavation of the Maya Devi Temple in 1996. The Marker Stone 70 x 40 x10 cm, is now preserved with a covering bulletproof glass.

The Sacred Pond
PUSHKARINI is believed to be the most sacred pond of the Shakyas in which Maya Devi took her bath before giving birth to the Prince, Buddha. It is also the pond where the infant Buddha was given his first purification bath. The pond has two deep well, terraced steps and is riveted by beautifully layered bricks of 1933-39.

Ashoka Pillar
The pillar is an important evidence of the birth place of Buddha. The inscription engraved by Ashoka is still intact and testifies the authenticity of the birth place. The text written in Brahmin script records the visit of King Priyadarsi who ordered structures built to protect the site

How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What should I wear?
Light, loose garments are recommended in spring (March, April and May) and summer (june, July, August), while woolens and jackets or similar warm clothing’s are required from November to February.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What health precautions need to be taken?
Make sure to use only boiled or bottled water and avoid raw vegetables and fruits as far as possible until you get assured.

What is the time difference in Nepal?
Nepal time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 8 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

Best Season: All the year round

Transportation: Private car/van

Accommodations: Hotels/Resorts

Meals: Breakfast Included

Trip Type: Cultural Sightseeing tour

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Group Size: 2 people

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