Buddhist Cultural Tour
Buddhist Cultural Tour Overview
Did you know that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal ? It was here that the first Buddha came into this world, and you can visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
But there is more to Buddhism in Nepal than a birthplace. Nepal is rich in Tibetan Buddhism, where the Dalai Lama is highly revered. His image can be found almost everywhere as well as monks from around the world.
The Kathmandu Valley has many wonderful stupas and monasteries. The largest statue to Rinpoche, the man who brought Buddhism to Nepal is just outside of Kathmandu. There are hidden shrines, monasteries and more all dedicated to the peace and the path that Buddha outlined nearly 2 ? millenniums ago.
This tour takes you to these sacred places as you learn more and more about Buddhism and its impact upon the world today. ?This tour will take you for six nights, seven days in traveling to these deeply spiritual places.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival: You arrive at Tribhuven International Airport where you will be greeted by a representative of GA Travels. From here, you will be taken to your hotel where you will have a chance to rest up from your journey, or take in some of the nightlife in Thamel, the tourist hub of the city.
Day 2 – Kathmandu: The walk begins early as you leave Thamel and travel first to Kathesimbhu Stupa, a miniature version of Swayambhu. From here, pass numerous temples including an impressive Buddhist temple near Asan which has been protected by a family group for centuries. The temple is known for its incredible carvings as well as for the silver and gold inside. We continue our journey on foot until we reach Durbar Square, home of the living goddess called the Kumari as well as being the site of some 60 impressive temples in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, we take a vehicle to Swayambhu to visit one of the most sacred places in Buddhism, dating back 2000 years. We will spend a half day exploring the grounds of this hillock with its many stupas and monasteries. There is even a stupa where one of Lord Buddha's bones resides.
Day 3 – Boudhanath: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath is the largest stupa in all of Nepal and one of the largest in the world. The square around the huge stupa is dotted with Tibetan monks and monasteries. Boudhanath is a center of Tibetan Buddhism which has been in exile since the takeover of Tibet in the late 1950s. From here, we travel to near Champa Devi where we will visit the largest statue in the world to Rinpoche, the man who brought Buddhism to Nepal. The statue has been recently erected next to a monastery.
Day 4 – Fly to Lumbini: Our travels take us to western Nepal to the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Here, at a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a most beautiful place. The grounds contain not only 50 monasteries from around the world, but the very spot where Buddha was born. There is even a footprint in the rock where Lord Buddha took the first of seven steps following his miraculous birth. We will spend the night in Lumbini, and will enjoy touring the various monasteries with their mysteries and magnificent art.
Day 5 – Fly to Kathmandu: We finish up our tour of Lumbini before taking a flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 6 – Free Day: Spend the day visiting places of interest, shopping or relaxing at your hotel.
Day 7 – Departure: Spend some time doing some last minute shopping before your representative of GA Travels escorts you to the airport for your journey home. Be sure to discuss with your representative of GA Travels about a return trip to Nepal. There is so much to see and do, including more temples as well as mountain views. Begin now to plan for your next trip.