Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Overview

The Himalayas are known as the home of the gods. Even its name comes from the name of a god who lives in the mountains of Nepal. This is a land of deep spiritualism, which every traveler feels as they enter into this country. Lord Rama and his wife were married in Janakpur; Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini. Certain body parts of goddesses landed in Nepal where famous temples have been erected in its honor. There are even living goddesses in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur which you may have the privilege of seeing. And interspersed throughout the land are temples ranging from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to tiny little temples erected by faithful devotees.
In Nepal, Hinduism and Buddhism has mixed in a unique synergy. You will find both religion's symbols at the many temples. This Nepal Pilgrim tour takes you to the highlights of the Kathmandu Valley. From here, travel to Lumbini to be inspired by the birthplace of Lord Buddha where you will see not only his birthplace, but his footprint from his birth. There are about 50 monasteries from every country of the world there at Lumbini, which is a truly holy site. From there, travel to Janakpur to see the famous temple that commemorates the wedding of Lord Rama and his wife Sita. Lord Rama is the hero of the Ramayana and one of the great gods of Hinduism.
This pilgrim tour will inspire you as you travel Nepal and see some of the most holy sites this land has to offer. This tour combines luxury bus and air travel to make the journey in the least amount of time. Pilgrims can also choose a less expensive option of simply taking bus to all the locations, but will need to add in a couple more days. Along the way, you will feel the power of the deep mystical powers that call Nepal home.

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 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. The tour continues to Budhanilkantha to see the magnificent 5 meter long carving of Lord Vishnu sleeping on the cosmic sea. Return from here to your hotel.

Day 3 – Out of Valley:
The journey heads eastwards to Bhaktapur where we will tour its Durbar Square and see the various temples. From here, travel eastward to Sanga to see the world's largest statue of Lord Shiva, standing over 100 feet tall. We will tour the park and then head to the city of Panauti. This city is the confluence of three rivers, including one underground river that is said to connect with the sacred Ganges. Panauti is considered to be the 8th UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kathmandu Valley. They haven't made the distinction yet, so you will find it's  temples most impressive with a  lack of tourists.  We will return to your hotel for the night.

Day 4 – Pashipatinath:
Today we visit the most sacred place in Nepal for all of Hinduism: Pashipatinath. Here we find incredible temples, ghats and holy men. Pashipatinath is considered one of the most sacred sites in all of Hinduism, and is where it is said that they found one of Pashupati's sacred body parts after she exploded in anger. From here, travel to the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath. Here the culture is steeped in Tibetan Buddhism, as you will see Tibetan monks worshiping as they have done for thousands of years. 

Day 5 – Fly to Lumbini:
Today travel to the birthplace of Lord Buddha in the western part of Nepal. We fly to Lumbini (1 hour flight) and tour the beautiful grounds as you sit and marvel at the most holy place of Buddhism. The tour takes the day with all of the beautiful monasteries erected by many countries of the world. Spend the night in Lumbini.

Day 6 – Travel to Janakpur:
This day will go by bus to the eastern part of the country to see the beautiful Hindu temple of Janakpur. This sacred site marks the place where Lord Rama married the beautiful Situ. The palace has been reconstructed and inside is a temple, along with beautiful grounds. Spend the night in Janakpur.

Day 7 – Janakpur, Kathmandu:
Spend part of the morning touring the many temples of Janakpur before flying back to Kathmandu.

Day 8 – 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.

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