Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour


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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Summary

    1. Sightseeing duration: 8 Nights – 9 Days
    2. Touring Hours: 6-7 Hours Daily
    3. Sightseeing Group-Size: 1 – 13 People
    4. Best time for Tour: September to July (besides rains)
    5. Foods on Tour: Breakfast only
    6. Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Basis
    7. Transportation: Car / Van [Private Trip]

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is a transformative journey steeped in spirituality and rich cultural immersion. Nepal, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, boasts a tapestry of sacred sites revered by Buddhists worldwide.

This pilgrimage typically begins in Kathmandu, a vibrant city adorned with ancient stupas like Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath, where prayers and rituals fill the air. These sites offer profound insights into Nepal’s religious heritage and spiritual fervor.

This journey then progresses to other significant sites such as Namo Buddha, known for its legend of the Buddha’s compassionate sacrifice, and the revered monasteries of Pharping, where Guru Padmasambhava’s spiritual footprints remain.

Moreover, it extends a trip to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This pilgrimage site exudes an unparalleled sense of serenity, with the sacred Maya Devi Temple and the tranquil Lumbini Garden serving as focal points for meditation and reflection.

Throughout the journey, pilgrims prayers, and teachings, guided by experienced monks and spiritual leaders. They engage in acts of merit, offer prayers for peace and enlightenment, and absorb the wisdom embedded in these sacred sites.

At this Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal transcends a physical journey that becomes a soulful odyssey, weaving together spirituality, culture, and natural splendor. Pilgrims depart with cherished memories of revered sites and a profound sense of inner peace and spiritual rejuvenation that endures long after they bid farewell to Nepal’s sacred lands.

Buddhist Pilgrimage tour highlights

  • Varieties of art, history and cultural town of Kathmandu city.
  • UNESCO Heritage sites Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Buddhist sites.
  • Vajrayogini – a tantric deity temple at Pharping, 19 km south of Kathmandu.
  • Guru Rinpoche Cave and Asura cave – renowned for its connection to Guru Padmasambhava.
  • Namo Buddha monastery – one of the marvelous Buddhist pilgrimage place near Kathmandu.
  • Lumbini – The Birth Place of Lord Buddha (Shakyamuni Buddha).

Buddhist Pilgrimage tour packages itinerary details.

01 DayArrival in Kathmandu city. See the UNESCO heritage sights Kathmandu, 5 hours

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu city, we pick you up with a private car and transfer you to your hotel. Ammar Guni, a leader of Gokyo Treks Agency will meet you to brief the Buddhist Pilgrimage tour information.

Your sightseeing trip will just begin from the tourist hub Thamel at around 11:30 am. Professional and certified private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and escort a full day city tour.

We serve the private car or Hiace van depending upon the group size you are traveling to. However on your first, day, we visit Swayambhunath stupa, known as a Monkey Temple. Lastly, visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square including Kal Bhairav Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Kastamandapa temple, Telaju temple, and Kumari Temple (living Goddess), and see its entire sights.

02 DayNamo Buddha (1,750m) and Bhaktapur Durbar Square Sightseeing, 6-7 hours

Join us to explore around the revered pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha, a place of immense significance in Nepalese Buddhism. This sacred site beckons with its spiritual allure and captivating surroundings.

Adorned with artistic monasteries and the poignant idol depicting the “Sacrifice to the Tigress,” Namo Buddha rests atop a hill known for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset vistas. On clear days, the panorama extends to reveal the majestic Himalayas, offering a sight to behold.

Upon returning, our journey continues to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, an architectural marvel adorned with pagoda-style and shikhara-style temples encircling the grand 55-window palace. Bhaktapur’s royal heritage shines through landmarks like the Lion Gate and the Golden Gate. The 55-window palace, an art gallery, and the statue honoring King Bhupatindra Malla stand as testaments to the city’s rich history.

03 DayFly from Kathmandu to Lumbini “Birth place of Lord Buddha”. & Seeing some sights.

After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you to proceed to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal. We will take a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhairawa Airport.

Bhairawa Airport connects the region to domestic destinations like Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal. It supports passenger and cargo transportation, fostering regional connectivity, tourism, and trade. Bhairawa Airport is also the gateway to Lumbini, the sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Upon arrival, we’ll check into the hotel, giving you time to refresh and refresh. In the afternoon, after a brief rest, we’ll embark on a walking tour of Lumbini. We will explore various monasteries, each exuding its unique essence of spirituality and history.

04 DayVisit religious and archaeological sites of Kapilavastu, 7 hours

Today, our experienced tour guide will accompany you to the renowned highlights of Lumbini, offering a rich tapestry of spiritual landmarks. For your comfort and enjoyment, you have the option to explore on foot, by rickshaw, or with a private car for a relaxed day trip.

Our journey will encompass revered sites such as the Peace Pagoda, Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Tara Foundation, World China Temple, Thai Monastery, Burmese (Myanmar) Temple, Nepal Buddha Temple, and Dharmaswami Buddhist Monastery.

05 DayTilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Siddhartha Nagar, and Niglihawa tour, 7 hours

On this day, you have the opportunity to visit additional remarkable Buddhist sites in Lumbini, including Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Siddhartha Nagar, and Niglihawa. These must-see places are accessible by private car.

After the day’s explorations, we’ll journey to Bhairawa Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu, ensuring a seamless conclusion to this enriching pilgrimage experience. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll greet you at TIA Airport and facilitate your transfer to the hotel, prioritizing your comfort and convenience.

Art enthusiasts can explore the city’s vibrant art scene by visiting galleries showcasing local artworks. Additionally, souvenir shopping at bustling markets like Thamel offers a last-minute cultural immersion that allow travelers to take home a piece of Nepal’s vibrant craftsmanship.

06 DayVisit Boudhanath Stupa, Sankhu, Vajrayogini Temple & Milarepa Cave Sightseeing, 7 hours.

UNESCO heritage site Boudhanath Stupa stands as an iconic symbol of Buddhist culture and spirituality. Its massive mandala and the watchful eyes of the Buddha gaze out in all directions, embodying peace and enlightenment.

Pilgrims and visitors gather here, circumambulating the stupa, spinning prayer wheels, and immersing themselves in its serene ambiance. This makes it a sacred center for prayers, meditation, and cultural exploration.

Similarly, Sankhu Gate serves as a portal to an ancient Newar town, just 17 kilometers from Kathmandu. This town is known for the 80 Siddhas and numerous caves of significant religious importance.

Steeped in history, Sankhu highlights two prominent landmarks: the Vajrayogini Temple and an early medieval settlement dating back to the Lichchhavi era (9th century). The town retains its medieval essence with narrow pathways, public squares, temples, and lodging places.

The illustrious Vajrayogini Temple, located in the Gun Bihar area, is a revered Tantric temple. Within its premises, a script in Newari chronicles the temple’s evolutionary journey, featuring approximately nine caves in its vicinity.

Legend has it that Manjushree, who cleaved the lake to form the valley, received blessings from the goddess Vajrayogini. The primary temple houses sacred representations of two four-armed Vajrayogini Ugra-tara statues, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

This temple serves as evidence of Buddhism’s presence in Nepal since the first century. Witnessing the renowned Vajrayogini Fair during Chaite Purnima, the full moon night in March or April, adds another layer of significance.

From 1452-1507 Jetsun Milarepa’s legends are steeped in magic. Globally popular as one of Tibet’s most popular yogis and poets, studied under Marpa Lotsawa. His writings, known as the Songs of Milarepa, emphasize the impermanent nature of the body and advocate for non-attachment.

07 DayVidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple, Sightseeing, 7 hours.

The Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple, also known as Bijeśvarī Vajrayoginī, Gun Bihar, or Bidjeshwori Bajra Jogini, holds a significant place in the Kathmandu Valley’s Newar Buddhist heritage. This temple venerates the Vajrayāna Buddhist deity Vajrayoginī, known as Bajra Jogini in the Newar language, specifically in her form as Akash Yogini.

Situated on the western bank of the Bishnumati River, this sacred sanctuary stands adjacent to the ancient Ramadoli (Karnadip) cremation ground. Its location on the main pathway from the revered Swayambhunath Stupa to Kathmandu underscores its historical and spiritual importance.

The Vajra Yogini Temple in Pharping, located south of Kathmandu, is a sacred sanctuary for Vajrayana Buddhists. It is believed to hold the energy of Guru Padmasambhava’s meditative endeavors, making it a focal point for seekers of enlightenment.

Pilgrims and practitioners visit this revered site to engage in meditation, rituals, and contemplation amidst its tranquil surroundings. The temple’s architecture, adorned with traditional Nepali and Tibetan elements, resonates with the spiritual essence that permeates the air.

Visiting the Vajra Yogini Temple in Pharping offers an opportunity to delve into the spiritual heritage of Vajrayana Buddhism and absorb the tranquility of this sacred space.

08 DayVajrayogini Temple in Pharping, Asura & Guru Rinpoche Cave Sightseeing, 6 hours.

The Vajrayogini Temple in Pharping, located 19 km south of Kathmandu, is a significant pilgrimage site for Vajrayana Buddhists. Dedicated to the tantric deity Vajrayogini, it is associated with the Chakrasamvara cycle of teachings within Tibetan Buddhism.

Believed to be one of the sacred places where the great tantric master Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated. He attained realization, the temple holds immense spiritual significance. Its structure reflects traditional Nepali and Tibetan styles, attracting practitioners for meditation, rituals, and offerings.

Both local devotees and international visitors seek spiritual insights and blessings here. Pharping is home to several monasteries, caves, and religious sites connected to Padmasambhava, making it a sacred destination.

Asura Cave in Pharping is renowned for its connection to Guru Padmasambhava, who meditated and attained profound achievements there. Legend has it that Padmasambhava subdued powerful demons (asuras) in this cave, converting them into protectors of the Dharma through meditation and tantric practices.

The Guru Rinpoche Cave in Pharping stands as a testament to the spiritual legacy of Padmasambhava, known as the “Second Buddha” in Tibetan Buddhism. This cave was his sanctuary for harnessing spiritual energies and subduing negative forces.

Pilgrims and practitioners visit both caves to pay homage, meditate, and seek blessings, making them essential destinations for those interested in the spiritual legacy of Guru Padmasambhava and Tibetan Buddhism.

09 DayKopan Monastery Sightseeing, 3 hours. Final departure to Kathmandu airport.

Situated atop Kopan Hill, north of the historic town of Boudha, Kopan Monastery stands as a revered center of Tibetan Buddhism. Home to monks hailing from Nepal and Tibet, spanning ages from seven to sixty, this monastery embodies a commitment to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, shaping lives dedicated to profound learning and practice.

Kopan monastery extends introductory courses to the public, delving into subjects like Death and Dying, Karma, Mind Training, and Bodhicitta, offering a gateway into Buddhist philosophy. Additionally, it offers short courses covering Tibetan medicine, Thangka painting, Buddhist psychology, and philosophy, attracting individuals keen on deepening their understanding of these disciplines.

A significant draw for seekers of wisdom and serenity, Kopan Monastery welcomes many visitors seeking to explore Buddhism and meditation. Beyond its educational offerings, the monastery showcases remarkable art and architectural wonders within a spiritual ambiance, accompanied by awe-inspiring vistas of Kathmandu Valley.

Adding to its significance, Kopan Monastery oversees a nunnery, furthering its commitment to spiritual practice and education in the tranquil surroundings of this revered sanctuary. Head back to your hotel to gather your belongings and prepare for your onward journey. From there, we’ll drive you to Kathmandu International Airport for your connecting flights to your next destination. As your trip concludes, we wish you a safe and fantastic journey ahead.

What’s Include in the Price

  • Kathmandu domestic and international airport transfer as per the given plan.
  • Heritage sites – a single day tour with Air-condition car with fuel and driver as per the plan.
  • 6 Nights double bedroom accommodation in a ALOT Hotel by Marriot or similar category in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • 2 Nights double bedroom accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Lumbini with breakfast.
  • Domestic Flight from Kathmandu to Bhairawa and return to Kathmandu bothway airfare.
  • Certified English-speaking tour guide during the tours.
  • All government Taxes/VAT & Gokyo Treks Agency service charge.

What’s not-include in the Price

  • Drinks, Lunch and Dinner as per given plan.
  • Heritage sites entrance fee.
  • Photography and Videography of touring spots.
  • Personal gears and donation.
  • Guest’s travel insurance (incase of baggage damage or stoles…etc)
  • Gratuities – Tipping for tour guide & driver.

Best time to Visit

The Buddhist heritage sites mentioned are ideal to explore throughout the year, barring the monsoon season in Nepal, which spans June, July, and August. During this period, heavy rains and thunderstorms deter enjoyable tours.

However, the rest of the year offers splendid opportunities to visit these sites. Furthermore, the months of March, April, and May signify Nepal’s vibrant Spring season, presenting an optimal time for exploration.

Similarly, the Autumn season, spanning September through December, including October and November, is also highly recommended. During these months, the clear skies offer breathtaking views of the mountains, hills, and valleys, enhancing the experience of visiting these revered Buddhist sites.

Departure & Return Departure Point:

Please note that we provide a private transportation services from Kathmandu International Airport, ensuring pick-up upon your arrival and drop-off after the tour. Additionally, if guests are already settled at a hotel in Kathmandu, we can arrange pick-up from Kathmandu to the tourist spots and safely return you to the hotel after the tours.

What To Expect

Within this Buddhist Pilgrimage sites tour package in Nepal, each day spans 6 to 8 hours. Experience the vibrant tapestry of people, immerse in their culture, witness their way of life, explore ancient temples, caves, and serene meditation spots. Delve into heritage sites offering breathtaking views of the entire city and its surroundings throughout the journey.

Additional Information (TIPS AND TRICKS)

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
wheelchair accessibility is not possible everywhere to get into the Buddhist Pilgrimage sites.
A maximum of 13 people per booking
Travelers with back pain, pregnant, and very old travelers are not recommended.
It’s a private touring activity.

Cancellation Policy

You have the flexibility to cancel your booking and receive a full refund if done up to 30 days before the experience. To ensure a full refund, please ensure cancellation is made at least 30 days before the scheduled start time of the experience. However, if cancellation occurs within 30 days of the experience, the deposit amount paid will not be refunded.

Please note that any modifications or cancellations made less than 7 days before the scheduled start time of the experience will not be accommodated. All cut-off times align with the local time of the experience.

Notes for Buddhist Pilgrimage Travelers:-

Our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal itinerary is a multi-day tour packages in and out of Kathmandu town is subject to change due to Travel conditions. Welcome to the “Best of Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal”! Get ready for an incredible journey through this beautiful country.

Remember to pack comfortable clothing, suitable for both city exploration and outdoor adventures. Don’t forget essential items like sunscreen, a hat, Insect repellent including mosquitos, and a refillable water bottle.

Likewise, respect local customs and traditions when visiting temples and interacting with Nepali communities. Stay hydrated, especially during hikes and high-altitude activities. Capture the breathtaking scenery but also take moments to simply immerse yourself in the natural beauty. Be open to trying delicious Nepali cuisine, and savor the local flavors.

In addition, Your safety is our top priority, so follow your guide’s instructions during outdoor activities. Lastly, cherish every moment of this unforgettable journey and create lasting memories in Nepal.

What makes the best of Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal special?

The “Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour” stands out as an exceptional experience in Nepal because it offers a curated itinerary that showcases the country’s most remarkable Buddhist cultural attractions. Explore these ancient shrines and immerse in local Buddhism culture to enjoy the stunning journey.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professionals and experienced and licensed local guides who know the destination better.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Touring Traveler’s Review

Peace of Minds without Crowds !

November 8, 2023

Reflecting on our Buddhist cultural trip in Nepal, even a year later, we cherish incredible memories. We wholeheartedly recommend this experience—the seamless organization, informative guidance, and constant communication made it truly exceptional. Trustworthy and delightful people!

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David Boissevain

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear David Boissevain,

Thank you immensely for your heartwarming reflections on your Buddhist cultural trip in Nepal. It brings us immense joy to hear that even a year later, the memories of your journey remain cherished.

Your truth words are a lot to us! We strive for seamless organization, informative guidance, and consistent communication, so it’s fantastic to hear that these aspects made your experience truly exceptional.

We deeply appreciate your kind words about our team. Your trust and satisfaction are our greatest rewards.

Should you plan future adventures, we’d be honored to create more incredible moments with you.

Warm regards, Ammar Raj Guni , Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd

Vajrayogini Other Places Just Amazing

May 8, 2023

Ammar & Team crafted a lifetime experience! This cultural trip was not just a journey but a beacon of friendship intertwined with authentic Nepalese encounters. It was an absolute blessing and one of the most cherished memories of my life. Thank you for an unforgettable experience that will forever hold a special place in my heart!

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Dardour Alex

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Dardour Alex,

Thank you for your feedback! Creating a memorable and meaningful cultural trip for you was an absolute pleasure. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your cherished memories. We’re thrilled that the experience holds a special place in your heart.

Warm regards, Ammar & Team

Best & Unique Buddhist Cultural Trip 2022

October 8, 2022

Our heartfelt gratitude to the Gokyo Agency team! Their exceptional service made our trip an unforgettable cultural experience. The entire journey was meticulously organized, and Ammar Guni, the agency’s owner, provided us with an excellent guided tour visiting Vajrajogini, Milerapa cave, Boudhanath, Kopan Gomba, Lumbini…etc. Thank you, Gokyo Trekking Agency; we eagerly anticipate our next adventure with you.

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Melanie Sardoc

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Melanie Sardoc,

Thank you immensely for your kind words and heartfelt gratitude! We’re thrilled that your experience with the Gokyo Agency was nothing short of exceptional. It warms our hearts to know that our meticulous organization and Ammar Guni’s guidance made your cultural journey truly unforgettable.

Visiting Vajrajogini, Milerapa cave, Boudhanath, Kopan Gomba, Lumbini, and more alongside Ammar was indeed a special experience. Your appreciation means the world to us.

We’re excited to be part of your next adventure and eagerly await the opportunity to create more unforgettable moments with you.

Warm regards, Ammar Raj Guni, Gokyo Trekking Agency

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