Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Summary
- Sightseeing duration: 8 Nights – 9 Days
- Sightseeing Group-Size: 1 – 13 People
- Best time for Tour: September to July (besides rains)
- Foods on Tour: Breakfast only
- Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Basis
- 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 commences in Kathmandu, a vibrant city adorned with ancient stupas like Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath, where the echoes of prayers and rituals resonate within the air. These sites serve as profound starting points, offering insights into Nepal’s religious heritage and spiritual fervor.
As the journey progresses, to other significant sites like Namo Buddha, known for its poignant legend of the Buddha’s compassionate sacrifice, and the revered monasteries of Pharping, where Guru Padmasambhava’s spiritual footprints linger.
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 immerse themselves in rituals, 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 entrenched in these sacred sites.
Likewise, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal transcends a mere physical journey; it becomes a soulful odyssey, weaving together spirituality, culture, and natural splendor. Pilgrims depart not only with memories of revered sites but also with a profound sense of inner peace and spiritual rejuvenation that remains 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 and further tour plan.
Your sightseeing trip will just begin from the tourist hub Thamel at around 11:30 am. Professional and certified private tour guide perhaps Ammar Raj Guni will pick you up from your hotel and escort the 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 for a full day of guided exploration 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.
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of these historical wonders before concluding our day’s exploration. As the day draws to a close, we’ll return to your hotel in Kathmandu, leaving you with cherished memories of a day filled with spirituality, history, and cultural wonders.03 DayFly from Kathmandu to Lumbini – Birth place of Lord Buddha!. , & Seeing some sights.
Following a delightful breakfast at the hotel, your guide will rendezvous with you to proceed to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Bhairawa airport which will take about 35 minutes.
Bhairawa Airport, serves as a crucial air hub connecting the region to domestic destinations like Kathmandu and other parts of the country. Additionally, it facilitates essential air travel, supporting both passenger and cargo transportation, fostering regional connectivity, tourism, and trade within Nepal. Bhairahawa airport is a gateway for our trip to Lumbini, the sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Upon arrival, we’ll check into the hotel, allowing you time to refresh and rejuvenate. In the afternoon, after a brief respite, we’ll embark on a captivating walking tour amidst the serene ambiance of Lumbini. Our path will lead us to explore the various monasteries that grace this revered pilgrimage site, each exuding its unique essence of spirituality and history.04 DayVisit religious and archaeological sites of Kapilavastu, 6-7 hours
Today, our experienced tour guide will accompany you to the renowned highlights of Lumbini, offering a rich tapestry of spiritual landmarks. 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.
To ensure your comfort and enjoyment, you have the option to explore on foot or by rickshaw, or alternatively, opt for a private car for a relaxed day trip.05 DayTilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Siddhartha Nagar, and Niglihawa tour, 7 hours
On this day, there’s an opportunity to visit additional remarkable Buddhist sites in Lumbini, that includes the Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Siddhartha Nagar, and Niglihawa places. They are the MUST see places possible to visit with a private car.
Upon conclusion of 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 in Lumbini.
Upon your arrival back in Kathmandu city, we’ll be waiting to greet you at TIA Airport and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Your comfort and convenience remain our priority as we ensure a seamless transition to your accommodation. Art enthusiasts can explore the city’s vibrant art scene by visiting galleries showcasing local artworks.
Meanwhile, souvenir shopping at bustling markets like Thamel ensures a last-minute cultural immersion, allowing travelers to take home a piece of Nepal’s vibrant craftsmanship. Additionally, Kathmandu graciously offers a mosaic of experiences that encapsulate its rich culture, spirituality, and diverse offerings, ensuring every moment counts until departure.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 alike gather here, circumambulating the stupa, spinning prayer wheels, and immersing themselves in its serene ambiance, making it a sacred center for prayers, meditation, and cultural exploration.
Alike, Sankhu Gate stands as a portal to an ancient Newar town, merely 17 kilometers away from Kathmandu, known as the abode of the 80 Siddhas and home to numerous caves of significant religious importance. Steeped in history, highlights two prominent landmarks: the Vajrayogini Temple and the early medieval settlement, dating back to the Lichchhavi era (9th century), nestled in the northeastern corner of modern-day Kathmandu.
Traces of tradition and ancient practices linger through the town’s streets, retaining their medieval essence with narrow pathways, public squares, temples, and lodging places. Among these revered monuments, the illustrious Vajrayogini Temple holds its position.
Likewise, this Bajrayogini Temple, situated in the Gun Bihar area, stands as a revered Tantric temple. Within its premises, a script in Newari chronicles the temple’s evolutionary journey. It boasts a distinct characteristic with approximately nine caves within its vicinity.
Legend has it that Manjushree, the deity who cleaved the lake to form the valley, received blessings from the goddess Vajrayogini. Perched atop a hill, the primary temple houses the sacred representations of two four-armed Vajrayogini Ugra-tara statues, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
This temple serves as a evidence to the existence of Buddhism in Nepal from the onset of the first century. And witnessing the renowned Vajrayogini Fair during Chaite Purnima, the full moon night in March or April, adds another layer of significance to this place.
Additionally, Jetsun Milarepa, approximately from 1052 to 1135 CE, is widely recognized as one of Tibet’s most renowned yogis and poets. He studied under Marpa Lotsawa and remains a significant figure in the Kagyu (Bka’-brgyud) school of Tibetan Buddhism. Milarepa’s essence resides in his writings, known as the Songs of Milarepa, canonical texts in Mahayana Buddhism.
These writings emphasize the impermanent nature of the body and advocate for non-attachment. In contrast, the legends surrounding Milarepa’s life are steeped in magic and lack the same emphasis on devout non-attachment.
Popularized by the romanticized biography Mi-la-rnam-thar, authored by Gtsang-smyon he-ru-ka rus-pa’i-rgyan-can (1452-1507), these legends might questionably align with historical accuracy. However, the biographical details presented here are derived from this account or its variations.07 DayVidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple, Sightseeing, 7 hours.
This Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple, known by various names including Bijeśvarī Vajrayoginī, Gun Bihar or Bidjeshwori Bajra Jogini, holds a significant place within the Kathmandu Valley’s Newar Buddhist heritage. This temple venerates the Vajrayāna Buddhist deity Vajrayoginī, referred to 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 in the west to Kathmandu underscores its historical and spiritual importance within the valley.
This Vajra Yogini Temple in Pharping stands as a sacred sanctuary, steeped in spiritual significance for Vajrayana Buddhists. Perched amidst the serene landscapes south of Kathmandu, this temple pays homage to the tantric deity Vajra Yogini.
Legend intertwines with devotion here, as it’s believed that this temple holds the energy of Guru Padmasambhava’s meditative endeavors, making it a focal point for seekers of enlightenment.
Pilgrims and practitioners are drawn to this revered site to engage in meditation, rituals, and contemplation amidst the 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 is an invitation to delve into the spiritual heritage of Vajrayana Buddhism and absorb the tranquility that envelopes this sacred space.08 DayVajrayogini Temple in Pharping, Asura & Guru Rinpoche Cave Sightseeing, 6 hours.
Another interesting facts that this Vajrayogini Temple in Pharping, (19 km south of Kathmandu), is a significant pilgrimage site for Vajrayana Buddhists. This temple is dedicated to Vajrayogini, a tantric deity associated with the Chakrasamvara cycle of teachings within Tibetan Buddhism.
It’s believed to be one of the sacred places where the great tantric master Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated and attained realization. As such, it holds immense spiritual significance for followers of Vajrayana Buddhism. The structure of the temple reflects traditional Nepali and Tibetan styles. And it’s a place where practitioners come to engage in meditation, rituals, and offerings.
Both local devotees and international visitors seeking spiritual insights and blessings on this sites. Pharping holds a sacred place of housing several monasteries, caves, and religious sites connected to Padmasambhava.
Asura Cave in Pharping is a significant pilgrimage site in Nepal, renowned for its connection to Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). It holds a great spiritual importance as it is believed that Padmasambhava, a tantric master, meditated and attained profound achievement around.
Legend has it that Padmasambhava subdued powerful demons (asuras) in this cave, hence the name “Asura Cave.” It’s said that he performed meditation and tantric practices to subdue these negative forces and convert them into protectors of the Dharma.
Additionally, Guru Rinpoche Cave in Pharping, stands as a timeless testament to the spiritual legacy of Guru Padmasambhava. Known as the “Second Buddha” in Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava’s profound meditative presence permeates this sacred cave.
It’s believed that Guru Rinpoche engaged in intensive meditation, profound teachings, and transformative practices within these hallowed confines. This cave served as his sanctuary for harnessing spiritual energies and subduing negative forces, symbolized by the vivid tales of demons he tamed.
Likewise, Pilgrims and practitioners visit those both Cave to pay homage, meditate, and seek blessings. It remains an essential destination for those interested in the spiritual legacy of Guru Padmasambhava and the practice of 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 tour with Air-condition car with fuel and driver as per the above 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.
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 !
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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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