Buddha Purnima Tour – Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh/Baisakh (April – May) has special significance because on this day Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and Nirvana.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU [1400m] | Welcoming the guests is our passion | 29.9oC/3.2oC* |
Embarking on our journey begins from Kathmandu, the city with the remarkable architecture dated back to 16th Century. Our team representative will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you to check in to the hotel. You will be welcomed, facilitated and served with a beautiful hotel room. The first arrival day is entirely a break day. In the evening, you can walk around nearby touristic hubs like Thamel and Basantapur Durbar square. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU | The city of arts and architecture | 29.9oC/3.2oC* |
Kathmandu Valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal with a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Kathmandu has been one of the popular destinations for international tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers a wonderful mix of Hinduism and Buddhism. Right after having breakfast we are off to visit one of the greatest Hindu temple- Pashupatinath, two famous Buddhist Temples- the Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 03: DRIVE TO LUMBINI [150m] Birth place of Siddhartha Buddha | 37.2oC/8.6oC* | 6-7hrs |
After breakfast we drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha which is 310 km far from Kathmandu. We pass through the valleys, river beaches, traditional villages, hilly landscapes, typical Nepalese houses etc. If time permits we also visit Dev Daha (Birth place of Mother of Siddhartha Gautam where Siddhartha Gautam has spent most of his childhood. Once we arrive Lumbini we check in to the hotel. In the evening we visit around Lumbini. Overnight in Lumbini.
DAY 04: FULL DAY BUDDHA PURNIMA CELEBRATION | Let peace prevails all over the world |
On the Auspicious day, Buddhist Pilgrims come from all over the world to Lumbini in Nepal in order to attend the Buddha Purnima celebrations on the birthday of Buddha. The day is marked with prayer meets, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, religious discourses, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, worship of the statue of Buddha and symposia. The Mahabodhi Temple wears a festive look and is decorated with colorful flags and flowers. On this Holy day, the Buddhists bathe and wear especially white clothes. They gather in their viharas for worship and give alms to monks. Many spend their entire day at the vihara listening to discourses on the life and teachings of the Buddha or invite monks to their homes. On Buddha Purnima, Buddhists eat kheer (milk rice) which they share with the poor. They set up stalls in public places to offer others clean drinking water and also show kindness to animals. Overnight in Lumbini.
DAY 05: FLY TO KATHMANDU & VISIT CHABAHIL | Built by the Indian princess Charumati | AND BOUDHANATH | One of the biggest Stupas in the world | 30mins |
As soon as we are done with breakfast we fly to Kathmandu. On board we can witness beautiful views of panoramic mountains. We arrive Kathmandu and check in to hotel. After we get refreshed we leave for Pilgrimage sightseeing tour to Chabahil (CharumatiVihar). According to the inscriptions found within it, it was built by the Indian princess Charumati, daughter of Indian Emperor Ashoka, who was married to a Nepalese prince in Kathmandu. Then we visit Boudhnathstupa which is one of the biggest Stupas in the world. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner, passes by Boudha Stupa to the ancient and smaller stupa of Chabahil named Charumati Stupa (often called “Little Boudhanath”). Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 06: DRIVE TO NAMOBUDDHA [1750m] | A home of more than 250 monks | 1hr | UNESCO HERITAGE SITE TOUR
After breakfast we drive to Namobuddha which is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites and is 35km far from the capital city. Namo Buddha has its own story of 6000 years back which is now a home of more than 250 monks. We visit stupa and also enjoy the view of Himalaya and valley. As soon as we finished with pray and worshipping, we return to Dhulikhel, We take a lunch and proceed to visit 2 most important heritage sites of the valley, Changu Narayan Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Changu Narayan Temple is located on a high hilltop. The temple is surrounded by amazing sculptures and antique arts. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered as the oldest temple of Nepal. Bhaktapur Durbar Square which was founded in 889 AD. The old palace square of Bhaktapur contains famous “Fifty-five windows palace”. It was the royal palace of Malla kings then. The golden gate in this square is the unique master piece of the Newari art work. This old square is like an open museum of Hindu temples. The other famous sites are the ancient royal bath, the courtyard of Taleju shrine, the museum of art and history, the pottery square, the majestic Nyatapola temple, the famous Peacock window and the Dattatreya temple temple .We can feel the mythical air of timelessness in Bhaktapur. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 07: KAPAN MONASTERY | It was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal | & THAMEL VISIT | Farewell dinner at Nepali restaurant|
After breakfast we proceed to visit Kapan Monastery which is dominated by a magnificent bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. This same hill is now the home of Kapan Monastery, a monastery in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The air is clean and the view across the valley is magical. It provides shelter for 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers. Visitors from all over the world come here to attend courses and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the place for study and practice. After exploring the monastery we drive to Thamel which is one of the central touristic hubs in Kathmandu. We move around Thamel market. In the evening, farewell dinner at Nepali restaurant with cultural dance program will be organized. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 08: FINAL DEPARTURE | To know how satisfied our guests are measured not only by how tight the goodbye hugs are but by staying in touch with us forever |
This is the last day of your visit. You can enjoy shopping and buying souvenir to friends and relatives. We will drop you to the airport 3 hrs prior to the departure time. The memories that you have shared with us matter a lot. Waving hands and goodbye hugs are just not enough, we tell our beloved guests to stay in touch with us. This is the way how we feel satisfied by our services.
*Note: The figures shown above are the maximum and minimum temperatures in summer and winter respectively | Source: Department of Hydrology & Metrology, Nepal.