Nepal is birth place of Lord Buddha the founder of Buddhism. Majority of temples in Nepal share places of worship for both Hindus & Buddhist. In this tour itinerary we have cover most of the holiest Buddhist sites located inside Nepal. This tour itinerary also provides excellent opportunity to explore cultural harmony among Hindus & Buddhist which is very unique.
DAY 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU Arrive in Kathmandu. Meeting and assistance at airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 02: FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS After breakfast commence on a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Morning, visit Old Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Tribhuwan Museum & other temples dotted inside Hanuman Dhoka area. After visit, continue to Swoyambhunath stupa located at hilltop overlooking Kathmandu valley. Swoyambhunath stupa is excellent place to see the cultural harmony among Buddhist & Hindu religion followers in Nepal. Afternoon, visit Pashupatinath temple which is holiest shiva temple for Hindus around the world. Also visit Cementation Ghat located on the bank of Bagmati river. After visit, continue to Boudhnath stupa which is among one of the biggest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhnath temple is also known as "Mini Tibet" due to the Tibetan settlement and the Rimpoches reside close to the stupa. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03: FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS & DRIVE TO DHULIKHEL Morning, visit Patan city, also known as Lalitpur. In Patan visit Krishna temple, Durbar Square area, Golden temple & Mahaboudhi stupa. The narrow lanes around Patan Durbar Square is also famous for metal works. Afternoon, drive 14 Km east to Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur is perhaps best ancient city preserved inside Kathmandu valley. Bhakatapur is home to traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion, festivals, and musical mystic and so on. Visit major highlights of Bhaktapur such as Nayatapol, Palace of 55 windows (from outside), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, pottery Square and many more. After visit drive to Dhulikhel. Rest of the day is free. Dhulikhel is famous spot to see sunrise and sunset to see Central Himalayan range. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04: NAMOBUDHA HIKE & DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU Morning, drive to Namoboudha. Namobuddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m. It is very important Buddhist Pilgrimage. The Stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site which signifies the place where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving Tigress with its several underfed cubs. This legendary episode is depicted in a very nice stone slab and depicted right next to a holy Stupa. Afternoon, drive back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05: DRIVE TO LUMBINI (310 KMS/8.5 HRS) Morning, drive to Lumbini - the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Buddha often known as "Light of Asia" was born and lived until age of 29 years. This sacred place is also listed as the most important site to visit in lifetime for the Buddhist followers in the world being one of the four magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Afternoon, visit Lumbini garen. Visit includes Maya Devi temple and other monasteries dotted inside garden area.Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06: EXCURSION TO TILAURAKOT Morning, excursion to Tilaurakot. Tilaurakot, 25km west of Lumbini, is said to be the childhood home of the Buddha. Tilaurakot is believed to the capital of the Kapilavastu kingdom. There are the remains of some stupas, some fort gates, old city walls and a moat. There are two Ashokan Pillars here, which were put up to memorialize the birth of the Buddha in two previous ages. The eastern gate is considered important, because the Buddha is said to have passed through this gate when he departed to find enlightenment. Return back to Lumbini for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 07: DRIVE TO POKHARA Morning, drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is famous for wonderful views of Himalayas and its snow fed lakes. The reflection of Mt. Fishtail & Annapurna range on Lake Phewa is breathtaking. Pokhara is also base camp for the trekking on Annapurna region with other day hike tours around valley rim. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 08: HALF-DAY POKHARA CITY & WORLD PEACE STUPA Morning, commence on a half-day Pokhara city tour. Visit famous Bindavashini temple popular among Hindus, Seti Gorge, Mysterious Devis fall & Gupteshowr Mahadev cave. Afternoon, drive to Peace stupa. Visit Peace stupa located on the hilltop offering excellent Mountain View and birdeye view of Pokhara valley. After visit, trek down to Fewa lake and cross lake by Boat. Also visit Taal Barahi mandir located at middle of the lake. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 09: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU (200 KMS/5.5 HRS) Morning, drive back to Kathmandu retracing the same highway. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE TRANSFER Transfer to Kathmandu airport in time to board outbound flight. **END OF THE SERVICES**For more Information please drop a line in email@example.com
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