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10 August - 2014
Ian Smart
clientThe experience of a lifetime withy Magic Himalaya treks and expeditions, thanks to our guide Shanta Baniya His wonderful pleasant manner and thorough planning of every detail was the making of the trek . From the moment we exited the airport Shanta was there to support us, discounted shopping in Kathmandu and using his excellent English and quiet leadership insured we had all the correct ... Read More

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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

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Program Code: NHG-ST01 Duration: 9 days Program Type: BuddhistTour Mode of Travel: Land/Flight Start Trip: Kathmandu End Trip: Kathmandu Program Grading: grade
Trip Highlights
Buddha was born some 2500 years ago in Lumbini in the southern Nepal. Lumbini is the greatest pilgrimage site for all the Buddhists from all over the world.

OverviewOverview

Lumbini today houses the pond where Buddha was bathed after he was born and a temple which has images of young Buddha with his mother.There is also a Stone pillar which is one of such many pillars put by the famous Indian emperor Ashoka to mark the important sites related to Buddha's life.In an excavation made few years ago more objets of historical importance were discovered whichare in  display for all. Besides there are many stupas in Lumbini  made by many Buddhist countries of the world Thailand, China , Sri Lanka, Japan and Myanmar.

There are Buddhists all over Nepal and hence Buddhist monuments are all over Nepal.In Kathmandu valley we have 2000 years old impressive stupa of Swoyambhunath and world's biggest stupa at Bouddhanath.The Bouddhanath stupa is 1500 years old and is more popular among the many Tibetan refugees living in Kathmandu .Inside the Kathmandu valley the city of Patan is dominantly Buddhists and has places like Mahabouddha Temple and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar to show you.On the outskirt of Kathmandu in the hill is the stupa of Namobuddha, small but old, active and highly revered.

This tour will take you to these Buddhist sites and also to few more while travelling inside the city .We will also take you to the peaceful and beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Here you can see the tremendous view of the Himalayas, vist the world peace stupa and go for boating in the cool lake water.Finally you will have free time to shop a great number of Buddhist objects which you may not find in your home country.

Short ItineraryOutline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath stupa and Patan Durbar square.In Patan we show you Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Mahabouddha temple and other Buddhist sites.

Day 03: Visit Bouddhanath stupa and stay overnight in Dhulikhel.

Day 04: Hike or drive to Namobuddha stupa, overnight in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 05: Fly to Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace.Visit Lumbini garden, Mayadevi temple, and other archeological sites.

Day 06: Drive for Pokhara, overnight in hotel in Pokhara

Day 07: Relax and enjoy the serenity of beautiful lake city of Pokhara.Visit Sarangkot mountain view point in the morning, boating in the lake in the afternoon and enjoy little hike to World Peace Stupa.

Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu. Free time for walking around and shopping, specially Buddhist religious objects of Nepal and Tibet.

Day 09: Fly back home.

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