This tour gives you the spiritual, cultural, and natural experience while showing off the prints of medieval society and memories of the Himalayas. On this tour you will be able to gain knowledge of Nepal’s rich and diverse culture. When traveling to a country as unique as Nepal, it is important to learn about its social, ethnic, and religious makeup. On the cultural tour, you will be able to get a little taste of everything. This includes visiting ancient temples and attending religious ceremonies. Also, seeing attending valley tours to visiting Lumbini “Birth Place of Buddha.” You will be able to see many aspects of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.
At the Buddhist Monastery, you will be able to discover Buddhism while wearing Saffron robes and seeing morning alms & hairless monks. This monastery will be a new place for learning.
Other cultural heritage sites that you will visit are Pashupatinath, which is a cremation site for the Hindus. It is filled with emotion, excitement, a vital understating of Hinduism and a spectacular sighting. Another great sight you can see are the grand stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, which has four pairs of Eyes of Buddha, and will surely enlighten you spiritually, resulting in inner peace and harmony.
This trip has been integrated with a sighting to the beautiful lake city Pokhara, the tourism capital of Nepal. The magnificent vistas of the Himalayan ranges and the best sunrise from Sarangkot is are such a beautiful view, waking up at dawn is a treat.
More than 400,000 Buddhists and non-Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) and holds immense archeological and religious importance. Visit Nepal and get yourself immersed.
Welcome to the medieval city. Flying through the Himalayan ranges and landing at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu with a bird’s eye view of the city. Kathmandu is a city of three districts Kathmandu the city of Chiming bells itself, Patan or Lalitpur the city of fine arts and Bhaktapur the city of devotees. The three cities comprise of 7 UNESCO world heritage sites. The wonder of Kathmandu fascinates you on every trip that you follow. You will be met by our representative and we will drive you to the centrally located Hotel. You will have ample time to rest and overcome the jet lag.
Boudhanath is the largest stupa in the valley and the largest stupa in the world. It lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around.
Pashupatinath temple is one of the famous Hindu temples in the world and is also listed as a world heritage site. It is a pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roofing and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. The cremation process of the Hindus body is the sight full of emotions but also an interesting way of looking at the life cycle.
The pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha is about forty kilometers from the Boudhanath Stupa. Located on slightly elevated land, it is a pleasant and out-of-the-way place. The landscape below resembles an eight-petaled lotus, and the sky above has the form of a wheel with nine spokes. In this wide panorama, some mountains glisten white like a conch shell or a crystal. On other mountains, the groves of trees seem to gleam with emerald and turquoise jewels. In the summertime, southern winds bring coolness; in wintertime, the warm, gentle sun is like the clear and radiant face of youth.
Today you will leave early morning from Namobuddha and fly to Birthplace of Lord Buddha “Lumbini”. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.
More than 400,000 Buddhists and non-Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) and holds immense archeological and religious importance. Sacred Garden: It was here in the gardens of Lumbini that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Buddha, was born in 623 BC.
A commemorative pillar erected by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka of India during his pilgrimage to the holy site in 249 BC marks the nativity site.
Lumbini is one of four magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha, the others being at Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya, and Sarnath. Lumbini was where the Buddha lived until the age of 29. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction.
The morning after Breakfast you will drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel
Pharping is an ancient renowned city situated in Southern Region of Kathmandu. It was popular with the name “Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)” which was recognized as an independent state with 48000 people in ancient time. So “Shikharapur” is an ancient name of Pharping village. Shikharapur was independent Newari State when Gopaleshowr Temple was in the middle of Pharping. It was an established state at that time when Kathmandu Valley was a lake. It is said there was no existence of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur.
Later Goddess Manjushree cut the Chovar gorge and the water of valley flowed outside which later became suitable for settlement. The Great Guru Padmasambhava got enlightened at Asura Cave, Gorakhanath and Sheshnarayan Cave at Pharping.
Swayambhunath, which is one of the most famous and heritage place. You can see the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swoyambhunath is also listed as a World Heritage Site. Swoyambhunath is the best place to observe religious harmony between Nepalese and Buddhists and Hindus.
Later in the evening, traditional Nepalese dinner awaits you to end your day.
Transfer to the Airport for the flight back to your home with a sweet memory of Nepal, Kathmandu, different temples, mountains, nature, peoples, and smile.
Time in Nepal – Can’t Describe We will come back in the future No words can describe out time in Nepal. This country is truly amazing. The people, the food, the Himalayas, the tea, the religion, the culture… We could keep on going! We love this country so much, we don’t feel like going away soon.