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Lumbini is the ultimate piligrimages for every Buddhist – The Star of Asia and symbol of peace, Lord Buddha was born at Lumbini while his mother was on her way to parental home from Kapilvastu. Lumbini should be visited and seen by a person of devotion, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. The other sites are Boudhagaya, Kushinagar and Sarnath in India.
Buddha was born in Lumbini of Nepal during the full moon day in the month of Baisakh in 623 B.C. he was born under a Saal tree (Shorea Robusta) when Maya Devi (his mother) was going to her maternal town on the occasion of delivery. After the birth, Buddha took seven steps towards north, which is now shown as seven lotus flowers and, looking in all directions, he declared that "I am the foremost of all creatures to cross the riddle of the ocean of the existence, this is my last birth and here after, I will not be born again".
This newly born Hindu Prince named Siddhartha had supernatural birth & signs, which indicated that the new born child will bring deliverance to the world. Ascetic (Rishis) warned the king that the boy might renounce the world anytime if he happen to come across: (1). The diseased, (2). The old man, (3). The dead body & (4). The ascetic.
The king, alarmed to hear this, married Prince Siddhartha at an early age and almost imprisoned him in pleasure palaces providing therein all kinds of enjoyments so he will be happy and stay there. However, the prophesy came true and he became The Buddha.
Lumbini is situated in Nepal in the foot hills of Himalayas about 22 kms from Bhairahawa.
It is 230 Kms from Kathmandu, 122 kms from Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh, India . 181 Kms from Kushinagar of Uttar Pradesh and 240 kms from Sravasti of Uttar Pradesh of North India.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu,
pick up from airport by our representative and Check into hotel rest day Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative will show you name or company board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can take a rest or visit our office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight at K
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Day 2: After Breakfast Kathmandu sightseeing:
Monkey Temple- one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa, Bodhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple, Patna Durbar Square- the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and kopon monastery this is big Buddhist monastery. Stay overnight in hotel
Day 03: After breakfast Drive to Bhaktapur old city tour after that drive to Namoboudha (45 Km).
Buddhist call it "Tagmologin"; the famous Buddhist sport where Lord Buddha (on 7th reincarnation) sacrificed his body to hungry Tigress and its cubs. Stay Overnight at guest house of the monastery
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara- 200 km
west of Kathmandu by A/C tourist coach. It takes about 6 hours drive; it is a famous sightseeing point for travelers with beautiful lake and mountain ranges. One of the most beautiful lake cities in the world, evening walk around lake side overnight at hotel
Day 5: Drive to Sarangkot – 6500ft.
for sunrise and close-up view of Annapurna & Fishtail Mountain. Full day in Pokhara excursions World Peace Pagoda, Malepatan Gumba, Hyangja eTibetan Refugee Camp , Buddhist stupa of World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohji organization on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal. Besides being a cultural monument, the site is also famous for the panoramic view it offers of the Pokhara Valley. We cross the Phewa Lake on a boat and then hike to the Stupa. Then we will visit the Malepatan Gomba or monastery at Malepatan. Then we make another hike to Hyangja, the site for Tibetan refugee camp who fled Tibet after the Cultural Revolution in China. You may try the Tibetan variety of foods, bargain for curios, and at the same time acquaint yourself with the Tibetan culture. There is the Tashi Palkhiel monastery in the tradition of Karma Kagyu tradition. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 6: We drive to Lumbini today -
about 290 kilometers south-west from Pokhara which takes for about 6-7 hours. We bid goodbye to the Himalayas in Pokhara, and head toward a more flat lands of Nepal's Terai. Generally, the weather gets hot and humid in the plains except in the winter. Perhaps, Lumbini is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site - the place where Buddha was born. In case we reach Lumbini around the sunset time, we can stroll in the local market to have a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Overnight at Lumbini.
Day 7: Full Day Explore Lumbini is one of world's major religious, architectural, and historical places. We devote today's time in visiting as many places and sites in Lumbini as possible. The place is really a big area with monuments, temples, and ancients sites making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First we visit the Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. We spend some time wandering around the gardens. We also visit the museum and peace pagoda Some of the important landmarks and monuments in Lumbini include: Asoka’s Pillar erected by Emperor Asoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha's birth which also has the oldest inscription in Nepal. There are many Buddhist Temples founded by the devotees from different countries: Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, etc. Overnight at Lumbini.
Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu
We are nearing the end of our Buddhist Cultural Tour. We head back toward Kathmandu today - about 300 kilometers journey into the winding mountain road. The journey would take for about 6-7 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 9: Airport drive for final departure
What Is Included
· All airport/hotel transfers
· Welcome and farewell dinner
· Transportation by Private big van with driver
· Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner )
· Drinking water
· hotel in Kathmandu,pokhara,and lumbeni standard hotel )
· An experienced English-speaking tour guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
· All Heritage sites entrance fees
· All government and local taxes
What Is Not Included
· Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
· International airfare to and from Kathmandu
· Excess baggage charges
· Extra night accommodation if needed
· Travel and rescue insurance
· Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge