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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours

Duration
8 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours is one of the popular tours packages in Nepal. Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha and has been declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Located at the southern Terai plains of Nepal, Lumbini is the holy ground for Buddhist all around the globe. So, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour is frequently organized package for the people who want to feel the ground of Buddha, Buddhist teachings and some of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monasteries in the world.

We begin tour to Buddhist Pilgrimage with the Kathmandu Sightseeing where we will explore some of the world-famous Buddhist sites which have been cited as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We mainly explore the Bauddhanath (one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery), Swayambhunath (which also known as The Monkey Temple), Kapan Monastery (The center of Buddhist Philosophy and teachings) among others. We then drive to the famous Buddhist spot of Namobuddha and spend one more day in there for Buddhist Meditation. We then head to the main attraction of this trip: Lumbini. Lumbini represents the land of Gautama Buddha who born in this holy land before approx. twenty five hundred years ago. We explore Maya Devi Temple, which is the important part of Lumbini. Maya Devi Temple possesses the stone having footprints of Buddha. The south of the temple is the pool where the Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath. In fact, Lumbini is being developed under the Master Plan of Lumbini Development Trust. Sacred Garden, Asoka Pillaer, and Monastery Zone are few of the other highlights of Lumbini. After visiting Lumbini, we return back to Kathmandu again which marks the end of Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour.

Ace Holiday Treks (P) Ltd. will organize fantastic Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal. You will have great time in this tour during your Nepal holidays.

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Stay on Kapan Monastery
Day 02: Fully Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and overnight stay in Namobuddha
Day 03: Meditation in Namobuddha
Day 04: Drive from Namobuddha to Kathmandu
Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and drive to Lumbini
Day 06: Lumbini Sightseeing
Day 07: Drive to Bhairahawa and flight to Kathmandu
Day 08: Final Departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Stay on Kapan Monastery
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the representative from Ace Holiday (P) Ltd. will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the Kapan Monastery. You stay overnight at Kapan Monastery.
 
Day 02: Fully Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and overnight stay in Namobuddha

Today, you will have a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Mainly, you will visit the world famous Buddhist sites including: Kapan Monastery which is considered to be the center for Buddhist teachings and philosophy, Bauddhanath which is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery, and Swayambhunath which is also known as The Monkey Temple. After Kathmandu sightseeing, we drive to Namobuddha which is some 45 kilometers away from Kathmandu. We stay overnight at Namobuddha.
 
Day 03: Meditation in Namobuddha
Today, we will have meditation in Namobuddha. Buddhists call Namobuddha as TAGMOLOGIN. Nomobuddha is considered the famous Buddhist spot where Lord Buddha (on his seventh reincarnation) sacrificed his body to the hungry Tigress and her cubs. We stay overnight in the house of monastery.
 
Day 04: Drive from Namobuddha to Kathmandu

After exploring the Namobudhha and having a full day meditation, we today drive back to Kathmandu and check into the hotel. In the remaining time, you can explore some other Buddhist monasteries located inside the valley area.
 
Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and drive to Lumbini
After taking our morning breakfast, we catch our scheduled flight to Bhairahawa and then drive to Lumbini. On reaching Lumbini, if time allows, we explore around the Lumbini and stay overnight at hotel.
 
Day 06: Lumbini Sightseeing
Today, we will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We will mainly cover the Sacred Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Asoka Pillar, and the Monastery Zone where various monasteries are established by different countries for their recognition. We stay overnight at Lumbini.
 
Day 07: Drive to Bhairahawa and flight to Kathmandu
After exploring Lumbini Monastery Area and Lumbini Village, we drive to Bhairahwa and catch our scheduled flight to Kathmandu. We stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
 
Day 08: Final Departure
Today, you will depart to your own destination. So, we transfer you to the airport from where you catch the returning flight to your hometown.
 

Cost Included:
  • 02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in Kathmandu (Like: Normal , 3 stars , 4 stars or 5stars)
  • 01 Night twin shearing accommodation on BB plan in Nagarkot.
  • 02 Night twin shearing accommodation on BB plan in Gorkha.
  •  02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in pokhara.
  • 02 night 3 days twin shearing accommodation in chitwan with full board (lunch, dinner , break fast) with jungle safari program as well.
  • All Transportation via private Like: Kathmandu sightseeing with pick up drop, Kathmandu to nagarkot to Gorkha to Pokhara to Chitwan To Kathmandu With AC
  • Welcome dinner in Nepali Traditional Restaurant.
  • Pokhara Boating for hours.
  • One English speaking Guide during tours.
  • All sight seeing Entry fee
  • During tours Min. water(Drinking Water).
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International flights Fare
  • Airport departure taxes (from Nepal).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • All city food lunch and dinner at local tourist restaurant.
  • And domestic flight expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol, bottled drinks including bottled water, snacks, laundry, excess baggage fees, battery charge, telephone, phone calls, tips for guides and crew member or drivers.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 8 Days
Accomodation: Guesthouse/Hotel
Seasons : All Season
Type: Modarate
Activities : Tours and travelling
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours is one of the popular tours packages in Nepal.
  • Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha and has been declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • We mainly explore the Bauddhanath (one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery), Swayambhunath (which also known as The Monkey Temple), Kapan Monastery (The center of Buddhist Philosophy and teachings) among others.
  • Ace Holiday Treks (P) Ltd. will organize fantastic Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal. You will have great time in this tour during your Nepal holidays.

     
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