It is common practice to go to a holy place like a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue to pray, to confess your sins, or to simply be with God. However, religion or spirituality doesn’t have to be sedentary; it can take us on a journey giving us renewed faith and inner peace about ourselves and moreover about our lives.
This is why for some travel enthusiasts and religious devotees they visit Nepal. Nepal is one of the most religious countries in the world where the practice of Hinduism and Buddhism, two main religions, is a lifestyle and revered gravely. With interest in Buddhism/Hinduism and travel, tourists from all over the world come not for trekking but religious pilgrimages.
Thus, Moktan Adventure provides a special Buddhist Pilgrimage tour for clients on a quest for spirituality and some adventure. Buddhist Pilgrimage tour will take you from Swoyambhunath (Eye of Kathmandu) to Lumbini (Birth Place of Lord Buddha). Along the way, you’ll see various ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, which both religions harmoniously coexist. There may be even enough time to relax and do some quiet meditation. There are many fascinating things to discover in Nepal. We hope these ancient cultural heritage sites as well as the Nepali people here make an everlasting impression on you.
Buddhism in Nepal believed to be dated from the birth of Buddha himself. Myth has it that many bodhisattvas and previous Buddhas also visited the land. Monuments to these Buddhas can still be seen. Early Buddhist history is difficult to document, but we know that Nepal became a great meeting point for Indian and Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Nagarjuna, the great Madhyamika master, and many other great practitioners visited, lived, and enlightened in Nepal. Stone inscriptions and colophons provide clear evidence that a strong lineage of Mahasanghika Bhiksunis existed in the seventh century. The country became a repository of Buddhist Sanskrit literature and famous for its production of fine Buddhist art.
DAY 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Arriving Kathmandu from your homeport, where Moktan Adventure representative meets you at the airport, transfer you to the hotel nearby Thamel as per your requirement. Great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: Day Hike to Namo Buddha
One of the most important and highest holy place known as Namo Buddha is located at the top of the hill nearby Kathmandu which takes about 2 ½ hour drive from Kathmandu. One of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world is believed to be the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a famished tigress and her cubs. Namo Buddha is known as ‘Takmo Lu Jin’, among Tibetans and people of Himalayan region, which literally means ‘Tigress body generosity’. Back to Kathmandu and overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide, we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and shopping of needed equipment and other necessaries. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: Fly Kathmandu - Bhairahawa and drive to Lumbini
After breakfast we will fly to Bhairahawa then drive to Lumbini and then we visit lumbini temple. Lumbini, the traditional birthplace of the founder of Buddhism renown as Gautama Buddha, lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself. The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth identified. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 05: Fly Lumbini - Kathmandu
Exploration around lumbini according to our flight schedule and back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: Visit Kopan Monastery
Drive for around a hour and half to kopan monastery. Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath is the Kopan hill, rising up out of the terraced fields of the Kathmandu valley and visible for miles. Dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. It was to this hill that these lamas came with their first Western students in 1969. Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. Back to Kathmandu and overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: At the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre.
This meditation centre, with a meditation hall, Buddhist library, bookshop, Thangka gallery and a vegetarian garden café, provides you with a peaceful retreat in the midst of this ancient busy city. We strive to serve your needs according to Buddhist ethics and principles. The Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre (HBMC) for Mahayana Buddhist studies was founded in 1982 by the late Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche as an urban centre for meditation, study and spiritual practice. HBMC is run under the spiritual guidance of Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and is the Kathmandu city centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
DAY 08: Final Departure
Farewell and findal departure to destination country.