Visit to the birth place of lord Buddha, the tittle itself reveals what is this trip all about. While it is a pilgrimage tour in one hand, in the other hand it displays the great archaeological triumph of mankind. The tour starts from Kathmandu, visiting two of the most important Buddhist pilgrim sites, Swayambunath & Boudhanath and the mandala structure city “Patan”. Followed by the journey to the birth place of lord buddha, Lumbini. There are 62 archaeological sites in Lumbini region exhibiting different events in Buddha’s life. The tour includes visit of Lumbini development zone, Kapilavastu, Tilaurakot palace, an ancient kingdom of Shakya dynasty, where Buddha spent 29 years as prince Siddhartha, Kudan, the first monastery built by King Suddhodana (father of Gautam Buddha) for the accommodation of the Buddha and his followers. Ramagram stupa (Only unearthed Buddha relic stupa), Sagarhawa and other important sites related with Buddha.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative and transferred to your Hotel. If arrive early mid-day is free to venture around the city close to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will have a full day guided tour to two of the famous UNESCO world heritage sites and of course major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. We will first visit; the stupa of Swayambhunath Stupa with its all-seeing eyes is perched on top of a hillock overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the best example of the religious harmony of Nepal where both Hindus and Buddhists flock to pay their homage. This Buddhist shrine is considered to be over 2000 years. It is interesting to visit the temple in the early morning when devotees flock the temple for their morning worship. The front access to the temple has 365 steps leading to the top and each step represents a day of the year. We take an alternate route with a drive to the top and a 5 minutes climb to the temple.
It is about 30 minutes drive to Boudhanath Stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrims’ site with one of the largest stupas in the World and more than 50 gompas (Tibetan convent) in & around the Boudhanath Stupa premises. [We can take a lunch break at the rooftop café nearby the mighty stupa].
After a lunch break, we will be visiting ancient city Patan, once an independent and mighty kingdom of the Kathmandu Valley, Patan became a melting pot of two influential religions, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The pious Krishna (Hindu) temple, which rests in the middle of the town; into the very own town, whose entire city's architecture was dedicated to the philosophy of the Buddhist Dharma-Chakra (Wheel of Righteousness) molds Patan, to this date, as a glorious city of culture, religion, art, and heritage. There are many fine arts and handicrafts, ancient places, temples, shrines with exquisite woodcarvings.
Flight from Kathmandu to Gautam Buddha Airport takes 35 minutes and from there it is 50 mints drive to Lumbini. We will be met by our tour guide at the Airport and our Lumbini tour begins.
The UNESCO World heritage site of Lumbini is developed under master plan in the area of 6 Km x 2 km. We will start our tour from the 'New Tourist village and visit the World peace pagoda and museum. This is also the pilgrimage concept of master plan to introduce Buddhism and purify mind through monastic zone. Monasteries of Mahayani and Teravadi Buddhism are spread across the cannon. Finally visit the Mayadevi temple protecting the 'Marker Stone', Statue of nativity scene and ruins of old temple walls dating from 3rd BC to 12 AD. Asoka pillar still displays the inscriptions explaining his visit to the birth place of Buddha.
Drive and visit religious and archaeological sites of Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Niglihara and Sagarhawa. Tilaurakot is the ancient Kapilavastu - the capital of Shakyas, where Buddha spent his first 29 years. Kudan was where Buddha was received by his father after his access to enlightenment. King Suddhodana specially built the Kudan (Nigrodharma Park) for the accommodation of the Buddha and his followers. Gotihawa is the birth place of Krakuchanda Buddha. Niglihawa is where Kanakmuni Buddha was born. Sagarhawa is the archaeological findings as "place of the massacre of the Shakyas".
Drive and visit religious and archaeological sites at Devdaha and Ramagram. Devdaha is the ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of Queen Mayadevi (mother), Prajapati Gautami (stepmother), Princess Yasodhara (consort) and where Prince Siddhartha had spent his childhood. Ramgrama is the brick mound on the bank of the Jharahi River. It is seven meter high brick stupa consisting of relic (one of the eight astha dhatu) of Lord Buddha. The Stupa was built by the king of Ramgrama, who was the eighth king to obtain the Buddha's relics.
After breakfast, transfer to airport & flight to Kathmandu and hotel check in.
Free day for personal activities
After Breakfast, Free till departure transfer to the airport to connect with the onward flight.
Min 2 people
Following Buddha's foot steps, Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cultural Heritage, Pilgrimage, Archaeological.
4 Star Property
January to December