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Lumbini Special Tour

Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, twenty-five hundred years ago. Since his time, Nepal has been a sacred ground for Buddhists as the birthplace of the Buddha. Lumbini is a small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal, where the ruins of the old city can still be seen. Shakyamuni Buddha was born to a royal family.

Lumbini has been a holy ground for Buddhists all over the world. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini have the remains of many of the ancient stupas and monasteries. A large stone pillar erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha.

An important part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. It has a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch. It has been well worn by the strokes of barren women hoping for fertility. To the south of the temple is a pool where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath.

A quiet garden, shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type of tree under which Buddha received enlightenment), and a newly-planted forest nearby lend an air of tranquillity which bespeaks Buddha’s teachings. Lumbini is now being developed under the Master Plan of the Lumbini Development Trust, a non governmental organization dedicated to the restoration of Lumbini and its development as a pilgrimage site. The plan, completed in 1978 by the renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, will transform three square miles of land into a sacred place of gardens, pools, buildings, and groves. The development will include a Monastic Zone, the circular sacred Garden surrounding the Ashoka pillar and Maya Devi temple, and Lumbini Village, where visitors will find lodges, restaurants, a cultural center and tourist facilities.

An important archeological site near Lumbini, Kapilvastu evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant, and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eighth century BC. A must for archeological and historical buffs!

Besides its religious and historical significance, Lumbini offers cultural insights into the village life of southern Nepal. If possible, try to coincide your visit with the weekly Monday bazaar when villagers come from miles around to buy grains, spices, pottery, jewellery, saris and various other items. It may appear as a scene out of the Arabian Nights, with colorful merchandise spread out under the mango trees and the air perfumed with incense. It’s a chance to bargain for souvenirs while witnessing local life in Lumbini. Wooden ox-carts loaded with hay trundle by. Villagers dry cow-dung for fuel, and tea stalls serve sweet milk tea.

Today, Lumbini is beginning to receive travelers’ and archaeologists’ attention after centuries of neglect. Serious preservation work has only just been started in the latter half of this century and Lumbini as a slice of history is worth seeing and worth preserving.

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“Ready-Made itinerary presented in website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss about your tour plan.”

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Up on arrival at the International airport in the Kathmandu you will be picked up by our airport representative and transfer to the hotel. After check you will have free afternoon to explore the area by yourself (if you need any assistance from us please let us know). Later in the after you will meet one of our office representative for briefing about your tours, at that time if you have any question or and queries could ask with us and then walk to one of the Authentic Restaurant for welcome dinner. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with guided sightseeing tours

Morning about 8:30 am, we have breakfast and leave for day sightseeing tours in Kathmandu valley. We will take tour of the valley to see the key sites such as the classic Newari (the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley) architecture in the medieval city of Bhaktapur.  Pashupatinath, one of the famous Hindus temples which is located near by the holy river Bagmati and then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world, Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Hike to Namobuddha and overnight Balthali Village

Today an early morning breakfast you will meet with drive and guide then drive to Dhulikhel, is one of the best Mountain View point place. After some time visit hike up to Namobuddha, this is situated on the hill from where you will be able to view of the mountain with valley. After lunch hike down to Balthali Village. Stay overnight in Balthali Village.

Day 04: Drive back to Kathmandu

With good sunrise, after breakfast walk to Panauti then drive back to Kathmandu. After lunch Visit Swyambhunath has known as Monkey Temple, combination Buddhism and Hinduism. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 05: Fly to Pokhara

On given time you will be picked up from hotel then transfer to domestic airport for short but scenic flight to Lakeside city of Pokhara. On arrival you will be receive by hotel representative and take you to hotel. You have day excursion in Pokhara city including Tibetan refugee camp, Monastery and Boating in Phewa Lake. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 06: Full day in Pokhara

Pokhara is a naturally beautiful city has offer Mountain View, waterfall, cave and a big lake. Today an early morning you will be picked up form hotel then drive to Sarangkot, one of the best sunrise view point place from where you have magnificent view Annapurna Mountain, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu including Mt. Fish-Tail. Back to hotel for breakfast today you have full afternoon explore the city or for shopping. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 07: Drive to Lumiani via Tansen

After wonderful time in Pokhara, today you have about 03 hrs drive to Tansen a beautiful hill town from where you will be able to see the nice view of the Mountain with the green valley. Drive continues to Lumbini through the scenic countryside. Once you check in you have free afternoon to explore the area. Stay overnight in Lumbani.

Day 08: Full day in Lumbini

Today you have full day to explore the area with guide. Stay overnight in Lumbini.

Day 09: Drive to Chitwan National Park

Today after breakfast you have about (4 hours) to Chotwan National Park. Once you are in Hotel you will greet by welcome drink then you will get short briefing about the program that you are going to do in Chitwan National Park. Later in the afternoon you have one of the activities, stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 10:  Full day in Chitwan National park

Full Day Jungle activities include jungle safari on elephant back, nature walks, jungle drive, canoe ridge and bird watching in the park having 360 sq. miles of tall grassland and thick forests. We will attempt to search out some of the elusive animals of the Terai, and with the skill of the fully will encounter the one horned Rhino, various types of deer, boar and leopard and if we are very fortunate the elusive tiger. Later on this evening you will be able to watch Tharu Cultural Dance. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11:  Drive to Kathmandu (4-5hrs)

Today in the morning you will have one of the activities before breakfast then after breakfast you will drive back to Kathmandu through the scenic countryside. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Free day for shopping.

Day 13: Transfer to airport for departure

Today you will transfer to the international airport for final departure. Or join next program with us.

“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.”

We wish you have a wonderful time with us!

Trip Cost:

US $1180.00 per person
Single Supplement US $350.00

Cost Includes:

  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner in  Authentic Restaurant
  • 05 Nights twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbani with all necessary entrance fee and privet vehicle
  • Day Hiking with guide, Pack lunch and transfer by private vehicle
  • 01 Night twin/doubel shearing accommodation on BB in Balthali
  • Kathmandu to Dhulikhel and Panauti to Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhata by flight (if you want to make price cheaper price you could travel by tourist bus)
  • Pokhara to Lumbani to Chitwan to Kathmandu by private vehicle (if you want to make price cheaper you could travel by bus)
  • 02 Nights twin/doubel shearing accommodation on BB in Pokhara
  • 02 Nights twin shearing accommodation on BB in Lumbani
  • 02night/03 day safari activities on full board meals plan in Chitwan national Park
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate fee in USD and two passport size photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Airport departure tax (RS 200.00 per person per departure) for domestic flight
  • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu, Balthali, Pokhara and  Lumbani
  • Meals during the traveling time
  • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the tours(due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the guide and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
  1. Bag pack.
  2. day bag.( Small handbag)
  3. Hiking shoes.
  4. Sports shoes or sandal.
  5. Sun Hat, cap
  6. flees jacket.
  7. Pullover or warm sweeter.
  8. Raincoat.
  9. 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  10. 2/3 pairs of trousers
  11. 3/4 pairs of shirts.
  12. 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  13. Eye glass
  14. Water bottle.
  15. Flash or Torch light.
  16. Camera and batteries.
  17. Sun cream.

Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal? 
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
  • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel

What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4360935 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What are health requirements to visit Nepal? 
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?

The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you’re thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.

Safe drinking water 

Basically, we can get mineral water bottles. we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in hotels and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Hotels or lodges provide these facilities. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.

Travel Insurance
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities 
All the hotels houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities according to the standard of hotel. Toilet are mainly Asian squat style.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is ta government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.

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