Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Nepal: 10 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Tours
  • Best Season Sept to June

Highlights

  • Tour to the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha: Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of holiest sites of Buddhism. You can go to the Maya Devi Temple, where the Buddha was born, as well as other nearby monasteries and temples.
  • Exploring the Buddhist caves of Pharping: Pharping is a small town around 15 kilometers outside of Kathmandu. It is the location of several Buddhist caves, including the Mahabodhi Cave, where the Buddha is claimed to have meditated.
  • Visit the Kapan Monastery in Kathmandu: The Kapan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery that was founded in 1969. It is a popular spot for meditation and research. Attend lectures, participate in guided meditation sessions, and interact with resident monks to gain a better grasp of Buddhist thought and practice.
  • Namo Buddha: The Namo Buddha Stupa is situated in Kavrepalanchowk District. This sacred site is significant because it is said that Lord Buddha sacrificed himself here in a past life to feed a hungry tigress and her pups.
  • The World Peace Pagoda: The World Peace Pagoda is situated on a hilltop overlooking Phewa Lake in Pokhara. It is a white stupa with two tiers that was built in 1975 by Japanese Buddhists. The top tier is home to a Buddha statue, while the bottom tier is home to a prayer wheel and a bell. A Peace Stupa, also known as a World Peace Pagoda, is a Buddhist monument that encourages peace and cooperation.
  • Exploration of the Kathmandu Valley: You will explore the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu valley and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Swayambhunath (commonly known as the Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath Stupa. These prominent Buddhist places provide beautiful views as well as the opportunity to watch Buddhist devotees' rites and practices.

Besides, there are many more beautiful aspects of Buddhist Pilgrimage in Nepal and one should not miss the beautiful moments.  

Advantage of booking Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with Trekking Planner Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Introduction: Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Nepal

This Buddhist sites tour package aims to immerse you in the spiritual essence of Buddhism while also allowing you to explore gorgeous nation of Nepal. Nepal, with its rich Buddhist past and sacred sites, provides an unparalleled opportunity for pilgrims and seekers to interact with Lord Buddha's teachings.

Your journey begins in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city, where you will see iconic Buddhist structures like the Swayambhunath Stupa, better known as the Monkey Temple, and the extravagant Boudhanath Stupa. These locations not only offer spectacular views, but also provide insight into the daily rituals and practices of Buddhist followers. You will also visit to Kapan Monastery. The Kapan Monastery is a well-known Buddhist center. Attend lectures, participate in guided meditation sessions, and engage in discussions with resident monks to gain a better knowledge of Buddhist thought and practice.

You will also visit Namo Buddha, a sacred pilgrimage site where Lord Buddha is said to have committed a selfless act of compassion. The Namo Buddha Stupa bears witness to this gesture and asks you to consider the teachings of kindness and compassion.

Following that, you will go to Pokhara, a lovely city set in the Himalayas. Pokhara, though not generally linked with Buddhism, provides a tranquil setting for meditation and self-reflection. You can visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, meditate in peace, and admire the natural beauty of the lakes and mountains.

Your tour will then take you to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the ancient Maya Devi Temple and the Ashoka Pillar. Explore the monastic zone, where several Buddhist nations have built their own monasteries, providing a look into the world's diverse Buddhist traditions.

You will also go to Pharping's greatest attraction, the Asura Cave, where Guru Rinpoche is supposed to have meditated. Visitors are welcome to explore the cave, which has been embellished with statues and spiritual artefacts. Another noteworthy landmark is the adjacent Yangleshö Monastery, which houses a revered figure of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery provides a tranquil setting for meditation and spiritual practices.

You will have opportunities to enjoy Nepal's rich Buddhist art and culture throughout the voyage. You will develop a deeper understanding for the complex craftsmanship and symbolism behind Buddhist art forms by visiting museums and art galleries and observing thangka painting sessions.

You'll also visit Chovar, a little village southwest of Kathmandu famous for its old Chovar Monastery. The monastery is perched on a hilltop and provides stunning views of the surrounding area. It is famous for its old Buddhist books and antiquities.

Why Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal?

Nepal is a popular location for Buddhist pilgrimage Tours due to its rich Buddhist historical and the presence of key Buddhist sites. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists all over the world. Here are some of the reasons why Buddhist pilgrims flock to Nepal:

  • Birthplace of Lord Buddha: Siddhartha Gautama, afterwards known as Lord Buddha, was born in Nepal. Lumbini, in Nepal's Terai area, is the actual location of Lord Buddha's birth. It has enormous spiritual significance for Buddhists all around the world and is a major pilgrimage place.
  • Sacred Buddhist Sites: Nepal is home to a number of historically and culturally significant sacred Buddhist sites. The Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Stupas in Kathmandu are renowned sights and places of Buddhist worship. Other spiritual experiences in the also include Namo Buddha, Pharping, and Tengboche Monastery.
  • Rich in Buddhist Heritage: As previously mentioned, Nepal has a deep-rooted Buddhist heritage that dates back centuries. The country Nepal, has long been a hub for Buddhist scholarship, art, and philosophy, drawing researchers and practitioners from all over the Himalayas. Exploring Nepal's Buddhist heritage allows pilgrims to connect with this rich past and learn about Buddhism's teachings.
  • Various Buddhist Traditions: Nepal is a melting pot of various Buddhist traditions and practices. The presence of monastic zones in Lumbini, where several Buddhist countries have constructed their own monasteries, exemplifies the diversity of Buddhist cultures. Pilgrims can observe and participate in the distinctive rituals, customs, and buildings associated with diverse Buddhist traditions.
  • Natural Beauty and Tranquility: The amazing scenery, including the towering Himalayas, tranquil lakes, and verdant valleys, provide a tranquil backdrop for spiritual reflection and meditation. Locations such as Pokhara and the Everest Area provide possibilities to immerse oneself in nature while engaging in Buddhist practices.
  • Cultural Immersion: A Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal provides an opportunity for in-depth cultural immersion. Pilgrims can meet with local people, converse with monks and nuns, participate in ceremonies, and learn about Nepal's diverse Buddhist culture. This interaction of cultures strengthens the pilgrimage experience and promotes a better knowledge of Buddhism.
  • Hospitality and Warmth: The Nepalese are well-known for their hospitality and warmth to guests. Pilgrims are greeted with open arms and can witness the Nepali people's real compassion and generosity, making their pilgrimage journey even more memorable.

In conclusion, a Buddhist pilgrimage journey in Nepal provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see sacred locations, connect with Buddhist heritage, immerse oneself in varied cultures, and enjoy Nepal's natural beauty and friendly hospitality. It is a transforming journey that helps pilgrims to strengthen their spiritual practice while also gaining a profound grasp of the essence of Buddhism.

Can we Take Pictures Inside the Buddhist Pilgrimage sites in Nepal?

Whether you can take pictures inside the pilgrimage sites, totally depends on the specific sites. Some sites strictly prohibit photography. Whereas others, such as the Boudhanath Stupa, allow photography but not flash photography. Before taking any photographs, please verify with the site's officials, your guide or locals.

  • Observe and Research Signs: This is the first and foremost thing you need to do before travelling to any site is to learn about that place. Before visiting a pilgrimage site, ask for signs or information about photographing. Some websites may make it obvious if photography is authorized or prohibited. Take note of any areas where photography may be prohibited, such as sacred sanctuaries or prayer halls.
  • Respect Sacred Spaces and Rituals: At many pilgrimage sites, photography may be prohibited in some locations or at certain times due to the sacredness of the space or ongoing rituals. Be cautious and follow any directions given by authorities or local practitioners.
  • Seek Permission: If you are unsure about the photography rules, it is preferable to seek the proper authorities or local guides for permission. They can provide you explicit instructions on where and when photography is permitted.
  • Consider Others in Mind: When taking images, keep other pilgrims or visitors in mind who may be praying or meditating. Avoid producing disturbances or intrusions into the quiet environment. Also, make sure to ask or take permission from the locals or surrounding before embarking any activities.
  • Non-Intrusive Photography: When taking photographs, use discretion and make sure that your photography does not interfere with religious activities or disturb the peace of the site. Avoid utilizing flash or creating loud noises that could disturb the atmosphere.
  • Personal Belongings: Before accessing particular sections, some places may request you to surrender your camera or other electronic equipment. Follow any instructions issued by the authorities on the storage of your belongings. Also, you need to avoid leather products as some religious sites might not accept that.
  • It is essential to remember that policies and guidelines may differ from one pilgrimage site to the next, therefore it is best to check with local authorities, ask your guides, or the administration of the individual pilgrimage site you intend to visit. Respecting the rules and remaining mindful will help you and others have a positive and courteous experience.

What is the Difference of taking Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal and Outside Nepal?

When it comes to Buddhism's specialty, Nepal is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who subsequently became known as Lord Buddha. Later, Shakyamuni Buddha , who lived and taught in India around 2,600 years ago, was the founder of Buddhism in our world. Millions of people have followed the clean spiritual path Jesus presented since then.

 All of our troubles and suffering stem from confused and negative states of mind, whereas all of our happiness and good fortune stem from calm and positive states of mind.

Taking a Buddhist pilgrimage tour, whether in Nepal or elsewhere, may be a significant and spiritually encouraging experience. There are, however, some significant differences between the two. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Historical and Cultural Significance: Nepal holds enormous historical and cultural significance for Buddhism as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who eventually became known as Gautama Buddha. Nepal is home to several known pilgrimage sites, including Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha), Bodhgaya (the site of his enlightenment), Sarnath (the site of his first lecture), and Kushinagar (the site of his death). These sites are very important to Buddhists all across the world and are considered sacred. Pilgrimages in Nepal allow visitors to visit these historic sites and immerse themselves in the region's rich Buddhist heritage.
  • Authenticity and Originality: Due to the close connection with Buddha's life, Nepal provides a more authentic and unique experience for Buddhist pilgrims. The sites in Nepal have been meticulously conserved and maintained, allowing visitors to engage with the history and teachings of Buddhism on a deeper level. These pilgrimage locations' genuineness and spiritual ambiance can be a great source of inspiration for believers.
  • Varied Landscape and Natural Beauty: Nepal is known for its magnificent natural beauty, with breathtaking scenery ranging from the majestic Himalayan Mountains to lush valleys and tranquil plains. In Nepal, pilgrimage sites are frequently situated in gorgeous surroundings, surrounded by quiet conditions that enhance the spiritual experience. A pilgrimage tour that combines spirituality and natural beauty can be unique and unforgettable.

Besides, the maintenance of sacred places, the construction of monastic zones, and support for Buddhist practices and teachings demonstrate Nepal's dedication to maintaining and promoting its Buddhist legacy. As a result, Nepal is a popular destination for Buddhists looking for spiritual enlightenment, historical insights, and cultural immersion.

What is the Best Time to visit Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in Nepal?

It is most essential to remember that weather patterns might change from year to year, so you must check local weather forecasts and conditions before arranging your vacation. Additionally, consider in mind any special events, festivals, or rituals that may be taking place at the pilgrimage locations you desire to visit and prepare appropriately.

The finest seasons for a Buddhist pilgrimage travel in Nepal are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). Clear skies and warm temperatures characterize the weather during these months. During these times of year, the crowds are comparatively high, making it easier to absorb the spiritual ambiance of the pilgrimage sites.

During the Tibetan New Year festival of Losar, one of the most joyful occasions to visit Nepal for a Buddhist pilgrimage journey. Losar is a prominent Buddhist festival celebrated in Nepal, notably in locations with Tibetan inhabitants such as Boudhanath and Swayambhunath in Kathmandu.

Losar, depending on the lunar calendar, is usually in February or March. Several days of colorful rituals, dances, music, and religious rites characterize the event. Pilgrims and devotees flock to monasteries and temples decked out in colorful decorations and prayer flags to pray and celebrate.

You may see the Cham Dance, a traditional masked dance performed by monks that reflects numerous religious and mythical stories, during Losar. The sounds of chanting and drumming fill the monasteries and temples, and the perfume of incense fills the air. As gestures of devotion, devotees make butter lamps, katas (silk scarves), and other symbolic offerings.

Aside from Losar, other Buddhist festivals are held in Nepal throughout the year, such as Buddha Jayanti (which commemorates Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death), which is usually held in April or May. These festivals give pilgrims with unique insights into the vibrant Buddhist traditions as well as a dynamic and joyful atmosphere.

To make the most of these festive periods in Nepal, it is essential that you investigate the precise dates and places of festivals and organize your pilgrimage visit appropriately. Besides, it totally depends upon your taste and preference either you want to travel in festive time or any other time.

Rules and Regulations travelers must follow at buddhist sites in Nepal

Here are some of the rules and regulations that you need to follow while visiting pilgrimage sites in Nepal, according to Nepal law:

  • Dress respectfully. Do not wear revealing dress.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a temple or shrine. Avoid leather items.
  • Do not eat or drink in front of a shrine or statue.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products in a temple or shrine.
  • Do not take photos or videos of people praying or meditating.
  • Be mindful of your noise levels.
  • Dispose of your trash properly.
  • Do not touch prohibited items.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Ask your travel companions or the locals about the specific place since rules and regulations might be different.  

For whom is the Buddhist Pilgrimage package designed for?

The Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal is intended for people who are interested in Buddhism and want to strengthen their spiritual connection with the religion. It is appropriate for:

  • Buddhist Practitioners: The pilgrimage journey is suitable for Buddhists who want to visit sacred locations, pay their respects to the Buddha, and participate in religious rites and rituals. It provides an opportunity for them to develop their grasp of Buddhist teachings while also seeing the rich cultural legacy associated with Buddhism.
  • Spiritual Seekers: Individuals interested in investigating diverse spiritual traditions and seeking a meaningful relationship with Buddhism are welcome on the pilgrimage tour. It offers an immersive experience in Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and the contemplative components of Buddhism.
  • History and Culture Enthusiasts: The Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal have enormous historical and cultural value. Those interested in learning about the history, art, and architecture related with Buddhism in Nepal may enjoy this tour. It allows visitors to explore old monasteries, temples, and archaeological sites while learning about the country's Buddhist past.
  • Cultural Explorers: Nepal is a multicultural country with a wide range of ethnic groups and cultures. The pilgrimage tour offers a view into Nepal's cultural fabric, including contacts with local communities, traditional rites, and festival participation. It provides an opportunity to interact with the local culture and develop a better knowledge of the relationship between Buddhism and Nepalese society.

While the pilgrimage journey is largely centered on Buddhism, persons from any background who are courteous and open-minded are welcome to join to gain insights into Buddhist philosophy and Nepal's cultural legacy.

Overall, the Buddhist pilgrimage trip in Nepal caters to a diverse group of people looking for a spiritual, cultural, and transforming experience through experiencing the country's Buddhist traditions and important sites.

Permits and Paperworks required for buddhist pilgrimage sites?

Make sure you have all of the essential travel documentation, such as a valid passport, a visa (if necessary), and any permits or passes required to enter specific pilgrimage sites or restricted regions in Nepal. Check the visa requirements for your country of origin and, if necessary, apply ahead of time.

Before starting on a pilgrimage tour, assess your degree of physical fitness. Some sights, particularly in mountainous areas, may necessitate long distance treks or walking. Consider the level of physical activity involved and prepare accordingly by participating in appropriate physical activities and maintaining excellent health.

Things to Consider during Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal?

  • Planning and Research: Conduct extensive study on the pilgrimage sites you intend to visit in Nepal. Recognize their importance, ceremonies, and any special criteria or rules for visitors. Plan your itinerary, including transportation, lodging, and the length of your stay at each location.
  • Season and weather: When arranging your pilgrimage vacation in Nepal, keep the weather and seasons in mind. Due to climatic circumstances such as excessive rainfall or snowfall at higher altitudes, some sites may be inaccessible or difficult to visit during particular periods of the year. Choose an appropriate time of day when the weather is pleasant and conducive to travel and outdoor activities.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Become acquainted with Nepal's customs, traditions, and manners. Respect the areas you visit's cultural norms and practices. Dress modestly, take off your shoes when necessary, and be conscious of acceptable behavior within the sacred grounds. Recognize the significance of religious activities and rituals and participate in a respectful manner.
  • Local Guidance and Assistance: Seek guidance from local tour operators or experienced pilgrimage guides. They can offer vital ideas, organize logistics, and assure a memorable pilgrimage experience. Use reputable trip operators or seek recommendations from reliable sources.
Itinerary
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10 Days Buddhist pilgrimage tour Nepal is provided with standard Itinerary days where some days walking and driving can be shorter or longer as per road and weather conditions within eight times of the year, designated overnight stops to provide you with all meals except in Kathmandu and at Pokhara.

We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Nepal Trekking Planner.

                      Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                      Inclusions
                      What's Included
                      • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
                      • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant.
                      • Twin/double sharing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
                      • Twin/double sharing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara, as per itinerary.
                      • 01-night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Lumbini.
                      • Guided sightseeing tours in all the pilgrimage sides with privet vehicles. (Entrance fees extra).
                      • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Lumbini to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
                      • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
                      • First, add the kit box.
                      • Trekking Planner’s T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, and city maps – if necessary.
                      • An arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                      • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
                      What's Excluded
                      • Nepal Visa fee.
                      • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
                      • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu Lumbini and  in Pokhara.
                      • Meals during the traveling time.
                      • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                      • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in the city because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
                      • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bill, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, etc).
                      • Tips to the guide and drive.
                      • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions or any event out of our control.
                      Essential Info

                      Suggested Equipment List

                      • Day pack.
                      • Trekking shoes or Sports shoes.
                      • Sun Hat/cap.
                      • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer or Raincoat.
                      • Good quality socks.
                      • Trekking trousers.
                      • Trekking/hiking shirts.
                      • Sunglasses.
                      • Water bottle.
                      • Camera and batteries.
                      FAQs
                      • The best seasons to visit Nepal for a Buddhist pilgrimage journey are normally from March to May and September to November, when the weather is nice and stable. However, the exact time may differ depending on personal tastes and the festivals or events you plan to attend.

                      • The use of leather products within Nepalese pilgrimage sites may differ based on the specific norms and regulations of each site. While certain locations may not have specific limitations on the use of leather products, it is typically advised to avoid using leather items whenever possible to show respect for the sacredness of the place and the sensibilities of other visitors.

                         

                      • The decision to eat meat prior to visiting a pilgrimage site is a personal one that may be influenced by your own views, values, and the specific requirements or limitations imposed by the pilgrimage site itself. There are numerous views and practices in Buddhism regarding the intake of meat.

                      • Yes, there are several pilgrimage locations in Nepal that allow for meditation or spiritual practice. Some monasteries and retreat centers may provide guided meditation sessions, Buddhist philosophy classes, or even longer meditation retreats. Discuss your interests with your trip organizer so that such activities might be included in your itinerary.

                      • Yes, unique itineraries for a Buddhist pilgrimage journey in Nepal can be planned. Many tour operators can modify the itinerary to your needs and interests if you have specific sights or areas you want to visit, or if you have time limits or preferences for specific activities.

                      • Nepal is typically a safe place for visitors, although measures should always be taken. It is recommended that you listen to your tour guide, be alert of your surroundings, take care of your personal possessions, and observe any safety recommendations issued by local authorities.

                      • Yes, solo travelers can join group trips in Nepal for Buddhist pilgrimage tours. Many tour companies provide group excursions where visitors can join and travel with others who are interested in Buddhism and spiritual discovery.

                      • Yes, vegetarian and vegan meals are often available on pilgrimage tours. Vegetarian and vegan food is available in Nepal, especially restaurants near pilgrimage sites. However, it is best to notify your tour operator or guide ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions.

                      • Before coming to Nepal, it is typically recommended that you speak with your healthcare professional to ensure you are up to date on any essential vaccines or medications. It's also a good idea to bring proper clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a reusable water bottle.

                      • Some of the main Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal include Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha), Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Namo Buddha, Pharping Monastery, and Kopan Monastery, among others.

                      • Hiring a skilled guide for a Buddhist pilgrimage journey in Nepal is not required, but it might enhance your experience. A guide can provide insights into the pilgrimage sites' history, significance, and traditions, as well as foster encounters with locals and ensure a smooth and organized journey.

                      • Yes, a Buddhist pilgrimage tour can be combined with other tourist activities in Nepal. The country has several attractions, including trekking in the Himalayas, touring national parks, learning about local culture, and visiting historical sites. Itineraries can be designed to meet your specific needs.

                      • There are normally no age limitations for joining a Buddhist pilgrimage journey in Nepal. However, it is important to consider the physical demands of the journey as well as the individual's health and fitness level, especially if trekking or mountaineering is involved.

                      • A Buddhist pilgrimage tour may involve visits to monasteries, temples, and sacred sites, meditation sessions, religious rites, discussions on Buddhist philosophy, and interaction with local communities.

                      • Non-Buddhists can join a Buddhist pilgrimage journey in Nepal. The tour allows anyone interested in Buddhism, spirituality, history, or culture to see the sacred locations and learn about Buddha's teachings.

                      • No prior Buddhist experience is required to attend a Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The tour is available to people of all levels of Buddhist knowledge and interest, from beginners to experienced practitioners.

                      • A typical Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal might last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the schedule and the sites you intend to visit. The duration can be changed to suit your needs.

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