Lumbini, the sacred birthplace of Gautama Buddha, is a must place, to be visited by every Buddhist and those relating to Buddhism. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located in the Kapilvastu district of Nepal near to the Indian border. It is Buddha that gave birth to Buddhist tradition, but Buddha is not considered as a god; instead, he is the founder of Buddhism. As of 1997 Lumbini is known as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The holy land of Lumbini is bordered and protected by a big monastic zone law. No shops, restaurants, bars or hotels are allowed to be built in the zone, but only monasteries are permitted. There are two monastic zones, the eastern zone known as Theravada monasteries and the western zone is known to have both Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. The holy land of Lumbini includes the ruins of ancient monasteries and the sacred tree called the Bodhi tree, the ancient Bathing pond, the Ashokan pillar and the Maya Devi temple which is the actual birthplace of Buddha. Thousands of people come early every morning and visit the place and perform meditation every day.
Chitwan national park is one of the most incredible places to visit in Nepal almost year-round. Unlike the mountain areas, Chitwan is situated in the Terai area, which is one of the last homes for the royal Bengal tiger. The endangered species that live in Chitwan national park are a success story. Such species as the royal Bengal tiger, the one-horned rhino and the Gharial crocodiles are all making a good comeback with their numbers showing significant increases. Chitwan national park along with Bardia and Banke national parks in Nepal provides a healthy environment for the animals to thrive. In the year 1984, it was rewarded as a UNESCO heritage site of Nepal. It covers an area of 952.63 sq km. Chitwan features over 160 varieties of birds and all kinds of wildlife. It is still a place where there are wild elephant herds. You can go on an elephant safari, take a jungle walk or a trip by dugout canoe on the Rapti River to see crocodiles and birds. It is also the home of the natives known as Tharus of Nepal.
Asia Buddhist tours have put together this fantastic tour that will not only purify your mind and soul also refresh and revitalize your body, making it a cherished moment to share in your lives.
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 – Fly to Lumbini
Day 3 – Explore Lumbini
Day 4 – Visit Chitwan national park
Day 5 – Jungle safari and other activities
Day 6 – Fly back to Kathmandu and explore Buddhist sites in Kathmandu
Day 7 – Final departure
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu: Asia Buddhist tours representative welcomes you at the arrival point at TIA Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel and welcome drinks at the hotel. A short brief by the representatives’ about Nepal and your tour and what’s next to do. Overnight hotel
Day 2 -Fly to Lumbini: We will take a short flight of 35 minutes to Bhairahawa domestic airport, then drive to Lumbini 35 km. Check-in the hotel and visit the bodhi tree and the holy pond. We will perform a tour of the garden and Maya Devi temple. Dinner and overnight in Lumbini.
Day 3- Explore Lumbini and monasteries: There is a museum, world peace monument along with nearly 50 monasteries around the world. The tour will be by the rickshaw to save time and visit those monasteries. In the evening return back to the birthplace of Buddha, meditate or make praying at the sacred garden. Overnight Lumbini.
Day 4- Drive to Chitwan National Park:. Today we will drive to Chitwan from Lumbini on our private vehicle. The drive is about 5 hours to the Chitwan resort. After check-in the resort, we will be heading to the national park for the jungle walk and bird watching. In the evening will be the traditional Tharu cultural dance show. Overnight in the resort in Chitwan.
Day 5-Jungle activities: Today will be the opportunity to explore the jungle to see some wild animals and birds of the national park. We will enter the jungle on an elephant back and explore the wilderness. It can be done with the jeep also if you don’t want elephant ride. Look for the tigers, rhinos and wild elephants as we see the real beauty of the forest. You will also have the chance to visit elephant breeding centre and a canoe ride in the Rapti River and enjoy the sunset in the bank of Rapti river. Overnight resort.
Day 6- Fly back to Kathmandu and visit Kathmandu Buddhist sites: It’s time to fly back to Kathmandu and explore the UNESCO sites of Kathmandu, namely Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Swayambhunath popularly known as monkey temple, is a perfect blend of Buddhism and Hinduism. Visit Buddha Park to see three great statues of Buddha Rinpoche and Tara. Boudhanath largest in Nepal and third largest in the world is another famous Buddhist shrine in the valley. Here you will be able to enjoy the flavour of Tibetan Buddhism with the tour different monasteries and have an opportunity to buy some souvenirs of Buddhist items to take back home.
Day 7- Departure day: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. You will be escorted to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Have a pleasant journey and see you again.
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