Nepal is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the prince who forsook all the pleasures of this world to pursue enlightenment to become The Buddha. From his enlightenment has come one of the most liberating of all philosophies in the world. His pursuit of peace and good living has become the cornerstone of much of the world's society.
Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks has put together an amazing tour that will explore the birthplace the Lord Buddha in a way no other company can offer you. Not only do we go to Lumbini, but we also will spend a day visiting the many archeological sites that exist around Lumbini that relate to the development of Buddhism.
The Lumbini area is the launch site for much of Buddhism. Before Siddhartha, there were other Buddha’s who came from this area. They received enlightenment and there is no doubt that their early writings did influence the development of Siddhartha on his path toward ultimate enlightenment. Those early writing have mostly been lost, but those sites have now been uncovered.
We will also spend two nights at Resort in Chitwan National Park with an opportunity to explore the jungle on the back of an elephant. This is how Buddha's mother Maya Devi traveled on that fateful night when she gave birth in the jungles around Lumbini. Here you will appreciate the difficulties she experienced giving birth in the jungle so far away from family.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu Airport.
DAY 2 – Fly to Lumbini
DAY 3 – Exploring Lumbini
DAY 4 – Travel to Chitwan National Park
DAY 5 – Jungle Safari and time of meditation.
DAY 6 – Fly back to Kathmandu and Exploring Buddhist sites in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 7 – Final Departure
DAY 1 –Arrival: The mighty Himalayas have long been considered home to the gods. From their lofty heights, these mountains traditionally have invoked a deep sense of spirituality. Kathmandu is the very center of the religious life of the Himalayas with over 1000 temples in the Valley. Once you have checked through passport control and picked up your luggage, you will be greeted by your guide from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks and taken to your deluxe hotel.
DAY 2 Fly to Lumbini: We will take a short, 35 minute flight to Bhairahawa Airport and then drive to Lumbini (35 km). Here we will see the Bodhi tree (Peepal tree or sacred fig) that she held onto when giving birth to Siddhartha Gautama and the sacred pool where she bathed. We will tour the secret garden and the Maya Devi Temple. We will check into our hotel for dinner. Overnight Lumbini.
DAY 3 – Exploring Lumbini Tour.There is the museum, World Peace Monument along with nearly 50 monasteries from countries around the world. We will tour by rickshaw to be able to visit all of the wonderful monasteries that honor Lord Buddha. In the evening, we can return to the birthplace of Lord Buddha by night to enjoy a special moment to sit and reflect as the moonlight illuminates the sacred pond. Overnight Lumbini.
DAY 4 – Lumbini Archeological Tour: Today will be spent visiting the many places attributed to archeology on Buddhism. This includes the royal palace where he grew up and spent the first 29 years of his life. The graves of his father and mother are there along with a local museum that displays artifacts discovered in the digs.
Travel to Chitwan National Park: Our tour takes us today to Chitwan National Park.This place is different than the traditional location for tourists to visit in Chitwan because it is more natural in its settings.Overnight Chitwan National Park resort.
DAY 5 – Jungle Safari: Today will be an opportunity to explore the jungle to see the animals and birds of national park. We will enter the jungle on an elephant to explore . We will have an opportunity to look for tigers, rhinos and wild elephants as we see the real beauty of the jungle. We will have also an opportunity to do a jungle walk or a canoe ride down the Rapti River. In the evening, we will have a Tharu Cultural Show.
Day 6 - Fly back to Kathmandu: visit Kathmandu Buddhist Sites: We fly back to Kathmandu today and after landing, will explore the Tour of Kathmandu UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Swayambhunath has been a sacred site overlooking the Kathmandu Valley for 2000 years. We will start with a visit to Buddha Park to see three great statues of Lord Buddha, Rinpoche and the Tara. We will walk uphill to the top of the hill to visit the stupas there, then walk down the hill past monasteries and stupas including one that has inside an actual bone of Lord Buddha. We will follow along the prayer wheels and past reflecting ponds. After our tour, we will go by private car to Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and third largest in the world. Here we will be able to enjoy the flavor of Tibetan Buddhism as we tour monasteries and have an opportunity to do some shopping here for unique Buddhist items. We will return to the hotel for the evening.
DAY 7 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours and Trek will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours and Trek can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.
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