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Buddhist Meditation tour to Lumbini and Pokhara features a rare and wonderful opportunity to not just experience Lumbini and Pokhara, but to turn this visit into the ultimate of spiritual experiences.
Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Gautama Buddha is not only a sacred place to the world, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sacred garden surrounds the Maya Devi Temple which is over the very place
Lord Buddha was born which is one of the most sacred places in Buddhism. In front of the Maya Devi Temple is Pushkarini Pond where the Lord Gautama Buddha’s mother Queen Maya Devi bathed just prior to giving birth. There are more than 25 international Buddhist monasteries in Lumbini, reflecting the uniqueness of Buddhism as it has spread across so many lands. There is a genuine Ashoka pillar as well as an interpretive museum. While every Buddhist wants to visit the Lumbini, it is more important that you combine the uniqueness of the place with an opportunity to develop your spirituality. In the spirit of Tibetan Buddhism, here you can learn about meditation & pooja from an actual lama who will be your spiritual guide to a deeper understanding on the way to enlightenment. Come & deepen your spirituality as you discover the sacredness of Lumbini.
Pokhara, probably the most beautiful city in Nepal but also home to some very beautiful Buddhist monasteries where you will see chanting monks and lamas. Matepani Gumba and World Peace Pagoda are the key attractions of Pokhara.
This 8 days tour instructs you on the principles of Buddhist meditation. You will be taught by lamas and masters in Buddhism who will explain Buddhist philosophy and rituals.
● Learn basic Philosophy and rituals of Lord Gautama Buddha
● Learn about the history of Buddha’s life and legacy
● Learn Buddhist Meditation from Lamas.
● Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and a world heritage site
● Explore Sarus Crane Sanctuary, Buddhist Library, World Peace Pagoda
● Visit Matepani Gumba and World Peace Stupa in Pokhara
● All airport/hotel transfers.
●Two night accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3 star hotel on twin/double sharing basis on BB Plan.
●Two night accommodation in Pokhara at a 3 star hotel on twin/double sharing basis on BB Plan.
●Three night accommodation in Lumbini at a 3 star hotel on twin/double sharing basis on BB Plan.
● Domestic Flight tickets (Kathmandu-Bhairahawa-Pokhara-Kathmandu).
● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
● An experienced local licensed English-Speaking guide and supporting staff.
● All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
● World heritage sites entry fee where applicable.
● Farewell dinner
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals during the tour.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra accommodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival and late departure than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle water, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase Day bag.( Small handbag) Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap ( During winter season)
● Warm jacket and sweater (During winter Season)
● Raincoat or umbrella
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● Flash or Torch light Camera and batteries.
As per your arrival time in Kathmandu, we will come to receive you at the airport. After clearing your luggage from the customs, you will be driven to a pre-booked hotel where you can refresh and rest. Visit our office in the afternoon/evening and attend a tour briefing program conducted by your tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast we will take an easy flight of 35 minutes to Bhairahawa Airport, and then just a 35 km journey to Lumbini. At Lumbini, we check into our hotel before and then visit the most sacred place: the Maya Devi Temple where Lord Buddha was born. Inside of the temple there is a footprint of the baby Siddhartha preserved in the rock. We will Meditate next to the sacred pond where the very pregnant Queen Maya Devi bathed. There is a sacred fig tree or Bodhi tree (also called a peepal tree) that Queen Maya Devi held onto in labor pain. We will tour the secret garden as well as just sit next to the pond and fill ourselves with the immense spirituality that permeates the place. We will check into our hotel for dinner and afterwards, perform prayers and pooja before going to bed.
Wake up early and perform morning prayer and pooja before breakfast. Following a good breakfast, we will attend an introductory class on Buddhist philosophy as well as introduction to the proper way to do meditation. These classes are taught by a lama who has done at least 20 years of study. Following dinner is prayer and meditation before going to bed.
Today you will visit nearby places of Lumbini which are also connected with the childhood of Lord Buddha and the Shakya Kingdom. Ramagram was once the maternal home of Lord Buddha and preserves many ancient relics. Tilaurakot was the center of Shakya Kingdom believed to be ruled by the Lord Buddha’s father and Sagarhawa, Kudan, Niglihawa and Gothihawa are also equally important archaeological and historical sites. Stay overnight in Lumbini
Have an early morning breakfast and then drive to the Bhairahawa airport to catch a flight to Pokhara. After lunch visit you will be taken to Matepani Gumba, a Buddhist monastery on top of a high hill overlooking the city. Here there are chanting lamas along with a colossal guardian image of Lord Buddha. Spend some time in meditation before dinner. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will participate in a full day guided tour of Pokhara. Take an early morning hike to Sarangkot to capture golden sunrise views and majestic Himalayan peaks of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri.
Later hike to World Peace Pagoda and then visit Davis Fall, Gupteswar Cave & International Mountaineering Museum. Other optional activities include Paragliding from Sarangkot and boating in Phewa Lake. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
We fly back to Kathmandu today and after landing, travel to Pharping in the Kathmandu Valley where Guru Padma Sam bhava meditation for six months in the 8th century. Pharping is a strong Buddhist area in the Kathmandu Valley and is home to the world’s largest statue of Padma Sam bhava who brought Buddhism to Tibet and Nepal. We will visit the sacred site where Guru Padma Sam bhava attained the level of Mahamudra Vidyadhara. There are Ashura caves and the Yangleshö cave. There are many important monasteries and retreat centers. In the evening you will visit Swoymbhu Stupa (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Today is your last day in Nepal. Depending on the timing of your international flight, we will drive you to the airport 3-4 hrs before your scheduled flight. Time to bid farewell.