Cultural Tour



Cultural tours in Nepal open up a plethora of cultural diversities as each part of Nepal, from East to West, or North to South, has its own cultural setting. Tradition, religion, custom, belief, language, social organization and people are the important aspects of culture in Nepal. Sacred pilgrimage sites, historical monuments and memorials reflect richness of Nepal culture variations.

While you are thinking to spend some days in Kathmandu either before or after a long trip this is probably the most favorable activity to take upon. A cultural sightseeing tour to Kathmandu Durbar square will allow an opportunity to observe traditional ritual of Nepal and a face to face with Living goddess Kumar is a unique experience. Visiting to the equally cultural heritage city of Patan & Bhaktapur is more like living in the 17th century.

Lumbini Buddhist Tour Package

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.

Before the Lord would come to the earthly world, his mother had dreamt a six-tusked elephant, which later was interpreted by the astrologers as a sign of giving birth to a world-renowned personality. Lord Buddha was born at Lumbini while his mother was on her way to parental home from Kapilvastu.

Maya Devi, queen of King Shuddhodhan of Kapilavastu gave birth to prince of Kapilvastu, Gautam, under a tree. King Shuddhodhan (Gautam's father, the king of Kapilvastu) had been warned in advance by the astrologers that eventually the prince might chose spirituality to Kingdom. So the King tried every way to stop this outcome but in vain. The greatest preacher of humanity, Lord Buddha had been destined to be enlightened and show the world a better way of living.

The place is a blessed one for its serenity and the natural beauty, purely coinciding to the perception of a place where the legend was born. One of the Parinirvana places for Buddha, this place houses some of the best reminders of Lord Buddha. Prominent among the structures is the Maya Devi temple and the structures built by Ashoka later on.

Location
Lumbini, in Nepal, is 122 km on road, from Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh of Northern India.

Temples & Monasteries
The place itself is interesting as a whole, the landscapes and the green forestry complementing its quiet ambience. However, Maya Devi temple and the Stupas and the Pillar built by Ashoka are really worth a visit.

Maya Devi Temple - the temple is famous for the Maya Devi's statue, an exotic representation of the Buddha's days of puberty. Excavated after the discovery of a stupa by a German archaeologist, in 1895, the temple is built gradually and is composed of many temples, one after the other. It is also found that there is possibility that a Ashoka Stupa existed in the place of temple. The Maya Devi statue is splendid for its architectural beauty and the way it represents the childhood of Buddha.

The Ashokan pillar - The Ashokan Pillar, essentially erected by Ashoka is also a piece of great art, with the horse at the top of pillar, it makes a great view and represents an ancient story related to the Buddhist tales.

The puskarni - The literal meaning of Puskarni is pond, and this pond in the southern direction of the Ashokan Pillar is a scared one. It is said that Mayadevi took a holy dip in the pond, just before the birth of Lord Buddha.

The Buddhist monastery - Its built in the way of the modern Buddhist temples of Nepal but is quite important in the purview of architecture of the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods.

Excursions
Kapilvastu - A holy destination related deeply with the life of a legend, Lord Buddha, eventually Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha had lived the childhood and the days of teenage, in complete luxury. The capital of King Shuddhodhan, Kapilvastu still carries with it the mystic charm. It houses many sculptures of Buddhism, which present a landscape before that visitors that makes them feel calm, content. Kapilvastu carries the visitors away to the ancient days when Buddha was a small child, a prince. The place is situated 27 km south of Lumbini.

Trip Facts of Lumbini Buddhist Tour Package
Country: » Nepal
Area: » -
Activities: » Tours & Travel
Grade: » -
Seasons: » September - June
Altitude: » -
Duration: » 09 Nights/ 10 Days
Accommodation: » Hotel/ Guest House/ Lodge
Transport: » Drive or Flight
Group Size: » 2 to 25
Trip Cost: » USD 925.00 per preson
Itineraries of Lumbini Buddhist Tour Package
Day 01. Arrive in Kathmandu O/n Hotel.
Arrival in Katmandu Airport, welcome by office representative and transfer to Hotel, Rest of time at leisure and self activities.
Day 02. Katmandu O/n Hotel.
After breakfast at Hotel, leave for full day sightseeing tour of Buddhist and Hindus Shrines such as Pasupatinath temple, Chabahil Stupa & Boudhanath Stupa. Pm : Continue Buddhist Shrine visit to Gokarna & Bajra Yogini (Sankhu village).
Day 03. Katmandu O/N Hotel.
After breakfast the BF , leave for full day sightseeing tour of Buddhist Shrines and Hindus Shrine such as Dakshinkali temple, Pharphing Jogini with Monastery visit & Chovar Gorge. Pm : Visit to Mahaboudha and Rudra Varna Mahavihar. After lunch visit Patan Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (the Golden temple).
Day 04. Lumbini O/N Hotel .
After B/F, Transfer to domestic Airport to board flight to Bhairahawa (Lumbini). Meet, assist and transfer to Hotel, Pm : After lunch half day visit to sacred Lumbini Garden.
Day 05. Lumbini-Chitwan National Park, O/n Lodge Full Board Basis.
After breakfast, drive to Royal Chitwan National Park visiting Buddhist places like Ramgram and Dev Daha enroute. Pm : Arrive at Resort in Chitwan and lunch. 15.00 Hrs: Elephant-back jungle excursion for 2/3 hours to view games.
Day 06. Chitwan-Kathmandu, O/n Lodge Full Board Basis.
06.15 Hrs: After tea/coffee, one-hour's nature walk accompanied by naturalist for bird watching. 08.00 Hrs: After breakfast at resort, 45 minutes' canoe ride at Rapti River and return to the Resort.11.00 Hr drive to Kathmandu,
Day 07. In Kathmandu
09.30 Hrs: After breakfast at Hotel, leave for fullday sightseeing tour of Buddhist shrines like Swyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar square, Kumari (living goddess) Chowk, Maru Sattal, Kasta Mandap, Kal Bhairab, Jana Bahal etc. Lunch at City Restaurant. Pm : halfday excursion to Nagarjun Hill and Balaju water garden.
Day 08. Breakfast at Hotel.
Transfer from Hotel to Tribhuvan Internation Airport to board onward journey flight.

Cost Includes:

  • Fluent English Speaking Guide, Other language speaking Guide on request.
  • All the Transportation by private vehicle/Tourist Luxury coach.
  • Hotel accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All the Airport transfers, entrance fees to the temple, monastery and palaces.
  • Chitwan National park full board basis with all programs.

Excludes:

  • Nature of personal expenses and insurance
  • Lunch and dinner, bar bill, tips and things not mentioned above.
  • Airfare and airport tax