Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Prince Siddhartha Gautama who later became Buddha, the 'Enlightened One' was born in the Sacred Garden of Lumbini in 623 BC. More than 400,000 devout Buddhists and non-Buddhists visit Lumbini every year, some to admire multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities and some arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden. Luxury DMC
At a Glance:
|Day 01||Arrive Kathmandu||Hotel|
|Day 02||Visit Namo Buddha & Patan City||Hotel|
|Day 03||Visit Swayambhunath & Pharping||Hotel|
|Day 04||Fly to Lumbini||Hotel|
|Day 05||In Lumbini||Hotel|
|Day 06||Fly back to Kathmandu||Hotel|
|Day 07||Final Departure|
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from LuxuryDMC will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Check In and Overnight at Hotel.
OPTIONAL: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
The Himalayas has always been a great source of mysticism. The OPTIONAL Mountain Flight offers this rare, fascinating opportunity to embrace the legendary Himalayas and discover the ineffable beauty that is guaranteed to be one of the most mesmerizing experiences ever. The Mountain Flight is enjoyed by thousands of people every year. The flights are operated by domestic airlines. They are operated only if the weather permits to ensure good visibility and safety. The one-hour Mountain Flight takes off from the Kathmandu Airport to the Everest, a must-see landmark in Nepal and at 8848 m, the highest and most majestic peak in the world. The whole experience is a pure delight; soaring 25,000 ft. above ground, it offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas. Zipping above clouds, though the seemingly endless scintillating snow-capped peaks, over glaciers and gorges, this is the journey through the world’s highest peaks.
After breakfast visit Namo Buddha & Patan city
The famous Buddhist Pilgrimage site where The Lord Buddha sacrifices his body to hungry Tigress and its Cubs. Namo Buddha is a beautiful place, very quiet and pure, with no pollution. It is the right place for meditation and practice. You can see a beautiful sunrise in the morning a wonderful sunset view in the evening. You can enjoy snow-covered Himalayan ranges which look so amazing and pure.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Patan is one of the largest cities in Nepal and is located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. This city is also known as `City of Beauty’ in Sanskrit. The unique Durbar Squares, temples, alleys, cuisine, hospitality and religious tolerance justifying the pre-historic status of the city of Patan has become a melting pot of two influential religions Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a city of 55 major temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, fine metal works and countless festivals.
Note: The recent earthquake has destroyed few temples in the durbar square premise; several structures have sustained minor damages.
Overnight at hotel
Swayambhunath Stupa is the white domed stupa which stands alone on a hillock in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as `The Monkey Temple’ due to the large number of rhesus primates living there. Legend has it that when Kathmandu Valley was a lake 2000 years ago, a single lotus flower grew at the centre of the lake. When Saint Manjushree, the Bodhisattva drained the lake with a single slash of his sword, the lotus settled on top of a hill and magically turned into a stupa. Thus, Swoyambhunath is also known as a Self-Created stupa.
The Buddhist history says, Milerapa from Tibet took one night shelter in the cave, and accordingly blessed this monastery. Hindus have their version that it was Pancha Pandav who had visited this place.
Overnight at Hotel
Transfer to the airport and fly to Bhairahawa (30 Minutes). Upon arrival, drive to the hotel in Lumbini (45 Minutes).
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. In Buddha's time, it used to be a beautiful garden full of green and shady sal trees (Shorea robusta). The garden and its tranquil environs were owned by both the Shakyas and the clans. The then King Suddhodana, father of Lord Gautama Buddha, was from the Shakya dynasty and belonged to the Kshatriya (warrior caste). Her queen Maya Devi while on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha had been resting under a sal tree feeling spellbound by the natural grandeur of Lumbini. At the meantime she felt labour pains and catching hold of a drooping branch of a sal tree, gave birth to a baby, the future Buddha. It was the month of May in 623 BC.
After checking-in at the hotel commence the sightseeing tour to Lumbini.
In 1895, a German archaeologist, white wandering about the foothills of the Churia range, discovered the massive stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249 B.C. to pay homage to the birth place of Lord Buddha. It is said that the Indian Emperor visited Lumbini Garden in the twentieth year of his coronation.
The stone pillar bears the following inscription- ‘King Piyadasi, beloved of the gods, having been anointed twenty years, came himself and worshipped saying: "Here Buddha Sakyamuni was born”. He caused a stone pillar to be erected because the worshipful one was born here. The village of Lumbini has been made free of taxes and a recipient of wealth’.
The next visible monument in Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi containing a stone relic depicting the birth scene of Lord Buddha. The relic shows Maya Devi supporting herself by holding on to a branch of a sal tree, and the newborn infant Buddha standing upright on a lotus pedestal. Two celestial figures are engaged in the act of pouring water and lotuses from the heaven, indicated in the sculpture by a delineation of clouds.
The Maya Devi shrine has been worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists since the beginning of the Christian era and is believed to have been built over the foundation of at least one earlier temple or stupa. To the South of the temple is the famous sacred pool of 'Puskarani', which is believed to be the same sacred pool in which queen Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to Buddha and where the infant Buddha was given his first purification bath. The structure consists of three projecting terraces in descending order and is rivetted with fine brick masonry.
WORLD PEACE FLAME
The eternal World Peace Flame is a major attraction of the Lumbini garden located at the centre of the garden. The flame was lighted on 1st November, 1986 AD by the then Prince Gyanendra Shah. The flame that represents peace and fraternity in the world was brought from the United States of America as part of the celebration of the International Peace Year. The eternal flame can be reached at the end of a 10 minutes walk from the Mayadevi Temple.
Overnight at Hotel.
Proceed for the tour of Tilaurakot & Ramgram.
The ancient ruins of Tilaurakot are situated about five kilometers north of Taulihawa, the present day district centre of the Kapilvastu district. Although there is some controversy surrounding the Tilaurakot ruins, it is generally agreed that the site was the citadel complex of the surrounding Kapilvastu Kingdom which was founded by Suddhodana, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha’s father.
This place is believed to be the maternal home of Queen Mayadevi And Prajapati Gautami. Dhatu Stupa containing the relics of the Buddha, one of those eight, lies here. Still unopened, it is the landmark of historic Ramagrama. Legend say it is protected by a Naga. Recent explorations has indicated that there are few more important structural remains around it.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to the airport in Bhairahawa just in time to connect the flight back to Kathmandu.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel
We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative from Luxury DMC will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.
The Above Cost Includes:
· Arrival & Departure transfers and assistance at airport in private air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking guide.
· All the sightseeing tour as mentioned in the above itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
· Monument & Entrance fees during sightseeing tour.
· 4 Night accommodation at Hotel – Kathmandu with breakfast in a twin sharing basis.
· 2 Night accommodation at Hotel – Lumbini with breakfast in a twin sharing basis.
· Sightseeing tour and all surface transfers in Kathmandu and Lumbini will be provided as per the itinerary with English speaking local guide by chauffer driven private vehicle.
The Above Cost Excludes:
· Nepalese Visa. (Visa fee: USD 25 in cash) Visa upon arrival.
· Domestic Airfare and taxes. (Quoted as an extra)
· Insurance and rescue of any form.
· Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control.
· Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
· Gratuities to guides and drivers
· Personal insurance policy - suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization; and most of all Emergency Helicopter Evacuation.
· Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances.
· Meals which are not mentioned on cost inclusion.
· Any other cost that is not included in the above.