Asides from a discovery of harmony of Buddhism and Hinduism in and around the Kathmandu Valley, you are granted a chance to trace back to the life of the "Enlightened One" or the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism in Lumbini, which is believed to be a birthplace of Buddha. The remains of stupa, monasteries as well as the important archeological sites make Limbini this scared pilgrimage site among Buddhists from around the world. Visiting here you will absorb a relaxing atmosphere of tranquility of around the world.
Nepal Cultural Tour focus on UNESCO world heritage sites, The birth places of Lord Buddha in Lumbini, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Boudhanath temple. This Nepal Cultural tour is a customizable tour that you can add or reduce the days as per your time availability.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel. Our guide will explain briefly the program upon arrival at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu
It's an experience not to be missed - wake up in the early morning to witness the beautiful sunrise outlook from the resort before breakfast serving. The next, we head for Kathmandu and keep half day valley sightseeings with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. We then visit Patan, a famous city features of arts and crafts - the highlight of trip is the Shikara (Krishna Temple), Patan Durbar with Royal bath, Hiranya Varna Mahavir (Buddhist Monastery)
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lumbini
After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to the Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, where has been revered as the place of holy pilgrimage. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO - if the time permits, we take you to visit Manakamana Temple, believed as the wish fulfilling goddess by cable car.
Upon arrival Lumbini, we transfer you to the hotel, check-in and then we go walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stand up on a lotus pedestal.
Day 4: Lumbini
After breakfast, we begin the trip by driving away, 27km west of Lumbini; visit the important archaeological site, Tilaurkot, the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam's father), where the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. Allow yourself for a moment to wander around and soak the atmosphere. There's a museum nearby, The Kapilvastu Museum; the pottery, jewelry and ornaments are gathered in-house. End up the remarkable tour in Tilaurkot by visiting the shrines, monasteries and stupa near the sacred garden.
Day 5: Lumbini - Kathmandu
After breakfast, we leave Lumbini by road and back to Kathmandu. Check-in at hotel, rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 6: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, rest of day is at leisure until we pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to airport for your next stop.
I have always dreamed about travelling to Nepal. Being a single traveller I appreciated the help and support that the drivers and tour guides gave me in my journey to make this dream a reality. After living in Turkey for four years, and stuggling to learn Turkish, it was a relief to find out that both the driver and tour guide spoke excellant english. I grew to admire the driver's skill on mountain roads full of heavy truck traffic, and the amazing general knowledge of the tour guides.Some of the special memories that will always stay with me include hearing the sound of the buddhist mantra being played whilest viewing the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, enjoying the peacefulness in the Lumbini Gardens and walking through villages early in the morning.
The view of Mt Everest eluded me for most of my trip but I was fortunate enough to catch a glimse of the famous mountain as the plane flew out of Katmandu. Now that I am back in Istanbul teaching young children, I share my special memories of Nepal with others through listening to the beautiful Nepalise music and looking at a picture book of Nepal. It was a great holiday and one not to be missed.
Our wonderful flight for my party of six, was made possible by Roka and the friendly staff at Friendship Nepal Tours. Although we had to cancel our first trip due to weather delays, Roka worked to get us rebooked and flying on our only other available morning.
Believe me, this service is well worth it, especially with the uncertain conditions which are typical for the Himalayan range-5 star rating !
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