Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by representative from Nepal GoGo Treks. After that you will be transferred to your hotel where you will have welcome drink. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Today we will visit to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and an important Buddhist pilgrimage. The unique octagonal Mandala designed with hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around the huge structure. This is also called mini Tibet. The Kapan Monastery at Kapan Hill, a few kilometers higher north from Boudhanath is also known as Nepal Bouddhist Mahayan Centre. Kapan Monastery follows Gelug tradition of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. There is also a nunnery nearby the main monastery, known as the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to about 400 nuns. Overnight at Kathmandu.
We will drive to Swayambhunath Stupa in the morning, which is one of the oldest Buddhist monuments in the world with more than 2000 years of history and also a major Buddhist pilgrimmage. According to legend, the civilization of Kathmandu Vallley itself begins with Swayambhu, which literally means "the self-existent." After visiting Swayambhunath, we will drive for pharping.
We will make a 6-hour drive to Pokhara where we will have lunch on our way. Upon reaching Pokhara during the afternoon time we will go to pay our visit to some Buddhist sites there. Overnight at Pokhara.
We will visit Buddhists landmarks of Pokhara, the World Peace Stupa which offers panaromic view has its own cultural values. Then we will go for a boating and cross Phewa lakeand then we will visit Malepatan Gompha. Then we make another hike to Hyangja, the site for Tibetan refugee camp who fled Tibet after the Cultural Revolution in China. Overnight at Pokhara.
We will drive to Lumbini today from Pokhara which takes for about 6-7 hours. We will say goodbye to the Himalayas in Pokhara, and head toward a more flat lands of Nepal's Terai. The weather is beautiful out there. Perhaps, Lumbini is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site - the place where Buddha was born. In case we reach Lumbini around the sunset time, we can stroll in the local market to have a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Overnight at Lumbini.
Lumbini is one of world's major religious, architectural, and historical places. We devote today's time in visiting as many places and sites in Lumbini as possible. The place is really a big area with monuments, temples, and ancients sites making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First we visit the Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. We spend some time wandering around the gardens. We also visit the museum and peace pagoda. Some of the important landmarks and monuments in Lumbini include: Ashoka's Pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha's birth which also has the oldest inscription in Nepal. There are many Buddhist Temples founded by the devotees from different countries: Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, etc. Overnight at Lumbini.
On this day we will end our cultural tour of Buddhist. We will head back toward Kathmandu today - about 300 kilometers journey into the winding mountain road. The journey would take for about 6-7 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. We will have cultural dinner at Kathmandu.
Your Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal concludes today. We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you will be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Our representative will drop you to the airport to your home country.