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Nepal at its best with Lumbini

Trip Route: Kathmandu-Bhairawa-Lumbini-Ktm-Chitwan-Pokhara-ktm
Trip Duration: 10 days
Transportation: Car/Van/Flight
Best Season: Any
Nepal at its best with Lumbini

Cultural and scenic tours with Jungle Safari in the Asia's best National Park at Chitwan and to the famed beautiful Pokhara Valley in the backdrop of the Annapurna-Manaslu mountain range and a holy visit to Lumbini the birth place of Lord Buddha in the comfort of Resorts

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Outline Itinerary Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. 
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu Tour of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar Square and Tibetan Refugee Camp.. 
Day 03: Fly to Bhairawa 45 minutes' flight and transfer to Kapilvastu-Lumbini.
Day 04: Visit of Lord Buddha's birth places afternoon fly back to Kathmandu. 
Day 05: Drive to Chitwan National Park. Approx: 187 k.m. 5-6 hrs journey.
Day 06: At Chitwan. Jungle Safari & Nature Tours: 
Day 07: Drive to Pokhara. Driving distance approx: 170 k.m. 4-5 hrs. Day 08: Sight Seeing at Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs. 200 k.m. 
Day 10: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Service includes
  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,.
  • An experienced licensed holder Tour Guide.
  • Transportation as per itinerary,
  • Medical kit box
  • All government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing.
Service does not include
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any kinds of Bar bills
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escort you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu and about the program and other related information that you might require while in Nepal, after refreshment and probably lunch depending upon the time of arrival, a tour at the suburb of Kathmandu city to Swayambhunath also popularly known as 'Monkey Temple.' This is one of the world's most glorious Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2,000-years-old. Painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3-kms west of Kathmandu City and is situated on a hillock about 77m. Above the level of the Kathmandu valley, it is included on the World Heritage.

From here one can have a view of whole of Kathmandu city and its valley in the backdrop of distance snow capped mountain range on a clear day.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu Tour of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar Square and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Today, after breakfast our interesting tour continues with a drive towards Pashupatinath Temple one of the holiest of all holy Hindu Temple. Situated 5-kms east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva-Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Visitors can clearly seen the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. Apart from Hindu's no one are allowed to enter the main Temple premises, however we take a short walk by the bank of Bagmati River where one can observe the pilgrims and Hindu priests activities. This River is also a cremation site of the Hindu's.

From here a short drive leads to the Bouddhanath north east from Pashupatinath area. The Stupa of Bouddhanath lays 8-kms east of Kathmandu. This colossal and ancient stupa is one of the biggest in the world. This area is also known as 'Little Tibet' after a visit here observing the Tibetan Buddhist way of life, our tour continues towards Patan area, which is situated on the south of Kathmandu, and it is separated by a bridge over the River Bagmati. Patan is also known as Lalitpur meaning city of Arts. As you enter the old Palace courtyard (Durbar) the tall terracotta house looks fascinating with intricate window carvings, and the Stone Temple of Krishna with the pillar of Garuda the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and as well of Lord Krishna. After the historic visit a short drive leads towards the end of Patan area at Tibetan Refugee camp where one can observe the happy-cheerful workers weaving carpets. This place was established in the early 1970's after the Chinese invasion in Tibet where a great number of Tibetan migrated here, and the Nepal Government established this place as a permanent camp or settlement for the Tibetan Refugees, after a wonderful day with lunch at Patan area, drive back to the Hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Bhairawa 45 minutes' flight and transfer to Kapilvastu-Lumbini.
As per the flight in the afternoon transfer to the domestic airport for the scenic flight to the south west of Nepal at Bhairawa airport, on arrival our reprensative will receive you with a drive of about one hour to Kapilvastu at Lumbini. On reaching at Lumbini check into the Hotel.

Day 04: Visit of Lord Buddha's birth places afternoon fly back to Kathmandu. 
Morning visit the Lord Buddha's birth places and other historical siteslate afternoonfly back to Kathmandu.
Lumbini is the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born in the 7th or 6th century BC.

According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labor pains, she grabbed hold of the branches of a shade tree and gave birth to Siddharta Gautama, the future Buddha. The Buddha is said to have announced, "This is my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.

In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar. Ashoka's Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: "King Piyadasi (Ashoka), beloved of devas, in the 20 year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan ["blessed one"] having been born here. Lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight part (only)".
The site was rediscovered in 1895, when a German archaeologist came upon Ashoka's Pillar, identified by its inscription. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Day 05: Drive to Chitwan National Park. Approx: 187 k.m. 5-6 hrs journey.
From Kathmandu morning drive of nearly five hours on the main south-west central highway. The scenic drive leads past Kathmandu Valley and then following the River Trisuli most of the way towards south on reaching at Chitwan meet the staff from the Lodge and transfer by four wheel drive or by an elephant to the Jungle Lodge through the park entrance. On arrival meet and welcome by the senior naturalist or the manger for the welcome brief and Information. Nepal's tropical, dense jungles are in the low land of Terai, which runs from east to west on this fertile country. These exotic jungles, provides home and habitat for the most endangered species of wild life, the Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhinoceros, the Gangetic Ghariel and fresh water Dolphins. In one of these jungles, you will find one of the most exciting safari destinations in the world, Safari on the back of an elephants or in the four wheel drive to view the diverse wild life and many different species of exotic birds. Other thrills are canoe rides, jungle walk, and bird watch excursion in the comfort of the cosy lodge, built out of local material which blends it well with the natural surrounding, with all the homely basic facilities.
Parks and Reserve in Nepal.

Day 06: At Chitwan. Jungle Safari & Nature Tours:
Jungle program begins early in the morning before breakfast with a Jungle walk-Bird watch or elephant safari for few hours return to the Lodge for breakfast and then with an hour break, another jungle tour till lunch time at 1 p.m. Afternoon activities starts by 3 p.m. for elephant safari or Jungle walk as per the Lodge set program.

Day 07: Drive to Pokhara. Driving distance approx: 170 k.m. 4-5 hrs.
After an early Jungle activity, after breakfast drive to the main road at the Park exit point, for the wonderful scenic drive to Pokhara, another tourist exotic destination with Fabulous scenery of the surrounding landscapes, lakes and the close view of Annapurna-Manaslu range of mountains including the majestic towering Mt.Machhapuchare 'The Fish Tail' the drive last for about 5 hours on the western highway, on reaching at Pokhara, the Hotel is situated near the beautiful Phewa lake. After a refreshment afternoon walk by the lake side where there are many shops and delightful restaurants.

Day 08: Sight Seeing at Pokhara.
After breakfast a short drive lead towards the end of Pokhara for the grand view of Davis Fall, depending upon the season. In dry season the water level might be quite low but in the late summer and in the midst of monsoon, the view of torrential waterfall here is truly wonderful. From here drive leads to the hub of Pokhara, the local bazaar close from here
view the Seti River Gorge, which is a narrow, deep gorge down below from the bridge.

From here a short drive brings you at Bindabasani Temple area, where the local comes here to pay homage to various Hindu God and Goddess, this place also offers grand view of the Annapurna Himalayan range. From here another short visit to the Tibetan Refugee camp, which is almost the same set up like in Patan area with carpet and other handicraft industry.

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs. 200 k.m.
After a great time at Pokhara with magnificent view of the Annapurna-Manaslu-Dhaulagiri and the striking Mt. Maccahapuchare, drive continues for nearly 5 hrs, on reaching Kathmandu check into respective Hotels.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Pokhara Valley

Pokhara is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchare on its beautiful lakes..

Pokhara is situated in the mid western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic view of the mid western Himalaya. Mother nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenary of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begans, Rupa and Phewa.

The most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the magnificient panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annpaurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South.Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchahre (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range

Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of Nepal's most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begins from this remarkable place and it's a also an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.

Lumbini (Sanskrit for "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located at the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi, near the Indian border. Lumbini is one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under trees. The other three sites are in India: Bodh Gaya (enlightenment), Sarnath (first discourse), and Kushinagar (death).

History

Lumbini is the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who was born in the 7th or 6th century BC. According to Buddhist tradition, Maya Devi (or Mayadevi) gave birth to the Buddha on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha in the month of May in the year 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labor pains, she grabbed hold of the branches of a shade tree and gave birth to Siddharta Gautama, the future Buddha. The Buddha is said to have announced, "This is my final rebirth" as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.

In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar. Ashoka's Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: "King Piyadasi (Ashoka), beloved of devas, in the 20 year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan ["blessed one"] having been born here. Lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight part (only)".
Monasteries and temples were built at Lumbini until the 9th century, but Buddhism declined in the area after the arrival of Islam and later Hinduism. All that remained was a sculpture, revered by local women as a fertility symbol. The garden of the Buddha's birth was lost for a thousand years.

The site was rediscovered in 1895, when a German archaeologist came upon Ashoka's Pillar, identified by its inscription. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

What to See

Lumbini lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself. The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The current temple stands on the site of earlier temples and stupas, including the stupa built by Ashoka. The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth identified. The delicate sandstone sculptures discovered here are now in the National Musuem in Kathmandu. 
Atop the temple is a small square tower of the type seen in Kathmandu, with Buddha eyes on each side and a golden pinnacle on top.

On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool (see top photo), where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the newborn Buddha was washed by two dragons. The Maha Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorful prayer flags are strung between trees. They carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze.

The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Ashoka's Pillar, near the temple. It is protected by a small fence, which is decorated with prayer flags and banners from the faithful. Around the courtyard containing the pillar are bowls for incense sticks, and there is room to sit in front of the pillar for contemplation.

Getting There

Lumbini is in west-central Nepal near the Indian border. It is not terribly easy to get to, and the site does not receive a large amount of visitors. Most pilgrims to Lumbini come from Southeast Asia, Japan and Tibet, but westerners come regularly as well. Lumbini has a small airport, which receives flights from airlines like the aptly-named Buddha Air. Consult the links below for more information.

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