Nepal has been an important pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhists pilgrims. The birthplace of Gautama Buddha – ‘Lumbini’ have made it more important. Similarly Nepal have been a paradise for the Hindu followers too due to the presence of important temples like Pashupatinath, Guweswari, Muktinath, Manakamana and so many others. Nepal has been a peaceful country all the religions have existed in each other’s mutual respect and there has not been any conflict for many centuries. The intresting facts are that there are some temples and stupas that are equally important to both of the religions. In this special tour you will be visiting some of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites namely Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, Namobuddha, Muktinath and finally Lumbini. Swyambhunath and Boudhanath is the UNESCO world heritage site and are the most popular sites in whole Nepal. Kapan Monastery lies in Kapan VDC near to Boudhanath. It is famous for its teaching courses to the western foreigners and meditation sessions whereas Namobuddha lies towards eastern outskirts of Kathmandu in Dhulikhel with beautiful location providing wide Himalayan mountain views on its background. It is believed that Lord Buddha gave his life to a tiger and its cub here on his path of knowledge. Muktinath is located on Mustang district at an altitude of 3170m at the foot of the famous Thorong La pass. Muktinath is both important to hindus as it is a sacred temple for Lord Bishnu and for Buddhist it is believed that Guru Ringpoche once meditated on the same sacred site on his way to Tibet. It is a small but one of the ancient temples of Lord Bishu, whose statue made of gold is placed right in the center of the temple and worshipped. The temple is surrounded by 108 bull faced tapes through which the sacred water is flowed. It is believed that bathing in the water takes away all the sins of past life and people do bath even the water is freezing. It is a very interesting temple as we can see all the praying and worshipping procedures are done by the Buddhist monks. This demonstrates a strong interdependency and respect between two different religions that can only be seen seldom.The most important site of this tour is the birth place of Buddha itself-Lumbini. Lumbini is located at Rupandehi District and is the exact spot where Mayadevi gave birth to Gautama Buddha. The main highlights of Lumbini are the Mayadevi temple, Ashoka pillar, sacred garden and pool. Numerous monasteries from various countries, ruins of the ancient temples and many more are also preserved in Lumbini.
DAY 01: On arrival at Kathmandu,meets and greets then transfer to Hotel.
DAY 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Mahachitya and drive to Namobuddha and overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03: Drive back to Kathmandu and 6 Hrs drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara hotel.
DAY 04: 25 minutes flight for Jomsom and one and half Hrs drive to Muktinath.After offering puja or personal activities same way drive back to Jomsom for night stay.
DAY 05: 25 minutes flight back to Pokhara and half day sightseeing tour includes Mahendra Cave. Seti Gorge, Bindabasini Temple and Taal Barahi Temple by boating in Phewa Lake. Overnight at Pokhara Hotel.
DAY 06: Early morning half day sightseeing of Sarangkot and after breakfast half day tour of Davi's Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and world Peace Pagoda and then proceed to Lumbini which takes around 6 Hrs.
DAY 07: Visiting Lumbini Garden and free for personal leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 08: 7 Hrs drive back to Kathmandu and after short refreshment at hotel 10 minutes walk to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square.
DAY 09: Departure for next destination.