Being the birthplace to Lord Buddha, Nepal is a major attraction for the devotee of Gautama Buddha. The country consist of hundreds medication caves, stupas, and monasteries. The monasteries in Nepal is home to thousands of monks from six to sixty years old. They have devoted their entire life to study and practice the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni. The monasteries are located in mostly around the peaceful area far from the city’s hassle.
Amongst many, we will be visiting Kopan Monastery and Namo Buddha Monastery to start our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with. Kopan Monastery is situated on the Kopan hill, just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath. The monastery is dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree. The monastery was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal.
Once we are done touring Kopan Monastery, we will visit Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery also known as Namo Buddha. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery is situated at 40km southeast of Kathmandu. It is home to more than 250 monks and was officially opened in 2008 as a school for young monks. The place is beautifully designed and painted attracting thousands of visitors annually.
To wrap up our tour in Kathmandu, we will be visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Boudhanath Stupa. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located about half an hour drive away from Kathmandu, is a reflection of Newari arts and architecture. The square contains some of the historic designs. Whereas, Patan Durbar Square is famous due to the fact that royal Malla Kings used to reside there. The square is filled with temples such as Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen temple and more. And for our final Kathmandu pilgrimage, we will be touring Boudhanath Stupa. The stupa is rich in Buddhist symbolism considered as the largest stupa in Nepal. It is situated on the eastern side of Kathmandu.
Our next destination will be Lumbini via Pokhara. On our way to Lumbini, we will be visiting Sarankot for the golden sunrise which is located only a few kilometres from Pokhara. During our time in Pokhara we will also visit some of its major attractions such as Davis Fall, Gupteshor, Bindabashini temple, World Peace Stupa and Tibetan Refugee Camp. Upon reaching Lumbini, we will spend two nights there exploring and touring the place. It has a number of older Buddhist temples, including Mayadevi Temple, and various new temples. According to Buddhist tradition, this is the place where Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama also known as Buddha. There are monasteries that belong to certain countries such as Germany, Thailand, Korea, and China.
At the end of our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal, we will wrap things up at Kathmandu. You will have a day of free time which you can use for either touring or relaxing. As an optional tour we offer an hour-long scenic mountain flight or a cable car ride to Chandragiri which is recently constructed tourist attraction of Kathmandu. CoreTreks will assist you throughout the tour and will provide required information for our travellers. Since we understand that your choices might differ, we also provide customizable trips. Please contact us to know more.