8 Days Nepal Buddhist Shangri-la Tour

Kathmandu / Patan / Dhulikhel / Bharktapur / Pharping / Kathmandu

Overview

This is one of the most popular itineraries in Nepal. The 8-day Buddhist Shangri-la tour includes some of the very popular & holy destinations of Nepal related to Buddha’s life & Buddhism. This tour gives you an opportunity to study the life of Buddha known as light of Asia & Buddhism, only the philosophy of peace & prosperity. We have combined Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, Namobuddha & Lumbini the birth place of Buddha in Buddhist Shangri-la tour package.

8 days & 7 nights
Private tour
Departure: Flexible
Theme: Culture, Architecture, Family
Suitable:

Highlights

  • Set your food to the holy land of Nepal and experience the happiness of the devoted local people;
  • Stroll on the grand Panta Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Dubar Square and appreciate unique Nepali-style architectures;
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha and search for a spiritural enlightment as well as the solace that one can only get in a peaceful environment;
  • Communicate with the Buddhist mysteries by visiting sacred and historical Buddhists sites.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival ( D )

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rich in culture and religion. After arriving at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our enthusiastic guide with a very smiling face, then be transferred to check in your hotel in downtown by an air-conditioned private vehicle. The rest of today is your free time to take rest or walk around.

In the evening, you will be treated a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy authentic Nepalese food.

Traditional Nepalese Restaurant

Day 2 Kathmandu - Dhulikhel / 30km, About 1h's Driving ( B )

Today’s activities start with the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine – Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley. Then, visit the giant Buddhist stupa – Boudhanath. About 131ft (40km) high, Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley , and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha.

In the afternoon, go to Patan, 4km from Kathmandu city, once a glorious independent kingdom, but now almost a suburb of Kathmandu city. It is known for the crowding Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in the whole of Nepal. It also attracts tourists with the treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the square. The square consists of three main chowks, or courtyards – the central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Main Keshab Narayan Chowk.

After today’s sightseeing, drive to Dhulikhel, the ancient town which is situated 30-km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga.

Giant Boudhanath Stupa

Day 3 Dhulikhel - Kathmandu / 30km, About 1h's Driving ( B )

Today after breakfast, you’ll visit Namo Buddha Stupa, one of three main stupas of Kathmandu Valley. There is a mysterious story concerned with prince Mahasatta (one of the Lord Buddha’s former incarnations). The stupa is believed to be built on is bones and hairs. Besides its Buddhist significance, the natural environment is very pleasant, with fresh air and good views of Himalayan ranges. Many Buddhists come here for meditation and practice.

Afterwards, drive to Kathmandu with a stop at Bharktapur, which is one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one with an altitude of 1,401 meter. With three different styles square – Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square and Dattatreya Square, it is the best place to explore traditional Nepalese architecture and local life and custom, also the best place to witness the great achievements of arts and crafts created by the famous Nepal’s Malla Dynasty (1201–1769). Bhaktapur is also famous as the Town of the Devotees. There are many devout Hindus and Buddhists living in the city.

Return to Kathamandu for accommodation.

Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure

Day 4 Kathmandu - Lumbini / About 30mins' Flight ( B )

After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to catch the flight to Gautama Buddha Airport Bhairahawa in Lumbini. It takes 35 minutes for the transfer from Kathmandu to Lumbini which is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha and becomes one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Upon your arrival, the guide will pick you at the airport and then escorts you to your hotel and to help you check-in hotel. The rest of today is free at your own leisure.

Day 5 Lumbini ( B )

On this day, you’ll enjoy the Buddhist culture to its fullest potential in Lumbini. After breakfast, go to Lumbini Garden and take a look at the various monasteries built by different Buddhist countries, inculding Chinese Monastery with a complex of several pagodas and prayer rooms built by Buddhist Association of China, Royal Thai Monastery with featured Thai-style architecture,Korean Monastery containing delicate images of Lord Buddha, and some others. Then visit Maya Devi Temple, which sits on the site of the Buddha’s birth according to the Buddhist scholars. It is the most important shrine in Lumbini dedicated to the mother of Gautama Buddha. The sacred pond beside the temple is believed to be where Maya Devi took the ritual dip prior to giving birth to the Buddha. The surrounded grounds are the ruined foundations of a great number of brick pagodas and monasteries which can be trace back to the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD. Just in front Maya Devi Temple, you can find Ashokan Pillar, an inscribed sandstone pillar to commemorate that the Indian emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini in 249 BC.

Tips: At the gate to Maya Devi Temple, you must remove your shoes, and a spare pair of socks will be helpful if you want to walk around the garden.

Buddhist activities in Lumbini garden

Day 6 Lumbini - Kathmandu / About 30mins' Flight ( B )

After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to Gautam Buddha Airport in Lumbini for 30 minutes to catch the flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, your guide will pick you at the airport and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of today is free at your own leisure.

Day 7 Kathmandu – Pharping – Kathmandu / About 1.5hrs' Driving (20km) - 1.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today, you will drive about 1.5 hours to Pharping, a sacred monastic zone with beautiful myth of Guru Rinpoche visiting the place. There are many holy caves for Buddhist practice and pilgrimages as well. You will begin your pilgrimages from the old Vajrayogini Temple, which is at the bottom of the stairs to others. Then the stairs will lead you up to Asura Cave which is the major cave sacred to Guru Rinpoche. On the upper left side of the entrance door is the handprint left by Guru Rinpoche. After that, continue your trip to Yanglesho Cave, where Guru Guru Padmasambhava attained the state of enlightenment.

After this spiritual tour, drive back to Kathmandu.

The handprint of Guru Rinpoche Asura Cave

The handprint of Guru Rinpoche Asura Cave

Day 8 Kathmandu Departure ( B )

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Important Notes:

  • Recommended groups: First time visitors or who have limited time for travelling. Most popular for families with kids, youth, couples and seniors.
  • Conditions: The activities will be in and around Kathmandu, thus the road condition is very good. As attractions are very close to each other, you won’t need to spend much time in the car. A little walking or climbing is involved in Nagarkot as you will watch sunrise over Mt. Everest.
  • Nepal Visa: Nepal visa is required for all foreign nationals (except Indian nationals), who wants to enter Nepal and spend a holiday there. Once the visa was issued, it must be used within six months from the date of issue. For foreign travelers who want a holiday in Nepal, there are three kinds of Nepal Visa to apply according to different tour durations and purpose, including Single-entry Visa, Multi-entry Visa and Transit Visa. Nepal Visa on Arrival is possible for UK, EEC, Australia, Canada and USA passport holders, and can be issued at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend in February, March, April, May, September, October and November. Winter can be a little bit cold. While June July & August are the monsoon season and the weather is hot and wet at times.
  • How to Get to Kathmandu
    Travelers can take inbound international flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming in China, Thailand, India, Qatar, Turkey, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates directly. Overland travel from Tibet, India or Bhutan is also available.

Price & Inclusion

Meals

All meals are included in itinerary

Transportation

Airplane, Car

Price Includes

  • Flight tickets between Kathmandu and Lumbini.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as “B,L,D”.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 02 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 02 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 02 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate