Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal - 8 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season All Year Round
  • Trip Area KTM - Namobuddha - Lumbini - Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude 1750m.|5742ft. (Namobudhha)

Highlights

  • Visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and Changu Narayan Temple in Kathmandu
  • Spend a night meditating in the tranquil surroundings of Nambuddha
  • Explore the Maya Devi Temple, sacred holy garden, Ashoka Pillar, and numerous monasteries and stupas made by different countries from all around the world in Lumbini
  • Visit Tilaurakot, where Gautam Buddha spent his early childhood as a prince
  • Explore the beautiful Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, World Peace Pagoda, Gupteshwor Cave, etc in Pokhara
  • Witness a stunning sunrise along with views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Annapurna from Sarangkot
  • Learn about the roots of Buddhism and rejuvenate as you explore different religious sites
  • Have a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of Nepalese and get to know in depth about their beliefs on Buddhism

The Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour is a perfect 8-day itinerary that lets you explore and understand the depth of Buddhism in this Himalayan nation. While Nepal is primarily known as a Hindu country, its deep-rooted Buddhist heritage is unquestionable. Even though the majority of the population practices Hinduism, Buddhism maintains a robust presence because the Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, himself was born here. 

So, by joining our Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 2024|2025 departure, you will be traveling to the roots of Buddhism where it all started. The Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal offers a glimpse into the Buddhist faith and celebrates the seamless integration of multiple belief systems that make this country a captivating and spiritually rich destination.

Make your Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour more immersive by joining aerial yoga, hatha yoga, or singing bowl sessions. 

The best thing about the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour is that you do not have to follow the Buddhist faith to join this tour. You can join this tour just to enjoy the profound Buddhist cultural heritage of Nepal and unwind and rejuvenate as the journey flows from one monument to another. Participating in a Buddhist tour in Nepal as a non-Buddhist person is a unique opportunity to embrace the richness and serenity of this ancient religion. 

Our Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 8-day program combines both natural and cultural beauty. Exploring the Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, Golden Temple, and Changu Narayan Temple in Kathmandu, drive to Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery in Namobuddha to relish serenity. Learn about the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and visit the palace ruins where he spent his early childhood as a prince in Lumbini. 

Finally, end your Buddhist culture tour in Pokhara, unwinding and rejuvenating as you boat on the tranquil Phewa Lake and witness a gorgeous sunrise along with breathtaking views of Annapurna (8091m.|26545ft.) and Machhapuchhre (6993m.|22943ft.) mountains from Sarangkot. Join this life-changing easy 8-day tour at a minimal price. We, Nepal Nirvana Trails, have the best Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage cost with fine service. 

If you have any questions regarding the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour price or wish to customize the itinerary, feel free to get in touch with us anytime. You can even extend the tour to remote Himalayan locations where some of the centuries-old monasteries and stupas are suited. 

Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 8 days itinerary

Our team will receive you from the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day and drop you at the hotel. There is nothing planned on your arrival day in Kathmandu rather than a welcome dinner in the late evening. 

So, you will have ample time to unpack and rest. On your second day, you will have a quick meeting with your tour guide and visit the Buddhist UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. 

The tour guide will introduce you to the monuments and their importance. You will visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and Changu Narayan Temple. From Kathmandu, you will visit Namobuddha, a beautiful monastery located on the outskirts of the valley. 

Here, you will hear an intriguing story of an ancient stone slab and the stupa. Your time in Namo Buddha will be enchanting and peaceful. Your next stop is Lumbini. From Kathmandu, it is a 30-minute flight to Bhairahawa and a short drive to your hotel in Lumbini. 

Explore the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, visit monasteries, and discover the childhood home of Buddha, where we spent his early days as a prince. This part of the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour will take you to the roots of Buddhism. From here, you will take a short flight to Pokhara. 

In Pokhara, you will explore waterfalls, lakes, and caves. Witness a gorgeous sunrise from Sarangkot and visit tourist attractions such as Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, Bat Cave, World Peace Pagoda, and Begnas Lake. Boat on the tranquil Phewa Lake and enjoy the bustle of Lakeside Market. 

And on the last day, you will fly back to Kathmandu. Spend your last full day in Kathmandu, exploring local markets and shopping for souvenirs. 

Differences between Tibetan Buddhism and other forms of Buddhism practiced in Nepal

Tibetan Buddhism and other forms of Buddhism practiced in Nepal share a common foundation in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) but have distinct characteristics and practices. Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism, places a strong emphasis on rituals, visual symbolism, and the use of mantras and mandalas in meditation practices. It also incorporates elements of Bon, the indigenous Tibetan religion, and has a hierarchical structure with spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. 

In contrast, other forms of Buddhism practiced in Nepal, such as Theravada and Newar Buddhism, tend to be less ritualistic and more focused on meditation and ethical principles. Newar Buddhism, prevalent in the Kathmandu Valley, has a unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist traditions and often involves the worship of deities and participation in festivals.

What places will we visit during our Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour for 8 days?

Below are the places you will visit during the Buddhist tour in Nepal:

Explore the major tourist attractions in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur

Kathmandu Valley is divided into three cities- Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Here, you will visit numerous Buddhist monuments, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour will take you to Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Boudhnath Stupa in Kathmandu. 

Likewise, you will visit the Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) in Patan and the Changu Narayan Temple in Bhaktapur. Throughout this tour, you will gain profound insights into the rich Buddhist cultural heritage in Nepal. 

The sites will present intricate architecture, beautiful art, intriguing craftsmanship, and a soothing environment. Around the monuments, you can explore the local markets and interact with the locals. If you are curious about anything, feel free to ask our guide. 

Meditate in the tranquility of Namobuddha and enjoy the soothing serene environment

The main attraction of Namobuddha is the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery that houses a beautiful stupa and a sacred cave. It is believed that in a previous life, Prince Mahasattva offered his body to a starving tigress and her cubs, displaying selfless compassion. Visitors to Namobuddha are welcomed by a serene environment surrounded by lush green hills and pristine nature. 

The tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views make it an ideal destination for meditation and spiritual reflection. You can feel an aura of calmness, with monks engaging in prayer and meditation rituals exuding from the monastery. This short getaway from the bustle of Kathmandu lets you meditate in the peaceful embrace of Namobuddha and rejuvenate your spirit.

Explore the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the creator of Buddhism

Lumbini is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the world for Buddhists. It is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The main attraction in Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which is believed to mark the exact spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha under the shade of a sal tree. 

Likewise, you will visit places like the sacred garden and various monasteries, stupas, and monuments built by Buddhist communities from around the world. One other famous monument in Lumbini is the Ashoka Pillar, erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in the 3rd century BCE. On your second, you will drive to Tilaurakot, located 25 km west of Lumbini. 

Tilaurakot is the kingdom of the Sakya dynasty where Prince Siddhartha, who later became Gautan Buddha. Visiting Tilaurakot is like stepping back in time to the era when the Buddha lived as a prince. Tilaurakot's most prominent feature is the palace complex, which is believed to be the residence of King Suddhodana, the Buddha's father. 

The ruins of this royal residence are spread over a large area and offer a fascinating insight into the opulence and grandeur of the ancient Sakya dynasty. Visit the eastern and the western stupas and a museum for better historical context. 

Enjoy a refreshing and calming boat ride on Phewa Lake in Pokhara 

Your hotel will be near Phewa Lake. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills and the towering Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges, creating a stunning backdrop. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will have the remaining day to explore the Lakeside Market, situated along the northern shore of Phewa Lake. 

It is a vibrant and bustling area filled with hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, and stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothing, and more. Later visit Phewa Lake and enjoy boating on it, admiring a lovely sunset. Phewa Lake is also home to the Tal Barahi Temple, located at the lake's center. 

You can row your boat to the temple and explore its premises, adding a touch of cultural enrichment to your lake adventure. Whether you're seeking adventure, a romantic getaway, or simply a moment of peace, Phewa Lake and Lakeside Market will provide you.

Witness a gorgeous sunrise with Himalayan mountain views from Sarangkot and explore tourist sites in Pokhara

Sarangkot is a viewpoint and is known for paragliding. You will drive here early in the morning to witness a gorgeous sunrise along with the view of mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. This will be a quite remarkable moment for you. 

The serene silence, the distant chirping of birds, and the whispers of the wind will profoundly soothe your soul. From there, the adventure continues to different tourist sites in Pokhara. Visit the World Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Bat Cave, and Begnas Lake. 

Explore the underground waterfalls and intricate limestone formations in Gupteshwor Cave. Unlike Kathmandu, Pokhara will let you spend more time in nature and heal your heart as you encounter beautiful views and peaceful surroundings. 

Visit Museums and local markets, and buy souvenirs like Thangka paintings, pashmina clothes, singing bowls, prayer beads, etc.

The museums and local markets you will explore during the Nepal Buddhist tour for 8 days will enhance the overall journey for you. You will visit the National Museum and the Patan Museum. Explore ancient sculptures, paintings, exquisite Newari art, and archaeological treasures that trace the evolution of Buddhism in Nepal. 

Likewise, enjoy the aroma of incense mingles with the vibrant colors of traditional textiles and handcrafted goods as you explore the local market. Discover an array of Buddhist goods like carved wooden masks, prayer flags, delicate Thangka paintings, prayer scrolls, prayer beads, singing bowls, incense, pashmina clothes, etc. 

Other pilgrimage and holiday tour packages in Nepal

The Nepal Hindu pilgrimage tour is one of our other famous religious tour packages. Likewise, we have trekking and tour packages to Muktinath Temple, Gosaikunda Lake, etc. 

If you are looking for family holidays in Nepal, check out these packages - Glimpse of Nepal, Nepal Adventure Tour Package, Chisapani Nagarkot Hike, Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara Tour, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails the best travel company for the Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal?

Nepal Nirvana Trails is operated by Nepalese who are very connected to their roots and have more than 10 years of expertise in organizing tours and treks in Nepal. Traveling with us means we will ensure the journey is immersive for you. 

Our team will arrange all the logistics for the tour so that you will have a hassle-free trip. Likewise, we provide top-notch service at an affordable Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour cost. Our team's experience, knowledge, and dedication will make your Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal a lifetime journey. 

You will be accompanied by our friendly tour guide, who knows the roots of Buddhism in Nepal. All the reservations will be made in advance for your trip. There will be no hidden cost during the tour. With our 24/7 support, you can travel to Nepal confidently with us.

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    Accommodation during the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour

    During the Buddhist culture tour, you will spend nights in comfortable tourist-standard hotels. In all cities- Kathmandu, Lumbini, and Pokhara, our team will book you standard rooms with private washrooms and all the modern amenities. You also have the option to upgrade the rooms to deluxe or luxury hotels. Let us know whether you prefer a single or a shared room during booking. 

    For a more immersive experience, you can choose to stay in Buddhist monasteries. While the facilities may be more basic, staying in a monastery can provide a unique opportunity to connect with the local community and monks, participate in meditation sessions, and experience daily Buddhist rituals. 

    Meals during the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour

    Nepalese cuisine is diverse and flavorful and will be our main food during the tour. We keep the emphasis on having Nepali dishes as much as possible to make the journey more meaningful. You can choose to have veg or non-veg dishes as per your choice. Dal bhat will be our staple meal. The menu has multi-cuisine in most of the cafes and restaurants, so you can have food of your choice. 

    If you choose to stay in a monastery, you may have the chance to dine with the resident monks. Meals in monasteries are typically simple and vegetarian, highlighting mindfulness and gratitude. If you have specific dietary requirements or restrictions, such as vegan or gluten-free diets, inform us ahead. 

    Is there any difficulty involved in this tour?

    No, there is no difficulty involved in the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour. You can join this tour alone or with your loved ones freely. There is no strenuous walking during the tour. Likewise, our guide will be there to make sure you are safe and enjoying the tour. If you feel any discomfort, feel free to inform your guide.

    The best time to do the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 8 days

    The best time to embark on an 8-day Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spring and autumn. These two seasons have typically dry and stable weather, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. There is less chance of precipitation, which makes touring the monuments seamless. There are many Buddhist festivals in spring, so you might have the chance to participate in various celebrations.

    Winter in Nepal is generally dry and sunny, with crisp mornings and cool days. While it can be cold, it is still a viable time for a Buddhist pilgrimage tour. Compared to the peak tourist seasons, winter tends to be less crowded, allowing for a more serene and contemplative pilgrimage experience.

    Likewise, the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and humidity to Nepal, making it the least favorable time for a pilgrimage tour. Landslides and road closures can occur, affecting travel plans. Trekking and walking to pilgrimage sites can be challenging due to slippery and muddy trails.

    Tips to make your Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal excellent

    To ensure your journey is excellent and memorable, consider the following tips:

    • Even though our 8-day Buddhist tour package in Nepal covers the must-visit places, we also recommend you research the Buddhist sites you want to visit in Nepal and let us know.
    • Be mindful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting monasteries and temples. Dress modestly, remove your shoes before entering sacred areas, and ask for permission before taking photographs.
    • Pack comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as essential items like a good pair of walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first-aid kit. Remember to carry any necessary travel documents, including visas.
    • Stay hydrated and be mindful of what you eat. Enjoy the local cuisine, but also be cautious about food hygiene to prevent any travel-related illnesses.
    • Interact with the local community, including monks and pilgrims, to gain insights into their way of life and spirituality. 
    • Do not litter the monuments. 
    • Be prepared for unexpected changes in your travel plans, such as weather disruptions or transportation delays.
    • When shopping for souvenirs or dining, choose locally-owned businesses and artisans to support the local economy and communities.

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