Vibes of Buddha
 
Regardless of faith, race or sex - we all have Buddha like nature within us. A visit to the birth place of Buddha will provides us vibes, awareness and understanding of his teaching.  It brings sense of inner peace, happiness and detachment.

Nepal – lies at the lap of the Himalayas has always been a sacred center for Buddhist practices. Kathmandu valley and its periphery have several important meditation caves, monasteries and stupas related with Buddha and Bodhisattvas. It is in Kathmandu valley where Guru Padmasambhava attained the state of enlightenment. It is in Kathmandu valley where sacred Buddhist stupas of Soyambhunath and Boudhanath located.

‘Vibes of Buddha’ is a sacred journey that covers all important Buddhist sites in Nepal including the birth place of Buddha - Lumbini. It brings us closer to the truth and transformation, enhances our wisdom and perception.

Day to day itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal: Pick up at airport and transfer to hotel.
Late afternoon, you’ll visit Boudhanath, possibly the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and a site of great veneration and Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 02: In Kathmandu / visit UNESCO sites: The rich tapestry of the Buddhist heritages of Nepal are synthesized in Kathmandu Valley.

After breakfast visit UNESCO site Soyambhunath stupa on a hillock over looking Kathmandu valley. Well known as ‘Monkey Temple’ the golden spire crowning, Soyambhunath is the most ancient and important of Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu valley.
Then visit UNESCO site of Patan. Founded in the third century B.C., and later expanded in the sixth century, the ancient city of Patan is best known for its rich Buddhist heritage, particularly its ancient Buddhists temple, monasteries and arts. It is said that at one stage the entire population of Patan City was comprised of monks and craftsmen only.
In the afternoon, visit another UNESCO site of Boudhanath - the vast dome shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. Boudhanath is the primary pilgrimage destination for Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet. This ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. It is the center o f Tibetan culture in Nepal and consists of over 30 monasteries in its periphery.  

Day 03: Visit Namobuddha and Bhaktapur: A beautiful drive will take you to Namobuddha outside Kathmandu valley. The supreme sacred place Namo Buddha is located on mountain about 2 ½ hours drive from Kathmandu. It is the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs.
On the way back, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur – the home of medieval art and architecture. The Square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the finest medieval art and architecture of Nepal.

Day 04: Visit Pharping and local sites of Kathmandu: Located at south of Kathmandu valley, Pharping is the sacred site, where Guru Padmasambhava, the 8th century Tantric sage, achieved enlightenment. For centuries Pharping has been a centre for spiritual practice and, besides the cave where Padmasambhava and his consort Shakyadevi meditated, the area boasts many monasteries, temples and residences of revered Tibetan masters. Pharping is also place of very important Vajrayogini temple. In the afternoon, visit Yetkha Bahal, Tara Temple at Itumbahal, Abalokeshower Temple at Janabahal and walk through local colorful market Ason.

Day 05: Drive to Pokhara (6 hours drive): A scenic drive passing through several small towns and farm lands will take you to Lake City Pokhara where an eye opening views of Himalayas welcome you. Located beneath the Himalayas, the lush natural beauty of Pokhara is a place of “Dream Holiday”. The place is famous for its tranquil lakes, natural beauty and superb scenery. Before dinner, you have time for walk around the beautiful Lake Side.

Day 06: In Pokhara: In the morning you will drive up to World Peace Pagoda. An incredibly panorama of the Himalayas and Fewa Lake are visible from the stupa. Then visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, International Mountain Museum, Seti George and long Suspension bridge.

Day 07: Drive to Tansen (4 hour’s drive): Winding, but very scenic and interesting drive will take you to beautiful hill town Tansen. The place is famous for its cultural heritage and traditions. The Newars are the people who painstakingly enriched the architecture and culture of Tansen, and this very fact can be witnessed even today. After lunch, you will do a pleasant walk to Srinagar Hill and colorful Tansen Bazaar. The walk is about 2 hours which offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys. There is also option of just relax enjoying the views from the hotel or explore the colorful town on your own.

Day 08: Drive to Lumbini (3 hours drive): It is a beautiful drive through hills followed by flat and fertile land of southern Nepal to Lumbini. After check in hotel, you will visit monastries and Peace Stupa.

Day 09: In Lumbini: You will spend full day in Lumbini visiting Mayadevi Temple, different monasteries and Toraurakot where Buddha spent 29 years. The Mayadevi temple houses the marker stone and foundation of ancient temple resembling the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. Monastic zone is developed into World Buddhist center with monasteries constructed by Buddhist communities from different countries.  

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (8 hours drive): Beautiful drive through scenic flat fertile land of Tarai followed by middle hills. Check in hotel and rest.

Day 11: Depart from Kathmandu: Transfer to airport.
 
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