10 Days Birthplace of Buddha Tour in Nepal

Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Lumbini - Tilaurkot - Pokhara - Kathmandu

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This 10-day Buddha Tour in Nepal will let you experience a holy pilgrimage to the some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, including the birthplace of Buddha – Lumbini, and take in the splendid cultural heritages and natural sceneries of Nepal at the same time.

The trip starts from Kathmandu, where you will visit Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and many other important Buddhist monasteries there. Then, you will adventure to the world-famous Chitwan national Park, a magic place to experience jungle safari and see amazing creatures. Next, you will drive to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini, to discover various cultural and spiritual sites there. Finally, in Pokhara, you will admire the stunning view of Annapurna panorama as you take a boat ride in the beautiful Phewa Lake, before return to Kathmandu.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest at hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day2 Kathmandu Valley Half Day Tour and Drive to Nagarkot

Today, we will first enjoy a half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal; Bodhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal; and the Bhaktapur's Dubar Square, which features the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex.

After that, you will head to Nagarkot to enjoy a refreshing night stay in this charming resort.

Stay overnight in Nagarkot.

Day3 Nagarkot to Kathmandu: Durbar Square, Kumari Temple, Swayambhunath

After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu and keep exploring the must-visit medieval heritages sites there. As one of the iconic buildings of Nepal, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square would be our first stop. Durbar literally means palace, where the former kings ascend the throne and rule the country. You can stroll along the three main parts of Durbar Square and sit on the terraced platform to feel the vibe of Nepali city.

Then we will head to visit the Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess. After that, we will head to the renowned “Monkey Temple” - Swayambhunath. With lovely monkeys jumping around on the gilded spire of the temple, you can see the iconic Buddha’s eye on the stupa. The pious religious worshippers doing kora around the stupa and burning butter lamps and smell of incense draw you back to the similar experience in Tibet.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day4 Kathmandu to Chitwan

After breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Chitwan is famous for its Chitwan National Park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After arriving in Chitwan, you can either take a jungle safari or natural walks depending on the time of arrival. During the safari, you will go deep into the jungle to see one horned Rhino and many more endangered animals. If you are lucky enough, you will see the elusive royal Bengal tigers. If you do the natural walk, you will see a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day5 A Full Day Chitwan Sightseeing

Today, we will enjoy a full-day sightseeing in Chitwan National Park. We will first ride on the elephant for a jungle safari through dense grasslands. Then we will visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants.

In the afternoon, you can drive through the jungles and then enjoy a canoe ride down the Rapti River. During canoeing, you may get a close look at the Gharial, Mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, and some other water birds. Or, you can choose to take a natural walk with bird watching for the afternoon instead.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day6 Chitwan to Lumbini

After breakfast, we will drive from Chitwan to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. As a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Lumbini is revered as the place of holy pilgrimage. Upon arrival, we will walk through the scared Lumbini Garden, the Buddha's birthplace, and visit the Maya Devi Temple, one of the important sites in the Lumbini Garden with many historians and archaeologists referring to it as the place of birth of Lord Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lumbini.

Day7 Tilaurkot Day Tour

Today, we will have a day trip to the Tilaurkot, important archaeological site located 27 km west of Lumbini. Tilaurkot is the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam's father), where the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. You can wander around this place to feel the atmosphere there, and visit the Kapilvastu Museum nearly, which collects pottery, jewelry and ornaments etc.

Stay overnight in Tilaurkot.

Day8 Lumbini to Pokhara: Phewa Lake, Annapurna, Seti River Gorge

In the morning, we will head to the popular destination of Pokhara to enjoy a full day tour there. You will enjoy the boating on Phewa Lake. Nowhere else can better exemplify Pokhara’s beauty than the stunning image of Annapurna reflected in crystal-clear Phewa Lake.

Then, we will continue to visit the Seti River Gorge, where you will have a chance to see the limestone cave of Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day9 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day10 Depart from Kathmandu

Today, the guide will transfer you to the airport, then you can take your flight home or your next destination.

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Service Inclusion

  1. All lodging listed in the itinerary.
  2. Meals listed in itinerary
  3. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  4. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  5. Local English-speaking guide

Service Exclusion

  1. Nepal visa
  2. International flight to and out of Nepal
  3. Meals not specified the itinerary
  4. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  5. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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