Buddhist Tour in Nepal

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy and Leisure
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Lumbini
  • Trip Style: Leisure/ Cultural
  • Age Group: All Ages
  • Trip Type: Private
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 1345
  • Best Season: 4 Season
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Buddha was born in a place that lies in present-day Lumbini. He grew up to become the enlightened one and thousands of people followed his teaching as he travelled long distances away from his home. After he returned, his family and many others converted into Buddhism. Some of his family and disciples moved to Kathmandu to establish Buddhism there. Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal helped to spread Buddhism in Tibet, hence the reason that Nepali architecture can be found in Tibetan Buddhist sites by sculptors like Araniko and Newari craftsmen.

Buddhism stayed in Nepal for thousands of years but slowly started to vanish. There were only a few Newar Buddhist monks, trying to revive Buddhism. During the Rana regime, these monks were exiled as they were seen as a threat. After the democracy, these Buddhist monks were free to spread their knowledge and helped revive Buddhism with the help of their Tibetan teachers.

There are several schools of faith in Buddhism with Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism being the four most popular ones. Theravada Buddhism is the oldest form and derives its knowledge from the oldest existing scripts - Tripitaka and Pali canon - which are writings about Buddha and his teaching. Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism are revisions of already existing beliefs with new Buddhist teachings. Mahayana Buddhism is based on the idea that there were and will be many Bodhisattvas in different times and worlds and they are considered to be transcendental beings. Vajrayana Buddhism is also known as Tantric Buddhism involving mantras, mudras, mandalas with various tantric deities. Tibetan Buddhism is a blend of both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism with influences of their preexisting faith.

Buddhist Tour in Nepal takes you to various stupas, monasteries, and temples dedicated to preserve and spread Buddhism. Hindus in Nepal show respect and tolerance towards Buddhism. They even share several religious sites that revered by the people of both religions. Tibetan Buddhism, Newari Buddhism, and Theravada Buddhism are practised in Nepal. Tibetan Buddhism is prevalent in the Himalayan region of Nepal and is the most popular one. Its influence can be seen in monasteries, temples, and stupas in Nepal including Boudhanath. Newari Buddhism is a form of Vajrayana Buddhism inspired by Theravada Buddhism. It is a non-monastic system with various rituals and outdoor festivals like Jatras. Jatras are performed by taking a chariot across the city, displaying several images and statues of various deities with vibrant clothing and music. 

While travelling in Nepal for your Buddhist Tour, you will see the Eyes of Buddha on the four sides of Stupas representing his omnipresence. You will also see monks and nuns in their robes chanting mantras, rotating prayer wheels, counting prayer beads or lying horizontally on the ground for praying. The highlight is making it to the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini to witness the very place that Lord Buddha was born - Maya Devi Temple.

Nepal Buddhist Tour Highlights

  • Visit one of four moain pilgrimage destinations as laid out by Buddha himself
  • Reach Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and see Mayadevi Temple, Pushkar Pond, Ashoka Pillar, and Lumbini Museum
  • Visit important Buddhist sites in Kathmandu like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and White Gumba 
  • Get to Namo Buddha and visit Buddhist shrines in Bhaktapur
  • Get to several vantage points to catch awesome sights of mountains and valleys
  • Know about the life of Buddha and his teachings
  • Get to the Lumbini garden and visit World Peace Pagoda, Golden Temple, Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar, China Temple, and other temples
  • Get to see venerable things like inscriptions, old scriptures, ruins of the ancient city, etc.

Boudhanath and Swyambhunath Stupas

Boudhanath Stupa is the most visited and accessible Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, popular among people all over the world and of all religions. It is a huge dome-shaped stupa painted in white and gold, decorated by prayer flags, prayer wheels, and several Buddhist artifacts. Monasteries and other structures throughout the area are full of teachings and art pieces like paintings of tantric deities and bodhisattvas. 

Swayambhu, by its name, means “originated on its own”. It is also aptly called Monkey Temple. Three huge bronze statue of Buddha and two Bodhisattvas (Avalokiteshwara and Padmasambhava) lie at the entrance. At the top of the hill lies a stupa amongst other mini stupas and pagodas. This place has an amazing viewpoint of the Kathmandu Valley and several mountains on a clear day. The landscape of Swayambhunath is beautiful with clean air, green trees, several small stupas, and monkeys. It also has a wishing pond dedicated to World Peace with Buddha’s statue in the middle.

White Gumba

White Gumba lies at a serene location on top of Druk Amitabh Mountain in Sitapaila, Kathmandu. This place also provides excellent views of the city and mountains in the tranquillity of its environment. It's a beautifully constructed. Tibetan monastery and monks and nuns live here practicing Buddhism. The area is full of gardens, waterfalls, murals, paintings, and various statues, including a statue of Buddha at the entrance. People also come here to meditate, learn about Buddhism or to view the sunrise or sunset. 

 Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is another sacred Buddhist site lying in Kavre district 40 kilometers away from Kathmandu. It is believed that Buddha, in his previous incarnation, came to this place with his royal family for a retreat. After he saw a tigress dying of hunger, unable to save her cubs, he offered his body to the tigress and saved her. After that, he found himself in the realms of Tushita and saw his family in sorrow and returned to them telling them how death was inevitable after birth. He also told them that generosity is the only way to transcend. After that, his parents are believed to have made a stupa where they buried their son’s remainings. Namo Buddha lies in a serene landscape with distant mountains, green forests and cool air. It is also home to the Thangru Tashi Yangtse Monastery.


Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha which preserves the exact place where he was born. Some holy places in Lumbini are Mayadevi Temple, named after his mother, and Pushkar Pond, where she took a bath before giving birth to Buddha. Ashoka Pillar and Lumbini Museum hold historical importance as Ashoka Pillar was built by King Ashoka marking the birthplace of Buddha and the Lumbini Museum preserves some important artifacts dating back to the 3rd century. Several art pieces, crafts, manuscripts, collection of books and coins of Maurya and Khusana dynasty can be found inside the Museum.

Besides that, Lumbini is a peaceful village filled with the beauty of nature and the Lumbini Garden makes this place even more beautiful. Lumbini is a holy place and an essential pilgrimage destination for Buddhists of various schools of faith. There are about 25 monasteries and temples in the garden, built by Buddhist countries like Japan, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, etc. Each monastery represents the amazing architecture from countries around the world. 


Buddhist Monks

Monk and nuns can be seen all the time during your Buddhist Tour in Nepal as they live in monasteries and practice their daily rituals. These monks and nuns dedicate their lives to Buddhism from an early age, giving up their normal life, shaving their heads, wearing robes and starting their education to become fully learned monks and nuns. They mainly study philosophy, debate, and tantric rituals along with many other things. They live a minimalist life without money or luxury products based on the donations, charities, offerings and help that comes to their monasteries. Most of these monks speak Tibetan and Nepali languages and are hesitant but upon request, you can speak to them with your guide’s help and know more about them.

Library, Museums, and Shops

All these Buddhist sites are considered to be symbols of peace and there are many other resources for those who want to learn more and be involved. There are some libraries and museums nearby these sites where you can learn more about Buddhism through books, scriptures, inscriptions, etc.  Places nearby these sites also make and trade art pieces representing Buddhism of several schools. Thangka paintings, mandalas, sculptures, prayer wheels, prayer beads, and singing bowls are just a few to name. There are also shops where you can buy a music collection of beautiful chanting of mantras.


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2:Visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and White Gumba 
  • Day 3:Visit Namo Buddha and Bhaktapur 
  • Day 4:Drive to Lumbini 
  • Day 5:Visit all the temples in Lumbini 
  • Day 6:Drive to Kathmandu 
  • Day 7:Departure 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel

After landing in Kathmandu Airport, our representative will pick you in a private vehicle and take you to your hotel where you can rest for a while and freshen up. After that, you can roam around the city and try new food, buy exotic things and spend the day.

Day 2:Visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and White Gumba 

  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

After having your breakfast, you will now head towards the three most important Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. A visit to Boudanath lets you witness the amazing views of this Maha Chaitya. You will rotate the prayer wheels while you walking around the perimeter of Boudhanath which is regarded as a way to pay homage to Lord Buddha. Other ways to offer your respect and prayer are lighting oil lamps and chanting “Om Mani Padme Hum”.

You can also rotate these prayer wheels in Swayambhunath to pay respect. In addition, there is a pond inside the area of this stupa dedicated to “World Peace”. You can throw some coins and aim to land it in a pot in the middle of the pond which is believed to make your wishes come true. Also, enjoy the brilliant architecture and craft as you explore these stupas. Enjoy the panoramic overall view of Kathmandu which can be seen from the top of Swayambhunath Stupa.

Reaching White Gumba, you can spend some time enjoying the beauty of nature along with the art architecture of Tibetan Buddhism. This place is also perfect to learn about the lifestyle of monks and nuns dressed in their robes. You can also click some amazing photographs of the landscape and yourself as memories.

Day 3:Visit Namo Buddha and Bhaktapur 

  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

The ancient shrine of Namo Buddha lies about 40km away from Kathmandu city. Our private vehicle will catch up with you in your hotel and take you to a drive to Namo Buddha. If you want to trek to get there, you can take an alternative route, and reach Panauti on a vehicle and hike up to Namo Buddha for about 4 hours.

After reaching, you can enjoy the peaceful and beautiful environment with clean air and views of the mountains. Then, explore one of the most important Buddhist shrines in Kathmandu, Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. Later, if time permits, you can also go sightseeing in Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is a city of ancient art and craft and home to other Buddhist shrines like Muni Bihar and temples of Newari Buddhist Tantric Deity like Bajrayogini Temple.

Day 4:Drive to Lumbini 

  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Either you will time to visit some places in Lumbini today or not depends upon your method of transportation. A ride to Lumbini from Kathmandu in a private vehicle takes about 8 hours and a domestic flight takes about 35 minutes to take you to Lumbini. After a long drive, you may just want to freshen up and rest. If time permits, you can go outside and visit some nearby places and get to know about the way of life of people living there.

Day 5:Visit all the temples in Lumbini 

  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Birthplace of Lord Buddha offers you various artifacts related to different life stages of Buddha starting from the exact place where he was born. You get to visit Mayadevi Temple of Buddha’s mother, Pushkar pond, where she took a bath before giving birth to Buddha and Ashoka pillar which is identified as the birthplace of Buddha. Our tour guides will let you know all about their importance and stories related to them. Also, enjoy the beautiful green landscape and get inside the Lumbini Museum. This museum holds clues to the lifestyle and culture of the time period as early as the 4th century related to Buddha, Buddhism and those who lived in that time.

You will also get to visit different beautiful monasteries built by several Buddhist countries using their own architectural style. There are a total of 25 monasteries built by these countries including the famous World Peace Pagoda by Japan, Myanmar Golden Temple, Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar by Chogya Trichen Ringboche and Raja of Mustang, China Temple and many more. Later in the evening, you can stroll around the city and buy some exotic paintings, handicrafts or art pieces as souvenirs to take home.

Day 6:Drive to Kathmandu 

  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

After visiting many famous and important Buddhist sites and shrines, you will return to Kathmandu by a drive or a flight. The same flight of ride that brought you to Lumbini will take you back the same route. After reaching Kathmandu, you can go out and buy some handicrafts, art pieces, Pashminas, etc. as souvenirs. You can rest for a while and prepare for your flight tomorrow. You will stay overnight in your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 7:Departure 

  • MealsBreakfast

Today your Buddhist Tour has ended after visiting several places in Nepal. After waking up and having your breakfast, our representative will drop you to the airport as you fly home or to your next destination.

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What's Included

  • Meals and Accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 4 days with breakfast
    3-Star accommodation in Lumbini for 2 days with breakfast
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    All monuments entrance fees
    Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges

What's not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, cold drinks, bottled water, etc.)
  • All alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks 
  • All the chocolate, dessert, and sweet items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the crew of Sublime Trails
  • Cost of trip cancellation, accident or health emergency
  • Loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. (We strongly advise you to get personal travel insurance.)

Clients Reviews

5.0based on 2 reviews
  • Diana Limarto
    Diana LimartoOctober 16, 2018

    Beautiful Trip

    Buddhist tour in Nepal was amazing. I and my friend visited many stupa and monasteries in Nepal. I was overwhelmed to know a lot about the history and traditions associated with Buddhism. We had been to White Gumba, Swaymbhunath and Bouddhanath in Kathmandu. Lumbini was amazing and peaceful place. We got to explore many monasteries built by different countries. I personally liked the one built by Cambodia the most! Overall the tour was beautiful and well organized! Our guide was also amazing, he gave us most of the information regarding the places and he was an enthusiastic person to be with!

  • Arnav Patel
    Arnav PatelApril 19, 2017

    Beautiful Pilgrimage Tour

    It was an amazing tour with my family this April. We visited all the major sacred places in Kathmandu and Nepal and we also had helicopter tour to Muktinath. Sublime Trails managed everything perfectly. It was hard finding a vegeterian lodge in Kathmandu and Pokhara by ourselves. But they put all the effort into finding one for us. The tour guide was also very friendly and cheerful and he also would speak Hindi very well. My mom loved his company so much.

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