Welcome to Lumbini

It was in Lumbini, around the year 563 BC, that one of history’s greatest and most revered figures, Siddhartha Gautama – better known as the Buddha – was born. It’s no great surprise to learn that the World Heritage–listed Lumbini is of huge religious significance and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from around the world.Located 22km west of Bhairawa, the spiritual heart of Lumbini is Maya Devi Temple, which marks the... Read More

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$550 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Small-Group Tour To Lumbini and Pokhara from Kathmandu

Day 1: Begin your trip with arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, where a private driver will pick up up and transfer you to the hotel. An orientation program will be held at 5pm. Then enjoy an evening welcome dinner and cultural programming near the Hotel Holy Himalaya. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya.Day 2: Sightseeing of major historical, cultural, and religious places in Kathmandu (Shyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square). Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya.Day 3: Drive to Lumbini (approximately 6-7 hours). The birth place of Gautam Buddha, it is listed as a World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Overnight at Lumbini HotelDay 4: Sightseeing in Lumbini. See the Mayadevi temple, Ashokan pillar, Myanmar Golden Temple, and more. Overnight at Lumbini Hotel.Day 5: Travel from Lumbini to Pokhara (approximately 4-5 hour drive) for sightseeing in Lake side.Overnight at hotel.Day 6: In the morning, hike to the World Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist-style monument also known as Shanti Stupa, which lies above Phewa lake. From here, see the beautiful view of Pokhara. Then go sightseeing in Pokhara. See Davis falls (locally known as Patale Chhango). In the southern flank of the Pokhara valley. This is where the stream flowing from Fewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. The site is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. Then head to Gupteshor cave. The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated across from Devi's fall and the cave is almost two miles (approximately 3 kms) long. It has varied passages from hall-sized rooms to places where you have to crawl on all fours. Find a symbol of Lord Shiva preserved here, in the condition it was discovered. Next, head over 2,000 feet (approximately 800m) above sea level to Barahi Temple and Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the region. Barahi Island Temple. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti, and is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.Overnight at hotel. Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu (approximately 5 - 6 hours). Then enjoy an evening farewell dinner with cultural program.Overnight at hotel.Day 8: Transfer to airport after breakfast at 8am.

$46 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Lumbini And Kapilvastu Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

At 9am, you will be picked up from your hotel in Lumbini or Bhairahawa, from Bhairahawa Airport or from the Sunouli border with India. Begin your full day sightseeing of Lumbini.The Sacred Garden, which is spread over 8 sq.km possesses all the treasures of the historic area. It has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The site is marked by Ashoka Stone Pillar, which has an engraved inscription identifying the spot as the birth place of Lord Buddha. On one side of the pillar is the Mayadevi Temple, the temple of the mother of Lord Buddha. Recent excavations have turned up a stone bearing Foot Prints of Lord Buddha.Puskerni Pond, located south of the Ashokan Pillar is where Queen Mayadevi, mother of Lord Buddha is believed to have taken a bath before giving birth to Lord Buddha.Chinese Monastery, a complex of Pagodas and prayer rooms built by Buddhist Association of China.Korean Monastery, which contains beautiful images of Lord Buddha. Royal Thai Monastery, located in the vicinity of the birthplace of the Buddha at the Lumbini Sacred Garden.Ashoka Pillar, the pillar carrying an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace, is situated nearby the Sacred Garden. To one side of Ashoka pillar is the Mayadevi Temple. Recent excavations have turned up a stone bearing a "foot imprint", indicating the exact place of birth.  Myanmar Monastery. The Myanmar Temple (Lokamani Cula Pagoda) is a gleaming gold and white structure gracefully soaring into the sky in the style of the Shwe-dagon Pagoda in Yangon. There is a monastery complex behind the temple. Nearby, the International Gautami Nuns Temple is a fine replica of the Swayambhu stupa in Kathm-andu. There is a pond here known as Paleswan Pukhu.Japanese Peace Stupa, situated at the northern end of Lumbini. Built by the Nippon Jon Myohoji of Japan, the 41-m tall edifice is visible from a distance. Four different Buddha statues are set into the stupa's dome to face the four cardinal directions.Kapilvastu - Tilaurakot is the capital of the Shakya Kingdom about 25 kilometers west of Lumbini that extends over an area of two and half miles. Tilaurakot is the exact site of ancient Kapilvastu due to its general consonance of local bearings and geographical conditions as described in the Buddhist texts and travel accounts of Chinese pilgrims.After your tour, you will be dropped back off to hotel your original departure point.

$1235 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 5-Night Tour with Lumbini and Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in KathmanduUpon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, your driver transfers you to your hotel where you can rest up for the tour.Day 2: Kathmandu Valley (B)After breakfast, then head out with your guide  for a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. Stop at Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and the Shah Kings of Nepal, Kumari Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath, the historical trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Stay overnight at a local hotel. Day 3: Kathmandu – Lumbini (B, L, D)After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Bhairahawa. When you arrive, your driver transfers you to your hotel. Have the rest of your day free.Day 4: Lumbini (B, L, D)Visit an important archaeological site — Tilaurakot, the ancient palace of the Buddha’s father where Buddha spent his childhood. Next, visit the Kapilvastu Museum to view the collection of pottery, jewelery, and artifacts, stop at shrines, monasteries, and a stupa located near the sacred garden. Stay overnight at a hotel in Lumbini.Day 5: Lumbini – Kathmandu (B)Have breakfast then fly back to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day as you wish. Day 6: Departure from Kathmandu (B)After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure from Kathmandu.

$2181 Multi-day & Extended Tours

12-Day Nepal Tour

Itinerary:Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport, pickup by our representative and transfer to hotel, rest of time leisure, overnight at hotel. Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour: After breakfast, full-day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel. Day 3: Kathmandu-Bandipur by overland (5 hours). Transfer to hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Day 4: Bandipur Sightseeing-Pokhara: Visit Bandipur and local bazaar, lunch at hotel. Departure for Pokhara (6 hrs), check into hotel, overnight. Day 5: Pokhara City Sightseeing: Early morning drive to Sarangkot hill for sunrise and mountain views, back to hotel for breakfast, then continuously sightseeing at Pokhara city around David fall, Gupteshore cave, Bindabashini temple and boating at Phewa lake, overnight at hotel. Day 6: Pokhara-Chitwan: Leave for Chitwan by private vehicle (4 hrs). Upon reaching the resort a guest relations officer will brief guest. Lunch. Tharu Village Walk. Sunset View. Tharu Cultural Dance, dinner, overnight at hotel. Day 7: Chitwan Jungle Activities: Wake up call followed by tea/coffee. Bird watching. jeep safari, and a canoe trip (1 hour). Tharu Museum, dinner,  overnight at resort Day 8: Chitwan-Lumbini: Departure to Lumbini (5 hours), arrive in Lumbini and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. Day 9: Lumbini City Sightseeing: After breakfast, leave for Lumbini tour, walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, visit the Maya Devi Temple with its base-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of Pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stand up on a lotus pedestal. Overnight at hotel. Day 10: Lumbini-Kathmandu:After breakfast,transfer to Bhairahawa airport then fly back to Kathmandu (40 minutes flight), overnight at hotel. Day 11: Patan-Bhaktapur City Sightseeing: transfer to Bhaktapur, where you will witness unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal which has remained untouched by western culture. Lion Gate,Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windows Malla Palace are the living prides of Bhaktapur. Drive to Patan, which means "a city of Beauty".Patan has a long Buddhist history and the four corners of the city are marked by stupas said to have been erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar Square is well packed with temples giving an architectural feast with a far greater concentration of temples. Dinner at Nepalese cultural show restaurant, overnight at hotel. Day 12: Departure: Transfer to international airport for final departure.

$57 Tours & Sightseeing

World Peace Pagoda Tour from Pokhara

In the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and transport you to the World Peace Pagoda in the comfort of a private vehicle. Upon reaching the pagoda after about a 30-minute drive, it's a 10-minute walk through staircases to reach the massive Buddhist stupa.Constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji order, the monument reflects four prominent stages of the Buddha's life in four directions: where he was born in Lumbini, where he became enlightened in Bothgaya, where he taught most of his life time in Sarnath, and where he reached nirvana at Kushi Nagar. Reaching this place atop a hill overlooking the southern shore of Phewa Lake, learn about its design to inspire harmony. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine provides a great vantage point from which to see spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara. In the early afternoon, you will be transferred back to your hotel by private vehicle.

$119 Outdoor Activities

Private Hiking Tour to Peace Pagoda Including Fewa Lake Boating

World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa, is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, the Pokhara city. The brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization.The Peace Pagoda reflects four prominent stages of Buddha's life in four directions: where he was born in Lumbini, where he became enlightened in Bothgaya, where he taught most of his life time in Sarnath, and where he reached nirvana at Kushi Nagar. Reaching this place, you can feel the fresh air of peace and the harmony which helps to refresh your body, mind and the soul.Itinerary:9:00 AM: The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Pokhara city and take you to Fewa Lake for 1-hour boating. During boating, you will visit Taal Barahi Temple, which lies in the middle of Fewa Lake.10:15 AM: After boating, you will start your hike to the Peace Pagoda. This is a 6.56 km hike in Pumdi Bhumdi, west east of Nepal. It takes nearly 2 hours and has a maximum elevation of 1098.65 m.12:15 PM: Reach the hilltop of the Peace Pagoda. Enjoy the panoramic view of Fewa Lake, Pokhara City and lofty Himalayas. Capture the beautiful moments in your camera.1:00 PM: Drive back to Lakeside area. Enjoy lunch and then you will get dropped back off at your hotel.