Kathmandu Lumbini Tour 5-Days

Kathmandu Lumbini tour

Trip Highlights

The Kathmandu and Lumbini Luxury Tours is a journey that presents the best of both ancient cities of Nepal. Kathmandu- the epicenter of the country’s arts, architecture, and crafts in woodcarving and stone sculptures and masonry, has one of the densest concentrations of World Heritage Sites in the world. In the city alone, there are about four major heritage sites within a reasonable distance from each other.

This tour comprises three major touristic destinations of Nepal – Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan, which offers you an amazing sightseeing and wildlife expedition. On this tour, you will gain an insight into the rich culture and traditions of Nepal. The trip begins with a sightseeing tour to the most remarkable places in Pokhara and Lumbini. Pokhara- the city of paradise, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal gives you one of the most delightful travel experiences. Pokhara is also famous for adventure sports like – rafting, paragliding, ultra light flight, zip line, bungee jump, cannoning etc.

After Pokhara, the tour proceeds to Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha and then to Chitwan. Chitwan is known for its rare bird and animal species, wildlife and lush vegetation. The major Activities in Jungle include elephant safari, canoeing, Jeep safari and a walk in the wilderness accompanied by a trained guide.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Trekking starting from Tours
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Large

You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival here, you will be greeted by one of North Nepal’s representatives at the airport. He will help you get transferred to your hotel as well. Further plans and programs will be given to you then. After being check-into the hotel, you can relax for the remainder of the time.

Today, at early in the morning, the Kathmandu valley Sightseeing tour will start, with a first visit to the holy Pashupatinath temple. It lies on the banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the most revered holy sites of the Hindu people. The Pashupatinath is built in the pagoda style architecture and contains many smaller shrines outside the main temple as well. It is also the cremation site of many Hindu people and sometimes, the ceremony being performed can be experienced as well.

Then, the nest site on the tour is the holy Bouddhanath stupa. It is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and is located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of the city. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Gompas (Tibetan convent) around Bouddhanath. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.

The next site in the tour is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the royal palace. The Durbar at the Durbar square was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and was where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, took place. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum. Time and again the temples and the palaces in the square have gone through reconstruction after being damaged by natural causes or neglect. Presently there are less than ten quadrangles in the square. On 25 April 2015, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 hit the region and severely damaged the Square, reducing several buildings to rubble. The oldest temples in the square are those built by King Mahendra Malla (1560–1574). They are the temples of Jagannath, Kotilingeswara Mahadev, Mahendreswara and the Taleju Temple. More and more temples and statues were added to the Square under different ruling kings over time. It is one of the most architecturally intricate showcases of Nepali art and the unique New architecture.

An early morning transfer to Bhairahawa will be done today. The flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa takes about 30 to 40 minute. Upon your arrival at Bhairahawa, you will be transferred to a 5-star hotel in Lumbini. After checking in at the hotel, we will begin our sightseeing tour of Lumbini.

Lumbini is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha. It has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi Temple and several others. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum- the Lumbini International Research Institute, are also within the holy site. Also, there is the “Puskarini”, or the Holy Pond, where the Buddha’s mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, then achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms. It is 4.8 km in length and 1.6 km in width and is bordered by a large monastic zone in which only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone- the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries, the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. The holy site of Lumbini also has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, and the Ashoka pillar. From early morning to early evening, pilgrims can be seen from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site. Nipponzan Myohoji decided to build a Peace Pagoda in the park in 2001, which is visited by many different cultures and religions every day. Because some Hindus regard the Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu, thousands of Hindus also come here on pilgrimage during the full moon of the Nepali month of Baisakh (April–May) to worship Queen Mayadevi as Rupa Devi, the mother goddess of Lumbini. After spending time exploring and looking around at Lumbini and its many monasteries, we will return back to the hotel.

An early morning flight back to Kathmandu will be taken today. After arriving back in Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of the day as you please, shopping or just roaming around the streets of the city.

Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by one of our representatives, from where you will depart.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All ground transportation by the private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 5- star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Round trip airfare Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and Bhairahawa to Kathmandu including tour guide.
  • Night accommodation with breakfast at a 4-star hotel in Lumbini.
  • All guided sightseeing tours & activities including entry fees.
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • All government taxes and office service charge.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions in the itinerary’.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.).
  • Tips for tour guide and Driver.

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