Buddhist Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

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Overview

Buddhist Hindu Pilgrimage Tour
Background
Nepal is a land of ancient culture, mesmerizing natural beauty and religious harmony. The nation is home to stunning heritages that embody the spiritual practices and way of life. The Buddhist and Hindu Pilgrimage Tour aims to introduce you to some of the most renowned religious heritages around the nation. The tour offers you a chance to witness the devotion and faith of the Nepalese people while also allowing for a closer look at the prominent heritages.

We begin our Buddhist and Hindu Tour from the Kathmandu valley touring the UNESCO world heritages around the valley. The first day sees us journey around Kathmandu, visiting its religious and cultural heritages like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kapan Gumba, Swayambhunath Budhanikantha, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The next couple of days takes us to Patan and Bhaktapur as we wrap up the tour around Kathmandu valley. Heading over to Lumbini next, we bear witness to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha as well as the Buddhist way of life. Exploring the holy city, we journey towards Pokhara city, enjoying the mesmerizing natural beauty. The city is home to stunning lakes and equally beautiful heritages, including Tal Barahi temple, Bindyabasini, Gupteshwor Mahadev, and the World Peace Pagoda. The final stretch of our tour takes us towards the Muktinath temple. Located in the Mustang district, the temple sports an arid-Himalayan landscape. It is believed that bathing in the 108 water taps of the temple cleanses all the sins of this life and prepares the soul for ascension to heaven. The journey ends at the Manakamana temple, which pays respect to the Hindu goddess, Bhagwati.

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We, here at Himalaya Holiday Service, are committed to providing a quality and comfortable experience. Our packages are designed to accommodate the needs of all our clients, and we make sure your experience will be a memorable one. All in all, the Hindu Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour offers you a unique chance to discover the religious scenario of Nepal.

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Trip Highlights:
A religious pilgrimage to holy sites around the nation
Journey through diverse landscapes discovering the natural beauty of Nepal
Learn more about the local culture of different ethnic backgrounds
Visit some of the popular destinations in Nepal like Pokhara, Lumbini, and Jomsom
Trip Facts:
Geography: Forests, Hills
Location: Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara, Jomsom
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration of Trek: 12 days
Max Altitude: 3,860m
Religions: Hindu, Buddhist
Ethnic People: Newar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakali
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus, Flight
Minimum Pax: 02

Itinerary:
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our office representatives who will guide you directly to the hotel. After freshening up, you will meet up with other members of the staff, including your guides for the trip. Following a short briefing session, we wrap up all the activities scheduled for the day, and you are free to explore the city. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing around Buddhist & Hindu Pilgrimage Sites
We begin our Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage tour with a guided tour around the capital city. Setting off to Kathmandu durbar square early, we tour around the palace courtyard enjoying its aesthetic beauty. Next, we make our way towards Pashupatinath, a premium Hindu temple. The next part of the journey takes us to Boudhanath and Kapan monasteries. Enjoying the display of Buddhist heritage, we head over to Budhanikantha temple. The tour ends with the old age temple of Swayambhunath. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 03 Patan Sightseeing around Buddhist & Hindu Pilgrimage Sites
The city of Patan is renowned for its ancient architecture and cultural display. We begin our Patan sightseeing tour with the artistic Krishna Mandir, which was built in the Shikhara style. Entering the Patan Durbar Square next, we make rounds of Taleju Bhawani, Vishwanath, and Bhimsen temple. Located on the western ends of Patan Durbar Square, the 100 Buddha Bihar was built from hundreds of tiles, each adorned with the face of Buddha. The tour ends with the Bagalamukhi temple, dedicated to Goddess Bagalamukhi. Overnight at Patan.

Day 04 Bhaktapur Sightseeing
The final day of our Kathmandu valley tour takes us to the cultural city of Bhaktapur. The journey begins with the historical Changunarayan temple, which houses the first written record of Nepalese history. Enjoying the religious display, we head over towards the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The royal palace of Bhaktapur hosts an array of temples, including the 55-windowed temple, Vatsala Temple and Bhairav Nath. The next part of the tour takes us to Sanga-Kailash Nath, which also accommodates the world’s tallest Shiva statue. The day comes to an end at the Namobuddha Monastery, which offers captivating views of the valley in addition to a serene experience.

Day 05 Drive to Lumbini
Wrapping up our Kathmandu valley tour, we set off towards Lumbini enjoying the pleasant natural landscapes. Exiting the capital city, we take on the winding bends of Prithvi Highway, heading past vibrant towns and villages. Accompanied by the raging Narayani River, we journey south, heading deeper into the Terai region. Overnight at Lumbini. 

Day 06 Lumbini Excursion
Lumbini is renowned around the world as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and hosts several monasteries commissioned by several nations. We begin our Lumbini excursion with Maya Devi temple, which is built around the exact spot where Lord Buddha was born. Enjoying a tranquil experience, we head over towards the world peace stupa after touring several monasteries on the way. Overnight at Lumbini.

Day 07 Drive Lumbini to Pokhara.
The day begins as we set off towards Pokhara, taking in the picturesque natural landscapes. As we drive along the Siddhartha Highway, the journey takes us alongside majestic rivers and vibrant towns. Reaching Pokhara, we make our way directly to the hotel. After enjoying for a while, you are free to head down to the local regions enjoying the pleasant evening.

Day 08 Pokhara sightseeing
We begin our Pokhara sightseeing tour with a pleasant boat ride in Phewa Lake. Stopping at the Tal Barahi temple, we cross the lake to reach the starting point of our Peace Stupa Hike. Enjoying the captivating views of the Pokhara valley from up above, we head back to the city for lunch. Touring the religious site of Bindyabasini, we make our way towards Gupteshwor Mahadev.

Day 09 Fly Pokhara – Jomsom, drive Muktinath. Muktinath Excursion and Darshan
Another early start, we begin our day with a lovely Himalayan flight heading towards Jomsom. The city is known for its arid Himalayan landscapes and strong winds. Accompanied by the stunning Himalayan views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range, we make our way towards Muktinath. After touring the temple premises, we make our way back to Jomsom for the night.

Day 10 Fly Jomsom – Pokhara.
Day 10 of the Buddhist Hindu tour sees us journey back to Pokhara. Reaching Pokhara, we make our way directly to the hotel, wrapping up all the activities for the day. For the rest of the day, you are free to head down to the local region touring local heritages. The city is also a perfect place to gather souvenirs back home.

Day 11 Drive Pokhara to Kurintar and cable car to Manakamana and drive back to Kathmandu.
The final day of our tour, and we make our way back to Kathmandu. Heading out of Pokhara early, we retrace our steps through the Prithvi Highway before finding the raging Trishuli River. Stopping at Kurintar, we head over to the Manakamana temple, enjoying a thrilling ropeway adventure. Paying our respects at the holy temple, we journey back to Kathmandu. The day ends with a lovely farewell dinner.

Day 12 Departure.
Our representatives will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

Key Information
Special restrictions are put up on several temples and cultural heritages. You must adhere to these restrictions during the tour. Make sure you are respectful of the local culture and religious beliefs of the region.
Proper care needs to be given to dress up while touring the religious sites. Shorts are often discouraged, and you are expected to cover your head with a shawl while entering temples. Be mindful of the local etiquette and behavior to be observed during the tour.
There are many other cultural and religious sites you can visit around the country. Some of these tours can be combined with trekking experience. For example, Muktinath trek, Pathibhara trek, Haleshi Mahadev trek, and so on.
The tour itinerary is flexible, and you can add a custom destination to stop for shopping or for tasting different cuisine. However, you need to inform your guide about it beforehand. Our guides can also suggest to you some famous places to try new food or shop.
Carry a handbag with you at all times during the tour to keep your personal belongings safe.

FAQ
Can I take photos inside the religious and cultural heritages?
Photography is strictly forbidden in several religious heritages like Pashupatinath and Kumari Ghar. You will need to gather photography permits at some heritages. Make sure you keep an eye out on photography instructions before snapping a shot. Also, you can ask your guide before taking any picture if you do not spot any instruction or notice in the wall.

What kind of food is served during the religious tours?
We are fully aware that many pilgrims prefer a vegetarian diet during religious journeys. The food will be served at quality hotels that are entirely vegetarian and are also clean. Special provisions can be made for any other dietary requirements on the journey. You will need to pre-inform us about your preferred diet so that we can prepare it accordingly.

What happens if the temples are closed during the visit?
Most temples are open throughout the week in Nepal. The tour itineraries are constructed in a way to accommodate such conditions. We make sure the temples are open for worship during the day. As we backtrack through most of our destinations, we can tour the temples during the returning journey.

What souvenirs can I buy on this tour?
You can get a beautiful Thangkha painting or a shiny singing bowl from Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Prayer wheels, colorful prayer flags, ancient-looking Mani stones are other good options as souvenirs from Buddhist sites. If you are a fan of masks, classical masks of Hindu and Buddhist gods can be bought in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares.

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