As we all know Nepal is the birth place of Lord budda who is known as THE LIGHT OF ASIA . A quick visit to the buddha Birthplace has a lot significance while you are in Nepal as it is many things to offer to the visitors . Visiting this holy place is an expereince of liftime This program is designed to withstand your interest of enjoying the heritage, buddhism and jungle safari all together while you are in Nepal . This connects the medieval architecture of kathmandu valley to birthplace of Buddha “Lumbini” and ultimately to the flora and fauna of Chitwan National park . Nepal is among the very few luckiest countries in the world which despite its smaller land size , has lots to offer to the visitors from mountains to Plains , heritage & culture, jungles and rivers , greeenary to serenity.
Nepal is not only the country of Hills and mountains but it also has the splendid beauty of our National park .While you are here you will experience an amazing jungle safari which includes Elephant ride, Jeep ride, canoe ride, village walk, jungle walk etc. You are almost definite to see one horn rhino, different types of monkeys ,deer, crocodiles ,wild boars , species of birds and perhaps even a tiger .
Perhaps the most memorable and unique aspect of this trip is visiting the Buddha Birth Place , a place to peace and enlightenment.
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1300 m/4260 ft ) .
Day 2 : Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 3 : Kathmandu – Lumbini flight (35 minutes )
Day 4 : Lumbini – Chitwan drive
Day 5 : In Chitwan
Day 6 : Chitwan – Kathmandu
Day 7 : Departure
Deatailed Itinerary :
On Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport ( TIA ) in Kathmandu you will be met and greeted by Global Asia Tours & Travel’s represenatative and transferred to your centrally located hotel . After brief rest you will be taken for a quick city tours covering Swayambhunath /Monkey temple ( 2000 years) Buddhist stupa . After this we visit (time permiting ) Kathmandu Durbar Square, the cultural center of Kathmandu valley where the world’s only living goddess KUMARI is housed. Evening Typical Nepalese dinner with dance . Overnight at the hotel .
After breakfast at the hotel you will be met by our guide for the full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley covering PASHUPATINATH, BOUHDANATH & PATAN .
First in the morning we visit to Pashupatinath , the holiest hindu temple situated at the bank of Bagmati river . This is one of the most sacred Hindu temple in the world dedicated to lordg Shiva. This temple exist to 200 years BC . Near the temple we can see the crematoriums in the bank of Bagmati river where local hindus observe the death rituals. From here we continue to tour to Boudhanath which is the largest stupa in the world . It looms 36 m high with 4 paits of eyes facing th four cardinal driections . It was built in 5th Century in an octagonal foundation representing Mandala ( Lotus ) . Thousands of people from Tibetan origin live in this area and there dozens of massive Tibetan Monasteries. From here we visit to Patan , the city of arts and architecture . Enchanting rows of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples makes this city more beautiful. The interesting things to see here are Local Bazaar, Palace square, Krishna temple, Patan museum, stone fountains, Golden temple , Kumbheswar temple, Mahaboudha temple (temple of 9000 Buddhas) . Evening free and overnight at the hotel .
After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight to Bhairawa. On arrival drive for about 45 minutes to reach Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha . Check in at the hotel . PM : visit sacred Lumbini garden which spread over 8 Square kilometers and possesses all the traeasures of the historic era. Today as part of the global initiative to promote Lumbini many countries have builit their temples ,monasteries and stupas near the sacred garden in the international monastic zone. Your visit include Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar,Sacred pond Puskarini, eternal peace flame,water canal, ancient archeological ruins & a number of international monasteries . Apart from the above we also visit Buddhist Mueseum , Research institute,IUCN wetland, World Peace stupa, etc. Overnight at the Hotel .
§ Maya Devi Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple situated at the
UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, It is the main temple, a site considered the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. This temple has housed the BIRTH MARK STONE of BUDDHA .
§ The Ashoka Pillar: The Indian emperor Ashok visited Lumbini in 249 BC and erected this pillar where he has inscribed the story of his journey in Pali language . This pillar was restored by Khadga SUMSER in 1895.
§ The Puskarni Pond is where Queen Mayadevi, the Buddha’s mother, took a bath before giving birth Siddhartha Gautam ( later buddha )
§ World Peace Pagoda: built by Japanese Buddhists monks
NB: If any time constraint to finish the above we will also visit the remaining sights next morning .
Morning after breakfast we drive to Chitwan (103 kms. 3 hrs). Enroute Guest can visit incredible Temple known as SASWAT DHAM . On arrival check in at the hotel and activity briefing by the camp manager . Lunch will be served . PM : Elephant briefing . Late afternoon village walk /bullock cart ride to the surrounding farmland/viallge . Evening overnight at the resort .
Early morning wake up call and tea , coffee/cookies will be served . Later elephant back safari in the jungle . During this safari there are plenty of opportunity to see one horn rhino, deer, monkeys, wild boar, bears,peacocks , various species of birds and perhaps even a tiger . On return you will have your breakfast at the resort .
In the afternoon depending on the season : Afternoon: depending upon the season, elephant bathing will be held on the Rapti River, and you are welcome to join in giving the elephants a scrub.
PM: After Lunch you will be taken for a traditional dug-out canoe on the Rapti river. On this silent river ride you will get an opportunity to view aquatic birds and see animals on the river banks. And at the end we will visit Gharial (Crocodile) Breeding Centre. From this place nature walk in the jungle and back to the resort . Evening dinner followed by Tharu Cultural Dance . Overnight at the resort .
Time permiting , we go for bird watching to the nearby community forest. Chitwan is the home to over 450 species of birds . Later Drive to Kathmandu (175 km) enroute OPTIONAL cable car ride to manakamana temle situated at the hilltop .
Later continue driving to Kathmandu . Time permiting , visit Thamel/ indrachowk / ason for shopping . Evening farewell nepalese dinner with dance . Overnight at the hotel .
Morning sunrise over the himalayas . Later you will be transferred to the airport in time to connect your flight back home . Warm farewell with Farewell scarf .
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast
- Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner in Chitwan .
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- National park fee, permits
- All the jungle activities ( canoe ride, elephant ride, vilage walk, nature walk etc )
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- Kathmandu-Bhairawa(lumbini) flight
- Lumbini-Chitwan- Kathmandu surface trasnfers.
- Rikshaw ride in Lumbini
- Excursion to dhulikhel or Panauti
- All the government taxes
Fresh flower garland on arrilval, welcome drinks, service of tour officer , farewell dinner , 01 bottle of mineral water every day during sightseeing ) , farewell scarf on departure
Services exclude :
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees
- International flight cost
- Emergency rescue
- Optional tours like Mountain flight , Cable car, rafting .
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks/barbills , internet, laundry, telephone, postage, tipping.
- Expenses arising from from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather , road blockade,landslides, riots,political reasons ,natural calamities, incidents beyond our control.
- Rooms/hotels upgrading
- Services other than included.