Buddha purnima or Buddha jayanti is celebrated in the Neapli month of Baisakh( March april ) and this day has the tripple significance as Buddha was born , attained enlightenement and Mahaparinirvana (Death).on this very day . This day is celebrated with great joy all throughtout the country and monasteries will have special pujas ( rituals ). Paintings and books on Buddha’s teachings and scenes from Buddha’s life is exhibited. Thousands of pilgrims throng in important Buddhist center like Lumbini, Boudhanath and Swyambhunath. It is incredibly beautiful to see the buddhist temples and manuments iluminated with the thousands of butter lamps .
As per beliefs, Maya Devi, the Queen of Shakya King Suddhodhana of Kapilvastu, gave birth to the Prince Siddhartha while passing through the Lumbini Garden, on the day of “Vaishakha Poornima” (full-moon day of May) in 623 BC.
The Queen is believed to have taken a bath in Pushkarini (the Sacred Pond) and taken support of a tree branch in anticipation of the delivery, before giving birth to the little infant, who went on to become the Buddha.
Lumbini – the birthplace, Tilaurakot or Kapilvastu – where Buddha spent his first 29 years, Devdaha – his maternal home, and other sacred places and monasteries all over Kathmandu and Nepal, are crowded with devotees on the day of Buddha Jayanti.
In Kathmandu valley, Buddhists of all affliations as well as pilgrims from abroad, honor the Buddha at the two great stupas Swyambhunath, Boudhanath and the largely Buddhist city of Patan. Activities at the main Buddhist stupas and shrines begin at dawn and continue till late in the evening
Day 1 (26 April 19 ) : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4260 ft ) . PM: Half day Sightseeing Boudhanath and Pashupatinath . Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu .
Day 2 (27 April 19): Kathmandu to Pokhara drive
Day 3 (28 April 19 ) : IN Pokhara
Day 4 (29 April 10) : Pokhara to Lumbini drive enroute visiting Tansen .
Day 5(30 April 19 ) : Participate and celebrate Buddha Jayanti Festival
Day 6 (1 May 19 ) : Lumbini(Bhairawa) to Kathmandu flight
Day 7 (2 May 19 ) : Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 8 ( 3 March 19 ) Departure.
Arrival and greeted by the Global Asia Personal . Later transfer to the hotel . Time permiting ,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 our tour to Boudhanath which is the largest stupa in the world . It looms 36 m high with 4 pairs of eyes facing the 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.
Today after breakfast we drive to Pokhara 210 Kms enroute quick stopover at Bandipur. Later continue driving to Pokhara . On arrival check in at the hotel. Later visit TalBarahi Temple situtated in the middle of the lake by boat . Time permiting we will explore Lakeside which is very colorful with shops, hotels, bars, pubs and lights and music . Overnight at the hotel .
Early morning excursion to Sarnagkot for sunrise over the Himlayas . Later sightseeing of Pokhara covering Bindevasini Temple, Devi’s fall , Gupteswar Shiva cave, Mountain mueseum etc.
Time permiting OPTIONAL hike uphill to Peace Monastery and from here we will enjoy the great view of Pokhara valley, Phewa lake and the long range of Mt . Annapurna . Evening free again to explore lakeside on your own . Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast we start our journey to Lumbini ( 180 kms /7 hrs ) the birth place of Lord Buddha enroute visiting to Tansen the beautiful scenic valley of mid west of Nepal. When we drive 129 kms we reach Tansen and we quickly visit this place covering Amranarayan Temple, Shital Pati , Baggi Dhoka (Chariot Gate ) Bhagabati temple . You will also see men and women working local fabric weaving called Dhaka and metal crafting . Later we continue driving to Lumbini . Overnight at the thoe
Today is the Birth celebration of Lord buddha who was Born 623 BC in Lumbini . Moring after breakfast we visit Lumbini garden where you will be taken show the Ashokan Pillar , Maya Devi temple , Puskarini Pond, World peace pagoda , dozens of international monasteries & wold peace flame . Take part in the various programs to be organized in Lumbini to mark the birthcelebration of Buddha . Hundreds of monks and pilgrims travel to this place for this celebration . In the evening enjoy the butter lamp illuminations at the lumbini garden . Overnight at the Hotel .
Morning after breakfast we will proceed to Bhairawa (Gautam Buddha Airport ) to fly to Kathamndu . On arrival Halfday sightseeing of Patan , the city of beautiful arts and architecture. Some of the highlights of this city are Mangal Bazaar, Golden temple , Patan durbar square, Krishna temple, Kumbeswar Temple , Mahabuddha temple (Temple of 9000 Buddhas) Overnight in Patan
After breakfast we will proceed for the full day sightseeing go Kathmandu valley covering Kathmandu durbar square – the home to only living goddes in the world , Swayambhunath – a 2000 year buddhist stupa popularly known as Monkey temple and Bhaktapur ( Bhadgaon ) – the city of devotees and the most impressive of the 3 cities of Kathmandu valley . Bhaktapur famous for beautiful pagoda temples, amazing Palace courtyards, friendly people, quiet brick paved streets, pottery , painting and woodcarving . This city will give you strong medieval feeling of early 17th Century . Ovenight at the local boutique hotel in Patan .
Morning free . Later transfer to the airport in time to connect your international flight back home . Warm farewell .
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast
- Kathmandu –Pokhara-Tansen- Lumbini drive
- Lumbini( Bhairawa) – Flight
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program in Kathmandu, pOkhara, Tansen and lumbini
- Participation in Buddha Jayanti festival
- Excursion in Sarangkot for sunrise in Pokhara
- 01 hour boating at Phewa Lake
- All the government taxes and festival surcharges
Fresh flower garland on arrival, 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 /Passort 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/gratuities
- 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.
In case sudden change in festival dates and any expense arising from this reason .